DeLaSalle welcomes several new staff as we begin the 2017-18 school year. These classroom teachers and staff members bring a wealth of knowledge and diversity of experience to their roles on the Island.
- Br. Ryan Anderson (Lasallian Ministry associate & Theology teacher)
Brother Ryan comes to DeLaSalle after spending the last year in campus ministry at Christian Brothers University in Memphis. Brother Ryan, who lives in community with the Brothers, will support the Lasallian Ministry office by coordinating Masses, liturgies, and other programming. He will also teach two sections of the sophomore Theology class, Creed and the Sacraments.
- Susan Buerger (Learning Specialist)
Susan brings to the De community more than 17 years of experience in special education in St. Paul schools. She will oversee an office with two new staff and will work with those students who worked directly with Chelsea McGuire last year.
- Jumari Callaway (Lasallian Volunteer)
Jumari begins her first year as a Lasallian Volunteer, a program for college graduates who choose to provide a year or two of service to a Lasallian ministry like DeLaSalle. She is a recent graduate of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. As a Learning Specialist associate, Jumari will inherit those students who worked last year with John Schatz, who left De this summer after fulfilling his commitment as a Lasallian Volunteer.
- Sam Homan (English teacher)
Sam arrives at DeLaSalle with years of experience as an English and language arts teacher at schools in Minneapolis and Rochester, MN. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Minnesota and was drawn to DeLaSalle because of its deep history and strong emphasis on character development. Sam will teach multiple sections each of 10th and 11th grade English.
- Br. Jim Krause (Learning Specialist associate)
DeLaSalle didn’t have to look far to find Brother Jim, who has served as the director of the DeLaSalle Christian Brothers community that lives on the top two floors of Christian Brothers’ Hall. Brother Jim has been an educator for over five decades in a variety of schools and ministries, most recently working with families and students at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Saint Paul. He will provide academic support to those students who worked last year in the Learning Specialist office with Kai Brinson.
- Mary Lenz (Science teacher)
A product of Catholic education, Mary is excited to begin teaching Biology in a Catholic school. The Duluth native and graduate of the College of St. Benedict will teach multiple sections of 10th grade Biology and one section of Advanced Placement Biology. Mary plans to use the surrounding environment as classroom space for her students, similar to field study projects she completed as an undergraduate.
- Lucienne Nagel (Spanish teacher)
Lucienne loves to teach Spanish and will share that passion with students in her Spanish I and II classes. Lucienne earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish Studies and English at the University of Minnesota, where she is currently pursuing her master’s degree. She has been a student teacher at schools in the Minneapolis public school district, Osseo, and St. Louis Park.
- Melanie Townsend (Science teacher)
Melanie is DeLaSalle’s new Chemistry teacher, With a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and a master’s in education in teaching and learning from St. Mary’s University, Melanie has taught chemistry at the high school and college level at schools in Minnesota and Michigan. She most recently taught math intervention at Marcy Open School. Melanie’s son, Ethan, is in the DeLaSalle Class of 2021.
- Tyler Wessman-Conroy (Theology teacher)
Tyler found DeLaSalle by way of former Theology teacher Amanda McPheeters and is excited to teach in a mission-driven school. Tyler holds a master’s in divinity from the Boston College School of Theology and has taught high school theology for the last five years at a school near Boston. Tyler’s teaching assignments this year include multiple sections of Comparative Religions and one section of the sophomore level Theology class, Creed and the Sacraments.