St. Bridget Parish School welcomes new staff
The Journal asked new St. Bridget Parish School staff to introduce themselves to the community by filling out a brief questionnaire. The six responses are recorded below.
Position: Middle school reading / language arts teacher
Hometown: Welch, Minnesota
Education: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Master's degree in education; Minnesota School of Business, Master's degree in management
Prior experience: Faculty member at Broadview University and Globe University/Minnesota School of Business for 15 years
Family: Nathan O'Connor, husband; children Andrew (11) and Kendra (9)
Hobbies / interests: I love spending time with my family, fishing and tubing on the St. Croix in the summer, and showing horses that we raise on our farm in Ellsworth. I also enjoy baking, water parks, Western movies and books, jumping on the trampoline and gardening (even though I don't keep up with the weeds very well.)
Why do you teach? I love working with students and finding ways to help them make connections between the curriculum and their futures. The moments when students recognize their accomplishments and gain confidence are especially exciting and provide unlimited rewards for me as a teacher. I am excited about joining the team at St. Bridget's!
Position: Second grade teacher
Education: UW-River Falls, degree in elementary education and a minor in Spanish. I also have my reading license.
Prior experience: I have taught third grade at Saint Patrick School and second grade in New Richmond. For the past three years I have been a reading specialist in Hudson.
Family: Husband, Steven
Hobbies / interests: I enjoy going to the cabin, ice fishing, running and going to sporting events.
Why do you teach? I love being a teacher because I am able to share my passion of learning with children. I love seeing children's smiles every day and watching them grow as learners throughout the year.
Position: PreK- teacher
College education: UW-Stout, early childhood education
Prior experience: Substitute teacher and parent
Family: Twin sons Brenden and Joshua
Hobbies / interests: Reading, movies, crocheting, going up North
Why do you teach? Because I love being around children and seeing the joy and excitement of learning something new through their eyes.
Position: Fifth grade teacher
Hometown: I was born in Hutchinson, Minnesota but I reside in Roberts, Wisconsin.
Education: I attended Winona and Mankato State Universities in Minnesota. I then attended UW-River Falls. I have a degree in family consumer education, elementary education and my Masters degree is in education.
Prior experience: I taught in Dodge Center, Minn., and Spring Valley and Hammond. I have 32 years of experience.
Family: I am married and have five children and eight grandchildren. Besides playing with grandchildren I like to ride motorcycle and four wheelers.
Hobbies / interests: I love anything crafty and love doing theater.
Why do you teach? I teach because I love seeing the students' faces light up when they reach that "aha" moment!
Position: Physical education teacher
Hometown: Moved here to River Falls from Lubbock, Texas
Education: Masters of Education from Wayland Baptist University and a BS from Eastern New Mexico University
Prior experience: I have taught for over 20 years; my last campus was All Saints Episcopal School of Lubbock where I was a fourth grade science and writing teacher.
Family: My husband James and I have been married 17 years and I have two children
Hobbies / interests: Cooking, crafting, traveling and restoring old furniture
Why do you teach? I teach because I am a lifelong learner. I love to help students learn that the world doesn't end at the tip of their nose, there is so much to see, and do, and experience. I love to help students learn fundamentals that will help them in the real world and encourage them to try new thing.
Position: Fourth grade teacher
Hometown: River Falls
Education: Hamline University and the University of Texas at Tyler; elementary education, history and English
Prior experience: Saint Francis School in Ellsworth
Family: Two collies, Robbie and Jean
Hobbies / interests: I work part-time as a server at the Winzer Stube in Hudson and don't have time for hobbies, but I enjoy working out, tennis and reading.
Why do you teach? I love learning and hope that the children I teach will become lifelong learners and realize that learning is fun. Also, I like when students have that "ah, now I get it," moment.