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Priest - Father James Schumacher

 

Father James was born and raised in Cheyenne. He was baptized in 1964, received

First Communion in 1973 at Holy Trinity, and Confirmed in 1979 at St. Mary's Cathedral. Father James graduated from Seton Catholic High School in 1983. He has a BA in History form Gath Catholic University of America received in 1987. He received his Masters in medieval studies in 1988 from the University of Toronto. Father James received his Masters in divinity from the University of St. Thomas. He was ordained a deacon in 1995 and ordained a priest October 19, 1995. Father James was Parochial Vicar for Holy Name Parish in Sheraton Wyoming from 1995 until 1998. Then at St. Mathews Parish in Gillette Wyoming until 1999 when he moved to St. Mary's Cathedral in Cheyenne. Father James stayed at St. Mary's until 2003 when he became Pastor at St. Laurence O'Toole on July 1, 2003.

 

Principal - Tom Wilhelm

 

Tom is a graduate of Indiana University and has a Master’s degree from Notre
Dame. Originally from Indiana, Mr. Wilhelm taught English for eight years before
seeing that elementary school was where he really wanted to be. After receiving
a second bachelor’s degree from UW, he began teaching second grade at St.
Laurence School. Tom was the second grade teacher at the school for 17 years
before he moved to principal. As principal, Tom has guided the school for eight
years with a stint in the middle of being principal teaching 3rd and 6th grades. Mr.
Wilhelm finds time to coach the basketball team and teach the upper grades
science. In his spare time he enjoys producing the bluegrass program, The Ranch
Breakfast Show on Wyoming Public Radio, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing.
Tom and his wife Alice have two daughters. twilhelm@stlos.com 

 

Pre-Kindergarten - Jenny Rardin

Miss Jenny is a graduate of St. Laurence School. She will probably tell you that St. Laurence is the last place she thought she would be working. But God's Providence can lead one on a path that is not always straight and smooth. Jenny came to us as the assistant to Mrs. Hubbard three years ago and found her calling. She has been the Pre-K teacher for the 4 and 5 year olds for the past two years. Ms. Jenny brings a wealth of ideas and activities to help these children get ready for "S"chool with a capital S, but also allows them to play and have fun. Jenny and her husband Tom have one child, Bridger.
 

 
Kindergarten - Marilyn Specht


 

 I am originally for Colorado. I moved to Wyoming almost eight years ago with my husband. God blessed us with two boys, ages five and three. We enjoy family time taking trips, making music and reading together. My undergraduate degree is from Colorado State University and my masters is from University of Phoenix. I student taught in the first grade. I taught fifth and sixth graders in the after school program and kindergarten summer school. I worked as a special education paraprofessional for 5 years.

 


 

1st & 2nd Grade - Jeanne Van Heule

Jeanne comes to St. Laurence School from a great background of teaching and learning in Catholic schools. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Cheyenne and received her Elementary Education degree at the University of Wyoming. Following graduation from UW, she and her husband John moved to Riverton, Wyoming where she taught at St. Stephen’s Indian School. When she and John started a family, Jeanne put her teaching career on hold while she raised her four children. While a stay at home mom, Ms. Van Heule helped out at St. Margaret’s School, where her children attended, by teaching art, music and physical education. Once her youngest was in Kindergarten, she took a teaching job at the 4th grade. After 5years at the 4th grade, she moved to 2nd grade at St. Margaret’s where she stayed for eight more years. In 2005, with their youngest daughter at UW, they moved to Laramie where Jeanne pursued her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on reading. While attending classes full time, she volunteered as a reading tutor and teaching 1st grade religion instructor at St. Laurence School. After graduating, Jeanne became the Second grade teacher here at St. Laurence School starting in the fall of 2007.  Her musical skills and her enthusiasm for teaching enrich not only her students, but the entire school.



Grade 3 & 4 - Katie Steele

Katie comes to St. Laurence from Syracuse, New York. Her path to St. Laurence School is an interesting one. It starts after her junior year of college at State University of New York at New Paltz when she decided to spend the summer in Laramie with her aunt. As it turned out, she landed a summer job as the teaching assistant in the St. Laurence School Summer Program. So after returning to New Paltz and finishing her degree, she was drawn again out West.  Katie has many interests which include photography, art, traveling and anything outdoors.

 

Grade 5 & 6 - Jennifer Palm

Mrs. Palm hails from Baggs, Wyoming and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming. She has been part of the St. Laurence family for eleven years. Mrs. Palm enjoys teaching the multi-grade class, taking them on field trips and studying a wide range of topics from history to mythology. Jenny and her husband Scott have four children ranging from ages 10 to 16. The two oldest are graduates of St. Laurence School. Mrs. Palm’s interests include camping, gardening, boating, and exploring the backcountry of Wyoming on her ATV with her family. She truly believes in the mission of St. Laurence School and enjoys imparting Catholic values and beliefs to all her students.

 

Specials Teachers

We owe a big debt to our "Specials" teachers who we think are the best in the business. We are so fortunate to have them teaching at our school:

Jennifer Williams - Title 1

Jennifer Howdeshell - Art

Jennifer Lyford - Music

Father James - Latin

UW Department of Kinesiology & Health - Physical Education