St. Mary's School Staff
Very Rev. John C. Anderson, Pastor
Every time my family joins together I grow to appreciate the time we spend. There are always changes in who is able to be there, who has joined the family and the ones we need to remember. When my extended family gathers, we try to use name tags, colored shirts, or other ways to help us identify people, that helps us put a name and face together. Life would truly be different without my family!
This Directory is of the same importance! Our parish families change. Every time we gather there are new members, regulars and those we need to remember. What a blessing to be able to put a name and face together! I pray we all use this directory to re-connect with our familiar staff and welcome those we may not have connected with before. It is always easier to welcome or visit someone when we know a bit of who they are.
It is true that our lives would be different without our families. That includes our Parish Families! May this directory help us grow as we build up the Kingdom of God here in our part of the world and beyond. We will make a difference when we do it together!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.