5th - 8th Grade

Junior High Team and 5th Grade Homeroom

Kathryn Strugielski



Mrs. Strugielski holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Saint Xavier University.  She has been teaching for eleven years, three of which have been at St. Joseph School. Mrs. Strugielski currently teaches 5th and 6th grade English Language Arts, 5th grade Math, and 7th grade Religion.

Favorite Bible Quote

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 5:13

Personal Quote

We moved to Lockport in 2015. We began looking for a home church and were immediately drawn to St. Joseph Church. Soon after becoming parishioners, I researched the school and realized it was where I wanted to continue my teaching career. 

Junior High Team and 6th Grade Homeroom

Mr. Brett Perry



Mr. Perry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Loyola University Chicago. He has been teaching for five years and this is his first year at St. Joseph School. Mr. Perry currently teaches 5th grade through 8th grade Social Studies, 7th grade Math, and 5th grade Religion.

Favorite Bible Quote

“Start children off in the way they should go; and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

Personal Quote

This past year, I decided to make the switch from teaching in a public school to a Catholic school. It is a pleasure to be able to come into work each day and share my faith with my students.

Junior High Team and 7th Grade Homeroom

Miss Karen Linnerud



Miss Linnerud holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from St. Olaf College and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Lewis University.  She worked as a Chemist before finding her love of teaching.  Miss Linnerud currently teaches 5th through 8th science and 8th grade math.

Favorite Bible Quote

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Personal Quote

The families at St. Joseph have welcomed me with open hearts. I am grateful to be part of such a strong community.

Assistant Principal

Junior High Team and 8th Grade Homeroom

Miss Elizabeth Boba



Miss Boba holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lewis University, a Professional Educator License for Secondary Education with Middle School and Learning Behavior Specialist Endorsements from Lewis University, and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from University of St. Francis. She began teaching in 2011, and she has spent eight of her nine years teaching at St. Joseph School. In addition to serving as Assistant Principal, Miss Boba currently teaches 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts and 6th grade Math.

Favorite Bible Quote

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Personal Quote

I feel blessed to teach in an environment where faith, academics, and service are valued by each and every student, staff member, and parent in our school community. My favorite part of working with junior high students is watching them grow and mature into faithful young adults who are ready to enter into the world of high school. I believe that the solid foundation our students receive from preschool through eighth grade helps to ensure their success as they make the transition to high school, college, and beyond. St. Joseph School is a truly special place, and I cannot imagine teaching anywhere else! 


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