St. Patrick’s faculty filled with new faces for new year

Much of the student body of St. Patrick's Catholic School are shown closing their spring concert with an energetic performance of "You've Got a Friend In Me." When students return to classes this week, they will find a new principal and seven new teachers waiting for them.

St. Patrick’s Catholic School offers single classes from kindergarten through the eighth grade. Six elementary, three middle school and one physical education/health teacher work at the parochial school, and this year seven of those positions will be filled by new faces.

Toss in a new principal, and it is safe to say the school is, in some ways, the newest it has been since its founding in 1921.

Second grade teacher Rachel Rothmeyer, third grade teach Julie Hudnell and middle school religion and social studies teacher Darcy Spellman return, but changes are in store for the rest of the students.

Kandice Roethler

Kandice Roethler


Hometown: Algona, Iowa (Bishop Garrigan HS)

College: University of Iowa (undergraduate); Drake University (graduate school). Currently in doctoral program at Drake University.

Hobbies: Reading

Sarah Finn

Sarah Finn


Hometown: Van Horne, Iowa (Benton Community HS)

College: University of Northern Iowa

Family: Newlywed

Hobbies: Arts and crafts; learning how to use her recently-purchased Cricket, a precision cutting tool

Amy Smith

Amy Smith

First Grade

Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana

College: Indiana University

Hobbies: Bargain, clearance shopping

Jeffrey Grange

Jeffrey Grange

Fourth Grade

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa (DM Lincoln HS)

College: DMACC/Grandview University

Family: Married, with two young foster children

Hobbies: Reading the bible and discussing religion; learning to play the banjo

Lindsay Baker

Lindsay Baker

Fifth Grade

Hometown: Bondurant, Iowa

College: Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas.

Hobbies: Dance, playing games of all kinds (board, cards, etc)

Alan Brasch

Alan Brasch

Physical Education/Health/Technology

Hometown: Jesup, Iowa.

College: Wartburg College

Hobbies: Watching sports, working out

Aislinn Phan

Aislinn Phan

Middle School Language Arts

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa (Earlham HS)

College: Grandview University

Family: Husband Tuan and two cats

Hobbies: Shopping, gardening, reading and exercise

Amelia Lamsam

Amelia Lamsam

Middle School Math and Science

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

College: Drake University

Hobbies: Reading, coach of PHS Color Guard


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