Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, September 28, 1998

New faculty members at Holy Trinity

Stephanie Gillman

Senior high English teacher, Stephanie Gillman, recieved her degree from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minn. As a full-time faculty member at Holy Trinity, Gillman is teaching English and some computer courses. She will also be involved with speech and will direct the one-act and spring play productions.

Gillman is a familiar face to Holy Trinity students since she worked as a long-term substitute last year. She resides in Cokato and in her spare time she writes poetry, works on crossword puzzles, and enjoys doing craft projects.

Dave Haedt

Dave Haedt, new band and choir teacher at Holy Trinity High School, lives in Waite Park, Minn. He has three grown children and two beautiful granddaughters. His hobbies include playing saxaphone in several music groups in St. Cloud (including a few polka bands) and watching dirt track racing. Haedt also does motivational speaking, and states that he is glad to be here and a part of the exciting changes at Holy Trinity this year.

Miriam Barrick

Miriam Barrick is a new instructor, teaching high school social studies, home economics, and keyboarding. She will also be involved as the assistant girl's basketball coach.

Barrick received her geography degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. and earned her teaching license in secondary social studies from the University of Minnesota.

Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where her parents and two brothers still reside, Barrick enjoys Minnesota and has moved to Winsted. When she is not working, Barrick spends time reading suspense novels, watching old movies, running, and shopping. She is excited to be a part of Holy Trinity's staffand a member of the Winsted community.

Ty Tietjen

Originally from Milbank, S.D., Ty graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.,with a degree in social science and mathmatics education and coaching. Tietjens parents still reside in South Dakota and he has two sisters and one brother.

He currently lives in Hutchinson, Minn. with his wife Nicole. At Holy Trinity, Tietjen teaches junior high math and will be the head girl's basketball coach. His hobbies include golf, basketball, racquetball, auto racing, and fishing.

John Stroemer

John received a bachelor of arts in biology from Lawrence University, where he also lettered in football, cross country, swimming, track, and wrestling. He continued his education at Emory University School of Medicine where he graduated with a masters degree. Following his residency at the University of Minnesota, Stroemer worked in private practice as an Ob-Gyn in St. Paul, Minn. until 1995.

He has two grown children, Erik who is in medical school at Emory University, and Sarah, who attends Arizona State University working towards a degree in physical therapy. For hobbies, Stroemer is involved with showing and breeding horses.

At Holy Trinity, Stroemer has served as a long term substitute and this year he has joined the faculty full-time to teach science and biology. He will also be the head track coach for Holy Trinity this spring.

Karen Kulzer

Many may recognize Karen from last year. She taught religion at Holy Trinity as a substitute. Her name was Thoma then. Over the summer she got married and she and her husband, Gerard, moved into a new home. Gerard, is also a teacher and is employed by Litchfield High School as an art and industrial technology instructor.

Kulzer has a degree in art and a strong theology background. She is teaching religion in the high school. As a couple, Kulzer and her husband enjoy making art and checking out the latest gallery shows. Kulzer also enjoys photography, cross country skiing and biking, but her real love is her family, especially her nephews and niece. She is happy to be back at Holy Trinity and looks forward to getting to know her students and their families.

Rhonda Houston

Part-time elementary art teacher, Rhonda Houston says that her love of children and art makes her job at Holy Trinity a very rewarding experience. Houston graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire with a bachelor or arts in K-12 art education. She has worked as manager of the Meadow Creek Gallery in Minneapolis and has been a substitute teacher in various school districts.

Houston teaches K-6 grade art at Holy Trinity and is focusing on developing skills and elements of design. She hopes to help kids feel good about themselves through their art work

Houston and her husband Kent have two children, Cassie and Jackson, and reside in Howard Lake. She enjoys camping, biking, fishing, and doing family activities.


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