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Faculty & Staff

 Fr. Todd Schneider, Pastor

  • B.A. (Saint Cloud State University)
  • M.Div. (Saint John’s University)

I am a graduate of Saint Cloud State University with a B.A. in Political Science. I graduated from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota with a Master’s of Divinity in 1985. On June first of 1985 I was ordained to the Priesthood at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud, Minnesota by Bishop George Speltz. Following ordination I was assigned as associate pastor of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Morris, Minnesota and Chaplain of the Newman Center to minister to the students and faculty who attended the University of Minnesota Morris Campus. Completing my assignment in December of 1988 I was sent serve in our Diocesan Mission in Maracay, Venezuela for six and one half years; from Venezuela I was assigned to the Parish Cluster of St. Edward’s in Elmdale and St. Mary’s in Upsala, Minnesota for the next three years; from there I was assigned to the parish cluster of St. Leonard of Port Mauritius in Pelican Rapids and St. Elizabeth in Elizabeth, Minnesota and served there for three years; then I was assigned to the Church of Saint Paul in Sauk Centre, Minnesota for twelve years until my arrival here in July of 2013 to serve as Pastor of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Mary’s School. I am thankful to be given the opportunity to serve the people of God in this area and to participate in the faith formation of the children who attend Saint Mary’s School.

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 Joseph Ferriero, Principal

  • B.A. (Montclair State University)
  • M.Ed. (Seton Hall University)
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 5

I have my masters degree in Catholic Schools education from Seton Hall University and my bachelors degree from Montclair State University.  I have been a special education teacher, elementary teacher, middle school teacher, high school teacher and assistant to the principal.  I hold certifications in elementary education, science education, theatre education and special education.  I am actively involved in the theater community having worked in both community and professional theater.

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Darla Loher, Office Manager

  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 34

I have been employed in the offices of St. Mary’s School and Assumption Church for more than thirty years. I am married to Tim Loher and we reside in Morris and are members of Assumption Church. We have two daughters whom both graduated from St. Mary’s School. In my free time I like to ride bike and treasure spending time with my two grandchildren.

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 Amanda Henrich, Pre-K

  • B.A. (Minnesota State University)
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 3
  • Formerly Miss Geis

I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Special Education. While in college, I worked as a teacher assistant in an Early Education Center. I am so blessed to start my teaching career at St. Mary’s.

My goal as an educator is to create an inviting space for children to grow, learn, and play. I provide children the opportunity to socialize with each other, build confidence, and problem solve. I also expose the children to early math, reading, and writing skills that they will need for Kindergarten. I encourage the children to grow socially, academically, and spiritually. I strive to instill a love of learning in my classroom.

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 Casey Sayles, Kindergarten 

  • B.A. (St. Cloud State University)
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 25 Years

I attended St. Cloud State University and earned a degree in Elementary Education K-6 and an emphasis in Special Education. I was involved in the development of the all day every day Kindergarten program at St. Mary’s School that started in 1995. I’m married to Dan Sayles and we have four children whom are all graduates of St. Mary’s School.It is my strong belief that all children are capable of learning in the right environment.

I strive to help each child reach their full potential, academically, socially and spiritually. I feel humor is such an important part of each and every day and I try to implement that in my classroom as well as my daily life. Learning is and should be fun.

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 Eileen Albrecht, 1st Grade

  • B.A. (St. Catherine University)
  • Years at St. Mary’s: 1

I have taught in a Montessori preschool and I have worked in Special Education with children who have learning disabilities and emotional behavioral disorders. I enjoy working with children
and believe that the right environment will help them succeed.
My husband Steve and I have three children who all attend St. Mary’s School. I am very excited to teach 1st grade and feel very blessed to become part of the staff. I look forward to an exciting year of learning!

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 Joan Riedner, 2nd Grade

  • B.A. (St. Cloud University)
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 41

I graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I taught first grade for one year before coming to St. Mary’s and I am currently teaching 2nd grade. While at St. Mary’s I have also taught 3rd and 4th grade. Working at St. Mary’s has given me the opportunity to share my faith and love for learning with all my students. Over the years technology has been the innovation that has had the biggest impact on our education system. I thoroughly appreciate the student’s access to a wide range of technology at St. Mary’s including computers, Learn Pad tablets and SMART Boards to aid in their learning.

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 Amber Hentges, 3rd Grade

  • B.A. (University of Minnesota, Morris)
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 7

I graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris in 2009 with a BA in Elementary Education (K-6) with a specialty in science (5-8). I have been teaching at St. Mary’s School for three years in the 6th grade and my fourth year will be in the 3rd grade classroom! Before becoming a full time teacher at St. Mary’s School I also subbed and during the 2011-2012 school year I was the teacher’s aide in the combined 4th and 5th grade classroom for Mrs. Kehoe.

I am also a St. Mary’s alumni and have a big spot in my heart for the school and all it does. I am looking forward to another great year at St. Mary’s with its students, families and faculty. Teaching is a career I really enjoy because I love helping students and watching them learn when in an environment they feel comfortable being themselves.

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 Tanya Fischer, 4th Grade

  • B.A. (University of Minnesota, Morris)
  • M.A. (Southwest State University)
  • Years Teaching: 17
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 9 Years

I graduated from the University of Minnesota. Morris in 2002 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I recently complete (May 2018) my M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership through Southwest MN State University, Marshall. I have been married to my husband, Josh for 16 years and we have three children – Kaedan (14), Kendal (9), and Kristofer (3). I have taught Pre-K, Kindergarten and First grade in my previous yearS of teaching. I am very excited to be teaching 4th grade this year!

I believe all children can learn when in a caring and nurturing environment. Each child needs to know they are valued. It is my goal to get children to reach their fullest potential by showing them how valued they are in my eyes and in Christ’s eyes. I set high expectations for them so they challenge themselves to always do their best.

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 Hannah Brandt, 5th Grade

  • B.A. (University of Minnesota-Morris)
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: First Year

I graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Minnesota, Morris with my dream degree in Elementary Education and a pre-primary endorsement. I absolutely love teaching and learning and cannot wait to share my passions with my new 5th graders. I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing school and community.

I am looking forward to building relationships with my students, and getting to know the families, staff, and supportors of St. Mary’s. I cannot wait to make my first year a great year!

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Joan Honzay, Grade 6

  • B.A. (St. Cloud State University)
  • Years at St. Mary’s: 1

After over 25 year of working in health care, I went to college to pursue my life dream of becoming a teacher. I taught Kindergarten for 1 year at Willmar Public Schools. From there I have been the director of faith formation and pastoral minister at Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community in Renville County MN for 3 years. I love the Jesus, the Catholic Faith, and teaching. All of my own children went through eighth grade at a Catholic school and I am a strong supporter of Catholic education.
My husband, Ron, and I are moving to Morris to be close to our oldest son and daughter-in-law, Ben and LeAnn Honzay and their two young sons, who live in Donnelly. I am very excited to start teaching at St. Mary’s School and to get to know the students, families and the community.

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 Mrs. Linda Hodgson, Music

  • B.A. (University of Minnesota)
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 25

Mrs. Hodgson came to our parish in the mid-90’s, first as music teacher at St. Mary’s School and later adding Renew Choir Director to her resume. She shares her God given talents with husband Ken, who was professor of music and director of the University of Minnesota, Morris Concert Choir. In their free time, the couple volunteer at the humane society.

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 Señora Marykarmen Aguilar, Spanish

  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 2

Sr. Aguilar’s bio is coming soon.

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Other Staff

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Mrs. Martha Reyes, Head Cook

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Mrs. Norma, Cafeteria Assistant

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Mr. Cory Bedel, Custodian

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IMG_8543Ms. Betty Kill, Custodian

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Sally McNally, Title I Teacher

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Mr. Andrew Jipson, Physical Education

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Mrs. Lanna Stahman, Physical Education

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Mrs. D. Winkelman, Physical Education

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Ms. Wanda Dagen, Band Director

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Ms. Celine Abril, After-School Program

Ms. Erin Hallman, Alternate Religion

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Mrs. Nicole Berlinger, Religious Education

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Ms. Brooke Malek, School Nurse

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Nurse’s Website

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Ms. Guadalupe Salguero, Parish Office

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Officer Anita Liebl, D.A.R.E. Officer

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Ms. Deann Recker, Transportation

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