Get to know our Social Studies Department below.

Department Highlights

  • Several electives are available through the department including Philosophy, Current Events, Sociology, Geography, Psychology, and History of American Women.
  • Students celebrate civics during Government Day sponsored by Optimist Club and the City of Cape Girardeau in May.
  • The Department hosts an assembly for the student body and school community held in the morning at Notre Dame, in honor of all war veterans on Veteran’s Day.

Social Studies Department Staff

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Barb Tomaszewski
Head of the Social Studies Department
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 407
Title(s):
Head of the Social Studies Department
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Classes: American History, History of American Women

Additional Duties: International Students Coordinator; Junior Homeroom 407

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in Education from the University of Indiana; M.E.d. (Masters of Education) Southern New Hampshire University

Professional Memberships: National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 14 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Kirk Boeller ’06
Member of the Social Studies and P.E./Health Departments
Girls Basketball Varsity Head Coach
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 420
Title(s):
Member of the Social Studies and P.E./Health Departments
Girls Basketball Varsity Head Coach
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Classes: Psychology, Sociology, Individual Sports, Sports in Culture

Additional Duties: Athletes Give Back Moderator

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. from Southeast Missouri State; CPR Certified

Memberships: Missouri State High School Basketball Coaches Association; National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 7 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Richard Bohn ’08
Member of the Social Studies Department
Track & Field Assistant Coach
Boys Cross Country Head Coach
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 408
Title(s):
Member of the Social Studies Department
Track & Field Assistant Coach
Boys Cross Country Head Coach
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Classes: World History

Additional Duties: Sophomore Homeroom 408

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

Professional Memberships: National Catholic Educational Association

2019-20: 3 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Josh Green ’15
Member of the Social Studies & Business Departments
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 406
Title(s):
Member of the Social Studies & Business Departments
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Classes: Civics, Business Law

Additional Duties: Scholar Bowl Coach, Speech and Debate Coordinator, Freshman Homeroom 406

Degrees and Certifications: Bachelor of Science in Education from Southeast Missouri State University

Professional Memberships: National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 2 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Mark Koehler
Member of the Foreign Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Business, and Science Departments
Scholar Bowl JV Coach
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 425
Title(s):
Member of the Foreign Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Business, and Science Departments
Scholar Bowl JV Coach
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Classes: World Languages, Geography, Basic Math, Earth & Space Science, Accounting, Business Math

Additional Duties: Sophomore Homeroom 425

Degrees and Certifications: B.A. in Philosophy from St. Mary’s College; B.S. in Education from Southeast Missouri State; Masters in Religious Education from Loyola University

Professional Memberships: National Science Teachers Association; American Classical League (Latin); National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 31 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Ryan Schweain
Head of the Business Department & Member of the Social Studies
Boys Soccer Junior Varsity Head Coach
Girls Soccer Varsity Head Coach
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 420
Title(s):
Head of the Business Department & Member of the Social Studies
Boys Soccer Junior Varsity Head Coach
Girls Soccer Varsity Head Coach
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Classes: Current Events, Computer Applications, Online Technology, and Economics

Additional Duties: Men’s Club Co-Moderator; Sophomore Homeroom 418

Degrees and Certifications: B.A. in Communications from Missouri Baptist University

Professional Memberships: Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association; National Soccer Coaches Association of America; National Catholic Educational Association

Recognitions: Girls Soccer Region Coach of the Year (2013); Missouri State High School Association Girls Soccer Coach of the Year (2017)

2019-2020: 6 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Matt Vollink ’97
Member of the Social Studies and Theology Departments
Boys Soccer Varsity Head Coach
Girls Soccer Assistant Coach
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 515
Title(s):
Member of the Social Studies and Theology Departments
Boys Soccer Varsity Head Coach
Girls Soccer Assistant Coach
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Classes: Theology I and Philosophy

Additional Duties: Men’s Club Co-Moderator

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. from Quincy University; CPR certified

Professional Memberships: Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association; National Soccer Coaches Association; National Catholic Educational Association

Recognitions: Notre Dame Athletic Hall of Fame member; Quincy Top 25 Players

2019-2020: 18 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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