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STAFF

Mrs. Amy Strom

Headmistress

Mrs. Strom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Master in Business Administration from Marquette University and a minor in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has spent the majority of her career involved in the education of children and adults in both schools and corporations. Mrs. Strom joined Providence Academy in 2008 as its Headmistress and has also taught at the Academy during her eleven year tenure. Prior to joining Providence Academy, Mrs. Strom served as a Human Resource Director for a large Midwestern company and founded and operated her own Professional Employment Organization (PEO).

Mrs. Sue Schaller

Pre-Kindergarten

Mrs. Schaller is in her 4th year at Providence Academy. 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 to become a member of the Providence Staff. Mrs. Schaller says this job here is a gift from God.

Miss Irelynn Pronschinske

Kindergarten

Miss Pronschinske graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, an endorsement in Early Childhood Education, and a minor in Reading Instruction. She is very passionate about teaching and always said she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. Thus, teaching at such a wonderful, faith-filled school is truly a dream come true for her. Miss Pronschinske’s other interests include reading, singing, swing dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Miss Katie Gees

First Grade

Miss Gees is in her 9th 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.

Mrs. Jennifer Tradewell

Second Grade

Mrs. Tradewell has over 20 years of teaching experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. During the past 15 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 Emily Bot

Third Grade

Miss Bot has a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Christendom College. Prior to joining the Providence faculty, she taught the fourth grade at Pope John Paul II Academy in Montrose, CO from 2015-2019. Originally from southwest Minnesota where she grew up on a farm, she is happy to be closer to home and to be joining the community at Providence Academy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, knitting, sewing, and going for occasional runs.

Miss Mary Liebert

Fourth Grade

Miss Liebert is a former graduate from Providence Academy. She has a Bachelor of 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 5th year teaching 4th grade.

Miss Kelsey Wieser

Fifth Grade

Miss Wieser is in her 2nd year of teaching 5th grade at Providence Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire and has received teaching certifications in both English education and Learning Disabilities. After graduation, she served as a missionary with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Miss Wieser is blessed and grateful to be a part of the beautiful and faithful community here at Providence Academy!

Mr. Despot Gligorevic

Sixth Grade

Mr. Gligorevic is in his first year at Providence Academy. He attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he obtained his bachelors of science in general biology studies. Before coming to Providence, he was planning on moving onto Physical Therapy Assistant School, until he started tutoring at Providence Academy and fell in love with teaching. God opened this new door and Mr. Gligorevic gave up his spot in PTA school in order to pursue teaching. Along with being a new teacher with the largest class at Providence, he's most excited about passing on his love of God and learning through the Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman heritage, which finds its blossom within the Catholic tradition. Mr. Gligorevic lives in La Crosse with his wife.

Mr. Walker Larson

Upper School History and Literature

Walker Larson, a native of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Driftless Area, holds an Associate of Science degree in accounting and networking from MN State College Southeast, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in writing, and a Master of Arts degree in English literature and language, both from Winona State University. During his time at WSU, he completed and defended a creative thesis entitled Summer’s Amplitude: And Other Stories and wrote the first draft of a paper on Ernest Hemingway, which is now due to appear in the fall 2020 issue of The Hemingway Review. His writing has also appeared in the online Catholic journal One Peter Five. 2020-2021 is Mr. Larson’s first year at Providence Academy, and he is excited to be able to share with students his love of letters, which includes a special admiration and affection for the works of Shakespeare. When not reading, writing, or teaching, he fills his time with fly-fishing, friends, and family.

Mr. Austin Faber

Upper School Math and Science

Mr. Faber is in his third year as the Upper School Math teacher. Growing up in Sandusky, Ohio right on Lake Erie, the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” he came to Wisconsin initially for college before – in God’s Providence – discovering the Academy. Mr. Faber graduated Summa Cum Laude from Marquette University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Theology, and deeply appreciated his liberal arts education which exposed him to great literature and thinkers from the rich history of Western Civilization. Fascinated with 20th century British literature, his favorite books include J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, and anything by C.S Lewis and G.K. Chesterton. In addition to teaching, Mr. Faber is the Athletic Director and coaches Cross Country for the Academy. He enjoys playing and watching soccer, hiking, studying maps, cooking, and traveling. He has a particular devotion to his favorite saints: Bl. Solanus Casey, St. Augustine, St. James the Greater, and St. Maximilian Kolbe. For the 2020-2021 school year, he is the instructor for Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Logic, and Personal Finance.

Mr. Michael Foster

Upper School Latin and Classical Guitar

Mr. Michael Foster is in his fourth year as Upper School Latin and Classical Guitar teacher. Having spent his life down south, he moved to Wisconsin in 2016 where he is now happy to call home. Mr. Foster earned a Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Georgia Southern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Valdosta State University. During his undergraduate he began his study of Latin, which has been a passion ever since.

Mrs. Amanda McClernon

Upper School History and Literature

Mrs. McClernon is a former graduate of Providence Academy and is delighted to be in her 6th 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 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.

Mrs. Bridget Mohr

Upper School Science

Mrs. Mohr grew up in La Crescent, MN and went to college in Rapid City, SD where she met her husband and earned a BS in Chemical Engineering with a Biochemical Engineering emphasis. After graduation and marriage, she moved to her husband’s home state of Nebraska, where the bulk of Mrs. Mohr’s engineering career was spent in the power industry, specializing in combustion safety and emission control technology. In 2012, she left industry to concentrate on family life. Mrs. Mohr came to realize the value of a classical education when homeschooling her children. After returning to Minnesota, Mrs. Mohr joined the Providence Academy team and enjoys teaching at the same wonderful school her children attend. Mrs. Mohr enjoys spending time with her family, teasing her five children, good books, long conversations, hiking, camping, biking, board games, and learning.

Mr. Carl Wolk

Upper School Theology, Philosophy, and Dean

Mr. Wolk is a native of Connecticut. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts 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 Master's 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 6th year as the theology teacher at Providence Academy.

Mrs. Maria LaVoy

Lower School Art

Mrs. LaVoy grew up right here in La Crosse, WI. After marrying her husband, Michael, they moved to San Angelo, TX where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Child Development and Learning in 2008 from Angelo State University. She has been blessed to have put her degree to use as a full-time mother of five and greatly enjoys teaching art to the children of Providence Academy!

Mr. Michael LaVoy

Upper School Art

Mr. LaVoy grew up on a hobby farm in Necedah, WI. He served four years active duty in the Air Force working as a videographer. During his enlistment, he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from University of Maryland University College. In addition to his teaching role at Providence, he serves in the Air National Guard and works full-time as a freelance illustrator. His published work includes projects for Our Sunday Visitor, TAN Books/St. Benedict Press, Ascension Press, Voyage Comics and Publishing, Marian Catechist Apostolate, and Holy Cross Family Ministries, to name a few. He is also the busy father of five children who all love art as much as he does!

Mrs. Mary Turner

Gym

Mrs. Turner received a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Clarke College in Dubuque, IA and has a Masters in Pastoral Theological Studies from Madonna University in Ann Arbor, MI. She has a passion for fitness and activity and also serves as a substitute teacher for the school. Mrs. Turner is a devoted pro-life sidewalk counselor and her two children attend Providence Academy.

Mrs. Olivia Wolk

Music

Mrs. Wolk graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music and Theology. She has taught private voice lessons for nine 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. She is in her 6th year of teaching music at the Academy.

Mrs. Mary Hendrickson

Speech & Language

Mrs. Jill Marshall

Administrator

Mrs. Karla Hansen

Administrator

Mrs. Suzanne Van Hoof

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Brooke Larson

Administrative & Faculty Aid

Mrs. Larson grew up on an organic dairy farm near Rushford, MN and previous to starting teaching at Providence Academy spent two years working at St. Mary's Primary School in Winona, MN. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree and is currently working towards her B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Her passion is working with children and she feels very blessed to be working at Providence Academy. In her spare time Mrs. Larson likes spending time with family and friends, hiking, reading, and studying the Catholic faith.

Ms. Jean Kachel

Lunch Coordinator