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St. Bridget Principal

Mrs. Steward has 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.

 

Office Assistants

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 and baking, reading, playing board games, and travelling with her family and friends. Mrs. Gilles is grateful to be a part of the St. Bridget mission because she loves helping people and being part of a faith community.

Mrs. Meschke joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2019 as Office Assistant.  Prior to working at St. Bridget, she lived in Muskegon, MI where she spent her time volunteering for the Missions and Ministries department at Mercy Health Hospitals.  Her experience also includes being an executive assistant at the Cub Foods Corporate office for a number of years.  Mrs. Meschke received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Concordia University in St. Paul. 

 

She and her husband reside in Roberts, WI where they have spent the last year building a house. 

In her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee, baking, reading mystery novels, and playing with her Pomeranian Ziggy.   Mrs. Meschke is blessed to be working alongside staff, children and families that value their Christian faith.

 

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 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. Holter has come back to St. Bridget's as a PreK teacher.  She has spent the last five years teaching middle school language arts in Glenwood City.  Before this, she was at St. Bridget's teaching PreK for two years and 4th grade for three years.  Mrs. Holter received her M.S.E. in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2008.  She and her husband, Mike, live in Hammond and have three children.  Mrs. Holters intersests include exercise, hunting, fishing, and spending time with her children and granddaughter.  She enjoys teaching at St. Bridget's because it is such a welcoming community where everyone is treated with kindness. 

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 teaches in our part 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. 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, and she is a Certified Orton Gillingham Teacher. 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 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.

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 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.

 

Middle School Teachers

Mrs. Brenna O’Connor joined the St. Bridget Parish School team in 2018 as the middle school language arts and reading teacher.  Prior to coming to St. Bridget, Mrs. O’Connor taught writing, business, and communication classes at the Minnesota School of Business in Woodbury, Minnesota, for over 16 years.  Mrs. O’Connor has a Master’s 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 Mrs. O’Connor 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.

Mrs. O’Connor 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.  

Mrs. O’Connor 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. 

Ms. Musselman joined the St. Bridget team in 2017 as the Middle School Math and Science teacher. This year 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 Ms. Musselman is very excited to be a part of helping these students grow as Digital Citizens! 

Prior to coming to St. Bridget’s, Ms. Musselman received her Bachelor’s 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’s, Ms. Musselman 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. 

Ms. Musselman 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. 

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.   

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.

 

Special Class Teachers

Mr. Jeff Kruger joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2019 as the Physical Education teacher.  Prior to coming to St. Bridget’s he was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Norwich University in Northfield, VT from 2006 to 2017, and a stay at home dad from 2017-2019.  Mr. Kruger received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Health Promotion and Wellness, and an MBA from St. Cloud State University.  Jeff resides with his family in River Falls.  In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, and fishing. 

Mrs. Starla Dixen joined St. Bridget Parish School in 2013 as the GOAL Teacher. 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 passions include Dyslexia, Orton-Gillingham methodology, and outdoor/environmental education. She is a Certified Orton Gillingham Teacher. Mrs. Dixen provides one on one, small group and classwide support to students in our school. Mrs. Dixen co-directs the annual school musical, and has helped co-lead the 7th grade environmental education retreat. 

Starla resides with her family in Roberts, WI. In her free/spare time, she volunteers in the Sunday School program at her church, teaches dance classes, reads and loves traveling. Her children are alums of St. B’s and she is grateful to be a part of the St. B’s family. It’s a place she that believes everyone can learn,  and sharing Christ’s love to her students is one of the best parts of her job.

Mrs. Audra Maupin joined St. Bridget’s in 2018 teaching Art. Prior to joining the St. Bridget’s family she attended St. Cloud State University and worked in restaurant management and banking. Audra and her husband, Luke, enjoy living in the country outside of New Richmond with their dogs Bronx and Delta. In her free time, she enjoys getting crafty after cruising Pinterest, antiquing, watching her husband cook, and all outdoor activities when the weather is warm! She is happy to be a part of the St. Bridget mission because many Christ centered messages focus on kindness and love creating a wonderful school community. 

Mrs. Cheryl Richardson joined St. Bridget’s Parish School in January, 2019 as the music teacher. Prior to coming to St. Bridget’s, she taught K, PreK, and 2nd grade. Mrs. Richardson 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, Mrs. Richardson enjoys singing with the St. Croix Sacred Ensemble, walking with her neighbors, x-country skiing and camping.  Mrs. Richardson is excited to be a part of the St. Bridget mission by helping students deepen their relationship with God through music.

 

Custodian

Mr. Kongshaug 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.  Mr. Kongshaug 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.”