New Faculty at St. Pat’s

We will soon welcome new companions in our work at St. Pat’s. Our seven new teachers come from Hawaii, Kentucky and South Bend, bringing experience from other Catholic schools as well as deep faith and strong commitment to Catholic education.

Our Specialists:

Megan Norton — PE/Health

Mrs. Norton is a familiar face to our kids as she has been a resource room teacher and frequent substitute this past year.  A University of Montana grad, Megan taught AP History at Kennedy Catholic High School where she also coached girls basketball and served as head track and cross country coach at Sammamish High School. Mrs. Norton is married to Joe and they can be seen with a jogging stroller with their son Joseph Patrick.

Emily Wood Keller — Art

Emily is an exhibiting artist, most recently opening a show in Seattle.  She has taught Art in Tacoma Public Schools and at Charles Wright and Annie Wright. Mrs. Keller is a University of Washington graduate  and an active member of our parish where she serves on the Pastoral Council.  Emily is married to Paul, a recently-retired Tacoma firefighter and usher at St. Pat’s, and mother of Ellie and Tom who will be joining their mom at St. Pat’s this year.

Our Grade Level Teachers:

Catherine Louis — Grade 2

Catherine comes to us from Northern Kentucky University where she completed her studies in Elementary Education, earning Dean’s List honors every semester as well as recognition for her tutoring and work with special needs children.  Ms. Louis will be part of the PACE program — the University of Portland’s Alliance for Catholic Education — living in community with other young Catholic school teachers while earning her Master’s degree in Education.

Hanna Graves — Grade 4

Mrs. Graves returns to Tacoma after teaching third grade at Star of the Sea in Bremerton and most recently fourth grade at St. Vincent’s in Federal Way. Hanna has her Elementary Education degree from Eastern Washington where she also earned an endorsement in Reading and a minor in Special Education. Hanna’s most recent principal was not happy when I called to tell her I was going to offer Hanna a teaching position with us but was excited that she was staying in Catholic education and knew it would be an easier commute for Hanna, who has a brand new baby.

Catherine Shedd — Grade 5

This is our most familiar hire as Mrs. Shedd is parent of three current students, volunteer extraordinaire, and one of our most favorite substitutes.  Catherine graduated from Gonzaga and then earned her Masters in Education from UPS. Her experience as a sophomore English teacher will be invaluable as the fifth grade teachers focus on grammar and reading comprehension. Catherine has been a friend of St. Pat’s for many years and we are thrilled about her joining our faculty.

Katherine Lilly — Grade 6

Katherine joins us after teaching four years at St. Theresa School in Honolulu. Mrs. Lilly taught English in their Middle School and coached speech and track. She completed her MS in Curriculum and Instruction while she coordinated the school spelling bee and co-led the ASB!  We are really pleased to welcome Katherine and her husband, who is an active duty nurse at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Maddisen Brennecke — Middle School Math and Grade 7

Ms. Brennecke is a recent graduate of Univ of Notre Dame in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics.  Maddisen brings with her a wonderful sense of service, having interned at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club and Hope Ministries of South Bend and taught English to children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  She was Editor-in-Chief of the Dome Yearbook. Maddisen will join Catherine Louis as a member of PACE.

We feel very fortunate to welcome as new colleagues these seven women who will continue the legacy of exceptional, faith-filled teaching here.  We will be younger; more aware and attentive to contemporary pedagogies; and rejuvenated by the spirit of their vocations.

We will be companions together with you on behalf of all of our children.