School Staff
Rev. John Potaczek - Pastor   Linda Layer - Principal

Rev. John Potaczek, Pastor

Linda Layer, Principal
Years Teaching: 20
Years in Administration: 14
Education: Viterbo,
UW Platteville,
UW Milwaukee,
UW Whitewater 


Toni Stoughtenger - Pre K
Molly Demaske – Pre K
Toni Stoughtenger Years teaching: 28
Years at St. Patrick: 18
Education: UW LaCrosse, Stratford Institute
Molly Demaske Years teaching: 18
Years at St. Patrick: 18
Education: NWTC, Penn Foster College

"I love to see my students learn and grow every day. Watching their faces light up when they accomplish something new is the greatest reward for a teacher."

"My favorite thing about teaching is the students. I love being able to watch them grow and learn each day."

Lisa Vinopal – Kindergarten
Lucy Barnes - 1st Grade
Long Term Sub

Lisa Vinopal
Years teaching: 12
/ Years at St. Patrick: 3
Education: Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from the UW Stout
 "My favorite things about teaching are working with the kids and watching their progress from the

beginning of the year until the end. I enjoy seeing their smiles and their faces light up when things begin to click!"


Ann Benz – 2nd Grade
Sandy Stevens – 3rd Grade
Ann Benz
Years teaching: 14
Years at St. Patrick: 7
Education: Minnesota State  University-Mankato
Sandy Stevens Years teaching: 17
Years at St. Patrick: 7
Education:  M.A. in Education, Viterbo University; Bachelor of Science Elementary Education, St Catherine, St. Paul
"In second grade, we have a fantastic time learning about ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Emotionally we focus on our care and concern for others as we build our classroom community, become great friends, and work together in our learning. We grow spiritually as we pray together, attend Mass and prepare for Reconciliation and First Communion. Academically, we work to become independent readers and writers and strong mathematicians. Second grade is all of this and so much more. It is an awesome place to be."

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1st Corinthians 10:31

 Ali Ruetz – 4th Grade
Daniela Larkin – 5th Grade
 Ali Ruetz Years teaching: 7
Years at St. Patrick: 2
Education: University of Wyoming Bachelors of Education with a focus in the Creative Arts
Daniela Larkin Years teaching: 17
Years at St. Patrick: 17
Education:  Bachelors of Science from Viterbo University, LaCrosse, WI
"I have a joy of learning and want to pass on that love to my students who will hopefully grow into life long learners."

 "I enjoy St. Pat's. Working with the parents, students and staff make makes me feel at home."

 Cathryn Catterson – 6th Grade
Amy Zenthoefer – 7th Grade 
Cathryn Catterson Years teaching: 13
Years at St. Patrick: 13
Education: Bachelor of Science UW Eau Claire
 Amy Zenthoefer
Years teaching: 7
Years at St. Patrick: 2
Education: Bachelor of Science in Intermediate Elementary Education and Middle School Mathematics and Science from the University of Southern Indiana, in Evansville, IN. Master of Art Education in Teacher Leadership and specialization in Mathematics from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY

"“Teaching enables me to reach so many different students. I am able to help them discover their passions and become respectful, responsible adults.”

I love teaching middle school students because I get to see ah-ha moments!  I get to share my love of mathematics and science with the students and allow them to know they can be successful.  Students at this age need to know that people have faith in them and they can make mistakes, but they should never give up.  Middle schoolers are amazing!!” 

 Mary Beth Crowley – 8th Grade Ashley Finger – Technology Coordinator
Mary Beth Crowley

Years teaching: 32

Years at St. Patrick: 32

Education: Masters Degree Viterbo Univ College of St. Theresa, Winona, MN – 2 yrs UW LaCrosse Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education; Broadfield Major, Art Minor


"I cherish each day at St. Patrick School. It has been a focal point of my life and my own personal growth in learning new ways to love and serve God. I find great joy in the opportunity to use the content of school curriculum to help develop the content of students' character. Through the good study habits and faith development that St. Patrick School offers, I like to think that we are preparing students "to sail tall ships"."



Anita Czajka – Secretary

Anita Czajka Years at St. Patrick: 2    

"It is amazing to work at St. Pat's. The students, parents and staff are wonderful and it is an absolute pleasure to be here. "


Mary Finger – Librarian
Brice Blaha – Custodian/Grounds
Mary Finger Years at St. Patrick: 10  

Years at St. Patrick: 2

"It is a great place to work!"

Arlene Lange -  Cook Ruth Treml - Cook 


Haley Gruber - Aide

Connie Walhovd - Aide
Haley Gruber Years at St. Patrick: 2 Connie Walhovd - Aide Years at St. Patrick: 2