Get to know our Communication Arts Department below.

Department Highlights

  • Classes in Communication Arts include Speech, Interpersonal Communications, Junior and College Composition, Journalism, and Literature.
  • Dual credit offered in College Composition I & II, Interpersonal Communication, and Oral Communication for a total of 12 hours.
  • Chromebook carts in classrooms to utilize for research and typing papers.
  • A variety of Electives are offered in odd and even graduating years.
  • Students participate in Poetry Out Loud competition. Several of our students have competed at the State level.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Harry Potter Club
  • Quill and Scroll

Communication Arts Department Staff

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Ann Welker ’76
Head of the Communication Arts Department
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 409
Title(s):
Head of the Communication Arts Department
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Classes: Advanced English I, College Composition I and II

Additional Duties: Quill and Scroll Moderator; Sophomore Homeroom 409

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in Secondary Education from Southeast Missouri State; M.A. in English from Southeast Missouri State

Professional Memberships: National Council of Teachers of English; Missouri Association of Teachers of English; Southeast Missouri English Teachers Association; National Catholic Educational Association

Recognitions: Southeast Missouri English Teachers Association-Teacher of the Year (2015)

2019-2020: 26 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Cynthia King
Head of Dramatics (Performing and Visual Arts Department)
Director of the Fall Drama and Spring Musical
Member of the Communication Arts Department
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 401
Title(s):
Head of Dramatics (Performing and Visual Arts Department)
Director of the Fall Drama and Spring Musical
Member of the Communication Arts Department
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Classes: Dramatics, Stagecraft, Visionary Fiction, American Novels, English Novels, Dramatic Literature, Shakespeare

Additional Duties: Moderator of Backstage Blue; Director of International Thespian Honor Society Troupe #6344; District Speech Festival Judge

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in Secondary Ed. from Southeast Missouri State

Professional Memberships: Educational Theatre Association; Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri; Southeast Missouri English Teachers Association; National Catholic Educational Association

Recognitions: MO-Cape Educator of Achievement (1997-1998); Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; MO Scholars Academy Excellence in Teaching Award; ND Annunciation Award (2011); Springfield-Cape Diocesan Distinguished Teacher Award (2011); Southeast Missouri English Teacher’s Association Teacher of the Year (2017)

2019-2020: 48 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Annita Layton
Member of the Communication Arts Department
Cheerleading Junior Varsity Head Coach
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 404
Title(s):
Member of the Communication Arts Department
Cheerleading Junior Varsity Head Coach
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Classes: English I, Junior Comp, Modern Literature, Mythology

Additional Duties: Senior Homeroom 404

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in English Education from Southeast Missouri State; Catechesis Certification-Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau; CPR Certification

Professional Memberships: Missouri Area Teachers of English; Southeast Missouri English Teachers Association; National Catholic Educational Association

Recognitions: Who’s Who Among American Teachers

2019-2020: 22 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Cindy Maher
Member of the Communication Arts Department
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 403
Title(s):
Member of the Communication Arts Department
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Classes: Advanced English II, Interpersonal Communication

Additional Duties:  Sophomore Class Co-Moderator; National Honor Society Moderator; Sophomore Homeroom 403

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in Secondary Education from Southeast Missouri State; M.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma

Professional Memberships: Southeast Missouri English Teachers Association; National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 12 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Dinah Seabaugh ’81
Head of the Publications Department
Member of the Communication Arts Department
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 402
Title(s):
Head of the Publications Department
Member of the Communication Arts Department
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Classes: Publications, Journalism, Yearbook, Creative Writing

Additional Duties: Hi-Lites Newspaper; Silhouette Yearbook

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in Secondary Education from Southeast Missouri State

Professional Memberships: Southeast Missouri English Teachers Association; Missouri Journalism Education Association; National Catholic Educational Association

Recognitions: National Yearbook Program of Excellence (2012-2016)

2019-2020: 20 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Ellen Seyer
Head of Music (Performing and Visual Arts Department)
Director of Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Mixed Chorus, and Men's Choir
Member of the Communication Arts Department
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 203
Title(s):
Head of Music (Performing and Visual Arts Department)
Director of Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Mixed Chorus, and Men's Choir
Member of the Communication Arts Department
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Classes: AM Men’s Choir, Speech II, Treble Choir, Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Concert Choir, Mixed Chorus

Additional Duties: Encore Club Moderator; Tri-M Honor Society Moderator; Vocal Director for Spring Musicals

Degree: B.A. in Education from Fontbonne College; M.A. in Education from Southeast Missouri State; Masters in Music Education from Southeast Missouri State

Professional Memberships: National Association for Music Education; Missouri Music Educators Association-Southeast Rep.; American Choral Directors Association; Missouri Choral Directors Association-Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for High School Choirs and State Choir Coordinator for the Southeast District; Southeast Missouri English Teachers Association; National Catholic Educational Association

Recognitions: Apple for the Teacher Award-Encore Federated Music Club; Missouri Choral Directors-Outstanding District Director; National Society of High School Scholars Recognition

2019-2020: 27 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Mallory Siebert ’10
Member of the Communication Arts Department
Softball JV Head Coach
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 422
Title(s):
Member of the Communication Arts Department
Softball JV Head Coach
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Classes: English II, Junior Comp

Additional Duties: Freshman Class Co-Moderator; Freshman Homeroom 422

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in Secondary Ed.; CPR certified

Professional Memberships: Southeast Missouri English Teachers Association; National Council of Teachers of English; National Catholic Educational Association

2019-20: 4 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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