Meet the Staff
Mrs. Maria Schram
Welcome! I am delighted to begin my role as principal of St. Mary Parish School. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, and families of this Exemplary parish school community. Together, we will maintain our status as one of the finest Catholic schools in the archdiocese by continuing to provide academic excellence enhanced with faith, compassion, and encouragement.
I earned my undergraduate teaching degree in Broad Field Social Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. After graduation, I was proud to instruct social studies at various archdiocesan schools. During this time, I began my pursuit of a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Director of Curriculum and Instruction from Cardinal Stritch University. The last 15 years have provided me with the opportunity to lead two Catholic elementary schools and one Catholic high school. I am thrilled to bring those positive experiences, along with my knowledge and compassion for education, to St. Mary Parish School.
The importance of family can never be underestimated. My greatest gift is the time I spend with my husband David and children, Nicholas, 26, and Phillip, 21. Although our children are grown, we still make time to travel and get together in Door County.
I look forward to meeting the parents and students of this school community. I am confident that St. Mary Parish School's future will be as storied as its past.
Welcome! I am thrilled to continue my role as Administrative School Secretary here at St. Mary. I take pride in being a part of a hard working dedicated staff, and having the pleasure to meet so many wonderful families and their children over the last 12 plus years. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse with a BS degree in Recreation and a minor in Psychology.
I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 3 girls traveling and watching their sporting events. I also love to read, exercise, and hang with family and friends.
Ms. Jenny Ryan
Hello! I am Jenny Ryan, the K3 Teacher's Assistant. I am the proud mother of two daughters who attend St. Mary Parish School and I have seen firsthand how caring and dedicated the staff is. I am grateful to be a part of the St. Mary community. It is such a pleasure to watch the children's curiosity and interest in school blossom. I am looking forward to a fantastic year in K3.
My past experience includes studies in Elementary Education at Purdue North Central, IUPUI, and Indiana University. I received my Practical Nursing License from Ivy Tech State College in 2000. I worked at Yeshiva Elementary School for six years in Keshet's Special Education program as an assistant and vocational/life skills coach. I was also a line therapist for Autism Intervention Milwaukee and provided Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy for children ages 3-5.
I enjoy spending quality time with my husband Jim, daughters Ana and Avery and extended family and friends. I also enjoy traveling, shopping, and DIY home projects.
Mrs. Erica Rice
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I love teaching here at St. Mary! The children, parents and staff are very welcoming and fun to work with!
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2006 and went on to work in the New Berlin Public District as an aide and at the University School of Milwaukee co-teaching Kindergarten before coming to St. Mary in 2009. My first four years at St. Mary I taught first grade until I switched to start the 3K program in 2013.
I enjoy spending time at home with my husband and son, J.T. I also love to be around my family, visit the zoo, try new recipes, shop, and go for bike rides.
Mrs. Andrea Angle
K4 Full Day Assistant
I feel very blessed to be a part of St. Mary School community! St. Mary School and church have always been very special to me. I attended St. Mary for my own primary education, and it was here that I was inspired to seek out a career as an educator.
My relationship with St. Mary continues beyond education. It is where my husband, Andy, and I were married, where we baptized our daughter, and where we continue to worship with extended family. Now, I feel that every day at St. Mary with our 4K and primary students is an adventure that I truly appreciate!
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring the outdoors, reading, movies, games, and being around wonderful friends.
Mrs. Karen Parkinson
K4 Full Day Teacher
My name is Karen Parkinson and I am excited to be part of such a great St. Mary staff. Prior to teaching at St. Mary I had been a stay-at-home mom to my two sons, Brody and Luke, both of whom now attend St. Mary School. I was an early childhood teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools district for 7 years. I taught all day 4K and first grade. I graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
When free time allows, I enjoy playing sports with my husband and sons, reading, enjoying the outdoors and DIY projects around the house. My husband Craig and I feel blessed and thankful for the time we have spent at St. Mary Parish School and Church!
Mrs. Janice Falzon
K4 Half Day Assistant and Extended Child Care
I am beginning my tenth year here at St. Mary Parish School as the 4K Extended Care Director, and also, serving as the assistant in the half day 4K program. I look forward to enhancing your child's learning experience through creative free play, arts and crafts, recess, puzzle and story time.
I earned my Bachelor's Degree from St. Norbert College. I began my working career at Northwest Airlines, where I was employed for 13 years. In 2001, I decided to stay at home with our 3 kids. I spent my "free time" volunteering in my children's classrooms, serving as a Daisy and Girl Scout Leader, and coaching various sports' teams in which my children participated. I have been involved in teaching Christian Formation Classes here at St. Mary for the past 6 years.
My husband Frank and I live in Franklin with our 3 teenagers; Joe (20), Jada (18), and Jack (15). We enjoy biking and watching our childrens' sports events together. When free time allows, we enjoy heading north to visit family.
Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the St. Mary Parish School community!
Mrs. Deb Johansen
K4 Half Day Teacher
My name is Deb Johansen and I am very excited to teach 4 year old kindergarten at St. Mary School! I am a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Special Education. I also have a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois.
In my free time, I enjoy watching my two children, Nolan (10) and Maya (9), both of whom attend school at St. Mary School, participate in sporting events. I also enjoy reading, exercising and traveling with my family and friends.
Mrs. Julie Hamlin
K5 Kindergarten Assistant
I am the assistant in the 5 year-old kindergarten classroom. I look forward to working with your children and assisting the teacher in any way that I can. My past experience includes a BS from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a major course of study in Spanish, as well as postgraduate credits in education related areas. After college, I taught Spanish for ten years at Burlington High School.
My husband Mike and I have two children, both graduates of St. Mary. We are very pleased to be a part of the St. Mary Faith Community.
Mrs. Julie Holzhauer
K5 Kindergarten Assistant
Hello everyone! I'm Julie Holzhauer and I am very excited to be working at St. Mary Parish School as a 5K teacher's assistant. I attended UW-Milwaukee and graduated with my M.S. in Speech and Language Pathology. I worked for Waukesha County for several years in the Birth-to-Three program and then decided to stay home after I had my second child. My favorite part of the job was working with the young children and their families. I now feel blessed that I am able to work with your children.
My husband and I have two children, both of whom attend St. Mary's. I enjoy being part of this community and spending time with my family.
Mrs. Linda Scharine
K5 Kindergarten Teacher
I am pleased to be starting a new year in 5-year old Kindergarten have the pleasure to work with the children and families here at St. Mary Parish School. I have a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree in Library Science. I am certified to teach Nursery School through sixth grade as a classroom teacher and have a K-12 license as a media specialist/librarian.
My husband, Jim and I have two children, Greg and Kari. As parents, we have chosen Catholic education throughout their school careers. As a result, I have great respect and appreciation for the commitment and sacrifice made by families in support of our Catholic schools.
We enjoy time spent with family, friends and travel--both near and far!
Mrs. Sue Stewart
K5 Kindergarten Teacher
I am looking forward to beginning a new year at St. Mary! I have a bachelors degree from UW-Whitewater, and a masters degree from Aurora University, and also earned Early Childhood Certification from Viterbo University. I taught in the St. Francis School District until my second child was born. After staying at home for four years I worked for nine years as a 4K teacher
assistant here at St. Mary before teaching 5K. I'm looking forward to an incredible year in 5K!
I love working with your children and feel blessed to help your child learn at school. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, including my husband, Paul, our children, our extended family and friends, and baking, reading, and walking our dogs. This year we will adjust to having our daughter, Hannah, leave for her first year at UW-Eau Claire, while our son, Josh, begins his junior year of high school.
Ms. Sarah Massopust
Grade 1 and Science Teacher
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Hi, I am Sarah Massopust. I am so excited to begin my third year of teaching here at St. Mary Parish School. I am a 2009 graduate from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Elementary Education and a Math minor.
I enjoy being outside, running, reading, and listening to a wide variety of music. I love spending time and taking trips with my family and friends.
I am looking forward to a great year working with the 1st grade students!
Mrs. Christina Mikez
Grade 1 and Social Studies Teacher
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Hi, my name is Christina Mikez. I am a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. I am eager to begin my fifth year teaching at St. Mary Parish because of my long history with the Parish. I am a graduate of St. Mary and am currently a member of this Parish today. It is a dream come true to be teaching in my old 1st grade classroom!
In my free time I enjoy baking, playing tennis with my husband Kevin, and spending time with my family and friends.
Miss Roxane Maciejczak
Grade 2 and Science Teacher
It has been a blessing to grow up, attend school, and now teach in this Milwaukee area. I graduated from St. Matthias grade school, Hamilton High School, and then U.W.-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. I have been teaching in the Archdiocese ever since, for over thirty years now, with most of them here at St. Mary's! I've experienced teaching 5th, 4th, 1st, and 2nd Grade students and that's one of the things that I find most enjoyable about the profession of teaching-learning with a new classroom of students each year! When my schoolwork is done, I value time spent with family and friends. I also enjoy reading non-fiction, cooking, gardening, and just puttering around the house. When I'm out and about, I especially like shopping for "just the right gift" for someone!
Mrs. Kris Kuchenbecker
Grade 2 and Social Studies Teacher
Hello! My name is Kris Kuchenbecker. I graduated from U-W Whitewater with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. I worked in the Milwaukee Public School system as a Special Education teacher before taking time off to raise my own children. My husband and I have three children who have graduated from St. Mary. We are delighted with the well balanced education they received. After many years of subbing at St. Mary I joined the staff. I am thrilled to be a part of this school! I enjoy walking, baking, volleyball, the north woods and spending time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year.
Mrs. Anne Luebke
Grade 3 Language Arts, Reading, and Religion Teacher
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Hi, I'm Anne Luebke. I am very excited to be starting my ninth year teaching third grade at St. Mary. This year I will be teaching Reading, Language Arts, and Religion to all third graders.
I graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree and obtained my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University. I have previously taught third grade in Kenosha and for Milwaukee Public Schools. I love watching third graders grow and develop throughout the year.
Outside the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Bill, our daughter, Stella, and our extended family and friends. I keep active by playing tennis, reading, and shopping. I look forward to a wonderful school year!
Mrs. Margherita Farrugia
Grade 3 Math, Science, and Social Studies Teacher
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Hi, I'm Margherita Farrugia. I graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a Bachelor in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education. In the past I have taught K4,K5 and 2nd grade classes. My husband and I are very excited to be working at St. Mary school together. We have three children that attend St. Mary and are very grateful that our entire family is part of such a fantastic school community.
In my free time I love to play with my children, shop, cook and travel anywhere that has a beach!
Mrs. Angelia Vogt
Grade 4 Language Arts, Reading, and Religion Teacher
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Hello, my name is Angelia Vogt! I am so excited to be teaching at St. Mary's! Prior to working here I taught third grade for seven years in the School District of Cudahy. Before that I taught at a charter school in Milwaukee, and also fulfilled a few long-term substituting positions in South Milwaukee. I graduated from Alverno College in 2003 with my Bachelors in Elementary Education, and in 2014 with my Masters in Leadership and Administration, with a license in Curriculum.
When I am not planning or at work, I love spending time with my husband Chris and daughters Ellieana and Mckenna. I enjoy time with my family and friends, running, and planning parties.
Ms. Kelly Scheidemantel
Grade 4 Math, Science, and Social Studies Teacher
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Hi, my name is Kelly Scheidemantel. I am very excited to begin my fifth year teaching here at St. Mary School! St. Mary is a wonderful community and I feel blessed to be a part of it. This year, I will be teaching math, social studies, and science to the fourth graders. I am originally from Wheaton, IL and moved to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University. At Marquette, I studied Elementary/Middle Education and History.
In my free time I enjoy playing and watching all different types of sports. I also like to run, travel, read, and spend time with my friends and family.
I am looking forward to a great year with my students!
Mrs. Mariterese LaBissoniere
Grade 5 English, Literature, and Religion Arts Teacher
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I am blessed to be able to educate all the fifth graders in Religion, Literature, English, and Vocabulary. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to teach and weave the faith of Christ into my subjects. I have been fulfilling that dream for many, many years at this outstanding school. I enjoy learning new things and I think thats why I love teaching. I want to help children see that growing in knowledge is key to a happy life. Since I value learning, I continue to further my education by taking graduate or professional development classes. Teaching in a Catholic environment is important to me and I relish this school. It is where my husband and I chose to send our daughter. I have always been proud of the education children receive at St. Mary Parish School not only academically but also spiritually and morally. I count my blessings every day and I feel very fortunate to work where my faith can be a part of lessons.
I delight in reading, shopping, cooking, walking, and spending time with family and friends.
Mr. Alan Farrugia
Grade 5 Math, Science, and Social Studies Teacher
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Hi! My name is Alan Farrugia and I am the 5th grade Math, Science, and Social Studies teacher. I graduated from Cardinal Stritch in 2003 with a Major in Elementary Education and a Minor in Computer Studies. I am excited to work with my wife Margherita who is a teacher here as well. We have 3 children 2 boys and a girl who are exciting and energetic.
Its great to have 2 of them here at St. Marys too. I love spending time with my family, playing basketball, and traveling to my home in Cairns, Australia.
Mrs. Joy Wallschlaeger
Grade 6 Homeroom & Middle School Social Studies Teacher
I began my career at St. Mary Parish School 31 years ago. I love Middle School aged students and enjoy the St. Mary's students because they are enthusiastic about learning and realize how important education is for the future.
The education, students receive at St. Mary's, is exceptional. I speak from experience as both my children graduated from St. Mary's and did extremely well in Catholic High Schools and in College.
My family and I enjoy the Fine Arts and traveling. We all took piano lessons for at least five years and Amy and Todd took them longer. We all sang in different school and church choirs for years and took part in performing in various plays. We also took professional dance lessons at different dance studios including Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Mequon and competed in dance competitions.(ballroom) My husband and I also taught adult classes in ballroom at Anita's Dance Studio in Muskego where Amy was also teaching young children ballet, tap and Jazz and Todd was in the Midwest Connection Dance Company and competed in Hawaii, Florida, California, etc.
We love to travel especially to places that Amy and I teach about. There is nothing more exciting than teaching from first hand experience. Of course, Disney World is one of my favorites, in case you didn't already know that. My dream is to spend time in Germany since I am full blooded German and I also want to visit Africa since I specialized in African history in college. There is so much to see and learn about in this wonderful, exciting world. Thank you!
Mrs. Wendy Hornik
Grade 6 Homeroom, 6th Grade English/Literature, and Grade 7 Literature Teacher
I am so excited to be part of the St. Mary staff. The past eight years I took off teaching to be a stay-at-home mom. I loved it but am so thrilled to be back.
I graduated from Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. I taught in the Kenosha Unified School District for 5 years and in Cudahy School District for 4 years. I have been a substitute teacher at Saint Marys for the past 2 years. I am so happy to be teaching in the middle school!!!
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, sewing, and ice skating with my daughter. I also love playing baseball, chess, and cribbage against my son. My husband and I also love to go on nature walks with the kids and watch the History and Discovery channel.
Ms. Alli Meuler
Grade 7 Homeroom & 7th Grade English, 8th Grade English/Literature Teacher
Hi! My name is Allison Meuler and I am the seventh grade English and eighth grade English/Literature teacher. I am excited to be a part of the St. Mary's Parish School community! I graduated from Marquette University in 2005 with a degree in English and Secondary Education and, in 2012, received a Master of Arts degree in Reading and Language Arts from Cardinal Stritch University.
In my free time I love running, reading, playing volleyball, singing along with my favorite musicals, watching MU basketball, and spending time with my husband (John), family, and friends.
Mr. Adam Czajkowski
Grade 7 Homeroom & Middle School Science Teacher
Hello, my name is Adam Czajkowski and I am excited to be a member of the faculty of St. Mary School. I am a 2008 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology with an emphasis in Cell Biology and Physiology as well as a minor in Chemistry. I also received my education license after completing my student teaching at Greenfield High School. I come to St. Mary's with three years of full time teaching experience at Waukesha North High School and Burlington High School. I also have previous part-time experience as a long term substitute at Arrowhead High School and Campbellsport High School as well as teaching summer school courses at Port Washington High School for the past 5 years. I served as the JV Boys Volleyball coach Burlington High School for the past two years.
In my free time I enjoy playing golf, disc golf and tennis. I am also a member of Kavkaz which is a Russian folk dance group and perform with them regularly.
I look forward to a great year at St. Mary and encourage anyone to contact me anytime with any concerns or questions.
Mrs. Sheila Daniels
Grade 8 Homeroom & Middle School Math Teacher
Hello there! My name is Sheila Daniels and I am the brand new 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Mathematics teacher here at St. Mary School. I am very excited to jump into the school year with the amazing staff and community I have just met.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2009, I did some substitute teaching in Menomonee Falls. Then I briefly worked at both the middle school in Germantown teaching 7th grade Mathematics and Science and in the middle school in Cedarburg teaching 8th grade Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. For the past few years I was working with students with special needs at Germantown High School. I am very pleased to now be here at St. Mary School.
Recently I got married (January 24th) to my husband Joe. We enjoy traveling, going on walks/hikes, or watching TV.
Mrs. Mary Wackman
Grade 8 Homeroom & Middle School Religion Teacher
It is a blessing to be on this journey with our middle school students as they continue to develop their relationship with God and learn more about our faith. They have much to share and are open to new experiences.
My undergraduate degree is from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with post graduate licensure through Cardinal Stritch University. My husband, Chris, and I have been married for over twenty five years; we are the proud parents of two sons who are successful graduates of St. Mary Parish School. I enjoy Scrabble, sheepshead, reading, golfing, geocaching, and spending time outdoors in God's creation with my family and friends.
I look forward to forming a partnership with you and your student as we continue to grow in our faith.
Mrs. Stacy Presley
After School Care Director
Hi! Welcome to After Care! I am excited to take on the role of After School Director! I am a state certified social worker with 12 years in the human services field as well as 7 years of child care experience. During the school day I am privileged to work for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee as a Family Engagement Specialist.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, shopping and spending time with my husband and 2 wonderful daughters. I look forward to making your child's time after school educational, safe & fun! I am excited to meet all of you!
Mrs. Sherie Drees
Art Teacher - K4 - 8th Grade
I have taught at St. Mary Parish School since 2004. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, an Art Education certification for teaching PreK-12th grade, and a Masters of Science in Art Education. I have studied at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (where I met my husband), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and most recently at Concordia University in Mequon.
I have been married to my husband Dustin for seven years and am the proud mother of three year old twin boys. Although, I don't find much time for myself these days, I do enjoy reading, bookmaking, and painting.
I absolutely love my job and couldn't imagine myself anywhere else! My goal as a teacher is to enhance the educational experience by providing my students with the tools they will need to express themselves and to form a better understanding of the world.
Mr. Pierre Allard
Band Teacher - Grades 4-8
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I have been teaching here at St. Mary's since 1996. My passion and continued devotion to teaching music is a credit to our students in the band program. We have excellent players who have a tremendous work ethic, which makes my job a real joy. Here at St. Marys we have three concert bands and jazz ensemble.
I am a Graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and my degree is in Instrumental Music Education.
Mr. Dale Webler
Director of Technology
I am excited to be appointed the IT Director here at St. Mary School. I am a retired IT professional with over 40 years of project, program, systems management, and compliance experience. I have been a volunteer in the IT department at St. Mary for 3+ years, thus I am familiar with many of the systems that the school uses to manage its automated procedures and data. I am very happy now to be working on a regular basis with the teachers and staff to provide quick responses to problems, provide a stable technical environment, and to plan for future technical infrastructure improvements.
My wife, Mary Jai, and I have been members of St. Mary Parish for 10 years. We have two grandchildren, Elijah and Ethan, currently attending St. Mary School.
In my spare time I enjoy photography and amateur radio hobbies, and of course, I enjoy playing my part as the "geek quad" for the family.
Mrs. Julie Vanderhoef
Librarian and K4-5 Technology Teacher
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I joined the St. Mary staff as a fourth grade teacher in 2007 and took on a new role as school librarian and technology teacher in 2012. I feel very blessed to be teaching at such a wonderful school. The staff, children, and families here are amazing!
I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from UW-LaCrosse, additional Middle School and Science Certifications from UW-Milwaukee, and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University.
My husband Joe and I have two children, both of whom attend St. Mary School. We have found our school to be a perfect fit for them as well. In addition to spending time with family and friends, I enjoy cooking, reading, and traveling.
Ms. Heather Schultz
I am excited to begin my career at St. Mary Parish School. I will be teaching 4K - 8th grade general music. I am a graduate of Viterbo University with a degree in Music Performance, Piano Pedagogy and a Church Music Minor. I have also received my teaching license in general music. Prior to teaching at St. Mary, I spent two years in urban education. Catholic education has always been an important part of my life and so I am thrilled to continue my teaching career at a strongly faith-based school. My husband and I are also excitedly awaiting the birth of our baby boy in November and we look forward to having him attend St. Mary Parish School in the future.
In my free time I enjoy playing piano, going for walks, reading, going to Brewer games and spending time with my family and friends.
Miss Barb Moulton
Physical Education Teacher
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education, grades K-12, with a Coaching concentration. I have been teaching Physical Education for 32 years, 27 of them at St. Mary's! Some of my hobbies are: anything dealing with sports, sewing, crafting, traveling, and camping. My favorite kinds of music are country, and 50-60's. I am an active member in the Wisconsin Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance-which is the professional organization for Wisconsin Physical Education Association.
In 1979, I started my teaching career in the Catholic Schools. I have enjoyed teaching at St. Mary School since 1986. The staff, students, and parents are wonderful people to work with!
Mrs. Theresa Breunig
I am pleased to be a project manager at St. Mary, working on initiatives to build and enhance our technical capabilities to meet the Parish mission, vision, and needs. I graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor's of Business Degree in Systems Design. I have over 25 years of experience in information systems, working as a project manager and overall manager in the information systems field.
I have been a parishioner at St. Mary for over 20 years, and volunteer in many ministries. Since 2012, I have been a consultant to the IT Director at St. Mary, helping to develop the Church Technology Plan and more recently, the School Technology Plan, in addition to helping with various initiatives for the church and school.
My husband, Phil and I have three children, all of who attended St. Mary Parish School. I truly feel blessed to be a part of this community, and am looking forward to making a difference at St. Mary.
Mrs. Nicole Burke
Hello! As I begin my tenth year teaching here at St. Mary Parish School, I feel so blessed to continue being a part of this amazing faith-filled community. After teaching for three wonderful years in the 2nd grade classroom here, I have continued my work teaching in the Reading Room. It has been such an incredible experience to work closely with the students as they master the art of reading. My husband and I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters who have brought us so much joy and love. In my free time, I enjoy running, traveling and taking outdoor adventures. I am really looking forward to another great year here!
Mrs. Carla Modglin
Hello, my name is Carla Modglin and I am looking forward to my fourth year as Reading Specialist at St. Marys. I have a M.S. degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University and will be starting my 20th year of teaching. I have enjoyed teaching in a variety of areas including: third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classrooms, elementary and high school music, K-8 gifted and talented and of course K-8 reading.
I have been married to my husband Dean for 21 years and we have been blessed with two children, a 13 year old daughter, Grace, and an 11 year old son, Evan. My husband's job has kept our family on the move and we have enjoyed living in Illinois, Idaho, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
I am an avid reader in my spare time and I enjoy playing the piano and singing. I look forward to another great year at St. Mary Parish School. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the staff at this great school!
Ms. Christine Ruz
I am the School Counselor at St. Mary's and I work with students from kindergarten through eighth grade. I received my undergraduate degree from UW-LaCrosse in middle childhood to early adolescent education and a minor in English and my Master's in School Counseling from Concordia University Wisconsin. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with all of the great students and families we have here at St Mary's.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, Mark, and dogs, Romeo and Beemer. I also enjoy reading, traveling, cooking, and taking photos.
Ms. Dawn Gilles
Hola! My name is Dawn Gilles and this is my second year at St.Mary's as the K-8 Spanish teacher. I have previously taught at the Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School in grades K, 1 and 2. I also taught Spanish to the Elementary students at Brookfield Academy for the past four years. I have been a member of St Mary Parish since I was in middle school. My husband and I were married here (in the old church) and our four children have been baptized at St Mary's. I feel blessed to now be a staff member in this wonderful community.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, being outdoors and teaching group exercise classes.