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St. Bridget Principal

Miss Jeanne McCoy joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2017 as principal.  Prior to coming to St. Bridget’s, she served as principal at St. Francis School, Ellsworth, WI (24 years), Seton Catholic Middle School, Menasha, WI, Sacred Heart School, Appleton, WI, and taught math and computer science at Xavier High School, Appleton, WI, and St. Mary’s School, New England, ND.

 

Miss McCoy received her bachelor’s degree in Math Education from Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, master’s degree in Private School Administration from the University of San Francisco, and master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from the University of St. Thomas.

 

Jeanne’s interests as principal include working with teachers, students, and parents to create a caring, positive learning environment where children grow in faith and knowledge.  Jeanne resides in Cannon Falls, MN.  In her free time, she enjoys gardening, photography, fishing, and time with her family.

 

Jeanne is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget’s mission because of the tradition of excellence at St. Bridget’s, the dedication of teachers to their students, and example of Father Jerry Harris as servant leader.

 

Office Assistant

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.

 

Pre-K/Elementary Teachers

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.

Latischa Ferg 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.  Ms. Ferg received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at UW-Stout.  Latischa’s teaching interests include reading, 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.

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.

Mrs. Elizabeth Parsons joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2015 as a technology teacher.  Mrs. Parsons currently teaches Kindergarten at the school.  Prior to coming to St. Bridget Parish School, she was a substitute teacher for South Washington County and Hudson school districts.  Mrs. Parsons received her bachelor’s 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 family in Cottage Grove, MN.  In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dogs, going for hikes, and just hanging out with her family.  She is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget mission because she loves to focus on the whole child, academically and spiritually.

Mrs. Therese joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2017 teaching Fifth Grade.  In 2018 she began teaching Kindergarten.  Prior to joining St. Bridget’s, Mrs. Stacy spent time substitute teaching in various school districts in the area, including a long-term PreK substitute position at St. Bridget’s.  Mrs. Stacy received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Early Childhood at UW-Superior.  She is looking forward to building a classroom community of engaged learners.  Mrs. Stacy’s favorite subject to teach is reading, but is passionate about all subjects.  She is excited to provide engaging, hands-on, authentic learning experiences for each of her students by employing each child’s strengths to help reach his/her full potential.

Therese and her husband, Andy, live in River Falls with their three sons:  Bryce, Carson, and Avery James.  Outside of school, she enjoys attending her children’s and husband’s sporting events, learning to play guitar, reading, cooking, and baking.

Mrs. Stacy is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget mission because she wants to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all students to learn and grow:  spiritually, emotionally, and academically.  She is pleased to be a part of the St. Bridget family.

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 has 100+ hours in the multi-sensory Orton Gillingham reading method. Mrs. Gribble 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. Molly Hering joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2018 as the Second Grade teacher.  Prior to coming to St. Bridget’s, she taught Second Grade, Third Grade, and Reading.  Mrs. Hering 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.

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. This year she moves into 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, 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.

Mr. Vincent Pedavoli joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2018 as the Fourth Grade teacher.  Prior to coming to St. Bridget’s he taught three years at St. Francis School, Ellsworth, WI in the Fifth Grade and nine years at Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School in Charlotte, NC.  Mr. Pedavoli received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas – 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.

Mrs. Judy Youngblood-Bourn joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2018 as a Fifth Grade teacher.  Prior to coming to St. Bridget’s, she was employed by St. Croix Central School District in a variety of long and short term substitute positions.  Before that, Mrs. YB was employed by the Spring Valley School District as a Fifth and Third Grade teacher for 26 years.  Judy was first employed by the School District of Dodge Center as a Consumer Education teacher for four years.

Mrs. YB has a bachelor’s degree in Consumer Economics from Mankato State University, bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and a master’s degree in Education also from River Falls.  Judy’s interest in teaching lies in all the subject areas, but her love of teaching is in science, art, and music.

Judy resides in Roberts, WI, with her husband, Tom, Gator and Coco, their dogs, and a cat named Wingnut.

In her spare time she loves to do decorating and has worked on several repos in the area.  She loves watching and performing in the theater, and riding motorcycle.

She is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget mission because it feels like a family, not an institution.

 

Middle School Teachers

Ms. Melissa Musselman - Math/Science

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.   

 

Art, Music, and Technology Teachers

Mrs. Rachel Culp - Physical Education

 

Special Class Teachers

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. She has 100 plus hours in the multi-sensory Orton Gillingham reading method.

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.

 

Custodian

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.