St. Peter's Middle School

931 S. Byers Ave.
Joplin, MO
(417) 624-5605
School Hours:
M-F 7:50am—2:55pm
Office Hours:
M-F 7:30am—4:00pm

St. Peter’s Faculty & Staff

Dr. Emily Yoakam : Principal St. Peter’s and McAuley
Dr. Emily YoakamPrincipal St. Peter’s and McAuley
Dr. Emily Yoakam : Principal St. Peter’s and McAuley

Dr. Emily Yoakam

Principal St. Peter’s and McAuley

Email:
Phone: (417) 624-9320

Ruth Atchley : Art Teacher
Ruth AtchleyArt Teacher ratchley@jacss.org
Ruth Atchley : Art Teacher

Ruth Atchley

Art Teacher

Email: ratchley@jacss.org
Phone: (417) 624-9320

Classes: Art, Jounalism, Yearbook

Additional Duties: National Art Honor Society Sponsor, Yearbook Advisor

Degrees and Certifications: Bachelor of Science in Education, Art Major - Pittsburg State University, Art Certified K-12

Professional Memberships: National Art Education Association

Favorite Saint(s): St. Mary, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Favorite Feast Day: The Assumption of Mary

Margie Black : Spanish Teacher & PE Teacher
Margie BlackSpanish Teacher & PE Teacher mblack@jacss.org
Margie Black : Spanish Teacher & PE Teacher

Margie Black

Spanish Teacher & PE Teacher

Email: mblack@jacss.org
Phone: (417) 624-5605

Bachelor of Science in Education from MSU (formerly SMSU) in 1989

I came to the JACS system in August of 1989. At that time, I taught Spanish at McAuley, Religion at St. Peter’s and PE at St. Mary’s, and I was the head Volleyball and Softball Coach and asst. Basketball Coach at McAuley  as well!  Currently, I teach PE at St. Mary’s and Spanish at both St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s, and I was the asst. Volleyball Coach at St. Peter’s this past year.

I’ve always known that I wanted to be a teacher, and because of my upbringing and experience attending both Catholic and public schools, I knew early on that I wanted to teach specifically at a Catholic school. To be able to bring Christ into the classroom/gym/playground and share this great faith of ours with my students and colleagues is a blessing beyond measure! Celebrating Mass, singing and praying together is the best way to start any day!  I love working with kids and being able to help them learn. Seeing the ‘light go on’ as they grasp a concept is very rewarding. Having those students come back years later to visit with you is the icing on the cake!

My husband and I have 4 children, three of whom have either gone through our system or are currently enrolled. We are parishioners at St. Mary’s, and we are involved in our Church in various ways.  I am a  Youth Leaders for our high school Youth Group. I also serve on the Board of Directors for Community Support Services and the Will Norton Miracle League Foundation. In my free time (?), I enjoy fishing, swimming, gardening, browsing antique shops, watching my kids play sports and spending time with friends and family.

Andrea Chirafisi : Science Teacher
Andrea ChirafisiScience Teacher achirafisi@jacss.org
Andrea Chirafisi : Science Teacher

Andrea Chirafisi

Science Teacher

Email: achirafisi@jacss.org
Phone: (417) 624-5605

Andrea Chirafisi teaches Science at St. Peter's Middle School. She taught at JACS for several years prior to teaching for Joplin Schools for two years. She holds a BA in Psychology from Kansas State University and an MA in Teaching from National-Louis University, Chicago. She has three children. Ms. Chirafisi loves to read, cook, and binge watch Netflix.

Doretta Fox : Technology Director
Doretta FoxTechnology Director dfox@jacss.org
Doretta Fox : Technology Director

Doretta Fox

Technology Director

Email: dfox@jacss.org
Phone:

Dr. Doretta Fox is the JACS System Technology Director. She previously held administrator jobs in Wheaton and in Neosho. She has a knack for technology and a passion for education.

Heidi Gardner : Math Teacher
Heidi GardnerMath Teacher hgardner@jacss.org
Heidi Gardner : Math Teacher

Heidi Gardner

Math Teacher

Email: hgardner@jacss.org
Phone: (417) 624-5605

Heidi Gardner is the Mathematics teacher at St. Peters Middle School. She graduated from Lamar High School, attended MSU in Springfield, got married and moved to St Louis. She taught at Crestview Middle School for 10 years before moving to Joplin. She taught at Crowder College for 5 years before taking a job at St. Peter’s Middle School. This is her 7th year at St Peters. She is also the middle school girls basketball coach. She has a daughter that is a Junior at McAuley and twins that are in the 7th grade at St. Peter’s Middle School.

Mike Howard : Athletic Director
Mike HowardAthletic Director mhoward@jacss.org
Mike Howard : Athletic Director

Mike Howard

Athletic Director

Email: mhoward@jacss.org
Phone: (417) 624-9320

Classes: Physical Education, Weights & Health

Additional Duties: Head Coach - High School Girls Basketball, Head Coach - Birls Softball, Senior Sponsor

Degrees and Certifications: Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

Professional Memberships: Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA), National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA)

Favorite Feast Day: Thanksgiving

Hanna Million : American History Teacher & PE Teacher
Hanna MillionAmerican History Teacher & PE Teacher hmillion@jacss.org
Hanna Million : American History Teacher & PE Teacher

Hanna Million

American History Teacher & PE Teacher

Email: hmillion@jacss.org
Phone: (417) 624-9320

Lorie Phillips : Middle School Teacher
Lorie PhillipsMiddle School Teacher lphillips@jacss.org
Lorie Phillips : Middle School Teacher

Lorie Phillips

Middle School Teacher

Email: lphillips@jacss.org
Phone: (417) 624-5605

Classes: 6-8 Science, 6th Grade Ancient World History

Additional Duties: Quiz Bowl

Degrees and Certifications: Master's Educational Administration, BS Elementary Education, / Math K-9, Associates of Science

Professional Memberships: National Science Teacher Association

Favorite Saint: Saint Angela Merici

Favorite Feast Day: June 1

Sister Joan Margret Schwager : Religion Teacher & Librarian
Sister Joan Margret SchwagerReligion Teacher & Librarian jschwager@jacss.org
Sister Joan Margret Schwager : Religion Teacher & Librarian

Sister Joan Margret Schwager

Religion Teacher & Librarian

Email: jschwager@jacss.org
Phone: (417) 624-5605

Classes: 6, 7, 8 Religion, Spanish, Pre-K-5 Spirituality Moments

Additional Duties: School Board, Plan School Masses, Weekly Facility Meetings, Associate Principal of St. Peter's, R.E.A.C.H. Team, St. Peter's Campus Minister, St. Peter's Choir

Degrees and Certifications: BA Spanish & Elementary Education, Mt. Mercy - Cedar Rapids, MA Theology - University of Dayton - Dayton OH

Professional Memberships: Sisters of Mercy, MESA (Mercy Education System of the Americas)

Recognitions: Good Apple - Nominee & Final 4 2x

Favorite Saint(s): St. Tersa of Avila

Favorite Feast Day: October 15

Lyndee Staab : Administrative Assistant
Lyndee StaabAdministrative Assistant lstaab@jacss.org
Lyndee Staab : Administrative Assistant

Lyndee Staab

Administrative Assistant

Email: lstaab@jacss.org
Phone: (417) 624-5605

Kristen Stremel : Music Director
Kristen StremelMusic Director kstremel@jacss.org
Kristen Stremel : Music Director

Kristen Stremel

Music Director

Email: kstremel@jacss.org
Phone: (417) 624-5605

Classes: Showchoir, Musical Theater, Dance, Piano, Music Development

Additional Duties: Girls Health, Schoon Nurse Resource

Degrees and Certifications: BFA Performing Arts, BSN (RN) Nursing, CPR, PALS

Recognitions: Mercy Hospital: Daisy Award for Nurses

St. Mary's Elementary School
3025 South Central City Road
Joplin, MO 64804
417-623-1465

St. Peter's Middle School
931 South Byers Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801
417-624-5605

McAuley Catholic High School
930 South Pearl Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801
417-624-9320