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Faculty & Staff

Holy Trinity Catholic School is blessed with a highly educated, talented, and dedicated Faculty and Staff committed to bringing the faith alive in the academic curriculum.

Holy Trinity’s faculty has a collective 200 years of teaching in Catholic Schools and 50% of our homeroom teachers have dedicated 20 years or more to Holy Trinity. They hold B.S, B.A, and Master’s Degrees in Education. Several of them hold other advanced degrees and one is a Third Order Carmelite.

If you are looking for a traditional faith based education that prides itself on its academic excellence and leadership skills, Holy Trinity is the right place to be. We have an exceptional team of teachers dedicated to preparing your child for personal success.

Come visit and see for yourself.

 

Dr. Daniel Gleason

Principal

dgleason@holytrinityssp.org

I have been a Catholic school principal in this Archdiocese for 31 years and am very happy and excited to have the opportunity to continue this ministry here at Holy Trinity. I believe in the importance of having a faithful, vibrant Catholic spirituality that pervades the entire life of the school, a very strong academic program featuring outstanding teachers and small classes, and an overall school environment that combines love, good discipline (respectful behavior and attitudes) and joy. My wife, Mary Kay, and I have been blessed with five wonderful children. My interests include spending time with my wife and family, walking, golf, Notre Dame football, most other sports and reading (especially theology and history).

Kristy Wagner

Preschool Director/Teacher

preschool@holytrinityssp.org

Classroom Website

I have been teaching children ages 3-5 at Holy Trinity Preschool since 1999 and have been Director of the program since 2000. I received my education in my hometown of Duluth at UMD in Early Childhood Special Education. I thoroughly enjoy preparing children for Kindergarten as well as introducing them to the amazing world of education! It is such a blessing to teach in the same building where my own children attend school.

Aric Elsner

PreK Assistant 2

After serving almost 26 years working in aircraft maintenance for the Minnesota Air National Guard & the USAF, I officially retired July 2016. During my time in military I worked toward receiving an Airframe & powerplant (A&P) Certification & an associates degree in Aviation Management from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). I have always loved working with children! I have coached youth soccer&baseball. I am so excited to be working in the Holy Trinity Preschool classroom as a classroom aide! I have 3 boys attending Holy Trinity school, a 6th grader, a 4th grader & a Kindergartner. I look forward to a very fun & exciting year

Barb Uecker

Teacher's Assistant (M - W - F am)

buecker@holytrinityssp.org

I graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a degree in Elementary Education. After graduating I taught preschool for one year, worked in an ECFE program for one year, then took an extended period of time off to stay home with my 5 children. I have enjoyed being back in the classroom for the past three years as a preschool assistant and am excited to be taking on the role of teacher this year for the 3 year old classroom. I am blessed to have my children attend school here and be able to work in such a family like, faith filled community.

Katelyn Felton

PreK Assistant

I received my Associate in Arts degree from Inver Hills Community College in 2013. I then received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Language Hearing Sciences from the University of Minnesota in 2016. I have been working at Holy Trinity since 2011 as an Extended Day aide. I am very excited and blessed to now be working in the Preschool classroom as well.

Juanita Nelson

Kindergarten

jnelson@holytrinityssp.org

Kindergarten Website

My five siblings and I were fortunate that our parents were able to send us all to Catholic elementary schools and high schools. After graduating from high school, I attended the College of St. Catherine before transferring to and graduating from St. Cloud State University with a BS in Elementary Education. I am licensed to teach kindergarten through sixth grade in all subject areas. While my husband and I raised our three children, I substitute taught. In addition to being a substitute teacher at Holy Trinity School, I taught third grade full time for a year and a half before becoming one of the kindergarten teachers. While teaching I continue to attend classes and to keep updated on what is happening in education. I enjoy the enthusiasm and the excitement that five and six year olds bring into my classroom!

Lorie Zahradka

1st Grade

lzahradka@holytrinityssp.org

I received my B.A. in Psychology and Education from Hamline University and my Masters in Education from the University of Wisconsin. Since receiving my Masters, I have earned over 30 additional credits in the teaching of reading and writing. Each year I have taught has been a rewarding and joyful experience for me. I thank God for leading me to my teaching career.

Molly Schroeder

2nd Grade

mschroeder@holytrinityssp.org

2nd Grade Website

I am a graduate of Saint Mary's University. I have spent my career in Catholic education teaching at Saint Joseph in West Saint Paul and Saint Ambrose in Woodbury before coming to Holy Trinity. My teaching experiences have been in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. The greatest rewards are seeing the faith alive in these children and seeing them grow as readers, writers, mathematicians, and thinkers. I am proud to be a teacher and parent in this Holy Trinity community.

Debbie Holmstrom

3rd Grade

dholmstrom@holytrinityssp.org

3rd Grade Website

I am a graduate of St. Catherine University. I have been blessed with the opportunity to teach several grade levels here at Holy Trinity. I hope my students will experience the four J's as stated by Pope John Paul II: Jesus, Justice, Journey and Joy, as they learn and grow in their faith.

Tina Shierts

4th Grade

tshierts@holytrinityssp.org

4th Grade Website

I am a 2002 graduate from the University of Minnesota in Mankato. Before coming to Holy Trinity, I taught for three years as the Technology Coordinator at St. Joseph Catholic School in Waconia, MN. I held the Technology Coordinator and Education Specialist position here at Holy Trinity for several years before becoming a classroom teacher. I am so blessed to still be a part of this wonderful school.

Beverly Hermann

5th Grade

bhermann@holytrinityssp.org

5th Grade Website

I am delighted to be teaching at Holy Trinity School. It is a clear sign of God's faithfulness in my life to be here sharing my love for learning with my faith in God.I graduated from the U of MN-Minneapolis with an accounting degree. After volunteer work with children, I realized it was more life giving to me to work with children. I decided to become a teacher. I graduated with a Masters of Education degree from the U of MN-Minneapolis. I look forward to building relationships with my fifth grade students as we share, study and learn to love one another in Christ.

Kathy McCarthy

Middle School Science and Social Studies

kmccarthy@holytrinityssp.org

Mrs. McCarthy's Website

I am glad to be at Holy Trinity School for another great year. I am a 1987 graduate of Winona State University with a BA in Elementary Education. I taught at Holy Trinity School from 1988-1991 and have twenty-five years of teaching experience in a variety of grade levels.  I have very high expectations for my students, as well as myself.  I know that with hard work from each of us, our goals will be met. I believe that teaching is a partnership between parents, students and teachers.

Mooreen Sonday

Middle School Language Arts

msonday@holytrinityssp.org

Mrs. Sonday's website

I am pleased to be teaching junior high. Before coming to Holy Trinity, I taught at St. John Vianney. I have over twenty years experience as a junior high/middle school teacher in Catholic schools. My specialty is language arts. I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas and my Masters of Arts degree in Education: Catholic Leadership from St. Mary's University. I am happy to be a member of the Holy Trinity community as a teacher and a parent.

Anita Davis

Middle School Math

adavis@holytrinityssp.org

Mrs. Davis website

I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a concentration area in Spanish. I have been at Holy Trinity School since 2008 and I am excited to be back teaching math. It is truly a  gift to be teaching your children and I am very blessed to be a part of the faith community at Holy Trinity School.

Rae-Marie Trisko

Art

rtrisko@holytrinityssp.org

I graduated from St. Scholastica College in Duluth, MN in 1977. After graduation I taught 5th grade at Holy Trinity from 1978-1980. I then took time off to raise my family of four. During that time off I discovered a passion for art and took many classes. I currently have sold a few paintings and have displayed my work in several shows.

Caroline Metzinger

Music Teacher

cmetzinger@holytrinityssp.org

I am honored to be a part of Holy Trinity Catholic School. Born and raised in Caboolture, on the East Coast of Australia, I studied music at the Queensland University of Technology with a major in Classical Voice and a minor in Jazz Voice. I moved to the U.S. in 1996 to serve on NET Ministries. I am the founding member of the Catholic band Sonar which ministers to youth across the country. I am excited to share my love for God and music with the students of Holy Trinity.

Missie Hickey

Physical Education

mhickey@holytrinityssp.org

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stout University in Interior Design before I became a teacher.  It was an exciting area to work in, however, the field of health and fitness inspired me to change my career.  In 2002, I completed my Masters of Education in Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education from the University of Minnesota.  It is my passion to teach students God's gift of movement and I'm grateful to be a teacher at Holy Trinity.

Kim Forbis

Technology

kforbis@holytrinityssp.org

I am a graduate of Truman State University, in northeast Missouri, where I received my Bachelors in English in 2006 and my Masters in Elementary Education in 2007. I taught various middle school subjects for the past eight years in Hermann, MO. During that time I was lucky enough to meet my husband Greg and start our family with our two wonderful children and lovable goldendoodle Colby. While we are new to the Twin Cities, we already love the weather and all the great things there are to do outside!

Sandie Levine

Extended Day

extendedday@holytrinityssp.org

I have been working at Holy Trinity since 1998. I started as the Food Service Director, and the following year I started helping out a few hours a day with the Extended Day program. In the summer of 2011 I was offered the Directors position for Extended Day and was very excited to take on the role. I love working with the students and feel blessed to have the opportunity to work and have fun with them. My husband and I have sent our two boys through Holy Trinity and felt that it was a wonderful experience for them. I am hoping to help make it a wonderful experience for many more students in the future.

Melinda Tapp

Secretary

secretary@holytrinityssp.org

I am an Alumni of Holy Trinity as are my 4 children. Before joining the Holy Trinity Office Staff, 4 years ago, I volunteered in the library for 5 years.

Mary Deeb

Nurse

I have been the Health Associate at Holy Trinity for 20 years. I attended nursing school in Red Wing, Minnesota. Before coming to Holy Trinity, I worked for many years in a pediatrics clinic. I have three grown children who all attended Holy Trinity.

Janet Roehlin

Choir Director

Children's Choir Director since 2009 and Chamber Choir director since it was newly formed in 2014. Janet studied Music Performance and Music Education at the University of Northwestern and has been singing professionally for over 25 years. She has been a member of many years and is currently a member of the Holy Trinity Church Adult Choir. She has a passion for sacred church music and considers it her mission to pass that on to the next generation

Warren Star

Band Director

wstarr@hillmurray.org

Mr. Starr has earned a B.S. degree in music education from the University of Minnesota in 1980, and a certificate in Gifted/Creative/Talented education from St. Thomas University in 2011. He began teaching at Hill-Murray in 1981 as was the coordinator of the former Parish School Band Program for 32 years, from 1984-2016. Warren toured China with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble in the summer of 1980. He played tuba with the 451st Army Band at Fort Snelling, the Tubadours at Valley fair, the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He currently performs with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra and his own brass quintet, the Minnesota Brassworks.

Father John Echert

Pastor

jechert@holytrinityssp.org

I am a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. I was ordained in 1987, and first served as an associate pastor at St. Rose of Lima parish in Roseville, after which I was assigned to the faculty of The St. Paul Seminary. I accomplished my graduate studies in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome and the Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem.



I was assigned as pastor of the Churches of Holy Trinity and St. Augustine, South Saint Paul, in April of 2005. I write a monthly column for "The Catholic Servant" and post daily responses to biblical question on the Eternal Word Television Network web-site (EWTN.com). I also serve as a Military Chaplain in the Minnesota Air National Guard.