Meet Our Staff
Patricia Cataract is the Pre-K/Kindergarten teacher here at Ave. She was born and raised in Durand. Together with her husband of 30 years, Bob, she has 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. After graduating from Durand High School, she attended CVTC for Records Information Management, and later went to Grand Canyon University to receive a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. She has worked with the Durand School District at all levels before coming to Ave. She is excited to continue teaching at Ave.
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Mrs. Ormson has been our constant since the Academy was founded. She holds a BS in Elementary Education grades K- 8 from Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, WI. She remembers that she had always wanted to be a teacher ever since the second grade. When asked what she likes best about AMA she replied, “Because we are a small school we really get to see and witness the growth and education of each and every student even though they may not be in our classroom.” Mrs. Ormson lives in Glenwood City with her husband, Brian. She is stepping down from the headmaster position, but continues working with the new headmaster.
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Mrs. Jana Derricks
Mrs. Derricks has returned to teach at AMA. After a few years teaching here, she quit to be a stay-at-home-homeschooling mom for 8 years, before she returned to teach full time. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Dominic, and together, they have 6 children. She graduated from Plum City High School and then UWRF with an elementary education degree. She is excited to be back at AMA, and serving in a community that has meant so much to her.
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Mrs. Jacqui Steele
Mrs. Steele has been a part of Ave Maria Academy since 2011 and brings with her a B.S. in Secondary Education with the emphasis on Broad Area English. She has stepped into the headmaster position and continues to take on more responsibility. Always ready to help others, she loves working with students and their families. When she isn't working, she enjoys spending time on the farm with her family.
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Mrs. Faith Schladweiler
Faith Schladwieler has volunteered in the Ave Maria classrooms and has returned to offer more help and support to Ave Maria staff and students. Faith and her husband, Brandon, have 3 children. Faith graduated from Spring Valley High School and has an associates degree as an administrative professional. Her husband is a crop farmer, and when he isn’t busy farming, they enjoy many outdoor activities and sports together as a family, all year round.
Mrs. Mary E. Wieser
Board President, Secretary, Bookkeeper, Transportation Specialist, Communications Director, and So Much More!
As a full time volunteer, Mary E. Wieser wears so many hats for our school. She was instrumental, along with her family and a few other dedicated people, with Ave Maria Academy's conception. Whether it is ordering supplies, working with the kids, scheduling events, driving kids to extra activities, fielding phone calls and email messages, bookkeeping, Board President, and so much more, Mary willingly donates all of the time energy, and resources she puts into Ave Maria Academy. When she isn't helping out at school, she is usually helping someone else out. She and her husband, Dan, enjoy spending time with their children, though since the kids have grown, it's not as much as they would would like.
Mary E. Wieser