A DEDICATED TEAM

Our Preschool Staff cares deeply about creating a safe, engaging, and nurturing environment in which young minds grow in love for learning and for God.

For general inquiries, including questions about registration, tuition, and tours, please contact the preschool office: preschool@onestrongfamily.org.​

Our preschool's fax line is: 651-644-0011

PRESCHOOL STAFF

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Gayane Manukyan

Preschool Director

gmanukyan@onestrongfamily.org

My name is Gayane Manukyan, and I am honored to be the Director of Saint Mark’s Preschool. Working with such an amazing group of teachers is humbling. Together, we create a team where every child can feel happy, loved, and safe. I have been working with children for 13 years and I cherish every moment spent with them. They are our future, and watching them grow into amazing young children brings me great joy. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Speech Pathology, and right now I am pursuing my graduate studies in Leadership at Augsburg University. I was born and raised in Armenia and moved to Saint Paul nine years ago. Besides being with children I love cooking and sharing my food with my friends and family. I am married and have two beautiful children. Welcome to Saint Mark’s! 

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Jacki Blommel
Teacher, "Sunshine Room"

jblommel@onestrongfamily.org

My name is Jacki Blommel and I teach the 4-5 year old room. This is my sixth year of teaching at Saint Mark’s Catholic Preschool. I fell in love with preschool while subbing at Saint Mark's as my 3 kids attended the school. I am blessed to be a part of the preschool as I have always felt like Saint Mark's is a part of my family. I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor in social studies from Bemidji State University.

I love teaching the creative curriculum units because of the wide variety of activities we engage the children in which include, science, language, music, math, and most importantly intentional play. We encourage children to play while learning about each unit and creating new friendships with their fellow classmates. My favorite part of my day is circle time when we sing, read books, practice our numbers and letters, and start our day together as a family.

My husband and I live in Minneapolis. We have three children who all attended Saint Mark’s school. We have two cats that are 15 years old. I enjoy reading, pilates, camping, and taking long hikes. I feel blessed to be able to teach your child at Saint Mark’s.

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Kate Sekevitch

Teacher, "Apple Room"

ksekevitch@onestrongfamily.org

Hi! I’m Kate Sekevitch, and I'm currently the Apple Room teacher. My husband and I have four children of our own at home and a rescue puppy, Archie. I love working with our four-year-olds and genuinely look forward to my days in the classroom. I take pride in providing an engaging environment that fosters a child's natural desire to learn and understand the world around them. I've been teaching preschool on and off for the past 12 years, taking breaks as needed to be home with my own children. I have been part of the St. Mark's family for the past 11 years, and have spent time teaching in each of our classrooms. I also taught an art specialty class for all the preschool classes. I'd love to be part of your child's introduction to a lifelong love of learning. Come visit us!

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Shannon Norris

Teacher, "Apple Room"

snorris@onestrongfamily.org

Hello! My name is Shannon Norris, and I teach in the 3-year-old room. I graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a double major in Elementary Education and Science and Math for Elementary Educators (SMEE). This will be my 16th year working at St. Mark’s. I began here in 2005, teaching middle school math and religion for three years. When my first child was born in the spring of 2008, I became a full time stay at home mom. St. Mark’s, however, is such a wonderful place that I couldn’t stay away for long! In the Spring of 2009, I began substitute teaching at St. Mark’s Preschool. Now after 12 years as a substitute, I am excited to work full time again at St. Mark’s. It is wonderful to work with your children each day. Their smiles, curiosity, joy, and love of learning are such a blessing. We do so many things each day, but my favorites are praying, singing songs, reading books, playing outside, and early math and literacy activities. My husband and I have four sons, ages 6 to 13. I enjoy spending time with family, being outdoors, and reading. I look forward to a wonderful year working with your child!

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Amie Iwaszkowiec

Teacher, "Star Room"

aiwaszkowiec@onestrongfamily.org

Hi! I'm Amie Iwaszkowiec ( e- vosh - ko- vee - its). I have the pleasure of being the Star Room teacher.  My family and I moved here 5 years ago. I have 4 adventurous and amazing kids. We love it here despite all the snow. I love learning whatever I can, getting to cook a big meal for the people I love, spending time with my family, and going to music concerts. I have a B.A. in History with an emphasis in secondary education from Lindenwood University in St Charles, Mo. During college, I began teaching preschool to pay for my degree. I loved it though didn't want to stay in school any longer. I then went on to teach middle school before staying at home to raise and teach my kids for 11 years. I'm grateful to be able to teach preschool once again. Teaching the 3-year-olds is a great opportunity to see my students grow and try new things and hear the amazing stories they love to share.

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Diane Reineke

Virtues Teacher

dreineke@onestrongfamily.org

Hello. My name is Diane Reineke. I am very excited and honored to work with your children during this upcoming school year. I will be your children’s Virtues teacher and closing teacher this year. Each month we will share together Catholic virtues with the Saints. We will read books, sing songs, and do art projects that center around a virtue each month. I live in Saint Paul, but I am originally from rural southeastern Minnesota, where my parents still live. I grew up in a big family of eight brothers, my parents, and me. I very much enjoy walking everywhere, reading, writing, and most of all singing. My educational background includes degrees in Elementary education, Theological Studies, and English as a Second Language. My experience lies in the area of education and more recently eight years of experience in working with Pre-K children. I love working at a Catholic school because I can share my Catholic faith which means the world to me, and see the littlest among us get to know and love God as His beloved Children.

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Sarah Trenkamp

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd & Music Teacher

strenkamp@onestrongfamily.org

Hello! My name is Sarah, and I am the music and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd specialist for all of the kids. I graduated from the University of St. Thomas with degrees in music and Catholic studies, so I love that I get to combine both my faith and love of music into my job at St. Mark’s! My favorite thing about my job is simply talking with the kids, getting to know them, and making up silly games to play with them. Thank you for sharing your children with us!