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Meet our Faculty & Staff

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Fr. John Klockeman
Pastor

Fr. John A. Klockeman joined St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and School as Pastor on July 1, 2021. Previously, he served as pastor of St. Gerard Majella in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota for two years. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 2000.  Fr. Klockeman was born and raised in West St. Paul, Minnesota, where his family were members at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Fr. Klockeman has attended a number of universities and has multiple degrees including a Master of Divinity degree in 2000 from the University of St. Thomas.

 

Since his ordination to the priesthood in May 2000, Fr. Klockeman has served in a rich variety of ministries. His first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis from 2000 to 2003 where, in addition to his duties as Associate Pastor, he focused on outreach to young adults, catechesis, and wider public outreach on the cable television program, Generation Cross.

 

For the next six years he served as a spiritual director and formation director for the seminarians at St. John Vianney College Seminary.  From 2009 to 2019 Fr. Klockeman shifted to the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, where he served as Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation and taught a number of academic courses. In 2019 Fr. Klockeman was appointed Pastor of St. Gerard in Brooklyn Park.

 

Fr. Klockeman is widely acclaimed as an expert in Catholic spirituality. He has appeared locally and nationally on television and radio programs, conducted pilgrimages, led retreats and parish missions in many dioceses, and has been a speaker at conferences across the United States.

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Mrs. Jennifer Haller
Principal

BA - Elementary Education, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University

MS - Curriculum and Instruction, St. Cloud State University

K-12 Administration - St. Mary's University, Minneapolis

 

I am a lifelong Minnesotan and I love our 10,000+ lakes! I attended Catholic school through sixth grade and it was there that I began dreaming of becoming a teacher one day. I have taught at many levels of education including primary, intermediate, and high school, and at the graduate level as an adjunct professor. 

 

I served as principal for the community of St. Michael Catholic School in St. Michael, near my home, for several years. My husband, Mark, and I have three children who all survived having their mom as principal! Now adults, two of them are married, and one is beginning his final year of undergrad. Our eldest son and his wife made us grandparents in March of 2020 with the birth of a beautiful baby girl! What a joy! 

 

Most recently, I had the privilege of supporting all of our Catholic school leaders throughout the Archdiocese by working at the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (cscoe-mn.org). With each visit to our area schools, my heart longed to be in the daily life of a Catholic community again with the happy blend of students and teachers all around. It was a great blessing to connect with St. Bart’s this summer and say “yes” to serving here as principal. When I’m not at school, I enjoy time with family, digging in the garden, catching up with friends, and trying to convince my husband that we should one day relocate to Alaska!

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Mrs. Natalie Blackwell
Programs Director

Coming Soon!

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Mrs. Devon Kirschner
Office Manager

As a long time Plymouth/Wayzata resident and St. Bart’s parishioner, I am thrilled to join the outstanding staff at St. Bart’s School this year!  I enjoy seeing familiar faces throughout the building in various capacities, whether in the office, on the playground, or in the cafeteria for lunch.  I grew up in this community and returned in 2009 from Colorado with my husband.  We have three delightful sons who keep us busy.  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, taking walks, and trying new recipes.

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Mrs. Tara Wegleitner
Health Paraprofessional

St. Bart's has truly seen me do it all! In my 11 years (and counting) with St. Bart's, I've been baptized and confirmed, married, had all 3 of my children baptized, and now I'm joining the staff team as the Health Paraprofessional. I'm so excited to be joining this team and getting to know the school and families in a whole new way. My husband and I live here in the Wayzata area, and we have two of our children in school here at school. We love getting away on the weekends to our family cabin, or heading out on the frozen lakes to ice fish. I also enjoy reading and cooking whenever I get the chance!

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Mrs. Hannah Valdez
Preschool Teacher & Site Director

BA Pre-Primary & Elementary Education, Northwestern University, St. Paul

 

I have taught preschool with Lake Area Discovery Center since 2007. My husband and and I enjoy spending time with our toddler aged son. Some of my favorite things to do are traveling, crafts, and spending time outdoors.

 

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:22-23

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Ms. Kim Bernardino
Preschool Teacher

Coming Soon!

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Mrs. Tracy Wilson
Kindergarten Teacher

BA Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 

 

I am excited to be a part of the wonderful community at St. Bartholomew Catholic School!   I am from the Plymouth and Wayzata area.  I have experience teaching 1st grade and recently taught Kindergarten in the Wayzata School District.  I also teach for the District’s Summer Academic Reinforcement Program for incoming 1st and 2nd graders.  As a Kindergarten teacher, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to enrich the academic, spiritual and social growth of my students and to set the foundation for a life-long love of learning.

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Miss Margaret Schmoker
Kindergarten Teacher

I am so excited to be joining the St. Bart's community! I grew up in Edina, Minnesota, and now live in St. Louis Park! I have experience working with students in various grade levels, and completed my student teaching experience working with 3rd grade and kindergarten students. As a first year teacher I am very thankful to be joining St. Bart's School, and look forward to helping students grow academically, socially, and spiritually! Working in kindergarten is very rewarding because I love to see how students grow throughout the year, and feel grateful that I get to be a guide for them in their learning journey! Outside of school I love to run outside, swim, and read lots of books!

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Mrs. Elaine DeMarte
Paraprofessional

I relocated from Connecticut to Minnesota in 1994 and was so fortunate to have found Saint Bartholomew's Faith Community at that time. What an extraordinary journey it has been. I began my career as a paraprofessional in the preschool setting for 17 years and then graduated to the kindergarten classroom(s). The amazing families, students and staff who have touched my life and being part of the excitement of learning in the preschool and kindergarten classrooms have been the highlight of my time here at Saint Bart's. What a special community to be part of for 24 years. When I am not at Saint Bartholomew's I am busy creating special memories with my husband Martin and our family.

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Ms. Stephanie Kooiker
Paraprofessional & Clubhouse Support

My passion for connecting with youth both professionally and personally, is something that has only continued to grow stronger for me throughout my time spent in the classroom. I have had the opportunity to explore a variety of classroom-based positions over the years and find myself thankful for each and every one of them.  

 

Equal to my experience in the Pre-K setting, I have also spent much of my professional time in a variety of special education support roles in various settings. When working as a special needs program instructor for elementary aged children, as well as the time I spent with students ages 18-21 in a Transition program for individuals with varying levels of special needs, I truly discovered my passion for student connection on an even deeper level. 

 

As an Orono graduate who grew up in the area, I am so excited to be a part of the St. Bart’s team. Since my very first day at this school I have been so impressed by the truly amazing community that exists here at St Bart’s Catholic school and I am excited to work with such a great team. GO BULLDOGS!

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Miss Mary Wilhelmy
First Grade Teacher

Coming Soon!

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Miss Kara Korton
First Grade Teacher

BS in Elementary Education - UW River Falls

 

I am originally from Rogers, Minnesota.  This is my first experience teaching in a Catholic school, so I am looking forward to meeting the St. Bart’s community.  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin River Falls with a BS in Elementary Education.  Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, gardening and watching figure skating.  I am looking forward to continuing my teaching career at St. Bart’s!

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Ms. Emily Bilski
Second Grade Teacher

BA Elementary Education, St. Mary's University Winona.

 

I grew up in Fridley, Minnesota with my three older brothers. Faith and family are two of the most important parts of my life and I love to see them both grow in the community here at St. Bart's. I attended Catholic schools from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. I remember, in fourth grade I struggled with math.  My teacher took the time to work with me in a way I could understand, and one day it just clicked! I went into teaching so I could pass that feeling on to my students. There is no greater joy than watching a student work their way through the process of learning something new.  I started my teaching career, 8 years ago, right here at St. Bart's. In my free time I love going to my family cabin up north, traveling, reading, and attending concerts and Minnesota sporting events!

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Mrs. Kate Egan
Second Grade Teacher

BA Elementary Education, University of North Dakota

MA Education, Concordia University, St. Paul

 

I grew up in East Grand Forks, Minnesota where I attended a Catholic elementary and high school. I was inspired by all of my wonderful teachers there to become a teacher myself. I began my teaching career in 2017 in the Hopkins Public School District and am now entering my second year of teaching at St. Bart's. My faith and love for teaching continues to grow everyday while teaching at this exceptional school. The community is unlike any other and we treat everyone as family. There is no place I would rather be! In my free time I enjoy spending time up at my cabin in Park Rapids, Minnesota with my husband, our families, and our Labradoodle named Archie. Go Bulldogs!

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Mrs. Cathy Anderson
Third Grade Teacher

BA Elementary Education, College of St. Benedict, MA Curriculum and Instruction, University of St. Thomas.

 

I have been teaching for more than 25 years and the opportunity to teach these precious children and learn from them at the same time is truly the most amazing experience.  What makes it even better is the Catholic environment in which we learn and play because we have Jesus with us every day. I love it!

 

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Miss Ashley Hadden
Third Grade Teacher

I grew up in Victoria, MN and was raised in a loving and faith-filled home. I have one younger sister and love spending time with my family and friends in my free time. Recently, I worked as a paraprofessional over at St. Therese! I love working in Catholic education where I can help my students grow not only academically, but spiritually as well. This is my first year at St. Bart’s and I am so thankful to be a part of this wonderful community!

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Ms. Bridget Gabel
Fourth Grade Teacher

BA Elementary Education, College of St. Catherine

MA Educational Studies with Math Concentration, University of St. Thomas

 

I am originally from Orland Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and moved to Minnesota to attend college in St. Paul. After graduating from St. Kate’s, I taught two years in a charter school in Minneapolis, then worked four years at Home Base in the Wayzata Public Schools. I came to St. Bart’s in 2014 and have been teaching 4th Grade ever since. Teaching at St. Bart’s is the best! We are blessed with incredible families, students, and staff. I love getting the opportunity to help and watch students grow academically, spiritually, and socially. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, staying active, and traveling. “Dreams will not be thwarted, faith will be rewarded.” -Bruce Springsteen

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Mr. Steve Hanson
Fifth Grade Teacher

BA Political Science, University of Minnesota JD Hamline University School of Law Teaching Certification, College of St. Catherine

 

Fifth grade is a time of great exploration and growth, both spiritually and intellectually. To foster that growth, I try to create a culture of curiosity in the classroom. This culture allows students to meet the high expectations of the class and develop a love of learning. After 15 years of teaching, and 20 years in a totally different industry, I know God has blessed me with the greatest job possible . . . fifth grade teacher.

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Mr. Ryan Benkert
Sixth Grade Teacher

A.S., A.A. From North Hennepin Community College, B.A. In K-6 Education from St. Cloud State University

 

I am originally from St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and I went through the public school system there. I first graduated with an associates degree in art and in science from North Hennepin Community college, before pursuing my dream of becoming a teacher at St. Cloud State University. While there I worked as a student teacher in the St. Cloud school district, at Madison Elementary.  I grew up in a Catholic home and environment, and I am excited to get to work in a Catholic school! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, playing basketball, and reading. I am so excited to be working with such wonderful students!

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Mrs. Olivia Kubal
Resource Teacher

BS Early Childhood Education, University of North Dakota

 

I have always wanted to be a teacher.  As a child, I would make math and spelling tests and create ‘classrooms’ for my sister, telling her ;  “Learning never stops.”  As I grew older, so did my love of teaching. In high school, I joined clubs that allowed me to teach and tutor inner city students. My love for teaching continued through college at the University of North Dakota, student teaching, and now in my continued years of teaching.

  

I am thrilled to be part of the St. Bart’s faith and school community. As a resource teacher, I provide engaging and enriching activities to ignite curiosity and promote academic, spiritual, and social development of my students.  I am blessed to be able to instill a life-long love of learning in my students, because “Learning never stops”.

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Mrs. Rose McNeill
Music & Media Teacher

BA Elementary Education, Long Island University, New York, MA Theatre, Long Island University, New York

 

“Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance!” What an exciting job I have! I am given the great opportunity to expose the students to music, theater and dance. All our students from preschool through 6th grade have music at least once a week, if not twice. I have an enormous passion for music and the impact it can have on children. The families of St. Bartholomew truly value the arts and understand how important they can be in a child’s education. It is a pleasure to work with the staff and children at St. Bartholomew school.

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Mr. Chris Mayer
Art Teacher

BFA Illustration, College of Visual Arts St. Paul

 

I have taught art at St. Bart's since creating the art program in 2000. I enjoy working with the classroom teachers to plan art units each year that are complimentary to their curriculum. One of my favorite projects each year has been leading each class as they create a painting on canvas for the Images of Spring auction.In addition to teaching at St. Bart's, I lead classes for children at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts and am a swim coach at LifeTime Fitness in Chanhassen. In my spare time, I enjoy freelance photography, landscaping, printmaking and spending time with my family.

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Mr. Rick Benson
Physical Education Teacher & Clubhouse Director

BA - Physical Education, Concordia College St. Paul

MA - Education, St. Mary's University, Minneapolis

EdS - Educational Leadership, Concordia University St. Paul

 

Born and raised in South Minneapolis, I attended St. Kevin’s Catholic Elementary School (1-8) and graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels High School in Richfield.  Go Co-Stars!  I began my teaching career in 1994 and served in various capacities at every grade level.  Recently, I completed my tenure at Concordia University St. Paul, guiding and mentoring teacher education candidates in the areas of Health and Physical Education.  After teaching in higher education for 22 years, I have returned to the classroom teaching Physical Education and overseeing recess and playground duties/supervision at St. Bart’s Elementary Catholic Grade School.  What an awesome opportunity to guide and mentor students to a higher level of Physical Literacy.

 

"Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life."

 - The International Physical Literacy Association, May 2014

I reside in Apple Valley, MN and am a proud father of three adult children, one daughter and twin boys.  Blessings!

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Señora Susana Hernandez,
Spanish Teacher

Coming Soon!

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Mrs. Megan Moseley
Counselor

I grew up in Garland, Texas, and have been in Minnesota since 2010.  This will be my 6th year at St. Barts, and I am incredibly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community.  I love everything about my job at St. Barts, and truly enjoy getting to know all the students in the building!  I strongly believe in supporting students' mental health so that they can be as successful as possible within the classroom.  Outside of school I enjoy reading, a good cup of coffee, and traveling with my family. 

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