Faculty & Staff
Faculty and Staff Directory
Mr. Josh Anderson, Enrollment Manager
Mr. Anderson began his career in enrollment management at the University of St. Thomas, serving students from a variety of geographic areas and recruiting & counseling them through the admissions and financial aid processes. He was instrumental in developing strategic recruitment efforts and communication initiatives for students, parents, and high school guidance counselors. He has been a member of both the Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) and the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC), serving on the MACAC Professional Development Committee for two years. Mr. Anderson holds degrees in both business management and psychology from the University of St. Thomas and is passionate about finding students and families who will find Providence Academy as a perfect fit in every way - academic, financial, social, and spiritual.
Mrs. Cindy Bauer, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Bauer possesses more than two decades of teaching experience and joined Providence Academy in 2003 as a Kindergarten teacher. Her previous experience includes over ten years as a Pre-school Coordinator for a Catholic school, as well as a director of a child-care center for a Catholic church. She holds a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Kindergarten Education from the University of Wisconsin at Stout. Mrs. Bauer also has extensive training in a method for coaching students with dyslexia.
Mrs. Catherine Berry, Upper School Counselor
Mrs. Catherine Berry serves as the Upper School Counselor at Providence Academy. Before coming to PA, Mrs. Berry worked in Parish ministry with middle and high school youth at Our Lady of Grace in Edina, Parish Community of St. Joseph in New Hope, and Saint John Vianney in South St. Paul. Mrs. Berry holds a Bachelor of Arts. in Psychology from the College of St. Scholastica and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also is licensed in Kindergarten through 12th Grade School Counseling.
Mrs. Susan Bevington, Upper School Chemistry Teacher
Mrs. Bevington is the Upper School Chemistry teacher. With a bachelor’s degree in Textile Chemistry and master’s level coursework in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, she has worked in the areas of textile chemistry, analytical chemistry, and hazardous waste consulting. She has a Masters of Arts in teaching from Bethel University and has enjoyed sharing her love of chemistry and practical experiences in industry with Upper School students for ten years.
Dr. Jeff Biebighauser, US Latin, English Teacher
Dr. Jeff Olsen Biebighauser teaches Latin and English in the Upper School. He holds a BA in Classics and Humanities from Valparaiso University and a MA and PhD in Philosophical Theology from the University of Nottingham. He has been teaching at Providence since 2010.
Mr. Dominic Bissonette, Theater Technical Director
Mr. Dominic Bissonette is the Technical Director for all Providence Academy Music and Theater performances. He teaches technical theater, middle school drama, middle school industrial arts and wood-shop. Mr. Bissonette holds a Bachelors Degree in Technical Theater from St. Cloud State University. Prior to Providence, he worked for the Children’s Museum, The Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater and at The Chanhassen Dinner Theater.
Mr. Benjamin Blackhawk, Math Teacher
Mr. Blackhawk joined Providence Academy in 2001 after teaching math at St. Paul Academy and Summit School for ten years, and in the Minneapolis Public Schools for six years. He taught Algebra for more than a decade in the University of Minnesota's Talented Youth Mathematics Program. He is an active singer of liturgical music and particularly enjoys singing Gregorian chant. He holds bachelor's degrees in Mathematics Education and Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Mr. Joshua Blonski, MS Latin Teacher and Assistant Director of Middle School
Mr. Joshua Blonski started working at Providence Academy in 2014. He currently teaches Latin at both the Middle and Upper school levels. A graduate of Syracuse University and New Jersry native, Mr. Blonski previously was the dean of students in a private school setting where he also taught Theology, Latin, and Philosophy for 6 years in New York before joining the Providence Academy community.
Dr. Yvonne Boldt, Biology and Chemistry Teacher
Dr. Boldt, Providence Academy’s Biology and Chemistry instructor. She earned a doctoral degree in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota. She was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University and worked as a lead scientist for a biotechnology company, Incyte Genomics, in Sunnyvale, California. She has taught microbiology at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota, and brings special professional interests in contemporary questions of science and religion. Dr. Boldt has long been active with church youth groups, and has also taught religious education in her parish.
Mrs. Heidi Bowman, 2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Bowman has been teaching at Providence Academy since we opened our doors in 2001. Mrs. Bowman currently teaches second grade at Providence but has also taught Kindergarten. Her undergraduate degree in elementary education was received from St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, and she has a master's degree in Curriculum and Design from St. Mary's University in Minneapolis. Mrs. Bowman has a great love for younger children and a broad commitment to education that includes international experience.
Mrs. Ann Brown, 3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Ann Brown earned her educational degree from the College of St. Benedict and her Masters of Education from the College of St. Scholastica. She teaches third grade and has been with Providence Academy since 2006. Mrs. Brown has over 30 years of experience in the field of education and has served as classroom teacher in grades 2-11 as well as principal for two different Catholic elementary schools. In addition to her teaching, Mrs. Brown coordinates with the archdiocesan child safety requirements for the PA community and facilitates VIRTUS Training.
Mr. Richard Carrillo, MS-US Choir
Mr. Richard Carrillo combines both his passions for music and ministry as Upper School Choir Director and Campus Minister at Providence Academy. Mr. Carrillo holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from the Moores School of Music (MSM) at the University of Houston where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and the highest ranking graduate of the 2007 undergraduate MSM class. After graduation, he taught choir at Friendswood High School and sang professionally with groups such as the Houston Chamber Choir, Da Camera of Houston, Houston Ballet, and the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and the Cathedral of St. Paul. Choirs under direction have consistently receive Superior Rankings in MSHSL Large Ensemble Competitions and in 2016, the Providence Academy Chamber Choir was invited to perform for the Minnesota Music Educators Association annual state convention. Prior to his time at Providence, Mr. Carrillo served as a missionary with NET Ministries from 2009-2012.
Mrs. Colleen Carron, Physical Education
Mrs. Carron instructs a wide variety of ages in physical education. Mrs. Carron earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Mississippi State University. Most recently, Mrs. Carron served as the physical education and health teacher for students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade at Benton County Christian School in Arkansas, where she also coached the boys and girls basketball teams. Mrs. Carron brings more than nine years of teaching and coaching experience to Providence Academy.
Mrs. Bridget Cessor-Culver, Middle School Assistant
Mrs. Bridget Cessor-Culver is the Middle School Assistant.
Mrs. Nicole Clark, LS-MS Band
Mrs. Nicole Clark is a graduate with the highest honors from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse with concentrations in both instrumental and vocal music. Her performance background includes recitals in alto saxophone, piano and voice. She brings to Providence Academy a diverse background of almost 20 years in music education. She has taught vocal music, music theory, general music, concert band, and marching band in Rice Lake, WI, Spring Grove, MN and Lake City, MN. In addition to teaching, she has served as a music director and cantor at the Newman Center Parish in La Crosse, and a cantor at Mary Queen of Peace, St. Anne's, St. Thomas, and St. Michael. Mrs. Clark directs the cadet and concert bands at the academy, teaches band lessons and Middle School general music, and coordinates and accompanies music for the Middle School liturgy.
Mrs. Teresa Claypool, MS English and Religion
Mrs. Teresa Claypool teaches English and Religion in the Middle School at Providence Academy. Prior to joining Providence, she taught English and Literature for nine years, as well as Religion and Spanish at St. Raphael’s Catholic School in Crystal, Minnesota. In addition to teaching, she served as athletic director, student council advisor, and activities coordinator. Mrs. Claypool incorporates her sense of humor and enthusiasm into her interactions with students while helping to strengthen the spiritual life of each child. Her creativity and love of reading are evident in her daily lessons. Mrs. Claypool received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from North Dakota State University, and her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Reading Licensure from the University of St. Thomas.
Mrs. Claire Commers, Librarian
Mrs. Commers serves as the Librarian at Providence Academy. As a founding faculty member, Mrs. Commers is always eager to share her love and appreciation for reading and excellent literature with the Providence Academy community. Mrs. Commers holds a Bachelor’s degree in School and Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s degree in Library Media Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. To further benefit our readers, Mrs. Commers is currently working towards a Reading Specialist Certificate with the Murray Institute/University of St. Thomas.
Mrs. Annette Crider, MS-US Learning Specialist
Annette Crider has a Bachelor of Science with a major in Elementary Education and a Master of Education with a major in counseling. She is originally from Michigan where she taught kindergarten, first and third grade and then worked as a high school counselor. After moving to Minnesota, she worked as a high school Student Success Coordinator and a middle school counselor. She started at Providence in the fall of 2015. She is a member of the National Education Association and the Learning Disabilities Association of America. She is also a licensed K-12 school counselor.
Mrs. Lori Determan, Business Manager
Mrs. Determan has served as Business Manager for Providence Academy since 2003. In her role she leads all accounting functions and serves as head of Human Resources. Prior to Providence Academy Mrs. Determan spent 19 years in the private sector as controller for a commercial real estate development company. A native of Fairmont, MN, Mrs. Determan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting, a real estate sales persons license and is a Notary Public.
Mr. Kevin Donohue, Spanish Teacher
Mr. Kevin Donohue teaches Spanish at Providence Academy. Spanish is his first language, and having taught at various grade levels, he brings a wide range of experience to PA. Mr. Donohue taught Theology at the University of St. Thomas. He also taught Spanish while serving as the principal of St. Columba. Mr. Donohue acquired his love for teaching while serving as a high school teacher in both Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP) and at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Mission High School in Belize, C.A. He holds a master's in Divinity and a bachelor's from the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul.
Mr. Brian Dudley, 3rd Grade Teacher
Mr. Brian Dudley teaches third grade at Providence Academy. Mr. Dudley holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in coaching from the University of St. Thomas. He formerly taught first grade at a Catholic School in St. Paul and also coached basketball, softball, track and hockey.
Mr. Eric England, Transportation Coordinator
Mr. Eric England has served as the Transportation Coordinator at Providence Academy since 2011. In this role he oversees all aspects of transporting students to and from school, field trips, athletic events and extracurricular activities. Mr. England has been in school bus operations management since 1998 with experience in private schools, public schools, and as a school bus contractor.
Mr. Brian Estrada, Associate Dean of College Counseling
Mr. Brian Estrada has served as Associate Dean of College Counseling since August 2013. He worked in college admissions for nine years, first at Vanderbilt University and then at Dartmouth College. As an admissions officer, he worked extensively on recruitment travel strategy, admissions reader training, and served as an athletic program liaison. He presented talks and workshops on selective college admissions at secondary schools throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A native of Houston, Tex., he graduated from Texas Christian University with Phi Beta Kappa honors and holds a Masters degree in Higher Education from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Mrs. Sarah Evens, 1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Evens obtained her degree in education from St. Catherine's University in Saint Paul, Minnesota and holds a master's in education from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mrs. Evens has more than 15 years of teaching experience at several elementary grades. Mrs. Evens is currently teaching 1st grade.
Mrs. Ksenia Ezekoye, MS Religion Teacher
Ksenia Ezekoye teaches 6th grade religion at Providence Academy. She has experience teaching at Holy Rosary Catholic School in Duluth, Minnesota and also at Opportunity High School in Minneapolis. Mrs. Ezekoye graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2008. She grew up in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the oldest of seven children.
Mrs. Marcia Farniok, 2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Marcia Farniok, second grade teacher, brings a world view and business training to Providence Academy. Mrs. Farniok previously taught Kindergarten and first grade locally and also in Brookline and Belmont, Massachusetts. Mrs. Farniok has held workshops for elementary teachers to the Internally Displaced Persons’ camp of Gulu, Uganda, where she also taught in the Kindergarten classrooms. She also has four years of management experience in the hotel industry. Mrs. Farniok achieved her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Nutrition Minor at the College of St. Benedict, and her Master of Education at Boston College and is a licensed Reading Specialist K-12.
Ms. Sherry Felker, Math Teacher
Ms. Sherry Felker instructs Middle and Upper School students in mathematics. Before joining the faculty at Providence Academy in 2008, she taught mathematics and computer applications to middle and upper school students in both public and independent school settings, including The Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey. Most recently, she taught mathematics at The Blake School. Prior to teaching, she was a database analyst with RCA. Ms. Felker holds a master's degree in mathematics from the University of New Hampshire.
Mr. Steven Firchow, US Math Teacher
Steven Firchow joined Providence Academy in 2013 and teaches mathematics in the Upper School. From algebra through calculus II, he has taught a variety of mathematics courses in Minnesota the past 10 years, most recently at Saint Agnes School in Saint Paul. Mr. Firchow holds a Bachelor of Science in both mathematics and physics from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas.
Dr. Todd Flanders, Headmaster
Dr. Flanders has served as headmaster of Providence Academy since its inception in 2000. He holds a BA with a concentration in political philosophy from the University of Chicago, an MA in history from Truman State University, and a Ph.D. in theology from Boston College. He has taught history and theology in both college and high school, co-founded a residential college program and served as director of career services at Truman State, and was director of educational programming at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty before coming to Providence. Dr. Flanders speaks on topics of education, religion, and the free society, currently serving as lecturer with the Acton University program and the Harry J Flynn Catechetical Institute.
Mrs. Susan Fobbe, 4th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Fobbe has more than a decade of teaching experience, primarily in the 4th - through 8th grades. She has taught in the 4th and 5th grade during her time at Providence Academy. Mrs. Fobbe earned her degree in elementary education at St. Cloud State University. Mrs. Fobbe currently serves as a fourth grade teacher and Coordinator of fourth grade at Providence Academy.
Mrs. Rachel Fogle, MS Science
Mr. Chris Fussy, Physical Education
Mr. Chris Fussy teaches Physical Education in the Lower, Middle, and Upper schools as well as 7th grade Health. He has also coached middle school basketball here at PA since 2011. Mr. Fussy holds a Bachelors Degree in 5-12 Health Education and K-12 Physical Education from the University of St. Thomas. He completed his student teaching here at Providence under the tutelage of Mr. Seifert and Mr. Subialka during the fall/winter of 2011. He spent the following spring substitute teaching at various Catholic and Public schools in the area. He received his first teaching position at Community of Saints Regional Catholic School in West St. Paul where he taught Elementary and Middle school PE, as well as serving as the Athletic Director for their 5-8 athletics program. During these two years, Mr. Fussy continued coaching middle school basketball here at PA and felt very blessed to continue to be a part of the community. In the fall of 2014, he was hired as a Physical Education and Health teacher here at Providence Academy and continues to coach basketball as well as being an Upper School student council advisor.
Mrs. Nancy Galgano, Lower School Director
Mrs. Nancy Galgano serves as the Lower School Director, with responsibility for the operations of Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 including all Lower School Extended Day and Lower School After-School programs and activities. In addition, she serves as the senior administrator/director of spring break camp and summer programs. Prior to this position, she taught second grade at Providence Academy. Mrs. Galgano holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of St. Catherine and a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University. In addition to her teaching background, Mrs. Galgano has substantial experience in the areas of religious education, and educational leadership, including serving as president of a pre-school in California and managing a group of professional corporate trainers for Citibank in New York.
Mrs. Amanda Gregory, Business Office Assistant
Mrs. Amanda Gregory has been a member of the Providence Academy staff since we opened our doors in 2001. Mrs. Gregory presently serves as the Business Office assistant, but has also supported the lower and middle school divisions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the College of St. Benedict, and an Accounting certificate.
Ms. Diane Hagner, US Math Teacher
Ms. Diane Hagner joined Providence Academy in 2006 with almost twenty years of teaching experience. She currently teaches mathematics in the Academy’s Upper School and, in previous years, taught both mathematics and physics and served as the Upper School Activities Coordinator. In addition, Ms. Hagner was chosen by an outside organization to work on the redesign of a standardized test . She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Charleston and a master’s degree in operations research from the College of William and Mary. Before joining Providence Academy, Ms. Hagner taught mathematics for thirteen years at The Blake School. During her tenure at Blake, Ms. Hagner also served as the academic coordinator for ninth and tenth grades and as the upper school registrar. Prior to teaching in independent schools, Ms. Hagner was an officer in the United States Navy where she taught mathematics, chemistry, and radiation theory at the United States Naval Nuclear Power School. While in the Navy, Ms. Hagner was designated a Master Training Specialist and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for her superior performance as an instructor and teaching group coordinator.
Mr. David Harman, US Dean of Students and Interim Assistant Director of Upper School
Mr. David Harman is the Dean of Students in Providence Academy's Upper School. Mr. Harman earned a bachelor's degree from the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree from Harvard University with a concentration in medieval studies. A native of New York, he came to the Academy with two years' experience teaching history and theology at Regis High School, a full scholarship college preparatory school for Catholic young men in Manhattan. Mr. Harman joined the Providence Academy faculty in 2008.
Mrs. Kelly Harrington, Middle School Director and Interim Director of the Upper School
Mrs. Kelly Harrington presently serves as the Middle School Director at Providence Academy. During her years at Providence Academy, Mrs. Harrington has also taught fourth graders and was the Grade Level Coordinator for that grade. Additionally, she has served as the Lower School Curriculum Coordinator and Pre-Kindergarten Coordinator and Lead Teacher. In addition to her experience at Providence, Mrs. Harrington's professional background includes teaching first grade and Pre-Kindergarten students. Mrs. Harrington holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.
Mrs. Ann Heitzmann, French Teacher
Mrs. Annie Heitzmann teaches French in the Academy’s Middle and Upper Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Before joining Providence Academy, Mrs. Heitzmann taught at South High School in Minneapolis, Middle School #51 in Park Slope, Brooklyn and Mahtomedi High School. Mrs. Heitzmann’s teaching and curriculum is enhanced by her experiences studying abroad in Belgium, South Africa and throughout France.
Mrs. Martine Hegman, US French Teacher
Mrs. Martine Hegman teaches French in Providence Academy's Upper School. As a native French speaker from Québec City, she is proud to be an advocate for her language. Her teaching career started in 2002. She has taught children and adults as an immersion first grade teacher, paraprofessional in kindergarten and as a private tutor. She recently graduated with a MN K-12 French Teaching License from Mankato State University.
Mr. Edward Hester-Religion, English Teacher
Mr. Hester teaches religion, English, and economics in the Academy’s Middle and Upper Schools. Most recently, he taught Theology and Latin at Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School in Texas. In addition to his teaching experience, Mr. Hester also brings with him experience in both business (from restaurant management to industrial purchasing management), and the military (a construction surveyor in the Army Reserves/National Guard). Mr. Hester holds a master’s degree in theology from Holy Apostles Catholic Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in theology from Christendom College.
Mr. Dan Hickel, MS/US Science Teacher
Mr. Dan Hickel teaches science in both the upper and middle school levels, as well as serves as assistant coach to Providence’s Cross Country team. Mr. Hickel earned his B.S. in Physical Sciences Education from Winona State University and soon after moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where he lived and taught for 4 years. During that time, he was accepted to a summer internship at NASA headquarters in Ames, CA, earned a Masters in Science Education from Hawaii Pacific University, and presented his graduate thesis at the International Learners Conference in New York City.
Dr. Arthur Hippler, Religion Teacher
Dr. Arthur Hippler is chairman of the Religion Department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy. Since 2001, he has been Visiting Professor with the Institute for Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University. Before coming to Providence Academy, he served the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse (Wisconsin), teaching moral theology and social ethics in the diocesan programs for lay formation and continuing education for teachers. He is the author of Citizens of the Heavenly City: A Catechism of Catholic Social Teaching, published by Borromeo Books. He received his bachelor's in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California, and his doctorate in Philosophy from Boston College.
Mrs. Sarah Hogan, Dir. College Counseling
Mrs. Hogan brings nearly a decade of college administration experience to Providence Academy, having served most recently as Director of Alumni Relations and previously as the Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid at the University of Dallas. As a college admission professional, she coordinated strategic planning efforts in student recruitment, supervising travel, programming, admission and financial aid policies and practices. She conducted numerous presentations nationally at high schools, colleges, churches/parishes, corporations and conferences. During her college admission tenure, she provided counsel to college applicants regarding admission and financial aid, academic advising and career options. She also contributed as a writer and editor of various publications, such as viewbooks, catalogs, and alumni/donor publications. She is a current member of the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC) and the Minnesota Association of College Admission Counselors (MACAC) with certificates from the Rice University Workshop on College Admission and the Harvard Admission Institute. Mrs. Hogan holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Dallas.
Mrs. Amy Hohenecker, 4th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Amy Hohenecker came to Providence Academy in 2013 and teaches fourth grade. She formerly taught fourth grade at a local Catholic elementary school and in a multi-age classroom in South Dakota. Mrs. Hohenecker holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, along with a minor in Physical Education, from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD and a master's degree in education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Mrs. Hohenecker coaches Junior Varsity and Varsity is a Cross Country assistant coach and is also the Co-Head Track Coach at Providence Academy.
Mrs. Johannah Iniguez, LS Art Teacher
Mrs. Iniguez currently teaches Kindergarten through third grade art, as well as a specialized art class for the Providence Academy Middle School. She has previous experience as a high school art teacher. Mrs. Iniguez has a B.A. in Studio Art from Gustavus Adolphus College. She has experience working with a multitude of different art mediums and is currently working as an illustrator for a series of children's books. Mrs. Iniquez is also a proud Providence Academy alumna.
Mrs. Danette Jaeger, 4th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Danette Jaeger has been a fourth grade teacher at Providence Academy since 2014. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Prior to coming to Providence she spent ten years teaching a variety of grade levels at area Catholic Schools. Mrs. Jaeger has been a part of the Providence Academy community, serving as the Lower School Extended-Day Coordinator, since 2003. She continues in this role and also serves as the coordinator of the P.A.L.S. summer program.
Mr. Kurt Jaeger, Senior Development Officer
Kurt Jaeger is a founding member of the PA faculty. As Senior Development Officer, he is responsible for new and increased annual fund gifts, planned giving, endowment and stewardship. All of these are essential for PA and all independent schools to grow in the 21st century. Prior to this position, Kurt served as Director of Athletics, and also taught second grade and Middle/Upper School Religion. Mr. Jaeger has a decade of teaching and administrative experience prior to coming to Providence. Mr. Jaeger brings over two decades of experience in administration and teaching and coaching children of all ages, K-12. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Moorhead State University, and also has licensure in Middle School science, literature, math, foreign language, Kindergarten and coaching. Mr. Jaeger is a certified athletic administrator.
Mr. Jonathon Janz, Religion Teacher
Jonathon Janz is an instructor in the religion department, serving both the middle and upper schools. He has also worked as an instructor in the science department. Mr. Janz earned a Master of Arts in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas, a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He has also completed coursework in doctoral-level programs for kinesiology and physical therapy, and has over a decade of experience training collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes. He has been published in exercise science journals, magazines, and websites and has experience as an instructor, adviser, lecturer, consultant, and research assistant for various universities and private organizations. Mr. Janz is an Instituted Acolyte and helps to coordinate many liturgical functions at Providence Academy. He is also the ministry leader for altar servers at the Cathedral of St. Paul and serves as a master of ceremonies for major liturgical events in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Mr. Rick Johns, Athletics Director
Rick Johns joined Providence Academy before the start pf the 2016-2017 school year. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, both in elementary education. He brings more than 35 years of independent school experience to the AD position. Most recently, Johns served as director of athletics at Saint Thomas Academy. Prior to that, he spent nine years as director of athletics at the University School of Milwaukee. During this time Coach and AD Magazine named USM a Program of Excellence Honoree. This accolade is given to the nation’s best athletic programs for their off-the-field achievements. Before USM, Johns spent 25 years at The Blake School, as a teacher, coach and the last 10 years as the assistant athletic director.
Mr. Thomas Jones, US Band
Mr. Thomas Jones directs the Upper School Symphonic Band, provides all Upper School wind and percussion lessons, and teaches 8th grade music history. Prior to coming to PA in 2012, Mr. Jones taught instrumental music in Southern California for eight years where he lead wind bands at all levels in grades 7-12, taught competitive field marching band, studio rock band, and music history. In addition, he served as a guest clinician and adjudicator for regional band festivals at the middle school level, and lead regional high school honor bands. He has performed as a member of The Bakersfield Winds, and a guest performer with the Bakersfield Youth Symphony. Mr. Jones holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from St. John’s University where he graduated with honors.
Mr. Kevin Keiser, US History Teacher
Kevin Keiser taught Latin and history for four years at St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville, TN, before coming to Providence Academy in 2013. He has also taught theology at Aquinas College and in the permanent diaconate formation program for the diocese of Nashville. He holds an S.T.B., a Masters in Thomistic Studies, and an S.T.L. in Moral Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy, and has finished coursework toward a doctorate in Moral Theology. Kevin's favorite historical topics include the Assyrians, Achaemenid Persia, the Roman principate, paleo-Christianity, the expansion of Islam, the rise of the Normans, the Gregorian Reform, the Crusades, and the 14th century. At Providence Academy, Kevin teaches the history of Western Civilization and Senior Religion (Reason and Revelation).
Mrs. Janine Kennedy, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Julie Kennedy, Database Coordinator and Executive Assistant
Mrs. Julie Kennedy came to Providence Academy in 2004 and currently serves as the Registrar, Database Coordinator and Executive Assistant to Headmaster, Dr. Flanders. Prior to Providence, Mrs. Kennedy spent 12 years as an independent contractor as Project Administrator /Project Coordinator /Project Manager for a major multinational technology and consulting corporation. Mrs. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.
Mr. Peter Kennedy, Physical Education
Mr. Peter Kennedy teaches first grade Physical Education and is the lead supervisor for recess for the Lower School. His past experience includes teaching the primary and secondary school levels and 1st and 2nd grade students in the basketball program at the Aquinas American School in Madrid, Spain. An experienced religious educator and council member at his parish church, Mr. Kennedy is also an Eagle Scout with many years of experience in Scout leadership. Mr. Kennedy earned his B.A. at the University of Dallas and is pursuing his M.A. in Education at the University of St. Thomas.
Mrs. Ann-Marie Killion, FACS Teacher
Mrs. Ann-Marie Killion, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Home Economics at the University of Minnesota. Most recently, Mrs. Killion served as a substitute teacher in each of the three divisions of Providence Academy. She also brings extensive textile industry experience, having worked in the fields of interior and apparel design.
Mrs. Melissa Krcil, LS Learning Specialist
Mrs. Melissa Krcil has served as the Lower School Teaching and Learning Specialist since 2012. As a founding member of the PA faculty, Mrs. Krcil taught third grade and was also the coordinator of that grade until 2009. From 2009 to 2012, she was a substitute teacher at Providence while spending most of her time at home caring for her young children. Mrs. Krcil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education grades one through six, with an emphasis in Special Education and a Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In 2016, she completed a Master of Arts in Reading (K-12) program through the University of St. Thomas. As an experienced educator, her strengths lie in respecting and teaching each child as an individual soul and creating a positive learning environment through solid curriculum, discipline, and compassion. She brings a strong sense of mission and vision to Providence Academy.
Ms. Angela Lambert, Religion Teacher
Angela Lambert teaches Middle and Upper School Religion at Providence Academy. She takes great joy in sharing the Catholic faith tradition and its many riches. She has experience teaching sixth through twelfth grade religion in Catholic schools, directing and teaching for high school Confirmation programs, and lecturing and writing for adult faith formation in parishes. She holds bachelor degrees in Theology, Philosophy, and Catholic Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas.
Mr. Cole Mathisen, Videographer-Publications Adviser
Mr. Cole Mathisen serves as the Publications Adviser, Videographer, and eLearning Coordinator at Providence Academy. He started working with Providence in 2011 as the eLearning Coordinator. Prior to PA he worked for four years as a television news reporter, videographer, and anchor for the CBS affiliate in Mason City, IA. He holds a bachelor degree in Broadcast Journalism from St. Cloud State University.
Mrs. Kelly Mathisen, Communications/Alumni Relations
Mrs. Kelly Mathisen serves as Communications and Alumni Relations Associate for Providence Academy. In her role, she is responsible for handling internal and external communications such as the eBulletin, Lions Pride, and various news updates on social media and the school's website. She is also responsible for organizing PA alumni events and maintaining contact with Alumni. Mrs. Mathisen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Bachelor Degrees in both History and Journalism including an Associates degree in Women's Studies. Prior to working at Providence, she worked in Television News as a reporter and assignment editor. She also spent several years working in the private sector as a marketing professional.
Mrs. Kristine McElroy, 5th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Kristine McElroy teaches fifth grade at Providence Academy. Mrs. McElroy has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, along with a minor in music, from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. She also has a master’s degree in education from the University of St. Mary’s in Winona, MN. Prior to working at Providence Academy, Mrs. McElroy taught both first grade and fifth grade.
Mrs. Elizabeth McIntyre, LS Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Elizabeth McIntyre is the Assistant to the Lower School Director, and started in 2011 when her children were in the Upper School. She has a deep admiration for Catholic education, and Providence Academy's commitment to teach knowledge, faith and virtue. She brings to the position experience managing a small business office as well as work in admissions and marketing in a PK-8th grade private school. Elizabeth McIntyre has also been involved in an outreach capacity with a national charity working towards a cure for Type 1 diabetes since 2006. Mrs. McIntyre studied at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Mrs. Lucy Menzia, 1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Menzia has been educating children from preschool through second grade since earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Before coming to teach at Providence Academy she taught at a Catholic school and later operated “Lucy’s Little Ones,” a licensed home childcare business. Mrs. Menzia has completed the course of study of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute. She currently teaches first grade at Providence Academy.
Mrs. Sarah Millerbernd, 1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Millerbernd came to Providence Academy with experience teaching first grade and fourth grade in Catholic elementary schools. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from South Dakota State University. Mrs. Millerbernd has taught 1st grade at Providence Academy since 2003.
Mr. Marshall Morris, Head Chef
Mrs. Maureen Murphy, School Nurse
Mrs. Maureen Murphy came to Providence Academy in 2006 as the school nurse. Her prior experience includes 10 years of hospital nursing in general medicine, cardiac step down, and intensive care. After completing her MBA from the University of St. Thomas, she worked in the medical device and health insurance industry. Mrs. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing degree from St. Catherine University.
Mrs. Sally Nathe, Enrollment Coordinator
Phone: (763) 258-2561
Mrs. Sally Nathe serves as the Enrollment Coordinator at Providence Academy. Her role includes admissions, enrollment, and day visit coordination. She joined the staff in 2000, one year prior to the inaugural school year. Mrs. Nathe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the College of St. Benedict.
Miss Maggie O'Brien, MS/US Spanish
Ms. O'Brien teaches Spanish to Middle and Upper School students at Providence Academy. She is new to PA this year, coming from Phoenix, AZ where she taught Spanish in a Catholic high school. Ms. O'Brien holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame where she majored in Psychology and Spanish with minors in Theology and Education. Following graduation she joined the ACE Program (Alliance for Catholic Education) through which she earned her Masters of Education, also from the University of Notre Dame. Ms. O'Brien is originally from Wisconsin and enjoys traveling and running in her free time. Ms. O'Brien hopes to make a difference at PA by connecting with the students and engaging them in her passion of the Spanish language and culture.
Mrs. Patricia O’Donnell, Accounting Teacher
Mrs. Patricia O’Donnell has been teaching accounting to seniors at Providence for the past 6 years. She is a Providence Founder, and has been responsible for managing the construction of the school additions since it’s inception. She is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Accounting.
Mr. Michael Olson, MS English Teacher
Mr. Olson served in the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) where he received his Master’s of Education, Language Arts. Mr. Olson is a founding faculty member of Providence Academy, as well the school’s founding Athletics Coordinator from 2001-2003. Throughout his tenure, he has served as Curriculum Coordinator for the Middle School, taught Middle and Upper School courses in English and Literature, Religion, and Health, and coached Boys and Girls Varsity Tennis, Boys and Girls Basketball, with his most recent post in 2012-2013 - High School Boys Varsity Assistant Coach. Currently, he teaches 8th Grade English and Literature, and is the 8th Grade Team Leader for the Middle School.
Mrs. Karen Ostaffe MS/US Mathematics Teacher
Karen Ostaffe teaches Algebra, Geometry and Data Analysis. Karen has been a mathematics educator for 11 years and has taught in both public and private schools during her career. She has experience in all levels of mathematics including AP Statistics. Karen is originally from central Illinois and attended the University of Illinois for her undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education. Karen also holds a Master’s in Education.
Mrs. Stacy Paulsen, MS Science Teacher
Mrs. Paulsen holds a bachelor’s degree in natural science from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Minnesota. She completed her postgraduate teacher licensing program at Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis with an emphasis on integrating technology in science education. Before joining the Providence faculty in 2015 as a 7th grade science teacher, Mrs. Paulsen taught in a variety of settings including undergraduate instruction in biological and cultural anthropology at the University of Minnesota and St. John’s University, outdoor education with the National Park Service and Three Rivers Park District, community education, reserve teaching in local public school districts, and faith formation instruction in her local parish.
Mrs. Sally Peterson, US Administrative Assistant
Sally Peterson started working at Providence Academy in 2014 and serves as the Assistant to the US Guidance Counselor, Director of College Counseling & Learning Support Services and Assistant to the Dean of College Counseling. She Graduated from the University of St. Catherine (St. Paul) with a Bachelor degree in Nursing. She was a Nurse Manager (RN) at Ophthalmology Associates, LLP - Southdale Eye Clinic in Edina for seven years.
Mrs. Kaitlin Pfiffner, Latin Teacher
Mrs. Kaitlin Pfiffner is a licensed Latin teacher. She currently teaches in the middle and upper divisions. Kaitlin is a graduate from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where she studied Latin Education and Classical Studies. She has studied Latin and ancient Greek. Since starting at Providence Academy in 2012, she has taught in all divisions.
Mr. Michael Plucinski, Physics Teacher
Mr. Michael Plucinski came to Providence Academy in 2012 after teaching Physics and Physical Science for 5 years in Fairmont, MN. A proud faculty member of the Science Department, Mr. Plucinski teaches Physics and Engineering at PA and also serves as the lead mentor for PA’s FIRST Robotics Team, #4511 – Power Amplified! Mr. Plucinski is a graduate of St. John’s University where he earned a B.A. in Natural Science, with concentrations in Physics and Mathematics, as well as a minor in Secondary Education. He has also earned a graduate certificate in Engineering Education from the University of St. Thomas.
Mrs. Cathryn Quinn, MS Teacher
Mrs. Cathryn Quinn joined Providence Academy in 2002 and currently teaches in the Middle and Upper School and serves as the Mathematics Department Chair. With more than twenty-five years of teaching experience, she has taught in both public and private schools throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, as well as greater Minnesota. Her versatility in education has ranged from being a parent educator and gifted-talented program teacher, to teaching a variety of subjects at the elementary and middle school levels. Mrs. Quinn holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul and a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Education Specialist PreK-12 from the University of St. Thomas.
Mrs. Fran Ramirez, Spanish Teacher
Mrs.Ramirez teaches Spanish to Middle and Upper School students at Providence. She started working at Providence in the 2015-2016-school year. She came to the Academy from Rockford School District where she taught Spanish I and Spanish Cultures to the Middle school students and Spanish I and IV at the High School for five years. She was also the Diversity Coordinator for the district. Prior to that, she had also taught Spanish for 14 years at St.Stephen’s School in Anoka. She is originally from Costa Rica and has lived in Nebraska and Minnesota for the last 25 years. Sra.Ramírez holds a bachelor’s degree in Kindergarten education from the University of Costa Rica, a master’s degree in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and holds a Spanish k-12 Spanish teaching license from Bethel University in Minnesota. She is very passionate in teaching Spanish and loves to share her Hispanic culture with the students.
Miss Catherine Ratelle, LS Music Teacher
Catherine is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, and currently holds two bachelor's degrees, one in voice performance and the other in music education. She has been delighted to put these degrees to use as an elementary general music in several Catholic schools within the archdiocese, as the director of the youth choirs at the Church of All Saints in Minneapolis, and as a private voice and piano teacher. This summer Catherine began her graduate studies for her masters in music education, as well as her Kodaly and Orff music education certification. She also plans to continue on to an additional graduate degree in music history.
Mrs. Jackie Raymaker, Pre-Kindergarten
Mrs. Raymaker teaches pre-kindergarten at Providence Academy. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from Winona State University in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Prior to Mrs. Raymaker’s current position, she has experience teaching preschool and kindergarten in Seattle, Washington.
Mrs. Beth Reopelle, 5th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Reopelle initially came to Providence Academy as a fifth grade teacher, but worked a few years creating a Campus Ministry department and taught Middle School and 9th grade religion courses. Mrs. Reopelle holds a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas. Her previous experience includes teaching math and sciences in seventh through twelfth grades and coaching cross country.
Mr. Darren Rousar, Art Teacher, Technology Coord.
Phone: tel:+1763-258-2533 Darren.Rousar@providenceacademy.org Mr. Rousar brings more than fifteen years of experience teaching fine art to Providence Academy. He has previously served as assistant director and an instructor at Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy and vice president of The Minnesota River School of Fine Art in Burnsville. During his tenure at The Minnesota River School, he also served as an instructor and led art-based tours of Italy, England and Spain. He attended Atelier Lack and Atelier LeSueur, both in Minnesota, as well as Studio Cecil-Graves in Florence, Italy. He has been a practicing professional artist for more than 20 years, focusing mainly on Christian themes, and is the author of three books about traditional art instruction. Mr. Rousar teaches art, publications and is a technology coordinator at Providence Academy.
Mr. Christopher Santer, Art Teacher
Mr. Christopher Santer is an award-winning artist with an extensive professional exhibition and commission record. His original paintings and drawings have been included in a variety of gallery and museum exhibitions from California to Georgia. Prints of selected commissioned artworks for churches and schools hang in 46 states in the United States, and in Canada, Australia and England. Some honors include the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists for 2004, and a featured profile in the national publication, New American Paintings, Volume 47. He taught studio art classes at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he received a master’s degree in painting. His undergraduate degree in commercial design and illustration was completed at the University of Dayton, in Ohio. He has additional experience working with young people through four years of service with NET Ministries of West St. Paul, and through his work for the Minnesota Historical Society at the State Capitol. Mr. Santer teaches art for portions of the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.
Mr. Adam Schmalzbauer, US English Teacher
Mr. Adam C. Schmalzbauer serves as the chairman of the English Department at Providence Academy, teaching Upper School English. Responsible for instructing all Providence Academy seniors in the Senior English Seminar, Mr. Schmalzbauer will be teaching American Literature to sophomores again in the next school year. In the past, Mr. Schmalzbauer served the PA Community well by sharing his coaching experience with Providence Academy’s student-athletes, most recently on the basketball court and the gridiron. Mr. Schmalzbauer is an alumnus of Saint John’s University where he minored in Spanish literature while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in Collegeville, before gaining his Bachelor of Science degree in English Teaching from Winona State University. Mr. Schmalzbauer, who came to Providence from Rochester Lourdes High School, holds the distinction of being a professional writer, having published a series of sports history books for students.
Mrs. Dawn Schommer, Development Coordinator
Mrs. Dawn Schommer came to Providence Academy in 2006 and serves as the Development Coordinator. Before then, she worked in the public finance division of a middle-market financial services corporation with various roles in financial management, analysis, and strategic planning. She also spent four years at home caring for her young daughters, who are now Upper School students at the Academy. Mrs. Schommer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Pepperdine University.
Mrs. Emily Semsch, MS Counselor
Mrs. Emily Semsch has been a counselor at Providence Academy since 2005. She served as the secondary school counselor from 2005-2010, and has been the Middle School Counselor since the department expansion in 2010. Mrs. Semsch has a Master's Degree in K-12 School Counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a Bachelor's Degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Mrs. Semsch is a Licensed K-12 School Counselor and a member of the Minnesota School Counselors Association and the American School Counselors Association. Prior to her work at PA, Mrs. Semsch completed counseling internships at Benilde-St. Margaret's School and Clover Ridge Elementary in Chaska.
Mrs. Elise Sheehan, MS Science Teacher
Mrs. Sheehan came to Providence Academy in 2002 with twenty-four years of experience as a Medical Technologist and several years teaching experience at area Catholic schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo, a master's in Education and a graduate certificate in Curriculum design both from the University of St. Thomas. She has been the science department chair since 2006 and is a board member of the Minnesota State Science Olympiad program. She has a great deal of passion for hands on applications of science and a devotion to Catholic education.
Mrs. Melissa Simmons, Theater Director
Mrs. Simmons (Theater Teacher & Director, Sr. Speech Coordinator) After receiving her bachelor's degree in Theater from North Central University, Mrs. Simmons began teaching Speech and Theater classes at PA during the 2002-2003 school year. Since that time the drama program has grown from three productions a year to five, including, the US Fall Show, MS Winter Play, US One-Act, MS One-Act and the US Musical. In addition, she has also worked with the Children's Theatre Company, Illusion Theatre, and Emmrich Theater Production Co. Mrs. Simmons is currently pursuing a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Thomas.
Mrs. Connie Simons, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Connie Simons teaches Kindergarten at Providence Academy. Mrs. Simons has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Quincy University. She also possesses a seasoned child/classroom perspective, derived from many years of experience as a teacher in a Catholic school setting. She is a subject matter expert in the teaching of phonics, and was recognized in the 1995 archdiocese’s Outstanding Catholic School Teacher Award recognition program. Mrs. Simons has a reputation for creatively incorporating Catholicity in lesson plans and her efforts have been featured in several community and archdiocese publications. Mrs. Simons serves as the Kindergarten Coordinator and the overall Coordinator of Curriculum Review for the Lower School.
Mrs. Megan Simonson, English Teacher
Mrs. Simonson teaches English in Providence Academy's Middle and Upper Schools. A graduate of Saint Mary's University in Winona, she has a bachelor's in English Literature and a master's in Instruction. She has previously taught at Lourdes High School in Rochester, and Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria. Mrs. Simonson has experience teaching a wide variety of English curricula, and is currently Providence Academy's Speech Team Coach.
Mr. Ian Skemp, US History Teacher
Mr. Ian Skemp teaches history in the Upper School, coaches Knowledge Bowl, and serves as the faculty adviser for the Dead Directors Society. Mr. Skemp was hired fresh off of getting his MA in American Studies at the University of Dallas. Before that, he earned a BA in Art History with a History Minor from the University of Minnesota. While finishing his BA, he taught Art History during Chesterton Academy’s inaugural year. During his time at PA, he has taught US History I & II, Debate I, History of Western Art, and Modern Western Civilization. He enjoys his role as a teacher at PA because it is a great environment for cultivating young minds during their formative years.
Mrs. Debra Spears, Dean of Activities and Auxiliary Programs
Mrs. Debra Spears currently serves as the Middle School Dean of Students and Coordinator of the PA Summer Activities. She also teaches a variety of courses throughout the Academy’s three Divisions. Before joining the Providence Academy faculty, Mrs. Spears worked for General Mills in finance and accounting. While at General Mills she gained practical business skills and knowledge, which are assets to the courses she teaches and roles that she plays at Providence. Mrs. Spears received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and General Management from Purdue University.
Mrs. Robyn Steinbrueck, 3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Robyn Steinbrueck teaches third grade at Providence Academy. She has more than 25 years of experience, teaching a variety of grade levels including Kindergarten, first, fourth and fifth grade. Mrs. Steinbrueck is a native of the Chicago area, but moved to Minnesota to earn her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Steinbrueck is the Third Grade Coordinator and serves as the Curriculum Coordinator to the intermediate grades. She also coaches the Lower School Running Club and is an avid runner having completed numerous half and full marathons.
Mr. Tim Subialka, Physical Education
Mr. Subialka has been teaching Physical Education at Providence Academy since 2002 and serves as the department's chair. The majority of his thirty-three year teaching career has been spent in Physical Education to Kindergarten through eighth grade students and coaching various athletics. Mr. Subialka states, "I believe physical education should give the students a wide range of activities, helping them to explore and to challenge themselves. There aren't too many things better than to conquer a physical task which you once thought impossible.” He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from St. Cloud State University.
Mr. Michael Tiffany, MS-US Dean of Academics
Mr. Tiffany serves as Dean of Academics in the Middle and Upper School, is conducting the Academy's accreditation process, and teaches College-in-the-Schools Latin, College-in-the-Schools Ancient Greek, Debate, and Photography at the Academy. He also takes Latin students to Italy for two weeks every two years. In prior years, he taught art, studio art, industrial art, engineering, Publications, and science. He is accomplished in art, industrial design and drafting, classics, literature, speech, rhetoric, journalism, and computers. He holds degrees in English and Ancient Greek from the University of Minnesota, and has completed advanced graduate studies and exams in the Classics. Mr. Tiffany is a founding faculty member who came to Providence Academy from St. Paul Academy and Summit School in the summer of 2001.
Fr. Vaughn Treco, Chaplain and Religion Teacher
Mrs. Susan Truax, Enrollment Assistant
Ms. Amelie Uppgaard, US English Teacher
Amelia Uppgaard teaches Upper School Classical World Literature and American Literature, as well as advising the PACMAN club and Eta. Prior to joining the Providence community, she taught junior high and high school English and Theology at three different Catholic schools in Tennessee and Virginia. Ms. Uppgaard spent eight wonderful years in temporary vows with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia of Nashville, TN and credits them for her love of sharing Jesus with young people in the Catholic school setting. She is enjoying being back in her home state and spends her free time reading, cooking, running, and cross-stitching. Ms. Uppgaard is delighted to get to know all the Providence families and support them in their journey to know the Lord more deeply and live more intentionally.
Mr. John Wagner, Head Custodian
Mr. John Wagner presently serves as the Head Custodian at Providence Academy. John began his service to the Academy while the facility was being built in 2001, acting as custodian to the construction crew and watching and learning as the facility was being built. Additionally, he has served as the public address announcer and site manager for all Providence Academy indoor athletic events since 2003. Before coming to Providence, Mr Wagner served as Head Custodian at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School in Robbinsdale since 1992.
Mrs. Rebecca Welch, 5th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Rebecca Welch has been teaching for primary grades at Providence Academy since 2003. She currently teaches fifth grade. She also serves as a Lower School Curriculum Coordinator. Mrs. Welch grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D. and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from St. Cloud State University.
Mrs. Maureen Woeltge, LS Music Teacher
Mrs. Maureen Woeltge, 2nd through 5th grade Lower School Music teacher has taught music at Providence Academy for the past four years. Mrs Woeltge has a BA in K-12 Vocal and Classroom Music from the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota. She isworking towards her masters in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of St Thomas.
Mrs. Beth Wolfe, Strings
Mrs. Beth Wolfe is the Strings Program Director and teaches a music appreciation class which is one of the elective offerings of our Middle School. She has been a professional performing artist and teacher in the Twin Cities for the last 40 years. Along with providing private lessons, she has taught in the Minneapolis Schools summer program, Breck School, Macalester College, Eden Prairie String Academy, and MacPhail Center for the performing arts. Mrs. Wolfe is a founding artistic director of the conductorless Philomusica Chamber Orchestra, a founding member of the Pentimento String Quartet and has performed with many professional groups including The Minnesota Opera, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota Summer Pops Orchestra, The Duluth Symphony, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, The Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and many others. Mrs. Wolfe is a student and former assistant of the legendary Mary West, and has studied at the University of Minnesota with John Tartaglia, assistant violist with the Minnesota Orchestra, and Lea Foli, former Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Mrs. Gail Woodbury, French Teacher
Mrs. Woodbury has been with Providence Academy since its founding, teaching in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. Mrs. Woodbury holds a Bachelor of Science degree in French from the University of Minnesota as well as a certificate in French studies from the University of Quebec, Chicoutimi. She is a licensed K-12 French teacher with many years of experience teaching from pre-school through adult education. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Woodbury directs student trips to France and Quebec and holds summer French camps for Lower School students. Mrs. Woodbury’s teaching is enhanced by her experiences of having studied and traveled in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Martinique and Québec.
Mr. Chris Wrede, MS History Teacher
Mr. Chris Wrede has been teaching for the last 17 years, 13 of which have been at Providence Academy. He currently serves as a History teacher in the Middle School as well as Chair of the Middle and Upper School History Departments. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas.