Mr. Matthew Hake
I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He attended Transfiguration Grade School and CBC High School. I earned my B.M.E from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and my M.A. in Jazz Studies from Webster University. While at Webster I served as Graduate Assistant. I studied classical percussion with Tom Stubbs of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and drum set with Kevin Gianino.
I taught Instrumental Music in the Saint Louis Public Schools for 3½ years. I currently teach General Music Grades K-3 and Instrumental Music Grades 4-8, at Immaculate Conception School in Columbia, IL. This is my fourth year teaching at Immaculate Conception. Under my direction, the I.C.S. Concert Band received both First and First Superior ratings at the IGSMA State Contest.
I have performed with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and the St. Louis Philharmonic. I am a former President and Principal Percussionist of the St. Louis Brass Band. I performed with the Chicago Brass Band at the World Music Festival in Kerkrade, Holland and tour of Holland. Currently I perform solo concerts on the Vibraphone. I perform music by contemporary jazz artists Aaron Parks, Joe Locke, Jonathan Kreisberg, Kurt Rosenwinkel and jazz standards.
In 2005, I was nominated for Who's Who Among America's Teachers. In April 2007, I was awarded the Immaculate Conception School Teacher Spotlight, sponsored by Edward Jones. In August 2007, I conducted the pit orchestra for the Columbia Summer Theater production of The Music Man. In July 2009, I conducted the pit orchestra for Hail Columbia II marking the 150th Anniversary of Columbia, IL.
I live in South County, with my wife Molly, daughters Maria, Ava and son Charlie. When I am not teaching or performing, I enjoy running and mountain biking.
Mrs. Sue Lewis
Technology Director for Immaculate Conception School since 1997.
I am a former ICS School Board member, helped found Kindergarten at ICS and served as the first Kindergarten aid. I founded the school latchkey program 1988 and taught and ran it until 1994. From years 1994 to 1997, I taught K-4 Physical Education and was also the lower grade technology teacher.
In 1997 I followed my mentor, Marge Krizan and became Technology Director. Most of my training has been through course work at Southwest Illinois College and numerous independent technology programs. I am a ferocious autodidact who loves to learn. In addition to teaching students K-8, I have also taught adult learners during summer vacation.
I am accredited in Operating Systems 98, XP and Vista. I am proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Inspiration, network applications and technologies, email and the internet, educational applications including administrative software, Accelerated Reader, Edline, Foxfire, System Repair and trouble shooting, and contracts etc.
Something I am proud of is having winning teams every year in Ecybermission since 2003 and winning First Place Regional in Ecybermission in 2004 with a trip to Washington DC to compete in the finals.
Mrs. Linda Fletcher
I was born and raised in St. John, Missouri. I attended Our Lady of the Presentation grade school and Ritenour High School. Then I attended Hickey Business College. My husband Jim and I have been married for 18 years and are proud parents of Kate, 15 and Kelly, 12. I started out at ICS as the Latchkey Director 2001 - 2007. Since 2003, I have also been the Kindergarten teacher’s aid teaching Kindergarten PE and supervising lunch recess for grades K-5. I enjoy sewing, quilting and reading. Recently, I am back in school myself continuing my early childhood education degree. My favorite thing about ICS is the sense of family here; everyone is looking out for the good of all.
Mrs. Diane Zika
I grew up in Collinsville, Illinois and attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School through 8th grade. Although I was in the Springfield Diocese, my family decided to send my sister, brother and myself to Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville. After high school, I attended St. Louis Community College for two years and received an associates degree. I received a bachelors degree in Psychology and a masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from SIU-EdwardsvilleAfter working for 7 years as an Instructional Designer for St. Louis Community College, I started substitute teaching at ICS. In 2004, I was offered the Resource Teacher position. I love our school because Mr. Kish, the teachers and the parents all work very hard to make great things happen. We are a family here. I am involved in many school and church activities. In my spare time, I love to release my creative energy by designing jewelry.
Mrs. Carol Fetcho
Mrs. Fetcho has been a member of the ICS faculty for many years, teaching art at all grade levels.
I was born in Central America, where I received most of my education. I have lived in the United States for many years, working in the corporate world since my arrival. In 2005 I retired to join the staff at Immaculate Conception School.
I enjoy inspiring the young minds to learn foreign languages and to appreciate the beauty of other cultures of the world.
Mrs. Karen Lundy
I am a native of St. Louis, MO. I attended St.Dominic Savio grade school and Bishop DuBourg High School. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Mo-Columbia with a Bachelors of Educational Studies and followed on with a graduate degree Counseling Psychology.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has a counseling private practice. I am married to Craig Lundy and together we have 3 children.
Mrs. MaryBeth Babcock
Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be an actor and director. After my childhood in St. Louis, where I attended St. Dominic Savio grade school and Bishop DuBourg high school, I earned my bachelor's degree in theatre arts from Southern Illinois University, and then got down to work in summer stock and as a member of an improv comedy team touring the East Coast and Midwest.
Eventually, my dreams called me to Los Angeles, where I lived for 15 years and worked on stage, television, radio and in film. I am still a card-carrying member of both The Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.
In LA, I found my true passion – bringing theatre education to young people. I taught throughout the LA school district, and more importantly spent many years developing the musical theatre program at St. Bridget of Sweden, a Catholic grade school in an economically challenged area. I was inspired and empowered by what the students brought to the stage.
When my family decided to return to the St. Louis area, we settled in Columbia, and my husband Steve and I quickly enrolled our sons, Henry and Mason, at ICS. Less than a year later, I was producing a community-wide musical, “The Music Man,” thanks to the Dorothy Weinel Eppinger Foundation, and subsequently working at ICS producing its very first musical, “Annie.”
In addition to ICS, I am the Drama Advisor to three other Monroe County schools. I also serve the community as the Artistic Director for The Columbia Theatre Project, and as founding director of its non-profit partner, The Actors’ Attic.
The theatre program at ICS offers onstage and backstage opportunities for students of every age, including the musical Christmas play performed by the grades K-3, to the “big musical” for grades 5-8. I continue to be inspired and awed by our students’ energy, talent and willingness to challenge themselves – you need to experience it for yourself!