Our Teachers & Staff

The school is blessed with a highly talented and dedicated faculty and staff, committed and engaged students and parents, and a supportive and involved parish. As a result, our school community is vibrant, high performing, and faith filled.

Fr. Chad VanHoose – Pastor

Fr. Chad’s bio coming soon!

Carrie Hackman - Principal

I am super excited and blessed to have what promises to be a great opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of our children. For me, the school year is always filled with amazing new adventures and lots of new friends.

St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School provides excellent Catholic and academic experiences that are faith-filled, rigorous, challenging, invigorating and relationship building.

As principal, it is very important to me that everyone who steps through our doors, whether it be a staff member, parent, student or visitor, is excited to be here.  The positive attitude and welcoming setting enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, nurturing environment and grow our school community, while furthering our mission of providing a strong Catholic foundation for our students.

Cecilia Garcia – Kindergarten & Before Care

As the kindergarten teacher at St. Jude of the Lake, I will ensure that every one of my students succeeds and shows growth. I will make a welcoming and comfortable classroom environment so that my students have the best opportunity to learn. I am so excited to be a part of your child’s first academic experience and I will dedicate myself to make everyday engaging and fun!

Education: B.A. in Elementary Education, with a minor in Early Childhood at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Kailey Donohue – Kindergarten Team Teacher

Education: B.A. in sociology w/emphasis in At Risk Youth Care; Masters in Elementary Education.


Samantha Ericksen– First & Second Grade Teacher & Title One

Shannon Globensky – First Grade

Sarah Moorhouse – Second Grade

I enjoy working at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School because of the welcoming and supportive environment. As a second-grade teacher, I strive to make each day engaging and student-centered so that students are excited about their learning. This year is pivotal as second graders develop academically by gaining the necessary skills to become active inquirers, and spiritually by receiving their First Holy Communion.

Education: B.S. in Elementary Education, Summa Cum Laude, with an emphasis in Mathematics and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Chuck Scobba – Third Grade

I have truly enjoyed the children and the families that have gone through our school during my time here. I have taught 1st grade, 4th grade, and now 3rd grade. I engage the students by connecting their everyday life experiences with what they are learning in the classroom. This helps them ease into more rigorous academic work to prepare them for future success while also having a lot of fun at the same time.

Education: M.Ed. in Religious Education from the University of St. Thomas and B.A. in Elementary Education from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.

Jeanne Thoemke – Fourth Grade

I am excited for the opportunity to work with all students! I truly enjoy sharing the educational journey and watching their spiritual, academic, and social growth throughout the year. Students in my classes further develop the skills necessary to succeed in middle school and beyond.

Education: M.A. in Education and B.A. in Business from the College of St. Catherine.

Jill Ryan – Fifth Grade

I am thrilled to be the Fourth and Fifth Grade teacher at St. Jude of the Lake. I love our community, and I am very much looking forward to building relationships with each child during our art classes, our fabulous class of fifth graders, and of course their parents!

Education: M.A. in Aesthetics in Education and B.A. in Integrated Science from the University of Denver.

James Forina– Physical Education

Denise Bratvold – Librarian

Diane Noll – Music Specialist

I am so happy to teach our students! Before I taught music, I was a cantor here at St. Jude of the Lake Parish for many years.

Kyle Schwartz – Play Director

Katie Cooley – Spanish & Art Specialist

Laurie Barclay – Administrative Assistant

I am delighted to interact with our students and families each day! I am the face of the school office and I look forward to your phone calls and visits. I sent all of my daughters to school here and it was the best decision I made for them as children. This school has been a blessing to me and my family.

Kari McGrath – Enrollment Coordinator

I love the great community of our Catholic school. I sent four of my children through St. Jude of the Lake and now I am privileged to share this school community with new parents.

I really enjoy meeting prospective new families, giving tours, and answering questions about the school.

Stephanie Jakoblich – Communications & Marketing

I am blessed to be a part of sharing our wonderful St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School community with our families and the wider community! St. Jude of the Lake really is a happy place to learn and grow!

Polly Schuckert – Food Director

Mary Collins – School Nurse

Lisa Axelson – Health Aide

Linda Christensen – After Care

Melissa Curtis – Maintenance

Bill Fairman – Maintenance