Catholic Education has been one of the biggest and most positive influences in my faith formation. I am extremely grateful for it and have a strong desire to help nurture and develop our beautiful faith in my students. I come from a strong Catholic education background, having attended nine years of elementary school at Saint Austin in Minneapolis and four years of high school at Totino-Grace in Fridley. Since our family moved to St. Michael in 2004, it has been a blessing to be a teacher here and an active member of our parish. Both our school and church are wonderful faith-filled communities with many opportunities for lifelong learning and spiritual growth.
Since graduating from the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!) with a major in elementary education, I have been fortunate to have had a wide range of experiences in education in both public and Catholic schools, and even the business setting. Of all of these experiences, my favorite is being a classroom teacher. From 1997 to 2004, I taught first and second grade in southwest Minnesota. Our family was drawn back to the cities and especially to this community of St. Michael-Albertville where I feel fortunate to have landed and raise our family. I have been teaching at StMCS since 2004, starting as a reading teacher, then as a second grade teacher, and currently as a first grade teacher.
My husband Chris and I are blessed with three children, who have all attended StMCS. Joseph is in college at Saint Johns University, Cecelia is at STMA high school and Clare is here at StMCS. I really enjoy spending time with my family. We have a love of all sports and either participate in them, coach them, or are avid fans. We enjoy time together whenever we can, especially outdoors, fishing, sitting around the campfire, or one of our most recent adventures kayaking in the Apostle Island Caves. I also have a love for reading, golf, music, and playing the piano.
I have a big heart for my eager, young first graders and strive to work together with parents and staff to teach them the value of doing their best, being positive and becoming more like Jesus. Each of them is a child of God with a unique purpose. I consider it a privilege to be a part of the early years of their school journey and to play a part in their amazing growth throughout their time here.
Prayers to Practice:
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Friday, January 18th - First Class Mass
Friday, April 5th - Second Class Mass