STAFF

Mrs. Amy Strom

Headmistress

Miss Michelle Schaub

Kindergarten

Miss Schaub is the Kindergarten teacher at Providence Academy. Michelle grew up in La Crosse, attended Aquinas Catholic Schools, and graduated from Viterbo University with a BS in Elementary Education and minors in Early Childhood and Math. Prior to teaching at Providence Academy, she taught Middle School Math for two years at Queen of the Apostles in Tomah, WI. This will be her second year teaching at Providence Academy and she is excited to work again with the Kindergarten students and be a part of the wonderful Providence family.

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.

Mrs. Elizabeth Decker

Third Grade

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.

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.

Miss Sarah Reischl

Fifth Grade

Miss Reischl was one of the original teachers of Providence Academy, having taught a combined class of 4th and 5th grades when the school opened in 2005. She holds a bachelor of philosophy in Politics from Ave Maria College, where she also minored in British literature and classical languages. In 2015, she graduated Summa cum Laude from Ave Maria University with M.T.S. in Pastoral Theology. This is Miss Reischl’s 9th year at the Academy as she left for a few years to discern a religious vocation. Even in the convent she was directing students of various ages, and she has been working as a teacher or assistant teacher of students ranging from pre-school to high school for the past decade. Currently, she is teaching the 5th grade as well as 6th grade Ancient History.

Miss Elizabeth Glennon

Upper School Literature

Miss Glennon is a native of Boston and a 2014 graduate of Harvard College, where she studied English Literature with a concentration in Shakespeare. After completing a Massachusetts teacher certification program and interning at the Community Charter School of Cambridge as a 10th grade Humanities teacher, Elizabeth spent a year in London as one of the two Colet Fellows at St. Paul’s Girls’ School teaching 6th and 7th grade English. She is currently in her 3rd year teaching Literature and Rhetoric for grades 6-12 at Providence Academy.

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. Brett Linskey

Upper School Math and Science

Mr. Linskey graduated from UW-Eau Claire in May 1997 with B.S. in Mathematics with a teaching emphasis; Coaching Minor. He taught for 2 years in public schools. Mr. Linskey attended St. John Vianney Seminary and studied Pre-theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN while discerning a vocation to the priesthood. He also attended the North American College and studied theology at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy while discerning. He graduated from UW-Eau Claire in May 2006 with a B.S. in Nursing. Mr. Linskey married Shelly McMahon in August 2009 and now has 6 children. He is currently in his 10th year teaching at Providence Academy and teaches Life Science, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Advanced Math.

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.

Mr. Matthew Berg

Latin and Greek

Mr. Berg is a second-year teacher at Providence Academy who grew up in Chippewa Falls, WI. In 2016, Matthew graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Greek and Latin. His senior thesis Quid Fortiter ac Strenue Agendum re-evaluated Hannibal’s expedition into Italy in light of the contradictions in Polybius’ and Livy’s accounts. Matthew has received the Classical Association of the Midwest and South’s “Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Classical Studies,” and is currently a member of the Eta Sigma Phi Classical Honors Society. He currently lives in La Crosse with his wife and two children.

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.

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.

Mrs. Sue Schaller

Education Aide

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.

Mr. John Walsh III

Art

Mrs. Shelly Linskey

Physical Education

Mrs. Jill Marshall

Administrator

Mrs. Karla Hansen

Administrator

Mrs. Megan Laylan

Administrative Assistant

Mr. Mike Abnet

Custodian

Ms. Jean Kachel

Lunch Coordinator