Father Rob Butz
Father Rob ButzPastor of St. Mary Parish
Fr. Rob was ordained to the priesthood in May of 2000. Before coming to Nativity of Mary, Father has served at various parishes throughout the Diocese of Madison including St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison; St. Thomas Aquinas, Madison; Corpus Christi, Boscobel; St. Olaf, De Forest; and St. Joseph, East Bristol. Father is also the diocesan chaplain of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, and biking.
Email the Staff

Do you have any questions, comments, or suggestions?

Please feel free to contact us at any time. Send us an email, we would love to hear from you.
Email the Staff

Our Valuable Administrative Members

Mr. Matt Parish
Mr. Matt ParishPrincipal
I am thrilled to continue my service to the St. Mary’s community this year! Catholicism has always been a huge part of my life and I look forward to growing with the school in our identity. I received my bachelor’s degree with a dual major of education and political science. I taught middle school social studies for five years just outside of Denver, CO before coming to Madison to complete a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. I have a passion for working with both students and teachers and each year hope to continue the awesome legacy of St. Mary’s. Outside of education, I enjoy sports (yes, I am a Packer fan!) and love to travel. I look forward to utilizing more personalized learning, which will involve each teacher looking at the strengths and growth areas for the students in their classes and developing goals while also receiving student input on how those goals are best accomplished. We will be challenging all students to discover their own strengths, who will work with their instructors to grow and flourish. Additionally, I look forward to advancing our student learning through technology. It is my goal that these devices do not act as a replacement to paper, pencils, and textbooks, but rather transform the learning experiences for our students by empowering them to create, providing spaces to harness collaboration, and immerse themselves in a variety of learning-based media. I look forward to learning, growing, and serving with each of you.
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. Sue Dickman
Mrs. Sue DickmanSecretary
Having lived in South Africa most of my life, I moved to Janesville with my husband, Alan, and daughter, Caitlyn, in 2005. Caitlyn and my son, Alistair, are both currently at St. Mary’s School. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Journalism, but have been a stay-at-home mom for the past ten years prior to working in the St. Mary’s School office. St. Mary’s has always been such a welcoming place for our family and I am excited to be a part of the wonderful staff here! In my spare time, I can be found at various kids’ sporting activities, arranging and making photo books, and cooking.

Our Valuable Teachers

Visit Miss Sara Fraser Classroom Website
Ms. Sara Fraser
Ms. Sara Fraser Pre-K 3 Teacher
Meet Miss Sara Fraser! Sara joins us as our new 3k 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!
Visit Mrs. Hoff Classroom Website
Mrs. Kim Hoff
Mrs. Kim Hoff P4J Teacher
I graduated Carroll College on December of 2009, and have been teaching 4 year old preschool since 2008. My family moved to Janesville in 2016 and I taught P4J at a community site last year am so excited to join the St. Mary’s Team this year.
Mrs. Jenny Cervantes
Mrs. Jenny CervantesPre-K 3 Teacher Aide and Extended Care Supervisor
Ms. Lindsey Maslonka
Ms. Lindsey MaslonkaP4J Teacher Aide and Extended Care Supervisor
I am so happy to be a part of St. Mary’s Family and Faith based school. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development. I attended the University of Rock County College and Blackhawk Technical College. I am the mother of three kids, who are ages 11, 15, and 21. I love working in the Pre-K room and Extended Care!
Visit Mrs. Erlin Classroom Website
Mrs. Karen Erlien
Mrs. Karen ErlienKindergarten Teacher
I have been the kindergarten teacher at St. Mary’s for the past nine years. I graduated in 2009 with a B.S.E. and I am licensed to teacher both regular education and special education. Before becoming a teacher, I worked 10 years as a classroom assistant helping students with special challenges. Outside the classroom, I enjoy spending time hiking, fishing, and playing games with my family.
Visit Mrs. Olson Classroom Website
Mrs. Christy Olson
Mrs. Christy Olson1st Grade Teacher
I have enjoyed teaching the learning basics to first graders for over 20 years. In addition to teaching at Saint Mary’s, I have also experienced Saint Mary’s as a parent, having had both of my children attend Saint Mary’s Pre-K through 8th grade. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children, and several pets. I keep busy reading, crafting, gardening, and attending my children’s sporting events.
Visit Ms. Rebecca Calvagna Classroom Website
Ms. Rebecca Calvagna
Ms. Rebecca Calvagna2nd Grade Teacher
I was born in Rockford, Illinois and graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in mathematics. Prior to teaching at St. Mary’s I completed my student teaching in Beloit. I am so excited to begin my 3rd here at St. Mary’s and look forward to a wonderful school year!
Visit Mrs. Statz Classroom Website
Mrs. Abbie Statz
Mrs. Abbie Statz3rd Grade Teacher
After graduating from UW-Madison in 2005, I began teaching in 2006.  I joined the St. Mary School staff in 2011 and absolutely love teaching 3rd Grade!  While I enjoy every subject area, I have to admit that my favorites are Math and Science!
Visit Ms. Sierra Pursley Classroom Website
Ms. Sierra Pursley
Ms. Sierra Pursley4th Grade Teacher
We are excited to announce Ms. Sierra Pursley as our new 4th grade teacher! Sierra is a UWW grad and most recently taught at the ABC Learning Center. We are thrilled with her energy and eagerness to get the school year going!
Visit Ms. Amelia Bakke Classroom Website
Ms. Amelia Bakke
Ms. Amelia Bakke5th Grade Teacher
Amelia is a UWW graduate and joining us after teaching and mentoring experiences at Kennedy, Edison, and Van Buren. In her words: Learning must begin with motivation and inspiration. Students deserve an educator’s passion for both the subject at hand and learning as a whole. In choosing to become a teacher, I have made the commitment to myself and my future students to be the best academic, personal, and ethical role model I can be.
Visit Mrs. Stephany Hiebel Classroom Website
Mrs. Stephany Hiebel
Mrs. Stephany HiebelMiddle School Science & Religion Teacher
My husband and I live in Loves Park, Illinois. I grew up and attended Catholic school from 1st grade through high school. I went on to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I look forward to another school year here at St. Mary’s! I love teaching science and religion to the middle school students!
Visit Mrs. Pryne Classroom Website
Mrs. Alissa Pryne
Mrs. Alissa PryneMiddle School Math & Social Studies Teacher
I attended UW-Whitewater, where I received my Bachelors Degree in Education. I have spent my entire teaching career at Beloit Memorial High School. I started as a Special Education Teacher and eventually accepted a position as a Math Teacher. My husband, Josh and I have three daughters, Paige, Kenedi and Oakleigh. Having been a St. Mary’s parent first, I am excited to have the opportunity to teach here. I look forward to getting to know even more of the wonderful students and families we have here.
Visit Ms. Maslonka Classroom Website
Ms. Brittney Maslonka
Ms. Brittney MaslonkaMiddle School English & Reading Teacher
I have been teaching middle school since 1999, when I graduated from UW Whitewater with a bachelor degree in education – English being my primary focus. In 2012, I went back to school for a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, thus expanding my philosophy of teaching and education altogether. After spending 15 years teaching grades 5-8 in the public school, I’ve come to realize that the religious – faith driven – aspect of developing the whole child is missing. God continues to nudge me closer to Him and the work He has in store for me. My job in the classroom is to foster and cultivate a passion for learning.
Visit Mrs. Sarah HodgeClassroom Website
Mrs. Sarah Hodge
Mrs. Sarah HodgeArt Teacher
I am excited to join St. Mary School as the art teacher for grades K-8. After Craig High School, I graduated from Carleton College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and the University of Michigan with a Master of Arts in English and Education. I have taught students in Detroit, Michigan, Brookfield, Wisconsin and most recently at UW-Rock County. In addition to St. Mary School, I teach two mornings a week at Goelzer’s Nursery School. I spend most of my free time studying and creating studio art with my children, 4-H members and friends; I have a strong background in art history, which I hope to incorporate into our class this year. I live on a farm southeast of Janesville with my husband and our two college-age daughters, Maddie and Liza and Jimmy a 6th grader at St. Mary School. Together we raise beef cattle, corn, soybeans, vegetables, and chickens. Thank you for the opportunity to teach your children; it is going to be a great year!
Visit Mrs. Houge Classroom Website
Mrs. Doreen Houge
Mrs. Doreen HougeSchool Librarian
This is my 43rd year of teaching in Catholic Schools, with 41 of those years here at St. Mary’s, mostly as the Media Specialist. After retiring in June of 2016, I was offered a part time position as librarian, which I gladly accepted. Reading is one of my passions, and I hope to pass on that love of reading to the students of St. Mary’s.
Visit Mrs. Gina Diece Classroom Website
Mrs. Gina Diece
Mrs. Gina DieceMusic Teacher
I am so excited to work with your child this year in music class. It’s going to be a year of fun and learning and I can’t wait to see what is in store for us! I thought you might like to know a little about me.

I am married to my wonderful husband, Kevin who also is a teacher in Fort Atkinson. We have one daughter, Gianna, who will be attending Kindergarten at St. Joseph’s Catholic School this school year. Although they take up most of my free time, some hobbies that I enjoy are reading, singing at church services, cooking, baking cakes, and sewing.

I have lived in Fort Atkinson since 2007. Most people know me as the choral director at Fort Atkinson Middle School where I had been employed since 2005. Before that I taught general music for one year at two elementary schools in Kenosha. I received my undergraduate degree in Music Education at UW-Whitewater and have started graduate work at The Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois.

Visit Mrs. Fisher Classroom Website
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.
Visit Mr. Gre Classroom Website
Dr. Dennis Gre
Dr. Dennis Gre Spanish Teacher
Born in Santiago (Chile) but I have lived most of my life in Spain. I attended an American boarding school in Murcia (Spain) and then I received my Bachelor’s Degree in History, Master’s degree in Philosophy and PhD in Philosophy at the University of Murcia. I am excited to teach the students as much Spanish as possible, letting them know about the cultural aspects of the Spanish speaking countries.
Visit Mrs. Field Classroom Website
Mrs. Katherine Field
Mrs. Katherine FieldTechnology, 6th Grade Religion, and 6th Grade Social Studies
I’m so excited to be a part of St. Mary’s family! I have enjoyed teaching grades 2nd through 5th for over six years. This will be my third year at St. Mary’s. I have one child who is attending St. Mary’s and another child who will be starting his first year at Blackhawk Technical College. I am extremely proud of both our children and their accomplishments! Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children, and our pets. I keep busy by reading, attending events for both children, hosting family parties at our house, traveling, and gaming.
Visit Ms. Weirich Classroom Website
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.
Visit Mrs. Banwell Classroom Website
Mrs. Ruth Banwell
Mrs. Ruth BanwellString Orchestra
Hi my name is Ruth Banwell. I have many years of experience teaching violin, viola and cello. I have taught Suzuki string private lessons for over 35 years and recently taught string orchestra for 18 years with the Janesville Public Schools grades 5th-8th at 5 elementary and Marshall Middle School. I have performed with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra and the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra. I graduated from Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois with a BME and attended Stevens Point University and I am a certified Suzuki teacher through book 6. I started the string program at St. Mary’s School 25 years ago and I am happy I can once again give your child an excellent education on learning how to perform on a strings instrument.
Mr. Dan Kessler
Mr. Dan KesslerMaintenance
I have lived in Janesville most my life. I am married to my wife Jenny, who attended St. Mary’s school. We have two daughters, Addison, and Kaitlyn, they both currently attend St. Mary’s School. I enjoy baseball, classic cars and helping coach my girls’ softball teams.