Faculty & Staff

Mr. Steve Menke

Principal

My name is Steve Menke.  I am 44 years old and originally from Bethalto, Illinois.  I received my bachelor’s degree in education from SIUE, and I am currently earning my master’s degree in educational administration through Grand Canyon University.  I am married to my wonderful wife Kim, and we will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this year.  We are a faith filled family, and we are members of St. Mary’s Church in Alton.  We have two awesome boys named Brennan and Noah. Brennan is a senior at Marquette Catholic High School and Noah is going into 5th grade at St. Mary’s School.  We really enjoy spending time with our family, and you can find us at various sporting and church events.  I have been teaching at St. Francis/Holy Ghost School for the past 19 years. I really enjoy being around the students while teaching them about the history of our country as well as helping them grow a deeper relationship with God.  I am excited and look forward to the next chapter of my life as the new principal at St. Francis/Holy Ghost School.

Megan Deist

Pre-K 3

BS Psychology, Central Michigan University

MS Mental Health Wellness, Grand Canyon University

SF/HG since 2019

Married with three children

Alyssa Newell

Pre-K 4

BS Elementary Education, Greenville University

SF/HG since 2018

Previously worked in the Alton school district

Married to Kyle, two children, Mila and Lola

Amanda Dahn

Kindergarten

BS Elementary Education, Southern IL University –E

SF/HG since 2015

Previously taught at Brussels and Brighton grade schools

Married with three children

Andrea Isringhausen

Kindergarten

BS Elementary Education, Lindenwood University

SF/HG since 2008

Previously taught in the Ferguson-Florissant School District

Married with two children who attend Marquette HS

Barbie McCormick

First Grade

BS Elementary Education, Greenville University

SF/HG since 2016

Previously taught in Alton

Married with three children

Lindsay Heitzig

First Grade

BS Elementary Education, Missouri Baptist University

SF/HG since 2011

Married to Justin

Melissa Yates

Second Grade

BS Elementary Education, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

MS Education, Southern IL University-E

SF/HG since 1993

Married with 3 sons, 3 step-children and 3 grandchildren

Susan Ayres

Second Grade

BS Elementary Education, Southern IL University –E

SF/HG since 1992

Married with two children

Tammi Kettenbach

Third Grade

BS Elementary Education , Southern IL University-E

SF/HG since 2001

Previously taught at St. Mary’s, Brussels, IL

Married with two children and one grandchild

Tonya Shively

Third Grade

BS Elementary Education, University of Missouri-Columbia

SF/HG since 2000

Previously taught in Missouri

Married with three children

Lisa Evans

Fourth Grade

BS Elementary Education , Southern IL University-E

SF/HG since 2004

Married to Peter, with three children, all SF/HG Alumni

Emily Wittman

Fourth Grade

BS Elementary Education, Southern IL University-Carbondale

SF/HG since 2017

Previously taught at St. Ambrose, Godfrey

Married with three children

SF/HG Alumna

Vicky Maag

Fifth Grade

BS Elementary Education, Southern IL University-E

SF/HG since 1999

Married with two children, Clancy and Kenna

Jackie Schnettgoecke

Fifth Grade

BS Elementary Education, Greenville University

SF/HG since 2017

SF/HG Alumna

Shelby Beatty

Sixth Grade

BS Elementary Education, Greenville University

SF/HG since 2019

Previously taught at North Green & St. Mary’s, Brussels

Married with one son

SF/HG Alumna

Debby Allen

Sixth Grade

BS Elementary Education, Ball State University

MS Curriculum and  Instruction, SIU-E

SF/HG since 1997

Married with three children

Chris Mattis

Seventh Grade

BS Elementary Education, Eastern IL University

SF/HG since 1991

Previously taught at Holy Ghost School

Two children and one grandchild

Melissa Poletti

Seventh Grade

BS Elementary Education, Western Kentucky University, Middle School Endorsement,  Greenville University

SF/HG since 2019

Previously taught at St. John’s, Carrollton and All Saints Academy, Breese, IL

Married with three children

Marissa Griffith

Eighth Grade

BS Elementary Education, Southern IL University-E

MS Curriculum and Instruction, Rockford College

SG/HG since 1999

Married to Dylan, with three children, Keegan, Nola & Vada

SF/HG Alumna

Katie Forrester

Eighth Grade

BS Elementary Education, Eastern IL University

SF/HG since 2008

Married to Brian, with four children, Holly, Graden, Keith and Audra

SF/HG Alumna

Jen Gibson

Seventh & Eighth Science & STEM

BS Organizational Leadership, Greenville University

MS in Education, Greenville University

SF/HG since 2013

Married with two children

Danielle Schroeder

Music/Title Coordinator

BS Music and Youth Ministry, Greenville University

MS in Education, Greenville University

SF/HG since 2016

Married with three children

Melissa Kimble

Computers

BS Southern IL University-Edwardsville

SF/HG since 2002

Married with four children and three grandchildren

Rhonda Bechtold

Physical Education

SF/HG since 2002

Married to Denny, with three children

Member St. Francis Xavier Church

Diana Wiener

Paraprofessional

Attended Kaskaskia College, Lewis &Clark Comm College

SF/HG since 2007

Previously worked JCUD 100—IL Center for Autism

Married with four daughters and seven grandchildren

Mindy Marshall

Paraprofessional

Paraprofessional Substitute JCUD 100 –2013-2019

SF/HG since 2019

Widow with one child, Marley

Lisa Youngblood

Paraprofessional

Attended Lewis and Clark Community College

SF/HG since 2014

Married to Scott with six children

Patty Goetten

Paraprofessional

SF/HG since 2019

Loretta Droege

Paraprofessional

Attended Lewis & Clark Community College

SF/HG since 2007

Married to Craig, with two children, Zachary and Abigail

Jennifer Fink

Secretary – St. Francis Site

SF/HG since 2017

Member of Holy Ghost Church

Married to David, with three children, all SF/HG alumni

SF/HG Alumna

Janet Williams

Secretary – Holy Ghost Site

SF/HG since 2002

Married with one son

Member of St. Francis Xavier Church

St. Francis School Alumna

Brad Deist

Maintenance

SF/HG since 2019

USMC Veteran

Married with children

Melissa Jones

Maintenance/Lunch Supervisor

SF/HG since 2002

Two children, Brendan and Lindsey, both SF/HG alumni