Faculty

Mrs. Kristen Lee

Principal
klee@stmatthias-milw.org
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Mrs. Kristen Lee

Mrs. Kristen Lee

Principal

Ms. Susan Blaha

Administrative Assistant
sblaha@stmatthias-milw.org
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Ms. Susan Blaha

Ms. Susan Blaha

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Kathy Jacobson

Student Services Coordinator
kjacobson@stmatthias-milw.org

Hello and welcome to St. Matthias School! My name is Kathy Jacobson and I am the Student Services Coordinator/Learning Support Teacher for St. Matthias School. I have been a part of the St. Matthias family for over 30 years and feel very blessed to be here. My responsibilities are multi-faceted in order to support your child’s progress in meeting today’s academic standards. I work in collaboration with the classroom teacher in meeting both the individual and class learning needs in our ever changing, diverse classrooms. I am equally excited to be a part of the Seton Catholic Schools!

My husband Tom and I have two wonderful children, an amazing daughter-in-law and an adorable granddaughter. We truly enjoy spending time together as a family. In my free time, I enjoy biking, walking and working in our garden.

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Mrs. Kathy Jacobson

Mrs. Kathy Jacobson

Student Services Coordinator

Mrs. Michelle Bublitz

K4 Teacher
mbublitz@stmatthias-milw.org

My name is Mrs. Michelle Bublitz and I will be teaching K4 at St. Matthias. Last year I taught a K4/K5 classroom  at St. Catherine in Milwaukee. I also teach part time for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee as a 4/5 year old instructor. I went to Carroll University for my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. I live with my husband Paul and puppy,Frankie, in West Allis. Frankie is 2 years old and only 6lbs. He is the perfect lap dog and very playful. I enjoy taking Frankie for walks and playing fetch with a ball, in the yard with him. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. One of my favorite activities is taking Zumba class with my sister Leanne. I am looking forward to getting to know the families at St. Matthias.

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Mrs. Michelle Bublitz

Mrs. Michelle Bublitz

K4 Teacher

Mrs. Keri Thompson

K5 Teacher
kthompson@stmatthias-milw.org

As an alumni and parishioner of St. Matthias, I am very excited to be joining the school community as the K5 teacher. I love teaching Kindergarten! It is amazing to watch as students move from picture readers into word readers! They are enthusiastic learners and make the classroom exciting, energetic, and fun! I have been a licensed teacher for eighteen years with a focus on early childhood education. My husband and I have two teenage daughters. We are an adventurous family and we enjoy traveling. We recently learned how to surf in Hawaii, climbed mountains in Colorado, and took on some river rafting in Washington. I don’t have a lot of down time so I multitask by knitting as I watch my girls participate in sporting activities. I try to live my life in the footsteps of Jesus and I encourage my students to do the same. My goal is to create a classroom of faith, rigorous learning and joyful celebration!

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Mrs. Keri Thompson

Mrs. Keri Thompson

K5 Teacher

Mrs. Deanna Burss

1st Grade Teacher
dburss@stmatthias-milw.org

I have been teaching at St. Matthias Parish School since the fall of 1996. I am an active parish member along with my husband and two sons. I am especially involved in the handbell choirs. First grade is a very exciting place for a child to learn and grow. During the year the students are very busy in the classroom and throughout the school. They attend classes for physical education, music, Spanish and art. They also visit the school library and the computer lab once a week. In the classroom, there is a balance between activity centers, seatwork, and social interactions which all promote academic learning. During the year, they learn school routines and rules, how to interact properly with peers and adults, and many academic subjects including reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science, and religion. The first grade students at St. Matthias School learn a lot academically during the school year. They also have a lot of fun!

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Mrs. Deanna Burss

Mrs. Deanna Burss

1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Kathy Davis

2nd Grade Teacher
kdavis@stmatthias-milw.org

Welcome to Second Grade!

I am Kathy Davis and I am so grateful to have been part of the St. Matthias School Family for the past 23 years. God has truly blessed my husband and I with two wonderful children and two precious grandchildren! We raised our children in Mequon and have been members of Lumen Christi church for the past 28 years.

Second grade is a very exciting year of learning, growing, and sharing our faith. Our classroom is a nurturing, joyful environment where each student feels success. The cornerstones to our daily activities include prayer, mutual respect, and acts of kindness. The children have opportunities to learn and grow in many different ways, always keeping in mind the individual strengths and needs of each student. Through Writer’s Workshop, the children are continuously exposed to the process of writing. The Daily Five, an integrated literacy instruction and classroom management system, is incorporated into our reading and language arts curriculum while students read a wide variety of text. Cooperative learning teams and stations give students opportunities to further explore topics, respond in depth to what was read, engage in high level discussions, and practice skills. I believe that frequent communication between home and school creates a partnership in each student’s education, fostering a love for learning. I look forward to building those partnerships with each family.

This year, as I continue to share my love for teaching and learning, I am embarking on a new journey as a Seton Master Teacher. I will continue to spend each day with my second graders and our residency teacher, Ms. Mary Duhn. In my new role, I will help support all our teachers with more consistent collaboration and leading some new academic initiatives. I’m excited to spend my days with my second graders as well as all our amazing teachers and students!

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Mrs. Kathy Davis

Mrs. Kathy Davis

2nd Grade Teacher

Ms. Mary Duhn

2nd Grade Co-Teacher
mduhn@stmatthias-milw.org

My name is Mary Duhn and this is my first year teaching and being involved with the St. Matthias community. I am serving as a Teacher Resident for Seton Catholic Schools which means that with the guidance of Mrs. Kathy Davis I will be teaching this years second graders. Catholic education is something that I am passionate about. I am looking forward to passing on the love of Christ to my students under the supervision of Mrs. Davis. I am thrilled to be apart of such a wonderful family here at St. Matthias.

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Ms. Mary Duhn

Ms. Mary Duhn

2nd Grade Co-Teacher

Ms. Shelly Roth

3rd Grade Teacher
sroth@stmatthias-milw.org

I am thrilled to begin my sixth year teaching here at St. Matthias! Before teaching at St. Matthias I spent six years teaching third/fourth grade at a small Catholic School in Union Grove. I graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood through early adolescence. I have history and math minors. When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my six year old son Brett, my family, and friends. I also love listening to live music.

I am so blessed to have my dream job. I believe each child is unique with different talents, special needs and capabilities. I love teaching at a catholic school because I assist students in their growth; socially, spiritually, intellectually and emotionally. Students’ enthusiasm for their faith is infectious. I’m grateful to be teaching 3rd grade at St. Matthias.

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Ms. Shelly Roth

Ms. Shelly Roth

3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Rachele Wehr

4th Grade Teacher
rwehr@stmatthias-milw.org

My name is Rachele Wehr, and I have been a classroom teacher at St. Matthias Parish School since 1990. All but one year I have taught fabulous fourth graders. St. Matthias has been my second family for almost twenty-five years. My children are alumni and were well prepared for high school. I believe St. Matthias is one of the best schools around to form children spiritually and academically in a loving, yet challenging environment.

I love teaching fourth graders because they are inquisitive, creative, and energetic learners. I feel that children learn best when they are immersed in what they are doing and having fun. Whenever possible I bring in hands on activities, games, technology, stories, and presenters to make my lessons more meaningful.

In my classroom prayer, respect, sweet acts of kindness, and positive reinforcement are an integrated throughout the day. The rosary is said each day focusing on class intentions. Only one rule appears on my wall, RESPECT, and when students show respect, they earn respect. Students are encouraged with positive reinforcement in a variety of ways including individual sticker books (earning stickers when they are respectful, organized, and making someone's day) and a class marble RESPECT jar earning classroom parties.

Some of the highlights of fourth grade are:

  • Camping overnight at Camp Vista
  • Collaborating with the Medical College of Wisconsin and creating ingenious inventions
  • Raising money for the MACC Fund with 4th Grade Candy Cane Lane and the American Red Cross with the 4th Grade Halloween Bake Sale
  • Celebrating Reading with sleeping bags, flashlights and books
  • Dissecting Owl Pellets to learn about the food chain
  • Learning about the sacrament of Reconciliation, how to follow the Ten Commandments, and how to live the Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Exploring chocolate with novels, presenters, activities, and candy!

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, playing volleyball with my neighbors, walking my dog, Rosie, and trying new baking/cooking recipes.

I am so excited to nurture this year's 4th Graders and watch them grow into amazing lifelong learners!

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Mrs. Rachele Wehr

Mrs. Rachele Wehr

4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Judith Caporale

5th Grade Teacher
jcaporale@stmatthias-milw.org

My name is Judy Caporale, and I am very excited to be a part of St. Matthias School staff. I teach 5th grade​ ELA and science as well as religion to my homeroom students.

I graduated from UW Whitewater with a degree in Elementary Education in December of 1984. Since then I have been teaching for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for 31 years. I came to St. Matthias looking for new opportunities to share and grow. I have found that teaching in the Catholic schools offers many benefits. I appreciate the warmth and closeness shared by the staff, students, and their families. There is a wonderful sense of community in our Catholic schools.

I have been married for 33 years to Bernie, and we have 24 year old twin boys. I enjoy outdoor adventures including camping, hiking, and rafting. My family also enjoys attending sports events together. My hobbies include swimming, skiing, and playing volleyball. I try to relax with a good book whenever possible!

I am excited to teach, but I am equally excited to learn! I am continuously seeking new strategies to use in the classroom, and I strive to engage students more meaningfully in their learning.

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Mrs. Judith Caporale

Mrs. Judith Caporale

5th Grade Teacher

Mr. Thomas Peterson

5th Grade Teacher
tpeterson@stmatthias-milw.org

Hello students and families,

My name is Tom Peterson and I am starting my fifth year at St. Matthias Parish School. As some of you know, this is my second career. Previously I was a police officer for 20+ years for the City of Janesville/Illinois State Police. I have a Bachelor’s in Forestry, and I received my teaching certification at Cardinal Stritch University, and certified to teach K-6. I am married and have one son (3rd grade teacher), a step-daughter at Cal-Berkley and a step-son at UW-Madison. I am also a cross country coach at Menomonee Falls High School.

My goal for your students is to prepare them for middle school and throw in a life lesson with their education. I look forward to each day in the classroom and hope I can also learn something from them.

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Mr. Thomas Peterson

Mr. Thomas Peterson

5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Katie Bonner

6th Grade, ELA
kbonner@stmatthias-milw.org

Hello, my name is Katie Bonner and I am excited to be starting my 2nd year at St. Matthias. I have been teaching since 2008 and enjoy teaching middle school students! This year I will be teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies to the 6th graders. I see the benefit of a Catholic education to make sure that every child learns how much Jesus loves them and how he has a plan for their life.

My husband, John, and I have been married for ten years and we have three wonderful children, Keegan, Logan, and Beckett. As a family we enjoy going hiking, swimming, biking, going to different parks, and having family movie night. ​

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Mrs. Katie Bonner

Mrs. Katie Bonner

6th Grade, ELA

Mrs. Tina L'Empereur

6th Grade, Science
tlempereur@stmatthias-milw.org

Welcome to sixth grade at St. Matthias Parish School. My name is Tina L’Empereur. My husband and I have been members of the parish since 2002. All three of our children attended and graduated from our school.

In sixth grade the students at St. Matthias transition into middle school. Our curriculum emphasizes the core subjects of Literature, Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and Religion. Additionally, students enjoy Project Lead the Way, Art, Spanish, Music, and Physical Education classes. The students are challenged to embrace new concepts and ideas, and to listen to others while learning to think critically. These skills will serve them well as they move into high school.

I teach religion to the seventh graders at St. Matthias. In seventh grade religion the topics we cover are the New Testament, Liturgy and Worship, and connecting the seven sacraments with life experiences. It is my hope that the students become more committed to their faith and stronger members of the Church.

I also teach seventh and eighth grade science. In seventh grade the students learn about weather, space, changes in the Earth, and Earth’s structure and composition. Last but not least, the eighth graders study the human body, animal classification, cells, and heredity.

As you can see, the students in middle school are very busy. Teaching at St. Matthias is a rewarding experience for me. I enjoy the partnership I have with the students’ parents.

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Mrs. Tina L'Empereur

Mrs. Tina L'Empereur

6th Grade, Science

Ms. Jeanne Klescewski

7th Grade, Social Studies
jklescewski@stmatthias-milw.org

Hello students and families,

My name is Jeanne Klescewski and I am so excited to be joining the St. Matthias Parish School. I taught 4th and 5th grade at Northwest Catholic, a Seton school on the northwest side of Milwaukee for three years. I live in the neighborhood and attend church here. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked for the United States Bowling Congress as the Director of High School & Collegiate Bowling for 14 years. I have a Bachelor’s in Business & Management from Alverno College, and I received my teaching certification from there as well. I am certified to teach 1st – 8th grades. I have two daughters, whose names are Jocelyn and Alexis. My oldest is employed as a Milwaukee Police Officer and my second born is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to become a teacher.

My goal for your students is to prepare them for high school and for life as a whole. I tie many of my business experiences into our classroom work. I enjoy working with students and their families and I am looking forward to a great year!

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Ms. Jeanne Klescewski

Ms. Jeanne Klescewski

7th Grade, Social Studies

Sr. Rita Jadin

7th Grade, Long-term Sub
rjadin@stmatthias-milw.org
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Sr. Rita Jadin

Sr. Rita Jadin

7th Grade, Long-term Sub

Ms. Elena Beihoff

8th Grade, Math
ebeihoff@stmatthias-milw.org

Hi there, my name is Elena Beihoff. This will be my second year as a St. Matthias Bulldog! I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math. I am originally from Eagle River, Wisconsin, where I fell in love with water-skiing, tubing, fishing, kayaking...really anything involving water. I also enjoy camping and traveling, hanging out with my dogs and puns (like what's a math teachers favorite tree? geometry!).

After graduation, I chose to go to De Pere, where I graduated from St. Norbert College with a degree in Education. While I am new to the field, I love the experiences that I have had so far working with students in the classroom. My student teaching consisted of nine weeks in a first grade classroom in Green Bay and then nine more weeks in a 6th grade classroom in Pulaski. I loved my experience in both schools, but my placement with the 6th graders really stood out to me. I loved the curiosity, willingness to ask questions and humor they brought with them to class everyday. (Which they certainly do each day here at St. Matthias!)

I am lucky to be a part of a Catholic School system. I grew up as a Catholic and went to a Catholic College. The traditions and values that are so deeply rooted in the Catholic faith that I saw in those experiences made me choose to look for a school I could work in that supported their students as they nurtured these values within themselves. I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the community here at St. Matthias once again!

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Ms. Elena Beihoff

Ms. Elena Beihoff

8th Grade, Math

Mr. Dalen Heinzen

Physical Education & Computer Technology
dheinzen@stmatthias-milw.org

I am happy to continue teaching at St. Matthias Parish School. This is my 39th year here and I look forward to many more to come. I received my teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and am certified to teach both physical education K-12 and Computer Science K-12. This year I will be teaching all PE classes and also Project Lead the Way Engineering classes to grades 6-8.

Outside of school I enjoy working as a WIAA licensed volleyball official as well as working in-season in my role with the NBA Milwaukee Bucks. I love sports and enjoy movies, too!

I look forward to a great year once again at St. Matthias!

Dalen Heinzen
St Matthias Parish School

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Mr. Dalen Heinzen

Mr. Dalen Heinzen

Physical Education & Computer Technology

Mrs. April Licht

Librarian
alicht@stmatthias-milw.org

Prior to working in the school library I was involved as a volunteer in the school and church parish and as a parent and an alum many moons ago.

I enjoy working with all the different age levels of K4-8. They all have something special to offer and often amaze me when I learn something from them. They are my "teachers" in many ways!

I am grateful for my opportunity to work at St. Matthias and find joy in my surroundings everyday.

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Mrs. April Licht

Mrs. April Licht

Librarian

Mr. Alex Randazzo

Music
arandazzo@stmatthias-milw.org

Hello! My name is Alex Randazzo and I am excited to be the new Music Teacher, Choir Director, and Band Director at St. Matthias!

I grew up in Hartford, WI. I spent my days playing with friends, running on the soccer field, and singing with my school’s choir. I attended Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School where I played every sport I could and was a member of every musical group my school had.

After high school, I spent two years at Lawrence University majoring in Alto Saxophone Performance. During my time there, I continued with my love of sports playing in multiple intramural leagues. I also discovered my love for swing dancing, joining Lawrence’s Swing Dance Club.

After two years, I transferred to Wisconsin Lutheran College where I changed majors to get my degree in Music Education. After graduating I took my first job as the Band and Choir Director at St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Kenosha, WI.

My wife and I currently live in Greenfield, WI with our beautiful dog Cecily.

Looking forward to a wonderful year at St. Matthias!

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Mr. Alex Randazzo

Mr. Alex Randazzo

Music

Ms. Angela Gutierrez

Spanish
agutierrez@stmatthias-milw.org
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Ms. Angela Gutierrez

Ms. Angela Gutierrez

Spanish

Art
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Art

Mrs. Cindy Naumann

Educational Assistant
cnaumann@stmatthias-milw.org
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Mrs. Cindy Naumann

Mrs. Cindy Naumann

Educational Assistant

Mrs. Joan Pauc

Educational Assistant
jpauc@stmatthias-milw.org

My name is Mrs. Joan Pauc, I am an educational assistant in the K5 classroom this year. I have been an EA in grades K4 – 3rd grade in the past. Before I became an EA, I worked at Matthias Extended Care for thirteen years. I truly enjoy working with children of all ages at St. Matthias. I was married to my husband, John, here at St. Matthias 26 years ago and we have sent all five of our children to school here. I, also, am a graduate of St. Matthias. It has been my privilege to be part of this community for most of my life.

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Mrs. Joan Pauc

Mrs. Joan Pauc

Educational Assistant

Teresa Czerwinski

MEC, Lunch & Safeguarding Programs Coordinator
tczerwinski@stmatthias-milw.org

Hi, my name is Terri Czerwinski and I have been a part of the St Matthias family for 13 years. During my thirteen years I have seen many students grow and become strong members of our community. I have many jobs here at St Matthias. I am the coordinator of the Lunch program, Safeguarding program and MEC program (St Matthias Extended Care). This year, I have also taken on the responsibility of the Admin in the school office. In my spare time, I love spending time with my five children (Jacob-22, Justin-19 Michaela -12 Megan-8 and Tumble -1(my border collie). I am addicted supporting my kiddos’ sports, supporting kids with special needs and visiting Disney. I am super proud to be a part of the St Matthias team.

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Teresa Czerwinski

Teresa Czerwinski

MEC, Lunch & Safeguarding Programs Coordinator