Xavier Catholic Schools Preschool-8th 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 23 years of experience in Elementary Education within the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

 

 

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 attended 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.   

 


Seth Parres -
Athletic Director/Physical Education

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August 2018 - Present

 Seth Parres is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. This is his first year teaching.  Seth graduated from Fort Hays University with a bachelor's degree in sports management.  He participated in cross country and track in college. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy Dunwiddie - Kindergarten 

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August 2017-present

Wendy Dunwiddie is beginning her ninth year as an educator after previously teaching in the Kansas City, Kansas school district and at St. Patrick School.  Wendy has a Bachelors of Arts in English and sociology from Benedictine College.  She earned her education certification through Avila University and is working on her master's degree from Avila University.  Wendy and her husband Scott have been married for 22 years and have three children; Brendan, Patrick, and Molly. 

 

 

 

Allyson Wagner - Kindergarten 

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August 2018-present

Allyson Wagner attended Leavenworth Catholic Schools starting in kindergarten and continuing all the way through high school, graduating from Immaculata.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of St. Mary. Allyson previously taught first and third grades at Xavier for thirteen years and is returning to teach kindergarten this school year.  She and her husband Ron have a daughter, Lydia, who is starting kindergarten and is a third generation Raider.

 

 

 

 

Andrea Luchen- First Grade

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August 2018 - Present

Andrea Luchen grew up on the east coast and moved to Missouri for college.  She graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business.  She received her elementary teaching certificate from Avila University and began her master’s degree at Ottawa University.  Andrea has been teaching in both Catholic and public schools since 2000.  She and her husband have been married for 30 years, and they have one son who is also a Catholic school teacher. 

 

 

 

Tristin Martin - Second Grade

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August 2018-Present

Tristin Martin is from California but grew up in Indiana.  She attended Catholic school for grades 7 - 12. She was a Catholic missionary for two years before deciding to teach.  Tristin has previously taught in second and first grades. Her background is in special education.

 

 

 

 


Kelly Hanson
 -Third Grade

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August 2018-Present

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet Meyer -Fourth 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. 

 

 

Cindi Thiele - K-Eighth Media/Technology Specialist (School Librarian, Fifth and Sixth 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.   

 

 


Bruce Carter -Seventh Grade Homeroom (Fifth through Eighth English Language Arts, Seventh Religion)

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August 2015-Present

Bruce Carter is beginning his 47th year of teaching.  He is from Overland Park and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School.  Bruce holds an associate’s degree from Johnson County Community College, a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Fort Hays University, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from UMKC, and a Master’s in Education focusing on curriculum from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Bruce also holds a Doctorate in Teaching and Leadership from the University of Kansas.  Bruce has seven children and six grandchildren.

 

 

 

Clare Larpenteur - Fifth/Sixth Homeroom, Fifth through Eighth Science, Fifth and Sixth Math, and Fifth Religion

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August 2018 - Present

Clare Larpenteur grew up in Baton Rouge, LA where she attended Catholic school for grades kindergarten through twelfth.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Louisiana State University.  Clare graduated from the University of West Alabama with a Master of Education in School Counseling.  She is certified in elementary education, middle school science, middle and secondary math, school counseling.  Clare is a proud Army spouse and she and her husband have two children; Ruth, a kindergarten student at Xavier, and Charlie, who is two-years-old.  

 

 

 

 

Kassie York - Seventh and Eighth Grade Math and Sixth Religion

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August 2018 - Present 

Kassie York is from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.  Her husband’s military career brought their family to Leavenworth.  Kassie has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master in Secondary Education from Austin Peay State University.  This is her 6th year teaching.  Kassie has a four-year-old son who attends Xavier Preschool.   

 

 

 

 

Cristy Quinn - Spanish Teacher K-Eighth 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 seventeen years. Here, she has taught 8th-grade Religion, K-12th grade Spanish, and 6th - 8th Art.  

 

 

Andrea Sladky - Preschool-Eighth Grade Music, Fifth-Eighth Grade Band and Choir 

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August 2017-Present

Andrea Sladky graduated from Emporia State University and holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in Music Education.  In her 13 years of teaching, she has instructed general, choral and instrumental music.  She is an adjunct faculty member for Allen Community College and serves in the Kansas Army National Guard with the 35th Infantry Division Band.  Mrs. Sladky is a member of St. Francis de Sales Parish and lives in Leavenworth with her husband and 3 children; Michael, a third-grade student at Xavier, Maddux, a preschool student at Xavier, and Grace.  

 

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 fourteenth year of teaching and her fifth 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.

 

Mary Stean - Custodian

 

 

 

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Mike Connelly -Director of Student Financial Support and Family Assistance

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August 1980-Present

Mike Connelly attended Old Cathedral Grade School (now Xavier) in Leavenworth and graduated from Immaculata High School in 1966. He attended Donnelly College, graduated from the University of Kentucky and received his master’s degree in building administration from Baker University. Mike is married to Glenda (Stark) Connelly ’79, and they have two children, Bill ’09 and Ailey ’11. Mike has coached football, wrestling, volleyball, girls and boys basketball, track, and golf at Immaculata. His teams have competed on the state level many times, winning four Kansas State Championships; most recently as the golf coach winning state in 2015 and 2016. Through the years, Mike has also served as President of LRCSS, Principal of Immaculata, teacher, substitute teacher and now development associate. Mike was inducted into the Immaculata Hall of Fame in 2014 and was the coach of the 1991 State Volleyball team inducted into the Immaculata Hall of Fame in 2016. 

 

Lisa Forge -Director of Marketing and Recruiting/Enrollment Management

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August 2015-Present

Lisa Forge attended Xavier from first grade until eighth grade and graduated from Immaculata High School ‘01.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Kansas in 2005, and her master’s in teaching and learning from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.  Lisa taught high school language arts for five years in Oklahoma and previously worked for Johnson County Community College.  She is married to Justin Forge '99, and they have three boys together; Ethan, a third-grader at Xavier, Kason, a first-grader at Xavier, and Peyton who is in Mrs. Winters' 5-day preschool at Xavier. 

 

Lisa Hancock -Director of Business Operations

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July 2011-Present

Lisa Hancock graduated from Leavenworth High School ’93 and went on to get an associate’s degree in accounting from Kansas City Community College. She worked in the banking industry locally for four years before moving on to Browing-Ferris Industries as a Customer Service Supervisor/Payroll & Benefits/ in administration in Ohio, Kansas City, and Kentucky. After having children, she started back to work as a Real Estate agent with Reece & Nichols for seven years. She then took a job with Larkin Excavating as their Accounts Payable Manager before coming to work for the Leavenworth Catholic Schools. Lisa is married to Bobby Hancock who has been a coach for the schools and they have two children, Luke a seventh-grader at Xavier and Joey, now a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas, attended Xavier Catholic School.

  

 

 

Xavier Preschool Staff


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 23 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 began her undergraduate work at Fort Hays State University in Kansas and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Panhandle State University in Oklahoma.   She began her Master's in Early Childhood Education while working eight years with the Army Child/Youth Services as an Early Childhood Education Specialist and Training and Curriculum Specialist.  Shannon and her husband met in high school in Southwest Kansas and have been married for 33 years.  They have three children; Jennifer, Brad, and Cory. They also have two grandchildren, one of whom attends Xavier Preschool. The Holcombs have been in Leavenworth (through two Army deployments) for 16 years.  They now live on a farm where one of Shannon's favorite activities is to ride her ATV to visit the cow calves in the pasture.

 

Tracy Heim - Administrative Assistant

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Amy Anderson - Preschool Teacher

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August 2018 - Present

Amy Anderson is originally from Pittsburgh, PA.  The military brought Amy and her family to Leavenworth.  Amy graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Child Development.  She also holds a Masters in Teaching with an Elementary Education focus.  Amy and her husband are the proud parents of Mason and Noah.   

 

 

 

 

 

Allison Burton- Preschool Teacher

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August 2018 - Present

 Allison Burton is beginning her first year of teaching.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education from The University of Tennessee and a Master in Sports Administration from Belmont University.  The military brought Allison and her family to Leavenworth.  Her son Morgan is a first grader at Xavier and her daughter Lola attends Xavier Preschool.   

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Hood - Preschool Teacher

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August 2018 - Present

Mary Hood attended The University of St. Mary where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in theology, education, and psychology.  She then attended Rockhurst University where she received her Masters of Arts in Elementary Education.  This is Mary’s first-time teaching, but she has worked with children for over 5 years in school districts as a paraeducator, a teacher’s aide, and at the Child Development Center on Fort Leavenworth as a Child and Youth Specialist. She married Andrew Hood in 2010 and they have two children; Matthew who is a second grader at Xavier and Felicity who is two.  

 

 

 

Julie Winters - Preschool Teacher

 

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August 2017 - Present

Julie Winters is a graduate of Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree.  This is Julie's fourth year teaching preschool and her second year teaching at Xavier.  She attended Xavier Catholic School for grades first through fourth and is a supporter of Catholic Education.  Julie and her husband have two children.  Wyatt is a first-grader at Xavier, and Sadie is in Mrs. Burton's 5-day preschool class.  Julie enjoys reading and rolling buncos in her spare time.   

 

 

 

 

 

EXTENDED CARE STAFF

 

Shelly Sommerfield - Assistant Director Extended Care/Lead Teacher

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August 2017-Present

Shelly Sommerfield has an education and background in professional theater.  She has performed in New York and abroad. While living in Paris, Shelly was an au pair to the children of The Second Secretary of The U.S. Ambassador.  She graduated from Southampton University’s College of Nursing in England as a registered nurse.  More recently, Shelly has returned from teaching English in China and working as Director of Foreign Teacher Training and Recruitment.  While in China she did extensive voice-over over work for companies and Universities.   Shelly also designed and authored a series of kindergarten English texts and materials including over 80 original songs and chants.  These texts are still being used in China today.  She has said there is nothing more special than to walk into a school and hear children singing a song you have written for them.  Shelly has taught preschool in Overland Park, Kansas and is delighted to be part of the team at Xavier Catholic Preschool.  Her desire is for every child to come to know our Lord Jesus Christ and to know they are uniquely created and loved.

 

Amanda French - Extended Care Lead Teacher  

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August 2018-Present

This is Amanda French’s first year teaching at Xavier Extended Care.  She has previously taught piano and voice lessons for several years.  Amanda graduated from Benedictine College in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in music. Amanda and her husband Michael have been married for 13 years and we have 6 children: William, Elizabeth, Genevieve, Felicity, Stephen, and Oliver. We are members of Sacred Heart/St. Casimir Parish where she cantors frequently.

 

 

 

 

Angela Meinert -Extended Care Operations Lead

 

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August 2005-Present

Angela Meinert is beginning her fourteenth year working for Xavier Extended Care.  This is her first year as Operations Lead.  Angela graduated from Pleasant Ridge High School and attended Kansas City Kansas Community College studying early childhood education and business.  Angela has previously worked as a nanny and as an in-home and in-center child care provider.  She has 25 years of experience caring for children.  In her spare time, Angela enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, embroidering, and playing with her dog, Buddy.  

 

 

Jessica Aguilar -Extended Care Provider 

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August 2018-Present

Jessica Aquilar is beginning her first year working for Xavier Extended Care.  She is a student at Fort Hays State University working on a degree in elementary education with a minor in special education. Jessica has two children, Eden who is 12, and Jack who is 9. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janelle Braswell -Extended Care Provider 

 

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August 2018-Present

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan Graves -Extended Care Provider 

 

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August 2017-Present

Nathan Graves graduated from Leavenworth High School and is currently attending college at Kansas City Community Kansas Community College. He has worked in education for three years, previously working as a before and after school care provider at David Brewer Elementary and as a special education paraprofessional at Lawson Elementary. This is Nathan's second year working for Xavier Extended Care.  

 

 

 

 

Alexis Myers -Extended Care Provider 

 

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August 2017-Present

This is Alexis Myers second year at Xavier and my third year working as a childcare provider. Alexis is currently a junior at the University of Saint Mary studying criminology, psychology, and music.  She is from Kansas City, Kansas.  

 

 

 

 

Jean Scheid -Extended Care Provider 

 

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August 2017-Present

This is Jean Scheid’s second year at Xavier Extended Care.  She and her husband Rodney are the proud parents of Matthew who is a junior at Pleasant Ridge this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelby Schmitendorf -Extended Care Provider 

 

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 August 2017-Present

Shelby Schmitendorf is beginning her second year with Xavier Extended Care.  I have enjoyed being a part of afternoon activities and have many new ideas for the school year!  Shelby graduated from Basehor-Linwood High School and is currently a student at Kansas City Kansas Community College.  She plans on attending Fort Hays next fall and majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education K-6. 

 

 

 

 

 

Breanna Wuerzberger -Extended Care Provider 

 

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August 2018-Present