Meet our Faculty
Becky Kennedy, Principal
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I have been at Our Lady since 2015. Previously I worked at Holy Family Catholic High School with the titles of Mathematics teacher, department chair and learning specialist. I love using my deep understanding of high school to work with the teachers and students to ensure that we are preparing our students for their next step in education and life. I’m a firm believer in teaching every student where they are at in their education and celebrating everyone’s successes. This is just one reason why I love the Blended Learning model. My husband, Nathan, and I have three beautiful children, Kinley, Callen, and Kilian. I grew up in Deephaven and attended St. Therese School. I have completed all of my post high school work at University of St. Thomas. My undergraduate work was in Mathematics and Secondary Education, masters was in Special Education and my post masters is in Education Leadership.
Kassie Ricke, Advancement Director
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I have been a parent and volunteer at OLL for 14 years. I have a BS in Marketing from Clemson University. I have 3 children-Madeline, a Senior at Holy Family Catholic High School, Patrick a Sophomore at Holy Family Catholic and Betsy a 8th grader at OLL. My husband, Jerry and I choose Catholic Education for our children because we wanted them to have a Christ based foundation in life. I am thrilled to work in an environment that teaches the whole child: mind, body and spirit.
I look forward to the exciting future of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School!
I have a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota, Moorhead. I am licensed to teach grades 1-6. I started at OLL as a substitute teacher. I was also a part time teacher at OLL teaching first grade language arts and math and 3rd & 4th grade. I made the switch to the office in 2015. I love being in the office and getting to know all the families. I have three children--one is currently at OLL, one is at Holy Family and one at the University of North Dakota. I am so pleased with the faith based education that my kids have received at OLL. One of the things that I like about Catholic education is the strong tradition of faith based education. I am glad that I can work at a school that combines education with christian values.
I have taught preschool at Our Lady of the Lake Preschool for 7 years. I graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, Kindergarten - grade 6. I love teaching preschoolers because of their sense of curiosity and excitement for learning! One reason I chose to teach at OLL is because of the wonderful sense of community between our families and school staff. I feel blessed to be able to teach children about Jesus :) and find it rewarding to watch them grow in God’s love.
Amy Taggart, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
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I joined the Our Lady of the Lake family in 2015. I Love working with a very supportive staff and families I have a BA in Family Life Education from Concordia - St Paul and have 20+ years of experience teaching preschool. I love working with preschool children and their families. Preschool children are so excited to learn and explore the world and I enjoy being with them at the start of their educational journey. When I am not working, I enjoy knitting, geocaching and spending time with my friends, family, husband and three children.
Why am I a Preschool teacher at OLL you may ask? I do it because I view each and every day as a GIFT from God! Your children are a treasure. I appreciate teaching in Catholic schools because I can share God's love for us. I also appreciate this unique and wonderful age where children are discovering the world around them and view things with such wonder and humor! Each day brings me joy and laughter! I am a mother of 4 grown children, 2 dogs and one fat cat who rules the world. I have a Master' s degree in Education from Boston University and an undergraduate degree from the College of St. Benedict's/St. John's University. OLL is a special place and I hope to see you somewhere along our educational journey!
I have been a teacher for 26 years, with 21 of those years at OLL. I have a BA in Elementary Education (Licensed for Preschool through 6th Grade), a BS in Psychology and a Minor in Art. I am currently the Kindergarten teacher at OLL. Kids are so eager to learn at this age and are constantly striving for more knowledge. This keeps our environment always revolving and adjusting to their many needs. I have taught in both public and parochial schools and have found my place here at OLL, where I can easily share the teachings of God in every aspect of the curriculum. By modeling the teachings of God, I can see the children evolve in their faith throughout their years here at OLL. I know how important this school is and I am honored to be a part of it!
I graduated from St. Catherine University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-6) and a STEM endorsement in 2014. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Ever since I was in first grade I have wanted to be a teacher. I believe students learn best through hands-on experiences and interactive lessons. I love using technology such as the smart boards and Chromebooks to create fun and engaging lessons. I enjoy watching each student grow throughout the year, observing their relationship grow with the Lord and finding their strengths and interests along the way. When I am not in the classroom I love to do photography, arts and crafts, ride horses, spend time with my family when they are visiting from Missouri and catch up with friends.
Larissa Skoglund, 3rd & 4th Grade
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I am very excited and grateful to be joining the OLL family and staff as the 3rd and 4th grade teacher. I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary education and am licensed to teach k-6. After graduating I have spent time substitute teaching in various schools and grade levels until landing at Our Lady of the Lake. I believe in creating an environment where students feel welcomed and are excited to learn each and every day. Seeing them grow in their knowledge, faith, and personally knowing I was part of guiding them in that direction makes my job as their teacher even more rewarding. In my free time outside of school I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog. Anything outdoors is usually where you can find us, from fishing or hunting, to helping at my parents farm. I also don’t mind a nice summer night around a bonfire with family and friends.
Andrea Lahrs, 5th & 6th Grade homeroom and religion, Language Arts, Library Coordinator
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This is my fourth year at OLL teaching English, Study Skills, and Speech. I grew up in a small northwestern Iowa town and graduated high school in 2010. I went to the University of South Dakota to receive my Bachelor's Degree in English Education, where I graduated December of 2013. I student taught in Brookings, SD and spent my first year teaching middle school in a rural K-12 school in Hayti, SD before coming to OLL.
I live in Delano with my husband Nelson and my two daughters Addison (2) and Brooklyn (1). We will be welcoming a third child (a boy!) in December. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, reading, swimming, and camping.
Melinda Young, 7th and 8th grade homeroom, Middle School Math, Testing Coordinator, Technology Specialist
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I graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in 2011 with a BA in Elementary Education, with a concentration in math. I am licensed in K-6 Elementary Education and middle school (5-8) Math. I have been at OLL since 2012 and I am enjoying every minute of it! I believe in creating an open and fun learning environment in all my classes, while bringing real-world experiences to the classroom. I do this through technology-based curriculum and the flipped classroom model. When I am not working, I love to read, watch movies, travel to new and exciting places, and hang out with my husband and my dog.
I have a BS in Elementary Education from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN. This will be my 6th year teaching. This is my first year teaching at Our Lady of the Lake, but I have been around the school and parish since I was born. I am very excited and grateful to be teaching here, especially in the middle school.
I live in Lester Prairie with my husband Aaron, our two children Makenzie (3) and Finnley (1), and our dog Bella. We love to go camping and 4-wheeling as often as we can. In my freetime I love to read, crochet and scrapbook.
I graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. I have taught music and band in several different schools including Holy Trinity in South St. Paul, Maple Lake Elementary, and Aspen Academy in Savage. I started teaching band at OLL in 2013 and am excited to add the Pre K through 8th grade music classes to my schedule. I absolutely love being a part of the OLL community and being able to share my Catholic faith and passion for music with the students.
When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two kids, running, and playing the piano.
I have been a member of the Our Lady of the Lake and Mound, Minnesota community since moving here in October of 2013. I'm married and have two daughters who attended both Catholic grade and high schools. In those years, I was heavily involved at their schools either as a volunteer or in an official capacity as a 1st grade teacher's aide or after school care program leader. Having moved several times over the years, I've experienced a number of different schools and styles. I try to incorporate the best of what I have seen and learned during those years in addition to a strong Christian attitude and sense of community to create a program that makes it easy for your child to have fun, socialize and learn.
Kathy Cleveland, Preschool Aide
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Hi my name is Kathy Cleveland. I am working in the pre-
school with Mrs. King. Before coming to OLL, I worked at St. John the Baptist in. Excelsior for five years. Prior to that, I worked for Minnetonka Early Childhood Family Education for fifteen years. I love being around kids because they help me stay young at heart. I have been happily married for 39 years to John. We have three married children and our ninth grandchild is
on the way. The oldest grandchild is four years old and is
a student at OLL. All of our grandchildren live very close
to me, which is a great blessing. I love to go on long walks and long bike rides with my husband. I also enjoy cross country skiing and skating. What makes me really happy is spending time with my grandchildren. I love working with OLL’s youngest students because I love being a Catholic. What a beautiful faith we have; to be able to go to mass and receive Christ in the Eucharist. What a beautiful gift it is to know in my heart that no
matter what happens, Christ is right at my side with all
the graces to get through whatever I am facing.
Amanda Skaret, 1st and 2nd grade Classroom Aide
I grew up in Duluth and am a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. We have two children attending OLL, one in high school and one in college. I began work at OLL in 2015 as a preschool aide and librarian. I also received training from the Archdiocese to become a certified substitute teacher. I am one year in to a two year Master of Arts in Teaching program at St. Mary's University. At OLL we have the privelege to educate kids in mind, body and spirit while also sharing the Catholic faith. I am thankful to be a part of Catholic education both as a parent of students and as an assistant teacher. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, camping, boating and reading. .
I’ve been teaching at Our Lady of the Lake since 1999 when my children were young students here. I started out working as a resource teacher and in 2003 accepted the art teacher position. It has been a wonderful opportunity that has allowed me to combine my faith, love of art, and passion for education. Arts education is essential to children's development and I love nurturing students’s creativity and guiding them in exploring ways of expressing themselves. As Title I teacher, I work with students to improve their essential reading and math skills in one-on-one or small group settings where each student's unique learning style and abilities are recognized and valued. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of this wonderful, faith-filled school.
Jennifer Cleveland, Spanish
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I am Jenny Cleveland and I am beyond excited to have the privilege of teaching Spanish at OLL. Last year, my husband and I enrolled our first child at Our Lady of the Lake as a preschooler. We immediately fell in love with the school community. The emphasis of developing the whole child, mind, body and spirit is not something you can find anywhere. We are truly blessed to be a part of this community.
I graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 2007 and received a BA in Elementary education. My first teaching job was as an English teacher in Guatemala. This is where I discovered my true joy for language teaching. Being able to communicate cross culturally is a gift and something I want to share with my students.
I believe that learning a language should be active, purposeful, and fun. We have an exciting year ahead with engaging lessons planned to strengthen your child’s Spanish Language skills through different subject matter. We will be singing, dancing, reading, cooking, and SPEAKING!!
I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. Please feel free to call, email or stop by with any questions.
I went to undergraduate college at Minnesota State University Mankato. From there I went onto get my Masters Degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. The past 2 years I have worked as a Registered Dietitian at a clinic in Eden Prairie, MN working with kids ages 7-18 in the eating disorder unit. I loved my time at the clinic providing one-on-one patient care but I knew it was time for a change! I really love the idea of being able to teach students the importance of health, wellness, and exercise, while also assisting them in developing a deeper relationship with God. My husband Andrew is a Mechanical Engineer for his day job and he also volunteers as a fire fighter. We have 2 children, Louie who is 2.5 years old and Nora who is 1 year old. We have lived in St Boni for the past 3 years and love it! My hobbies mostly involve spending time with my children and keeping them entertained. I also love to be at my parents lake home during the summer (the house I grew up in) in Grand Rapids MN. In my spare time, I love to read books and cook. I also exercise 5/6 days per week, either at different workout classes or taking a run with my kids in their stroller.
Julie Roelofs, School Health Aide
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I have my Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from the University of Minnesota. I was sought after for this amazing opportunity, and this is my seventh year as the Health Aide at OLL. I enjoy helping children everyday and I will continue to take care of OLL’s precious cargo. I have two boys, one in middle school at OLL and one in high school at Holy Family. I feel blessed to be a part of the OLL staff.