Msgr. Daniel Ganshert
Msgr. Daniel GanshertPastor of St. Mary Parish
My hometown is Gratiot, Wisconsin where I grew up with my mother and dad along with two sisters and one brother. I went to high school seminary in Milwaukee and Madison completing my studies at St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, in 1974. Along with other parish assignments I was fortunate to have served here at St. Mary’s parish from 1979 to 1982. It is a privilege to return here in 2020 as pastor. After 46 years of priesthood, I am very grateful to God for the gift of this life that I love as much today as all the days before. Having a front row seat to the joys, accomplishments, and challenges of countless people all these years who have invited me into their lives, families and hearts has allowed me to continually see the face of Christ in each and every one. So much to look forward to as the Lord blesses us with this time together. St. Mary’s Parish family praying, working and celebrating makes for a bright future
and exciting days ahead.
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Our Valuable Administrative Members

Dr. Kim Ehrhardt
Dr. Kim EhrhardtPrincipal
Dr. Ehrhardt has extensive experience as an educational leader in both private and public-school systems. His first principal assignment was at St. Patrick’s School in Janesville followed by assignments in the Albany School District and the School District of Janesville at Franklin Middle School. He concluded his career in the district as Director of Instruction and Student Services until his retirement from the district in 2017. Dr. Ehrhardt also serves as a private educational consultant for the schools in the Arch Diocese of Milwaukee and the International Center for Leadership in Education. Also, Dr. Ehrhardt has taught graduate courses in educational leadership for Cardinal Stritch University and education courses for the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Ehrhardt looks forward to the opportunity to return to his “roots” by again serving in a leadership position in Catholic Schools with the assignment at St. Mary School. Dr. Ehrhardt is married to his wife Lisa (an educator for 35 years) and have two children, two grandchildren and a golden retriever named Molly. The Ehrhardt’s have resided in Janesville since 1979.
Dr. Ehrhardt has appreciated the support and warm welcome from Pastor Father Rob and members of the school interview team. He also looks forward to serving the students and parents of St. Mary School by contributing to the school’s rich legacy and tradition of excellence as we move into the 2019-2020 school year.

Mrs. Sue Vodak
Mrs. Sue VodakSecretary
I have been the school secretary at St. Mary School for over 35 years. My husband and I are members of St. Mary Parish and both of our daughters are graduates of the school. I have had the pleasure of working with great priests, principals, teachers, parents and students. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren.
Mrs. Lisa Nemeth
Mrs. Lisa NemethSecretary

Our Valuable Teachers

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Mrs. Brianna Williamson
Mrs. Brianna WilliamsonPre-K 3 Teacher
Starting my teaching career at St. Mary School is a dream come true! I have always loved teaching and working with children of all ages but my passion is right here in 3k. Their innocent minds, willingness to learn and endless amount of energy keeps me going everyday. I love to explore and learn from them. I was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin. I have three amazing boys that keep me busy when I am not teaching in our classroom. We love hiking, camping, and traveling.
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Ms. Sara Fraser
Ms. Sara Fraser Pre-K 4 Teacher
Meet Miss Sara Fraser! Sara joins us as our new 4k teacher after completing field work at both St. John’s and St. Williams. She has a rich catholic tradition and has been teaching the gospel to kids for more than 10 years. We are thrilled to have her in 3k this year! Welcome Sara!
Ms. Lindsey Maslonka
Ms. Lindsey MaslonkaPre-K 4 Teacher Aide
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Mrs. Kim Hoff
Mrs. Kim Hoff Kindergarten
I graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha in 2009 in Elementary Education. My family moved to Janesvill in 2016 and we fell in love with the family atmosphere St. Mary’s offered for our children. I was blessed to join the St. Mary’s teaching staff in 2017. My husband and I have 3 children. Our school aged children attend St. Mary’s. We enjoy family time, camping, and being outdoors.
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Mrs. Christy Olson
Mrs. Christy Olson1st Grade Teacher
I have been sharing the love of learning at St.Mary School for over 28 years. Over the years, I have enjoyed St. Mary’s experience as a parishioner, teacher, and parent. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband, children, and pets. I like to keep busy reading, baking, and crafting.
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Ms. Gabi Olson
Ms. Gabi Olson2nd & 3rd Grade Teacher
Hi everyone! My name is Gabi Olson and I am 22 years old, and I am just finishing up my Early Childhood Education degree at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Prior to moving to Oshkosh for college, I lived in Janesville my whole life. I even went to school here at St. Mary’s from Pre-K through 8th grade! After graduating from St. Mary’s, I went on to Craig High School where I graduated in 2016. In my free time I enjoy going on walks, listening to podcasts, and spending time with my friends and family. I have a strong passion for working with children and creating a kind and inclusive environment for my students. I’m so excited to start my journey here, at the same place I went to school! I can’t wait to meet everyone and further my educational experience.
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Ms. Sierra Pursley
Ms. Sierra Pursley4th Grade Teacher
I graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2017. Since 2018 it has been such a pleasure to work and St. Mary’s and call it my home. It is my joy and passion to teach and share in the learning experiences with my students. I also enjoy being outdoors with my fiancé, hiking, camping, kayaking. I love a good book and am often found mixing things up in the kitchen.
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Mrs. Katherine Field
Mrs. Katherine Field5th Grade Teacher
This is my fifth year teaching at Saint Mary School and my eleventh year total. I am a graduate of Edgewood College and a resident of Janesville for over 35 years. I have two beautiful children that I love and adore. One of which is traveling through the St. Mary’s halls. I love teaching and being here at St. Mary’s. I love coming to work every day and being with these incredible kids. They bring me joy and watching them develop and discover who they are as the year passes. Thank you for allowing me the privilege to teach your child this year. It is a team effort and I thank you in advance for all the hard work and support you give. I could not do this job without you.
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Mrs. Janine Werner
Mrs. Janine WernerMiddle School Language Arts & Social Studies Teacher
Welcome middle school students! My name is Mrs. Werner and I will be the 6th grade homeroom teacher this year. This is my second year at St. Mary’s teaching social studies and language arts. I am excited to welcome several new students to our middle school.

A little bit about myself: I have lived in Janesville for the past 17 years with my family. Some of you may know, I have 4 children ranging in age from 13 – 22 years. They are a very important part of my life and you will probably hear silly stories about them throughout the year. You may even see them come into the classroom this year as helpers. We also added an addition to our family during our quarantine period. We welcomed a Golden Retriever puppy named Cooper. He brings such joy to us each day. Maybe he can come visit you too!

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are ready to start learning new things. We will be working on our reading, writing and communication skills in ELA. In social studies, we will continue our exploration of history and how it connects to our modern day lives.

I am thrilled to be your child’s teacher and a partner in their learning. I look forward to this school year. We are going to accomplish a lot within a few short months and I cannot wait to get started!

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Mr. Michael Barrette
Mr. Michael BarretteMiddle School Math & Science Teacher
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Mrs. Sarah Hodge
Mrs. Sarah HodgeArt Teacher
Hello! I am excited to be starting my third year teaching art at St. Mary School. I have spent my 25 year, education career teaching many students from preschool to college in Detroit, MIlwaukee, and Janesville. I graduated from Carleton College and the University of Michigan with degrees in English literature and composition. My family lives on our farm in LaPrairie Township where we raise corn, soybeans, turkeys and beef cattle. My husband Jim works in Madison, and we have two college/graduate school age daughters and a son in 8th grade. I like to garden, sew, read and bake. How lucky I am to be here at St. Mary School with these amazingly creative students.
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Mr. Patrick Anderson
Mr. Patrick AndersonMusic Teacher
Pat Anderson has been a lifelong musician. He is married to his wonderful wife and has a pile of cats. He is a vocalist, bassist,(electric and upright),a drummer, also some guitar and piano. He toured the country with a christian band for 6 1/2 and now plays with several regional groups. He has enjoyed teaching private lessons for bass, drums, and guitar. Before teaching at St. Mary’s school, he taught for a short time at St. Patrick’s school. He enjoys inspiring the students to appreciate and love all forms and genres of music and instruments. To spread the joy of a gift that God blessed us with and to inspire the future generations.
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Mrs. Kay Fisher
Mrs. Kay FisherPhysical Education
I have been teaching at St. Mary’s since 2013. I am married and have 4 wonderful children. I received my B.S. degree from the Western Illinois University and my Master’s from National Louis University.
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Mrs. Edna Feldman-Schultz
Mrs. Edna Feldman-SchultzWorld Language
Edna Feldman-Schultz was born in Argentina, travel and lived in many places, but calls Janesville home for more then 34 years.
She studied at Beloit College, Israel Kibbutzim Teachers College, and earned Master’s degrees from both UW-Madison and National Louis University.

Edna taught Spanish at Franklin Middle School SDJ, created the first Heritage Speakers Class, and served as the Human Relations Club founder and adviser at Parker High School. Edna volunteers for Healthnet, and it’s a Board Member of JMTSO.
She is married to Frank Schultz and has two children Adelina, actor, casting Director and HR member of Harris Investments in Chicago, and Oren, Medical Student at University of IllinoisChicago/Rockford.

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Mrs. Ana Sofia McMahon
Mrs. Ana Sofia McMahonWorld Language
My name Mrs. Ana Sohia (Colunga) McMahon, I am beyond excited about this new opportunity to teach at St. Mary School. I was born and raised in Mexico for 17 years. I grew up attending Catholic Elementary and High Schools in Mexico City. Returning to my Catholic School roots brings up so many wonderful memories. Five years ago, I came to the U.S as an exchange student and ended up staying after I met my husband here in Wisconsin. I am currently studying elementary education through Western Governors University and previously attended UW: Whitewater. I will be working here in St. Mary’s as a Spanish teacher intern under the direction of Mrs. Edna Feldman Schultz.
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Ms. Anne Weirich
Ms. Anne WeirichBand
Hello, my name is Anne Weirich. I am the band teacher at St. Mary’s School in Janesville, WI. I am starting my 10th year of teaching band at St. Mary’s this year. I have a degree in Music Education from the University of MN and have taught band for many years and in three different states: Minnesota, California and Wisconsin. I also play clarinet in the U Rock Concert Band and in the U Rock Chamber Orchestra. My 2nd degree is a BSN in Nursing, also from the University of Minnesota. Currently, I work in Public Health. I really enjoy working with people of all ages and adding richness to people’s lives through music.
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Ms. Mary Kaye Derouin
Ms. Mary Kaye DerouinSchool Counselor
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Mrs. Kathy Murray
Mrs. Kathy MurrayTitle Services
Mr. Dan Kessler
Mr. Dan KesslerMaintenance
I have lived in Janesville most of my life. I am married to my wife Jenny, who attended St. Mary’s school. I have two daughters who also attended the school, they are currently enrolled in religious ed. classes at the church. This will be my 6th year here at St. Mary’s school.
Mr. Michael Pierce
Mr. Michael PierceLunch Program Coordinator