Ascension School teaching staff, 2018-19

Jamie Meyer

612 521-3609, Ext. 115

Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Abilene Christian University.
I value working with our Ascension community and teaching in a school where I can talk about my faith.

Michele Klein

Kindergarten #2
612 521-3609 Ext. 116

Education: BA in Elementary Education with Kindergarten Certification College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn. MA in Curriculum and Instruction University of St. Thomas, St. Paul,  with English as a Second Language Certification. I have worked in the Catholic, Charter, and the Public School Systems. I have also worked as a Religious Education Director/Faith Formation Coordinator and Youth Minister within the Archdiocese. I value working at Ascension were I can teach the academics and also share my love of the Catholic-Christian Faith.



Theresa Culpert

Grade 1
612 521-3609, Ext. 117

Education: Michigan State University, bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a specialization certificate in African Studies. 1 year overseas studies at the University of Zimbabwe. Currently in the Advanced Pastoral Spanish program at the University of St. Thomas.
I am grateful for the opportunity to pray with my students!  I value the diversity we have at Ascension, which allows us to learn from one another and prepares our scholars to compete in our global economy.

Meg Hoye

Grade 1
612 521-3609, Ext. 118

Education: BA in Elementary Education from Southwest State University
I value Ascension’s faith-based education.

Ms. Carpenter

Tracy Carpenter

Grade 2
612 521-3609, Ext. 119

Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of St. Thomas. Master’s Degree in Catholic School Leadership from St. Mary’s.

I am blessed to be a part of the Ascension community. I get to work with amazing teachers, staff, and families. Together we have the most important job in the world – to help our beautiful children grow into adults who are not only educated, but learn to treat all human beings with the dignity and respect they deserve

Amy Brown

Grade 2
612 521-3609, Ext. 120

Education: Bachelor’s degree from University of Northwestern – St. Paul in Elementary Education and Bible. I am currently attending St. Thomas for my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
I enjoy working in a faith filled community and being able to pray with my students.

Natalie Major

Grade 3
612 521-3609, Ext. 121

Education: BA Elementary Education and Middle School Social Studies from College of St. Catherine
I love working with the students of diverse backgrounds.

Mrs. YounceBridget Younce

Grade 3, #2
612 521-3609, Ext. 122


Julie O’Connell

Grade 4 #1
612 521-3609, Ext. 123

Melissa Horton

Grade 4 #2

612 521-3609, Ext. 124


Jill Miller

Grade 5 #1
612 521-3609, Ext. 128


Associate of Arts Degree from North Dakota State College of Science.
Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota
Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas


I love working at Ascension school because I get to work each day with wonderful scholars and their supportive families. I love being a part of a community that invests so much of its resources to help these young people grow into their potential.


Bridget Strand

Grade 5, #2
612 521-3609, Ext. 126

Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. She is completing her Master’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

Dennis Schildgen

Grade 6 #1
612 521-3609, Ext. 127

Shamir Brice

Grade 6 #2
612 521-3609, Ext. 125


Dominique Montognese

Grade 7 #1
612 521-3609, Ext. 135

Education: Bachelor of Science Elementary Education (Cum Laude)

I love giving children their “aha” moment in Math.

Blaise Younce

Grade 7 #2, Language Arts
612 521-3609, Ext. 129

Education: University of Minnesota – Duluth

I enjoy the small school setting that is focused on students’ achievements and emphasizes getting a higher education.

Richard Eddy

Grade 8 #1, math/homeroom and Grade 7, Social Studies
612 521-3609, Ext. 132

Education: Marquette University Bachelor of Art in History & Secondary Education.  Currently enrolled at St. Thomas through the Murray Cohort working on my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.

I value the sense of community with our school and seeing students mature and grow from kindergarten through 8th grade. I enjoy watching the student grow both socially and academically and building relationship with students, their families and other community members at Ascension School.

Laura Justin

Grade 8 #2, Language Arts and American History
612 521-3609, Ext. 131


Education: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Bachelor of Science in elementary education.  Master of Education in Elementary Education.

I value  the close-knit community of staff and scholars committed to a high level of academic and spiritual development.

Patrice DeRosier

IT Director/7th grade Technology/Assessment Coordinator
612 521-3609, Ext. 143

Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Minor in Special Education. Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instructional Education K-12 from St. Thomas University.

I value many things about Ascension. The thing I value most about teaching at Ascension Catholic School is the ability to teach in a way that is most engaging to our scholars. I love being a technology teacher and being able to teach our students skills they need to be successful now and when they are adults.

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General Music  K-3rd  ,6th – 8th , and Choir Director
612 521-3609, Ext. 130

Education: Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Minnesota

I love working with the talented and creative students at Ascension School.

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