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Faculty and Staff

St. Joseph School/Preschool Staff

 

 

 

Father Michael Andrejek

Pastor

Pastor@stjosephpekin.org

 

 

 

 

 

  

Mrs. Kathy Radovich

Principal/Junior High Teacher

kradovich@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 

“St. Joseph is a place where students have an opportunity to grow, not only in their academics but their character and faith. I have been in education for 34 years, but my time here warms my heart and gives me hope for the future. It is delightful and refreshing to be a part of this school family!”

 

 

 

    Mrs. Colette Willoughby

     School Secretary/Marketing

     schoolsecretary@stjosephschoolpekin.com

     cwilloughby@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 
“I am proud to be a St. Joseph Saint!  As a parent at this school for the past 18 years, I have witnessed the benefits of building a strong faith-based foundation in both of my children and other students.  The strong commitment to Academic Excellence that contributes to that foundation is success-oriented.  The family atmosphere that SJS offers is welcoming and comforting.  The feeling of pride conversing with Alumni and learning of all of their successes is heartwarming and a reminder that God's plan has meaning!”

 

 

   

 

Mrs. Stephanie Boyle

Kindergarten Teacher

sboyle@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Kara Hinkle

First Grade Teacher

khinkle@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 

“St. Joseph School is more than a school, it is a family.  Students, families, and teachers are able to support each other in a loving and prayer-filled environment.  Students are able to grow and learn in body, mind, and soul."

 

 

 

Miss Debbie Oberle

Second Grade Teacher

doberle@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 

Miss Oberle's Classroom Website

“I have taught at St. Joseph's my whole teaching career, which happens to be 37 years (this year is my 38th year)! I've taught 6th grade, junior high, first grade, and second grade. You might be wondering why I have stayed here so long. I love St. Joseph School and consider the school community as part of the family. I support them, and they have supported me, especially when I was battling appendix cancer. I know that God has put me here for a purpose. He has led me to many students, families, and co-workers that have touched my life, and I hope I have done the same for them. I'm looking forward to continuing to guide children on their spiritual journey in this wonderful, fun-filled setting.”
 

 

 

Mrs. Amanda Crouch

Third Grade Teacher

acrouch@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 

“St. Joseph School has been my home for many years.  I have fond memories growing up here as a student.  We always had such wonderful teachers who cared about the success of every student.  I am proud that I am now one of those teachers.  We provide a strong foundation in academics and Catholic virtues that students take with them in every step of their lives.  At SJS, we are a family rooted in our faith and love of Jesus.”

 

 

 

Mrs. Natalie Wendelin

Fifth Grade Teacher

nwendelin@stjosephschoolpekin.com


“St. Joseph preschool was highly talked about in the community. When I came to check it out for my son, Rex, I fell in love with the caring atmosphere. How cool is it that I can have my children in the same school from preschool through junior high?! Then, when there was a job opening, I knew I wanted to be a part of it, too!! All families are so invested in their children's education that teaching feels like the most fun and exciting job to me!”

 

 

Mrs. Jamie Blanchard

Sixth Grade Teacher

jblanchard@stjosephschoolpekin.com


“I am a St. Joseph Saint because my husband went to school here and daughter Charity started attending St Joseph's preschool in 2015.  When she entered 1st grade, a position opened up. As a stay-at-home mom, I didn't even think about working there. With some encouragement, I decided to apply, and I got hired as an aide. In 2021, I realized that God was calling me to be a teacher, so I went back to school to get my teaching certificate.  I always knew God wanted me to work with teens, but I was going about it the wrong way. Now I'm living out my dream of teaching teens about our faith and helping them with confirmation.”

 

 

Mrs. Korissa Burns

Preschool Teacher

kburns@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 

“Saint Joseph School has been part of my life as a student, parent and now as a preschool teacher. I cherish the academic excellence that this school provides and in the faith based environment

 

 

Mrs. Anna Oflaherty

Preschool Teacher

aoflaherty@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 

  “I choose to teach at SJS where teachers get to know their students and the students' families; where teachers collaborate every day; and where academic excellence and values go hand-in-hand."

 

 

 

Mrs. Wendy Strauss

Music Teacher

wstrauss@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 

"I am a St. Joseph Saint because we care about each other, pray for each other, and encourage each other to do our best.
We have such a loving and caring faculty and staff!  I am impressed with the quality of education at SJS, and if my children 
weren't adults, I would certainly send them here!"

 

 

 

  Mrs. Kristen Copeland

   PE Teacher

   kcopeland@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 

 

 

  

 

Mrs. Cora Smith

Support Staff

csmith@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 

"I started working at St. Joseph School in August 2014. I have been working as a Student Support Staff during this time. This year I began teaching Religion for Kindergarten, First Grade, and Fourth Grade. I feel so strongly about the importance of Catholic education that I returned to school full time to pursue a bachelor's in elementary education. 
While every school teaches children reading, math, and science, St. Joseph shows how God works within all that we do. We strive to help each student have a high quality education and a strong Catholic foundation by the time they graduate and head into high school."
 
 
 
 

Mrs. Sue Coyer

Support Staff

scoyer@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 
“I choose St. Joseph School because I value excellence, integrity, and faith development.  I have had the pleasure of seeing our students go on from here to be quality individuals.  I enjoy being a part of building that strong foundation.”
 
 

                       

                                        

  

 

  Mrs. Kristina Mcmurtrey

  Pre-Care/After-Care Staff Assistant   

  kmcmurtrey@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 

 

 

 

Mr. Bob Small

Custodian

blsmall@stjosephschoolpekin.com

 

 
 
 

 

 

  

 

Dear God, 

We come before You today asking for Your protection and guidance over our school. We pray for the children, teachers, administrators, and all those involved in the care and education of our students.

Help us to create a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment where children can learn, grow and reach their full potential.

Give us the wisdom and strength to strive for excellence in all that we do. Guide us to make wise decisions and help us work together to achieve success.

Keep our minds open to new ideas and inspire each one of us with your love and grace, as we embark on this new year of learning.  We thank you for the opportunity to nurture the minds and hearts of our students. 

Amen.