Faculty Directory 2020-21
Hi! My name is Dawn Duda and I am the K3 teacher. Prior to coming to St. Joseph’s, I taught 4-year-old Kindergarten for Racine Unified School District for several years. I graduated from Carthage College and Ashford University.
Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 sons, and dog, Indy. I enjoy doing crafts, gardening, and fishing.
My name is Rebecca Mierow, and I am the K4 teacher here at St. Joseph School. I have been with St. Joseph since 2016. Outside of school, I love to spend time with my family by camping, fishing, going on trips and going to the dog park with our German Shepherd. I also enjoy playing volleyball, coaching basketball and going to the gym.
My name is Lisa Cervantes and I am thrilled to be the Kindergarten teacher here at St. Joseph School!
I am a member of St. Joseph Church and a proud graduate of St. Joseph School myself! I have a son, Christian, who is starting his freshman year at St. Catherine’s High School. My former school life was with the Head Start Program where we proudly utilized play based learning and held parent communication as a key point in our daily practice.
I love spending time with my friends and family. We really enjoy traveling and seeing new places. I love my animal "family" as well -- my two cats, Leia and Stitch and our chihuahua, Frankie. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music! I am also a big fan of superhero movies, Harry Potter and Stranger Things!
Here's to a great year!
My name is Jenn Krupecki. I am currently the Learning Resource teacher for the 2019-20 school year. I'll be heading up first grade for the end of this current school year and will be the first grade teacher for the 2020-21 school year. I'm looking forward to working with all of you and your students.
Hi! My name is Terri Carpenter and I am the second grade teacher at St. Joseph School! I have been teaching here for the last 18 years! Prior to those years, I was a tutor and substitute teacher at St. Joseph's and Racine Unified! I have a daughter, two sons, and a golden retriever! I am blessed to be able to prepare our 7 and 8 year olds for Reconciliation and their First Holy Communion! Once you experience St. Joe's, you will see there is a sense of family!
My name is Ann Gillis, and I am the 3rd grade teacher at St. Joseph School. Before coming to St. Joseph's, I taught in Racine Unified School District for 24 years. I have been part of the St. Joseph's Family for many years. My son Caleb and daughter Sophie attended St. Joseph's from 3-year-old preschool through 8th grade. I have been involved in various fundraising and sporting events, and I am also a member of the parish. In my free time I love to spend time with my family, going out to eat, riding bikes, vacationing, and walking my 2 dogs, Zoey & Zita.
My name is Coleen Ruediger, I am the fourth grade teacher, and this is my 18th year at St. Joe's. In addition to being a teacher, I am a parishioner and a parent of a son and daughter who I am proud to say both graduated from St. Joe's. St. Joe's truly is a family, and I am proud to say that I am part of that family. In my free time I like to spend time with my family, read, and travel.
Hello my name is Abrianna Loomis! I am the fifth grade teacher here at St. Joe's. Reading and writing are true passions of mine and I strive to encourage all my students to share an interest in reading and language arts because I believe English is the building block for all subjects and creative thinking. My students can tell you all about my obsession with Harry Potter, which I use to make my classroom a fun, engaging and creative environment for learning. My love for education extends beyond my classroom and into my personal life as I continue to be a student myself looking to complete my Masters in Elementary Education in the Spring of 2020. Before moving into full time teaching, I worked three years in special education with RUSD, transitioning into KUSD as a long term substitute before finding my place here.
My husband and I have three children and are very active in the community with our non-profit, small business and involvement with St. Catherine's football and wrestling programs. In our spare time, we enjoy traveling with our children, movie nights, hosting fires for s'mores at our house and game nights. Outside of the classroom, I am most in my element when I am working with our non-profit, baking with my daughter, writing with my oldest, helping my middle son keep his football stats or discussing his real world connections to things he has learned, painting in my studio or during Harry Potter marathons with my husband.
I am blessed to have found my place here at St. Joe's. The community here at St. Joe's between the families and the staff is one that I am proud to be a part of and can't wait to see where it continues to grow.
I look forward to meeting you and your students.
I am the 6th grade homeroom teacher. I also teach grades 6, 7, and 8 for Social Studies and Religion. I also serve as the Boys' Varsity Basketball Coach at Racine St. Catherine's High School.
I believe that learning about our history is an important part of experience life as it unfolds. I try to implement activities and lessons that students will understand on their level. Reading is a big part of my classes. The ability to comprehend the material is a process, but it matters! Having students feel comfortable to ask questions and discover answers on their own makes the day more enjoyable.
This is my first year teaching at St. Joe's (2019-20). For the previous three years, I was a teacher at Racine St. Catherine's. Prior to that, I was a college basketball coach in Wisconsin, Florida, and Texas.
The sense of community that St. Joe's brings is felt by all who walk the halls. It is refreshing to be around such wonderful teachers and workers each day. My wife, Ashley, and I reside in Milwaukee, WI with our daughter, Amalia.
I am the 7th grade homeroom teacher. I also teach grades 6, 7, and 8 for Mathematics and Literature. I also serve as the Athletic Director for our school in SSPL (South Shore Parochial League).
I believe that learning math is an active process and students need to be active participants. Students need to possess and see the real-life value that math offers them. Besides the lecture and practice, students need to experience practical and relatable math skills...and have some fun along the way. I also strongly encourage students to READ! Literacy is extended at school. I want students to be excited about reading, question it, analyze it, discuss it, and, finally, share it with others.
I have been a teacher at St. Joe’s since the 2009-10 school year. But I have been part of this school and parish for much longer than that. All four of my husband’s and my children have attended St. Joe’s. Three have graduated (two college graduates and one currently in high school) and one is still attending school here.
We are strong believers in Catholic School and love the family community at St. Joe’s. When not at school, we like to attend our children’s sporting events, watch movies and sports, and go out to eat and try new foods.
Hello! My name is Laura Miller. I have been the 8th grade homeroom teacher at St. Joseph since 1998. I teach middle school science and language arts. I also teach health to my homeroom class. Before finding my home at St. Joseph School, I had a variety of experiences. During/ after graduating from Marquette University in 1988, I taught at a small private school-day care in Franklin. There, I had mixed classes with grades ranging from second through fifth. I also helped with the day care in summer. While starting my family, I worked part-time at Racine Unified as a substitute teacher, at Head Start as a family service worker, and at High-Touch High-Tech, teaching science to various schools in SE WI. Wanting to settle down and work full-time again, I found St. Joseph School.
Not only am I dedicated to St. Joseph, but also, my family. I have been married to my husband, Rodney, for over 25 years. We have raised three amazing children together; our oldest is our son, Kellen, and my greatest support system, our two daughters, Kori and Kerah. In 2020, we were blessed with our first grandchild, Roman. He is the newest light in our lives. We also have our Boston Terrier, Newton. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, fishing with my mom, or finding some DIY project to keep myself busy. My hobbies are crocheting and reading. I certainly have been blessed.
I truly believe that St. Joseph School is one of a kind and, certainly, a positive and faithful way to educate your child/ren. My former students continue to verify this!
Hello! My name is Brooke Bernbeck. I am happy to introduce myself as the new Physical Education Teacher for St. Joseph School for the 2020-21 school year. I wanted to share a bit about my personal and professional life.
I am coming to St. Joe's by way of Our Lady of Grace Academy, but my professional story began roughly ten years ago in Arizona. In 2009, I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. After graduating, I taught for two years at a K-12 charter school in the Phoenix area followed by three years at a high school in southern Arizona (Buena High School, Sierra Vista, AZ). I'm looking forward to continuing my career with St. Joe's.
My husband and I met seven years ago in Arizona while I was teaching, and we were both coaching for Buena High School in Sierra Vista, AZ. We were married in 2017 in Michigan (my home state) and welcomed our first child, Oliver, in October 2018. Oliver has brought so much joy to our lives, we can hardly keep him still! I am an avid runner and sports fanatic! I have run three marathons, a handful of half-marathons and several 5k/10k's. When you see me at school or sporting events, please stop and say hello!
I am excited to continue the tradition of excellence and hard work at St. Joseph School. Sports have played an important role in my life and I hope to bring my joy and passion for sports to the students at St. Joe's. I look forward to meeting and getting to know the faculty and families of St. Joe's very soon!
Bear Down, Go Pack Go, and my mom's favorite salute: Cheers!
My name is Maggie Clementi and this is my second year being the Art teacher here at St. Joe's and at St. Rita's. I am excited to see what this year brings!
Some of my favorite artists are Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, and Kehinde Wiley. I love listening to The Decemberists, Billy Joel, Lizzo, and Hozier. I am often baking up treats at home: banana bread, Italian wedding cookies, and cannoli cheesecake.
Over the summer I got engaged to my wonderful high school sweetheart, Adam! We are super duper excited and diving into the world of wedding planning!
My name is Nicholas Scaffidi and I am the Music teacher here at St. Joseph’s and also the Music teacher at St. Rita’s in Caledonia. I am also the Music Minister at St. Paul's Church in Milwaukee.
I received my bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and my Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University.
I have taught band, choir, and general music in the St. Francis and Cudahy school districts, and have been the music teacher for St. John Paul II Parish schools in Milwaukee.
I enjoy all kinds of music and my favorite instruments are the trumpet, piano, organ, and guitar. I’ve been married to my wife, Angela, for almost 30 years, and we have one daughter, Katia.
Saludos! My name is Valeska Anderson and I am the Spanish Teacher for 5th through 8th grades. I have studied Spanish all my life because I was born and grew up in Guatemala.
The materials your child will need for Spanish class are a 3-ring binder, a notebook, writing utensils and a Spanish-English dictionary. My primary goal is that your children LOVE SPANISH and become lifelong Spanish students. Therefore, our Spanish classes will be based on a Futura Language Professionals' method of teaching, the Building Block Method of Learning. This method promotes an exposure to the language and its cultures through conversation, songs, games and cultural activities in addition to traditional school work. The program emphasizes the development of listening ability, a good speaking accent, as well as general study skills.
Some expectations that I have for Spanish class are: enjoy Spanish, get to know about different cultures, and gain confidence to speak the Spanish language when needed.
My name is Jackie Gasparov and I’m excited to be starting my second year at St. Joe’s as the library aide and educational assistant. I can’t wait for your children to see the new library, and I am looking forward to sharing a love of reading with them. Outside of school I enjoy crafting, and together with my husband and son enjoy gardening, travelling, and going to the theatre.