Meet the 8th Grade STEM Teachers


Mrs. Sites – Science 

Mrs. Joan Sites has taught for 28 years and 19 of those have been at Lewis Cass. She graduated from Indiana University and also received a master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan. Her current teaching assignment is eighth grade science.


Mrs. Rush – Math

Mrs. Denise Rush has a BS degree in Mathematics from Saint Joseph’s College. She has been teaching for twenty years now, six of which have been at Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School.  Currently, Mrs. Rush is teaching all the eighth grade math which includes pre-algebra and algebra. She is excited to be a part of the Junior High STEM eighth grade team!


Mr. Barnett – Social Studies

Mr. Matt Barnett is an 8th grade Social Studies and high school U.S. History teacher here at Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School.  He has been a public school teacher for 13 years.  Matt’s approach to teaching history is to use hands-on learning experiences to engage the students in the topic they are studying in class.  He feels that America has such a great story to tell and his desire is to make history come alive for the students.  


Mrs. Birnell – English

Mrs. Michelle Birnell currently teaches all levels of English 8 and Advanced English 10. She has taught at Lewis Cass for over twenty years.