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"No Catholic school can be effective without
dedicated Catholic teachers" St John Paul II

Faculty & Staff

Aquinas Academy seeks out and hires faithful Catholics who are outstanding teachers, viewing their work of teaching as a vocation entrusted to them.  In public and private life they serve as role models of faith and virtue for our students. 

SECONDARY EDUCATORS

The Catholic understanding is that teachers are secondary educators whose role is to support parents in their role as primary educators. Whereas a parent's authority comes from Almighty God through nature, a teacher's authority comes in part from the parents, in part from nature, and in part from the Church. In order to coordinate their efforts effectively, parents and teachers need to share a Catholic understanding of human nature and the purpose of education. In doing so, parents and teachers can work together helping children center their lives on Christ and seek to do His will in all things.

OATH OF FIDELITY

At the beginning of each year, our faculty and staff take an Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in the presence of the entire school community. This sets the example of respect for authority and reminds the Aquinas community that our first responsibility is to be obedient to the Church and the Catholic faith.

QUALITY EDUCATORS

Aquinas seeks to hire practicing and faithful Catholics who are outstanding teachers.  Besides holding the relevant qualifications, all members of the teaching faculty, staff, and administration complete the Virtus program of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and pass a criminal background check.

 

MR. ANDREW DENTEN - PRINCIPAL

  • 4th year at Aquinas Academy - 15 years experience in education
  • Master's Degree, Educational Leadership and Administration - Cardinal Stritch University
  • Master's Degree, Education - Loyola University of Chicago
  • Bachelor's Degree, History - Marquette University

 

MS. MARY HUNDT - OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

  • 2nd Year at Aquinas Academy
  • BA – History - Christendom College
  • Working on Masters from Christendom in Theology
  • Several years’ experience in clerical work
  • Extensive involvement in the Catholic educational and missionary fields

 

MR. JAMES BERRY -  MIDDLE SCHOOL CATECHISM, AND 8TH GRADE LITERATURE

  • 6th year at Aquinas Academy
  • Licentiate Communications - Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome
  • BA Political Science and Economics - Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia
  • 3 years as translator for the Vatican Press Office
  • 4 years under Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke as Executive Director for the cause of beatification and canonization of Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
  • Specialty Areas: Journalism, Writing, Italian, Spanish

 

MRS. KATHY KELEHER - 6-8TH GRADE MATH

  • 4th year at Aquinas Academy
  • Bachelor of Science - Elementary Education - UW-Madison
  • Minor in Mathematics
  • 20 years teaching experience

 

MRS. MARIE LARSON - 5TH, 6TH AND 7TH GRADE LITERATURE

  • 3rd year at Aquinas Academy
  • St. Xavier University - B.A. English, minor in Spanish
  • UW-Milwaukee - Masters Degree - Spanish-English Translation
  • English and Spanish Teacher for four years
  • ESL Instructor for two years

 

MRS. PAULA GOTTHARDT - 4-8TH GRADE LATIN

  • 16th year at Aquinas Academy - 20+ years of teaching experience
  • B.A in Liberal Arts - Thomas Aquinas College, CA
  • Graduate studies in education at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee
  • Specialty areas: Elementary Education, Latin, English, Religion, History, Catechism

 

MRS. CATHY PADGETT - MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE

  • 4th year at Aquinas Academy
  • B.S. Microbiology - Colorado State University
  • M.A. Education - Instructional Design Specializing in Adult Education -  Alverno College
  • M.A. Education - Science Education- Alverno College
  • Skilled professional with 18 years experience with student-centered teaching
  • Taught biology for 11 years
  • Evaluated student performances at Alverno College

 

MRS. ABIGAIL SCHREIBER - MIDDLE SCHOOL HISTORY AND FIFTH GRADE MATH TEACHER

  • 1st year at Aquinas Academy
  • BA - History and English Literature – University of Dallas
  • 4 years teaching 5th Grade all subjects
  • 2 years teaching 6th Grade History

 

MRS. MELISSA WOOD - 4TH GRADE

  • 4th year at Aquinas Academy
  • Bachelor of Arts - Elementary & Middle School Education - Mount Mary University
  • Reading Teacher Certification Program - Cardinal Stritch University
  • A total of 8 years teaching experience in grades 4-8, four years as special education paraprofessional

     

 

MRS. KATHY GASPER - 3RD GRADE

  • 1st year at Aquinas Academy
  • PK-3rd Grade Teaching Certification
  • Special Education Teaching Certification

 

MRS. ROSE VON RUEDEN - 2ND GRADE

  • 2nd Year at Aquinas
  • BA Cardinal Stritch University, Primary and Special Education
  • MA UW Milwaukee, Curriculum and Instruction, Reading Specialty
  • 37 years of teaching and parenting
  • Taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades in private and public schools

 

MRS. TERRI SEITZ

  • 1st  year at Aquinas Academy

 

MRS. MARY ANN BERRY — KINDERGARTEN

  • 3rd year at Aquinas Academy
  • Master's English & Creative Writing - Mount Mary University
  • English\Writing Teacher 2nd Grade Aquinas Academy
  • Pre-K Teacher's Aide

 

MRS. MIRIAM TERENEUS - K4 TEACHER

  • 1st year at Aquinas Academy

 

MRS. MARTHA EBENT - MUSIC & ELEMENTARY LATIN

  • 11th year at Aquinas Academy - 20 years teaching experience
  • M.S. in Music Education - University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign
  • B.S. in Vocal Performance - Millikin University
  • Certification in Kindermusik International
  • Music Teaching Certification
  • Specialty areas: Choral singing, vocal training, theater

 

MRS. JESSICA KURTH - PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • 13th year at Aquinas Academy - 13 years teaching experience
  • B.S. in Physical Education - University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
  • Certification in Exercise and Sports Science-Teaching in the State of Wisconsin
  • Specialty Areas: Tennis, Softball, Basketball, Certified Fitness Specialist

 

MRS. LAINE SOPER - ART TEACHER

  •  2nd Year at Aquinas Academy
  •  BS – Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education emphasis in Art - Louisiana Tech-University.
  •  13+ Years teaching Art K5 – 9th grades; public, private and international schools
  •  Trained and taught Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I and II

 

MR. MATTHEW BEINE - ADVANCEMENT DIRECTOR

  • 1st year at Aquinas Academy
  • Advance Business Management (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Served as Chancellor and Financial Administrator at Catholic Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, Ireland
  • Executive P.A. to the Episcopal Vicar for Financial Development - Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland