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Mr. Josh Anderson, Director of Advancement

Phone: 763-258-2531

Mr. Anderson joined Providence Academy in 2015. His background includes experience in admissions, financial aid, development, and marketing in higher education and independent schools. As Director of Advancement he leads the Academy’s Admissions, Development, and Marketing departments, and is responsible for meeting institutional fundraising goals, building relationships with internal and external constituents interested in supporting Providence Academy's mission, and enrolling the next class of PA Lions in grades Pre-K through 12. Mr. Anderson holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership & Administration, as well as Bachelors Degrees in both Business Management and Psychology, all from the University of St. Thomas. He also has earned the certification of Certified Fund Raising Executive from CFRE International. Mr. Anderson is passionate about advancing the mission of Providence Academy and helping others use their Time, Talents, and Treasure to provide students with opportunities to grow in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue.

 

Ms. Alexis Antoskiewicz, Second Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2574

Ms. Antoskiewicz joined Providence Academy in 2023 and currently teaches 2nd grade. She has 9 years experience teaching in Catholic schools. Ms. Antoskiewicz holds a BS in Early Childhood Education and MEd from Xavier University. She is also trained in Orton Gillingham and holds a K-12 reading endorsement.

Mr. William Bean, Assistant Athletic Director

Phone: 763-258-2559

Mr. William Bean serves as Assistant Athletic Director and has a strong background in athletic management. He has worked for several organizations in various roles, including Head Equipment Manager for the Men’s Hockey team at Augsburg University, marketing and media representative for the Independent Metro Athletic Conference, and in scheduling and game management for Minnehaha Academy. Mr. Bean is also a football official, refereeing for MSHSL and Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games.

Dr. Jeff Biebighauser, Upper School Latin & English Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2584

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, Performing Arts Center Manager

Phone: 763-258-5556

Mr. Dominic Bissonette is the Performing Arts Center Manager and has been the Technical Director for all Providence Academy Music and Theater performances since 2007. He teaches wood-shop in the Middle and Upper schools. Mr. Bissonette holds a Bachelor of Arts 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.

Dr. Yvonne Boldt, Biology Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5506

Dr. Boldt teaches Biology and facilitates science research opportunities for students at Providence Academy. 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. Additionally, Dr. Boldt is a member of the Society of Catholic Scientists. She brings special professional interests in contemporary questions of science and religion and completed a Duc In Altum Fellowship project on the integration of faith and science in the science classroom.

Mrs. Heidi Bowman, First Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2517

Mrs. Bowman has been teaching at Providence Academy since we opened our doors in 2001. Mrs. Bowman currently teaches first grade at Providence but has also taught second grade and 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. Jenny Bruce, Dean of Admissions

Phone: 763-258-2504

Mrs. Bruce joined the Providence Academy Admissions Department after a long career as a Realtor in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities. The experience of being a Providence Academy parent gives Mrs. Bruce both the parent perspective as well as an understanding of the student experience in all three divisions of Providence Academy. Prior to entering into real estate, Mrs. Bruce spent many years working in the nonprofit fundraising world and continues with many volunteer activities. She looks forward to introducing and welcoming new families to Providence Academy. Mrs. Bruce graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Social Work degree and is an active member of St. Therese of Deephaven parish.

Mr. Larry Carlson, Coordinator of Transportation

Phone: 763-258-2585

Mr. Larry Carlson serves as the Transportation Coordinator, overseeing all aspects of transporting students to and from school, field trips, athletic events and extracurricular activities.  Mr. Larry comes from the Blake School in Hopkins, where he served as the Transportation Manager-Supervisor for the last 6 years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, and a Masters Degree in Trombone performance from the University of Minnesota.  He currently performs regularly with the Medalist Concert Band, the Westwind Swing Band, and the Lake Wobegon Brass Band.

Mrs. Colleen Carron, Physical Education

Phone: 763-258-2553

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. She has been at Providence since 2004. She has coached volleyball, softball and Middle School soccer during her tenure here. Currently she is the Chair for the PE Department and the coordinator for the Ski and Snowboard Club.

Mrs. Jacquelyn Chatelaine, Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Jacquelyn Chatelaine currently teaches third grade at Providence Academy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the College of St. Benedict and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, St. Paul. Mrs. Chatelaine loves seeing the joy and excitement that students bring to learning and is excited to help them continue to grow in their educational journey!

Mrs. Nicole Clark, Fifth Grade & Middle School Band Director

Phone: 763-258-2566

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 26 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, Lake City, MN, and Providence Academy. 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 individual band lessons, serves as the Upper School Choir Rehearsal Accompanist, and is the 7th Grade Team Leader for the 2023-2024 school year.

Mrs. Teresa Claypool, Director of Middle School

Phone: 763-258-5528

Mrs. Teresa Claypool serves as the Director of Middle School, overseeing the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. She has been a Catholic educator for 23 years. Since joining PA in 2010, Mrs. Claypool has taught religion and Middle and Upper School English, as well as a variety of other classes. She also served as the Middle School Dean of Students for five years and has coached girls' junior varsity softball and Middle School cross country. 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. She is currently a member of the Catholic School Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas.

Mrs. Annette Crider, Fourth-Eighth Learning Specialist

Phone: 763-258-2532

Mrs. Annette Crider started at Providence Academy in the fall of 2015 and is the current 4th-8th grade learning specialist. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Counseling. She has been an educator for over 25 years and it thankful to be a part of this amazing community. 

Ms. Ashley Croteau, Middle School English Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2595

Ms. Ashley Croteau teaches English literature in the Middle School. She brings to Providence Academy 8 years of experience in education. Prior to joining Providence, she taught English at Princeton Middle School in Princeton, Minnesota. Ms. Croteau received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and her Master’s Degree in English Studies from St. Cloud State University.

Miss. Magdalena Da'Silva, Advancement Assistant

Phone: 763-258-2589

As an Advancement Assistant at Providence Academy, Miss. Magdalena Da’Silva supports the development and execution of events, leveraging her communication and teamwork skills. She also manages database, ensuring accuracy and efficiency. Miss. Da’Silva has a passion for coaching and education; she is motivated by her faith and values, and strives to make a positive impact in her community.
Mrs. Karen Dierberger, Second Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2521

Mrs. Karen Dierberger graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She began her teaching career with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Brownsville, Texas. Following her one-year service commitment, she taught second grade for seven years in Minneapolis. Mrs. Dierberger has a variety of teaching experiences, including co-founding and teaching in a preschool cooperative, facilitating adult creativity and journaling courses, substitute teaching across all grade levels (pre-K through high school), and working as a Reading Specialist for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. This will be her seventh year at Providence Academy.

Mrs. Detsy Donohue, Spanish Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2540

Mrs. Donohue is a Spanish native speaker from Ecuador. She got her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. For six years she worked in the Fridley District as an Interpreter and a Substitute Spanish Teacher. She then taught at Qué Tal (Wayzata Immersion Spanish Program) for five years. Her first year at PA, she worked as a substitute Spanish teacher, and this will be her second year teaching Spanish I and II full time.

Mr. Kevin Donohue, Spanish Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5531

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, Third Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2578

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. Dudley, who has taught 3rd grade at Providence since 2003 states "I was drawn by my love of God and country to the mission of Providence Academy. What a joy it is for me, at this poignant moment in our history, to walk with the children that I teach and assist them in becoming true saints and patriots!" Brian and his wife Amber have 6 children, and he considers family life his best preparation for teaching.

Mr. Eric Duffy, Middle School Science & Religion Teacher

Phone:  763-250-2598

Mr. Duffy joined Providence in the fall of 2020 and simply loves being a teacher with middle school students. Mr. Duffy worked for nearly a decade as a Catholic youth minister before becoming a teacher. Mr. Duffy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral and Youth Ministry from Saint Mary’s University in Winona, MN, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Concordia University, St. Paul.

Mrs. Gladys Estoista, Director of Business Operations

Phone: 763-258-2505

Mrs. Gladys Estoista manages the financial and business aspects of Providence Academy. Prior to joining PA, Gladys gained extensive experience in accounting and business affairs, including with the non-profit organizations Bridge for Youth, Greater Twin Cities United Way, and Project for Pride in Living, Inc. Gladys earned an M.S. in Accounting from Colorado State University, and a B.S. in Accounting from Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines.

Mrs. Sarah Evens, Kindergarten Teacher

 Phone: 763-258-2577

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 20 years of teaching experience at several elementary grades including kindergarten, first, and fourth grade here at Providence Academy. Her love for teaching is abundantly clear as soon as you step into her classroom.

Mrs. Marcia Farniok, Second Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2571

Mrs. Marcia Farniok's passion for learning and love for younger children is evident in her commitment to education that includes international experience. Mrs. Farniok previously taught Kindergarten and first grade locally and also in Massachusetts. She 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 earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Nutrition Minor at the College of St. Benedict, her Master of Education at Boston College, and she is also a licensed Reading Specialist K-12.

Dr. Todd Flanders, Headmaster

Phone: 763-258-2500

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, Fourth Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2586

Mrs. Fobbe has nearly two decades of teaching experience, primarily in the fourth through eighth grades. She has taught in the fourth and fifth grade during her time at Providence Academy. Mrs. Fobbe earned her degree in elementary education at St. Cloud State University with a minor in information media. Mrs. Fobbe currently serves as a fourth grade teacher and coordinator of fourth grade at Providence Academy. She strives to build relationships with her students as they share, study, and learn to love one another in Christ.

Mrs. Rachel Fogle - Lower School Math Specialist & Middle School Support

Phone : 763-258-2526

 

Mrs. Fogle received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  Shortly after, she began teaching first grade at a local Catholic school.  In 2007 she came to work at Providence Academy. Mrs. Fogle earned her Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning at St. Mary's University. She is the Lower School Math Specialist, offers Middle School Support, and coaches the Cross Country Teams.

Ms. Amy Fredrickson, Upper School Mathematics Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2543

Mrs. Fredrickson joined Providence Academy in 2022 and teaches Upper School mathematics. She has a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the U of MN – Twin Cities campus and has been teaching since 1988.

Mrs. Nancy Galgano, Lower School Director

Phone: 763-258-2500

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. 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.

Mr. Michael Gerads, Upper School Mathematics Department Chair & Teacher

Phone : 763-258-5502

Mr. Michael Gerads joined Providence Academy in 2019. He is a Mathematics Teacher and serves as the Mathematics Department Chair. He began his teaching career in 1994. He holds a B.A. in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and an M.A. in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary’s University in Winona. Mr. Gerads has also completed the Catechetical Institute Certificate through the Archdiocese, as well as the Catholic School Leadership Program through the St. Paul School of Divinity. Mr. Gerads is currently in formation to be a permanent deacon.

Mr. Conner Goetz, Middle School Dean of Students

Phone: 763-258-2554

Mr. Goetz joined Providence Academy in 2022. Prior to PA, Mr. Goetz spent several years teaching in local school districts and also served as an Alternative Learning Center lead teacher. Mr. Goetz serves as our Middle School Dean of Students as well as our Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, and also has taught a variety of Middle School History courses at PA. Mr. Goetz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History Teacher Education from Luther College, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and an Administrative License in Education from Concordia University, St. Paul.

Ms. Katarina Greenwood, Manager of Alumni Engagement

Phone: 763-258-2549

As Manager of Alumni Engagement, Ms. Katarina Greenwood facilitates connections among alumni and members of the PA community, as well as coordinating alumni events. Before Providence, Katarina was a technical account representative for an agricultural engineering company managing French accounts. Ms. Katarina Greenwood majored in Theology, Economics and International Business at Benedictine College, which also fostered her love of community and enthusiasm for bringing people together.

Mrs. Amanda Gregory, Human Resources Manager

Phone: 763-258-2593

Mrs. Amanda Gregory has been a member of the Providence Academy staff since we opened our doors in 2001. Mrs. Gregory currently serves in the Business Office as the Human Resources Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the College of St. Benedict, and an Accounting certificate.

Mr. Mike Guardia, Upper School History Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5516

Mr. Guardia is a bestselling author and military historian. A US Army veteran, Mr. Guardia came to Providence after years of teaching at the college level in Texas and Minnesota. He holds a BA and MA in History from the University of Houston; and an MA in Education from the University of St. Thomas.

Mrs. Ann Heitzmann, French Teacher & Chair of The World Languages Department

Phone: 763-258-2575

Mrs. Annie Heitzmann chairs the World Language Department and teaches French in the Academy's Middle & 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, as well as her experience leading student travel abroad. Madame Heitzmann is working towards a master's degree in literacy at St. Thmoas University.

Mr. Edward Hester, Upper School History Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5511

Mr. Hester joined Providence Academy in 2006 and currently teaches history in the Upper School. In addition, Mr. Hester serves as one of the faculty leaders of the Upper School Community System. Mr. Hester holds a BA in theology from Christendom College and an MA in theology from Holy Apostles College. Mr. Hester has over twenty years of teaching experience in Catholic schools, as well as experience in industrial purchasing and restaurant management. Mr. Hester is proud to be a veteran of the US Army Reserves, obtaining an honorable discharge in 1997. 

Ms. Ashley Hettwer, Middle School Science Teacher

Ms. Hettwer graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in middle-level and elementary education. She taught for two years at a Catholic elementary school in Grand Forks, ND before moving to Minneapolis to join the PA family in the Fall of 2022. Growing in her faith is at the forefront of Ms. Hettwer’s life along with her passion for teaching middle schoolers.

Mrs. Betsy Hickert, Kindergarten Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2548

Mrs. Hickert teaches Kindergarten at Providence Academy. She began her teaching career in Kansas City, Missouri, and is thrilled to be back home to Minnesota. Betsy holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northwest Missouri State University and a Bachelors Degree from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, and will recieve her Master’s in Educational Studies with a K-12 Literacy Certification this Spring. Mrs. Hickert completed the majority of her schooling at Catholic institutions and carries on the tradition by sharing her faith and love of God with her students.

Dr. Arthur Hippler, Upper School Religion Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5510

Dr. Arthur Hippler is Chairman of the Religion Department at Providence Academy, where he has taught since 2006. He also teaches as an adjunct professor in St. Paul School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas and as an instructor in the Harry Flynn Catechetical Institute for the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. A graduate of Thomas Aquinas College in California, he received his Doctorate in Philosophy from Boston College. He is the author of four books, two on Catholic social teaching and two iBooks on C. S. Lewis. He is married with five children.

Ms. Linda Hoekman, Upper School Science Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2591

Mrs. Hoekman teaches physics and chemistry in the upper school and assists the Providence Robotics team. She joined Providence Academy in 2022 after 25 years of teaching in area schools. Mrs. Hoekman has a BA from the College of St. Benedict and and MEd. from St. Scholastica.

Mrs. Sarah Hogan, Director of College Counseling & Alumni Engagement

Phone: 763-258-5508

Mrs. Sarah Hogan serves as Director of College Counseling and Alumni Engagement at Providence Academy, where she brings a wealth of experiences in enrollment management and comprehensive college counseling and student support programs. Prior to coming to PA in 2006, Mrs. Hogan served as Director of Alumni Relations and as Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid at a national Catholic liberal arts university. A long-standing member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Mrs. Hogan has served as President of the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC), Co-Chair of the Minnesota National College Fair, and on the Counselor Advisory Boards for a flagship public university, a top tier R1 engineering school, and for a nationally ranked liberal arts college.

Mrs. Amy Hohenecker, 4th Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2579

Mrs. Hohenecker received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Physical Education from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.  Her teaching career began in South Dakota teaching students in grades 3-5.  She then relocated to the Twin Cities where she taught fourth grade at a local Catholic elementary school.  In 2003, Mrs. Hohenecker obtained a master's degree in education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

She came to Providence Academy in 2013 and teaches fourth grade. Mrs. Hohenecker is also the Head Track & Field Coach at Providence Academy.

Mrs. Barbara Hunter, Middle School Mathematics & History Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5509

Mrs. Barbara Hunter joined Providence Academy in 2020. Before joining our PA faculty, she spent twenty years committed to Catholic education in Illinois. She serves as a Middle School math and history teacher. Mrs. Hunter holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois as well as a Master’s Degree in Education from Dominican University.

Mrs. Danette Jaeger, Lower School Assistant Director

Phone: 763-258-5521

Mrs. Danette Jaeger has been a 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.

Mr. Kurt Jaeger, Director of the Upper School

Phone: 763-258-2500

Mr. Jaeger is a founding faculty member at Providence, and has taught in every academic division. For 13 years he was PA’s Athletics Director, working closely with every constituency of our Upper School. As a key member of PA’s senior administrative team, he collaborated on matters affecting every aspect of school life. Mr. Jaeger returned to Providence in fall 2021 as Upper School Director after spending time both in industry and preparing for further roles in educational leadership, earning his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Principal licensure.

Mr. Jonathon Janz, Upper School Religion Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5533

Mr. Jonathon Janz is an instructor in the religion department in the upper school. He has worked in both the religion and science departments for the middle school as well. 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 in both teaching as well as training collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes. He also 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.

Mrs. Angela Jendro, Religion Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5519

Mrs. Angela Jendro teaches Religion in the Upper School and is part of the US Student Spiritual Support Team where she hosts the Fellowship room, discussions, bible studies, and more. She holds a Master's Degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas and Bachelor Degrees in Theology, Philosophy, and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas as well. In addition to teaching in the school setting, Angela has a long history of teaching in parishes both as a speaker for adults and as an instructor for Confirmation preparation. She has a deep appreciation for the gift of our Catholic faith, and loves the opportunity to share the joy of the Gospel with students.

Mrs. Adrienne Johnson, Kindergarten & First Grade Music Teacher

Mrs. Adrienne Stankey-Johnson has been teaching in the archdiocese for 20 years as a K-8 Music Specialist. She considers herself a playwright and has written and produced many plays. Mrs. Johnson was nominated for an educator Grammy for her plays, The Annunciation of Mary, It’s a Beautiful Day at JohnPaul 2 School, and most recently, Meet the Beatles, the last theatrical production at St. Mark's School. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree from Juilliard in Piano Performance. This summer, she performed in Boston as part of the 2019 international Piano Festival. Mrs. Johnson is delighted to join the Providence family and looks forward to sharing her skills and talents with this community.

Mr. Thomas Jones, Upper School Band

Phone: 763-258-5529

Mr. Jones directs the Upper School Symphonic Band, provides all Upper School wind and percussion lessons, and teaches Beginning Studio Band. He also teaches lessons for many of our 5th grade beginning band students. Prior to coming to PA in 2012, Mr. Jones taught instrumental music in Southern California for eight years where he led wind bands at all levels in grades 7-12. During this time, he 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 chaired regional high school honor bands. He has performed as a member of The Bakersfield Winds, a guest performer with the Bakersfield Youth Symphony, and he currently performs at churches around the metro area as a guest trombonist. Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from St. John’s University where he graduated with honors.

Dr. Kevin Keiser, Upper School History Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2514

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 a Masters in Thomistic Studies, and a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy. At Providence Academy, he teaches Freshman history (Ancient and Medieval Worlds) and has also taught European History, Latin, and some Computer Programming. Favorite topics for Dr. Keiser include the Iron Age, the Romans, Paleo-Christianity, the rise of Islam, the Gregorian Reform, and the Crusades.

Mrs. Janine Kennedy, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5504

Mrs. Kennedy teaches Pre-Kindergarten at Providence Academy. She holds a masters degree in education from the University of Massachusetts and has been part of the Pre-K team since 2010.

Mrs. Julie Kennedy, Operations Manager

Phone: 763-258-2506

Mrs. Julie Kennedy came to Providence Academy in 2004 and currently serves as the Operations Manager. Prior to Providence, Mrs. Kennedy served as Project Administrator /Project Coordinator /Project Manager in the computer & technology sector. Mrs. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.

Mr. Peter Kennedy, Upper School Religion Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2516

Peter Kennedy has teaching experience in all three divisions at Providence Academy and currently teaches Upper School religion. He is an alumnus of University of Dallas and went on to complete a Masters in Education at the University of St. Thomas. His previous work experience includes teaching at Aquinas American School in Madrid and St. John the Evangelist in Little Canada. In addition to teaching “Moral Theology” and “Elements of the Christian Life”, he is also the faculty advisor to Soccer Club.

Mr. Charlie Kenney, Assistant Athletic Director Middle School Athletics & Activities

Phone: 763-258-5530

Mr. Kenney is the school's Assistant Athletic Director. His main duties consist of overseeing Middle School athletics, clubs and activities, and assisting with game management. He is also on the coaching staff for the High School Boy's Basketball program. Mr. Kenney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Management and a Master of Education in Sport Management. Both of Mr. Kenney’s degrees were earned from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Ms. Alyssa Klein, Lower School French Teacher

Ms. Alyssa Klein joined Providence Academy in 2023 and serves as the Lower School French Teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French & Psychology from DePauw University and masters’ degrees in French Literature and Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas and Vanderbilt University. Ms. Klein has taught French in Kansas, Ohio, and also had the unique opportunity to serve as a French-speaking flight attendant for Delta Air Lines. Ms. Klein’s study abroad experiences in France and Martinique inspire her to share her love of the Francophone world with her students.

Mrs. Melissa Krcil, PreK-Third Grade Learning Specialist & Lower School Reading Specialist

Phone: 763-258-5523

Mrs. Melissa Krcil has served as the Lower School Learning and Reading 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.

Mrs. Beth Lasseter, Middle School Religion Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5507

Mrs. Lasseter rejoined the PA faculty in 2022 after having served as both the Kidventures Coordinator and designer/co-director of the PALS Summer Day Camp and Spring Break Camp Programs. Prior to her experience at PA, Mrs. Lasseter taught in Catholic Schools in the Twin Cities and Dallas, TX and served as a facilitator for business organizations dedicated to continuous improvement. She earned her BA in Philosophy with Honors from the University of Dallas, where she also completed graduate coursework in Theology and Education. Mrs. Lasseter most recently completed her certification in SPED (Mild to Moderate Applications) through the University of Notre Dame’s ACE-PIE program, and her MS in Educational Leadership (K12 Admin) through Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Mrs. Lasseter loves working with students of all ages and is thrilled to be back at PA!

Dr. John Lewin, Upper School Science Teacher

Phone: (763) 258-2592

Dr. John Lewin teaches Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, and Earth and Space Science in the Upper School. He holds a BA in Chemistry from the University of St. Thomas and MS and PhD degrees in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. In summer 2020, he completed a MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of St. Thomas. He has been teaching high school science since 2010 and joined Providence Academy in 2020.

Mrs. Angie Mahoney, French Teacher

Mrs. Angie Mahoney teaches French in Providence Academy’s Middle & Upper Schools.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.  Mrs. Mahoney’s teaching and curriculum is enhanced by her experiences studying abroad in France.  Before joining Providence Academy, Mrs. Mahoney worked at St. Michael Catholic School in St. Michael, Minnesota.  In addition to teaching French, Mrs. Mahoney is also a Substitute Teacher and Assistant Track Coach at Providence Academy.
Fr. Michael McClellan, Chaplain

Phone: (763) 258-2541

Fr. McClellan has served as chaplain of Providence Academy since 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas, a Master of Divinity from the St. Paul Seminary and a graduate certificate in school leadership from the University of St. Thomas. Fr. McClellan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and comes to us with parish and school experience.

Ms. Anne McCulloch, Upper School Religion Teacher

Phone: (763) 258-2538

Ms. Anne McCulloch joined Providence Academy in 2018. Anne studied at the Franciscan University of Steubenville where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Catechetics and Theology, as well as her Master of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry. She spent nearly a decade working in Church ministry before teaching in the classroom. She has taught in both the upper and middle school divisions during her time at Providence.

Mr. Chris McElroy, Upper School Dean of Students

Phone: 763-258-2515

Mr. McElroy serves as the Upper School Dean of Students. He holds a B.A. in physical education from the University of St. Thomas, a Masters in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary’s University, and an Education Specialist degree with a K-12 principal licensure from the University of St. Thomas. Mr. McElroy has served in administrative positions for the past 13 years.

Mrs. Kristine McElroy, Fifth Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2547

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. Emily McMullin, Academic Program Coordinator & Registrar

Phone: 763-258-5546

Mrs. Emily McMullin before starting at PA in 2021 and currently supports the office of Academics and Curriculum, she spend 2 years at district 279 at Brooklyn Middle STEAM School, prior to that she was at KinderCare for 14 years as a director and then with the last position overseeing the federal food program in 80 centers. Mrs. McMullin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Catherine’s University, with a certificate in pastoral ministry.

Mr. Daren Messmore, Athletic Director

Phone: 763-258-2560

Mr. Messmore has been with Providence Academy since the Spring of 2017. He serves as the Director of Athletics and Activities and also coaches boy's hockey. Mr. Messmore holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education (K-12) form North Dakota State University and a Master of Education in Sports Administration from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Messmore is a member of the executive committee for Region 4 with the MN State HS League and was appointed AD of the year by his peers in 2022-2023.

Mr. Matthew Miller, MS, LAT, ATC

Phone: (608) 383-3050

Matthew Miller, ATC, is the lead athletic trainer at Providence Academy. Matthew earned his undergraduate and master degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He provides immediate, on-field care to all athletes during games then helps guide rehabilitation in the case of injury. He creates return-to-play plans, and helps athletes have an injury-free season. Through a partnership with Allina Health Orthopedics, Providence Academy athletes are given priority at clinics in West Health, Edina, and Minneapolis in the event he or she needs to be seen by an orthopedic specialist.

Mrs. Sarah Millerbernd, First Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2519

Mrs. Millerbernd came to Providence Academy with experience teaching 1st and 4th grade in Catholic elementary schools. She received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from South Dakota State University. Mrs. Millerbernd enjoys her days teaching first grade at Providence Academy since 2002. She feels very lucky to be teaching at the school where her three children attend as well.

Mrs. Meg Milovich, Upper School English Teacher

Phone: (763) 258-2525

Mrs. Milovich teaches American Literature, Journalism and Publications in the Upper School. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a Masters in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. Prior to joining Providence, Mrs. Milovich taught high school English for 12 years in California’s Bay Area. She and her husband also have three children in the Lower School.

Dr. Michael Mrugala, Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5532

Dr. Mrugala has been a school teacher for the last 13 years. Prior to teaching, he earned a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Mrugala worked in medical and military product development projects in the Twin Cities for about 15 years before moving to Alaska, where he earned a Master of Art in Teaching from the University of Alaska-Anchorage. He earned his Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning from Argosy University and spent 7 years teaching middle school math in Alaska before moving to Wichita, Kansas, where he taught high school math for 6 years. Dr. Mrugala is very excited to have recently come full circle, moving back to Minnesota after being away for 20 years. 

Mrs. Jaime Myrold, Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2528

Mrs. Jaime Myrold joined Providence Academy last year and teaches Algebra 1 in Middle and Upper School. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Education and a Master’s degree from Azusa Pacific in Administration. Mrs. Myrold lived in California for 11 years teaching middle school and high school classes including physical science, a variety of Algebra courses and Geometry. She currently lives in Maple Grove with her husband and two children.

 

 

Mrs. Sally Nathe, Admissions Coordinator

Phone: (763) 258-2561

Mrs. Sally Nathe serves as the Admissions 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.

Mrs. Jennifer Newman, Assistant Director of Development

 Phone: 763-258-2580

As Assistant Director of Development, Jennifer Newman supports the mission of Providence Academy through event planning and various fundraising activities. Mrs. Newman has extensive experience in the operations of a Catholic school including her role in Admissions and Development work. And, as a parent of five PA alumni and two current students, she understands and appreciates the value of a Providence Academy education. Mrs. Newman holds a bachelor of arts degree in Actuarial Science from Drake University.
Mrs. Colleen Neumann, Lower School Learning Specialist Assistant

Phone: 763-258-5523

Mrs. Neumann serves as the K-5 Learning Specialist Assistant with a reading support emphasis. She holds a BA in English with a writing concentration from St. Catherine University and earned several credits toward her MA in Education. Through the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence, Mrs. Neumann earned a substitute teacher certification. Her previous work experience includes ten years in the journalism field, a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Assistant at other local Catholic schools and a homeschool educator.

Mr. Isaac Noel, Upper School Counselor

Phone: 763-258-5515

Mr. Noel joined Providence Academy in 2023 as the Upper School Counselor. He holds a M.S. in School Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a B.S. in both Catholic Studies and Psychology from the University of Mary. He is a licensed K-12 School Counselor as well as a member of the American School Counselor Association.

Ms. Patty O'Brien, Fourth Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5503

Ms. O’Brien teaches 4th Grade at Providence Academy. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education. Ms. O’Brien has taught 4th grade at a local Catholic school in the Twin Cities area for four years and is excited to continue her time in this grade level at Providence Academy! Ms. O’Brien has a great love for teaching and cherishes the wonderful opportunity she has each school day to work with her students as they all grow closer in their relationships with God together.

Mr. Michael Olson, Middle School English

Phone: 763-258-2582

Mr. Mike Olson currently teaches 8th Grade English, Public Speaking, and Film Studies. He is a founding faculty member at Providence. From 2001-2003, he served as the school’s founding Athletics Administrator and he co-developed both the Middle School and High School English Curriculum. Mr. Olson has coached a variety of boys and girls basketball and tennis teams at PA over the years, and was honored in both 2008 and 2009 as MSHSL Section 5 A “Boys Tennis Coach of the Year”. He has served as Dean of Students (2002), English Department Coordinator (2003), and founded the Student Council at PA. He has taught multiple High School and Middle School courses at PA including Phy. Ed, Health, New Testament, Old Testament, Moral Theology, American Literature, and British Literature. He is the proud father of a PA graduate (’23) and his younger children currently attend PA. Mr. Olson holds a B.A. in English from the University of St. Thomas, and an M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame, having served in the Alliance for Catholic Education from 1999-2001.

Ms. Theresa Patnode, Third Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2563 

Ms. Theresa Patnode teaches third grade at Providence Academy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the College of Saint Scholastica. Ms. Patnode also currently serves as the P.A.L.S. Summer Camp Coordinator. She has been at Providence Academy since 2014 and has worked as an assistant teacher in Pre-K, a teacher in KidVentures as well as a substitute teacher around the lower school. Ms. Patnode feels blessed to be able to work with children everyday. Her favorite part about teaching is seeing the growth her students experience throughout the school year.

Mrs. Kaitlin Pfiffner, Latin Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5518

Mrs. Kaitlin Pfiffner is a MN 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.

Dr. Dan Piper, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Dr Piper serves as the Strength & Conditioning Coach for all athletic teams at Providence and will also teach courses in Health & Physical Education. Dr Piper earned his undergrad at Minnesota State Moorhead and is a Doctor of Chiropractic graduating from Logan University in Chesterfield, MO. Dr Piper is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and has trained and treated athletes at all levels for over 28 years.

Mr. Michael Plucinski, Physics Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2565

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, Engineering, and Computer Science at PA and also serves as the lead mentor for PA’s FIRST Robotics and FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams. 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.  In addition, Mr. Plucinski is a Fellow with the physics teacher professional development organization QuarkNet, where he helps develop particle physics based activities for the high school physics classroom and leads physics teacher workshops across the country.  He also is a Teaching Specialist with the University of Minnesota’s College in the Schools program, Physics 1101W cohort.

Mrs. Fran Ramirez, Spanish Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5524

Mrs.Ramirez teaches Spanish to Upper School students at Providence. She started working at Providence in the 2015-2016-school year. She came to Providence 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 also worked as the Diversity Coordinator for the district. Prior to that, she had also taught Spanish K-8 for 14 years at St.Stephen’s School in Anoka. She is originally from Costa Rica and has lived in Nebraska and Minnesota for about 33 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.

Mrs. Jackie Raymaker, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2572

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. Mrs. Raymaker has been a part of the Providence community since 2015.

Mrs. Beth Reopelle, Fifth Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2527

Mrs. Reopelle initially came to Providence Academy in 2001 as a fifth-grade teacher. She also worked a few years creating a Campus Ministry department and taught Middle School and ninth-grade religion courses. Mrs. Reopelle holds a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas. Her previous experience includes teaching math and science in seventh through twelfth grades and coaching cross country. Mrs. Reopelle has a love of learning in all subject areas but is most passionate about theology and science. One of her favorite things about teaching for the last 25 years is seeing students make connections between the different branches of knowledge, which truly bear on one another and bring students "to an understanding of the infinite wisdom and goodness which the Creator has displayed in all His works." (Newman, Idea of a University).

Mr. Liam Riley, Outreach Manager

Phone: 763-258-2500

Mr. Liam Riley, is a creative force with a degree in Creative Advertising from the University of Lincoln, UK, serves as the Outreach and Engagement Manager. Bringing a unique blend of creativity and strategic thinking, Liam plays a crucial role in connecting our school with the broader community. Liam’s academic journey laid the foundation for his innovative approach to outreach and engagement. His degree in Creative Advertising equipped him with the skills to effectively communicate and connect with diverse audiences, a quality that shines through in his role at our school. Although Liam officially joined our school community in 2022, his connection with our institution dates back to 2015 when he led a NET (National Evangelization Team) here. This early engagement with our community reflects Liam’s longstanding commitment to our school’s mission and values.

Mrs. Claire Roden, Upper School Mathematics Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2544

Mrs. Claire Roden teaches mathematics in the Upper School.  Mrs. Roden holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Duke University and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University. She has taught mathematics at various levels throughout the Twin Cities for more than 25 years, and since 2016, has served in a variety of roles at Providence Academy.

Mrs. Kelly Roles, Lower School Administrative Assistant

Phone: 763-258-2537

Mrs. Kelly Roles joined the Providence Academy family in 2019 and serves as the Assistant to the Lower School Director. She graduated from Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame with a degree in Economics and International Business and earned her MBA in Marketing from DePaul University. During her years at Hallmark Corporation and ComPsych, she gained a strong background in marketing and business operations.

Mr. Darren Rousar, Middle School & Upper School Art Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2533

Mr. Rousar brings over 25 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 35 years, focusing mainly on Christian themes. He is the author of six books about traditional art instruction. Mr. Rousar teaches art at Providence Academy.

Mr. Christopher Santer, Upper School Art Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2534

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 across the country. Prints of his saints portraits and sacred artworks hang in all 50 of the United States, and in 12 foreign countries, and he continues to add new works to his website, pacemstudio.com, every year. 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 of Fine Arts 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, Upper School English Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2513

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 Literature to underclassmen , again this school year, as well . In addition to mentoring students through Providence Academy's Poetry Club, Mr. Schmalzbauer is proud to serve as Advisor to PA's Chapter of the National Honor Society. Mr. Schmalzbauer is an alumnus of Saint John’s University (MN), 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. Emily Semsch, Lower & Middle School Counselor

Phone: 763-258-2588

Mrs. Emily Semsch is the Lower and Middle School Counselor. She assists students and their families with academic, personal/social concerns, and is the liaison with community mental health professionals. Mrs. Semsch is available for students meetings as well as parent consultation. Mrs. Semsch's Bachelor's degree is from Saint Mary's University and her Master's is from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Mrs. Semsch maintains a K-12 School Counseling license with the state of Minnesota and multiple professional affiliations including the American School Counselor's Association, and the Minnesota Association of Children's Mental Health.

Sister Amelia, O.P., School Ministry

Phone: 763-258-2546

Sr. Amelia is a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (Nashville, TN) and serves with our school’s Spiritual Formation Team. She has taught grades 6-12 Religion, Spanish, and History. Sister loves helping students to grapple intelligently with the questions of our day through the use of Moral Theology and Catholic Social Teaching. She holds a BA in International Affairs and Global Health from The George Washington University in DC; an MA in Thomistic Studies from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in DC; and teaching credentials from Aquinas College in Nashville.

Mrs. Elise Sheehan, Upper School Science Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2523

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 served as the science department chair since 2006 and is also the faculty advisor to the US Medical Club.

Mrs. Melissa Simmons, Upper School Learning Specialist

Phone: 763-258-5557

Mrs. Simmons began teaching Speech and Theater classes at PA during the 2002-2003 school year. After producing almost 100 shows at Providence during her 20 years as PA's Theatre Director, she moved into a new role. Mrs. Simmons joined the MS Learning Support Team during the 2020-2021 school year before becoming the US Learning Specialist in the fall of 2021. Mrs. Simmons received a Bachelor's Degree in Theater from North Central University and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a specified focus on Differentiation and Assessments from the University of St. Thomas.

Mrs. Lisa Simon, Third Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2587

Mrs. Lisa Simon joined Providence Academy in 2020 and currently teaches 3rd grade. She has 17 years experience working in Catholic schools in both administration and classroom roles. She is also trained in Orton Gillingham, specializing in supporting children with reading challenges. Mrs. Simon holds a BS in Elementary Education and MEd from the University of Minnesota. She received a Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration (K-12 Principal) from St. Mary's University.

Mrs. Connie Simons, Kindergarten Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2520

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.

Mrs. Megan Simonson, English Teacher & Speech Team Coach

Phone: 763-258-5522

Mrs. Simonson joined Providence Academy in 2005 after a one-year long term substitute position at Holy Family Catholic High School. In 2003 she received a Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Communications from Saint Mary's University. She remained at the university the subsequent year to earn her Master's in Education. As one of the university's Remick Scholarship recipients, she is dedicated to Catholic education. She is a member of the PA English department with experience teaching a wide variety of classes within the department's middle and upper schools. She is also the coach of the PA Speech Team.

Mr. Ian Skemp, Upper School History Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2590

Mr. Skemp has taught in the Upper School history department since the 2011-2012 school year, and currently serves as the department chair. At PA, he has taught US I & II, Debate I & II, European History, and the Ancient and Medieval Worlds courses. He has also designed and taught the History of Western Art and the In Their Own Words electives. In addition to teaching, he also serves as a Community Mentor for the House system and an advisor for the Debate Club. (MA in American Studies, University of Dallas; BA in Art History, History Minor, University of MN)

Ms. Abigail Spichke, Strings & Music Appreciation

Abigail Spichke is a proud alumna of Providence Academy. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance from the University of Minnesota, under the tutelage of Sally O’Reilly. She completed her Master’s Degree in Music from Columbus State University under Sergiu Schwartz, where she served as his graduate assistant. In addition, she held Principal Second Violin and Concertmaster positions in the Schwob Philharmonic in Columbus GA, under the leadership of Paul Hostetter. She is passionate about music and teaching, and has an active private studio out of her home in Minneapolis. In June 2022, she became an Ambassador for the Samuel Vargas Foundation, which provides access to life-changing opportunities through music education. She currently performs on a 1993 Douglas Cox violin, graciously on loan from the Virtu Foundation.

Mrs. Robyn Steinbrueck, First Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2564

Mrs. Robyn Steinbrueck is teaching first grade at Providence Academy. She has more than 30 years of experience, teaching a variety of elementary grade levels including Kindergarten, third, 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, she also serves as one of the Curriculum Coordinators in the Lower School as well as the Coordinator of Teacher Licensure.  Mrs. Steinbrueck is an avid runner having completed numerous half and full marathons.  

Mr. Tim Subialka, Physical Education

Phone: 763-258-2558

Mr. Subialka has been teaching Physical Education at Providence Academy since 2002. The majority of his thirty-five teaching career has been spent teaching Physical Education to Kindergarten through eighth grade students, as well as coaching various sports. Mr. Subialka states, "I believe physical education should give 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." Mr. Subialka earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from St. Cloud State University and has spent his entire teaching career in catholic schools around the Twin Cities area.

Mr. Michael Tiffany, Director of Academics & Curriculum

Phone: 763-258-5500

Mr. Tiffany serves as Director of Academics and Curriculum, is conducting the Academy's accreditation process, and teaches College-in-the-Schools Latin. In prior years at the Academy, he taught College-in-the-Schools Ancient Greek, Debate, Photography, Publications, Industrial Art, engineering, science, and Studio Art I-IV. He also takes Latin students to Italy for two weeks every two years. 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 all doctorial 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.

Ms. Annie Tillotson, Drama Teacher & Theater Director

Phone: 763-258-5505

Ms. Tillotson joined the Providence Academy faculty as the Middle and Upper School drama teacher and theater director in 2022. Prior to working at Providence she performed nationally and internationally in opera, theater, and film. Although she still performs, Ms. Tillotson’s passion is teaching theater, music, and a love of storytelling through the lens of strong faith. Ms. Tillotson received her Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Opera Performance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Journalism and Biblical Studies from the University of Northwestern–St. Paul. She is about to begin her Masters in Education and Vocal Performance and is excited to bring a furthering of her skills to her students at PA.

Mrs. Beth Trombley, Business Office Assistant
Phone: 763-258-2597

Mrs. Trombley has assisted the lower school in a variety roles over the past twelve years. She currently works in the Business Office and assists families with tuition, lunch accounts and Virtus/Safe Environment details. She earned a BA degree in Social Science and English from the College of St. Benedict and holds a current teaching license in Parent and Family Education.

Mrs. Gina Unger, MS FACS & US Foods Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2568

Gina Unger joined the staff at Providence Academy in 2023 as the Middle School FACS and Upper School Foods teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor of Theology from Canadian Mennonite Bible College in 1992 and obtained two more degrees (B.Ed. and B. Human Ecology) through the University of Manitoba in 1997. She is certified to teach English as an Alternate Language and taught locally and in Japan. Ms. Unger has been a Foods & Nutrition, Clothing, Housing & Design, & Family Studies teacher for Grades 7-12 in both public and private schools for many years. While raising her three children, she became the head cook for a household of Jesuit priests – leaders of the school in which her husband taught. She and her husband are active members of their church, especially involved with Ignatian Spiritual Exercises & Contemplative Practices, as well as choral ministry. Ms. Unger loves traveling, running, skiing, canoeing, and singing in 4-part harmony.

Ms. Holly Vettel, Test Center Coordinator

Mrs. Vettel joined Providence in 2022 as the Test Center Coordinator. Prior to joining Providence, she worked in the mortgage compliance business and most recently as a Certified Parent Coach.

Mrs. Felicia Villafan, Fourth and Fifth Grade Technology Teacher

Mrs. Villafan teaches the 4th and 5th grade technology classes at Providence Academy. She taught 3rd grade for four years prior to joining the Providence community in 2019 . Her favorite topics to teach in class include elementary robotics and Google Docs.

Mrs. Paige Von Bank, Admissions Associate

Phone: 763-258-2502

Mrs. Von Bank joined the Admissions team in 2023, after spending a year in the Upper School College Counseling office. Prior to PA, she worked in higher education admissions, alumni affairs, and development. She received her BA in Business from the University of St. Thomas and her MBA from Loyola University Chicago.

Mrs. Mary Anne Von Dohlen, Lower School Art Teacher

Mrs. Von Dohlen teaches art in the Lower School from kindergarten to third grade. She graduated in graphic design from the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to teaching at Providence Academy, she homeschooled some of her children for fifteen years. She has also taught middle school art at Holy Family Academy

Mr. John Wagner, Head Custodian

Phone: 763-258-2500

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. Hannah Wegner, Middle School History Teacher

Phone: 763-258-5534

Mrs. Hannah Wegner first joined Providence Academy in 2019 as a long-term substitute teacher for our sixth and seventh grade history classes. Mrs. Wegner is licensed in Minnesota as a History and Government teacher, and has classroom experience teaching many subjects such as Religion, English, and Health. She has also coordinated the Catholic youth program and Airman ministries at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, and served in other child and youth programs. Mrs. Wegner holds a degree with highest honors in Adolescent Education from the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse.

Mrs. Rebecca Welch, Fifth Grade Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2570

Mrs. Rebecca Welch has been teaching in the primary grades at Providence Academy since 2003. She currently teaches fifth grade and 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.

Mr. Nathan Wentz, Upper School Math Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2524

Mr. Wentz teaches mathematics in Providence Academy’s Upper School and coaches cross country. He began teaching in 2012 at Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove, after which he taught at Minnetonka High School. Mr. Wentz earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and later completed his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, Portland.

Ms. Kelsey Wessels, Upper & Middle School Choir

 Phone: 763-258-2542

Ms. Wessels joined the Providence Academy faculty as the MS and US choir director in 2022. She began teaching in 2018 at Mill Run Elementary School in Ashburn, VA, after which she returned to Minnesota and joined the PA Admissions team in 2021. Ms. Wessels is a proud alumna of Providence Academy, and after 10 years at PA earned her undergraduate degrees in History and Music with concentrations in Education and Voice from James Madison University.
Mrs. Krista Wiederholt, Librarian

Phone: 763-258-2511
Krista.Wiederholt@providenceacademy.org

Mrs. Wiederholt is the Providence Academy Lower School Librarian. After a successful career in corporate technology and brand management, and while raising four daughters, Mrs. Wiederholt rediscovered the immeasurable value and pure joy of Catholic school libraries. She has been serving in local Catholic school libraries ever since. For almost fifteen years as both a dedicated volunteer and lead librarian, she has been putting her technical skills to use while employing her creativity and love of literature to engage young minds and hearts.

Mrs. Maureen Woeltge, Lower School Music Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2529

Mrs. Maureen Woeltge is a music specialist for second through fifth grade students and has taught music at Providence Academy since 2011. She has a BA in K-12 Vocal and Classroom Music and a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in differentiation from the University of St Thomas in St. Paul. Mrs. Woeltge has been teaching music since 2008. She loves seeing her students grow as music appreciators and as expert music makers throughout the year. It is the joy of music that fuels each workday and it is prevalent in her classroom. The connections students make between themselves and the world around them through the medium of music provides an extremely satisfying sense of accomplishment for students in her classroom. Mrs. Woeltge also loves the outdoors, movies, and most of all, her husband and her son. She is in an Irish band with her family, who play throughout the Twin Cities area.

Mr. Andrew Wolf, College Counselor

Phone: 763-258-5514

Mr. Andrew Wolf joined Providence Academy in 2022 and currently serves as a College Counselor and Academic Advisor. Prior to his time at PA, Mr. Wolf worked as a Twin Cities-based admission counselor for his alma mater, North Dakota State University. He holds B.A. degrees in Philosophy and English from NDSU as well as an M.A. in Philosophy from Holy Apostles College & Seminary.

Mrs. Beth Wolfe, String Orchestra Director

Phone: 763-258-5513

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 50 years, teaching 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 two conductorless Philomusica Chamber Orchestra, a String Quartet and has performed with all of the professional groups in the Twin Cities.

Mr. Chris Wrede, Middle School History Teacher

Phone: 763-258-2549

Mr. Wrede has taught at Providence Academy for the past 20 years in many capacities. He currently teaches Middle School history to our 6th and 7th graders. He received his BA in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota - Duluth and completed his masters program throught the University of St. Thomas.

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