STAFF

Mrs. Amy Strom

Headmistress

Mrs. Sue Schaller

Pre-Kindergarten

Mrs. Schaller is returning after her 1st year here at Providence. She is a Mother of 6 and Grandmother of 9. While raising her family Mrs. Schaller also had a daycare in her home along with many foster children over the course of 12 years. She and her husband Joe find great joy in taking care of the little ones that God has blessed all of us with. Mrs. Schaller also has worked at Headstart as a Teacher Aide. She enjoys the energy and enthusiasm that the children have and by being around them you can’t help but feel it too. Mrs. Schaller often volunteered at Providence and was truly delighted when asked to become a member of the Providence Staff. Mrs. Schaller says this job here is a gift from God.

Miss Brooke Pronschinske

Kindergarten

Miss Katie Gees

First Grade

Miss Gees is in her 6th year of teaching First Grade at Providence Academy. She is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, IA, with a degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. Originally from the La Crosse area, Miss Gees is happy to be back in ‘God’s Country’ and feels blessed to continue working with such an outstanding, faith filled community. Although she loves all things ‘First Grade’, her favorite subject is reading, and she enjoys sharing that passion with her students. In her free time, Miss Gees loves swing dancing, playing piano, and being outdoors.

Mrs. Jennifer Tradewell

Second Grade

Mrs. Tradewell has over 15 years of teaching experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. During the past 12 years she has taught various grades at Providence Academy in the lower school. Prior to that, she has had teaching experiences in inner city and rural environments. She has continued her education at Viterbo University focusing on literacy and special needs. She currently resides in the area with her husband and 3 children.

Miss Angelyn Von Reuden

Third Grade

Miss Mary Liebert

Fourth Grade

Miss Liebert is a former graduate from Providence Academy. She has a Bachelor of the Arts in Liberal Arts from Wyoming Catholic College. Having been educated in the Great Books while at Providence Academy and at Wyoming Catholic College, Miss Liebert is thrilled to be back at Providence where her interest in the Liberal Arts first began. She is in her 2nd year teaching 4th grade.

Mrs. Jill Miley

Fifth Grade

Mr. Jacob Barkett

Sixth Grade

Mrs. Amanda McClernon

Upper School History, Religion, and Science

Mrs. McClernon is a former graduate of Providence Academy and is delighted to be in her 5th year of teaching here. She graduated from the University of Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Thanks to her liberal arts education, she enjoys many different subjects including history, literature, math, politics, theology, and science. Her class list this year includes: 5th grade American History, 6th grade Religion, 7th & 8th grade Medieval History, 7th & 8th grade Chemistry, and 11th & 12th grade American History. Her favorite subject is history, particularly American Military History and the Vietnam War; however, she also enjoys literature. A few of her favorite books are Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Homer’s Odyssey, Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Dereliction of Duty by H.R. McMaster, and A History of the American People by Paul Johnson.

Mr. Carl Wolk

Upper School Religion

Mr. Wolk is a native of Connecticut. He graduated with a B.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA in 2012. His senior thesis was titled, “Distributism and Medieval English Peasant Life: Testing the Historical Vision of Hilaire Belloc.” On Easter of the same year, he entered the Catholic Church, converting from Protestantism, and before that, atheism. After graduating, he began an M.A. in Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, which he completed at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC in 2015. He successfully defended his Master’s thesis, “How the Philosophical Doctrines of St. Thomas Aquinas and William of Ockham Affect Their Theological Doctrines of Grace and Charity.” This is his third year as the theology teacher at Providence Academy.

Mr. Austin Faber

Upper School Math and Science

Mr. Michael Foster

Upper School Latin

Mr. Franz Klein

Upper School Literature and Rhetoric

Mrs. Patty Kirchner

Upper School Math and Science

Mrs. Patty Kirchner graduated in 1978 from Valley City State College in Valley City, ND with a BS in Education. She has a double major in Chemistry and Mathematics and a minor in Physics. She presently teaches Chemistry, the chemistry portion of Physical Science, Pre-Algebra, and Geometry.

Mrs. Olivia Wolk

Music

Mrs. Wolk graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a B.A. in Sacred Music and Theology. She has taught private voice lessons for six years, and is specially trained in both solo and ensemble singing in the sacred and classical music traditions. She teaches music to grades K-12, and directs the Providence Academy Schola.

Mr. John Walsh III

Art

Mrs. Mary Turner

Gym

Mrs. Mary Hendrickson

Speech Therapist

Mrs. Jill Marshall

Administrator

Mrs. Elizabeth Decker

Administrator and Athletic Director

Mrs. Decker is in her 6th year teaching third grade at Providence Academy. Formerly known as Miss Shewmon, she just celebrated 2 years of marriage in August and welcomed a baby boy in May. Mrs. Decker is originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois, and moved up to the La Crosse area for college in 2007. She graduated from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona in 2011, went back to Illinois for a year, and quickly realized that she needed to return to the area. She never doubted that this is where God wants her and she thanks Him for the gift of this classical education and the gift of this faith community. In her free time, Mrs. Decker loves to spend time with her family, travel, explore new coffee shops, and be outdoors.

Mrs. Karla Hansen

Administrator

Mrs. Megan Laylan

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Jean Kachel

Lunch Coordinator