Our staff members have years of experience in their fields of expertise.

Milena Aldana

Spanish Teacher, After-School Program

Gabriela Auquilla

Preschool Teacher

Jacquelyn Carter

2nd Grade

I graduated from SCSU with a degree in Elementary Education. I received my Master's degree from the University of St. Thomas. I taught 1st and second grade in Minneapolis for 15 years. I am so excited to be teaching at JPII!

Sara Feinberg

Performing Arts Teacher

Undergraduate degree in music (voice) with a minor in theatre, Master’s in Teaching from Hamline University. I have taught theatre throughout the Twin Cities for 20 years and was a classroom teacher for 8 years.

John Fischer

After-School Program

Zuleida Hernandez

Preschool Assistant Teacher

Laurel Hettinger

1st Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and minor in Sociology from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. I am so grateful to be at JPII and work with scholars each day!

Thomas Johnson

Physical Education Teacher

Rainey Lecher

Title 1 Reading Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Drake University. Endorsement areas in reading (K-8) and English as a Second Language (K-12).

Jennifer Lentz

5th Grade

Judi Mikolai

LDA Title 1 teacher

B.A. University of Minnesota, Morris, M.A. University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Reading Certification grades K-12 Hamline University.

Marilyn Ochoa

School Secretary

Silvia Ochoa

City Connects Coordinator

Kayleigh Purcell

4th Grade

Kim Reeves


Tania Sanchez

Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mallory Sharp

Middle School Teacher, 6th Grade homeroom Homeroom

I studied English Education and minored in theology at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.

Christine Sullivan

Middle School (Grades 6-8), 7th Grade Homeroom

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary/Middle School Education and Spanish Education, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, Wis.

Scarlett Wand


B.A. Psychology, St. Mary's of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN Master's of Arts in Teaching, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

Jessi Weakley

Middle School (Grades 6-8), 8th Grade Homeroom

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Minor in Theology from College of St. Catherine.

Maria Zownirowycz

1st Grade Teacher