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ST. JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL

FACULTY AND STAFF

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Fr. Blake Rozier

PASTOR

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Miss Nellie Goshey

PRINCIPAL

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Mrs. Carmen Watland

SCHOOL SECRETARY

FACULTY

MRS. CINDY ECKERT

PRE-SCHOOL

Mrs. Eckert is our dedicated and compassionate preschool teacher at St. Joseph's...READ MORE...

MRS. ABBY ADAMS

KINDERGARTEN

Mrs. Adams brings her passion for teaching and nurturing young minds to St. Joseph's Catholic...READ MORE...

MRS. AMY O'SHEA

FIRST GRADE

Mrs. O'Shea is a seasoned educator with a deep commitment to her students' academic...READ MORE...

MRS. MOLLY HOWARD

SECOND GRADE

Mrs. Howard brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for education to her role as the...READ MORE...

PRE

K

K

1ST

2ND

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“Joseph’s faith does not falter, he obeys quickly and to the letter.”

~St. Josemaria Escriva

MISS ANNA ACHESON

THIRD GRADE

With over 20 years of experience in Catholic schools, Ms. Acheson brings significant knowledge...READ MORE...

3RD

MRS. JENNIFER KUJALA

FOURTH GRADE

Mrs. Kujala’s (pronounced KWEE-lah) journey in education began in 2019, the same year...READ MORE...

4TH

MRS. CHARLENE RUZYNSKI

FIFTH GRADE

Mrs. Ruzynski has taught every level from fifth grade through adult education including ESL...READ MORE...

5TH

MRS. LORI LAGERGREN

SIXTH GRADE

With a passion for nurturing young minds and a dedication to Catholic education, Mrs....READ MORE...

6TH

BARBARA HUGHES

School Librarian

I love books and working with children so I consider myself very fortunate to be the new librarian at St. Joseph’s School. My name is Barb Hughes.  I retired from teaching in 2015 after many years teaching 2nd grade in Wayzata.  My husband and I have considered Grand Rapids our second home since 1991 and were thrilled to be able to move here full time in 2015.  After meeting staff members and substitute teaching at St. Joseph’s School, I realized how much I missed the excitement of being with kids.  I was delighted when asked to be the librarian.  Please visit the library.  I’m here Tuesdays and Thursdays and would enjoy meeting more families.

LOUISE LOBOSCO

Phy Ed Teacher

Hi, I am Coach Louise LoBosco. I teach Physical Education for Pre K through 6th grade. I graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Physical Education K-12 and University of Denver with a MA in Exercise Physiology. I have taught P.E. for 18 years.  I have coached competitive and recreational ice skating for 30 years. I coach at Rapids and Greenway. I have a wonderful husband Frank who works remotely for Glazier Football Clinics. We have 2 grown children and 2 amazing grandchildren with one more on the way! We love to go cross country skiing in the winter and fishing and hiking in the summer. I am blessed to work at St. Joe’s with a great staff and wonderful students. It is a privilege to be able to incorporate character, sportsmanship and faith.

ANN DICK

Music Teacher

My name is Ann Dick and I am the K-6 music teacher at St. Joseph’s.  I have a  background in piano, theology, and elementary education.  I use this background each week to teach music skills, choral singing, and also to coordinate the weekly children’s mass.  I am thrilled to be able to work with students in each grade and am passionate about incorporating our liturgy each week into the music class.  The students are very involved in the weekly mass and their many talents are obvious!  It is a joy working with the students at St. Joe’s and watching them develop musically through the years!

SUSANNA ELSEN

EXTENDED CARE FACILITATOR

We are thrilled to introduce Mrs. Elsen as our Extended Care Facilitator for our preschool program. Passionate about early childhood education and enthusiastic about working with children and families, she believes in building a community where every child feels valued and every family feels welcomed. 

Mrs. Elsen holds a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies and is certified to teach through third grade. Her educational philosophy emphasizes the crucial role of play and the development of social-emotional connections in fostering children's growth. Mrs. Elsen delights in observing the progress of young learners and is committed to creating a nurturing and supportive environment for them to thrive.

Originally from Southwestern Minnesota, Mrs. Elsen moved to St. Cloud for her college education and settled in Grand Rapids in 2010. She has extensive experience working with toddlers and preschoolers, having taught for five years before becoming a stay-at-home mom when her eldest child was two. In 2018, Mrs. Elsen became a licensed childcare provider from her home, further honing her skills and expertise in early childhood care.

St. Joseph’s Catholic School community is a place that truly feels like home to Mrs. Elsen, where she has also served as a school board member. Her husband is a counselor at Grand Rapids High School and they have three children, all of whom attend St. Joe’s.

St. Joseph Catholic School Staff

Miss Kelly Gandy (Art Instructor | Keyboard Instructor)

Mr. John McCauley (Computer Instructor)

Ms. Amy Bertram (Custodian)

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Open Position (School Cook)

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Mrs. Cathy Erickson (School Nurse)

Mrs. Sonne Jackson (Para)

Mrs. Kim Moen (Para)

Mrs. Hannah Walker (Para)

Ms. Jodi Weber (SAC Director)

Mr. Randy Stimac (IT)

Open Position (STEM Instructor)

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