Meet Our Staff
- Brianna Alexander
- Melissa Zlensky
- Sarah Norgord
- Anita Buxbaum
- Maureen Hill
- Beth McAleer
- Megan Gonzales
- Alice Weinshrott
- Deanna Carr
- Randy Ferrell
- Mary Jo Wales
- Lori Suarez
- Nicole Blaser
- Karen Scharrer-Erickson
- Janet Bultman
- Kathy Glembin
- Tisa Padovano
- Amy Voge
- Very Reverend Philip Bogacki
- Fr. Paul Portland, SDS
I am a dedicated, caring and flexible teacher. I am certified to teach preschool through eighth grade but my passion is working with three, four and five year olds. I am also a devoted mother of two.
Personal Goal: I deeply value my own Catholic education and wish to impart my knowledge and love of God and family to my students. My goal is to instill a love of learning in a faith centered classroom. I foster positive self-concepts and a positive self-worth.
Hello! I am looking forward to teaching your child at Wauwatosa Catholic School. I attended UW-Milwaukee where I earned my Early Childhood Education Degree. I have been a teacher for ten years and have taught grades K4, K5 and 3rd. I was born and raised in Milwaukee, attended St. Pius X grade school, and Dominican High School. I am married and have two sons who attend Wauwatosa Catholic School.
Teaching has been a passion of mine since I was in high school. In my classroom, I show my students that I care about them by getting to know them and listening to what they have to say. I provide a routine and consistent learning environment for them. We will have a lot of fun with hands on activities, learning about our IB Units, learning from each other, and going on field trips. I look forward to getting to know my students and their families.
My name is Beth McAleer. I have spent the last few years as a teacher’s aide and was given the opportunity to return to the classroom as a 5th grade teacher after taking time off to raise my children. I am thrilled to be teaching at Wauwatosa Catholic School. We belong to St. Bernard Parish and look forward to including the Catholic Faith in my classroom. I have three children, Emma who is in 6th grade, Claire, who is in 3rd grade, and Brady who is in K4. I love to read and hope to instill my passion for reading into your children. In my spare time I enjoy knitting and gardening.
I am thrilled to be joining the middle school team at Wauwatosa Catholic! Originally from Glenview, Illinois, I moved to Milwaukee after high school to attend Marquette University. I graduated from there with degrees in Broadfield Social Sciences and Elementary Education. I also have a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University.
I spent the first ten years of my career teaching social studies and language arts at a middle school in the Milwaukee Public Schools. After taking seven years off to spend time at home with my children, I returned to the classroom five years ago to teach Title 1A reading to grades K-6th. I feel incredibly blessed to now have the opportunity to work with the wonderful middle school students at Wauwatosa Catholic in a faith based setting.
In my free time, I love to spend time with my husband and three daughters, all of who attend Wauwatosa Catholic.
have a Bachelor's Degree in Education with dual minors in science and mathematics. My greatest assets are my positive attitude and calm nature. I have found that if I remain positive and calm; I can always find a solution. It works for behavioral concerns, and when collaborating with parents, co-workers, and employers. When I take a moment to consider their needs and motivations, we can problem solve for answers. In fact, I haven’t found a situation in my personal or professional life where keeping calm hasn’t served me well.
I grew up in the Milwaukee area and attended school at St. Ann’s and St. Hyacinth grade schools. I attended Pius XI High School. I am thankful for my catholic upbringing and I feel it has helped make me the caring person I am today. I have been married for ten+ years and my husband and I have an amazing son. We live in Glendale. Family is very important to me without my families strength and support I would not have been able to achieve all I have.
After 16 year in education, I still see myself as identifying most with the reflective IB attribute. I continually look at how I can improve how I present materials to students to create an engaging learning environment that meets each student at their ability level. I want each student to feel success and be the best version of themselves.
My name is Mary Jo Wales and I was born in Milwaukee WI. I am 1 of 4 children adopted into a very loving Catholic family. I began college at UW-Whitewater but ended up moving to Florida where I graduated from the University of Florida. I have three children who are all adults now, living their own wonderful lives. My two miniature dachshunds ((Lily and Chester) are my walking pals. I’ve known since 7th grade that I wanted to teach Physical Education. GYM is WHERE I teach, I teach Physical Education! I’ve been a Catholic School educator for a LONG time and love it more every year.
Hello! Faith is an important part of my daily life. I feel that the combination of attending public and private schools helped me become a well-rounded person. As a graduate of DSHA I was able to continue my passion for athletics and spent 4 years on the Varsity swim team. Today I remain active with yoga which helps create and maintain balance in my mind, body, and spirit. I also developed lifelong relationships with a core group of wonderful women throughout my time there whom I remain friends with today. As I branched out into my adult life and later graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a B.S. in Education coupled with a certificate in Cultures and Communities, I began to understand the direction of my life by recognizing the people and things I placed value in.
Family is important to me. Giving is essential to personal growth. And recognizing the goodness in life is an artform that most definitely becomes hard to recognize at times when difficulties in our life show up unannounced. It is at those times that we must cling to our faith. Looking back at my lifelong journey thus far, I recognize that it has had its challenges (I was just brought to tears while writing this) but yet who would I be without the strength I’ve gained every time I didn’t lose faith? God never leaves us. In the times when we are afraid and think we are alone, we are being cradled, and eventually carried to our next destination of personal growth that almost, always leads to remarkable levels of gratitude.
I had always hoped for tons of siblings and a huge family of my own! Neither happened of course. And looking back I figure that is why I had been called to work with children. God knew, and has always known, what I have needed long before I ever did. I enjoy hearing children laugh! I love the funny things they say out of pure innocence! I have had an affiliation with St. Pius X for 15+ years and I have been a part of the WCS community since its inception in 2011. That is why I take such great pride when students return to visit and say hello. That’s the best feeling and the biggest compliment! That tells me, I did my job. I left a mark. Thank you for taking the time to read a glimpse into my life. Vaya con Dios…