STAFF DIRECTORY

PARISH DIRECTORY

Father Steven (Pastor) - 

Deacon Jay Wackerly - 

Deacon Bill Kessler - 

Deacon Tom Wilkinson - 

Michelle Pulask i- 

Mary Jo Zykan - 

Mel Bechtold - 

 

SCHOOL DIRECTORY 

PRE-K TEACHERS

Brandy Smith - 

Lisa Jacobs - 

KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS

Chris Bachman -  

Kate Hoefert - 

1ST GRADE TEACHERS

Allison Tucker - 

Kim Wackerly - 

Marcy Wendle - 

2ND GRADE TEACHER

Stephanie Murphy - 

3RD GRADE TEACHERS

Jennifer Baird - 

Cathy Rose - 

4TH GRADE TEACHERS

Marcy Fessler - 

Allison Kane - 

5TH GRADE TEACHER

Alexandra Stilwell - 

6TH GRADE TEACHERS

Allison Blevins (Religion )- 

Abby Wielgus (Language Arts) - 

7TH GRADE TEACHER

Anna Leeds (Math )- 

8TH GRADE TEACHER

Robert Frost (Science) - 

SCHOOL SPECIALISTS

Karie Preston (Fine Arts/Dean of Students) – 

Donna Pantone (Fitness/P.E.) - 

OFFICE AND ADMINISTRATION/STAFF

Robert Baird (Principal/Social Studies) - 

Jean Connoyer (Secretary) - 

Emily Kribs (Office Assistant) - 

Tim Douglas (Maintenance) - 

Phyllis Erwin (Before/Aftercare )- 

PRE-K TEACHERS

LISA JACOBS ~ I am a graduate of St. Ambrose Catholic School (1995), Marquette Catholic High School (1999), and from Greenville College (2011).  I started working here as a teacher’s aide in the PK4 room with Mrs. Merkle (my 2nd grade teacher).   I was soon asked to assist Mrs. Bachman in the Kindergarten classroom and became the substitute teacher for the whole-school, including the PK3s and PK4s. This August will be my 10th year at St. Ambrose. I have had the pleasure now of teaching PK3, PK4, Kindergarten and 2nd grade.  I also helped in our After-Care program.  My husband Ryan and I have been married for 10 years.  We have two wonderful and very energetic daughters, Kayli, who is 9 and Brianne “Bree” who is 5.  We enjoy going to Cardinals and Blues games and vacationing during the summer months.

BRANDY SMITH ~ I grew up in Kinmundy, IL.  I attended Millikin University & Greenville University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  I have been married for 19 years and have one son in high school.  I love hiking, mycology, and traveling.  I have been fortunate to have taught here at St. Ambrose for the last 10 years. 

PRE-K AIDES

AMANDA MORRISEY ... BIO COMING SOON!

EMILY SUTTON ... BIO COMING SOON!

MAGGIE MONAHAN ~ My husband, Scott, and I have two sons, William and Jack. Since enrolling William in St. Ambrose, we absolutely fell in love with the school and all of the teachers and staff. Because of this, I have spent the past four years serving the school and church as a substitute teacher, as well as, a volunteer for St. Ambrose Parents Associates and other parish fundraisers and events, and have loved every minute of it!  I am so excited for the upcoming school year and look forward to meeting all the new students and their parents! 

KATE HARTMANN ... BIO COMING SOON!

KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS

CHRIS BACHMAN - I grew up in Godfrey and was baptized at St. Ambrose Parish and have been a member ever since.  I am a graduate of St. Ambrose and Marquette Catholic High School.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree from SIUE and a Master of Arts in Education from Greenville College.  I have four children that graduated from St. Ambrose.  I have two grandchildren and I love reading, hiking, and spending time with my family.  After raising my children, I began teaching at St. Ambrose and this is my 13th year. 

KATE HOEFERT - I was born and raised in Sterling, IL where I attended St. Mary’s Catholic grade school and middle school and was very active in my church throughout high school. I graduated from Augustana College in 2009 and was hired as a third grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Sterling. I taught third grade for five years before moving down to Alton in 2014 with my husband, John. I took a break from teaching to raise our two children, Sophie (1st grade) and Marlie (PreK-4), and I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to return to the classroom and work with your children.

1ST GRADE TEACHER

ALLISON TUCKER - I am a graduate of St. Ambrose and have been a parishioner for all my life.  I have a B.S. degree from Fontbonne University, with a double major in Special Education and Elementary Education.  I have worked at St. Ambrose for 6 years all at the 1st grade level.  I thoroughly enjoy working with the 1st graders here at St. Ambrose.  I believe in hands on education and making learning as exciting and fun as possible.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family. 

2ND GRADE TEACHER

STEPHANIE MURPHY - Since graduating from SIUE with a Bachelor of Science Degree in elementary education, I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach at St. Ambrose Catholic School. Over the course of many years, I have had the opportunity to teach 6th, 4th, and 2nd grade students. Currently teaching 2nd grade, I enjoy teaching the children cursive handwriting skills, how to count money, and tell time.  Encouraging students to enjoy reading books, as much as I do, is one of my main goals each year.  In my spare time, I like to read, cook, and travel.  Over the summer, I am usually at the farm picking peaches or working in the garden.  

3RD GRADE TEACHERS

JENNIFER BAIRD - I teach third grade here at St. Ambrose Catholic School. I have been at St. Ambrose for four years. In my previous years of teaching, I taught at St. John Neumann in Maryville, Il. I have taught the grade levels of 3rd, and 5th – 8th.  I have a BS in Education from McKendree University.  I live in Alton with husband, Robert, and our son, who is in 1st grade here at St. Ambrose. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, shopping, and watching the St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Cardinals.

CATHY ROSE - I teach third grade at St. Ambrose. Prior to coming here two years ago, I taught for many years at St. Peter and Paul in Alton. I have taught second, third, and fourth grades. I am a graduate of SIUE with a BS Degree in Elementary Education (K-9). I was born in Alton and still live here today with my husband, Chris and our yellow lab, Sadie. I have two sons and daughter-in-laws as well as four grandchildren. Two of my grandchildren attend St. Ambrose in the second and fourth grades.  When I am not teaching, which I absolutely love doing, I like to read, go shopping, and spend time with my friends and family.

4TH GRADE TEACHER

MARCY FESSLER - I have been teaching for 27 years and 23 of those years have been at St. Ambrose. I was born and raised in Alton. I have been an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Alton all of my life. I attended St. Mary’s grade school and Marquette Catholic High School. I graduated in 1989 from Marquette and continued my education at SIUE. I graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Education. I was included in the 1993 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. For many years, I was Miss Lewis here at St. Ambrose. I have taught many grades, but the majority of my teaching career has been in 4th grade. I was included in the 2004 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. I have also earned my advanced level catechist certification.  When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband.  I also enjoy gardening, cooking, and reading.

ALLISON KANE - I am a teacher here at St. Ambrose.  I graduated from SIUE in 2020 with my BA in Elementary Education.  I am the proud mom of two amazing sons.  I was born and raised here in Godfrey. This is my second year of teaching and I am so excited to be part of the team at St. Ambrose.

5TH GRADE TEACHER

ALEXANDRA STILWELL - I was born in Alton and I went to school in the Alton Public School District until 5th Grade. I attended Evangelical for grades 5-8, where I had some of the most amazing teachers. After Evangelical, I attended Alton High School and graduated in 2009. l received an Associates in Science and an Associates in General Studies from Lewis and Clark Community College. After spending a few years at LCCC, I attended Greenville College. While attending Greenville, I worked at St. Ambrose in the PK4 Classroom as an aide and completely fell in love with the school. I dreamed of one day becoming a teacher here. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Science in 2014. I spent a year subbing in Alton and at many local Catholic Schools. I was hired as a full-time 5th Grade teacher for the 2015-2016 school year and have never looked back. I enjoy forming lasting relationships with my students and love getting them excited about learning! I have continued to further my education by becoming Google certified, attending numerous workshops on Mental Health for Adolescents, STEM, Math Manipulatives, Primary Sources in the Classroom (SS), and much more.  I currently live in Godfrey with my husband and our new little guy, Logan. We love travelling and going to new places, so we only have fish for pets. My hobbies include jigsaw puzzles, binge watching TV shows, attending sporting events (GO BLUES!), and baking. We are parishioners at St. Ambrose.

6TH GRADE TEACHERS

ALLISON BLEVINS (Religion) - I grew up in Godfrey, Illinois. I went to St. Ambrose in elementary school and graduated in 2002. Then I continued my education at Marquette Catholic High School and graduated in 2006. From there, I went to SIUE and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in 2012, majoring in Elementary Education.  In my free time, I enjoy doing lots of crafts with my husband. I also enjoy scrapbooking and shopping for decorations for my house.  My husband and I were married in 2018 and I gained 3 bonus stepchildren. My husband and I just welcomed our one year old, Rowan, on December 20, 2019. He is just the sweetest.  I belong to St. Ambrose Parish. We just became members this year.   I have been teaching for 9 years and my career as a teacher has all been at St. Ambrose Catholic School.

ABBY WIEGLUS (Language Arts) - I was born in Urbana and grew up in Blue Mound (a tiny town about two hours north of here.) I went to Meridian High School and graduated in 2006. I attended SIUE where I majored in Elementary Education with endorsements in Language Arts and Social Studies. While there, I met and worked with my future coworker, Mrs. Blevins. This is my seventh year at St. Ambrose. I started as the computer teacher for one year and moved to middle school my second year. My husband and I met in college and were married in 2016. We live in Troy with our baby Miles and our furbaby, Cooper.  In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, cook, and read. I love my job and teaching middle school. The students make teaching fun each and every day!

7TH GRADE TEACHER

ANNA LEEDS (Math) - I was born and raised in Alton, IL.  I graduated from St. Mary’s Elementary School, Marquette Catholic High School and Greenville College.  From Greenville I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Elementary Education with endorsements in Math, Science, Social Science, and Language Arts.  I enjoy riding my bike on the River Road and the MCT trails in Edwardsville.  I also enjoy photography.  I am in my 9th year of teaching, including two years at St. Peter & Paul in Waterloo, five years at St. Peter & Paul in Alton, and the last two years here at St. Ambrose.

8TH GRADE TEACHER

ROB FROST (Science) - I grew up in Florissant MO, where I attended McCluer North High. As a child I was a member of St. Thomas Apostle Parrish. I went to college on a baseball scholarship, and later played two seasons of Minor League Baseball. I finished College with a B.S. In Business Administration and worked in sales and Marketing. I discovered that teaching was my calling after having children and getting involved in coaching. I have coached everything from college baseball to 5 year old softball. I went back to school and received my teaching credentials to teach high school Business and middle school science. Science has always been a passion of mine. I taught for a few years in the Ferguson - Florissant - Berkley school district before moving to Illinois. This is my 4th year at St. Ambrose, and I enjoy teaching here immensely.

SCHOOL SPECIALISTS

KARIE PRESTON (Dean of Students/Fine Arts) - I grew up in Bethalto, Illinois, graduating from Civic Memorial High School.  From there I went on to Illinois College and received a BA in Music Education.  I currently reside in Wood River, with my husband, daughter Elisabeth, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and a pet rabbit. My daughter is currently a 7th grader at St. Ambrose. I am a Girl Scout leader and a recognized Volunteer of Excellence. I serve on both the Girl Scout Service Unit as recording secretary and the board of the Goshen Theatre Project. I am a parishioner of St. Ambrose Church, where I serve as a cantor, lector, and Eucharistic minister.  In my spare time I loves reading, attending and performing in musicals, making crafts, puzzles, all things Disney, and spending time with my family. I am blessed to be able to share my gifts and love of Music and Fine Arts with all of my students!  For the last 20 years I have been teaching at St. Ambrose Catholic School.  Over the years, I have built the Fine Arts program from a small general music program to a full-fledged Fine Arts program that includes music, art, dance, and theater. I love nurturing my students’ creativity and helping them to find their inner artists. Our students have been recognized in local and national art contests, such as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Picture and Express the Music contests (2-year Maestro Award winner) and the MCA Christmas Card Contest.  In addition to teaching, I also direct the St. Ambrose Middle School Choir and lead the Drama Club.  I conduct two all school musical programs (Christmas and Spring), as well as choir concerts, drama productions, and art shows. Our choir students have participated in the district’s solo and ensemble contest and have been invited to sing at various events, such as Wreaths Across America.  I have directed many plays and musicals, including Once on This Island Jr., Little Mermaid Jr., Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and James and the Giant Peach Jr.

DONNA PANTONE (Fitness/PE) - I have worked at St. Ambrose as the PE teacher for four and a half years.  During my college days I received awards as a Scholar-Athlete.  I majored in Pre-Law and Physical Education.  Later I received a Master of Arts Degree in Education.  My husband and I live in Godfrey, and we met while I was teaching PE in Chicago.  We are blessed with one daughter who is a graduate of St. Ambrose and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

ADMINISTRATION AND OFFICE STAFF

ROBERT BAIRD (Principal / Social Studies) - I grew up in Alton and am a graduate of Marquette Catholic High School.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Illinois State University and I received my Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  I taught for one year at Jerseyville Community High School and five years at St. John Neumann Catholic Elementary School.  From SJN I moved to Little Flower Catholic School (Richmond Heights, MO) and served as Principal there for three years.  After three wonderful years at Little Flower, I returned to my alma mater, Marquette Catholic High School to serve as Assistant Principal.  I worked at MCHS for eight years.  I was hired as Principal at St. Ambrose Catholic School in May 2020.  I live in Alton with my wife Jennifer and our son, who attends school here at St. Ambrose.  In my free time I enjoy officiating and coaching high school and youth sports as well as being outdoors and fishing.  

JEAN CONNOYER (Secretary) - I have been the office manager at St. Ambrose School for 10 years, stepping into the job when my mother retired from it after many years.  I am a graduate of St. Ambrose and my family has been a part of the parish since I began school here in Kindergarten.  I went to Marquette Catholic High School, and I graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville with a BA in Art.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my horse, gardening, photography, and knitting.

EMILY KRIBS (Office Assistant) - I have worked in the office at St. Ambrose for 5 years.  I am a graduate of St. Ambrose Catholic School (2000) and of Marquette Catholic High School (2004).  My husband and I, along with our two daughters, are lifelong members of the parish.  I graduated from the Nursing program at Lewis and Clark Community College.  I enjoy hiking, camping, and spending time outdoors with my family. 

TIM DOUGLAS (Maintenance) - Tim joins our staff at St. Ambrose as our new maintenance specialist.  Tim grew up in the area and is a graduate of Alton High School.  He has extensive maintenance experience, with the majority of his career being spent at St. Anthony's Hospital.  Tim has belonged to St. Ambrose for most of his life.