Mrs. Tricia Burke, Principal
Tricia has been an educator in the District for over 20 years. She has taught Kindergarten, first, and second grades. She also has served as a reading interventionist and a literacy coach for all three Ball-Chatham elementary schools. She has a master’s degree in Reading and Literacy, and also a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. About the education profession, she says, “Having the opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives is both a privilege and a great responsibility. Collaborating with colleagues who are as passionate as I about instruction and student success is so fulfilling. I feel lucky to work with such an incredible group of educators.” Tricia believes that limitations of time and resources are the biggest challenges facing educators today. “A principal’s role is to protect those resources and ensure they are utilized to maximum benefit to students.”
Tricia and her husband, Kevin, have raised two children in the Ball-Chatham School District. Christopher, their oldest, is a nuclear engineer in Chicago. Their daughter, Emily, works for Discover Financial in Chicago. They are both Cardinals fans living two blocks from Wrigley Field! In her free time Tricia says she loves to read, travel and especially spend time with family and friends.
Mrs. Holly Rembusch, Assistant Principal
Holly has taught 2nd and 3rd grades for the Ball-Chatham School District since 2007. She previously taught 1st and 2nd grades in Arizona. She received her master's degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education and her bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University. Holly attended Glenwood Middle School and Glenwood High School, but graduated from Oswego High School. She is married to Steve, also an Assistant Principal, at Chatham Elementary.
She and Steve have two daughters: Kaley, who will be a 6th grader at GIS, and Kinsley, who will be in Kindergarten at Ball Elementary this year. They also have a dog named Cooper! The family enjoys spending time camping and with family and friends.
Mrs. Brittany Sitko, Special Education Coordinator
Mrs. Brittany Sitko has taught fifth grade students for 15 years: first in Belleville, Illinois (2003-2006); and then at Glenwood Intermediate School (2006-2018).
Brittany, an SHG graduate, went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from SIU-E, and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from UIS where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
She says what she enjoys most in her profession is being an advocate for her students and helping each one to achieve his or her greatest potential.
Brittany is married to Tyler, who is a firefighter for the Springfield Fire Dept. They have two daughters: Payton, age 10; and Madelyn, age 8. On her own time she likes reading, exercising, and cheering for the Illini and the Cubs. She also loves to watch her girls do the activities they enjoy - softball, cheer, gymnastics, and basketball.