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
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.