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Meet our staff


St. Mary's School Staff

Marilyn Pekol, Principal
I love being a principal because I am able to make a difference in every child's life. My job is to oversee every aspect of the school from a to z; academics to "zero tolerance." But what I enjoy the most is the letter "C;" Catholic and Children. Being a principal of a Catholic school is a joy because God's presence is evident in every person and every classroom. The children that attend our school are a gift from God and it is wondrous to watch them grow in faith as well as academically. I attended Catholic school from 3rd through 8th grade and wouldn't want to work anywhere else.

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Julie Strassman, Secretary

Hi! I am the secretary at St. Mary's Catholic School.  The school secretary is involved in a multitude of administrative and clerical functions related to the school. It is my responsibility to assist with the positive Catholic feel of the building, beginning with a friendly voice on the phone and a smile when welcoming guests at the door.  I oversee finances related to the school including:  tuition, SCRIP, fundraisers, bookkeeping, bank deposits, preparing purchase orders, addressing bills for payment, completing payroll to submit to our bookkeeper, requesting checks and other financial activities.  I also monitor teacher absence, student absence, field trip slips, and many unforeseen needs of the school and students.

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Juanita Skubal, 4-year old Kindergarten Teacher

I teach the 4-year old kindergarten class at St. Mary's.  I am an alumni of St. Mary's School and proud to be able to come back and teach here. I am married and a mother of four children that are or have attended St. Mary's School.  I am very blessed to be a part of this school and to be able to teach about God everyday.

My heart is in Early Childhood Education.  I greatly enjoy both the students and staff at St. Mary's.  We are a BIG family here.

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Stephanie Van Strydonk, Kindergarten Teacher

I have had the privilege of teaching kindergarten here at St. Mary's School for many years. I truly enjoy working with the students, watching them grow in their faith and education.  We are blessed with a wonderful team of teachers and Pastoral support!

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Kristina Walters, First Grade Teacher

Hi, I am the first grade teacher here at St. Mary's Catholic School.  Being a teacher means the world to me!  Not only do I get to help students learn, but I get to help students be the best person they can be both in and out of the classroom.

During my free time, I enjoy coaching, hunting and fishing, and playing sports. I am very active and enjoy being outside, no matter the season! I am very blessed to have a supportive family and amazing friends! I am also very excited to be working with your child.  God Bless!

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Rita Lee, Second and Third Grade Teacher

I have been teaching at St. Mary's School since 1997.  I attended Holy Cross elementary school and graduated from St. Norbert College in 1992 with a degree in elementary education.  I taught in a Catholic school in Green Bay for five years before moving to Tomahawk.  I enjoy hiking, gardening, and spending time outdoors.

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Sean Duncan, Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher

I am a 2001 graduate of Tomahawk High School and went to college at UW-La Crosse.  I am married to Amanda Duncan, who is a physical education teacher at Tomahawk High School.  I am an avid outdoorsman and truly love living in the northwoods.  Tomahawk is a great community and I am proud to be part of the St. Mary's School team.

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Judy Koshak, Physical Education Teacher

I have been teaching physical education at St. Mary's School since the fall of 1998.  Prior to moving to Tomahawk, I taught and coached at other schools from elementary through college. I married my husband Evan in 1993 and moved to Tomahawk. I have four children. My degree is a masters from Mankato State University in physical education, health and coaching.  

I really enjoy working with the students at our school and feel truly blessed to be at St. Mary's.