Brenda Steward - Principal
Mrs. Steward joined the St. Bridget Team as the School Principal in July of 2019. Before coming to St. Bridget Parish School, Mrs. Steward worked as the Reading Coordinator for the River Falls Public School District. She has been a classroom teacher for many years before becoming a specialized reading teacher for grades K-5. Mrs. Steward lives with her husband, Dave in Hudson, where they enjoy kayaking and other outdoor activities. She also enjoys spending time with her adult children. Mrs. Steward is grateful to be part of the St. Bridget mission because she enjoys working with adults and children and working in an environment that fosters living examples of God’s presence.
Latischa Ferg - PreK
Latischa joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2018 as a PreK teacher. Prior to coming to St. Bridget, she worked in an eye clinic, and before that subbed in various school districts, grades K-12. Latischa received her bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education at UW-Stout. Latischa’s teaching interests include reading and hands-on experiences through play. Latischa resides in Roberts, WI. In her free time, she enjoys going up north and reading. She is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget mission because the school focuses on the development of the whole child, spiritual and academic.
Caroline Husband - PreK
Caroline Husband started her first year teaching in 2020 here at Saint Bridget. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. During her time in college, Caroline was a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that places highly trained service dogs free of charge. After graduating, she moved here to River Falls to be closer to her oldest sister and family. When she is not teaching Pre-K, Caroline can be found anywhere outside. Whether she is hiking with her dog, or taking her nephews and niece to the park, she loves to be outside enjoying nature. Caroline believes in spreading kindness in every part of the day, but especially with students. Her classroom is structured on creating kind, socially and emotionally aware children.
Dannell Nordstrom - PreK
Dannell joined the St. Bridget Parish School family in 2002 as a student teacher in the first grade classroom. Dannell has been teaching here ever since. During her time here, Dannell has taught in a K-1 multiage classroom, a Preschool classroom, and in a Pre-K classroom. Dannell currently teaches in our part-time Pre-K 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. Dannell 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 to grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Marissa Hines - Kindergarten
Marissa joined St. Bridget Parish School Team in 2019 as the Kindergarten teacher. Prior to coming to St. Bridget’s Parish School, she taught Preschool in Hudson, WI. Ms. Hines received her bachelor’s degree from Winona State University with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood along with a minor in Child Advocacy Studies. She also completed her student teaching experience in Ireland. Marissa was raised in Hudson, WI and currently lives there. Growing up, she loved trying new sports and staying active. Some of her other interests include: spending time with family and friends, hiking, scrapbooking, baking, kayaking, swimming, and fishing. Marissa wants to make a difference in children’s lives by opening their minds, encouraging them to succeed, helping them grow in faith and in all developmental domains. Her goal is to help students find a love for learning and to have fun while doing it.
Emily Cramlet - First grade
Emily received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Language Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her teaching experience started as a daily substitute in the Eau Claire Area School District, as well as the Chippewa Falls Area School District. She taught first-grade as a long- term substitute last spring at Hillcrest Elementary School in Chippewa Falls. That opportunity solidified her love of teaching first-graders!
Emily is originally from Minnesota, but currently resides in River Falls- only a five minute drive from school! In her free time she enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, and going to her family’s cabin in northern Wisconsin. Her favorite thing about working at St. Bridget is the feeling of being a part of a family, surrounded by staff and community members who are welcoming and supportive. She is excited to watch her students grow not only academically, but also spiritually, socially, and emotionally in a positive learning environment.
Molly Hering - Second Grade
Molly joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2018 as the Second Grade teacher. Prior to coming to St. Bridget, she taught Second Grade, Third Grade, and Reading. Molly received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Molly’s teaching interests include motivating students to improve their reading skills, as that will impact their confidence and academic achievement. She enjoys watching students grow and watching their excitement and love for learning. Molly resides with her husband in Hudson, WI. In her free time, she enjoys running, watching the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers, and ice fishing. She is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget mission and share her passion of learning with a focus on the Catholic faith.
Michele Jarosch - Third Grade
Michele joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2014 as the 4th grade teacher. In 2016, she moved to middle school to teach math and science. This will be her second year teaching 3rd grade. 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 with her son. 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.
Vincent Pedavoli - Fourth Grade
Vincent joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2018 as the Fourth Grade teacher. Prior to coming to St. Bridget, he taught three years at St. Francis School in Ellsworth, WI in the Fifth Grade and nine years at Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School in Charlotte, NC. Vincent received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in History and English, and his teaching certification from Hamline University. Vincent’s teaching interests include history, German, and geography. Vincent resides with his family in River Falls. In his spare time, he works at the Winzer Stube, a German restaurant in Hudson, WI. When not working, he spends time with his two collies, Robbie and Jean, gardening, reading, and exercising.
Emily Mueller - 5th Gr. Homeroom
Emily joined the St. Bridget School Team in 2020 as the GOAL (Growth Opportunities for All Learners) Teacher. In 2021, she became the middle school math and 5th grade home room teacher. Emily is a graduate of University of Wisconsin- River Falls where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Mathematics Education.
Emily and her husband currently reside in Hudson, Wi; however, both were born and raised in Minnesota. In her free time, she enjoys camping, playing board and card games, reading, attending, and participating in theater, and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Her favorite part about working at St. Bridget is how close the community is and how everyone works together to provide support and guidance for the students and one another. Emily is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget family.
Brenna O'Connor - 6th Gr. Homeroom
Brenna joined the St. Bridget Parish School team in 2018 as the middle school language arts and reading teacher. Prior to coming to St. Bridget, Brenna taught writing, business, and communication classes at the Minnesota School of Business in Woodbury, Minnesota, for over 16 years. Brenna has a Masters of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, a Master of Science in Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Broad Area Agriculture.
Years of teaching in higher education have given Brenna valuable insight into the skills and tools that students will need in order to be successful after graduation, during college, and within their careers. She is also passionate about encouraging students as developing writers. She hopes that students develop both confidence and appreciation for the gifts and opportunities offered through written communication.
Brenna lives on a small farm in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, with her husband, Nathan, and their children Andrew and Kendra. She and her husband raise and train horses to show in a western equestrian sport called reining. During the summer, you can find Mrs. O’Connor enjoying rural life at home with her horses and family. She especially enjoys boating and fishing on the St. Croix, watching Andrew and Kendra show their sheep at the county fair, and going on their annual family trip to Hayward, Wisconsin.
Brenna is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget Middle School team where she has multiple years to get to know her students and build on what they learn each year. She enjoys finding interesting ways to provide experiential learning opportunities that keep students engaged and enthusiastic about learning.
Melissa Musselman - 7th Gr. Homeroom
Melissa joined the St. Bridget team in 2017 as the Middle School Math and Science teacher. She is still teaching middle school math and science but has taken on teaching Technology! Technology is offered to 3rd through 8th grade as a specialist class one time per week and Melissa is very excited to be a part of helping these students grow as Digital Citizens!
Prior to coming to St. Bridget, Melissa received her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls in 2015. After she graduated she was a long and short term substitute teacher in various districts around the Hudson/Stillwater area. She has also worked for Mad Science of Minnesota and other STEM programs during the summers. The subjects in STEM–Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math–are her favorites to teach because of the variety of ways she is able to teach the content such as hands on activities or learning new skills on the computer.
When she is not teaching at St. Bridget, Melissa likes to spend time with her family, friends, and two cats – Denzel and Bam Bam – at her home in Hudson, WI. She also enjoys being outside in the midst of God’s beauty in nature while doing things like going for walks, kayaking, skiing, and camping.
Melissa is pleased to be a part of the St. Bridget mission and have the opportunity to watch the students grow and build character towards becoming a good and faith driven person.
Mike Leary - 8th Gr. Homeroom
Mike joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2003 as a part-time middle school social studies teacher. He left St Bridget 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, Mike 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.
Mike 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
Mike 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.
Mike has a wide variety of interests including traveling 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.
Mary Gribble - Reading Specialist
Mary 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. Mary 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, and she is a Certified Orton Gillingham Teacher. 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.
Cheryl Richardson - Music
Cheryl joined St. Bridget Parish School in January 2019 as the music teacher. Prior to coming to St. Bridget, she taught K, Pre-K, and 2nd grade. Cheryl received her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cheryl’s teaching interests include singing, playing musical instruments and dancing to music with her students. Music is a skill that can be enjoyed throughout one’s life. Cheryl lives in Hudson with her husband, 3 dogs and 2 cats. They have a daughter who recently graduated from the University of Minnesota in Art and Graphic Design. Outside of school, Cheryl enjoys singing with the St. Croix Sacred Ensemble, walking with her neighbors, x-country skiing and camping. Cheryl is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget mission by helping students deepen their relationship with God through music.
Sarah Matzek - Office
Sarah joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2020. Prior to working at St. Bridget she was a teacher for twelve years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree from the University-River Falls. Sarah and her husband Joe own and operate a beef farm in the River Falls area. Sarah enjoys spending time with her children and granddaughter. She also likes gardening, quilting, and reading.
Mike Kongshaug - Janitor
Mike is a 22-year resident of River Falls. He began working at St. Bridget’s in 2019, with over 20 years of experience in all phases of building and property management. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their sons and grandchildren, and camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, and golfing. They are avid Badgers, Brewers, and Packers fans. Mike says he likes working at St. Bridget because he loves children and sharing his talents and experience to give our students and staff a nice, safe, and clean place to learn – it’s a great way to “give back to the community.”
Esmirna Rojas - Kitchen
Esmirna began working at St. Bridget’s School in the Kitchen in 2019. She attended college in her home country of Venezuela, majoring in Human Resources Administration. She worked in a Mass Consumption company in Venezuela prior to working here. She lives in River Falls with her husband and two children. She loves spending time with her family.
Marlys Cernohous - Kitchen Assistant
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