7-12 Faculty

Mr. Michael Adkins

Theology

M.A., Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, 2010; B.A., Honors Classics (Latin), Gustavus Adolphus College, 2002; Member, The American Classical League, 2002-present; Member, The Classical Association of Minnesota, 2002-present; Member, The American Numismatic Association; Editor, Commentaries on Caesar’s De Bello Gallico and Cicero’s Prima Oratio in Catalinam Habita.

Faculty & Master Teacher, Trinity School at River Ridge, 2002-2009; Academic Dean/Counselor, Saint Agnes School, 2009-present.

Email: madkins@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8756


Sr. Teresa Christi, O.P.

History

M.A., American History, The Catholic University of America.

Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2018-present.

Email: srteresachristi@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8727


Mr. Daniel Berthiaume ’00

Latin

M.A., Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, 2011; B.A., Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, 2004; Latin Teacher of the Year, Classical Association of Minnesota, 2015.

Faculty, Holy Family Academy, 2006-2007; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2008-present; Latin Department Chair, Saint Agnes School, 2012-present.

Email: dberthiaume@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8743


Mrs. Maria Brownell

Science

M.S., Manufacturing System Engineering, University of Wisconsin (Madison), 1997; M.A., Theological Studies, Ave Maria University, 2004; B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin (Madison), 1995.

Catechist, St. Peter International Catholic Church (Shanghai, China), 2003-2005; Founder, Program Manager, Math Teacher (Grades 3-10), John Paul II Academy (Rothschild, WI), 2006-2008; Curriculum Coordinator and High School Tutor, St. Adalbert Catholic School, 2008-2014; Faculty, Northcentral Technical College (Wausau, WI), 2011-2014; Corporate Research & Development Technical Aide, 3M, 2015; Project Engineer, Pepsi Co., 2015-2017; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2017-present.

Email: mbrownell@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8778


Mrs. Jackie Cates

Mathematics

B.S., Mathematics, Athletic Coaching Certificate, South Dakota State University, 2014.

Secondary Math Teacher, Delano High School, 2014-2016; Secondary Math Teacher, Loyola Catholic School (Mankato), 2016-2017; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2017-present.

Email: jcates@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8765


Mr. Peter Dahdah

History

B.A., Catholic Studies, Communications & Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, 2000.

Junior High Baseball Coach, 2004-2005; Catechist, (Notre Dame, IN and St. Paul, MN), 2007-2010; Instructor, Women’s Care Center (Notre Dame, IN), 2008-2010; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2012-present; History Department Chair, Saint Agnes School, 2015-present.

Email: pdahdah@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8746


Mrs. Lori Dumas

History

M.A., History, Southeastern Louisiana, 2010; B.A., History, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 2006.

Faculty, Varsity Lakes Middle School, 2006-2007; Graduate Teaching Assistant, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2008-2010; Faculty, Northwood University, 2012; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2016-present.

Email: ldumas@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8725


Mr. Jeff Duresky

Theology

M.A., Theology, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, 2015; B.A., Theology and Catholic Studies, Minor in Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, 2011.

Catechist, Christ Our Light Catholic Parish, 2006-2010; Faith Formation & Catechesis, St. Hubert Catholic Community, 2012-2013; Theology Tutor, University of St. Thomas Theology Department, 2012-2014; Long-Term Substitute Teacher, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, 2014; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2015-present.

Email: jduresky@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8761


Dr. Kevin Ferdinandt

Theology

Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Policy, and Administration, University of St. Thomas, 2009; Ed.S., MN Principal’s License, University of St. Thomas, 2002; M.A., Theology, St. John’s University, 1996; Graduate Studies, New York Archdiocesan Catechetical Institute, 1992; B.A., German and English, University of St. Thomas, 1990.

English Teacher, Archbishop Brady Jr./Sr. High School, 1990-91; German Teacher, St. Paul Academy & Summit School, Summer of 1991; Religion Teacher, St. Raymond’s High School for Boys, Bronx, NY, 1991-92; Religion & English Teacher, Totino-Grace High School, 1992-1997; Adjunct Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas, 1996-97; English Translator, Tutor, and Business English Adjunct Professor, Universität/Gesamthochschule, Paderborn, Germany, 1997-98; Founding PK-12 Principal & Assistant Headmaster, Providence Academy, 2001-2015; Adjunct Professor of Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, 2010-present; Headmaster, Saint Agnes School, 2015-present.

Email: kferdinandt@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8701


Mr. Christopher Ganza

Director of Choral Music

D.M.A., Organ Performance (ABD Candidate), University of Oklahoma, Anticipated Graduation 2019; M.Mus., Organ Performance, University of Oklahoma, 2012; B.Mus., Church Music, St. Olaf College, 2010.

Organist & Director of Music, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church (Oklahoma City, OK), 2010-2015; Organist & Choirmaster, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (Minneapolis), 2015-Present; Assistant Director of Choirs, Chesterton Academy, 2016-Present, Organist, Church of Saint Bede the Venerable (St. Louis Park), 2017-Present; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2018-present.

Email: cganza@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8718


Mr. Karl Hendrickson

Mathematics

M.Ed., University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, 2006; B.S. Physics, Summa Cum Laude, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, 2004; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Sigma Pi Sigma.

Faculty, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, Mobile, AL, 2004-2007; McGill-Toolen Catholic H.S. Teacher of the Year, 2006; Saint Agnes School, Faculty, 2010-present; Assistant Headmaster, Saint Agnes School, 2013-present.

Email: khendrickson@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8755


Mr. Christopher Hopkins

Physical Education

M.S.Ed., General Professional Education, Potsdam State University of New York, 2006; B.S., Physical Education, College at Brockport (NY), 2004.

Instructor, ACE Program, West Virginia University, 2007-2008; Coach and Instructor, Hamline University, 2008-2013; Instructor, Physical Activities Program, University of Minnesota, 2013-2016; Faculty, Saint Agnes School 2016-Present.

Email: chopkins@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8714


Mr. Hank Kemp

Mathematics & Science

M.A., Education, College of St. Scholastica, 2016; B.S., Biochemistry, University of St. Thomas, 2004; B.A., Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, 2004; Aquinas Fellow; William D. Larson Scholarship in Chemistry recipient; Paul J. Germann Scholarship in Biology recipient; National Merit Scholar.

Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2009-present.

Email: hkemp@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8739


Dr. Kathleen Kirsch

Theology

Ph.D., Greek and Latin, Catholic University of America, 2019; M.A., Greek and Latin, Catholic University of America, 2014; B.A., Classics and Early Christian Literature, Minor in History, Ave Maria University, 2011; Member, The Society for Classical Studies, The North American Patristics Society, The Classical Association of the Middle West and South, The Classical Association of the Atlantic States.

Teaching Fellow, Catholic University of America, 2012-2018; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2018-present.

Email: kkirsch@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8764


Ms. Zita Larson

English

B.A., Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas.

Tutor/Teacher, St. Paul Public Library; Co-editor, Heart of the Matter publication; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2012-present.

Email: zlarson@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8766


Ms. Valerie Morel

Science

M.A., Education, Creighton University, 2017; B.S., Zoology, Michigan State University, 2016; B.S., Earth Science, Michigan State University, 2016.

Middle School Science Teacher, Risen Christ Catholic School (Minneapolis), 2015-2017; Summer School Science Teacher, Risen Christ Catholic School, 2018; Summer Series STEM Teacher, Saint Agnes School, 2019; Middle School Science Teacher, St. Croix Catholic School (Stillwater), 2017-present; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2020-present.

Email: vmorel@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8768


Fr. Mark Moriarty

Theology

M.A., Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, 2011; M.Div., University of St. Thomas, 1999; B.A., Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College, 1995. Ordination to the Priesthood, 1999.

Assistant Priest, St. Hubert Catholic Community, 1999-2000; Assistant Priest, Holy Trinity & St. Augustine Catholic Churches, 2000-2003; Co-Instructor, Institute for Christian Life and Ministry / Center for Diaconate, Fall 2002; Chaplain, Providence Academy, 2003-2006; Pastor and Superintendent, Mary, Queen of Peace, Rogers, MN, 2003-2012; Pastor and Superintendent, Saint Agnes School, 2012-present.

Email: frmoriarty@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8800


Mr. Brad Norton

English & Religion

Administrative Leadership & Principal Licensure, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2002; M.A., English Education, University of St. Thomas, 1999; B.A., English Literature & Writing, Minor in Business Administration, University of St. Thomas, 1996.

Secondary English Instructor, Thomas Jefferson High School (Bloomington, MN), 1999; Secondary English Instructor, Lincoln High School (Manitowoc, WI), 1999-2015; Founding Headmaster, St. John Paul II Classical School (Green Bay, WI), 2015-2016; Headmaster, Ave Maria Academy, 2016-2017; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2017-present.

Email: bnorton@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8779


Mr. Brent Odenbrett

Mathematics

M.A., Education, Saint Mary’s University, 2007; B.A., Mathematics, Augsburg College, 2002.

Faculty, Farmington Middle School East, 2002-2005; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2005-present.

Email: bodenbrett@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8729


Mrs. Mary Helen O’Hare

Science

B.S.N., Nursing, Creighton University, 1980; B.A., Chemistry, Bethel University, 1979.

Lab Technician, 3M, 1978; Lutheran Medical Center (Omaha, NE), 1981-1982; University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1982-1983; R.N., University of MN Hospital, Organ Transplant Unit, 1983-1984; Faculty, Trinity School at River Ridge, 2003-2011; Faculty, Chesterton Academy, 2011-2015; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2015-present.

Email: mhohare@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8767


Mr. Karl Pedersen ’97

Latin & Theology

B.A., Catholic Studies and Latin, University of St. Thomas, 2001.

Faculty, Holy Family Home School Co-op (Aquinas Roman Catholic Home Education), 2000-2002; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2002-present.

Email: kpedersen@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8737


Dr. Scott F. Pentecost

English

Ph.D., Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, 1999; M.A., Philosophy, The University of Toledo (Ohio), 1992; B.A., Philosophy, Miami University (Ohio), 1988.

Faculty, The University of Toledo, 1990-1992; Faculty, Oblate College (Oblates of Mary Immaculate), 1995-1996; Faculty, The Catholic University of America, 1994-2000; Faculty, Trinity School at River Ridge, 2000-2011; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2011-present; English Department Chair, Saint Agnes School, 2014-present.

Email: spentecost@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8726


Mrs. Kimberly Perez

Spanish

B.A., Spanish, Northeastern Illinois University, 2005.

Faculty, Faithful Shepherd Catholic School, 2004-2006; Faculty, Holy Trinity Catholic School, 2006-2007; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2007-present; Spanish Department Chair, Saint Agnes School, 2008-present.

Email: kperez@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8744


Mr. Richard Peters

9-12 Band

Master of Music (M.M.), University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT); B.A., Music, Hamline University; MN Standard Teaching Music Certificate K-12; Member, MN Music Educators Association; Member, MN Band Directors Association; Member, Music Educators National Conference.

Band Director, St. Agnes High School, 1982-1983; Band Director, Mount St. Joseph High School (Baltimore, MD); Band Director, St. John’s High School (Washington, D.C.); Band Director, Cotter High School (Winona), 2013-2015; Band Director, Saint Agnes School, 2015-present.

Email: rpeters@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8719


Mrs. Bridget Richtsmeier

Studio Art

B.S., Art Education, K-12 Certification, University of Wisconsin (River Falls), 2009.

Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2010–present; Studio Art Department Chair, Saint Agnes School, 2011-present.

Email: brichtsmeier@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8760


Mr. Ted Sexton

English

M.A., Instruction, St. Mary’s University, 2018; B.A., English, Minor in Philosophy, St. Mary’s University, 1999.

Humanities/Literature Teacher, Nova Classical Academy, 2011-2018; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2018-present.

Email: tsexton@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8747


Mrs. Kathy Silva

Mathematics

Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2019-present.

Email: ksilva@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8773


Ms. Jennifer Soriano

Studio Art

M.F.A., Illustration, Academy of Art University; Instructional Studies, Atelier and St. Paul Art Academy, 1988, 2005-2006, 2010-2011; B.A., Studio Art, University of Dallas, 1999; Member, Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators, 2015-present; Silver Award Winner, American Advertising Awards, 2016.

Faculty and Master Teacher, Trinity School at River Ridge, 2001-2016; Illustrator, St. George and the Dragon (by Dr. Michael Lotti), 2013; llustrator, Soulo Communications 2014-present; Illustrator, TOBET (Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, Inc) K-5 Curriculum, 2016-present; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2016-present.

Email: jsoriano@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8713


Dr. Thomas Stierman

Mathematics 

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Iowa State University, 1985; B.S., Chemistry, Loras College (Dubuque, IA), 1979.

Dr. Stierman has worked in a variety of senior research scientist and leadership roles within large, multinational corporations, as well as within a small start-up company. He holds several patents and has published articles in the field of organic photochemistry; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2014-present.

Email: tstierman@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8717


Mr. Ken Sullivan

Humanities Teacher

J.D., Vanderbilt Law School, 2013; B.A., History, Duke University, 2010.

Staff Counselor, Northeast Ohio Cross Country Camp, 2010-2019; High School History and P.E. Teacher, Benedictine High School (Ohio), 2014-2015; High School Economics and Entrepreneur Studies Teacher, St. Ignatius High School (Ohio), 2015-2018; High School History Teacher, Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh, 2018-present; Founding Board Member, GOH Run (Ohio), 2018-present;  Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2020-present.

Email: ksullivan@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8731


Mr. Sam Thompson

Physical Education & Athletic Coordinator

M.A., Educational Leadership, Saint Mary’s University, 2017; USAWL1 Certification, 2017; B.A., Physical Education, Bethel University, 2013; B.A., 5-12 Health Education, Bethel University, 2013.

Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director, Saint John the Baptist (New Brighton), 2014-2016; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2016-present.

Email: sthompson@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8716


Mrs. Micah Treichel

Spanish

B.A., Spanish and Education, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2004.

Faculty, Concordia Academy (Roseville), 2004-2012; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2012-present.

Email: mtreichel@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8745


Mrs. Lynda True

Religion

Certificate, Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, 2018; M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of St. Thomas, 2000; B.A., English, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1991.

Long-Term Substitute, Simley High School, 1992-1993; Language Arts and Religion Teacher, St. Michael School, 1992-1998; English Teacher, St. Thomas Academy, 1998-2001; Substitute Teacher, Nova Classical Academy, 2013-2015; Rhetoric Teacher, Nova Classical Academy, 2015-2017; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2017-present.

Email: ltrue@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8728


Mr. Steve Truran

Instrumental Music

Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2019-present.

Email: struran@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8775


Mr. Brian Walter

Science

B.S., Biology, North Dakota State University, 1998.

Faculty, Vandebilt Catholic High School (Houma, LA), 1998-1999; Faculty, Regis High School (Eau Claire, WI), 1999-2001; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2001-present; Science Department Chair, Saint Agnes School, 2002-present.

Email: bwalter@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8738


Mr. Brandon Wanless

Theology

Ph.D., Theology, Ave Maria University, (ABD); Young Scholar’s Award, American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2016; M.A., Theology, The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, 2015; B.A., Philosophy, St. Mary’s University, 2010.

M.A. Program Recruiter (Dept. of Theology), Ave Maria University, 2014-2015; Teaching Assistant, Ave Maria University, 2016; Adjunct Professor of Theology, Ave Maria University, 2016-2017; Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2017-present.

Email: bwanless@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8740


Mrs. Rachel Zinter

Mathematics

Faculty, Saint Agnes School, 2019-present.

Email: rzinter@saintagnesschool.org

Phone: 651-925-8735