Faculty and Staff

All classroom faculty members are licensed teachers, with Bachelor’s Degrees or Master’s Degrees in Education.  All faculty members continue their educational efforts to keep current with best teaching practices.

 

  Grade:  Pre-Kindergarten
Mrs. Cindy Eckert

My name is Cindy Eckert, and I teach the preschool classes here at St. Joseph’s School. I grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Grand Rapids with my husband and our two daughters over twenty-five years ago. Our girls are now married, and God has blessed us with two grandchildren (so far). My favorite thing to do is spend time with our family.

I have always loved working with children. Back when I was in sixth grade, my friend and I started a ‘Kiddie Care’ in our neighborhood. I decided to follow my passion and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in math and early childhood. After years of volunteer work in education and some substitute teaching, I began teaching on a regular basis. I was privileged to work with three-year-olds for thirteen years and four-year-olds for four years. I truly enjoy teaching preschool-age children. Their enthusiasm for life and learning is infectious. I am excited to be able to once again tell young children about God’s great love for them. It is heart-warming to hear them share what they have learned about Jesus’ payment for their sins through His death and resurrection. Working at St. Joseph’s School is a pleasure. The support and camaraderie between the teachers and staff help to make it more than just a job.

Principal
Mrs. Teresa Matetich

Thank you for your interest in learning more about St. Joseph’s School and our personnel. 

I walked into St. Joseph’s School as principal in 2000, the same year my youngest son walked into St. Joseph’s Kindergarten.  (Both of my sons went to school here.) Prior to my experience here, I was a teacher in both public and Catholic schools, including eight years in the public school system in Alaska.  I have degrees in Elementary Education and English from St. Catherine University and a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of St. Thomas.
God, my family, learning, and children are my joys in life.  I am blessed to work in our Catholic school.  Stop by to meet us and see the wonderful learning that takes place here!

 

Grade:  Kindergarten
Ms. Nellie Goshey

 

My name is Nellie Goshey and this is my first year teaching at Saint Joseph Catholic School. I'm very excited to be here in this school and in Grand Rapids. In previous years I have taught in Hibbing and Virginia Minnesota at the Catholic Schools there. I have taught fourth, sixth, and first grade in those schools. When I'm not teaching or lesson planning, I can be found working on my Master's Degree. If I happen to have free time I will be in my craft room painting, card making, or quilling. You should also know that I LOVE Christmas and my Catholic faith. One thing I can hardly believe I've done is hold a tarantula, despite my absolute fear of spiders (Never volunteer to hold a mystery animal when you are in front of the entire school).

Secretary
Mrs. Carmen Watland
Welcome to St Joseph’s School.  My name is Carmen Watland. My position is school secretary. I am new to this position this school year 2016-2017, however, I have been with St Joe’s since 2009 as playground supervisor.  It was heartwarming to be offered the school secretary position and to be able to spend more time with the children and staff at this wonderful school.
  Grade:  1
Mrs. Marina Whight
My name is Marina Whight and I am the first grade teacher at St. Joseph’s School. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a few things about myself. I have been a teacher at St. Joseph’s School for over 35 years, receiving my B.A. degree in Education from The College of St. Benedict. In 1999, I attained a Master’s degree in Education from The College of St. Scholastica with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. I am married and have two sons who are alumni of St. Joseph’s School.My goal, my mission as a teacher, is to instill a love of learning in my students and to help them realize the ability to learn lies within them. This mission I take very seriously because I believe the first grade experience is important in formulating your child’s expectations for years to come.
Music
Mrs. Ann Dick
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!
n6hzq5oe5ehdlg9ef1bctf3g5dl.jpg  Grade:  2
Mrs. Mary Cahill
My name is Mary Cahill. I am a 1982 graduate of the College of St. Benedict. I taught for 8 years at St. Mary's School in Worthington MN. I moved to Grand Rapids in 1989. I began working at St. Joseph's School in 1998. I enjoy teaching second grade for a number of reasons. I like the enthusiasm the children have to learn. I love teaching the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. I am amazed each school year how much I learn from my students as well as what they learn from me. I enjoy working with our school staff. We make a great team.
Physical Education
Mrs. Louise LoBosco

 

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.

 

Grade: 3
Mrs. Anna Acheson
My name is Anna Acheson and I teach 3rd grade at St. Joseph’s.  This is my 10th year teaching at St. Joseph’s and my 15th year teaching in Catholic schools.  I am very passionate about Catholic education.  I love being able to share my faith with my students!  It is wonderful to work in an environment where Christ is the center. Celebrating the Mass each Wednesday and the peace of praying the Rosary as a school are two of my favorite parts of teaching here. I enjoy working in a small school where I know all of the students and their families by name and am able to see them progress through the years.    
Grade:  4
Mrs. Jennifer Kujala
 
My name is Jennifer Kujala and I am the new 4th grade teacher at St. Joseph’s School. This year is my first year teaching, and it has been such a wonderful experience. I graduated in May of 2019 from the College of St. Scholastica Duluth. In the summers I teach art classes for College for Kids at ICC. I have also been the outdoor activities coordinator for VBS at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church for several years. I am a very patient caring person who loves working with kids.
Grade:  5
Mrs. Anne Kelling
 


My name is Anne Kelling and I am the fifth grade teacher for St. Joseph’s School.  My experiences as a mother and substitute teacher led me to recognize my passion for elementary education.  Our two boys attended St. Joe’s, and I began subbing there as well as the public schools.  In 2014, Mrs. Matetich asked me to fill in as a long-term sub for the sixth grade and I was introduced to full-time teaching and all its responsibilities! The experience inspired me to earn my teaching license in 2017 at St. Scholastica and I am now a few credits away from completing my Masters. I find it very gratifying to share my Catholic faith with the students at St. Joseph’s. 


My passion is to help children learn and succeed and the real reward comes from the longer-term interactions and relationships with the students and their families.  It is indeed a privilege to be a part of this wonderful St. Joseph’s faith community.

 

 jpiamdqsqo5bolkkre6mf9q07zl.jpg Grade:  6
Mrs. Lori Lagergren

My name is Lori Lagergren. I grew-up and attended Catholic schools in St. Cloud. I graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in 1996. From 1996-2007 I taught at St. James Catholic School in the West End of Duluth. In the fall of 2007 we were blessed to have the opportunity to move to Grand Rapids, so I could teach 6th grade at St. Joe’s. It is such a wonderful community, and my husband and I are thrilled that our two children could attend St. Joe’s through 6th grade.

Middle level learners are my passion. Students at this age are intrigued with the real world around them and begin to realize the impact each person can make in our world. My goal is to help students love learning- for the sake of reaching their fullest, God-given, potential.

 
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Mrs. Barbara Hughes

 

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.
                  

 

Staff

Mrs. Nichole Baker (Art Instructor)

Mr. Jim Berg   (Custodian)   

Mrs. Lucy Cline  (School Cook)

Mrs. Amanda Dosen-Windorski   (Para)

Ms Melissa Dufner  (School Cook)

Mrs. Cathy Erickson  (School Nurse)

Mrs. Kelly Gandy   (Para)

Mrs. Catherine Peck-Burley  (Title I-District)

Mrs. Kim Moen  (Para)

Ms. Sara Pauley  (Para)

Mrs. Susie Stauffer    (Playground Supervisor)

Ms. Jodi Weber   (SAC Director)