Our Teachers & Staff

Today, 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.

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 IB School provides excellent Catholic and IB 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.

Emily Overhaug – Kindergarten

As the kindergarten teacher at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic IB World School, I strive to create a meaningful, nurturing, and exciting start to each child’s academic career. I keep each child engaged and motivated to learn more through creative and rigorous activities. I believe in order to have this meaningful learning experience that I must teach to the child as a whole; each child in my class will succeed not only academically, but also socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Education:  Elementary Education with emphasis on Language Arts and Communication from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN.

Molly Cullen – First Grade

I am so excited to meet many new faces and create experiences in our beautiful school. I promise to dedicate my full attention to my 1st grade students. I will strive to create a comfortable learning environment, and I commit to becoming a resourceful and qualified facilitator of students. I am so excited for our year of many firsts!

Education: B.A. in Elementary Education from the College of St. Benedict.

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. The International Baccalaureate program has given me the opportunity to look at the world through a different lens, it has challenged me daily, and it has made me a better teacher. 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 teach 4th grade 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, Art, and Support Strategies

I am thrilled to be the Fifth Grade teacher and Art Specialist 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 upcoming 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.

Mike Langer – Physical Education, Spanish, IB Coordinator

Regardless of subject matter, I believe that children learn best when they are in an environment that is safe, welcoming, and fun.  It is my goal that my classes consistently reflect this philosophy!

Education: M.Ed. in K-6 Education from the University of St. Catherine, M.A. in Recreation Management from the University of Minnesota, and B.A. in Communications from the University of Minnesota.

Annie Chapel – Music & Theatre

I believe that learning music helps people see beauty around them and creates a sense of community. I engage students with interesting and challenging lessons every day. I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment in which students respect and value one another while learning through hands-on experience. The students have the freedom to create their own music as part of the music curriculum.

One of the most exciting times of the year in the music room is preparing for our annual all-school Spring Musical. All the students work hard together with me to create a fantastic production. Last year, it was “Annie Jr.” and this year, we will be putting together “The Lion King Jr.” Teaching music to young people and witnessing the growth in my students is extraordinarily fulfilling for me.

Education: B.A. in Music and B.M. in Music Education from Saint Olaf College.

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.

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.