Meet the Staff
Mrs. Gina Brown
Hello and Welcome to St. Mary Parish School. I am proud to be starting my fourth year as your principal. After receiving a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in 2000 I began my career as a guidance counselor at Wauwatosa East High School. After being encouraged by colleagues to pursue a career in administration I pursed a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Marian University and accepted the position as assistant principal at Wauwatosa East High School in 2005, where I remained until coming to St. Marys in October of 2008. I have enjoyed the quality teaching staff, dedicated students and families, and an extremely supportive Parish community during my tenure. St. Marys is a very special place.
This October my husband, Michael, and I will celebrate our eleven year wedding anniversary. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with Michael and our two dogs Brownie and D.O.G. Michael and I keep busy with our rather large families; we both come from families of seven and currently have 22 nieces and nephews, and even 1 great niece.
Mrs. Becki Kram
Director of Technology
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My role at St. Marys is varied. As the Director of Technology, I strive to ensure the technology in our building is running smooth and effectively. I review current trends in software and hardware to determine the best tools to implement with our staff and students.
Another responsibility is to work with teachers to implement technology into their classrooms in order to create authentic learning opportunities for students. Look for your child to become an independent user of technology and understand how technology helps in their learning.
On a personal note, my own two children attended school here as well. While I always knew our school was excellent, it wasn't until I transferred my children here that I could really appreciate how amazing our entire staff is. I feel truly blessed to be apart of this community.
Parish School Administrative Assistant
Hello and welcome to St. Mary's! I am the Administrative Assistant and I am proud to be a part of this community that fosters a high standard of education with an emphasis on strong values and faith.
My work experience includes many years in Special Education, along with extensive office work.
In my spare time, my husband and I enjoy our time with our four grown children and grandchildren! My hobbies include photography, traveling, gardening, reading and dancing.
If you need information on enrolling, or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Parish School Secretary
Welcome to St Mary Parish School. I am proud to be the school secretary and part of a dedicated, and hard working staff. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse with a BS degree and a minor in Psychology.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and attending all of their sporting events. When extra time is available I enjoy exercising, reading, scrapbooking and spending time with friends.
It is a pleasure to be a part of the St Mary community and working with all of your children.
Mrs. Andrea Angle
K3 Half Day Assistance
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.
I enjoy spending time at home with my husband and cat, Stewart. I also love to be around my family, visit the zoo, try new recipes, shop, and go for walks.
Mrs. Michele Greene
K4 Full Day Assistant
Hello! I am so excited to start my second year here at St. Mary. Every day is a wonderful new adventure with 4 year olds and I meet each new day with enthusiasm. It is a remarkable experience to watch the childrens curiosity and individuality as they learn and grow throughout the school year.
As a wife and a mother of two spirited boys who attend St. Mary, the staffs dedication to Christian values is awe inspiring. They give me the motivation to be a better role model in my life. I feel truly grateful and blessed to be a part of this faith filled community. Blessings are abounding!
Mrs. Karen Parkinson
K4 Full Day Teacher
My name is Karen Parkinson and I am excited to be joining the St. Mary staff this year. For the past 7 years I have been a stay-at-home mom to my two sons, both of whom now attend St. Marys. Prior to staying home I was an early childhood teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools district for 7 years. I have a Bachelors degree in early childhood education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I have also been a substitute teacher at St. Mary over the past two years.
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 so far!
Mrs. Janice Falzon
K4 Half Day Assistance and Extended Child Care
I am beginning my ninth 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 5 years.
My husband Frank and I live in Franklin with our 3 teenagers; Joe (19), Jada (17), and Jack (14). 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
Hello! This is my first year teaching at St. Mary Parish School. For the past nine years, I have been a stay at home mom to my two children, both of whom attend school at St. Mary's. Prior to staying home, I was a special education teacher in the Chicago Public Schools for 9 years and have been a substitute teacher at St. Mary for the past two years. I have a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Education from National Louis University. I couldn't be more thrilled to be re-entering the world of teaching in 4K! In my free time, I enjoy running, reading, spending time with family and friends and especially trying out new restaurants with my husband!
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. I stayed at home for four years and then worked for nine years as a 4K teacher
assistant here at St. Mary before teaching 5K.
I love working with your children and feel blessed not only to help your child learn at school, but to take an active role the faith community my family belongs to. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, including my husband, Paul, our children Hannah and Josh, our extended family and baking, reading, and walking our dogs.
Ms. Christina Cimpl
Grade 1 Teacher
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Hi, my name is Christina Cimpl. 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 fourth year teaching at St. Marys because of my long history with the Parish. I am a graduate of St. Marys and am currently a member of this Parish today. It is a dream come true to be teaching in my old 1st grade classroom!
I enjoy baking, playing tennis, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.
Ms. Sarah Massopust
Grade 1 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. Kris Kuchenbecker
Grade 2 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.
Miss Roxane Maciejczak
Grade 2 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. Anne Luebke
Grade 3 Homeroom & Language Arts Teacher
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Hi, I'm Anne Luebke I am very excited to be starting my eighth year teaching third grade at St. Mary's. 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.
I am enjoying being a new mother to my baby girl, Stella. Outside the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, playing tennis, reading, and shopping.
Mrs. Margherita Farrugia
Grade 3 Homeroom and 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade SS and Religion 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!
Ms. Kelly Scheidemantel
Grade 4 Homeroom & 3rd, 4th, 5th Math/Science Teacher
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Hi, my name is Kelly Scheidemantel. I am very excited to begin my fourth year teaching here at St. Mary's! St. Mary's is a wonderful community and I feel blessed to be a part of it. This year, I will be a fourth grade home room teacher and I also will be teaching math and science to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. I am originally from Wheaton, IL and moved to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University. At Marquette, I studied Elementary/Middle Education and History. I graduated in 2010.
In my free time I love to play and watch all different types of sports. I also enjoy running, traveling, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. I am looking forward to a great year with my students!
Mrs. Angelia Vogt
Grade 4 Homeroom & Language Arts
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Hello, my name is Angelia Vogt! I am the fourth grade Reading and Language Arts teacher. I am so excited to be teaching here 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, daughters Ellieana (2nd) and Mckenna (K5), and dog Harley. I enjoy time with my family and friends, running, and planning parties.
Mr. Alan Farrugia
Grade 5 Homeroom & 3rd, 4th, 5th Math/Science 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. Mariterese LaBissoniere
Grade 5 Homeroom & Language Arts Teacher
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I am blessed to be able to educate all the fifth graders in Literature, English, and Vocabulary/Spelling. For as long as I can remember, Ive 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 no matter your age. Since I value learning, I continue to further my education by taking graduate or professional development classes yearly. When I am not reading, I delight in shopping, cooking, walking my dog, as well as power walking, and spending time with family and friends.
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. Teaching in a Catholic is
important to me. I count my blessings every day and I feel very fortunate to work where my faith can be a part of each lesson.
Mr. Walt Ziesmer
Grade 6 Homeroom & 6th Grade English/Literature, Grade 7 Literature Teacher
Hello, may name is Walt Ziesmer. I graduated from St. Norbert College in 2009 with my adolescents/ Early Adolescents teaching certification. While getting my degree I worked at the local Boys & Girls club and was also given the amazing opportunity to teach abroad in Accra, Ghana. Both were amazing experiences and really solidified my passion and love for educating. After graduating I was the building substitute teacher at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis for a year and a half but was blessed to find an English and Literature position at St. Mary Parish School.
Outside of the classroom, I like to stay active. I am an avid player and supporter of an emerging sport called disc golf. It is much like golf but played with Frisbee. Its a great game, and a low pressure sport that everyone can enjoy.
I am looking forward to this being my first full year and I am excited to help your child reach the high academic and moral benchmarks set by St. Mary Parish School.
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!
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. Joan Flayter
Grade 8 Homeroom & Middle School Math Teacher
Hello and thank you for entrusting St Mary with the nurturing of your children. It is a blessing to be a part of this school and parish.
This will be my third year here at St Marys school teaching middle school math. My prior teaching experience includes teaching middle school math and science at St. Anthony of Padua, followed by teaching middle school math at The University School of Milwaukee. Most recently I had the opportunity to work at home raising our 5 children; Austin, Katelyn, Brianna, Jenna and Nathan.
Along with teaching I enjoy coaching, walking, listening to contemporary Christian music and spending time with family and friends.
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.
Mr. Jim Mutranowski
After School Care Supervisor
Jim comes to us from Franklin where he lives with his wife Sandy (Greendale Middle School's LMC director) and two children, Jonah, 17 and Julia, 14. While Jim just turned 50 years old back in February, most would think he's likely in his mid to upper 30's given his high energy and fit and trim physique. With a bachelors degree in Engineering from MSOE, he has worked as an engineer and manager for over 20 years. But as part of a career change, he obtained his WI DPI Professional Educators License from Cardinal Stritch University in 2004. Since then Jim has worked as a substitute teacher, educational assistant and full time elementary teacher and summer school teacher in the districts of Greendale, Franklin, Greenfield and Waukesha. In addition to his new role as Supervisor of our after school care program, Jim works as a private tutor for children grades 3 through 12 with an emphasis on Math. Jim has a passion for engaging students in learning while having fun! Jim is also a member of St. Alphonsus Parish in Greendale.
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.
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, Kayla and Anthony, 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.
Mrs. Ann Fowler
I am very pleased to be the vocal and general music teacher at St. Mary Parish School. I have earned a BS in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University and a BA in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I also completed my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in 2008. I have taught general music and/or choir for the past 12 years, all but one of them in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
My husband, Nigel, and I enjoy spending time together doing projects around the house and traveling. Between the two of us, we have five boys; two in college and three in high school. I enjoy gourmet cooking, gardening, and exercising.
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 Physical Education. The staff, students, and parents are wonderful people to work with!
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.