Immaculate Heart of Mary Campus Directory
School Phone (608)222-8831 Parish Office Phone (608)221-1521
School Fax (608)221-4492 Parish Office Fax (608)221-1794
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|Name||Position||E-Mail Address||Phone Ext.|
|Droessler, Fr. Chad||Pastorfirstname.lastname@example.org||(608) 620-5849|
|Barrientos Marquez, Lola||MS Social Studiesemail@example.com|
|Bunders, Patti||K/1 Grade Aidefirstname.lastname@example.org||318|
|Davies, Linda||MS Mathemail@example.com|
|Derks, Sharon||Language Artsfirstname.lastname@example.org||307|
|Esser, Stephanie||4K – IHMemail@example.com||316|
|Henderson, Catherine||Parish Musicfirstname.lastname@example.org||221-1521|
|Hribar, Eileen||MS/HS Rel. Ed.||email@example.com||221-1777 / 304|
|Jasica, Kaitlyn||3rd Gradefirstname.lastname@example.org||319|
|Keim, Sr. Sue||2nd Gradeemail@example.com||315|
|Kleinfeldt-Woock, Marianne||5th Gradefirstname.lastname@example.org||313|
|Kuntzsch, Tom||Business Manageremail@example.com||325|
|Lange, Ben||Physical Ed.||firstname.lastname@example.org||324 (GYM)|
|Lipski, Sara||1st Gradeemail@example.com||316|
|Marshall, Kathy||Parish Business Mgr.||firstname.lastname@example.org||221-1521|
|Pagnucci, Vicki||4K-AM Aideemail@example.com||308|
|Schumacher, Susan||4K-PM Aide/Afterschoolfirstname.lastname@example.org||308|
|Smet, Amanda||PreK Aide/Afterschoolemail@example.com||323|
|Sporie, Katherine||MS Science/Mathfirstname.lastname@example.org||306|
My teaching experience is grounded in my bi-cultural and Catholic upbringing. I was born in Bolivia and raised here in Madison. I studied in La Paz, Bolivia for several semesters. I graduated from Blessed Sacrament School, Madison West High, UW-Madison and Edgewood College. I received a B.A. in Political Science, Masters of Science in Social Work and Special Education teaching certification. I have taught in the Madison School District for 19 years. I am thrilled to teach middle school social studies here at IHM.
Mrs. Binzak teaches General Music to PK-8th grade students at IHM, and directs the Youth Choir. She is a native of Durham, North Carolina. This is her 6th year teaching general music. She has previously taught PK-8th grade general music and choir in the Archdiocese of Boston and Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She is trained in both the Kodaly and Orff methods of teaching music and incorporates both in the music program at IHM. Around town, she can be seen singing with the Madison Chamber Choir, teaching Sing Song Yoga at the Wil-Mar Center, and at weekly drum circle sessions at the Goodman Community Center. During the Fall and Winter, Mrs. Binzak is the Music Director for musicals at St. Ambrose Academy.
Mrs. Blahnik teaches Spanish to students in Preschool thru 2nd grade. Mrs. Blahnik is a native speaker of Spanish as she is from Mexico. She studied English in Boston at Harvard Extension School. That allowed her to work as a fashion designer in Mexico and she traveled widely including to Japan, Hong Kong, England and France for her business using her bilingual abilities. Mrs. Blahnik has taught Spanish to elementary school students for two summers at Madison Country Day School. Mrs. Blahnik loves teaching Spanish to young children as they learn new languages with ease.
Mrs. Blahnik also works at the Parish as the Pastoral Care Coordinator. In that role she visits the home bound and assists with funerals.
Mrs. Blahnik and her husband Sam have four children. Three of her children attend IHM. They are active in the parish and school community. Outside of work Mrs. Blahnik still enjoys travel and has visiting Mexico to see her extended family and attend many memorable events.
Mrs. Bunders is our Preschool and 4K teaching assistant . This is her fifth year in the classroom. She is very excited to be at IHM since her faith is very important to her. She enjoys the kids and staff at IHM and cherishes the strong relationships she has with her students and their families.
Mrs. Bunders previously worked in the Kindergarten classroom and Afterschool program at IHM. She is a member of the IHM Parish and is married and has three daughters and two grandchildren.
Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, being outside, traveling, reading and walking her dogs.
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Linda Davies received her B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa. She also completed a minor in Computer Science and a Mathematics teaching endorsement for grades 5-12. Mrs. Davies taught 7th through 12th grade math in Alden, Minnesota for 3 years. She was a computer programmer in the Twin Cities for more than 4 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Mrs. Davies, her husband and two children moved to Sun Prairie in 2004. Linda has been a substitute teacher in the Sun Prairie school district and has been tutoring students in math for the last several years. She has taught math classes at St. Ambrose Academy in Madison, where her daughter currently attends and from where her son graduated in 2016. Mrs. Davies has been with IHM since 2014 and will be teaching Middle School Math and Religion. She loves being able to share her gift of teaching Math in a Catholic school setting, and is proud to be part of an amazing, dedicated staff!
Linda has been an Avon Lady since 2003. In her free time, Linda likes to play Sudoku and free cell and take walks with the family dog, Jasper, a goldendoodle.
My name is Sharon Derks, and I started teaching at IHM the same year that my oldest daughter started kindergarten here. She is now in her 20’s, so I have been here a long time. My other daughter also attended IHM and will soon graduate from UW-Stout.
I earned my teaching degree at UW-Whitewater and am certified in English, Speech, and Theatre. Before I taught at IHM, I taught for five years at Weyauwega-Fremont High School and then moved to Madison to teach at Holy Name Seminary. One of my favorite students there was Fr. Bart Timmerman, our former pastor!
Currently, I teach 8th-grade religion; 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade language arts; and 6th, 7th, and 8th grade reading. I am also one of the middle school homeroom teachers. I like teaching middle school because “Every day is an adventure.” Middle schoolers are full of energy and enthusiasm, and I love it when they make me laugh, which they manage to do quite frequently. You may have heard the students refer to me as “the grammar queen.” I do admit that I love grammar, but I still am learning every day.
My newest adventures outside of school include working in the Aging Services division of Catholic Charities and being a “grandma queen.”
Fr. Chad M. Droessler was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on December 10th, 2010 in the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin. After being accepted as a seminarian in the Diocese of Madison, Fr. Droessler began philosophy studies at Loras College in Dubuque, IA. After earning a BA in Philosophy he was sent to the American College of the Immaculate Conception in Leuven, Belgium for major seminary formation. While there he attended academic formation at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (The Catholic University of Louvain), and earned a Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies, in addition to a pontifical degree, Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.).
After ordination, Fr. Droessler was first assigned as Master of Ceremonies for the Bishop and Parochial Vicar at St. Maria Goretti in Madison, Wisconsin. In July of 2013 he was assigned as Pastor of Blessed Trinity in Dane and Lodi, WI. In 2016 he was reassigned to pastor Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monona, WI, and in addition he continues to serve as Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies for the Diocese of Madison.
This is Mrs. Esser’s fourth year at IHM. She teaches the preschool students in the morning and assists with wraparound care in the afternoon. Mrs. Esser graduated from Steven’s Point in Early Childhood Education. Following that she taught in Mt. Horeb for 17 years in a preschool/daycare. She loves all toddler and preschool ages of children but admits that 3-4 year olds are the age group she finds most joy in teaching.
When she is not teaching in our Early Learning Programs, Mrs. Esser enjoys square dancing, camping and crafts. She particularly loves to cross stitch.
Mr. Hegge is our parish and school custodian. He has worked at IHM for over twenty years. He says that his favorite thing about IHM is the people. He says, “it’s been a joy to come to work everyday all these years!” Mr. Hegge’s children graduated from IHM and he and his wife are active in the parish.
Mrs. Henderson is the parish musician playing the piano and organ for Masses.
Mrs. Hess is the Kindergarten teacher. This is her fifth year at IHM. She graduated from Edgewood College in 2008 with a degree in Communications and Journalism. She worked as a nanny all through college and because of that realized that her heart was working with children and that this is where she belonged. She returned to school at Rasmussen College and got a certificate in Early Childhood Education. During that time, she worked at Sacred Hearts Catholic School in Sun Prairie in the daycare and co-taught the 4KWraparound program. Her favorite part of being a teacher at IHM is the Catholic community and the sense of family and teamwork between parents and teachers.
Mrs. Jasica is the 3rd grade teacher at IHM. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education (K-9) from Bradley University. Mrs. Jasica is excited to share her faith with her students. Her favorite subject to teach is science. She loves to have engaged students doing hands-on, inquiry-based experiments and discovering the world around them.
In Mrs. Jasica’s free time she trains service dogs for individuals with disabilities.
Sister Sue Keim teaches second grade here at Immaculate Heart of Mary School. Sister Sue has teacher licenses for Special Education for children from birth to third grade. She also has a license for teaching preschool through third grade and she recently completed her Reading Teacher license. Prior to earning these licenses, Sister Sue taught high school, in Chicago, in Whitefish Bay and in Madison at Edgewood High School. Sister has been teaching at IHM since 2002.
Sister Sue loves to teach Science and Art. Science is one of her favorite subjects because the curriculum allows many opportunities for hands-on discovery and experiences. She loves to teach Art for the same reasons. These kinds of experiences are so important to young children.
Sister Sue’s favorite thing about IHM is the sense of family that is so strong and prevalent here at IHM. She believes that children grow and develop best when they are in a happy, healthy and supportive family/community. IHM is definitely such a place.
Sister Sue is a Sinsinawa Dominican sister. She celebrated 35 years of her vowed commitment in December of 2011. She is grateful to God, her Dominican sisters and to IHM for the kindness and support she has received.
Marianne Kleinfeldt-Woock taught 1st grade for 14 years and now teaches 5th grade after many years as the 4th grade teacher. She also teaches 4th grade Social Studies. She has been at IHM for over 35 years. “Mrs. K.W.” had opportunities to go public, but believes in Catholic Schools and loves IHM. IHM has been like a second family for her. She and her husband got married at IHM, and it is also their home parish. She felt the education the IHM students were receiving was so valuable that both her daughters attended IHM. Her older daughter, a graduate of IHM, has commented many times about how much she learned at IHM and felt how great her schooling was.
Mrs. K-W has a degree from Edgewood College in Elementary Education, with a minor in Psychology and is certified Kdg-6th grade. She enjoys teaching Reading and Art because reading is so important for all the academic areas, and because she enjoys the creativity that comes from all the students in Art. She enjoys IHM because we are always looking ahead to what is new in the education world. We are always changing and trying to make IHM a better and always safe place to be. In her classroom, Mrs. K-W strives to have a learning environment and a place that students will feel comfortable to share thoughts and ideas and know that the rest of the class is respectful of those. She loves when former students come and visit or she runs into them. They all have one thing in common; they all comment how great IHM was and that when they went to high school they seemed to be ahead of a lot of students from other public schools. That is a true testament of the wonderful education that is taught to our students at IHM!
Mr. Lange is our Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Platteville with a degree in Physical Education for Early Childhood through 12th grade, Health Education (EC-12th grade), Adaptive Physical Education (EC-12th grade and Coaching. Mr. Lange loves the sports traditions and small class sizes at IHM.
Outside of school, Mr. Lange enjoys the outdoors, coaching wrestling and the Wisconsin Badgers.
Monika Linsenmeyer is a World Languages teacher who has been teaching French and German at Immaculate Heart of Mary since 2003. She has a BA in French and German from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in German Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She began her career teaching undergraduate foreign language courses in both French and German and then taught at a private school in St. Louis where she also earned a master’s degree in Counseling.
Mrs. Linsenmeyer is thrilled that Immaculate Heart is able to offer Spanish, French and German; three of the four major European languages! “Our students are eager to learn and participate. They feel competent and happy when they develop basic skills in all four language areas – listening, speaking, reading and writing.” This early exposure to other languages and cultures also helps students develop an interest in other parts of the world and cross-cultural understanding.
Sara Lipski is our fourth grade teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary. She joined IHM in 2009 having taught preschool and kindergarten, previously. Prior to being at IHM, and to staying home with her son, she taught for many years in the Madison Metropolitan School District and in two suburbs of Milwaukee. Mrs. Lipski has also taught kindergarten and first grade at IHM. She has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from UW-Milwaukee and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction from UW-Madison. Mrs. Lipski enjoys teaching young children and watching them get excited about learning new things!
Her family has several connections to IHM, as her husband attended grade school here, she and her husband were married here and her son attends our school. She and her family are happy to once again be part of the IHM community.
Kathy Marshall has been working in parish administration at Immaculate Heart of Mary since 2004. As Administrative Assistant, Kathy has a wide variety of roles assisting the pastor with the administrative tasks of the parish. One of these roles includes overseeing the day to day operations of the parish. Other areas include stewardship and development, communication, volunteer coordination, care of our facilities, and Human Resources for the parish and school. Kathy also serves as our parish RCIA Coordinator, preparing adults to join the Catholic faith, along with assisting the pastor in coordinating adult faith formation opportunities.
Kathy and her husband Steve have been members of IHM for 20 years. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys working on family history, photography, scrapbooking, traveling and spending time with her family. She also loves to continue to read and learn more about our Catholic faith, and loves having the opportunity to pass the faith on to others.
Dr. Maynord teaches K-8 computer, and Middle School Art and Math. He has a Ph.D. in Education, and nineteen years of teaching experience. Fifteen of those years have been spent with us at IHM. Dr. Maynord doesn’t have a favorite “subject”, as he believes “subject” is not the essential element; rather, working creatively and interactively with the students is the core of education. He values being able to work in an environment where religious ideals are integrated into the everyday curriculum. He believes IHM school has a highly collaborative staff and organizational structure. This environment allows for the implementation of new and experimental approaches to classroom instruction. In turn, this brings fresh ideas and challenges to the students. With this setting, teaching is allowed to remain fresh and exciting.
When asked about his teaching philosophy, Dr. Maynord says, “I often work with smaller figural paintings that explore themes inspired by process modes of thought. In Process Theory or Philosophy, “beauty” is the essential draw or “divine lure” that pulls existence toward novelty. It is experienced as the harmonious feeling of joy that is possible, given whatever variables exist at the moment. Growth and learning take place through this process. This is the basic stance that informs my teaching.”
Mrs. Meiller is our principal. She taught 5 years in 2nd and 3rd grades at IHM before taking on the role of principal. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (Birth-3rd Grade) from the University of Minnesota- Duluth, and her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She has taught many grades ranging from Kindergarten all the way to an 8th grade EBD (Emotional/Behavioral Disability) class.
She loves working at a Catholic School because her faith is very important to her and she enjoys talking about Faith and Religion with her students and coworkers.
In her free time, Mrs. Meiller enjoys volleyball, photography, and spending as much time as she can with her three children and husband.
Mrs. Pagnucci has a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. She is certified to teach 4K through sixth grade. She has a minor in early childhood. She did her kindergarten and first grade student teaching in McFarland, and her preschool student teaching at the UW-Madison Preschool Lab. Mrs. Pagnucci has 23 years of teaching experience. She has been teaching at IHM in the A.M. 4K program for nine years. Prior to that, she taught at St. John’s in Waunakee for 11 years. During this span of time she taught second grade, third grade, and fourth grade.
Mrs. Pagnucci works with Mrs. Riege as a teacher assistant. She loves teaching at IHM because she enjoys the small classroom sizes, the strong moral and religious values, the parent involvement, and the caring and supportive staff.
In her free time, Mrs. Pagnucci enjoys running half and full marathons, biking, and spending time with her family.
Emily Riege has been teaching at IHM since 2007. She currently teaches 4K. Prior to coming to IHM, she taught three and four year olds at a preschool in Madison for two years. She has her Elementary Education Degree and Early Childhood Minor from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. The excitement for school and learning that comes from young children is why she loves teaching this age. Her favorite part about teaching at IHM is the sense of family and community throughout the school. Everyone cares about each other!
Mrs. Schumacher works as one of the Afterschool teachers. She has an Elementary Education Degree from UW-Madison, and in 2009 earned her English as a Second Language certification from UW-Whitewater. She has taught Grades 1 – 4 in public schools. While 2012 was her first year as a regular IHM staff member, many of the students and families were familiar with her because she had been an IHM substitute teacher since 2010.
Mrs. Schumacher grew up in Monona and is an alumnus of IHM which is one reason she is very grateful to be a part of this staff. She knows first-hand the quality education and spiritual formation that students receive at here. She is glad to be working in a school where her co-workers are all people of faith who support one another with their care and prayers.
In her spare time Mrs. Schumacher likes to be active outside gardening, camping, canoeing, biking, and hiking with her husband. They have three grown children, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law, one grandson, and two granddaughters.
This is Miss Smet’s first year teaching first grade at IHM. She graduated in December 2013 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in Elementary Education and French. She enjoys her job here because of the small community, great staff, and wonderful students.
Miss Smet grew up in Platteville, WI, went to college at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and moved to the Madison area over the summer to be closer to her family. While in college, she studied abroad in France to complete her French minor. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and staying active by running and spending time outside. Amanda is really excited to be part of the IHM staff and to be able to share her faith with the students to help them grow.
Mrs. Sonn supervises the before school care for children at the school. She also helps in the school office with copying and answering phones. Mrs. Sonn began working in the school in 1972. At that time her youngest child was in 1st grade. She worked in the kitchen for many years preparing lunch for the school.
One her fondest memories is all of the creative ways the lunch staff found to use the food that was given to the school by the government. This included making brownies with the beets they received. They also got so much flour that they made homemade hotdog and hamburger buns as well as donuts and cinnamon rolls.
Mrs. Sonn also helps at the rectory with laundry and cleaning. She is active in the St. Anne’s women’s group in the parish as well.
When not at the school or parish she enjoys her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Ms. Sporie graduated from Edgewood College with degrees in both chemistry and art. Ms. Sporie teaches grades 6-8 science, 7th grade religion, and Math. When she isn’t teaching she enjoys running, rock-climbing and working with clay. She is passionate about tending to the education and formation of the whole person and using knowledge of the world around us for the greater glory of God. Anyone who comes to her classroom should be ready to ask questions, work with their hands, and have fun!
Mrs. Winter is the Secretary and Librarian at Immaculate Heart of Mary School. Mrs. Winter has a Masters in Library Studies. She worked at IHM from 1997-1999 until her children were born. After staying home with her boys, she applied to work here again in 2005 and accepted the secretary job. When the former librarian retired in 2015, Mrs. Winter stepped back into the Librarian position. She loves teaching and giving the kids the love of books and reading is a joy for her every day. She loves working at a Catholic School because our Faith is integrated into all we do. She also loves working with families that are so involved in the school. Her favorite thing about IHM is the strong supportive community that we have here.
Mrs. Winter grew up in Michigan and went to the University of Michigan for undergrad and graduate degrees. She is a die-hard Wolverines fan and all of the IHM students know that she loves Snoopy. Both of her kids attended IHM from Preschool through 8th grade and received great educations.