Our Staff

St. Joseph School Faculty

Rev. Mark Reyling
Parish Pastor

frmark@stjosephfreeburg.org

Fr. Mark has been a staff member since 2006. He holds a BS in Education from SIU Carbondale, a MA in Catholic Life and Thought from St. Meinrad Seminary, and a M. Divinity from University of St. Mary of the Lake. He also holds IL teaching certifications for Grades 6-12 & K-9.

 

John Correll
School Principal

principal@stjosephschoolfreeburg.org

Mr. Correll has been a staff member since 2016. Previously an aircraft firefighter, he graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Education and a MS in Education Administration. He holds an IL teaching certificate endorsed in Social Studies and Language Arts.

 

Melinda Tarvin
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

mtarvin@stjosephschoolfreeburg.org

Mrs. Tarvin has been a staff member since 2013.  She has a MA in Education and a BS in Elementary Education from McKendree University.  She holds an IL teaching certification endorsed in Language Arts, Social Science, and Elementary Education.

 

Cheryl Sinn
Pre-Kindergarten Aide

 

Jennifer Cole
Kindergarten Teacher

jcole@stjosephschoolfreeburg.org

Ms. Cole has been a staff member since 2010. She has a BA in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University with emphasis in Biology and General Sciences. She also holds an IL teaching certification for Elementary Education.

 

Sarah Burch
First Grade Teacher

sburch@stjosephschoolfreeburg.org

Mrs. Burch has been a staff member since 2008. She has an AA in Early Childhood Education from Southwestern Illinois College and a BS in Elementary Education from SIU Edwardsville. She also holds an IL teaching certification for Elementary Education.

 

Michelle Ogilvie
Second Grade Teacher

mogilvie@stjosephschoolfreeburg.org

Ms. Ogilvie has been a staff member since 2013. She has a BS in Elementary Education from SIU Edwardsville. She also holds an IL teaching certification endorsed in Elementary Education, Language Arts, and Social Science.

 

Jennifer Hopfinger
Third Grade; Language Arts (Grades 3-8)

jhopfinger@stjosephschoolfreeburg.org

Mrs. Hopfinger has been a staff member since 2016. She graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from McKendree University and a MS in Elementary Education from Southwest Baptist University. She holds an IL teaching certificate endorsed in Science and Language Arts.

 

John Middendorff
Mathematics Teacher (Grades 3-8)

jmiddendorff@stjosephschoolfreeburg.org

Mr. Middendorff has been a staff member since 2011. He has a BA in Education from SIU Edwardsville. He holds an IL teaching certification endorsed in Social Science, Mathematics, and Elementary Education. Mr. Middendorff is also our school’s Athletic Director.

 

Kayla Wombacher
Fourth Grade; Science (Grades 3-8)

kwombacher@stjosephschoolfreeburg.org

Ms. Wombacher has been a staff member since 2016. She graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from McKendree University. She holds an IL teaching certificate endorsed in Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts.

 

Irene Biver
Computer Teacher (Grades Pre-K-8)

ibiver@stjosephschoolfreeburg.org

Mrs. Biver has been a staff member since 1998. She has a degree from SIU Edwardsville with a double major of Art and Psychology. She holds an IL teaching certification endorsed in middle and high school education and an endorsement as a technology specialist from Southwestern Illinois College.

 

Natalie Platzkoester
Fifth/Sixth Grade; Social Studies

nplatzkoester@stjosephschoolfreeburg.org

Ms. Platzkoester has been a staff member since 2016. She graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from Lindenwood University, Belleville. She holds a IL teaching certificate endorsed in Language Arts. Ms. Platzkoester is also our school’s volleyball coach.

 

Sandy Busch
P.E. Teacher (Grades Pre-K-8)

sbusch@stjosephschoolfreeburg.org

Mrs. Busch has been a staff member since 2012. She taught two years prior at St. Joseph Catholic School prior to returning in 2012. She received her BS from McKendree University. She also holds an IL teaching certification endorsed in Physical Education.

 

Melisa Noles
Spanish Teacher (Grades K-8)

melisamartinoli@gmail.com

Mrs. Noles has been a staff member since 2013. She was born and raised in Argentina. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Law. She holds an IL substitute teaching certificate and teaches throughout the area. Mrs. Noles comes in once a week to teach Spanish class to our students.

 

St. Joseph School Support Staff

Sara Keeley
School Secretary

office@stjosephschoolfreeburg.org

Ms. Keeley has been a staff member since 2010. She holds a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Business Management from McKendree University. All three of her children attended St. Joseph Catholic School. She will be happy to tell you how much she loves our school!

 

Brad Niebrugge
Building & Maintenance Supervisor

Mr. Niebrugge has been a member of St. Joseph Church for twenty years. Prior to coming to work as Building and Grounds Maintenance for St. Joseph School and Church, he was a Director of Safety and Health for several local companies, as well as an OSHA Safety and Health Instructor.  He was also an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor. “The things I love about working at St. Joseph is that as a parishioner, my heart really goes into my work for the church family. When it comes to the school, even as the maintenance man, it is very important to me that I can make a difference in the lives of the students!”