MEET OUR EXCEPTIONAL K-8 INSTRUCTORS

School surveys continuously reveal that the teachers are the #1 positive aspect of our school. Our teachers are dedicated and caring. They work to connect with each child personally and give each the best possible instruction that they can within the student’s level of skill and ability. SWS teachers are highly educated and experienced. They are committed to their faith and the mission of Catholic education.

Lisa Schneider, B.A.

Lisa Schneider, B.A.

Kindergarten Teacher

About Lisa Schneider

Lisa Schneider is the kindergarten teacher at St. Wenceslaus School. LIsa feels that she has found her home here. She moved to New Prague to accept her dream job teaching at a school that values a Catholic, STEM education. Her teaching philosophy involves small-group instruction and making sure students know they are loved and safe at school every day. She loves teaching kindergarten because kindergarteners experience so much growth academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually in the quick nine-month school year.

B.A. – Elementary Education – College of St. Benedict

Lisa’s Super Powers

  • Harry Potter Trivia Pro 90% 90%
  • “Let’s Go Wild!” Chant starter 80% 80%
  • Wheel of Fortune Junkie 100% 100%
Courtney Martin B.A.

Courtney Martin B.A.

Kindergarten Teacher

About Courtney Martin

Courtney Martin is one of our kindergarten teachers and loves being a part of such a close-knit and caring community. She grew up in LeCenter and has worked in various schools in the district throughout the past few years. This is Courtney’s second year at SWS.

Spending time with family and friends, crafting with her Cricut and teaching a lifelong love for learning are a few ways Courtney spends most of her time. She likes getting to know our school families and the students!

B.S. – Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Minor in Child Advocacy Studies- Winona State University

M.A. – In progress- University of St. Thomas

 

Courtney’s Super Powers

  • New Girl Superfan 90% 90%
  • Cheese Expert 80% 80%
  • Crafting with her Cricut 100% 100%
Emily Dalsin M.A.

Emily Dalsin M.A.

Grade 1 Teacher

About Emily Dalsin

Emily is a lifelong learner who retired from legal practice to raise four children.  When her eldest child was in high school, Emily followed her heart and reinvented herself as a teacher.  Emily’s passion is teaching first grade.  Rooted in positive relationships, Emily empowers scholars to think critically while encouraging them to see Christ in others and be Christ for others.  Emily is excited to teach first grade at SWS where her four children attended school.  She looks forward to helping her team of All-Stars shine bright!

B.A. – Philosophy – University of St. Thomas

J.D. – Law – University of Minnesota Law School

M.A. – Elementary Education – University of Minnesota

 

Emily’s Super Powers

  • Adding Glitter to Anything and Everything 90% 90%
  • Bargain Shopping 80% 80%
  • Bonfires with the Family 100% 100%
Morgan Fahey B.A.

Morgan Fahey B.A.

Grade 1 Teacher

About Morgan Fahey

Morgan Fahey is a first year teacher and is one of the First Grade teachers at St. Wenceslaus. She is very excited to be teaching in her hometown. She graduated from New Prague High School in 2017. After high school, she went to Winona State University where she received her teaching degree. She believes that all students have something special to bring to their own education. She loves first grade and looks forward to all the exploring and learning they will do. Morgan currently lives in Le Center. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, spending time with her family and friends, and spoiling her niece and nephew. She is very excited to start her teaching career at SWS. 

B.A. – Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Minor in Child Advocacy Studies – Winona State University 

 

 

Morgan’s Super Powers

  • Coffee Drinker 90% 90%
  • Sports Fan 80% 80%
  • Dog Whisperer 100% 100%
Kathy Giesen, M.A.

Kathy Giesen, M.A.

Grade 2 Teacher

About Kathy Giesen

Kathy joined the staff at SWS after teaching in another Catholic school for the past fourteen years. She was a teacher in the 8th and 5th-grade classrooms but found her love for the 2nd grade in her past six years. Second-grade students have helped Kathy discover her true passion for teaching. Kathy feels blessed to watch her students grow in their faith as they receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. Kathy lives in New Prague with her husband and three children. 

B.S. – Elementary Education – University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a Minor in Mathematics

M.A. – Education – Saint Catherine University

Kathy’s Super Powers

  • Reading 90% 90%
  • Scrapbooking 80% 80%
  • Spending time with family 100% 100%
Carly Bartholomaus B.A.

Carly Bartholomaus B.A.

Grade 3 Teacher

 About Carly (McDonald) Bartholomaus

Carly begins her 3rd year at St. Wenceslaus Catholic School. Carly got married in June and returns to teach with a new last name and a loving husband. Carly loves teaching all subjects, but especially math. She went to college in Ohio and is so excited to be teaching in Minnesota. In college, Carly played lacrosse for her university serving as the team captian and was very involved in the athletic department. Carly serves as the athletic director for SWS, setting up all team activities,  directing coaches, and setting up games for our students.

B.S. – Early Childhood Education – Minor in Theology – Franciscan University of Steubenville

Carly’s Super Powers

  • Lacrosse Player 90% 90%
  • Coffee Drinker 80% 80%
  • Cookie Baker 100% 100%
Lori King M.A.

Lori King M.A.

Grade 4 Teacher

About Lori King

Originally from Ontario, Canada, Lori moved to Minnesota in 1996 after graduating from college and one year of teaching overseas at an international school. Starting out in 1st grade (5 years), Lori has also taught in a special education setting (4 years), in ECFE as a parent educator (4 years), in 5th- 8th grade (3 years), and at SWS as the 5th grade ELA teacher. Lori loves being a full time teacher at SWS with our 4th grade students. She likes teaching all subjects, but reading and writing are her favorites because she enjoys sharing great books with her students. Lori lives in Elko with her husband of 22 years and their four boys. 

B.A. – Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
                                                                                               
B.Ed. – Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario                                                        
M.A. -Special Education – Minnesota State University, Mankato 

 

Lori’s Super Powers

  • Living in a house full of boys 90% 90%
  • Reading 80% 80%
  • Traveling 100% 100%
Becky Smisek, M.A.

Becky Smisek, M.A.

Grade 5 Teacher

About Becky Smisek

Becky’s journey started in 1999 when she was hired as an instructional aide at St. Wenceslaus. She then taught a few of the physical education classes and was soon placed in the 1st grade classroom as a long-term substitute. Her first official classroom teaching assignment was in 2004 as a 6th-grade teacher. She continues to teach at both the 5th and 6th-grade level with being a 5th-grade homeroom teacher. Becky is always excited to get to know her new students each year and feels very much at home here at St. Wenceslaus School where she is surrounded by great staff, supportive families and God’s guidance.

B.S. – Business Management/Industrial Relations with an Accounting Minor – Mankato State University

M.A. – Education with a Teaching Degree –  Saint Catherine University

Certification in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) – Saint Catherine University

Google Level 1 Certified Educator

Becky’s Super Powers

  • Loves teaching American History 90% 90%
  • Trivia Junkie 80% 80%
  • Can make the meanest kettle of Vomacka this side of the Mississippi 100% 100%
Emilia Jury B.A.

Emilia Jury B.A.

Grade 5 Teacher

About Emilia Jury

Emilia is delighted to join the team of educators at Saint Wenceslaus! She comes with her B.A. in Elementary Education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is thrilled to move to New Prague and be a part of a school that values a Catholic, STEM education. With Emilia’s passion for teaching Reading and Social Studies, she cannot wait to engage her fifth grade students in learning that is innovative and creative, and take them on many fun adventures both inside the classroom and their community! She believes that students learn best through active engagement, both in hands-on activities and classroom discussions. She also firmly believes in building and fostering their social and emotional growth to recognize them as individual learners who progress and grow not only inside the classroom, but outside of it as well. 

B.A. – Elementary Education – St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona

Emilia’s Super Powers

  • Expert Cake Baker 90% 90%
  • Amateur Calvin and Hobbes character artist 80% 80%
  • Book collector and  giving book recommendations 100% 100%
Becky Zwirner, M.A.

Becky Zwirner, M.A.

Grade 6 Homeroom & Grades 6-8 Math

About Becky Zwirner

Becky Zwirner has been at teacher at Saint Wenceslaus for 17 years. She has taught grades 5-8 at SWS and really enjoys teaching math and science. Becky attended Minnesota State University in Mankato for elementary education and received her masters from St. Mary’s University. Becky has also added a STEM certificate from St. Kate’s. She likes being able to teach at Saint Wenceslaus where there is focus on the whole child and faith is incorporated in every subject. She expects respect from her students and gives respect back in return.

Becky also coaches softball at New Prague High School. In her free time, Becky enjoys spending time with her family playing cards, solving puzzles and playing games.

B.A. – Elementary Education – Mankato State University

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

Certification in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) – Saint Catherine University

Becky’s Super Powers

  • Teaching Math 90% 90%
  • Giving “The Look” 80% 80%
  • Playing Cards 100% 100%
JIll McBroom, M.A.

JIll McBroom, M.A.

Grade 7 Homeroom & Grades 7-8 Religion, Grade 7-8 Science

About Jill McBroom

Jill McBroom is delighted to be part of the middle school teaching team at St. Wenceslaus School. After staying home with her children, she re-entered the workforce as a preschool teacher at Little Spirits Preschool and an early childhood screener. She couldn’t resist the opportunity to go back to her roots and teach middle school math and science.  Jill has 13 years of experience teaching middle school and believes that students learn best by doing (and having a little fun along the way)! This philosophy blends beautifully with the STEM focus at St. Wenceslaus School.

B.A. – Elementary Education – University of Illinois

M.A. – Curriculum and Instruction – National Louis University

Jill’s Super Powers

  • Reader 90% 90%
  • Number Cruncher 80% 80%
  • Family Manager Extraordinaire 100% 100%
Jamie Schoenbauer, M.A.

Jamie Schoenbauer, M.A.

Grade 8 Homeroom & Grades 7-8 English, Grades 7-8 Literature, Grades 7-8 Social Studies

About Jamie Schoenbauer

Jamie comes to Minnesota from Ohio after a stint teaching middle school in Austin, Texas. She has been at SWS for 14 years, each one spent in 7th and 8th grade teaching social studies and language arts. Jamie is best known for her rapport with the often-befuddling middle school student. She believes in holding kids to high standards, while having fun at the same time.

B.A. – English Education, Heidelberg University

B.A. – Communication Arts and Literature University of Minnesota

M.A. – Educational Studies – University of St. Thomas

K-12 Reading Certification – University of St. Thomas

Certification in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) – Saint Catherine University

Jamie’s Super Powers

  • Reading, writing, but not arithmetic 90% 90%
  • Washington, DC touring 80% 80%
  • Superfan of THE Ohio State University 100% 100%
Katherine Gorr, B.A.

Katherine Gorr, B.A.

Music Preschool - Grade 8

About Katherine Gorr

Katherine is the music teacher for all grades at St. Wenceslaus. Her goal for all grade levels is for them to enjoy music in its many forms, and have an appreciation for different styles of music.  Katherine is excited to be a part of a family of staff members at SWS. Through singing, dancing, listening, playing instruments and having fun, Katherine strives for all students to leave music class with a smile on their face!

B.A. – Music Performance – University of Minnesota Duluth

Katherine’s Super Powers

  • Off-road Jeeping Queen 90% 90%
  • Hockey and Dance Mom 80% 80%
  • Expert Coffee Drinker 100% 100%
Annette Stavos, M.A.

Annette Stavos, M.A.

Librarian Preschool - Grade 8 & Preschool STEM Teacher

About Annette Stavos

Annette has been teaching at St. Wenceslaus School for 19 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%
  • Crocheting, Loves Golf but it does not like her! 80% 80%
  • Reading and Cooking 100% 100%
MIke Tschimperle, B.S.

MIke Tschimperle, B.S.

Physical Education K - Grade 8 Health 7-8

About Mike Tschimperle

Mr. Tschimperle has been at St.Wenceslaus school for 36 years. He enjoys being able to teach physical education to all students K – 8. He thinks it is special to get to know every student in the school and watch them grow from year to year. He also is delusional thinking that the younger students really think he is in his forty’s or fifty. Mr. T as the students call him, likes to golf with his son, enjoys spending time with his great-nephew, and having more time with his wife Margaret, now that he isn’t coaching as much.

B.S. – Physical  Education and Health K-12 University of Minnesota

Mike’s Super Powers

  • Expert Gardener 90% 90%
  • Traveler and Golfer 80% 80%
  • Reader, Cook and Vikings Fan 100% 100%
Suzanne Eidem, M.FA.

Suzanne Eidem, M.FA.

Art K-8

About Suzanne Eidem

Suzanne is delighted to join St. Wenceslaus team as the K-8 art teacher. Creating art is her passion and she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with all ages. She has two children who attend Cologne Academy where she taught art this past year. Mrs. Eidem coaches soccer, enjoys running, and is currently illlustrating a children’s book.

 

B.FA. – Miami University

M.FA. – Savannah College of Art and Design

 

Super Powers

  • Mom of two great kids 90% 90%
  • Coaching, Running 80% 80%
  • Creative Passion for all Art 100% 100%