MEET OUR PRESCHOOL STAFF

Learn. Share. Smile. Grow. These are the goals that we have for each of our preschool children. Preschool is a special time for both you and your child. We hope to make this first step in your child’s educational journey postive and filled with great confidence building skills for the future with many happy memories.
Tammy Sirek, B.S.

Tammy Sirek, B.S.

Preschool Lead Teacher

About Tammy Sirek

Tammy Sirek is a teacher at Little Saints Preschool. She has over 16 years of experience in early childhood education. After staying home to raise her 3 children, Tammy joined the caring staff at Little Saints Preschool in 2016. Knowing that play is a child’s most important work, it is important to her to create an environment where children can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them. Tammy and her husband, Paul, have three children. As a family, they enjoy traveling, going to movies, and attending sporting events. Tammy considers it a blessing to be a teacher at Little Saints Preschool!

B.S. – Elementary Education – Mankato State University

Tammy’s Super Powers
  • Being Silly 90% 90%
  • Fixing Boo-boos 80% 80%
  • Reading 90% 90%
Amber Heinz

Amber Heinz

Preschool Teacher

About Amber Heinz

Amber is excited to begin her first year of teaching at Little Saints Preschool. Amber is a newlywed and will be starting her new life with her husband Nick. Amber is from Winona, MN where she went to school and worked as an early childhood teacher.

Amber is a graduate of Winona State University majoring in elementary and early childhood education. While in school, Amber worked at a children’s center with infants. After graduating, Amber moved to Rochester to work as a preschool teacher at a children’s center.

B.S. – Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education – Winona State University

 

Amber’s Super Powers

  • Playing games 100% 100%
  • Spending time with family 100% 100%
  • Cooking 80% 80%
Katielynn Lusignan

Katielynn Lusignan

Preschool Teacher

About Katielynn Lusignan

Katielynn Lusignan is beginning her first year with Little Saints Preschool. Katielynn, her husband Kenny, and their three children have lived in New Prague for three years. She has taught preschool in Minnesota, Kindergarten at a Catholic school in Mississippi, and enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom while Kenny was in the Air Force. Katielynn fully embraces the play-based learning environment in the preschool program and focuses on teaching the whole child in her curriculum. Katielynn and Kenny’s children have joined the SWS family this year as well – in grades 4th, 2nd, and Kindergarten.

B.S. – Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education – Winona State University

M.S. – Reading & Literacy – Capella University

 

Katielynn’s Super Powers

  • Ability to go with the flow 90% 90%
  • Keeping life organized 80% 80%
  • Hanging out with my family 100% 100%
Annette Stavos, M.A.

Annette Stavos, M.A.

Preschool STEM Teacher

About Annette Stavos

Annette has been teaching at St. Wenceslaus School for 18 years. She has worn many hats in her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher, art, physical education, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade homeroom, 5-8 grade science teacher and currently preschool STEM teacher and librarian. Teaching at St. Wenceslaus School has been a blessing. The students and staff are awesome to work with and this school feels like a big family.

B.S. – Elementary Education – Minnesota State Mankato

M.A. – Curriculum and Instruction St. Mary’s University

Certification in ESL (English as a Second Language) – University of St. Thomas

Annette’s Super Powers
  • Making Stained Glass Windows 90% 90%
  • Loves Golf but it does not like her! 40% 40%
  • Cooking and Reading 100% 100%
Annie Schmitz, B.A.

Annie Schmitz, B.A.

Preschool Teacher

About Annie Schmitz

Annie Schmitz is in her eighth year with Little Saints Preschool. Annie states, “Being with your wonderful children every day is so rewarding and so much fun! I absolutely love my job and am truly blessed to be a part of the SWS family – both as a staff member and school parent!”

Annie is a graduate of Minnesota State University – Mankato with a double major in Paralegal/Law Enforcement and a minor in Business Law. After several years working in the insurance and legal industries, she became a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her third child. Annie and her little daughter both started their preschool careers at the same time; her daughter as a student and Annie as an aide. In her free time Annie enjoy reading, doing puzzles and spending time with her husband, Gordie, and their three daughters.

B.A. – Paralegal/Law Enforcement and Business Law – Mankato State University

Annie’s Super Powers
  • Reading 90% 90%
  • Doing Puzzles 40% 40%
  • Hanging out with Gordie 100% 100%
Sarah Gullickson, B.A.

Sarah Gullickson, B.A.

Preschool Director & Teacher

About Sarah Gullickson

Sarah Gullickson is Little Saints Preschool director and teacher She is married to Dan Gullickson and they have three daughters that also attend SWS. Sarah holds a B.S. degree from University of WI, La Crosse in Kinesiology. She also has many certifications in the wellness field, such as Yoga and Mat Pilates. Sarah enjoys being outside as much as possible, going on a daily run/walk, playing games with her girls and heading to their family cabin in the summer. Sarah likes to think that her ‘super powers’ are staying calm in stressful situations, cooking the best vegan cookies and being able to hold ‘tree’ pose while cooking!

B.S. – Kinesiology – University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Sarah’s Super Powers
  • Staying Calm 90% 90%
  • Makes the best vegan cookies on earth  40% 40%
  • Cooking while doing yoga 100% 100%
Betty Jirak

Betty Jirak

Preschool Aide

About Betty Jirak

Betty enjoys being a part of the SWS Little Saints Preschool family.

 

Betty’s Super Powers

  • Superpower 90% 90%
  • Superpower 40% 40%
  • Superpower 100% 100%