Staff and Clergy









Principal and Primary Teacher

Melissa Burns



Mrs. Melissa Burns is our current Principal and Teacher of Grades K-3.  She has been a life-long member of  St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, attended St. Peter’s Lutheran School in grades 1st -8th, went to Edwardsville High School, and continued her education with a basketball scholarship to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she earned her degree in Elementary Education in 1991.  She taught at St. Peter’s for three years and then stayed home with her three children, Jessica, Molly and Garrett.  She returned to teaching at Zion Staunton, and then came back to St. Peter’s where she has been since then. Director of VBS, Prairietown Volunteer Firemen, Sunday School Superintendent, and Youth Group Director are other titles that she carries and enjoys volunteer work within her community. 




Intermediate Teacher

Maggie McCalla



Mrs. Maggie McCalla has been at St. Peter’s since 2011 and is currently serving as an elementary teacher.  Upon receiving her B.S. in Education in 2005 from Illinois State University, Maggie began teaching at JCUSD #100, where she spent six years and became a National Board Certified Teacher.  Maggie has also earned her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University.  Along with teaching, Maggie also coaches for the Raiders.  Being raised on a farm, Maggie has a passion for agriculture and currently farms with her husband and children, growing crops and raising Angus and Southdowns.  Maggie, her husband, and their three children are members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hamel, where her husband’s family have been members for many decades.




Preschool Teacher

Mollie Lavezzi

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Mollie Lavezzi is a lifelong member at Zion Bethalto where she attended school and then went to Metro East Lutheran. She graduated from 2012 from Southeast Missouri State with a degree in teaching. She married her husband in 2016, and they currently live in Wood River. Mrs. Lavezzi loves working with her preschoolers to help them learn more about God and the world he made, she especially loves teaching science classes and sharing her joy of reading. 




Middle School Teacher

Mrs. Johanna Biermann


Mrs. Johanna Biermann began teaching middle school at St. Peter's in 2018. She grew up on a cattle farm outside of Edwardsville and is a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran, Hamel. Johanna was blessed with 14 years as a student in Lutheran schools (Trinity Edwardsville and MELHS), which instilled in her an appreciation for the power and importance of Lutheran education. She graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Middle/Secondary Education and a B.S. in Biology, and taught in Kansas City for year before returning to Edwardsville. Her husband is a MDiv/STM student at Concordia Seminary and a fellow St. Louis Cardinals fan. Together they maintain a small farm and raise their beautiful baby girl.




Church and School Secretary

Norma Krohne

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 She has been a lifelong member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, attended St. Peter's Lutheran School in grades 1-8th. Graduated from Edwardsville High School and worked as a secretary for Skelgas, Affiliated Metals, and RP Lumber.  She became the Church and School secretary in June, 2004.  She teaches Sunday School, is a member of the Ladies Aid, Choir, and is the Church Financial Secretary.  She lives in Prairietown and has a cat Midnight.






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