Xavier Catholic Schools Preschool-6th Grade


Evie Porter -Principal

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July 2013-Present

Evelyn (Evie) E. Porter attended Catholic Schools for 16 years and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Elementary Education and Religious Studies from Benedictine College in 1984. She holds a graduate degree from Baker University in School Leadership. Mrs. Porter is a licensed school administrator issued by the Kansas State Board of Education. She has 19 years of experience in Elementary Education within the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

 

 

PRESCHOOL STAFF

 

Shannon Holcomb -Director for Training and Compliance (Preschool and Extended Care)

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July 2003-Present 

Shannon Holcomb did her undergraduate work at Fort Hays State University in Kansas and her bachelor of arts in secondary english education is from Panhandle State University in Oklahoma.   She began her masters in early childhood education while working eight years with Army Child/Youth Services as an Early Childhood Education Specialist and Training and Curriculum Specialist.  Holcomb and her husband met in high school where they grew up in Southwest Kansas and have been married for 30 years.  They have three children, Jennifer, Brad and Cory, who is a senior at Immaculata High School. They also have one grandchild. The Holcomb’s have been in Leavenworth (through two Army deployments) for 13 years.

 

Lonnie Tupa -Preschool Enrollment Coordinator/ Part-time Preschool Teacher

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August 1985-Present

Lonnie Tupa holds bachelor of science degrees in early childhood education and sociology from North Dakota State University and a minor in religion from Benedictine College.  She is from North Dakota, as is her husband, George, of 43 years.  They have 3 sons and 2 daughters, who all went to Xavier and graduated from Immaculata.  They have six grandchildren.  

 

 

Meredith Claycomb -Preschool Teacher

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August 2012-Present

Meredith Claycomb has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Kansas State University and a master of arts degree in education from the University of St. Mary.  Previously, Meredith taught in urban Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (Missouri) for fourteen years.  She has taught preschool through third grade.  She is married to Greg Claycomb, a chemistry professor.    

 

 

Stephanie Mock -Preschool Teacher

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August 2016-Present

Stephanie Mock attended Catholic middle and high school in Denver, CO. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She taught preschool in Denver for the past two years and can't wait to get to know all of you!

 

 

 

Angela Wiley -Preschool Teacher

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April 2000-Present

Angela Wiley attended Catholic school for elementary and high school. She has a bachelor of science from Kansas State University in family and child development. She has taught at Xavier Preschool for sixteen years.

 

 

 

XAVIER CATHOLIC SCHOOL K-6th

 

Evie Porter -Principal

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2013-Present

Evelyn (Evie) E. Porter attended Catholic Schools for 16 years and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Elementary Education and Religious Studies from Benedictine College in 1984. She holds a graduate degree from Baker University in School Leadership. Mrs. Porter is a licensed school administrator issued by the Kansas State Board of Education. She has 19 years of experience in Elementary Education within the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

 

 

XAVIER CATHOLIC SCHOOL STAFF

 

Traci Baker -Administrative Assistant

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August 2009-Present

Traci Baker graduated from Pittsburgh State University with a bachelor of business administration and minor in accounting. She worked at Premiere Conferencing for eight years until her daughter was born. She stayed home to raise her family and started at Xavier when her son started kindergarten in 2008. Both of her children have gone to Xavier Catholic School. 

 

 

Marihelen Bassett -Administrative Assistant

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August 2000-Present

Marihelen Bassett is originally from Ottawa, IL, where she attended Catholic schools from first thru 12th grades. She attended Quincy College, a Franciscan school in Quincy, IL, to study music. Marihelen has five children, all five of whom graduated from Immaculata High School between 1996 and 2008. Marihelen joined Xavier Catholic School as secretary for the Kickapoo Campus in 2000. She has been serving Xavier students, teachers and families ever since.   

 

 

Annie Hernandez -Life Skills Counselor (K-12)

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August 2011-Present

Annie Hernandez is a first generation living in the US from San Juan Puerto Rico. She was raised in a military family and married into a military family. She attended Catholic schools in Cookville, TN; Miami, FL; Caracas, Venezuela; and San Juan, PR, graduating from the San Antonio Catholic School in San Juan ‘78. Annie graduated with a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico ’81 and holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Saint Mary ’11. She has served with the Guidance Center in Leavenworth before starting with LRCSS. She has taught CCD for 8 years and is currently serving as a Spanish speaking prison minister in Lansing. Her family has lived 12 years in Leavenworth. She has two daughters, Ana Julia ’09 and Priscila a senior at IMAC, who have gone through the LRCSS from elementary through high school. Priscila, is graduating IMAC '16 and will be starting St. Louis University (SLU) this coming fall.

  

Sr. Mary Jane Schmitz -SCL, Faith Development Coordinator

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August 2003-Present

Mary Jane Schmitz, SCL, attended Catholic schools from 1st grade through graduate school. She went to Holy Name School in Sheridan, WY, from 1st to 8th grade; Sacred Heart School in Miles City, MT, from 9th to12th grade, and the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS, where she earned a degree in elementary education. She also has a master’s in elementary administration from the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH. Schmitz worked 24 years as a teacher in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and Kansas.  She also spent 26 years as an elementary principal in Wyoming and Montana and 12 years as Director of Faith Development of Xavier Catholic School in Leavenworth. She is a member of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, currently residing at the Mother House in Leavenworth, KS.

 


Stacy Rossow, School Nurse

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August 2016-Present

Stacy Rossow grew up in Joplin, Missouri. She graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She is married to Drew, an Army officer. Her nursing career has allowed her diverse experiences as they move with her husband’s career. Her experience includes oncology, program management and inter-generational programming. She have three sons: Luke who will be a third grader at Xavier; Levi who will be a kindergartner at Xavier; and Caleb.

 

Mary Stean -Xavier Custodian

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May 2012-Present

Mary Stean attended grade school at Sacred Heart in Bonner Springs, Kansas and Linwood Kansas High School. She has been married to Larry Stean for 45 years and has five children, sixteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Stean has worked in the custodial field for 30+ years. She has worked for Basehor, Tonganoxie, DeSoto, McLouth and Eudora School District. She attended many workshops for the custodial field. Her family belongs to Sacred Heart Church in Tonganoxie, KS.

 

 

Xavier Teachers K-8th

 

Kathy Wilson -Kindergarten

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August 2008-Present

Kathy Wilson grew up as a military dependent. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a bachelor of science degree in education. She is married to a retired military officer and has three daughters, all of whom graduated from Immaculata High School: Kaitlynn is a First Lieutenant in the US Army and currently deployed to Iraq; Olivia is a junior at Rockhurst University, and Hannah will be a freshman at K-State this year. Her teaching experience has followed her husband’s military career which ended in retirement here at Fort Leavenworth, where she happily put down roots and accepted the Xavier Kindergarten position in 2008. 

 


Stacy Vardiman -1st Grade

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August 2003-Present

Stacy Vardiman attended Xavier Catholic School and is a 1988 graduate of Immaculata High School. She received her bachelor of science degree in teaching from the University of Saint Mary and her master’s of art degree in teaching from Webster University. Mrs. Vardiman has taught K to 2nd grade for 23 years, with 13 of those years at Xavier. Mrs. Vardiman is married and has 2 children, who are 3rd generation Raiders. Lauren is a senior and Ben is a freshman at Immaculata. 

 

 

Bridget Cezar -2nd Grade

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August 2013-Present

Bridget Cezar attended St. Joseph Grade School and High School ‘78 in Shawnee, KS. She went on to attend Emporia State University ‘83 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She started teaching in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas in 1985. Cezar has been married for 33 years and has a daughter and son who have gone through the Catholic School System. 

 

 

Annie Nichol -3rd Grade

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August 2009-Present

Anne Todd-Nichol attended St. Agnes Catholic School from preschool to 2nd grade.  She then attended USD #449 through high school, graduating from Pleasant Ridge High School in 1991. Anne graduated from the University of Saint Mary in 1998 with a bachelor of science in elementary education. In 2006, Anne received her master of arts in education from Baker University. Anne is married to Jeremiah Nichol, and they have four children, all of whom attend LRCSS. Anne has taught 15 years, and this is her seventh year at Xavier Catholic School. 

 

 

Janet Meyer -4th Grade

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August 1989-Present

Janet Meyer graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1982 with a bachelor of science in education. She taught special education in Arkansas and Missouri for seven years before moving to Kansas to teach 4th grade at Xavier in 1989. Meyer has three children who graduated from Xavier and Immaculata. 

 

 

 

Phillip Brice -5th Grade Homeroom (5th/6th Math, 5th Religion)

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July 2015-Present

Phillip Brice is a graduate of the University of Saint Mary ’05. After graduation, Phillip worked as a case manager at the Grossman Center, a federal reentry house. Phillip returned to USM to obtain his certification in Elementary Education in 2009. His student teaching experience was completed under the mentorship of Xavier’s own Janet Meyer. Phillip was also awarded substitute teacher of the year for the 2013-2014 school year by Morgan Hunter Education. Phillip is married to Jodie Brice, a kindergarten teacher for Leavenworth public schools. He has a son, Kaden Brice, who will start his schooling at Xavier in the fall of 2015. 

 

 

Cindi Thiele - K-6th Media/Technology Specialist (School Librarian, 5th/6th Social Studies)

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August 1995-Present

Cindi Thiele was born on Good Friday and grew up in New Castle, DE, where she attended St. Peter's Catholic School. She attended the University of Delaware, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and graduated from the University of Saint Mary with a bachelor of science in business administration. She later returned to USM and earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She has been teaching computer applications at Xavier since 1995. She also operated the libraries at the former Kickapoo and Osage campuses of Xavier starting in 1999, and she continues in that role at the Muncie campus. In addition, she coached volleyball at Xavier from 1996-2016, when she retired from coaching. Her husband has been a dentist in Leavenworth for over 30 years. They have four children, three of whom graduated from IMAC: Bill, Chris ‘99, Cara ‘02 and Alison ’01.  Three of their grandchildren now go to Xavier Catholic School.  

 

Felicia Holcomb -6th Grade Homeroom (5th/6th ELA, 6th Religion)

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August 2015-Present

Felicia Holcomb earned her undergraduate degree in education from Avila University and is working on a Reading Specialist graduate degree at Emporia State University. Felicia is K-12 certified, holding endorsements in English Language Arts (6-12), English for Speakers of Other Languages (K-12), and Elementary Education (K-6). She has additional experience as a university writing center consultant, higher education journal editor, grant proposal writer, and inclusion specialist for children with disabilities. 

 

 

Mandy Mroszczak -Science Teacher 5th-6th grades, Science Consultant K-4th grades

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1997-2008; 2009-2014 subsitute part-time teacher; and August 2014-Present 

Amanda (Mandy) Mroszczak attended Catholic Schools from 1st through 12th grade and beyond. She graduated from Resurrection High School then attended two years at Loyola University - also in Chicago, IL. Her various volunteer opportunities directed her to graduate from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, KS with a bachelor of science in education in 1995. Her first official teaching position was at the Saudi Arabian International School - Riyadh for one year.  Since 1996, Mandy has held various full- and part-time roles as a teacher in the Leavenworth Catholic School System: middle school religion, math and science being among her favorites. She retains membership in the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) since 2004 and Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS). Currently holds a Kansas Professional Teacher’s License K-6 with a highly qualified designation in middle school education science content area. Mandy is married, and she and husband, Jay, have four children.  They have all graduated from Xavier Catholic School and three graduated from Immaculata ‘99, ‘01, ‘03. Their youngest is a Senior at Immaculata catholic School.

 

Cristy Quinn - Spanish Teacher K-6th Grades, Art Coordinator

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August 2001-Present

Cristy Quinn attended Catholic School from K through 12th grades. Quinn then graduated from The Jorge Tadeo Lozano University with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. She received a scholarship from The International Advertising Association to pursue graduate studies in Santiago, Chile, South America where she studied advertising with an emphasis in creativity. Cristy has taught for the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System for fifteen years. Here, she has taught 8th grade Religion, K-12th grade Spanish and 6th - 8th Art.  

 

 

Danny Schmidt -5th-6th Physical Education, Disciplinary Advocate

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August 1985-Present

Danny Schmidt has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health and a master’s degree in school leadership from Benedictine College, where he also played basketball. He is a certified K-12 Kansas Building Administrator. Schmidt has worked for the Leavenworth Catholic Schools for 31 years. In those thirty years, he has taught PE K-12 and health and has been athletic director, assistant principal, dean of students and disciplinary advocate. While at the Catholic schools, he has coached volleyball, basketball and track. He and his wife, Tracy, have two daughters, Danielle who is in college and Karli, who will be an 9th grader at Immaculata Catholic School this year. 

 

 

Elaine Averna -Achievement Center Coordinator

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August 2014-Present

 

Elaine Averna grew up in Omaha, NE, attending Catholic schools from 1st to 12th grades. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in elementary education and special education. She has been a paraprofessional teacher, a substitute teacher and has taught first grade and special education. This is her twelfth year of teaching and her third year as the Xavier Achievement Center Coordinator.  She is married to Rick Averna and they have three children: Nathan, Emma and Will Averna.  She loves working with Xavier students, families and teachers to facilitate student success.

 

Jessica Stroub -K-6th Grade Music

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2014-Present

Jessica Stroub obtained two bachelor of music degrees in music education and church music with a vocal emphasis from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO. She is certified in vocal music for K through 12th grade in Kansas and Missouri. Stroub has directed and performed in numerous theatre productions within the last six years. This is her second year teaching at both Xavier and Immaculata. She currently teaches K through 6th grade general music, junior high choir and high school choir. Additionally, she is the theatre director for fall productions and the spring variety show.   

 

 

EXTENDED CARE STAFF

 

Katie Campbell - Assistant Director Extended Care

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April 2012-Present

 

 

 

Angela Meinert -Extended Care Provider 

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August 2005-Present

 

 

 

 

 

Erica Bullard -Part-time Extended Care Provider

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August 2015-Present

 

Kerry Forse -Part-time Extended Care Provider

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August 2015-Present

 

Katie Parks -Part-time Extended Care Provider

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August 2015-Present