Ms. Jeanne McCoy joined St. Bridget Parish School in July 2017 as the School’s principal
Mrs. Gilles joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2012 as Office Assistant. Prior to working at St. Bridget, she was a stay-at-home mom, website designer, gallery assistant, and held numerous office positions. Mrs. Gilles received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and Fine Arts-Sculpture from UW-Milwaukee. She and her family reside in River Falls and are active members of St. Bridget Parish.
In her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee, cooking, reading, and playing board games with her family and friends. Mrs. Gilles is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget mission because she loves helping people and being part of a faith community.
Mrs. Kim Langer joined the St. Bridget Parish School in 2013 teaching Pre-Kindergarten. Prior to coming to St. Bridget, she taught Pre School for 14 years in River Falls. Mrs. Langer received her degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Kim wants all children to love school so they all go on to be lifelong learners. She wants them to have a good relationship with their peers, teachers and Jesus. Kim resides with her husband in River Falls as all three children have graduated or close to graduating from college. In her free time she loves to garden and do mosaic art. She is excited to be part of the St. Bridget mission because children here can learn how to be a child of God.
Mrs. Dannell Nordstrom joined the St. Bridget Parish School family in 2002 as a student teacher in the first grade classroom. Mrs. Nordstrom has been teaching here ever since. During her time here Mrs. Nordstrom has taught in a K-1 multiage classroom, a Preschool classroom, and in a Pre-Kindergarten classroom. Mrs. Nordstrom currently team teaches with Mrs. Kim Langer in one of our full time Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. Prior to coming to St. Bridget, she attended UW-River Falls where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Dannell and her husband John live in Woodbury, Minnesota with their 4 children William, Lucas, Matthew and Liela. During their spare time they enjoy being together as a family at the cabin in Spooner, Wisconsin. Mrs. Nordstrom enjoys teaching hands on, hearts on, minds on learning activities that invite the students to learn and explore. She believes teaching the whole child is vital to Early Childhood Education. She is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget mission because she can continue to teach in a Christian family environment encouraging students grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Mrs. Jill Tiffany joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2014 as a PreK teacher. Prior to coming to St. Bridget, she taught for one year in the preschool room at Trinity Family Center in Hudson. Mrs. Tiffany received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor of Early Childhood from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Jill’s teaching interests include hands-on activities and teaching about the season of Christmas. Jill resides with her family in Baldwin. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family and traveling.
Mrs. Cathy Wunrow joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2013 as a first grade teacher and is currently teaching third grade. Her prior teaching experiences include teaching kindergarten and third grade for the Baldwin-Woodville School District. She has also taught preschool in River Falls. Mrs. Wunrow received her BS degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She and her husband, Dan, live in River Falls and have 3 children. Mrs. Wunrow’s interests include reading, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family. Mrs. Wunrow enjoys teaching at St. Bridget Parish School because it is a family-like atmosphere where students, staff, and parents work hard to learn new things and share God’s love.
Ms. Samantha Hawkins joined Saint Bridget Parish school in the year 2012 as a Pre-kindergarten teacher. During her time at Saint Bridget’s, Ms. Hawkins has taught; Pre- Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First grade Multi Age and Kindergarten .
Prior to teaching at Saint Bridget’s, she enjoyed subbing in the River falls school district, as well as working as a Supervisor in the Kids Club program in South Washington County schools.
Ms. Hawkins received her bachelors of Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Samantha's teaching interests include incorporating Art into the lessons, hands on activities and centers. Samantha resides with her 15-year-old Dachshund in Minnesota. In her free time; she loves to read, spend time in the garden and be with family and friends.
Mrs. Elizabeth Parsons joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2015 as a technology teacher. Mrs. Parsons currently is a kindergarten teacher at the school. Prior to coming to St. Bridget Parish School Mrs. Parsons would as a substitute teacher for South Washington County and Hudson School District. Mrs. Parsons received her degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Gustavus Adolphus College then went on to receive her teaching certification from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. Elizabeth’s teaching interests include centers, math, and incorporating multiple subjects together.
Elizabeth resides with her husband in River Falls. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs, going for hikes, and just hanging out with her husband.
Mrs. Mary Gribble joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2008 teaching first grade. Prior to coming to St. Bridget she taught second grade, coached at the middle and high school levels and was the Director/ Teacher of the Country Goose Preschool. Mrs. Gribble received her degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Mary loves to create an enriching classroom environment where all can succeed. Mary and her husband Phil have two children and reside in the River Falls area. In her free time she loves to run, read, cook and spend time with her family. She is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget mission because here at St. Bridget we are a family of learners, striving for the best in all, guided by our Catholic faith.
Mrs. Lisa Bodin joined St. Bridget School in 2008 as a Pre-Kindergarten and Before/After School Care Teacher. In 2013 an opportunity to move to second grade was accepted. The gift to teach young minds as well as elementary students has brought her great joy. Prior to coming to St. Bridget she student taught in Hudson, Prescott, and New Richmond, WI. Mrs. Bodin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin River Falls.
Lisa’s teaching interests include preparing students for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion, creating life-long readers and writers, and instilling a love for God and others. In her spare time she spends quality time with her husband and son and also plays a wide variety of sports. She is excited to be part of St. Bridget mission because she enjoys sharing her faith with her students, parents, and co-workers. Lisa resides in River Falls, WI
Mrs. Jackie Poellinger joined St. Bridget Parish School this year as our 4th Grade Teacher.
Prior to coming to St. Bridget Parish School, she worked for four years as a kindergarten/Pre-K aide at St. Francis School in Ellsworth, WI. Mrs. Poellinger received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, and has a minor in early childhood. Jackie’s favorite subjects to teach are language arts and religion. Jackie resides with her family in Beldenville, WI. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, fishing, and 4-wheeling. The indoor activities that she enjoys are cooking and reading. She is excited to be apart of St. Bridget mission because she is very passionate about sharing God’s message with children, and helping them to become the best-version- of themselves in Christ.
Ms. Michele Jarosch joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2014 as the 4th grade teacher. In 2016 she moved to middle school to teach math and science. Before coming to St. Bridget she worked at Hill and Cashman-Hill Funeral Home. During this time she was also attending undergraduate school at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, where she received her degree in Education. She currently lives in River Falls, WI. When Michele is not at school she can be found at the parks, lakes, playing board and card games at home, playing make believe or building with Legos, or Pokemon Going with her son. She takes an annual family trip up to Two Harbors, Minnesota every year to camp. When she gets some down time, Michele enjoys reading. Michele is truly proud to teach at St. Bridget because of the amazing families and staff that we are blessed to work alongside, and because of the children whom we guide into amazing servants of Christ.
Ms. Billie Robinson joined the faculty of St. Bridget Parish School in the fall of 2012. She teaches Language Arts and Reading in our middle school. In addition, Ms. Robinson is the advisor for the yearbook.
Prior to coming to St. Bridget, Billie worked in investments at The Hartford.
Ms. Robinson obtained her degree in Education through the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She earned a major in Elementary Education with a minor in Language Arts/Reading.
Billie loves to teach language arts and grammar through song. She believes that with this differentiation, students have an easier time remembering rules and uses. If your child has been in her classes, ask them to recite the Preposition Song.
Ms. Robinson resides right here in River Falls, Wisconsin.
In her spare time, Billie enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and camping.
Ms. Robinson is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget mission because she believes in the quality of education at our school and understands the benefit of a Christian community.
Mr. Michael Leary joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2003 as a part time middle school social studies teacher. He left St Bridget’s for a portion of two school years in 2006 to deploy with the Air Force to Saudi Arabia. He returned and began teaching full time by also teaching middle school religion.
Prior to coming to St. Bridget, Mr Leary joined the Air Force as a security and law enforcement specialist. He continued his service in the Air Force Reserve retiring with 26 years of service in 2008. He has worked construction and maintenance for Holiday Inn, and was a press operator for 3M. Upon completion of his degree in Geography, he traveled to Taiwan, ROC to finish his study of Mandarin Chinese. After receiving his teaching degree he worked at Meyer Middle School, leaving that position when he was activated for duty by the Air Force after 9/11.
Mr. Leary received his degree in Geography in 1989 and a degree in Secondary Education in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. Mr. Leary’s teaching interests include geography, history and theology. He also emphasizes research and speaking skills by incorporating them into his curriculum
Mr. Leary lives outside Roberts, Wi with his wife, Shirley and their children Timothy and Elizabeth. In addition, his family plays host to his parents, several chickens and their goofy black lab, Shadow.
Mr. Leary has a wide variety of interests including travelling to historic and interesting spots all over the world, historical board gaming, model railroading, reading and hobby farming. During the summer break, you can sometimes see him around town in his beekeeping suit as he maintains his beehives spread throughout the area.
He is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget mission because of the opportunity he has to share his life journey exploring his faith and the depth of our Christian heritage and theology. In addition, his passion for teaching history and geography with middle school student makes everyday exciting and fun. Not only is it rewarding watching his students become thoughtful and curious citizens, but he has made many great friends among the students and parents.
Miss Lydia Chatt joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2013 as a Before and After Care Aide. Prior to coming to St. Bridget she worked at Helmer Printing and Shopko. Miss Chatt is currently a student at UWRF. She will be graduating in December of 2016 an art degree. Lydia’s teaching interests include incorporating art and craft into the Before and After Care Program.
Lydia resides in River Falls. In her spare time she enjoys going to concerts, making art, and exploring the outdoors. She is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget mission because working with kids is really fun and she enjoys being able to share her faith with them.
Mrs. Barb Kujak joined St. Bridget Parish School in the fall of 2012 as the Physical Education Teacher. Prior to coming to St. Bridget she taught Physical education for six years in Minnesota and then subbed for St. Bridget’s for 16 years.Mrs. Kujak received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Winona State University.Barb’s teaching interests include cooperative games, creative play, and team sports.
Barb resides with her husband in the River Falls area. In her free time she likes to bike, walk, garden and read.
Mrs. Starla Dixen joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2013 as the GOAL Teacher. She has had the opportunity to grow the program from a part time position to a full time position and has been fortunate to have been part of the first 7th grade Wolf Ridge Environmental Education Retreat. Mrs. Dixen has choreographed some of the school spring shows as well as choreographed The Sound of Music for St. Bridget’s.
Prior to coming to St. Bridget, she had taught in the River Falls School District as a long term substitute most often at Greenwood Elementary School. She has started a dance program for children ages 3 – 103 and she has worked at many colleges and universities in Student/Greek Life/New Student Orientation. She is also a licensed massage therapist.
Mrs. Dixen received her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and has her Masters in Educational Administration from Illinois State University. Starla’s teaching interests include Dyslexia, Orton-Gillingham methodology, and outdoor/environmental education.
Starla resides with her family in Roberts, WI. In her free/spare time, she volunteers in the Young Women’s program at her church, teaches dance classes, reads and loves traveling.She is excited to be apart of the St. Bridget mission because she gets to be part of a family that cares about all of the students and their families. It’s a place that believes everyone can learn and sharing Christ’s love to her students is one of the best parts of her job.
Mr. John Johnson joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2017 as the head of the custodial/maintenance department. Prior to coming to St. Bridget he owned a commercial cleaning business for 12 years operating out of Ellsworth, WI. Mr. Johnson has been in the custodial field for nearly 20 years and is familiar with all the aspects of janitorial services as well as carpet cleaning and floor care. John is looking forward to bringing his knowledge of all the areas of commercial cleaning to St. Bridget School.
John resides with his wife Sheri in Ellsworth, WI. They have two sons, Abram and Drake, who both currently attend college at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. They also have two daughters, Josie and Kaley, who are both in high school.
In his free time John enjoys spending it with his family, their dog Molly and their cat Gracie. John also enjoys playing cards, golfing and playing softball with friends. He is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget team because of the values that are put on faith, family and friendship.