Faculty & Staff
Principal
Mrs. Debbie Haertling: Principal/Superintendent

Hello, my name is Mrs. Debbie Haertling, and I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Southeast Missouri State University taking extra classes to obtain PreK-8 certification, a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Specialist Degree in Administrative Leadership from Webster University.  I began my teaching career at Altenburg Public School in 1994 teaching first and second grade. Over the years I have also taught fourth grade and kindergarten.

​My husband, David, and I live on his family farm near New Wells, Missouri.  We have two children, Kristine and Jason, both graduates of Altenburg Public School and one grandson, Kayden.  In my free time I enjoy spoiling my grandson, spending time with my family, volunteering at church, and being a 4-H volunteer and leader.  I also enjoy crafts of all kinds, canning what my husband grows in his huge garden, and reading historical fiction books.



​Email me at:
aps48@altenburgps.eduk12.net
Assistant
Mrs. Lindsay Palisch: Administrative Assistant

My name is Lindsay Palisch and I am the Administrative Assistant at Altenburg Public School. I graduated from Southeast Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2011. I am a Registered Nurse in the state of Missouri, but chose to take a different path and began my career here in 2015. I married my high school sweetheart, Drew, in 2014 and we have two children, Lettie and Layne. My husband and I live in Altenburg and enjoy the small town life. In my free time I enjoy reading, being outdoors, and spending time with my family.

​Email me at:
lpalisch@altenburgps.eduk12.net
Teacher
Mrs. Kimberly Boxdorfer: Technology Instructor

My name is Kimberly Boxdorfer and I began my teaching career when I was seven years old.  My first student, my little sister, has now graduated college so I consider myself a success.  My college years were spent at Southeast Missouri State University where I graduated with a teaching degree and the realization that sneaking a book into a class I was paying for didn’t make a whole lot of sense.  I managed to get my nose out of a book long enough to marry my husband, Greg in 2001.  Being extremely efficient, that same year I graduated college, got my first teaching job, bought my first house, and moved to Altenburg.  After teaching five years in Oak Ridge, I realized that I was spending a lot of time in a car that I could be spending in a book.  So, even though I did not put my little sister’s success on my resume, I was lucky enough to get a job at a wonderful school just five doors down from my house.  Now I spend my time at APS helping students find great books and teaching kids (and adults) about the amazing things that can be done on a computer.  When not at school, I can be found chasing my three extremely energetic children (Katie, Brody, and Jack) and if I’m lucky, sneaking off to read a good book.

​Email me at:
kboxdorfer@altenburgps.eduk12.net
Teacher

Mrs. Ann Brewster: Speech and Language Services

Hi, my name is Ann Brewster.  I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1998 with my Master's degree in Communication Disorders.  I have over 15 years of experience working in a variety of settings including hospitals/outpatient clinics, schools (preschool-12th grade), and home visits.  My husband, Jeremy and I have 3 children, Lillie, Evie, and Angel.  I enjoy playing the piano and our entire family keeps busy on the family farm.  All of us like to be outside enjoying God's beautiful creation and spending time together as family.

Email me at:
abrewster@altenburgps.eduk12.net

Teacher

Ms. Tessa Burroughs: Preschool Teacher

More info coming soon!

Teacher
Mrs. Julie Daugherty: Second Grade Teacher

My name is Julie Daugherty and I teach 2nd grade at Altenburg Public School. I am a graduate of Perryville High School and Southeast Missouri State University where I received a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. I am certified in elementary grades 1-6 as well as cross categorical special education grades K-12. My family resides in East Perry County, and my three sons have all attended APS. I consider it a privilege to play a small part in lives of our community’s young people.

Email me at:
jdaugherty@altenburgps.eduk12.net
Teacher
Mrs. Jen Eifert: Preschool Director

I am Jen Eifert, Preschool Teacher/Director. I am blessed to work with the youngest members of our school district!  At preschool each day is filled with joy and excitement, as children are learning and growing, making discoveries about themselves and the world around them! I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Child Development. I have eleven years of teaching experience, with the last five years being at Altenburg Public School.  My husband Louis and I live in Shawneetown with our three children.  Our kiddos - Grace, Allison, and Charlie are proud APS students.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, power walking and cooking.

Email me at:
jeifert@altenburgps.eduk12.net
Teacher
Mrs. Mary Jane Fieser: Fourth Grade Teacher

I am a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a BSE in Biology Education (not going to tell you the year!).  I have been a classroom teacher for more than 25 years, however, over the years, I have taught everything from preschool to college level classes.  Several years were spent in other careers but coming to APS was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  My husband, Dan, and I live in Tilsit with our little dog, Buster.  We have two adult daughters, Abbie and Hallie.  Ourdaughter, Abbie, lives in Pawlet, Vermont with her husband, Andy and their dog, Bear.  Our other daughter, Hallie, is married to Dave and they live in Knoxville, TN with our wonderful grandson, Jonathan.  Our family loves to camp, fish, travel, garden and spend time outdoors.  I also enjoy making greeting cards and scrap-booking as well as collecting mid-century glass and metal-ware.  My philosophy is that life is short and fragile and we should enjoy to the fullest each day that we are given. 

Email me at:
mfieser@altenburgps.eduk12.net
Teacher
Mrs. Jennifer Fritsche: Kindergarten Teacher

My name is Jennifer Fritsche. I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with honors and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. I am certified Preschool  through 8th grade and have completed master level courses. I have been teaching for close to two decades and have loved every minute. 

Email me at:
jfritsche@altenburgps.eduk12.net
Teacher
Mrs. Julie Hecht: Third Grade Teacher/Title Services

My name is Mrs. Julie Hecht. I have more than 20 years of teaching experience.  I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work in 1992.  I then received my teaching certification from Central Methodist College in 1997.  I continued my education at Southeast Missouri State University where I received my Master's Degree in Education in 2005.  I reside in Jackson with my husband Greg.  We have been married for more than 25 years and have two sons, Grant and Adam.  All three of the men in my family are proud graduates from Altenburg Public School.  

​Email me at:
jhecht@altenburgps.eduk12.net
Director
Mrs. Billie Keister: Special Education Director

My name is Billie Kiester and I am the special education director at Altenburg Public School.

Email me at:
bkeister@altenburgps.eduk12.net​
Teacher
Mrs. Cara Lichtenegger: Music Teacher

HI, I'm Cara Lichtenegger and I am the music teacher at APS.  I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2003 with a degree in vocal music education and have been enjoying teaching ever since.  I feel so happy and blessed to be a part of the APS team!

I very much enjoy teaching and being with the students at APS, but equally as much I enjoy and cherish my time with family.  I am married to Andrew Lichtenegger and we have five wonderful children.   In my spare time (when I rarely get some) I love to do crafts, bake, play the piano, and have fun on our farm with my husband and kids!

Email me at:
clichtenegger@altenburgps.eduk12.net
Paraprofessional
Mrs. Kim Lohmann: Special Education Para Professional

My name is Kim Lohmann and I am a special education para professional at Altenburg Public School.

Email me at:
klohmann@altenburgps.eduk12.net​
Teacher
Mrs. Regina Moore: 7th & 8th Communication Arts & Middle School Social Studies

My name is Regina Moore and I teach 7th & 8th Communication Arts and Middle School Social Studies at Altenburg Public School.

Email me at:
rmoore@altenburgps.eduk12.net​
Ms. Alexis Oswald: 5th grade CA & Math and Middle School Science

More info coming soon!
Cook
Mrs. Joy Peetz: Assistant Cook

My name is Joy Peetz and l am an assistant cook at APS.

​Email me at:
jpeetz@altenburgps.eduk12.net
Mr. Luke Ponder: 6th grade CA & Math and Middle School Math

More info coming soon!
Teacher
Mrs. Valarie Sachs: Preschool Teacher

My name is Valarie Sachs and I teach preschool at APS.

​Email me at:
vsachs@altenburgps.eduk12.net
Mrs. Ally Schnurbusch: 1st Grade Teacher

More info coming soon!

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Teacher
Mrs. Judy Voepel: Art Teacher

I am Judy Voepel, and I have been a teacher at Altenburg Public since 1988.  I earned my Bachelors Degree in Art Education and also two Masters degrees: in Elementary Education and Art Education, all at Southeast Missouri State University.

​Although I am originally from St. Louis, I have lived in Cape Girardeau since the mid-seventies.  I am widowed and the mother of Eric and Anne Marie and the proud grandma of beautiful Chloe Alexis.

I enjoy taking care of my home and yard, reading, and watercolor painting.

Teaching art at APS is possibly the best job ever, and I love it!
​Email me at:
jvoepel@altenburgps.eduk12.net
Director
Mrs. Celeste Wunderlich: Food Service Director

My name is Celeste Wunderlich, and I am the lead cook at APS.  I have been married to David Wunderlich for over 20 years.  Together we have one son, Bobbie and two daughters, Katie and Sophie.   Together, David and I stay very busy watching Sophie and Cassidee playing sports.  We also like to go camping.  My favorite hobbies include gardening, taking care of my animals, and continuing to work with Sophie on softball.  I also enjoy giving pitching lessons to area softball players.

Email me at:
cwunderlich@altenburgps.eduk12.net