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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.

assumpfathertodd@info-link.net

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 Joseph Ferriero, Principal

  • B.A. (Montclair State University)
  • M.Ed. (Seton Hall University)
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 3

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.

principal@stmarysmorris.com

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Darla Loher, Office Manager

  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 32

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.

loher@stmarysmorris.com

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 Amanda Geis, Pre-K 

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

A 2017 Early Childhood Education graduate from Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Ms. Geis comes to us with experience in both Pre-School classrooms and elementary classrooms.  Her full bio coming soon!

geis@stmarysmorris.com

Visit the Pre-K Web Page

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 Casey Sayles, Kindergarten 

  • B.A. (St. Cloud State University)
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 23 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.

sayles@stmarysmorris.com

Visit the Kindergarten Web Page

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 Tanya Fischer, 1st Grade

  • B.A. (University of Minnesota, Morris)
  • Years at St. Mary’s: 6
  • Years Teaching: 16

I graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris in 2002. I am married to Josh Fischer and have two children. I have taught Head Start and Pre-K, first grade and Kindergarten for 5 years.

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.

fischer@stmarysmorris.com

Visit the First Grade Web Page

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 Joan Riedner, 2nd Grade

  • B.A. (St. Cloud University)
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 39

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.

riedner@stmarysmorris.com

Visit the Second Grade Web Page

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 Amber Hentges, 3rd Grade

  • B.A. (University of Minnesota, Morris)
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 5

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.

hentges@stmarysmorris.com

Visit the Third Grade Web Page

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 Amy Kehoe, 4th Grade

  • B.A. (Moorhead State University)
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 18 Years

I graduated from Minnesota State Moorhead with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. I have taught at St. Mary’s for 16 years. Prior to that I taught in Browns Valley for one year. For most of my time at St. Mary’s I have taught 5th grade, but the last 2 years I have taught 4th grade and I am really enjoying it.  I love teaching and working with children.One of my primary goals is to make learning an enjoyable experience for each child so reaching their full potential is a fun challenge for them. I also love to read and strive to promote a love for reading to each of my students.

kehoe@stmarysmorris.com

Visit the Fourth Grade Web Page

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 Abby Weick, 5th Grade      Barb Spaulding, 5th Grade Maternity Leave

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

I graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. This is my second year teaching at St. Mary’s as the fifth grade teacher. Prior to teaching at St. Mary’s I substitute taught at many area schools, as well as long-term substitute taught in the preschool classroom at the Hancock School.
My dedication and love of the St. Mary’s School and community developed immediately starting my first year. My first year of teaching was drastically different than most; moments of planning and prepping for that “perfect” first year were put on hold due to the devastating flood St. Mary’s endured that summer. However, through all the mess, the message I quickly learned was that St. Mary’s was a strong family that pulled together. Through faith in God, support from the school community, and patience through  His plan, the many blessings of St. Mary’s were evident for all to see. I got my “perfect” first year because of St. Mary’s, and I cannot wait to continue as fifth grade teacher this coming year!

weick@stmarysmorris.com    spaulding@stmarysmorris.com

Visit the Fifth Grade Web Page

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Jessica Hanson, Grade 6

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

I graduated from Saint Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. This past year I had the opportunity to work as a part-time Music and Art teacher at Rice Elementary as well as a substitute teacher in different classrooms around the area.

My goal as an educator is to create a safe, positive, and fun environment in which students can confidently grow as learners. I also firmly believe in making each day a fun experience for my students through humor and activities. I want my students to leave my classroom each day smiling.

hanson@stmarysmorris.com

Visit the 6th grade Web page

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 Mrs. Linda Hodgson, Music

  • B.A. (University of Minnesota)
  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: 23

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.

hodgson@stmarysmorris.com

Visit the Music Web Page

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 Señora Marykarmen Aguilar, Spanish

  • Year’s At St. Mary’s: First Year

Sr. Aguilar’s bio is coming soon.

Visit the Spanish Web Page

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Other Staff

IMG_7682Mrs. Sarah Anderson, Head Cook

lunch@stmarysmorris.com

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Mrs. Jamie Mundal, Assistant to the Cook

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Mr. Cory Bedel, Custodian

bedel@stmarysmorris.com

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TBA, Title I Teacher

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Mr. Andrew Jipson, Physical Education

ajipson@morris.k12.mn.us

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Mrs. Lanna Stahman, Physical Education

lstahman@morris.k12.mn.us

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Mrs. D. Winkelman, Physical Education

dwinkelman@morris.k12.mn.us

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Ms. Wanda Dagen, Band Director

wdagen@morris.k12.mn.us

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TBA, Special Education Teacher

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Ms. Barbara Goulet, Alternate Religion

bgoulet@mchsi.com

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Ms. Erin Hallman, Alternate Religion

 

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Ms. Karen Folkman, School Nurse

kfolkman@morris.k12.mn.us

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Mrs. Barb Lienemann, Parish Office

assump@info-link.net

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

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Ms. Deann Recker, Transportation

drecker@morris.k12.mn.us 320-589-3932