My name is Julianne Blazevic, and I am the principal of St. James Catholic School, in Duluth, Minnesota. I received my bachelor's degree in elementary education from the College of St. Scholastica in 1998, and my master's degree in education from the College of St. Catherine's in 2003. I have over 15 years of experience in education. I was a teacher at St. Michael's Catholic School from 1998-2013. I joined the staff and community at St. James Catholic School in July 2013.
I feel very blessed to be part of the St. James community!
St. James is a great school because, we have :
- Wonderful students
- Excellent and dedicated staff
- Involved parents
- Engaging and challenging educational programs
- Small class sizes
- Safe, nurturing, and caring spiritual environment
My name is Becky VanRiper and I teach Preschool at St. James Monday through Friday. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Superior with a BS degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood. I have been teaching since 2004.
I have a wonderful husband and a beautiful baby girl. After living in the Twin Cities area for three years, we moved back home in the summer of 2010, and we are enjoying every minute of it! With a large family near by, we are able to be part of every event.
In Preschool, I plan on implementing a curriculum full of child directed and teacher directed activities, including language arts, math, science, music, socialization, and more. The children will create, explore, listen, tell, and show all throughout the year. One of our main goals as well as these academic areas includes spiritual development and showing respect for others.
My name is LeeAnne Schiltz. I teach kindergarten here at St. James. After receiving my bachelor's degree in elementary education from the College of St. Scholastica, I was hired at St. James for a 2nd grade teaching position. I taught 2nd grade for 13 wonderful years and then I received the opportunity to teach kindergarten. I am now beginning my ninth year as the kindergarten teacher and I am enjoying every minute of it!
Units that are studied in kindergarten include:
- Colors and Shapes
- Five senses
- Eggs and chicks (we even hatch them!)
- Space, planets, and stars
My name is Barbara Mollison, and I earned my B.S. degree at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. I have spent my entire teaching career in Catholic Education. I first taught at St. James prior to my vocation as a stay at home mom. When my youngest entered middle school I returned to teaching. I have taught at St. James for eleven years. I chose teaching as my career because I enjoy teaching new things to children.
Highlights of First Grade:
- Learn about what it means to be a Christian.
- Learn to read!
- Learn to write!
- Learn addition and subtraction facts and strategies.
- Flat Stanley project!
- Space, planets, and stars
My name is Stephanie Meyer. I attended St. James School as a child and continued my education at the University of Wisconsin Superior. I graduated in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Social Studies
Highlights of second grade include:
- First Reconciliation
- First Communion
- Addition with renaming
- Subtraction with borrowing
- Cursive handwriting
- World geography skills
My name is Elizabeth (Beth) Flesvig. I attended St. Rose School in fifth and sixth grade. I was fortunate enough to return in 2010, after graduating from the College of St. Scholastica, reversing my role from student to teacher. I have had the privilege to teach second grade at St. Rose for the past three years. This will be my fourth year teaching, except this time I will be the 3rd grade teacher at St. James! I am grateful for many things including family, friends, education, faith, and a wonderful life. I enjoy being active, and I especially enjoy playing soccer. I played soccer throughout my life and even in college. One fun fact about me is that I work at a greenhouse in the summer. I enjoy learning all about various flowers and plants, which is one of the best things about growing your own plants - you're always learning!
I am looking forward to a great year at St. James School!
Highlights of third grade include:
- Learning about what it means to be members of the Catholic Church community
- Learning multiplication and division facts
- Learning about animals, weather, the moon, plants, and matter
- Learning skills to be able to read, write, and understand stories
- Learning keyboarding skills
- Winter ecology at Hartley Nature Center
My name is Jodi Paulson. I am the 4th grade teacher at St. James Catholic School. I received a B.A.S. degree in Elementary Education and minors in Psychology and Coaching all from the University of Minnesota Duluth. I have been a teacher at St. James since 1997.
Highlights of the 4th Grade:
- Ten Commandments
- Multiplication with larger numbers and long division
- Regions of the United States.
- Sciences include - sound & light, human body, simple machines, rocks & minerals, and magnets
My name is Teresa Ierino. I am the 5th grade teacher at St. James Catholic School. I received a B.A.S. degree in Elementary Education and minors in Art and Coaching at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I have taught at St. James for 13 years.
Highlights of the 5th Grade:
- Taking a trip to ELC (Environmental Learning Center)
- Choosing and writing about a Saint
- Studying American history
- Science topics include land biomes, oceans, space, and earth movements
My name is Andrea Koshiol. I am a middle school teacher at St. James Catholic School. Bachelor of Applied Sciences from the University of Minnesota Duluth in December, 2010. I teach Religion, English/Literature and Technology. I taught at St. Rose School last year as the 5/6 teacher.
My name is Phebe Schnabel. I am a middle school teacher at St. James Catholic School. I received my B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Science from the University of Wisconsin – Superior. I teach Science, Literature, Religion, and Technology. I joined the staff at St. James in August of 2011.
My name is Sean Weiland. I am a middle school teacher at St. James Catholic School. I received my B.S.S. degree in Social Studies Teaching with minors in Psychology, Geography, and Coaching from the University of Minnesota Duluth. I currently teach Social Studies, Math, and Algebra. I have been teaching at St. James since 2008.
My name is Neil Larson. I am from Duluth, MN and I graduated from UMD in 2013 with my B.A.S. in Physical Education. I have gained a passion for teaching youth the skills needed to be physically active and the importance of lifelong physical activity. Whenever I can I try to implement different subject areas into my physical education classes to help reinforce the knowledge they are learning in their classrooms. I am extremely excited about the opportunity I have here at St. James to make an impact on my student's lives. In my spare time, I enjoy staying active by doing things I love. To name a few, golfing, playing hockey, fishing, hunting, snowshoeing, and paddle boarding.
Mrs. Gail Harju is our Spanish Specialist for grades 6, 7, and 8. She teaches on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
My name is Mary Hoffman. I am glad to join the staff of St. James as an art specialist. In previous years, I was a special education consultant in upper Michigan, sign language interpreter in California, and taught science and art in Utah. I have undergraduate degrees in art and special education with a Masters and Educational Specialists in Education and Administration. I have resided in Duluth since 1998 with my husband and 5 children. In my free time, I enjoy camping, and scouting. Since 2001, I have participated in a school project in rural China.
Sister Dorene King teaches music for student in preschool through 5th grade.
Mrs. Jenna Mattson teaches middle school music and Kindergarten Enrichment.
At St. James, we also offer lessons for band instruments, piano, organ, and violin. The full band rehearses once per week and is directed by Mrs. Jennifer Osborne.
In music classes we include music appreciation and basic theory, as well as preparing for weekly school Masses and two concerts each school year. We enjoy learning more about sounds, voices, and instruments, as well as finding many ways to share our expression of God's wonderful gift of music.
Be sure to join us for our annual Christmas and Spring music programs.