More About Our Elementary School Teachers

Ms. Shannon Conaway

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Kindergarten Teacher / ​sconaway@stjb.org

Teaching children is something I have wanted to do since I was very young. Catholic education has always been an important part of my life. I moved to Waunakee after attending Saint Mary Catholic School in Sandusky, Ohio. I graduated from Waunakee High School and Edgewood College.

I am married to Bob Hineline. We have two daughters. Colleen is a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin- Madison and is at St. Scholastica in Duluth studying to become a Physical Therapist. Kiera is a junior at Edgewood College in the Business program. Both graduated from Saint John School.

In my free time, I love to read, work on puzzles, walk, travel, and watch baseball. I am an avid Cleveland Indians Fan!

This year is my 28th year as part of the Saint John School family. I absolutely love teaching kindergarten! I love to help children grow academically, socially, as well as spiritually. I feel truly blessed to be called to teach at Saint John School and be a part of this school family. Saint John School is a wonderful place where we can celebrate and pass on the Catholic faith to future generations!

Experience
​Kindergarten Teacher, Saint John School, Waunakee, WI, 1994-present

Education

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education (Grades K-8), Edgewood College, Madison, WI

Mrs. Teresa Mitchell

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Kindergarten Assistant/ tmitchell@stjb.org

Miss Kathleen O’Connor

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1st Grade Teacher / koconnor@stjb.org

I have the privilege of teaching in a school where children receive an outstanding education and are reminded of God in their everyday life as they learn, play and pray. i am honored to work with talented teachers, dedicated priests and amazingly supportive parents. Saint John School is more than just a school, it is a family!

Experience
1st, 2nd, and 5th Grade Teacher, Saint John School, Waunakee WI

Education
​Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire WI​

Miss Hannah Mrochek

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1st Grade Teacher / hmrochek@stjb.org

My name is Hannah Mrochek, I am from Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. I just graduated in May from the University of Platteville with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education. I am beginning my first year as a teacher at Saint John the Baptist School in the first-grade classroom. I am excited to join this amazing staff and I am eager for this school year to begin.

Experience
First Year Teaching


Mrs. Joanna Gehrmann

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1st Grade Assistant / jgehrmann@stjb.org

I started working at STJB School 5 years ago in the Preschool Program. I live in Sun Prairie with my husband Jim and we are members of St. Dennis Parish in Madison. We have 3 grown children (Max, Mallory, Molly), a daughter-in-law (Meghan), a Goldendoodle (Mabel) and are so excited for the birth of our first grandchild. I love eating chocolate, cooking for my family, reading to children, the sun, boating with my family, wearing the color black, recess time and most of all God. I am grateful to be a part of the STJB School Family.


Mrs. Julie Nornberg

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1st Grade Assistant / jnornberg@stjb.org

I'm married 22 years to Mark, and we have 4 children, ages 15, 13, 11, and 9. All of our children have attended St. John School, and this fall we have kids in 4th, 6th, and 8th grades at SJS, plus a 10th grader at St. Ambrose Academy. In recent years, I worked as a special needs assistant in Lodi and as a 4K assistant at SJS. This year I am so excited about the opportunity to help out in the mornings in first grade at SJS, as I love being around children. Our family enjoys hiking, camping, sailing, and kayaking.


Mrs. LuAnn Thering

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2nd Grade Teacher  / lthering@stjb.org

All I ever wanted to be was a mom and a teacher--and I'm thrilled to be both! I graduated from UW-Madison in 1983 with a degree in Elementary Education. My happy place is the classroom. I love teaching about the sacraments in second grade. It's a very special year. My husband, Jeff, and I have four wonderful adult children. We have been married almost 40 years! When I'm not at school, I enjoy making cards, scrap booking, and reading.

Experience
22 years as a primary classroom teacher, Saint John School, Waunakee, WI; Blessed Sacrament School, Madison, WI, Saint Mary’s School, Platteville, WI

Education
​Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education with a Minor in Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI


Miss Jennifer Zillmer

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2nd Grade Teacher  / jzillmer@stjb.org

I am originally from Kaukauna, Wisconsin-- if you have ever seen Kaukauna cheese spread at the grocery store, that’s from my hometown! I attended Edgewood College where I earned a degree in Elementary Education with minors in Religious Studies and Teaching English Language Learners. When I discerned a teaching career in college, I knew right away that I wanted to work at a Catholic school, and here I am! I'm so happy to be a part of the St. John's community!


Mrs. Jessica Blank

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3rd Grade Teacher  / jblank@stjb.org

I am very excited to start my second year teaching 3rd grade at Saint Johns. I am blessed that I get to share my faith and love for teaching every day. There is no greater joy than being able to incorporate religion into every aspect of the day. I live in Sun Prairie with my wonderful husband and two daughters. I have a degree in Elementary Education as well as I worked as an Outdoor Educator for many years. I love reading, gardening and being in nature.

Experience

I am going on my second year of teaching. I subbed for over 3 years and was the director of a 4k program for 2 years.

Education

Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI


Miss Ellen Peterson

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3rd Grade Teacher  / epeterson@stjb.org

My name is Miss Ellen Peterson, and I am so excited to be teaching 3rd grade at St. John's. I graduated from the University of Minnesota, and am a current graduate student at Edgewood College. Last year I student taught 4th grade at Huegel Elementary School, and this year I am so excited to have a classroom of my own. A fun fact about me is that I used to be a student at St. John's. I am so excited to be coming back to the school to help another group of students grow in their relationship with God.


Mr. Peter Schaubroeck

4th Grade Teacher  / pschaubroeck@stjb.org

I feel very blessed to be a teacher at this school. I've worked in the business sector for several years, and then became a stay-at-home dad raising three wonderful boys before I received my teaching degree at Edgewood College. I've spent my short 5 years as a teacher here at St.John's and loving every minute of it. With a Catholic education myself, I understand the importance of empowering our students to strengthen their foundation of our Catholic beliefs to take on the challenges they will face throughout life.

Experience
Middle School Teacher, Saint John School, Waunakee, WI;
3rd/4th Grade Teacher, Grand Avenue Elementary, Sauk Prairie, WI, 2016

Education
Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Public Relations, Minor University of Wisconsin – Whitewater;
Teaching certification (Grades 1-8), Edgewood College


Mr. Peter Schaubroeck

Mrs. Helen Hellenbrand

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4th Grade Teacher  / hhellenbrand@stjb.org

I graduated in 1984 with a BA in English and a minor in Economics from Columbia University, NY, NY, and in 1987 from Fordham University School of Law, NY, NY.

At St. John, in 2019-2020, I was a part-time assistant in third and fifth grade and, in 2020-2021, a full time assistant in sixth grade. Prior to assistant teaching at St. John, I practiced law.

Five of my seven children graduated from St. John and one is in seventh grade.

My mission is to instill a love for our faith and learning.


Mrs. Erika Kalscheuer

Mrs. Erika Kalscheuer

5th Grade Teacher  / ekalscheuer@stjb.org

I have devoted my entire teaching career to Saint John School, starting in 1999, teaching 5th and 6th grades. I enjoy the family-like community of parents, students, teachers, and staff at Saint John School. The environment is a happy place, full of energy, learning, enthusiasm, fun, and faith. I am excited to be able to share the Catholic faith with my students."

Experience
5th and 6th Grade Teacher, Saint John School, Waunakee, WI, 1999-present

Education
​Bachelor of Science, Education with a Minor in English Literature, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater