School Faculty

Photo of Mrs. Alissa Turner Mrs. Alissa Turner School Principal
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Starting early in my life, I wanted to be a teacher. I earned my undergraduate degree in Music Education from Carthage College in 2003. I taught General Music and directed the parish Youth Choir at St. Matthias from 2004-2017. While in graduate school at Cardinal Stritch University, I taught General Music at St. Eugene in Fox Point, WI from 2017-2021. In the fall of 2021, I returned to St. Matthias to serve as the Principal. It is my desire to serve and partner with educators, parents, students, parish, and community members so that together we can build strong, faith-filled, and academically successful young people.

On a personal note, I live with my husband, Matthew, and our Rhodesian Ridgeback, Hercules. Matthew teaches high school Social Studies, serves as Athletic Director, and coaches varsity baseball. We enjoy music, baseball, backyard fires, and are major foodies.

Photo of Ms. Susan Blaha Ms. Susan Blaha Administrative Assistant
Photo of Mrs. Deanna Burss Mrs. Deanna Burss Curriculum and Resource Teacher

I have been teaching at St. Matthias Parish School since the fall of 1996.  I attained a bachelor’s degree in education from UW-Whitewater and a reading teacher license from Cardinal Stritch University.  I am a St. Matthias Parish member along with my husband, Jim.  I am especially involved in the handbell choirs at St. Matthias.

During my years at St. Matthias, I have had many opportunities to work with students of all different ages.  I spent my first 22 years at St. Matthias teaching the Kindergarten program and then first grade.  Currently, I work with small groups of students or one on one to provide extra support as needed in reading and math.  I coordinate IEP evaluations with the Milwaukee Public Schools as needed and work with our Title provider to schedule additional academic support for students.  Additionally, I work with the staff by providing curriculum and instruction support to them throughout the school year.   One of my favorite activities at St. Matthias School is teaching students in 7th and 8th grade to play handbells.  Students volunteer for the handbell choir, practice weekly, and perform at All-School Masses and select Sunday and holiday Masses throughout the year.

Photo of Mrs. Michelle Bublitz Mrs. Michelle Bublitz K4 Teacher

I have been teaching at St. Matthias Parish School since the fall of 2013.  I attained a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Carroll College/University and also have minors in Early Childhood and Adaptive Education. I am a St. Matthias Parish member along with my husband, Paul. I have 2 children, Benjamin and Abigail who were baptized at St. Matthias.

K4 is often the first year children start their school career. A lot happens this first year, learning letters and numbers, colors and shapes, how to write, cut and glue, who Jesus is and stories about Jesus are just some of the academics covered. K4 is also about the social and emotional development of the children, making friends, following rules, using manners, being respectful to everyone, recognizing your own feelings as well as the feelings of others are some of our social and emotional concepts. Our K4 classroom is guided by the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) and is a play based curriculum. The K4 students at St. Matthias School learn what school is in a warm, inviting and fun place!

Photo of Mrs. Connie Wachowiacz Mrs. Connie Wachowiacz Educational Assistant
Photo of Mrs. Keri Thompson Mrs. Keri Thompson K5 Teacher

I was lucky enough to be in the very first Kindergarten class at St. Matthias School.  I have had the joy of teaching Kindergarten at St. Matthias since 2016. As a long time Parish member and Alumni of the school, St. Matthias has always felt like home to me! I continued my Catholic education at Pius XI High School. Then I earned my bachelors in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Alverno College.

Everything that you need to know, you learn in Kindergarten! Learning the letters, starting to read, sharing with friends and that Jesus loves you! It is a very busy year filled with lots of hard work and tons of fun. Students learn through a combination of large group, small group and play activities. Music, movement and hands on exploration are the tools of the young child and are utilized daily to help the students learn new material. I strive to make every day joyful and bright!

Photo of Mrs. Cindy Naumann Mrs. Cindy Naumann Educational Assistant
Photo of Ms. Sarah Faust Ms. Sarah Faust 1st Grade Teacher

I started teaching at Saint Matthias in the fall of 2018 and am so happy to be a part of this wonderful community. Prior to joining the Saint Matthias team, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

At the center of my teaching is a deep sense of care for and commitment to each student.

I love learning and I strive to pass on that love and enthusiasm to my students. In first grade, we spend a lot of time on reading and writing across all subject areas. The students quickly see the benefit of having those reading and writing skills as it crosses over into word problems in math and reading about engaging topics in social studies, science and religion. We also spend a lot of time learning routines, social interactions with peers and adults, and taking pride in our work. In first grade we do a combination of both large group and small group instruction. Students also do a lot of collaborative work either in small groups or with partners. All of these different modes of learning promote their academic, social and behavioral growth.

In first grade we embrace the uniqueness of our peers while coming together to form a community where everyone feels welcome and inspired to learn!

Photo of Ms. Mary Duhn Ms. Mary Duhn 2nd Grade Teacher

My name is Mary Duhn and I have been teaching at Saint Matthias since the fall of 2017. I studied Elementary Education at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas where I obtained my bachelor’s degree. During my years at Saint Matthias, I have been proud to be the second grade teacher! I enjoy seeing their growth in math and reading skills as well as becoming more independent learners throughout the year. My favorite part of second grade is celebrating the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion with my students.

Photo of Veronica Ibarra Veronica Ibarra 3rd Grade Teacher
Photo of Mrs. Rachele Wehr Mrs. Rachele Wehr 4th Grade Teacher

My name is Rachele Wehr.  I have been teaching at St. Matthias School since 1990.  I earned my bachelor’s degree in education at Marquette University.  My three children are alumni of St. Matthias. St. Matthias is my second family.

Faith is evident in my classroom, and it is intertwined in all activities.   Each day begins with a decade of the rosary and is followed by reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Students are enriched weekly with music,art, and physical education classes as well.

Some of the highlights of fourth grade are the following: going on an overnight camping trip, creating new inventions, reading to our junior kindergarten reading buddies, hosting a Halloween bake sale, creating 4th Grade Candy Cane Lane, reading a variety of exciting texts, writing narratives and persuasive essays, and taking educational field trips!

Photo of Mrs. Laura Stachnik Mrs. Laura Stachnik 5th Grade Teacher

I have been teaching at St. Matthias since the fall of 2018. I have a degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in Elementary Education. I started my career in middle school in MPS, and then worked as a substitute teacher in nearby suburbs, while finding my way here. I knew I would like my own classroom again. The paths that lead me to St. Matthias have been very rewarding. I look forward to many more years in our St. Matthias community.

In our 7th and 8th grade middle school, we are a community of learners that value each other’s’ ideas. We have conversations about novels, short stories, nonfiction articles, history, and scientific discoveries. We debate and challenge our ideas, then research to explore more. Through writing of essays and responses, we also share our information with others. This active, safe, engaging learning environment encourages risk-taking, problem-solving, teamwork, and independent thinking to accomplish our academic goals. In my English Language Arts classes, we dive in to reading materials to really expand our knowledge of language, literature, informational texts, and online resources. My goal is that each student is successful in high school and beyond in all subject areas since they all require reading and writing. With our added use of technology, we are ready to be the next generation. I hope to foster life-long learners. It is an exciting place to be.

Photo of Mrs. Elle Teubert Mrs. Elle Teubert 6th Grade Teacher

I joined the staff in January 2019 but my journey with St. Matthias began long before then. St. Matthias was my home parish growing up, having attended Mass and Sunday School every week. I received my First Eucharist, First Reconciliation, and Confirmation all at St. Matthias in my youth, and most recently the sacrament of Holy Matrimony when I was married here in July 2020. I am beyond grateful that God brought me back to St. Matthias as a teacher. It is truly the greatest pleasure getting to work with these amazing colleagues, students, and families.  I have my bachelors degree in Education from Cardinal Stritch University with minors in Literacy and Spanish. I have previously assisted with the school musical, and am an assistant coach for the Forensics team.

I love teaching in general, and absolutely love teaching 6th grade. In 6th grade my goal is to give students ways to critically and creatively think and apply understandings. My favorite moments are ones in which we can discuss and build community. I believe all students can be successful with support and guidance. Throughout the year I embed project based learning into each core subject. Students also attend classes for Physical Education, Music, Library, Art, and Project Lead the Way (a STEM class). We use technology in the classroom for various assignments, and focus on collaborative group work in many lessons. Students contribute to our classroom community and strengthen their faith by sharing prayer requests and praises through a shared class Google Document. In 6th grade students bridge the gap between elementary and middle school, gaining independence, confidence, and a faith fueled compassionate community!

Photo of Mrs. Jeanne Cottreau Mrs. Jeanne Cottreau Middle School Teacher

I have been teaching at St. Matthias Parish School since the fall of 2017.  I have a BA in Business as well as my license in education for grades 1-8.  Both degrees were from Alverno College.  Prior to teaching, I worked in the business world and love sharing these experiences with students.  I feel that it allows them to prepare for the future.  I am a St. Matthias Parish member.  My husband, Trevor, and I  attend weekly masses and volunteer for the St. Matthias Parish festival.

Teaching middle school is a true passion for me.  As someone who struggled in math during my formative years, my goal is to support students in making mistakes and persevere to better themselves in all they do.  It brings me great joy to see them grow and succeed.  Our religion classes bring a smile to my face and heart each day.  We share our perspectives in a loving and respectful way to help all of us grow in our faith.

More than anything, I feel that our magnificent middle school students at St. Matthias learn much more than academics.  They truly learn to develop themselves and to help those around them grow personally and spiritually.

I am very blessed to be a member of the St. Matthias Parish School community!

Photo of Charlene Riese-Hattori Charlene Riese-Hattori Middle School Teacher
Photo of Ms. Danielle Burrows Ms. Danielle Burrows Art Teacher

I started my journey here at St. Matthias in November of 2020. I completed my Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics in 2018. I decided to go back to school for a Postbac in Art Ed and will be completing that certification program within the year.

Art class is one of the best places for a growing learner to be (I might be a bit biased). I teach my students basic artistic principles through a number of ways. I practice art making on a social justice level. It’s so important to not only create lessons that students will be able to relate to and will be excited about, but to also inspire them to get more involved in their community. Many of my lessons are centered on how we can do good in the world, and how to deal with difficult thoughts and emotions through art. Art is a way for students to express themselves in the purest form and to speak their minds in a way that they might not be able to in other classes.

Photo of Mr. Dalen Heinzen Mr. Dalen Heinzen Technology and Project Lead The Way

I am Mr. Dalen Heinzen and I have been a very proud faculty member of St. Matthias Parish School since 1979. I attended the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and earned my degree in the area of physical education which I taught from 1979 to 2000. My interest in anything hands-on led me to pursue further study and certification in the area of technology and have used this knowledge to teach computer classes in grades K5-8 from 1998 to 2019 and basic engineering, computer science, and robotics through the PLTW (project lead the way) program since 2010. On a personal level, I enjoy sports of any type and am a volleyball official in my spare time as well.

It is my passion to see students discover themselves and what they can do individually and collaboratively that makes my job so enjoyable. To see a student solve a physical or engineering problem that leads to understanding is a blessing. That “aha” moment is a priceless one! It is very rewarding when past students make that special effort to share how something started in your classroom at St. Matthias has blossomed into a career they are proud of.

Photo of Mrs. Jackie Hilber Mrs. Jackie Hilber Librarian

I’ve been a parishioner of St. Matthias for many years, and my four children attended school here. I am happy to be in the library where I can share my love of books with all of the students, and encourage them to become lifelong readers.

Mr. Steve Joyal Music Teacher
Photo of Sra. Julie Moore Sra. Julie Moore Spanish Teacher

I have been teaching Spanish at St Matthias school since 2019. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with a Spanish certification from 6-12. I graduated from the University of the Permian Basin, in Odessa, Texas.

Teaching Spanish has been my passion for 15 years.  It is a very enriching profession in which I have had the opportunity to be in contact with Spanish speaking people from different Spanish speaking countries.  My years in teaching Spanish has certainly enriched my life and hopefully those of my students. It reminds me that I do not have to leave my classroom, in order to teach different cultures, and travel.

I teach Spanish not only because it’s fun but because there is such a great need to know the language.

The most rewarding part of being a Spanish teacher is watching my students grow and learn, but also appreciate how the Spanish language can open up more doors for my students.

During the school year, my students are taught to communicate (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and connect with other disciplines. Grammar vocabulary, famous artists, and culture topics are just a few objectives that my students learn.

Photo of Mr. Chris Rodriguez Mr. Chris Rodriguez Gym Teacher/Athletic Director