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Very Rev. Edwin M. Kornath
Pastor


262-796-3951

B.A. Philosophy– Mundelein College, Chicago
Minors– Religious Studies; History
Master of Divinity– St. Francis Seminary School of Pastoral Ministry
Spirituality Certificate– Cardinal Stritch University

Fr. Kornath has served in six assignments as a priest:

Associate Pastor– St. Rita, West Allis 1984-1988
Associate Pastor– St. Aloysius, West Allis 1988-1991
Pastor– St. Matthew, Campbellsport, 1995-1999
Pastor– St. Thomas Aquinas, Waterford, 1995-2005
Pastor– Holy Trinity and St. Michael, Kewaskum, 2005-2018
Pastor– St. John Vianney, Brookfield, June 2018

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Rev. Alex Nwosu
Associate Pastor


262-796-3952

B.A. Philosophy- Dominican Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Nigeria
Master of Divinity- Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology
Diploma in Latin- Pontifical Urban University- Rome

May 18th 2019- Ordination to Priesthood
June 18th 2019- Associate Pastor- St. John Vianney Parish- Brookfield

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Brian Shimon
School Principal


262-796-3943

B.A. English; St. Meinrad College, IN
STB Sacred Theology, Gregorian          University, Rome, Italy
M.S.E. School Counseling; UW – Oshkosh
M.S. Educational Leadership; Cardinal Stritch University

Mr. Shimon has been blessed with 15 years in administration and 26 years as a professional educator.  He is honored and humbled to lead such an impressive staff and student body.  His faith grounds all that he does, and he celebrates the faith in action at SJV.  Previously, he has been a K-12 school counselor and administrator with the Kenosha and Stoughton school districts.  He has two amazing sons, both musicians, one a senior in high school and one a college freshman.  His dog, Cooper, completes the family.  His interests include family, culinary arts, coffee roasting & brewing, reading and competitive cycling.

PERSONAL GOALS:  To foster a love of learning and creative, independent thinking in a faith-filled atmosphere while maintaining high academic standards, and inspire a positive, virtuous attitude that is rooted in the Gospel.

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Janelle Peterson
School Office Manager


(262) 796-3942

B.S.E.- Elementary Education- UW-Whitewater

This will be Mrs. Peterson’s 17th year at SJV. She is married to Shane and she enjoys spending time with her family.  Her daughter, Kailey, and son-in-law, Alex, live in the Minneapolis area with their son, Ollie.  Gabi, an SJV alum, and is an RN at Froedtert Hospital.  Kiara, a Korean exchange student they hosted and consider a daughter, is a dental student at NYU. When not at work she likes to play board games, watch movies and travel to quirky road-side destinations.

PERSONAL GOALS: To always be friendly, helpful and maintain a positive attitude.

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Early Childhood Teachers & Aides
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Emily Kosterman
3 year old Kindergarten (K3K)

B.A. – Elementary Education
Minor in Early Childhood Education- St. Norbert College

Mrs. Kosterman is looking forward to her 8th year teaching at SJV. She taught K5 for three years, K4 for two years, and is very excited to be expanding our K3 program this year! Mrs. Kosterman enjoys vacations up north to Eagle River with her family and spending time with loved ones. Mrs. Kosterman and her husband will welcome their second child (another boy) in January of 2022. Baby brother will join big brother Gavin, who will turn 2 in February.

PERSONAL GOALS:  To make every child feel loved and cared for while they are at school. She wants children to think of school as an extension of home, where they feel safe, secure, and valued. She hopes to lovingly inspire and encourage students to always do their best while making learning fun and hands-on.  As a graduate of 17 years of Catholic education, she wants to create for her students the same caring, faith-based atmosphere that she experienced as a student in Catholic Schools.

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Mrs Sarah Murphy
Three year Old Kindergarten Aide

B.A.A.S. – Communication & Organizational Development

Mrs. Murphy is looking forward to her second year at SJV in the K3 classroom. Before coming to SJV, Mrs. Murphy  worked in early childhood settings as a lead teacher and a Before and After School Coordinator. Mrs. Murphy enjoys being active outdoors and exploring Wisconsin hiking trails, spending time with her family and baking new recipes. Mrs. Murphy and her husband look forward to welcoming their first child at the end of August 2021!

PERSONAL GOALS:  To create a safe, positive, and playful environment that every child can thrive in. To foster an atmosphere of curiosity in the classroom where every child can explore their emotions, interests, and Catholic faith.

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Tracy Wintermote
3 year old Kindergarten (K3W)

B.A. Elementary Education
Minors in Early Childhood Education and German: Carroll University

Hello I am Tracy Wintermote. I will be teaching K3 this year. I have taught K4 for the past 17 years in Waukesha.  I like working with young children because of their curiosity about the world and their excitement for learning. I am so excited to teach at St. John Vianney just as I went to Catholic School when I was a young girl. I live in Brookfield with my husband Jon and our children – Marty, Daniel and Greta. I enjoy exploring new parks and visiting family in Door County.

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Samantha Blaha
K3 Educational Aide

BS – Recreation Therapy: UW-LaCrosse
Minor in Recreation Management – nationally accredited by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)

My name is Ms. Sam Blaha and I am a proud SJV alum who is excited to return once again to the place where I learned my core values and grew in faith. Last year, I taught physical education alongside Mr. Jackson.  I am a 2020 graduate of UW-LaCrosse.  I also worked as a recreation therapist at the Milwaukee Catholic Home. I am blessed to be joining SJV’s excellent Early Childhood team as an Educational Assistant to serve our 3 year old students!

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Kelsey Jaeger
4 year old Kindergarten (K4JLS)

B.S. – UW-Stevens Point
M.A. – Master of Arts in Teaching – Cardinal Stritch University

This is Mrs. Jaeger’s fourth year teaching K4 at St. John Vianney, and eighth year of teaching. Prior to joining SJV, Mrs. Jaeger taught K4 for four years at St. John the Evangelist School in Greenfield. Last school year Mrs. Jaeger and Mrs. LS thoroughly enjoyed their first year of job-sharing together.  In her spare time, Mrs. Jaeger enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, Evelyn. In her spare time, she enjoys running and being active outdoors, listening to music, reading, and spending time with family and friends.  She is looking forward to another fun-filled year teaching K4 at SJV!

PERSONAL GOALS:  To continue the learning that parents have already started with their children while also helping children grow in their Catholic faith.

 

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Tanya Baynes
Long Term Teaching Substitute – K4

B.M.E.– Music Education—Nebraska Wesleyan University

Mrs. Baynes has been a parishioner at SJV for eleven years. She and her husband, Keith, have three children in the school in 3rd, 5th and 8th grades. They also have a daughter entering 10th grade at DSHA. She was a music teacher for three years at St. Monica School in Whitefish Bay, and was a volunteer teacher in the SJV K3 program from 2018-2019. When she is not hanging out with kids, she loves to run, sing and read.

PERSONAL GOALS: To create a safe and loving learning environment for each student, foster their spiritual and emotional growth, and conduct a smooth mid-year transition in support of Mrs. Jaeger.

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Carol Lyles-Schwarz
4 year old Kindergarten (K4JLS)

B.A.—Education–Cardinal Stritch University
M.A.—Reading and Learning Disabilities-Cardinal Stritch University

This will be Mrs. Lyles-Schwarz’s 3rd year teaching at SJV, and her 15th year teaching overall.  Prior to joining SJV, she taught 12 years as both a regular education and special education teacher and then took time off to raise her family.  In the fall of 2017, Mrs. Lyles-Schwarz started substitute teaching in the Wauwatosa School District and at SJV.  In the spring of 2018, she served as Mrs. Jaeger’s long term substitute when she was on maternity leave.  Mrs. Lyles-Schwarz is excited to be given the opportunity to continue job-sharing with Mrs. Jaeger this year.  In her free time, Mrs. Lyles-Schwarz enjoys reading, jogging, attending Brewer Games and Wave Games, baking, and spending time with her husband and children Ben and Olivia (both students at SJV).

PERSONAL GOALS:  To successfully collaborate with Mrs. Jaeger while providing a safe, stable, and loving learning environment.  To foster spiritual, academic, social, and emotional growth within each student.

 

 

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Mary Wollensak
4 year old Kindergarten Aide

B.A.- Communication- UW-Madison
Early Childhood I & II- WCTC

Mrs. Wollensak has worked at SJV since 2000 and in the K4 classroom since 2005. She is married to her husband, Chuck.   Mrs. Wollensak has a son, Jake and a daughter-in-law,  Maria.  Jake is an architect in St. Paul.  Jake and Maria’s sons Mac and James are the light of Mrs. Wollensak’s life.  Her son, Christopher, is a sales operations analyst and will be married this fall to Megan.  Mrs. Wollensak’s daughter, Jessi is a mutual funds advisor at US Bank in Milwaukee and is engaged to Alex. Mrs. Wollensak enjoys cooking, pool time, reading and walking her dogs, Be’la and Nala. Her favorite way to spend time is being with her family and  friends and students. She is very excited for another year of fun and learning in K4 at SJV.

PERSONAL GOALS: To give her heart to the children so they will open their minds to endless opportunities for learning.

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Kathy Vehmeier
4 year old Kindergarten (K4V)

B.S.—Early Childhood Education– Southern Illinois University
Graduate coursework in Early Literacy- Illinois State University

Mrs. Vehmeier is looking forward to teaching her second year of K4 at SJV.  This year will mark her 18th year as a classroom teacher.  She lives in Brookfield with her husband Tobin and dog, Ozzy. They have two children, Colin and Jack.  Her oldest son Colin is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and works in St. Paul.  Jack is beginning his senior year at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and studies Computer Engineering.  Outside of school, Mrs. Vehmeier enjoys walking her dog, water sports, and visiting her kids in Minneapolis.

She has a B.S in Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University and graduate coursework in Early Literacy from Illinois State University.  Her passion is working with our youngest learners and providing experiences that contribute to a lifelong love of learning.  She believes in the importance of play and building a strong classroom community.  Her favorite classroom activities include storytelling, singing, and open ended math and science exploration. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to share her faith with the students and families at SJV.

PERSONAL GOALS:  My goals for the year include creating a nurturing and supportive classroom environment that is intentional on working alongside parents on social and emotional development.  I want to inspire each student to reach their highest potential and love coming to school each day.

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Jane Suro
4 year old Kindergarten Aide

Early Childhood Certification- WCTC

Mrs. Suro has worked at SJV in the K5 and K4 classroom for the past 21 years.  She is married to Jaime and has three grown daughters.  She is the grandmother to Cameron. Mrs. Suro loves to read , garden, travel and spend time with her family.  She is excited for the new school year and to  meet her new students and families!

PERSONAL GOALS: To make the K4 experience enjoyable for her students.  She wants the students to have a positive Learning environment and be excited to come to school.

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Kate McRae
5 year old Kindergarten (K5M)

B.S.- Early Childhood Education- UW- Milwaukee
Masters in Curriculum and Instruction-UW- Milwaukee

Mrs. McRae has been teaching K5 at SJV since 2013. Before coming to SJV, Mrs. McRae previously taught both K4 and K5 in the Milwaukee Public Schools and St. Monica’s in Whitefish Bay. Mrs. McRae and her  husband, Kelly, have two daughters. Molly will be in second grade and Clare will be in K5 at SJV. Mrs. McRae loves being outside, making memories with her family, shopping, and vacationing.

PERSONAL GOALS: To help students feel safe, comfortable, welcomed and successful in school; to help them gain independence while meeting their individual learning and social needs; to make learning fun and have them enjoy coming to kindergarten each day.

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Shelly Schmoll
5 year old Kindergarten (K5S)

B.S. – Elementary Education
Minor in Early Childhood Education- Carroll University

Mrs. Schmoll is looking forward to her 1st year teaching at SJV. Mrs. Schmoll previously taught K5 for 13 years at St. Anthony school of Milwaukee.  Mrs. Schmoll enjoys time outdoors with her husband, Tyler, and their two children, Marissa (6) and Logan (4). Mrs. Schmoll also also enjoys reading, vacationing, concerts, crafting and shopping.

PERSONAL GOALS:  To make every child feel loved, safe, and cared for while they are at school.  I want my Kindergarten students to feel excited about coming to school each day and to help them achieve their personal best.

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Primary School Teachers
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Clare Lange
1st Grade (1L)

B.A.- Elementary Education- Marquette University

Mrs. Lange is looking forward to her eighth  year at SJV. She taught five years as the reading learning support teacher and  is looking forward to her third year teaching first grade.  Prior to coming to SJV, she taught for ten years at various grade levels.  She taught K4 and 2nd grade at St. Ignatius in Chicago, 4th-6th in Detroit Public Schools,  3rd grade at Victory Elementary in  Milwaukee, and 1st grade at Underwood in  Wauwatosa.   Mrs. Lange and her husband, Dan, have four sons, Tommy (21), Michael (19), Conor (17),  and Brendan (14).

In her free time, Mrs. Lange likes to walk her puppy, Georgia, read, golf, travel, and go to her boys’ various sporting events.

PERSONAL GOALS: To create a faith filled environment where students feel safe to learn and grow. To instill a  love of learning in her students that they carry with them throughout their lives.  

 

 

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Melissa Klement
2nd Grade (2K)

B.A.– Elementary/Middle Education- Mount Mary University
Minor in Spanish

This is Mrs. Klement’s 25th year teaching in the Milwaukee/Waukesha area. She has taught grades K4, K5, 1, 2 and 5.  It is her twelfth  year at St. John Vianney.   While at SJV, Mrs. Klement was in the K5 classroom for a few years before transitioning to be the first grade teacher for  six years. Mrs. Klement moved grades once again and took on the challenge of being the 2nd grade teacher. This is Mrs Klement’s fourth year teaching second grade at SJV. Second grade is her favorite grade to teach because she gets to share her faith with her students. She also gets to  prepare them for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.  Mrs. Klement and her husband, Mark, have two children.  Mari is a Physical Education and Health Teacher at a school in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Matthew is a Sophomore at the Milwaukee School of Engineering University.  In her free time, she likes to travel, shop and read.

PERSONAL GOALS:  To help students grow in their faith on a daily basis.

 

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Kellie Van Rixel
2nd Grade (2V)

B.A.- Journalism- UW- Whitewater
Master of Arts in Teaching (Elementary Education)- Cardinal Stritch University

This is Mrs. Van Rixel’s second year teaching at St John Vianney.  She previously taught 3rd grade for 8 years at St Monica in Whitefish Bay.  Mrs. Van Rixel is ecstatic to be teaching at  SJV with the Early Childhood Team.  With her husband David, Mrs. Van Rixel has three children:  Jude (7), Lochlan (4), and Georgina (2).  Jude will be in second grade, and Lochlan will be in 4 year old kindergarten at SJV.  In her spare time, Mrs. Van Rixel enjoys all things sports: baseball, volleyball, and football.  She is a huge Brewers and Minnesota Vikings fan.  Aside from sports, she enjoys listening to music, singing, and traveling with her family.  Mrs. Van Rixel feels incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to teach in such an amazing school.

PERSONAL GOALS:  To engage students in a fun, safe, and creative learning environment that helps each student grow spiritually, academically, socially, and emotionally at his or her level. To create a positive and welcoming learning atmosphere where students can learn from each other, make mistakes, and celebrate each other’s successes. To develop fluent communication with fellow teachers and parents on the activities in the classroom.

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Intermediate School Teachers
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Janet Otten
3rd Grade (3O)

B.S. – Elementary Education – Oral Roberts University
M.A. – Education – Mount Mary University

This is Mrs. Otten’s 21st year in education and her second year teaching third grade at St. John Vianney.  Mrs. Otten previously taught third grade at Heritage Christian School and Eastbrook Academy.  She has also taught fifth grade, worked as a curriculum coordinator, and as a literacy coach.

Mrs. Otten and her husband, Mark, have four children.  John recently graduated from Saint Louis University with an aerospace engineering degree. Mary Rose is a sophomore studying aerospace engineering at SLU.  Elizabeth is a senior at Divine Savior-Holy Angels High School and her youngest child, Anna, is a seventh grader at St. Dominic School.  In her free time, she likes to travel, read, swim, and spend time with the family dog, a Border Collie named Sawyer.

PERSONAL GOALS:  To inspire students to use their talents and gifts for God’s glory and to create an environment that will foster a life-long love for learning and a personal and meaningful relationship with Christ.

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Sue Bremer
4th Grade (4B)

B.A.-Elementary Education- UW-Milwaukee

Ms. Bremer taught both third and fourth grades at St. Anthony of   Padua for ten years. This is her 26th year at St. John Vianney. She has taught religious education at St. Joseph’s in Wauwatosa and has coordinated the preschool religious education  program there. She is currently teaching in the religious education program at St. Charles in Hartland, her  home parish  She also has served on Parish Council.  Ms. Bremer loves traveling, spending time with family and friends and shopping.

PERSONAL GOALS: To provide an opportunity for all students to achieve their highest potential and help them feel that each one of them is truly a very special individual.

 

 

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Gerise Grzeszczak
5th Grade (5G)

B.S.- Community Education– UW- Milwaukee
B.S.- Elementary Education– UW- Madison
Minor: Natural Sciences
M.S.- Curriculum & Instruction with Reading Emphasis- UW– Madison

Mrs. Grzeszczak is looking forward to teaching fifth grade again this year! She previously taught second, third and fourth grade, as well as reading here at SJV and feels very blessed to begin her 15th year. Prior to that, she taught reading at Queen of Apostles and both fourth and fifth grade in the Verona School District. She enjoys being a catechist at her home parish.  She and her husband, Paul, have three children, two cats and a dog. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to our National Parks and abroad, kayaking, gardening, reading, watching sports and walking her crazy rescue dog.

PERSONAL GOALS:  To instill in students a life-long love of learning in a positive and faith filled environment where everyone is able to showcase their strengths and embrace their challenges. 

 

 

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Middle School Teachers
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Andy Stemper
7th Grade Homeroom / 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Math (7S), 6th Grade ELA

B.A.- Elementary Education– UW- La Crosse
M.A.- Education- Viterbo University
Instructional Technology Coordinator License- Cardinal Stritch (Masters plus 16)

Mr. Stemper has been teaching for 32 years. He has taught at SJV for 12 years  holding a variety of positions. This year he will be teaching 6th grade ELA and middle school math.  He is married and has two children.  Jacob is 21 and plays soccer for Concordia University and will graduate this year!  Lily, age 19 attends Carroll University and competes in track, tutors calculus and coaches gymnastics. SJV achieved Exemplary Recognition from the Archdiocese in Technology and Media Skills with his guidance and support. Mr. Stemper coached several SJV volleyball teams in the past. His hobbies include most sports, traveling, reading, camping, kayaking and currently, he plays pickleball and racquetball.

PERSONAL GOALS:  To enable children to develop academically, socially and spiritually.

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Ben Rogaczewski
7th Grade Homeroom / 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies (7R), 6th and 7th Grade Religion

BB.A. — History; Classics – St. Norbert College
M.A. — History – UW-Milwaukee

Mr. Rogaczewski is excited to start his second year at St. John Vianney! Growing up with Catholic education in West Allis and graduating from Pius XI High School, Mr. Rogaczewski continued his education at St. Norbert College before returning to the Milwaukee area. While in Milwaukee, he spent most of his time in the Golda Meir Library, researching and writing his master’s thesis, Killing Julian. After publishing his thesis, Mr. Rogaczewski turned his sights to teaching history because he found the stories of the world incredibly fascinating. Part of the reason he became an educator was to engage students in those eureka moments of critical thinking in wondering the why of history. When he is not in the classroom, Mr. Rogaczewski loves to cook, read, play golf, and criticize movies for historical accuracy. He is eagerly awaiting his nuptials this Fall!

PERSONAL GOALS:  To provide  students with the ability to think critically about the global, as well as spiritual, discussions necessary for a conscious society.

 

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Lindsey Reitinger
8th Grade Homeroom / 8th Literature and Language Arts / 7th and 8th Grade ELA

B.A. – English Language Arts Education, UW-Milwaukee
B.A. – Journalism, UW-Oshkosh
M.A. – Education with Reading License, Mount Mary University

Mrs. Reitinger started her career teaching English Language Arts at the high school level. First, teaching at Sheboygan South High School for two years and then Waukesha West High School for eight, where she taught 9th grade Advanced Placement English. Recently, she studied research-based reading strategies while working on her Masters in Education at Mount Mary University. Throughout her career, Mrs. Reitinger also advised many clubs such as Forensics and Invisible Children. When she’s not in the classroom, she enjoys biking and hiking with her husband and their two children, George (5) and Teddy (3). Mrs. Reitinger is excited to be teaching both 8th and 7th grade ELA this year. She looks forward to connecting with all of your esteemed scholars while helping them grow academically, spiritually, emotionally and socially.

PERSONAL GOALS: To create a safe learning environment that fosters critical thinkers who write with conviction and read with a clear purpose. Additionally, she would like to help her students become more confident in finding, using and strengthening the unique gifts that God gave them.

 

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Olivia Pszeniczny
8th Grade Homeroom/ 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Science, 8th Grade Religion

B.A.- Biology, Zoology, and Biological Aspects of Conservation, UW-Madison

Miss Pszeniczny spent her first two years as a teacher at Thorp Catholic School in Thorp, Wisconsin (the same school she attended for grades 1-8) teaching middle school Science, Math, and Algebra.  She graduated from UW-Madison majoring in Biology, Zoology, and Biological Aspects of Conservation.  She taught 8th Grade Science at Richland Middle School in Richland Center for the 2020-2021 school year and is excited to return to Catholic education. She will be teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Science, as well as 8th Grade Religion at SJV.  When not in the classroom, Miss Pszeniczny enjoys spending time with her fiance Jordan, daughters Harper (9) and Lyric (7), as well as other family and friends.  She loves attending sporting events and cheers for all of the Wisconsin teams.  Live music is a favorite pastime, as well as cooking, baking, traveling, and being outdoors.  She loves fantasy and yoga, as well.  Miss Pszeniczny is looking forward to connecting with students in a true community, faith-based environment.

PERSONAL GOALS: To instill a love of Science in her students and inspire them to ponder the wonders of our universe that God has created.

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Special Teachers and Support Staff
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Rena Blazek
Orchestra

B.M.- Music Performance- University of Wisconsin Whitewater
M.M.- Viola Performance- Bowling Green State University

Ms. Blazek is a classically trained violist from Delafield, Wisconsin. Ms. Blazek received her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, who then went on to Bowling Green State University where she received her Master of Music in Viola Music Performance. During this time, Ms. Blazek had studied with Matthew McBride- Daline, a former graduate from Julliard and Yale. Before this, she studied with Leanne League, a graduate from Eastman and UW-Madison. Ms. Blazek was Principal Violist at UW-Whitewater for five years and the Principal Violist in the Chancellor’s Quartet. In her Master’s she was Assistant Principal on Viola and Principal Violist in her two Trio Ensembles. Ms. Blazek owns her own private lesson studio in the lovely location of downtown Delafield. She also performs with the Whitewater Faculty Trio at UW-Whitewater. This will be Ms. Blazek’s 3rd year at SJV!

PERSONAL GOALS: To provide a safe and encouraging environment where students can perform their instruments with inspiration and pure enjoyment.

 

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Kathy Davis
K3-8 Instructional Coach & Middle School Learning Resource

B.A. Elementary Education: Mount Mary College
B.A.—Elementary Education Grades 1-8

Training in Skyrocket Instructional Coaching and Leadership
Continued graduate coursework in leadership and student services

Mrs. Davis is thrilled to join SJV as the Instructional Coach and Middle School Resource Specialist. She brings more than 30 years of experience as a Catholic educator encompassing classroom teaching, learning support, and most recently instructional coaching  in grades K 3-8. This latter role has allowed her to  share her passion for teaching while directly supporting teachers in the planning and delivery of instruction to best meet the needs of all students.  She considers her job a true vocation where she can share her Catholic faith,  love of God and love of learning with her school community.

On a personal note, Mrs. Davis has been married to her husband  Monte for 41 years, and they are  members of Lumen Christi Parish  in Mequon for over 30 years. God has blessed them with 2 wonderful children and 2 precious grandchildren. Family is certainly the center of her life, and most free time involves family and their shared adventures! Mrs. Davis is  so grateful for the opportunity to spend my days with the SJV students, families and a talented and dedicated staff.

Personal Goals: To support all teachers and students through engaging, differentiated and rigorous instructional practices. In addition, helping our students embrace a growth mindset  which instills perseverance, a belief in their God given ability, and a love for learning. 

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Sara Gauntt
Learning Resource

B.A.- Psychology- University of Notre Dame
MEd- Elementary Education-University of Notre Dame
316 Reading Teacher License- UW-Stout

Mrs. Gauntt feels incredibly blessed to be a part of the St. John Vianney family in the role of learning support. Previously, she taught fourth grade for six years in Kansas City, Kansas and Seattle, Washington. Mrs. Gauntt had an incredible opportunity to provide learning support for one year in Dublin, Ireland, which sparked a passion for working in small groups with all types of learners. She is happy to be back for her sixth year at SJV to continue to support students with their reading.  She lives in Brookfield with her husband and three children.  She enjoys being outside, family game nights, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

PERSONAL GOALS:  To support students academically and spiritually, while helping them to gain independence and confidence in school.  Additionally, to help spark a lifetime love of reading.

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Samantha Gibson
General Music

B.M.- Choral/General Music Education- Lawrence University

Ms. Gibson is starting her first year of teaching at St. John Vianney! She received her Bachelor of Music in Choral and General Music Education from Lawrence University in January 2021. During her time at Lawrence, Ms. Gibson studied classical vocal instruction. Ms. Gibson was a supporting lead role in the Lawrence Universities opera, The Marriage of Figaro. Aside from singing, her other interests include spending time with her family, traveling, hiking and baking. In her free time, Ms. Gibson cantors and volunteers at her home parish. She looks forward to sharing the gift of music with students and staff at SJV!

PERSONAL GOALS: To engage students in a joyful and creative environment that assists student growth musically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally at their own level. To create a welcoming and collaborative learning atmosphere for all students. To develop a love and understand about music in our lives and around the world.

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Dana Glynn
Art, Before Care Assistant

B.F.A.- Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Post Bacc- Art Education-  Alverno College

Mrs. Glynn is in her tenth year of teaching K3-8th grade Art at St. John Vianney. She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and studied Art Education at Alverno College. Aside from making art of her own, her other interests include spending time with her husband and dog, family, traveling, and visiting museums. She looks forward to continuing to share her passion for the visual arts with her students.

PERSONAL GOALS: To motivate and engage all students to develop and expand their skills in creative thinking and application of art materials. To have all students feel confident and successful in talking about, creating, and appreciating art.

 

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Will Jackson
Physical Education

B.S.- Physical Education- University of Mary
M.S.- United States Sports Academy

Before coming to St. John Vianney, Mr. Jackson taught physical education for three years at Mother of Good Counsel.  He also taught physical education and history at the Almont Public Schools in North Dakota for three years and conditioning classes at Carthage College for two years.  This is his 31st year at SJV.  He likes biking, swimming, outdoor activities, spending time with his son, friends, and family.

PERSONAL GOALS:  To provide encouragement and develop fitness goals for all of his students. To develop a spirit of cooperation and knowledge of fitness safety in our students.

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Sharon Kaminski
Math Learning Support, 8th Grade Accelerated Math

B.S.-Elementary Education- UWM
Minor in Mathematics

Graduate courses at Cardinal Stritch, Sally Ride, Viterbo, Mount Mary, Aurora University, Marian University, and Wisconsin Education Innovations

Mrs. Kaminski’s teaching career has always been in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  She has taught sixth grade mathematics, seventh grade Pre-Algebra and eighth grade Algebra One and Geometry.  She is currently a learning support math teacher for grades 1-5 and is teaching a middle school math enrichment elective. Her interests include reading, attending plays, and traveling. I especially enjoy traveling to Texas to spend time with her family.

PERSONAL GOALS:  To be sensitive to the needs of her students, provide an atmosphere where the students learn to respect and care for one another, and to instill a positive attitude that encourages them to be successful.

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Scott Paukner
Band

I bring 20 years of experience and a passion to help aspiring young musicians through their instrumental music journey. I truly value SJV’s model of offering students a weekly individual lesson; it is the way I have been teaching students for more than a decade in my previous positions. I look forward to working with each child’s God-given talents to nurture their growth and encourage them to undertake more and more challenging goals and repertoire.

My own musical journey developed from years of grade school church choir and piano lessons. Practicing the piano was replaced with practicing the tuba when I wanted to join the band in 6th grade in the New Berlin School District. As my primary instrument, I continue to play the tuba in both a brass quintet and a British-style brass band. In addition to splitting my teaching week between SJV and St. Paul’s-Oconomowoc, I am on the high school girls volleyball coaching staff of Lake Country Lutheran High School in the Fall.

My wife, LaBree, and I reside in New Berlin with our two sons, Elliott (4 yrs old) and Emmett (15 months old).

I anticipate a great year of music making with SJV’s string teacher, Ms. Blazek, and fellow new hire and vocal/general music teacher, Ms. Gibson. With their guidance, I will prepare and distribute this year’s updated Band Program information in the very near future. Stay tuned!

 

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Lunch/Recess Staff
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Katie Vitalbo
Food Service Director

B.S.- Business Administration- Mount Mary University
Minor: Computer Science
Baking and Pastry Certificate – WCTC

Mrs. Vitalbo loves spending time in the kitchens of SJV.  She also loves crafting and spending time with her family. This is her 3rd year at the school. She and her husband, Dave, have three daughters. Kayla lives in Chicago, Sydney is a junior at Pewaukee high school, and Nikki is starting her third year at SJV in 8th grade.

PERSONAL GOALS: To provide the students of SJV with a warm, welcoming, and positive attitude.

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Karen Nell
Cafeteria Assistant

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Anne Marie Sotala
After Care Assistant, Cafeteria Assistant

This will be Ms.Sotala’s second year working in After School Care. She comes from a big family with five kids and almost a dozen grandkids. She has always had a natural connection working and interacting with children. Her hobbies include music, reading,babysitting, and cooking. She is excited to join the SJV community and help make this new year great.

PERSONAL GOALS: To provide a nurturing, safe and creative environment for the After Care students.

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Before and After Care Staff
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Maripaz Amor
Child Care Coordinator

PanAmerican University in Guadalajara, Mexico; degree in Human Resources

I am Maripaz Mayora-Amor and I’m originally from Mexico City. Seventeen years ago my husband Raul, our son Raul and I moved to Wisconsin for a new career. I fell in love with the people of Brookfield immediately. I now can say that this beloved city is home for us. I worked for some companies in different areas of human resources until I found the beauty of working in a school with children. There I discovered what it means to bring out the best from the children I have the privilege of serving. We belong to St John Vianney Parish and my son Raul was here from K4 to 8th grade so, for me, working for SJV is a double treat, looking forward to start the school year. I love being around family and friends, reading, knitting and cooking.

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Anne Marie Sotala
After Care Assistant, Cafeteria Assistant

This will be Ms.Sotala’s second year working in After School Care. She comes from a big family with five kids and almost a dozen grandkids. She has always had a natural connection working and interacting with children. Her hobbies include music, reading,babysitting, and cooking. She is excited to join the SJV community and help make this new year great.

PERSONAL GOALS: To provide a nurturing, safe and creative environment for the After Care students.

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Dana Glynn
Art, Before Care Assistant

B.F.A.- Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Post Bacc- Art Education-  Alverno College

Mrs. Glynn is in her tenth year of teaching K3-8th grade Art at St. John Vianney. She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and studied Art Education at Alverno College. Aside from making art of her own, her other interests include spending time with her husband and dog, family, traveling, and visiting museums. She looks forward to continuing to share her passion for the visual arts with her students.

PERSONAL GOALS: To motivate and engage all students to develop and expand their skills in creative thinking and application of art materials. To have all students feel confident and successful in talking about, creating, and appreciating art.

 

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