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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 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 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, Ms. Musselman 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, 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 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 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.   

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.

Our curriculum is based on the Diocese of Superior Curriculum Guidelines which can be found here: DOS Curriculum