Mr. Josh Anderson, Director of Development and Interim Director of Admissions
Mr. Anderson joined Providence Academy in 2015. His background includes experience in admissions, financial aid, and development in higher education and independent schools. As Director of Development he is responsible for meeting institutional fundraising goals, building relationships with internal and external constituents interested in supporting Providence Academy's mission. And, as Interim Director of Admissions, Mr. Anderson leads Providence Academy's admissions efforts, 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.
Mrs. Cindy Bauer, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Bauer teaches Kindergarten.
Ms. Katherine Beaudry. Lower School Art
Katie is a working artist as well as the LS art teacher for Providence Aceademy. She earned her B.S. degree in Community Health at SCSU and then completed her Art Education licensure program at Concordia University. Katie has experience teaching all grades K-12. Her favorite media to work with are both Clay and Painting. She was raised catholic and is the youngest of 7 children, and has 19 nieces and nephews. Katie is also the Providence Academy girls soccer goalie coach. Currently, Katie is working to earn her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counsling, in efforts to become a licensed professional therapist. Katie says that working with students to create their artwork is the best part of her day and will continue to teach for years to come
Dr. Jeff Biebighauser, Upper School Latin and 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, Manager of the Arts Center
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 technical theater, middle school drama, middle school industrial arts and wood-shop. 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, Upper School Science Teacher
Dr. Boldt teaches Biology 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, 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, 1st Grade Teacher
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, Admissions Associate
Mrs. Bruce joins 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
Larry Carlson recently joined our staff as the Transportation Coordinator, overseeing all aspects of transporting students to and from school, field trips, athletic events and extracurricular activities. 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
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.
Ms. Madeline Carson, Upper School Counselor
Ms. Carson is the Upper School Counselor. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, English, and Spanish at Benedictine College. She received awards for her contributions to the International Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi) and the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society (Alpha Mu Gamma) and was recognized for an outstanding paper by the Association of Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas (PERK). Ms. Carson completed her Master of Arts at the University of St. Thomas in Counseling Psychology. Before coming to Providence Academy she worked as a therapist in an outpatient clinical mental health setting.
Mrs. Malia Clark, Middle and Upper School Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Teacher
Mrs. Clark has been a part of the Providence community since 2006 when she became a student here. She currently teaches the Upper School Foods I class and the Middle School FACS class. Mrs. Clark graduated from Providence Academy in 2015, and holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota. Before becoming a teacher, Mrs. Clark worked in various fields such as Contractor Painting, Jewelry Repair and Design, and Missionary Education. She is excited to have come full-circle with her alma mater.
Mrs. Nicole Clark, Lower and Middle School 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, Middle and Upper School English Teacher
Mrs. Teresa Claypool teaches English literature in the Middle and Upper Schools. She brings to Providence Academy 20 years of experience in education. Prior to joining Providence, she taught English and Literature, as well as Religion and Spanish, at St. Raphael’s Catholic School in Crystal, Minnesota. 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.
Mr. Brian Cosgriff, Physical Education
Coach Cos comes to Providence after having taught and coached in the Hopkins school district for the last 34 years. He has a B.A. in geography and sociology from Macalester college, physical education and coaching licensure from University of St. Thomas, and DAPE licensure from Mankato State. He has his Masters degree in education from St. Scholastica. While at Hopkins he guided the girl’s basketball team to seven state class AAAA championships. In 2019 he was voted the Max Preps National coach of the year. He was recently inducted into the Minnesota High school basketball Hall of Fame. He has a daughter Brooke who is a freshman at the University of Eau Claire.
Mrs. Annette Crider, Middle School 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.
Ms. Ashley Croteau, Middle School English Teacher
Ms. Ashley Croteau teaches English literature, as well as 6th grade Writing in the Middle School. She brings to Providence Academy 7 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.
Mrs. Karen Dierberger, 2nd Grade Teacher
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 sixth year at Providence Academy. “Education is more than just imparting knowledge,” she says. “It is about building relationships. I believe that students thrive when you establish strong connections with them and their families. I enjoy uncovering the unique perspective and needs of each of my students, and using that understanding to help them achieve great things.”
Mrs. Detsy Donohue, Spanish Teacher
My name is Detsy Donohue, and I am excited to be your child’s Spanish teacher (Level I and II) this school year. I am from Ecuador, I have a degree in Accounting and Auditing. I worked five years in the Fridley School District as an Interpreter and Substitute Spanish Teacher, and ten years teaching Spanish at Qué Tal.
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. 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 and Religion Teacher
Mr. Duffy hails from Andover where he resides with his beautiful wife Alison and their 5 children (another coming soon! April 2021). Originally he grew up in Minnetonka, and attended mass at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Medina. Mr. Duffy had fond dreams of being a teacher, but the Lord called him to Youth Ministry for a time. He devoted 9 years to Youth Ministry, a majority of which were spent at the Church of the Epiphany in Coon Rapids where he and his family are still parishioners. Eventually God led him back to his first passion, teaching. He got his Masters in Teaching at Concordia University St. Paul and worked as a science teacher last year in the Osseo School District. He is now overjoyed and floored to be working at his dream school, Providence Academy!
Mrs. Gladys Estoista, Business Manager
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.
Sarah Evens, 2nd 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 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, 2nd Grade Teacher
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
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 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, Middle School Science Teacher
Ms. Amy Fredrickson, Upper School Mathematics Teacher
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. 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 Teacher
Mr. Michael Gerads is an Upper School Mathematics Teacher at Providence Academy. Mr. Gerads has been teaching for almost 30 years and has been at Providence Academy since the fall of 2019. Beyond the classroom, Mr. Gerads enjoys volunteering at his parish and as a coach for a Special Olympic swim team. 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 through the Archdiocese and is currently enrolled in the Catholic School Leadership Program through the St. Paul School of Divinity. In the fall of 2022, Mr. Gerads will begin his Aspirancy year in the Diaconate Program with the Archdiocese.
Mr. Connor Goetz, Middle School Dean of Students
Mr. Goetz comes to us after spending the last 7 years teaching in a few local school districts. He also served as an Alternative Learning Center lead teacher. Mr. Goetz has spent all his time at the middle school level teaching many different history courses. He has also spent the last 5 years as Providence Academy’s Girls Basketball Head Coach.
Mrs. Kate Gregg, Upper School Administrative Assistant
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.
Mr. Mike Guardia, Upper School History Teacher
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
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.
Mr. Edward Hester, History Teacher
Mr. Hester has been teaching at Providence Academy since 2006. He currently teaches European History, Economics, and Current Events, although he has also taught Ancient, Classical, and Medieval Worlds, as well as various Religion classes. Mr. Hester holds a BA in Theology from Christendom College, and an MA in Theology from Holy Apostles College. Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Hester worked in various fields including industrial purchasing, restaurant management, home inspection, and construction. Mr. Hester also served in the US Army Reserves and the VA National Guard as a construction surveyor and an 81mm mortarman.
Ms. Ashley Hettwer, Middle School Science Teacher
Ms. Hettwer teaches science in the Middle School. After graduating 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. Furthering her faith is at the forefront of Ms. Hettwer’s life along with her passion for teaching middle schoolers. She is beyond excited to help her students see the intentional connections between science and the Catholic faith.
Mrs. Betsy Hickert, 3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Hickert teaches 3rd grade 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. 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
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
Mrs. Sarah Hogan, Director of College Counseling and Alumni Engagement
Mrs. Sarah Hogan has worked in both secondary and post-secondary education for 25 years, 15 of those at Providence Academy, presently as Director of College Counseling and Alumni Engagement. Mrs. Hogan has experience both overseeing PK-12 enrollment management and outreach efforts, as well as comprehensive college counseling and student support programs. Among these include implementation of a peer-led tutoring program, a college application workshop for rising seniors, as well as a yearly College Day event for students and families.
Prior to her years at Providence, Mrs. Hogan served as Director of Alumni Relations and as Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid at the University of Dallas. A long-standing member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Mrs. Hogan joined NACAC’s Affiliate Presidents Council as MACAC President, following her second term on the MACAC Board of Directors as a Co-Chair of the Minnesota National College Fair. Mrs. Hogan recently completed terms of service with the inaugural Naviance Advisory Board and the counselor advisory board for a Big 10 university. She has additionally co-chaired a statewide Naviance User Group initiative through partnership with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
Mrs. Hogan is a graduate of the University of Dallas, where she completed her bachelor’s in English and graduate work in Education and Business Administration.
Mrs. Amy Hohenecker, 4th Grade Teacher
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 an Assistant Cross Country Coach and is the Head Track & Field Coach at Providence Academy.
Mrs. Barbara Hunter, Middle School Mathematics Teacher
Mrs. Barbara Hunter has spent the past twenty years committed to Catholic education in Illinois. She joins us as a Middle School math teacher at Providence Academy. Mrs. Hunter holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois as well as a Master’s Degree in Education from Dominican University. She looks forward to bringing her experience with Middle School students to Providence Academy.
Mrs. Danette Jaeger, 4th Grade Teacher
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
Mr. Jaeger was a founding faculty member at Providence, and has taught in every academic division here. 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 has spent the past few years both in industry and preparing for further roles in educational leadership, earning his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and pursuing principal licensure that will be complete this fall.
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.
Mrs. Angela Jendro, Religion Teacher
Mrs. Angela Jendro teaches Religion in the Middle and Upper Schools at PA. 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 and 1st 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
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.
Dr. Kevin Keiser, Upper School 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 a Masters in Thomistic Studies, and a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy. Kevin’s favorite historical topics include the Assyrians, Achaemenid Persia, the Roman principate, paleo–Christianity
Mrs. Janine Kennedy, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
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. Kennedy loves teaching Pre-K because it is amazing to watch the children grow by leaps and bounds throughout the years. She does her best to convince each child that they are uniquely brilliant and important. Prior to coming to Providence, Mrs. Kennedy also taught elementary and Pre-K in Boston and St. Louis.
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, Upper School Religion Teacher
Mr. Charlie Kenney, Assistant Athletic Director
Mr. Kenney is the school's Assistant Athletic Director. His main duties consist of athletic facility operations, dome management, and assisting with upper school athletics. 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.
Dr. Christine Kohnen, Upper School Mathematics Teacher
Dr. Christine Kohnen teaches Calculus, Probability and Statistics, and Data Science in the Upper School. She holds a BA in Mathematics with distinction, along with concentrations in Finance and Statistics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She earned a MS and PhD in Statistics from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Kohnen previously taught Statistics and Mathematics at the college level and conducted research in topics such as the role of scientific writing in statistical education, applications of Bayesian Statistics, and Data Confidentiality.
Mrs. Melissa Krcil, Lower School Learning and Reading 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. Molly Kukuljan, School Nurse
Mrs. Beth Lasseter, Middle School Religion Teacher
Mrs. Erin Lee, 2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Erin Lee teaches second grade at Providence Academy. With a Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, Mrs. Lee has acquired over 15 years of experience in the classroom ranging from preschool through 6th grade. A native of Mississippi, Mrs. Lee moved to Minnesota after living and teaching in six other states. Mrs. Lee credits Catholic schools for making these transitions so seamless. “Our Lady has always led me home. No matter where I have resided in the nation, Catholic schools are home to me, a place where I live out my mission as an educator while being surrounded by God’s graces.” She brings a deep love for learning and children that, coupled with her sincere faith in Christ and His church, sets her classroom on fire. Mrs. Lee feels blessed to be teaching at the school where three of her four children attend as well.
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.
Ms. Angie Mahoney, French Teacher
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.
Mrs. Anne McCulloch, Upper School Religion Teacher
Phone: (763) 258-2538
Mrs. Anne McCulloch teaches Religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Catechetics as well as a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Over the last ten years, Mrs. McCulloch has served as a Steubenville Youth Conference LEAD facilitator, LifeTeen content and curriculum contributor, director of youth and young adult ministry, campus minister, and middle school religion teacher. She has also coached collegiate, club, and high school women’s lacrosse in Ohio, Kentucky, and Minnesota.
Mr. Chris McElroy, Upper School Dean of Students
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, 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. Tasha McMorrow, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Tasha McMorrow received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Art from the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She is currently working toward her Master’s degree in Educational Technology. Mrs. McMorrow has been at Providence Academy since 2019 as an assistant teacher in Kindergarten, substitute teaching around the lower school and, most recently, one year as a 2nd grade teacher. Starting the fall of 2022, she will be teaching Kindergarten. Her spirited energy, creativity, faith, and love of life show through her teaching.
Mrs. Emily McMullin, Academic Program Coordinator
Mrs. Emily McMullin has spent the last 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
Mr. Messmore is the school's athletic director. He first came to Providence Academy as one of the school's assistant athletic directors whose primary responsibility involved the outdoor athletic complex and dome operations. Mr. Messmore holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education (K-12) from North Dakota State University in Fargo and a Master of Education in Sport Management from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
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, 1st Grade Teacher
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 will be teaching 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
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. Jamie Myrold, Middle School Mathematics Teacher
Mrs. Jaime Myrold has just recently joined Providence Academy this year and currently 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, 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.
Mrs. Jennifer Newman, Assistant Director of Development
Mr. Michael Olson, English Teacher
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. All four of his children 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.
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. Sean Pilcher, Latin Teacher
Mr Sean Pilcher studied Latin from a young age and took his degree in languages from Saint Louis University. His mentor, Papal Latinist Fr Reginald Foster, helped form his approach to Latin as a lively, spoken language. He is also an instituted acolyte and regularly assists with liturgical functions. He and his wife live in Minneapolis.
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, Middle School Mathematics Teacher
Mrs. Cathryn Quinn joined Providence Academy in 2002 and currently teaches mathematics in the Middle School. With more than thirty 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, a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, 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.
Mrs. Jackie Raymaker, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
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 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 24 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. Kyle Rickbeil, Director of Middle School
Phone: (763) 258-2500
Mr. Kyle Rickbeil serves as the Director of Middle School, overseeing the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Since joining PA in 2017, he has taught classes in 6th grade religion, 7th grade history, and 7th grade health, and has coached middle school girls’ basketball. Prior to working at Providence, he spent twelve years working at Trinity School (Ellicott City, MD), where he served as a middle school director, middle school religion teacher, and a coach for Trinity’s basketball, cross-country, and track and field teams. After graduating from Cathedral High School in Saint Cloud, he studied Philosophy at Valparaiso University and earned a M.A.T. from Notre Dame University of Maryland through the Operation TEACH service-learning program. While living on the East Coast, he also earned a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision through Marymount University’s Catholic School Leadership program. Mr. Rickbeil has spent significant time researching the Finnish education system and toured several different schools in Tampera, Finland, learning how to apply the best practices from one of the leading education systems in the world to American Catholic schools.
Mrs. Terese Robinson, Lower School French Teacher
Mrs. Robinson is delighted to join Providence Academy as a Lower School French teacher. She looks forward to witnessing the joy and growth of each student! In addition to over a dozen years of experience teaching French, Mrs. Robinson holds a B.S. in French Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an M.Ed. in Second Languages & Cultures Education from the University of Minnesota. She has studied and lived in both France and Québec. Together with her husband of 33 years, Terese enjoys time with their three young adult children, traveling, hiking, reading, and trips to the cabin.
Mrs. Claire Roden, Upper School Mathematics Teacher
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
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/ 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, Art Teacher
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, 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 his artworks for churches and schools hang in all 50 of the United States, and in 10 foreign countries, and he continues to add a new range of prints 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’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, Upper School 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 juniors again in the next school year. 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 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, Middle School Counselor
Mrs. Semsch is the School Counselor for Middle School students at Providence Academy. As counselor, she assists students experiencing a variety of personal, social and academic issues. She holds a master's degree in Professional School Counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a bachelor's degree in English from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Mrs. Semsch is a licensed K-12 School Counselor, as well as a member of the Minnesota School Counselors' Association and the American School Counselor's Association. Before joining Providence, Mrs. Semsch completed internships at Benilde-St. Margaret's and Clover Ridge Elementary School in Chaska, where she focused on personal/social counseling for individuals and groups, classroom guidance lessons, academic counseling and future planning.
Mrs. Elise Sheehan, Upper School 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, Upper School Learning Specialist
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, 3rd Grade Teacher
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, Upper School History Teacher
Mr. Skemp has taught in the Upper School history department since the 2011-2012 school year. 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)
Mrs. Robyn Steinbrueck, 1st Grade Teacher
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
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.
Ms. Bridget Taylor, Middle School Administrative Assistant
Mr. Michael Tiffany, Director of Academics and Curriculum
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, Theater Director
Miss Tillotson is the Theater Director and Drama Teacher at Providence Academy. She holds a Bachelors in Music Performance with an emphasis in Opera performance from the University of Northwestern – St Paul, as well as degrees in Biblical Studies and Multimedia Communications. Prior to coming to Providence Academy, she had been privileged to perform throughout Minnesota, nationally, and internationally, as well as teach privately and with various organizations, including Minnesota Opera.
Mrs. Morgan Underwood, Assistant Athletic Director: Middle School Athletics and Activities
Mrs. Underwood holds a BS degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University and a Masters’s degree in Educational Administration and Leadership also from St. Cloud State University. While at St. Cloud State, Mrs. Underwood participated in and coached the University’s varsity softball program. Mrs. Underwood serves as the Assistant Activities Director and the Middle School Athletic Director.
Ms. Holly Vettel, Test Center Coordinator
Beginning 2022-23 Academic Year
Mrs. Felicia Villafan, 4th and 5th Grade Technology Teacher
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. Hannah Wegner, Middle School History Teacher
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 three states as a History and Government teacher, and has classroom experience teaching English and Religion as well. 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, 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.
Ms. Kelsey Wessels, Upper & Middle School Choir
Ms. Krista Wiederholt, Librarian
Mrs. Maureen Woeltge, Lower School Music Teacher
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
Mr. Andrew Wolf joined the Providence Academy community ahead of the 2022-23 school year. He currently serves PA as a College Counselor and Academic Advisor. Prior to coming to Providence, Mr. Wolf worked as a Twin Cities-based admission counselor for his alma mater, North Dakota State University. It was there that he discovered his passion for serving students as they traverse the college search process.
Mrs. Beth Wolfe, Strings Teacher
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.
Mr. Chris Wrede, Middle School History Teacher
Mr. Chris Wrede has been teaching at Providence Academy for the past 18 years serving in both the Lower School and Middle Schools. Mr. Wrede earned a B.A. degree in education from the University of Minnesota – Duluth as well as a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas. As Manager of Annual Giving and Events, he is responsible for meeting institutional fundraising goals, building relationships with internal and external constituents interested in supporting Providence Academy's mission and working towards goals set for the Annual Fund. He is also responsible for the coordinating of school and community events such as, but not limited to, Grandparents Day and the annual GALA.