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.
Tanya Fischer, Principal
- B.A. (University of Minnesota, Morris)
- M.A. (Southwest State University)
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 (18), Kendal (13), and Kristofer (7). I have taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, First grade and 4th Grade in my 18 years of teaching. I am very excited to be the principal at St. Mary’s!
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.
Amanda Henrich, Pre-K Teacher
- B.A. (Minnesota State University)
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.
Casey Sayles, Kindergarten Teacher
- B.A. (St. Cloud State University)
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.
Amber Hentges, Third Grade Teacher
- B.A. (University of Minnesota, Morris)
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.
- Mrs. Henriksen has worked in education for more than 20 years. She comes to us with many years of experience as a substitute teacher and a paraprofessional. She lives by Brooten, MN with her husband. She loves teaching and seeing students grow and learn! Welcome, Mrs. Henriksen!
Kari Boyd, Sixth Grade Teacher
- Ms. Didier is a 2021 graduate of the University of MN, Morris. At UMM, Ms. Didier was on the Track and Field team. She did her student teaching in 6th grade. Ms. Didier grew up in Osakis, MN. We are very excited to have her here at St. Mary’s!
Linda Hodgson, Music Teacher
- B.A. (University of Minnesota)
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.
Other Faculty & Staff
Corey Bedel, Head Custodian
Sarahi Lozano, Custodain & Asst. Cook
Sally McNally, Title I Teacher
Wanda Dagen, Band Director
Brooke Malek, Nurse
Norma Herrara, Head Cook
Yadira Lara Guerrero, Spanish Teacher
Andrew Jipson, Physical Education
Darcy Winkelman, Physical Education
Lanna Stahman, Physical Education