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August 1, 2014



Meet our Staff:

Amy Hartnett

started teaching 5th grade at Saint Patrick School in 2010. She has a degree in English from the University of Michigan, where she also developed a taste for flying small airplanes. For many years she pursued a career in aviation – she taught students to fly small planes, worked customer service at a commuter airline, and was a certified weather observer.

It was after her children were born that she realized teaching might be her true calling. She loved watching them learn and grow, and followed them into the classroom as a volunteer at Saint Patrick School. She began substitute teaching while working through the Master’s/Initial Certification program at University of Wisconsin, River Falls. In the fall of 2012, she completed the final step of the program and received her Master in Elementary Education.

As a teacher, Amy enjoys watching children meet the challenges that school brings. “The depths of a child’s ability are as deep as we are willing to dig” was part of her philosophy in grad school, and she loves seeing students learn and grow. Fifth grade, a transition year from elementary to middle school, is especially appealing to her as students tackle not only more complex school work, but often a more complex social world as well.

Amy loves spending time with her family – husband Shawn and daughters Elaine and Lilly, both Saint. Patrick School alumni. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, camping, gardening, and reading.


Tric Pieper

graduated from the University of Wisconsin,-River Falls in 2000 and began her first teaching job at Saint Patrick School that same year. Reflecting on teaching, Tric said, “I have loved every year, every class, and every child since I began at Saint Patrick School.”  Tric knew from the age of ten that her mission from God was to be a teacher; she has followed that path, both as a teacher and as a volunteer.

Saint Patrick Parish brings the two core aspects of who Tric is together perfectly. She firmly believes that education and faith go hand in hand with Christ leading us to create our amazing faith community. Tric teaches Art to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. She also teaches two after school art classes throughout the year, one for third - fifth grade students, and another for students in sixth through eighth grade. In addition to teaching art classes, Tric also teaches computer classes to students in first through eighth grade. The other “hat” she wears at school is that of Technology Coordinator, implementing and maintaining all components of technology at Saint Patrick School.

Outside of work, Tric is very involved in parish life. She leads adult faith study groups and frequently coordinates and takes part in parish mission trips.

She is quick to point out that the Trinity is the foundation of her life, noting, ”I have been blessed with an amazing loving, and faith-filled family. If I am not at school or church, I am with my family working on some new building project, or I am out with my friends camping, hiking, or paddling my way through God's glorious creation. “

With gratitude, she also mused, “I have been given many amazing gifts from God which have helped me with the various jobs I have at Saint Patrick Parish. Those gifts allow me to connect with the students on so many different levels. In the years I have been teaching, I have come to realize our parish is a large, ever-growing family, that I feel blessed to be a part of.”




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