Faculty

Mrs. Susan Booth

Principal
sbooth@stmatthias-milw.org

Susan is responsible for promoting a faith filled Catholic community committed to strong academic standards and Christian values. Our students are engaged in higher level functioning activities in an effort to foster growth and excellence in all areas of academics. She also oversees an educational staff of highly qualified professionals who are dedicated to excellence of meeting the needs of all children.

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Mrs. Susan Booth

Mrs. Susan Booth

Principal

Ms. Susan Blaha

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

Ms. Susan Blaha

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Kathryn Glynn

Administrative Assistant
kglynn@stmatthias-milw.org
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Ms. Kathryn Glynn

Ms. Kathryn Glynn

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Michelle Bublitz

K4 Teacher
mbublitz@stmatthias-milw.org

<div>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.</div>

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Mrs. Michelle Bublitz

Mrs. Michelle Bublitz

K4 Teacher

Mrs. Karleen Vanderhoef Meyer

K5 Teacher
kvanderhoef@stmatthias-milw.org

Hello! My name is Ms. Vanderhoef. This is my second year teaching and love being at Saint Matthias. I myself went to a Catholic grade school and I can appreciate the education I received. Now as an educator, I'm happy to have the opportunity to give back to my students what was given to me. I look forward to this school year and watching the children grow!

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Mrs. Karleen Vanderhoef Meyer

Mrs. Karleen Vanderhoef Meyer

K5 Teacher

Mrs. Cindy Naumann

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

Mrs. Cindy Naumann

Educational Assistant

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, computers and art. They also visit the school library 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 feel very blessed to have been a part of the St. Mathias School Family for the past 21 years. All of my years here at St. Matthias have been as a second grade teacher. Previous to my teaching here, I was a resource teacher who worked with both advanced and at-risk students. In addition, I have had the privilege of teaching both third and fourth grade over my 28 years of teaching in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. My husband and I have been married for 34 years and God has truly blessed us with two wonderful children and a precious grandson. We raised our children in Mequon and have been members of Lumen Christi Parish for over 25 years.

The second graders in my class are quite a busy bunch! It is a very exciting year of learning, growing, and sharing our faith. The most special part of the year is preparing for First Eucharist. In my classroom prayer, mutual respect, and acts of kindness are the cornerstones to our daily activities. Throughout the year, we learn about our faith, our church, and the Mass. One of our service projects is to decorate symbolic baptismal gowns to welcome the babies baptized at St. Matthias Parish.

Academically, the children have opportunities to learn and grow in many different ways, always keeping in mind the individual strengths and needs of each student. My classroom is a nurturing, fun-filled environment where each student feels success. We are so fortunate to have a Smart Board where the children can learn in a varied and interactive way. Cooperative learning teams and learning stations give students opportunities to further explore topics and practice skills. I believe that frequent communication between home and school creates a partnership in each student’s education which fosters a love for learning.

There are many other new and exciting things that we experience in second grade, and every day is an adventure!

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Mrs. Kathy Davis

Mrs. Kathy Davis

2nd Grade Teacher

Ms. Shelly Roth

3rd Grade Teacher
sroth@stmatthias-milw.org

I am thrilled to begin my second 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 bachelors’ degree in middle childhood through early adolescence. I have history and math minors.   When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my three year old son Brett and my family.

I am so blessed to have my dream job!   I believe each child is unique with different talents, special needs and capabilities. It is my job to assist them in their growth; socially, intellectually and emotionally. I’m grateful to be teaching 3rd grade at St. Matthias. The children, parents and staff are very welcoming and fun to work with!

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Ms. Shelly Roth

Ms. Shelly Roth

3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Joan Pauc

Educational Assistant
jpauc@stmatthias-milw.org
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Mrs. Joan Pauc

Mrs. Joan Pauc

Educational Assistant

Mrs. Lisa Mushall

4th Grade Teacher
lmushall@stmatthias-milw.org

Hello students and families,

My name is Lisa Mushall and I have been teaching at St. Matthias Parish School since 1987. I have a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education from UW-Milwaukee, with an area of concentration in social studies. I am married and
have two children attending college. I have taught grades 1, 3, 6, and I am currently teaching 4th grade.

I am a graduate of St. Matthias and feel our school offers an exceptional educational environment. I enjoy working with children and helping them reach for their dreams through education. Teaching continues to provide me with many
amazing opportunities and life lessons. I look forward to each day in the classroom.

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Mrs. Lisa Mushall

Mrs. Lisa Mushall

4th 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
  • taking field trips to Old World Wisconsin and the capitol building at Madison
  • creating ingenious inventions
  • raising money for the MACC Fund with 4th Grade Candy Cane Lane
  • Celebrating Reading with sleeping bags, flashlights and books
  • learning about the sacrament of Reconciliation and how to follow the Ten Commandments
  • exploring chocolate with novels, presenters, activities, and candy!

 

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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 grade five English and science as well as religion and reading 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 27 years.  I come 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 31 years to Bernie, and we have 22 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 second year as a fifth grade teacher 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 am presently in the Master’s program for education at Cardinal Stritch University, and certified to teach K-6. I am married and have one son (3rd grade teacher), and a step-daughter at Cal-Berkley and a step-son at UW-Madison.

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, Middle School ELA
kbonner@stmatthias-milw.org
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Mrs. Katie Bonner

Mrs. Katie Bonner

6th Grade, Middle School ELA

Mrs. Tina L'Empereur

6th Grade/Science
tlempereur@stmatthias-milw.org
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Mrs. Tina L'Empereur

Mrs. Tina L'Empereur

6th Grade/Science

Ms. Amy Wallschlaeger

Middle School Social Studies
awallschlaeger@stmatthias-milw.org

My name is Amy Wallschlaeger and I am thrilled to be teaching middle school Social Studies at St. Matthias this year.  I have spent the last 7 years teaching Social Studies, Religion and Language Arts in Racine, but wanted to be closer to home.  I attended grade school at St. Mary Parish School in Hales Corners where my mother was my middle school Social Studies teacher and I went to Pius XI for High School.  I believe Catholic education is very important as it not only prepares us to be good citizens, but also encourages evangelization as God’s stewards.

I am also the Coordinator of Religious Education here at St. Matthias, working with Brian Jens.  I am very excited to be more involved with the Religious Education side of the parish as it has been an interest of mine for some time.  This will be a new, and rewarding, experience for me, but one I know I have been called to do.

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Ms. Amy Wallschlaeger

Ms. Amy Wallschlaeger

Middle School Social Studies

Ms. Elena Beihoff

8th Grade/Math
ebeihoff@stmatthias-milw.org
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Ms. Elena Beihoff

Ms. Elena Beihoff

8th Grade/Math

Mr. Dalen Heinzen

Technology Coordinator
dheinzen@stmatthias-milw.org

Welcome to our school! My name is Mr. Dalen Heinzen and I have been teaching at St. Matthias since 1979- initially as the physical education teacher and now as the technology coordinator and instructor. I truly enjoy working with students
in grades K5-8 as they utilize technology to enhance their learning. I am very proud of the fact that St. Matthias is committed to technology as an integral part of every student’s day. I can’t wait to see what the next 34 years brings!

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Mr. Dalen Heinzen

Mr. Dalen Heinzen

Technology Coordinator

Mrs. Kathy Jacobson

Student Services Coordinator
kjacobson@stmatthias-milw.org

Hello and welcome to St. Matthias Parish School! My name is Kathy Jacobson and I am the Student Services Coordinator/Learning Support Teacher for St. Matthias Parish School. I have been a part of the St. Matthias family for over 25 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.

My husband Tom and I have two wonderful children and an amazing daughter-in-law. 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. April Licht

Library
alicht@stmatthias-milw.org
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Mrs. April Licht

Mrs. April Licht

Library

Mr. Scott Spiess

Physical Education
sspiess@stmatthias-milw.org

“Mr. Scott Spiess has been part of the St. Matthias faculty since 2005 as the Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director. Mr. Spiess earned his degree from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis on K-12 Physical Education. The Physical Education program focuses on cooperative games, team sports, team building activities, spatial awareness, locomotor movement patterns, healthy habits, and much more. Students are actively engaged throughout the school year and encouraged to explore a variety of activities/sports in and out of school.

In addition to Phy Ed, St. Matthias offers an extraordinary Athletic program to all students. The fall season offers Soccer (K4-8) and Boys and Girls Volleyball (5-8); Winter season offers Boys and Girls Basketball (5-8); and Spring offers Coed Track (5-8), Girls Softball (5-8), and Soccer (K4-8). There is always something going on at Krieg Gym, so stop in and cheer for the Bulldogs!

When he is not at St. Matthias, Mr. Spiess enjoys coaching volleyball. He is the Girls Varsity Head Coach at Brookfield Central High School and a Head Coach for Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club. Mr. Spiess also enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and spending time on the water enjoying their boat.”

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Mr. Scott Spiess

Mr. Scott Spiess

Physical Education

Mrs. Alissa Turner

Music/Art
aturner@stmatthias-milw.org

Hello, my name is Alissa Turner. I am in my eleventh year of teaching at St. Matthias. I teach general music to grades K4 through 8 and art to grades 1-8. I also direct the St. Matthias Youth Choir. I earned my BA in Music Education from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI in 2003. I also have twelve years of experience teaching private voice and piano lessons. My passion is getting to know young people and helping them to grow in their faith as they discover and develop their musical talents.

In my free time, I sing with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. My husband and I enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and watching lots of baseball.

Some of the things you can expect to do in music class include: singing, playing classroom instruments, reading and composing musical compositions, exploring music history and studying famous musicians.

Sharing our musical talents with others is an important part of our faith. We share our faith and talents at weekly school Mass and at our school musicals. Each year, the first through fourth graders present the story of Christ's birth in a Christmas musical. The Kindergarteners share the Christmas story while the K4 students share the joy of Christmas through song. In the spring, our fifth through eighth graders present a musical. The theme of the musical changes from year to year, but the goal is to share our musical talents with others around us.

The St. Matthias Youth Choir is open to school and parish students in grades 3-8. Choir rehearses once a week after school and sings for school Mass, Sunday Masses and special holiday Masses. In addition, the choir performs for various community and archdiocesan events throughout the year.

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Mrs. Alissa Turner

Mrs. Alissa Turner

Music/Art

Ms. Angela Gutierrez

K5-8 Spanish
agutierrez@stmatthias-milw.org
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Ms. Angela Gutierrez

Ms. Angela Gutierrez

K5-8 Spanish

Mr. Nathan Kilps

K4-8 Art
nkilps@stmatthias-milw.org
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Mr. Nathan Kilps

Mr. Nathan Kilps

K4-8 Art