Mrs. Amy Geffers | Principal

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I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I earned my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in reading. (Reading is my favorite subject to teach!)

Mrs. Amy Geffers | Principal

I have been blessed to be part of the Lourdes family for the past ten years. I spent my first seven years teaching at the first and third grade levels and moved into the principal role at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

I have been married to my husband Dan for thirteen years and we are the proud parents of two amazing daughters. Our oldest daughter will be in fifth grade this year, and our youngest will be in third grade. We are very fortunate to have our daughters attend Lourdes Academy!

When we are not busy with school, our family enjoys taking walks, traveling and spending time with our friends and extended families!

Random thoughts from Mrs. Geffers
What are some pets you’ve had or would like to own?  I think owning a monkey would be super fun! (I'm not sure about the smell, though...)

What would your last meal be? If I could choose my last meal, it would be pizza and pancakes! Not just any pizza and pancakes, though....I would have Congress Pizza, from my favorite place in Michigan, and my grandma's special "Big Pancakes". (I might have cake, too.)



Mrs. Kristin Kowalske | Administrative Assistant

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Mrs. Kristin Kowalske | Administrative Assistant



Mrs. Pollyanna Kilde | Administrative Assistant

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Mrs. Pollyanna Kilde | Administrative Assistant

Lourdes Academy has been a part of our family since 2006 when our oldest daughter began 3PK; we have been blessed that our next three children followed in her path. I have always loved the community that Lourdes provides for our families, and I am honored to experience our system from a different persective this year. Personally, I enjoy reading, bicycling, and exploring the outdoors. Stop into the elementary school to introduce yourself or say hello if we've already be acquainted. 

Random thoughts by Mrs. Kilde
What would the students be surprised to find out about you? I like to ride my bike really long distances, 50-100 miles a couple times a year. The most challenging has been Race the Lake, a 90ish mile ride all the way around Lake Winnebago each August.

What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies? Anne of Green Gables, both the books and the movies. Our oldest daughter’s middle name is Anne, with an ‘e,’ just because of this character!

If you could grow up in any decade, which would you choose? Maybe not a decade per say, but I always wanted to live in the country and still do!



Ms. Sara Jungwirth | Daycare Director

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Ms. Sara Jungwirth | Daycare Director

A little info about me is that my 2 sons and I moved here from the Minneapolis area in 2003 and that same year I sent my oldest to Cabrini's preschool program......we've been a part of the Lourdes Family ever since! My oldest, Miguel, graduated Lourdes high school in 2017 and my youngest, Josiah, is now a senior at Lourdes. I worked in the after school care program at Cabrini when my boys went to school there (way back when) and then I came back to be an assistant in the daycare and pre-school starting during the 2014-15 school year. I continued in that same role for the 2015-16 school year and then became the daycare director at Cabrini in the 2016-17 school year. In my free time I love watching my boys play sports, I enjoy working in my yard and doing projects around the house and just having much treasured family time. We also have an old, sweet, halitosis filled, dog named Myndi and a slightly crazy rabbit named Marshmellow (aka Mel). I can't wait to be a part of you and your childs school year and have some fun! 

Random thoughts by Mrs. Jungwirth
What would the students be surprised to find out about you? I love the water! I started swimming at 6 months old, water skiing when I was 3 and when I was 9 my family took a several month boat trip on the Mississippi River (and several other rivers) from St. Paul, Mn. all the way down to almost the Gulf of Mexico. Oh and at one point I wanted to be a charter boat captain on the Mississippi River (actually, I still wouldn't mind doing that!) 

What would your last meal be? A poterhouse steak fresh off the grill with corn on the cob, butter garlic noodles and fried pickles....oh and a slice of cheesecake!

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? Everything happens for a reason! Some things are tough to understand, but I know somehow it's God's plan and was just meant to be!



Mrs. Nicol Balda | Daycare Assistant

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Mrs. Nicol Balda | Daycare Assistant

I have two children, Adelle (8 years old) and Charlotte (5 years old) who attend Lourdes Elementary and a husband who is an alumni of Lourdes as well.  
We live right here in Oshkosh and enjoy spending time at our pond, hiking at state parks, visiting family cottages, cabins and condo's all around Wisconsin and also staying in and watching a good movie together as a family.)
 
Random thoughts by Mrs. Balda
What would students be surprised to find out about me? I LOVE scary movies so much....They are the only ones I can actually stay awake for. We have an annual "Scary Movie Night" at my house every October and my whole family comes over. We have chili and apple pie and wear super comfy clothes and just watch spooky movies all night.:)
 
What are some pets you've had or would like to own?  Growing up I had pets all the time. I am a huge animal lover. While in elementary school I had about 15 pets. Anything from mice, to a baby squirrel we rescued, a crow we nursed back to life and my all time favorite...our mallard duck "Gomer" who we raised from a tiny duckling. Of course we had dogs , cats, guinea pigs, birds, rabbits, snakes, lizards and all that good stuff as well. Currently I have a 5 month old Boxer Puppy named Tilly and we have plans to get another one next summer. 
 


Mrs. Karen Pettibone | 3 & 4 Year Old Preschool

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Elementary Education degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Mrs. Karen Pettibone | 3 & 4 Year Old Preschool

I am originally from Marinette, WI.  I moved to Oshkosh to attend college at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  There I received a degree in Elementary Education.  My husband Russ and I have four wonderful sons; Alexander, Nicky, Aidan and Sam.  All of our children have attended Lourdes Academy. I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the movies, traveling, gardening, camping or just hanging out with a good book! Over the years, I have had many rewarding teaching experiences with children of all ages. They include teaching in a daycare, teaching third and fourth grade, and coordinating a religious education program for elementary and high school students. You may already know me through my involvement at Lourdes Academy Cabrini as a parent or as a staff member.  Over the span of eight years, I have had many roles at Lourdes Academy.  They include working as an after school care teacher, and substitute teaching in every grade level from preschool to fifth grade.  I have also had the role of librarian, school aide and daycare director.  I have truly enjoyed all my teaching experiences and roles at Lourdes Academy!  I look forward to getting to know you and your children!

Random thoughts from Mrs. Pettibone
What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies? Books: Any books by Luann Rice, Kristen Hannah or Gillian Flynn or some favorite children's books like the Anne of Green Gables Series, Pete the Cat or Robert Munsch books. Favorite movies: Somewhere in Time, Steel Magnolias, Nepolian Dynamite, The Great Outdoors, Reruns of Seinfeld, Golden Girls, Little House on the Prairie or The Waltons and anything Christmas

What would your last meal be? My last meal most definitely would be lobster.

In which other teacher’s class would you like to enroll, even for a day? Why? Mrs. Zellmer's because she is always so funny, she has fun and exciting projects and she loves animals just like I do.



Ms. Kennedy Clark | 3 & 4 Year Old Preschool Assistant

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FVTC - Early Childhood Education

Ms. Kennedy Clark | 3 & 4 Year Old Preschool Assistant

I was born in Oshkosh WI, and have lived here all my life.  I went to Oakwood Elementary, Carl Trager Middle School and Oshkosh West High School where I ran cross country.  I also attended preschool at St. Elizabeth Seton in the same room that I will be teaching in! I love to dance and took 12 years at Richards Dance Studio where I danced, tap, jazz and ballet.   I have 2 older brothers, my oldest brother is married and they have two young children which I get to spend time with quite often.

I worked at Festival Foods in Tot Spot during high school and have worked at Lourdes Academy in the After School Care Program for the past three years. I am also a playground leader through the Rec Dept. summer program at Emmeline Cook.

Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to work with children.

In my free time, I like to do anything outside.  I like to cut the grass and shovel snow, which is a good thing living in Wisconsin. My family is very close and I enjoy spending time with them.  I like to travel; growing up my family would spend a week in Florida every spring, I even had the opportunity to go to Italy and would like to go back again someday. I have traveled throughout the United States; I like the warm states the best. My family has a cabin near Tomahawk where I go to often.  I like walking in the woods, sitting by the fire and four wheeling.  Fall is my favorite time of year to be up there.

I am very excited for the privilege of working in the 3 and 4 year preschool classes and implementing my ideas to make learning fun and exciting.



Mrs. Sarah Gallenberg | 4 Year Old Kindergarten

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Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Education Degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Mrs. Sarah Gallenberg | 4 Year Old Kindergarten

I have been teaching at Lourdes for 4 years. My husband Brad and I have four wonderful girls Mary, Claire, Lily, and Genevieve. We have property just outside of Winneconne and enjoy hobby farming starting with chickens and a bigger garden.  We look forward to all the adventures ahead of us. I am excited to be teaching 4K this year and look forward to watch your children grow not only educationally but in their relationships with Jesus.

Random thoughts from Mrs. Gallenberg
If you could grow up in any decade, which would you choose? If I could grow up in any decade I would choose the 20s.  I love growing and dabbling in preserving our own food as well as raising our own animals (chickens and turkeys). In addition making things from scratch such as breads and biscuits even though I am not the best at them. 

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? Live Simple



Mrs. Jenny Haack | 4 Year Old Kindergarten

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Elementary Education from University of Wisconsin Whitewater

Mrs. Jenny Haack | 4 Year Old Kindergarten

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What would the students be surprised to find out about you? I did six weeks of student teaching in a first grade classroom in Australia.

What are some pets you’ve had or would like to own? When I was young I had a dog, hermit crabs, fish, newts, and a rabbit.  I now have two cats as pets.

What would your last meal be? My last meal would be mushroom pizza and a Dr. Pepper.



Mrs. Mandy Bernhagen | Kindergarten

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Bachelors degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in Education and an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Fox Valley Technical College

Mrs. Mandy Bernhagen | Kindergarten

I am a 2001 Alumnus of the Lourdes Academy System.  Previously, I taught at Davis Child Care Center, most recently teaching Kindergarten.  I have been teaching at Lourdes since 2016.​
 
I live in Oshkosh with my husband Ryan and our two girls Josephine and Eleanor. Both girls attend Lourdes in the Elementary school​
We also have a Beagle name Jenny and a Chocolate Lab named Charlie​. I spend most of my time being mommy to those munchkins, but when I get some me time I like to read, hang out with friends, watch movies, and spend time at my family's cabin.
 
Random thoughts by Mrs. Bernhagen
What are some pets you’ve had or would like to own? In my lifetime I have had 7 dogs(Heidi, Misty, Roxy, Abbey, Elmer, Jenny, and Charlie)  and 4 cats (Trixy, Shelby, Snickers, Twilight).
 
What would your last meal be? I think for my last meal I would want anything made by my mom.  Things always taste better when your mom makes them.  


Mrs. Jennifer Giombetti | Kindergarten

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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Elementary Education (PK-6 certified)

Mrs. Jennifer Giombetti | Kindergarten

I am so happy to be returning to Lourdes Academy as a Kindergarten teacher! I taught at Lourdes for 13 years before staying home with my son, Leo. Although I have enjoyed the past 3 years at home, I am looking forward to a new school year! I graduated from UW-Oshkosh with an Elementary Education Degree and am certified to teach Preschool-Sixth Grade. While at Lourdes, I taught All Day Four Year Old Kindergarten for ten years, 4th Grade for one year and Kindergarten for two years. My favorite subjects to teach are reading and writing. It's amazing to see how much growth takes place in one short school year! 

I live in Appleton with my husband, Tony, our daughter Morgan (21) and our sons, Ethan (16) and Leo (2). We have adopted four dogs from two local dog rescues I volunteer with. Their names are Hank, Harvey, Rosie and Luna. I am beyond excited to see all your children and their smiling faces this school year!

Random Thoughts from Mrs. Giombetti
What are some pets you’ve had or would like to own? I volunteer with two different dog rescues. We help find each dog a perfect and loving home! I have four dogs who have all come from these wonderful rescues. Rosie is 4 years old. Hank is 3. Harvey is 2 and Luna is 7 months old. My sweet Luna only has three legs but she can run as fast as my other dogs!

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? “Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.” I believe you should be thankful for everything and everyone you have. Even when things are difficult, God always has a plan and there is always a lesson to be learned.



Mrs. Rhonda Zellmer | Kindergarten

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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Elementary Education

Mrs. Rhonda Zellmer | Kindergarten

This is my 14th year teaching with Lourdes Academy, my third teaching kindergarten. 

I've taught grades 1, 3, 4, 5 and pre-k, but my heart is in KINDERGARTEN--I simply love it!  

My husband Todd and I live in Oshkosh and have two sons.  Toby attends college in Milwaukee, and Lucas is a senior high school at Lourdes Academy. 

When I'm not teaching, reading about teaching or talking about teaching, I love to garden, swim, boat, read, and spend time with family and friends.

Also napping but never on the job...even at rest time.  My favorite  color is sparkly orange and my third favorite dinosaur is pachycephalosaurus. 
 
Random thoughts from Mrs. Zellmer
What would the students be surprised to find out about you? I was in a water ski club in high school. I held a flag for the Aqua Devils!
 
What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies? “The Office”. Books “The Book Thief”, “The Secret Life of Bees”, anything by Stephen King provided there are nightlights on my desert island. Oh, and “Owl Babies” and the Mercy Watson series to read to little island kiddos. 
 
What would your last meal be? My last meal would be lasagna and birthday cake with lots of frosting. 
 
Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier” by Mother Teresa. 
 
In which other teacher’s class would you like to enroll, even for a day? Why? Mr. Mullen’s so I could build him a better hamster cage. 


Mrs. Anne-Marie Cunningham | First Grade

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I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Theology, from Marquette University in Milwaukee. I have a master's degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago.

Mrs. Anne-Marie Cunningham | First Grade

This is my fifth year teaching 1st grade at Lourdes Academy.  Our family moved back to the Wisconsin area six years ago. We have 5 children: Anastasia-27, Naomi-26, Michael-23, Christi-20, and Nicole-15.   My favorite hobbies are reading, attending concerts/musicals, baking, and knitting.

I have taught in Catholic Schools in both Milwaukee and Chicago.  I have also done quite a bit of Youth Ministry, Retreat Ministry, and Substitute Teaching.  I am happy to be teaching at Lourdes Academy and being a part of the Lourdes family!
 
Random thoughts from Mrs. Cunningham
What would the students be surprised to find out about you? I love to travel and would love to see all 50 states and see more of the world! I have visited 33 states and Washington, DC.  (MA, NH, ME, VT, CT, NY, PA, NJ, IN, OH, WI, IL, IA, MO, FL, SC, AL, GA, TN, KY, AZ, CA, NM, ND, NE, TX, HI, MN, CO, OK, MI, VA, RI) I have been to 6 countries.  (Canada, France, England, Mexico, St Lucia, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines)
 
Is there a quote/saying that you live your life by? I try to live by my favorite Bible Verse:  Micah 6:8.  "Act justly. Love mercy.  Walk humbly."
 
What would your last meal be? I was born and raised in New England and especially miss fresh seafood!  
I would love to have a seafood feast:  clam chowder, lobster roll, clam cakes, fried clams, stuffed quahogs, grilled scallops, a clam boil, and wash it all down with a Coffee Awful Awful.


Mrs. Missi Clausen | First Grade

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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Bachelor degree in Elementary Education Master degree in Educational Leadership

Mrs. Missi Clausen | First Grade

I feel truly blessed to begin my 20th year of teaching at Lourdes Academy.

I grew up in Oshkosh and attended Oshkosh North and UW-O. To try and end a popular misconception that Catholic school teachers do not have a license; let me say that I have my Teaching License as well as a Masters Degree. :)

I am married and have two children. My husband, Ben, works at Community First Credit Union. My son, Sully, is in fifth grade at Oaklawn Elementary.  My daughter, Paisley, is in second grade at Lourdes. We also have three dogs.    

I love spending time with family. I also love to read. I am a runner so I am often up before the sun rises to squeeze my run into a busy day.

Random thoughts from Mrs. Clausen
What would the students be surprised to find out about you? Probably that I don’t live at school?!

What would your last meal be? A salad, pizza, something chocolate, and a Diet Coke.

Are there any embarrassing teaching moments you’re willing to share? What are they? I forgot to take my class to church one week. No one came to get us! At the time; each class sat in certain pews, so everyone knew we weren’t there and there sat our empty pews the whole Mass!

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? Let go and let God.



Ms. Judy Culshaw | 2nd Grade

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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Elementary Education

Ms. Judy Culshaw | 2nd Grade

I live in Menasha, Wisconsin. I graduated from St. Mary’s Spring High School in Fond du Lac where I was born and raised. Teaching has been a pleasure of mine for over 26 years.  I have enjoyed being a second grade teacher at Lourdes Academy for the past five years. 

Along with teaching, my family holds a special place in my heart. I have three kids, my oldest son Tommy, and my twin daughters Katie and Kelly. Tommy is studying at UW-Oshkosh, and Katie and Kelly are at UW-Eau Claire. 

In my free time, I enjoy visiting my parents, spending time with my kids, reading a good book, and serving the Lord. 

I look forward to a wonderful year with my new second grade students. As a class, we will enjoy working, praying and playing together!

Random thoughts from Mrs. Culshaw
What would the students be surprised to find out about you?  I am a roller coaster enthusiast. I love the tight turns, steep slopes and fast speeds!  My favorite roller coaster is "The Beast" at Kings Island in Ohio.  I plan to continue experiencing these thrillers rides for as long as I can!

What are some pets you’ve had or would like to own? I am a caring, loving dog owner with a super sweet dog named Lilly.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? This is a quote that I especially like about people and their dogs.  "Be the person your dog thinks you are. "  I incorporate this saying into my daily life, and I try to be the best person that I can be.



Mr. Luke Spanbauer | 2nd Grade

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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh B.B.A. Finance Marian University Teaching Licensure Certification Program

Mr. Luke Spanbauer | 2nd Grade

I am entering my 8th year teaching here at Lourdes Academy. I spent the previous 5 years subbing in and around the elementary and middle schools in the Oshkosh Area School District. Prior to that, I worked in sales and accounting for both my dad's athletic footwear business and for a furniture manufacturer in Omro. My wife Allison and I live here in Oshkosh with our three children Henry, Bernadine and Mitchell.

I look forward to working with your child this year. Please contact me if you need anyting in regards to your child's education. 

Random thoughts from Mr. Spanbauer
What would the students be surprised to find out about you? You may be surprised to learn that when I saw my second grade teacher when I was in my 20's, she remembered that I couldn't cut or hold a scissors correctly.  #lefthandedproblems

What would your last meal be?  My last meal on earth would be a Sheboygan double brat on a hard roll with butter, pickles, onions, and spicy mustard.

Are there any embarrassing teaching moments you’re willing to share? What are they? An embarrassing teaching moment happened to me when substituting in an 8th grade English class.  It was in January, so it was still dark when I left for work.  About 10 minutes into 1st period, a student asked why I was wearing two different shoes.


Ms. Julie Anderson | 3rd Grade

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I went on to college at Martin Luther in New Um, Minnesota where I obtained my BS in elementary education.

Ms. Julie Anderson | 3rd Grade

I grew up in Green Bay. Yes, I am a huge Packer fan.  I believe it is a requirement when you are born in Brown county!  I graduated from Bay Port High School. I went on to college at Martin Luther in New Um, Minnesota where I obtained my BS in elementary education.  I began my career at Grace Lutheran School here in Oshkosh where over the years I taught kindergarten,1st and 3rd grades. I received my Master's Degree in Reading from UW Oshkosh.  I have been teaching for 36 years.

I love reading, gardening, watching movies, musical theater and spending time with my incredible family.

I am so excited to be a part of the Lourdes Academy family.  I look forward to getting to know each and every member of this outstanding team,  I can't wait to meet my new third grade rock stars and the families who made the choice for a Christ centered education.



Ms. Karen Coats | 3rd Grade

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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Elementary Education with a math minor

Ms. Karen Coats | 3rd Grade

I am beginning my seventh year of teaching 3rd grade at Lourdes Academy Elementary. I taught 2nd grade at Cabrini for ten years prior. 

For the past 9 years, I have been foster mom, which has changed my life. In 2011 two beautiful girls entered my life and heart. Two years later was the best day of my life when I was able to adopt them. I am so lucky that they are able to go to school with me. Finley is in third grade and Payton is in first grade.
         
I love to play sports especially softball and kickball. Sports are slowing down for me as my kiddos are getting older; it is their turn now.  If you have had me as a teacher you know I love to take pictures! One of my favorite hobbies of is scrap booking, although sometimes it is hard going through the thousands of pictures I have taken!! 
 
Random thoughts from Ms. Coats
Are there any embarrassing teaching moments you’re willing to share? What are they? When I was student teaching and making ooblick with a second grade class and added the whole container of green food coloring in (wanted it REALLY green). Well it was definitely green and stained their whole hands solid green!! I needed to send my first note home to parents apologizing that night! 

What are some pets you’ve had or would like to own? I’ve owed dogs, rabbits, fish, and turtles. I’ve always wanted a pet monkey! 
 
What would the students be surprised to find out about you? That my dad and I built my whole house. I roofed houses with my dad and brother for about 15 years.


Mr. Rob Mullen | 3rd Grade

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St. Norbert Bachelor of Business Administration Cardinal Stritch University Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate

Mr. Rob Mullen | 3rd Grade

This is my 15th year teaching third grade at Lourdes Academy Elementary.

With my wife, Erica (LA 1995) and our two children, Charley and Ryder, we love to travel and play sports.  Soccer is our favorite and takes up a lot of our time.   We are able to recharge each summer in Florida to get ready for the next school year.  

Even though I am a transplant to Oshkosh via Milwaukee, I could not imagine being a part of any other school system.  Go Knights!

Random thoughts from Mr. Mullen
What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies? If I was to be stranded on an island, I would use my Netflix account to watch some of my favorite movies and series (obviously the island is technologically equipped for this situation).  As a child of the ‘80s, my choices would be Stand By Me, Goonies, and ET. After that, I’d watch all three seasons of Stranger Things to remind myself of how awesome the ‘80s really were.

What would the students be surprised to find out about you? Something my students are surprised to learn about me is that I come from a strong Catholic family of seven children.  All five girls and two boys attended Catholic schools all the way through high school. I am the baby of the family by ten minutes as my twin sister, Robyn, was born first.  We were the first twins of the Bicentennial born in Milwaukee - woohoo!  

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? My teaching motto is: Set them up to succeed.  I take this approach because as teachers we lead the students toward the answers.  They use the resources and knowledge gained from us to achieve success in the classroom and in life.  Success may come in different forms based on the individual students, but I truly enjoy sharing in the process.



Mrs. Donna Krohn | 4th Grade

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Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Math from UW Oshkosh.

Mrs. Donna Krohn | 4th Grade

I am a Lourdes Academy graduate. I have worked at Miles Kimball as a proofreader and at the Ben B. Ganther Construction Company as a secretary/payroll clerk. For one year I had the pleasure of being the religious education coordinator at St. Mary's in Oshkosh before embarking on my career as a teacher. I had the joy of team teaching 4th and 5th grade with Carol Morris over at Cabrini for twelve years before moving to Seton. My experience at Seton has been with 3rd and 4th graders which I thoroughly enjoy. My family consists of my husband Pat and my three boys Christopher, Jacob, and David. When I am not teaching I enjoy water aerobics, yoga, gardening, and traveling to many places on the back of our Harley motorcycle.

Random thoughts from Mrs. Krohn
What would the students be surprised to find out about you? Students would be surprised to know that I work security in the summer for EAA and have worked for Country/Rock USA.  I have flown in a hot air balloon with Mrs. Morris.  I am a volunteer at the Grand Opera House.

What would your last meal be? My last meal would be stroganoff with wild rice and a root beer float.

Are there any embarrassing teaching moments you’re willing to share? What are they? My embarrassing teaching moment was when I sent out a note to tell the parents the kids would be shopping at Santa's Secret Shop, and instead the computer typed Satan's Secret Shop.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? I live my life thinking about what others have going on in their lives.  Everyone has something going on.  Don't judge others until you have walked a mile in their shoes.  Treat others the way you would want to be treated.   Try and leave this world a little better than you found it.  Everyone is homeless, and we are all on the path to go home.  Friends are important so don't catch and release them.  

 

 

 



Mrs. Carol Morris | 4th Grade

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Bachelors of Elementary Education from UW Oshkosh

Mrs. Carol Morris | 4th Grade

Upon graduation I taught in Waukesha, WI and later in Rosendale, WI. I began teaching for Lourdes Academy (then known as  Unified Catholic Schools of Oshkosh) in the fall of 1999. This coming school year will begin my 20th year in this system, all of which have been at the St. Frances Cabrini site as a 4th grade teacher. My husband, Jerry, and I (both Lourdes alumni) are parents of three boys, AJ, Bennett and Nathan. They are all away pursuing their dreams so our nest is empty (alas). AJ and his wife Laura live in Texas with their two children, Max 7 years and Ayla 5 1⁄2 years. Bennett and Amy are in Sheboygan with Caitlin 3 years and Alison 1 year. This joyfully gives me the title of grandma four times over. Nathan mostly makes his home in Milwaukee, but since he is able to work remotely, he is known to be a modern day nomad from time to time.

When I have the opportunity I enjoy travel, hanging out with family, and gardening.

Random thoughts from Mrs. Morris
What are some pets you’ve had or would like to own? I have a pet rock. Rocky has been with me since the mid 1970's. He is well trained and can be left alone without getting into any trouble. There are a few tricks that he can do very well such playing dead, and he will stay when commanded to do so. With a little encouragement he will even roll over. Rocky is very quiet and has made the perfect classroom pet for many years.

What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies? The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran is a prose poetry book that speaks everything about life including love, children, giving, marriage, work, death, religion, joy, sorrow, etc. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom is a memoir about a series of visits he made to a former sociology professor who loses his life to ALS. Another of Mitch Albom's books is entitled The Five People You Meet in Heaven. It follows the life and death of a maintenance man. In heaven he encounters five people who had a significant impact on him while he was alive. There are many other books by this remarkable author which would make good company on a desert island.

 



Mrs. Lori Balistrieri | Phy Ed

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UW Oshkosh with BS in Education with a Physical Education major and a Health minor

Mrs. Lori Balistrieri | Phy Ed

 
 

I have been teaching elementary physical education in the Lourdes system for 41 years.

I live in Oshkosh with my husband John.  We will celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary on May 27th. 
 
We have 3 grown children.
 
Our oldest son Nick works for the Denver park system and is married to Megan. They had a little girl in December which makes number three. Ella Noel is happy all the time.
 
Luke is our second oldest and is married to Bridgette.  They have two children and live in Oshkosh. Luke works at Water City Pool and Spas while Bridgette works for 4 Imprint. Vienna is 4 years and Vito is 2. I love being a nana and can't wait for more grandchildren.
 
Our daughter Emily is our baby and works for 4Imprint.  She bought her first house in June so we get to spend lots of time together.
 
My favorite sports are golf and bowling.  I love the Packers, Brewers, and watching Wisconsin football and basketball.  I enjoy riding on my husband's Harley on beautiful days.  I love to cook, go shopping, travel, and spend time with my family.
 
Random thoughts from Mrs. B.
What would your last meal be? My favorite last meal would be homemade spaghetti and meatballs.
 
What would the students be surprised to find out about you? My students would be surprised that I enjoy riding on my husband’s Harley and touring Wisconsin!   
 
What are some pets you’ve had or would like to own? We have had dogs and rabbits as pets but as a child we also had horses.


Ms. Mary Jayne Landowski | Art

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B.S. in Art Education from the University of WI-Madison and a Masters in Education specializing in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Behavioral Disabilities from the University of MN-Twin Cities

Ms. Mary Jayne Landowski | Art

For a number of years, I worked at the high school level teaching students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. After my two children were born, I took a job closer to home teaching in special education at the elementary level. I have taught many art classes in the Fox Valley.
 
My family has been involved with community theater for many years. I tend to do the scenic painting for the stage sets, and my two girls have been acting for many years. My oldest daughter is a senior this year and my younger daughter is a sophomore at Appleton North High School. 
 
I love to travel and have had the opportunity to see many European countries. Some of the highlights have been, swimming in the Nile River and the Mediterranean Sea. I try to incorporate a little of that travel into my art projects.  It is my goal to introduce art from all over the globe. 
 
In my free time I like to garden and spend time with friends.


Ms. Catrinna Sundeen | Library

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Ms. Catrinna Sundeen | Library

Random thoughts by Ms. Trinna
What would the students be surprised to find out about you? I can play many instruments including Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Tuba, Percussion, and Piano.

What are some pets you've had or would like to own? As a child, I owned a Miniature-Albino Hamster named Chester. I currently own a 7 year-old Jack Russel Mix (dog) named Riley. I wish I could own an Otter someday! 

What are your "trapped on a desert island" books? The Great Gatsby, The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.



Mrs. Susan Trofka | Literacy

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Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, UW-Oshkosh Master of Science in Education; Reading Specialist, UW-Oshkosh

Mrs. Susan Trofka | Literacy

I  taught in the Oshkosh Area School District for 13 years before teaching at Lourdes Academy.  

I have behave been involved with the Lourdes Academy system for a number of years, both as a parent and a teacher.  My husband and I have four children. Our three sons are LA graduates and our daughter is currently a LA middle school student.  I have played a number of roles at Lourdes Academy, first as a kindergarten teacher, then a building aide at Seton, and now a Literacy Coach.    

As a literacy coach/ resource teacher I collaborate with classroom teachers based on students' needs, behaviors and abilities focusing on core subject academics.  Services are provided to the students to help the student be successful and reach their potential.

Services vary from offering differentiated instruction strategies and resources for the classroom setting,  co-teaching in the classroom,  as well as giving direct instruction to students, and providing accomodations and or modifications for the students' success.  Providing opportunities for all learners and learning styles helps to diversify instruction and meet the needs of our students.

Random thoughts from Mrs. Trofka
What would students be surprised to find out about you? I am a third generation teacher.  My grandma taught in a one room schoolhouse during the depression.  My mom graduated from UW-Whitewater and her first teaching job was in a third and fourth grade classroom.  I began my teaching career teaching first grade at Roosevelt Elementary School in Oshkosh. 

What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies? Children’s Books:The Wise Woman and Her Secret by Eve Merriam and The Wolf Story by William McCleery Adult Books:  I love getting book recommendations from friends and the Berlin Public Library (Chris & Julie).  Favorite Movie: The Fugitive

Quote or saying that I remind myself of: “Let Jesus use you without consulting you.”  Mother Teresa



Mrs. Barb Weich | School Aide

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Mrs. Barb Weich | School Aide

I am married and have two boys, Gary Jr. and Keith. I also have two grandchildren named Amber and Logan. I am a teacher's aide and a lunch room cashier. I have worked at Lourdes Academy Elementary for the last 7 years.  



Mrs. Linda Wolfgram | Technology

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UW Oshkosh BS in Business with Marketing emphasis

Mrs. Linda Wolfgram | Technology

I am the technology teacher at Lourdes Academy elementary schools.  I am also the webmaster and work with Powerschool and technology support at the Elementary Campus.

I have been part of the Lourdes Academy family for 12 years.  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

I have been married to my husband Mat for twenty three years and we have three amazing kids.  Calyn our oldest is starting her last year (fingers crossed year at UWGB, Cora is in her first year at UW Milwaukee and our youngest Charlie is in junior at Neenah High School.

My free time is spent watching Charlie play basketball and enjoying our boat on the summer weekends.

I have a huge passion for technology and an even bigger passion for working with kids...even when they ask if I'm dressed up as Nanny McPhee...or tell me that I look like their grandma.  I look forward to learning more from them every day.

Random thoughts from Mrs. Wolfgram
What would your last meal be? A tenderloin oscar from The Roxy with a twice baked potato.

In which other teacher’s class would you like to enroll, even for a day? Why? Without a doubt it would be Mrs. Dolan, she is so fun to listen to and she adds humor to her class and has so many great stories to keep you interested.

 



Mr. Steve Weber | Custodian/Maintenance Coordinator

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Mr. Steve Weber | Custodian/Maintenance Coordinator

Random thoughts from Mr. Weber
What would your last meal be? Red's Pizza

If you could grow up in any decade, which would you choose? The 1940's



Mr. Tom Herrick | Custodian/Maintenance Coordinator

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Mr. Tom Herrick | Custodian/Maintenance Coordinator