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

Mauricio Ballestas


Bachelor of Arts, Teaching of Language and Literature, Pedagogic Experimental Liberator University, Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Master’s Degree, Higher Education Management, Pedagogic Experimental Liberator University, Barquisimeto, Venezuela

Genevievre Broche

Grade 1 Teacher

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture & Sociology, Connecticut College; Master's of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education, Manhattanville College. JPII's educational philosophy emphasizes the importance of teaching the "whole child." Academic growth must walk hand in hand with each scholar's spiritual and emotional well being. I, too, believe that a well balanced curriculum tends to turn out well balanced scholars... And I love sharing stories with my students.

Tommy Flikeid

Phy Ed Teacher

Evan Furniss

Music Teacher

Rainey Lecher

Grade 5

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Drake University. Endorsement areas in reading (K-8) and English as a Second Language (K-12). I love seeing the "light bulb" moments when something clicks for scholars and love all the stories and personalities the kids bring to the classroom!

Christine Linsmeier

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary/Middle School Education and Spanish Education, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, Wis. I appreciate the smiles of the scholars when they finally understand what they thought they never would.

Marilyn Ochoa

Administrative Assistant

Mattie Potthoff

Grade 2 Teacher

Bachelor's Degree: Elementary Education, Minor: Communication Studies. I am very grateful to be a part of the JPII community. It has been a blessing getting to know each scholar and staff member. I look forward to sharing more big and small moments this school year with everyone.

Ricardo Rodriguez

Teach for Christ Educator

Shannon Schroeder

Grade 3 Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Marketing Degree (BSBA) - Creighton University , K-6th Teaching License - St. Mary's University, In Progress: Master of Arts in Instruction Program (MAI) - St. Mary's University. I appreciate seeing the smiles on the faces of my scholars every day.

Scarlett Wand


Jessi Weakley

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Minor in Theology from College of St. Catherine. I appreciate making connections with students and their families.

Nicolette Williams

City Connects Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Marquette University, Masters of Arts in Adlerian Studies and School Counseling - Adler Graduate School. I enjoy helping students and families meet their needs and be successful.

Blaise Younce

Dean of Students