Fine Arts Department

Joliet Catholic Academy believes that the arts are an important part of the high school experience. The arts make a real contribution to the intellectual, expressive, emotional and creative growth of a person. Angels and Hillmen are required to earn credits for graduation in both Art and Music.

Our Fine Arts Department offers students a chance to express themselves and a chance to become involved outside of the classroom setting with extracurricular activities such as musical performances, exhibits, and field trips.

Joliet Catholic Academy’s Fine Arts Department boasts an impressive curriculum including 2-D Design, 3-D Design, Band, Computer Design, Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, English Handbells, Guitar, Jewelry and Weaving, Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Pottery, Studio Art, Tapestry, Theatre Arts, Vocal Singing Skills, and World Music.


Peg Stoiber ’69, Department Chair, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of St. Francis and an Illinois Professional Educators License Secondary Education 6-12 type 09 from the Illinois State Board of education. Mrs. Stoiber has had work published in A Weaver’s Book of 8 Shaft Patterns, was named the Joliet Area Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year, and is a member of the JCA Hall of Fame.

Joyce Kelstrom holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Wheaton College Conservatory, a Master of Music in Music Theory from the American Conservatory of Music, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration from Lewis University. Ms. Kelstrom received a Certificate in Music Elementary through Secondary (Type 10) and a Certificate in Educational Administration (Type 75).

Amanda Popow holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from North Central College. Ms. Popow has a Professional Educator License with endorsements in Art and Secondary Education (Type 03 and Type 09).

Jennifer Szynal holds a Bachelor in Music Education from Illinois State University and is a National Merit Educator. Ms. Szynal was named the Joliet Area Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year.


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