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July 25, 2014


Meet our Staff:

Erin Peterson

has taught at Saint Patrick School since 2002, a teaching position that felt like coming home: she was a student at Saint Patrick School from kindergarten through eighth grade. She credits her second grade teacher, Phyllis Koss, with inspiring her to become a teacher! 

Erin received her BS in Education from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI and her Masters of Education from Saint Mary’s University, Winona, MN. Her philosophy on teaching is simple, “All students can learn. We simply provide the tools to help them reach their goals. Erin began her teaching career at Saint Patrick School as a first grade teacher, then taught second grade for several years. This past year, she returned to teaching first grade students, with whom she will “loop” to teach again this coming school year as a second grade teacher. In speaking with Erin, it is evident that she loves teaching this age level, saying, “I love the ‘light bulb moment’ of younger students and the excitement they find in every day!”


In 2002,

Cathy Jo Prasnicki

began her career as a teacher at Saint Patrick School.  Over the years she has taught third, second, and first grades.  Like many of our teachers, Cathy Jo knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher.  She remembers, "I was in second grade when I decided I was going to be a teacher, and I never looked back!" 

Cathy Jo has a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and a Masters in Education from Saint Mary's University, Winona, MN.  Teaching is truly a passion for Cathy Jo, and she is thoughtful as she talks about it.  "I'm very much a relationship driven teacher.  I feel students learn best when they know their teacher cares about them.  I strive to make connections to their learning in and outside the classroom."  Not only does she strive to make those connections but also works to encourage her students to be lifelong learners.  She is quick to point out that, "Excitement is key in the classroom.  When I show excitement in learning, my students are sure to follow."

Cathy Jo grew up attending a Catholic School from Kindergarten through twelfth grade.  She says, "I loved feeling part of a faith community, and I love that I continue to be part of one now!"  Just as her parents valued Catholic education, Cathy Jo continues that legacy; her daughter is a current student at Saint Patrick School.  "I feel blessed that she is at school with me everyday."

Outside of school, Cathy Jo enjoys spending time with her daughter. She also loves playing volleyball and cards, going on walks, and spending time with family and friends – especially at her family’s cabin on Balsam Lake.


Mary Seyer

and her husband Jeff Schutkoske have been members of Saint Patrick Parish for 20 years. Over the years she has served the Parish in a number of ways: Secretary of the Parish Council; member of the Education Committee; sacristan; lector; and member of the Praise Company Choir. 

Mary received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, her Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University, and her Graduate Certification in Education from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Mary's children, Helen and Alex Schutkoske, both attended Saint Patrick School. As a parent and volunteer, Mary was so inspired by the dedication and generosity of the teachers at Saint Patrick School that she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls to obtain her Wisconsin Secondary Education license. In 2007, she was hired as the religion teacher for Saint Patrick School, teaching students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Mary believes that teaching is a vocation, a call from God to share His love and wisdom with His children. She also feels that religion is a subject that her students can and do use every day of their lives. Her goal is to give them the knowledge to discern God's plan for them and the tools and support to help them follow it.

In the words of Pope Francis, “Educating is an important mission, which draws young people to what is good, beautiful and true.”


Elaine Weinkam

has been teaching Math classes to Saint Patrick School’s sixth, seventh and eighth graders since 2003. She earned a BS in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. After college she worked for the US Government doing project manager work in the statistics department for seven years before moving to Florida to raise two daughters with her husband, Ed. Elaine taught Science classes in Florida for two years before moving to Wisconsin. After her family’s relocation, she obtained her Wisconsin Certification to teach Middle and High School Math. In addition to teaching Middle School Math, Elaine served as the Student Council Advisor for five years and coached girls volleyball and softball for three years. She now teaches all five of the math courses Saint Patrick School offers (6th grade math, 7th grade math, 7th grade PreAlgebra, 8th grade math, and 8th grade Algebra1), and advises any students studying advanced math courses through the Wisconsin Virtual School.

Middle School is sometimes seen as a time of transition. Elaine relishes teaching this age group, saying, "Middle School students are my favorite group of students! I really love getting them as young sixth graders and helping them become skilled and confident eighth graders ready to take on high school. They are full of so much potential. I truly love helping them figure out that they CAN do it even when they don't think they can. I make them work hard, but that is part of the process. When they leave, they are ready for high school in so many ways.”

In her free time she enjoys visiting her two grown daughters, the Atlantic beaches, traveling with her husband, and dancing.  She's still a Yankee fan from her early roots.  She follows college football more closely than professional, and attends a few Notre Dame games each year with her husband Ed, a Notre Dame alumni.


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