The teachers are back in their classrooms, and things are ramping up for the start of the year. We welcomed 5 new teachers at our new employee orientation this week.
Breanna Raske will be partnering with Amy Peterson in 1st grade. Ms. Raske taught six year old students in Seoul, South Korea last year, and also did her student teaching in a first grade classroom. Ryan Olson will be partnering with Beth Gillham to teach 2nd grade. Mr. Olson is a first year teacher who went to grade school at St. Mike’s! Mrs. DeGross and Ms. Vochoska remember working with Ryan as a student, and now he is a colleague! Erik Amundson will be joining the 4th grade team with Ms. Vochoska. Mr. Amundson grew up in Prior Lake and has spent the last couple years teaching in India. We look forward to learning from Mr. Amundson and Ms. Raske as they share the global perspective they have gained from teaching internationally. Hayley Disher has joined our middle school team after Ms. Morgan accepted a position teaching in a virtual academy. Mrs. Disher comes to us with extensive middle school English Language Arts experience at Shakopee Area Catholic School. Greg Gilreath (Gil) joined us as a part-time physical education teacher. He will be here on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Gilreath has worked with all age levels, teaching PE and coaching basketball, volleyball, and football in both public and private school settings.
Lane Farnquist has resigned his maintenance/custodial coordinator position after 21 years at St. Michael in both the parish and school. We wish him well in his future endeavors. This position has been posted, and we are using temporary help until we fill the position.
Marissa Gonse and John Peters will not be returning this year. The kindergarten positions were filled internally with Rachel Bollig moving from preschool to kindergarten; and Abbi Buesgens moving from fourth grade to kindergarten. Both Mrs. Bollig and Ms. Buesgens were thrilled about the opportunity to make this switch, and we are thrilled to have them!