Specialty Staff

Advancement Director & Music Teacher

Mrs. Michelle Ray

advancement@stjoeschool.com

Biography

Mrs. Ray holds a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University, Chicago. She has been teaching at St. Joseph School for seventeen years. In addition to being the Director of Advancement, Mrs. Ray teaches Preschool through 8th grade General Music and is the SJS Choir Director. Mrs. Ray is a proud SJS alumni parent of 3. 

Favorite Bible Quote

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21

Personal Quote

Teaching at St. Joseph School started as a job.  It didn't take long for me to realize the special place I was led to was where my family was meant to be. 17 years later, I continue to teach at St. Joseph School because it feels like home. It is a place where children receive an unbeatable, well-rounded Catholic education, while surrounded by people who genuinely care for them.   Teaching not only Music, but the love of music and singing, to the children of St. Joseph is so fulfilling. I treasure each year, more and more.  St. Joseph School is a blessing and a place I am proud to be a part of.

Technology Director

Mrs. Denise Bibly

dbibly@stjoeschool.com

Biography

Mrs. Bibly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from DePaul University, a Teaching Certificate from University of St. Francis, and a Master of Science in Best Practice in Education from University of St. Francis. She has been teaching at St. Joseph School for twenty one years, spending fourteen years teaching first grade and six years as the Technology Coordinator and Junior High Religion Teacher. In addition to being the Technology Coordinator, Mrs. Bibly currently teaches Prekindergarten through 8th grade Technology, 6th grade Religion, 8th grade Religion, and is affectionately known as the “Patron Saint” of Technology at St. Joseph.

Favorite Bible Quote

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Personal Quote

I teach at St. Joseph School because it is where God has called me to be. It is place of family, support, and great love for the students. Within my years here I have seen families come and families go. I have had the great opportunity to see students grow up to be young adults. It makes me proud to know they started at St. Joseph School getting the foundation for love of God, love for community, and compassion. I can't picture myself at any other school. When I come to school I don't see it as a teaching job, I see it as my vocation. My vocation to share God's love and mercy to the students, parents, teachers, and staff at SJS. 

Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. Celeski

cceleski@stjoeschool.com

Biography

Mrs. Celeski holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University.  She started teaching in 2005. This is her first year teaching at St. Joseph School. She is currently the Physical Education teacher.

Favorite Bible Quote

Do not let kindness and truth leave you. Proverbs 3:3

Personal Quote

This is my first year teaching at St. Joseph School, and I absolutely love it here.  Everyone was incredibly welcoming when I started, and I love that this community is a family. I am so happy to be teaching here and I love getting to know all of the students.

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