Mascoutah Middle School, Principal
Mr. Paolo Dulcamara is an Eisenhower High School Class of 1984 graduate in Lawton, Oklahoma. After graduation, he attended Cameron University for a semester before he enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Structural Mechanic, on land and sea, while he continued to gain college credits. After eight years of service, he received an honorable discharge. He returned home to Oklahoma and continued his education at Cameron University before obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Conception Seminary College in Missouri in 1998. He then earned a Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Sacred Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Pennsylvania in 2002.
During these years Mr. Dulcamara gained a variety of experiences from serving as a chaplain’s assistant in a mental hospital and in a state penitentiary, to being a door-to-door street preacher in inner-city Philadelphia, to teaching English to children in Lithuania for a summer as part of a missionary outreach. Mr. Dulcamara, also during this time, studied Spanish in Guatemala and Mexico.
In 2004, Mr. Dulcamara acquired his certifications in Spanish and Social Studies for the state of Oklahoma and began his career in education by first serving as a high school theology teacher and Director of Campus Ministry at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City. From there, Mr. Dulcamara, while teaching Spanish at MacArthur Middle School in Lawton, Oklahoma, for five years, earned his Master of Science in Education Leadership from Cameron University in 2009. Later that year, he accepted the position of Principal at St. Mary’s Catholic School until returning to MacArthur Middle in 2014 as an assistant principal.
Mr. Dulcamara has come to Mascoutah with his two children, his son Carlos who is attending college and his daughter Sofia who attends 8th grade here at MMS, to offer his skills and experience to the Mascoutah education community while gaining new experiences and skills from the same educational community. He enjoys reading and spending time with his family and friends.
Mr. Dulcamara is very excited about being a part of such a fantastic district and community here in Mascoutah! He has a great love for middle school and is committed to educating the whole child. He strongly believes that through challenging academics taught by highly qualified professional teachers and through guiding these diverse young people, in collaboration with a dedicated school community of families and staff, that they will grow as good citizens of our society, becoming the future as active members of our communities.
MASCOUTAH MIDDLE SCHOOL, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Mr. Travis Klein is a Belleville Township High School West Class of 1993 graduate. After graduation he attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Education in 1998.
During the years following, Mr. Klein started his career in education as a paraprofessional in a special education classroom at Emge Junior High in Belleville. From there, he quickly moved on to Grant Middle School in Fairview Heights, Illinois, where he taught seventh and eighth grade science for nine years. While teaching at Grant, Mr. Klein attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and earned his Master of Science in Education with a focus on Educational Administration in 2007.
In 2008, Mr. Klein accepted an offer by Grant CCSD 110 to be the Principal at Illini Elementary School in Fairview Heights. While serving as Principal, he continued his own education by earning an Education Specialist degree in 2014 from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
He currently resides in O’Fallon, Illinois, with his twelve-year-old son who attends Fulton Junior High and his fourteen-year-old daughter who attends OTHS at the Milburn Campus. They enjoy family trips to various National Parks in the summer and local camping and hiking adventures in southern Illinois.
Mr. Klein is a dedicated educator who brings a lot of experience to Mascoutah Middle School. He is very excited to be a part of such a committed community of families and staff working to grow students into positive and productive members of society.
MASCOUTAH MIDDLE SCHOOL, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Ms. Karen Mulvihill is a Jerseyville Community High School Class of 1990 graduate. After graduation, she enlisted in the Army Reserves where she served for 8 years. She attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, earning a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and a Master of Science in Educational Administration.
Before joining the Mascoutah School District in 2008, she was a Special Education Teacher in Belleville and St. Louis and an Assistant Principal in St. Louis at Epworth School.
Ms. Mulvihill resides in Edwardsville, Illinois, with her son, who is in 8th grade and her daughter, who is a freshman at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and looks forward to many more years serving the students and families of the Mascoutah School District.
Mascoutah Middle School, Dean of STUDENTS & MMS DIRECTOR of Athletics
Mr. Chris Lindsay is a Mascoutah Community High School Class of 1986 graduate. After graduation, he played college football and wrestled for two years before transferring to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in Physical Education.
Before joining the Mascoutah School District in 1993, Chris was a Physical Education Teacher and Coach at Harmony Emge-Ellis in Belleville for two years. Chris just finished his 26th year in the Mascoutah School District. Besides teaching for all of those years, he has been a head football coach for four years, a head wrestling coach since joining the district, and is currently still the head wrestling coach at Mascoutah High School. He has also been a recipient of the Golden Apple Award for teaching.
Mr. Lindsay resides in Mascoutah, Illinois, with his wife Michelle. His son, Zach, graduated from UMSL with a Biology Degree and was a member of the baseball team. Zach is currently studying at GOLDFARB graduating in December with his BSN in Nursing. His Daughter, Megan, is a senior at Murray State University studying speech communication disorders and is a member of the volleyball team.
Chris enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, and looks forward to many more years serving the students and families of the Mascoutah School District.