Father Dan



Pastor/Superintendent   – Fr. Dan Walz












Mrs. Kristie Harren –  Principal


Mrs. Harren has been teaching since 1999. She is a Graduate of the College of St. Benedict. Mrs. Harren has taught kindergarten through 4th grades. She has taught at St. Mary’s in Melrose and St. Joe Lab School in St. Joe. She has been a part of Sacred Heart since 2008. She is looking forward to her new role as principal, which she accepted in the spring of 2016.  She is excited to inspire our great teachers to be extraordinary.  She wishes to create an environment where all students know that they are loved by God, their family, and their teachers.

Mrs. Harren and her husband, Bob have four school-aged children. Abbie, Ethan, Ella, and Olivia. They live on a dairy farm south of Freeport. They have cows, goats, chickens, rabbits, cats, and a dog named Sammie. In her free times she enjoys camping,scrapbooking, gardening, and playing volleyball.




Mrs.Kathy Welle – Administrative Coordinator


Kathy Welle is a graduate of St. Cloud University. Her first elementary teaching job was at Holy Family School in Albany.  After being a stay-at -home mom, raising 7 boys and helping her husband on the farm she returned to the education field in 1997 and worked part-time as a para-professional at Sacred Heart School. 

In the fall of 2000 she was hired as Administrative Coordinator (working withthe staff administrative team), and now continues in that position as she shares administrative duties with the principal working with business management, finances, fundraising, site management as well as daily secretarial duties.
Kathy and her husband, Dave, live on their retirement farm south of Freeport. They have raised 7 sons and
now have 14 grandchildren. (9 girls and 5 boys) Kathy is proud of the fact that 10 of her 14 grandchildren
have attended or are attending Sacred Heart School.  Kathy enjoys spending time with family and friends,
and cooking meals for the boys and their families.  Hobbies include bowling, card playing, bingo and an
occasional trip to the Casino. Kathy feels privileged to be a part of the “family’ at SHS and treasures the many
students and parents that she has been fortunate to get to know better because of her position at Sacred Heart.





Mrs.Laura Moening – Pre-School


Mrs. Moening  began teaching in 2002, and took time off to be at home with her children from 2008 until 2015. During that time she enjoyed doing in home child care, and learning more about health and wellness. She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University. Mrs. Moening loves teaching within a Christian school where she can share her love of God and teaching Christian morals and values. Mrs. Moening  and her husband, Jason have two children Noah and Grace, and live in Freeport. In her free time, she enjoys Bible study, devotions, and quality family time doing all sorts of activities.



The preschool classroom is set up so that children are encouraged to take part in all aspects of learning such as: reading, writing, math, science, dramatic play/social, art, sensory, and large and fine motor  development.  A significant part of our day in preschool, consists of taking part in group activities that allow children to learn to work together cooperatively, and practice social skills that they will use throughout their life.  We learn about God and Jesus, and that each of us is a special gift from God.  Special efforts are made to ensure that each child feels comfortable to share his/her thoughts and ideas. 


  • A class newsletter is sent home at the beginning of each month. and other notes will be sent home as needed in order to keep parents informed and up to date on our activities.
  • We highly value parental insight and want every parent to feel heard and understood.  We welcome comments, concerns and any feedback that parents offer.



Mrs. Amanda Maus – Kindergarten


Mrs. Maus has been a Kindergarten teacher at SHS since 2003. She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University. Mrs. Maus and her husband, Craig, live in Melrose with their two girls, Addison and Anika. Mrs. Maus likes spending time with her family, going for walks, traveling and watching sports.
“I look forward to getting to know each one of God’s precious gifts to the world. Our year is filled with
laughter, excitement, learning, and compassion for others.”



  • Language Arts: Learn letter sounds and how to blend the sounds together to read and write. Increase our vocabulary and comprehension with Read –aloud and Accelerated Reading.
  • Math: Counting, Number Identification, Telling Time, Number Writing, Telling Time, Identify Money and
    Introduce Addition & Subtraction
  • Religion: Participate in Mass, Prayers and learn about God’s World
  • Science/Social: Explore the World Around Us
  • Character Development: Top 20


  • Classroom Newsletter comes out on Fast Direct weekly.
  • Monday folders go home Monday and need to be signed and returned.
  • We go to Mass on Wednesdays, starting in November.
  • School Spirit Day is every Wednesday.
  • We have recess every day after lunch and most morning.
  • We have Computer, Art, Music and Phy-ed once a week.
  • We use ipads in our classroom during Learning Centers.



Mrs. Angie Schutz – First Grade


Mrs. Schutz has been a teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School since 2015. She is a graduate of Saint Cloud State University. Before teaching at Sacred Heart, Mrs. Schutz worked as an Academic Success Coordinator at the Roosevelt Boys & Girls Club in St. Cloud. There she worked with youth in grades k-12, teaching grant funded programs and promoting youth development. Mrs. Schutz and her husband, Chris were married in April 2015. They have a dog named Chevy. Mrs. Schutz likes camping, bowling, going for walks, and hanging out with family and friends.



  • Reading: Super Kids Program~ Reading, Phonics, Spelling, Comprehension, Vocabulary, Fluency.
  • Writing: Handwriting, Descriptive/Creative Writing 
  • Math: Saxon Math~What is a mathematician? Working on counting numbers, towers, money, etc. Graphs. Problem Solving.
  • Social: People, Communities, Jobs, Our Earth and Resources, Our Country/World
  • Religion: God is Our Father, Jesus Shows Us He Is Good, Jesus Loves Us. Prayers: Hail Mary, Our Father, Sacred Heart Mission Prayer, SpontaneousPrayer.
  • Science: Energy, Plants and Animals, Patterns in Space.
  • AR Requirement: Read daily and meet monthly goal.
  • Character Development: Top 20


  • Monday folders go home on Monday and need to be signed and returned the next day, important notes go in this folder.                                                                
  • Homework folders and A.R. folders go home daily to be checked.                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Blue notebooks are for spelling words practice.                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • School spirit is every Wednesday.




Miss Kaitlyn Jost – Second Grade


Ms. Jost is a recent graduate of The College of Saint Benedict.  She is excited to teach second graders and prepare them for their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  Ms. Jost lives on Sauk Lake in Sauk Centre with her parents and new puppy, Maggie.  In her free time, Ms. Jost enjoys reading, canoeing, boating, swimming during the summer months and snowmobiling in the winter.





  • Reading: Super Kids Program, phonics, accuracy, fluency, comprehension and transitioning from learning to read to reading to learn.
  • Math: Saxon Math, addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, place value, time, money, and skip counting.
  • Social: Pearson, People and Place, map skills and what makes a community.
  • Science: Interactive Science, matter, living things, how things grow and change
  • Religion: Layola Press, Pflaum, and Jim Otremba’s book, Celebrating Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
  • Character Development: TOP 20
  • Students also have music, phy.ed. and art taught to them by specialists.


  • A class newsletter is sent home every Monday through Fast Direct.
  • Assignment sheets are sent home weekly to keep parents informed about nightly assignments.
  • We have title services available for reading and math.
  • Students attend mass weekly. Classes have the opportunity to plan and lead the mass every 6 weeks.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in Science Squad which meets monthly.




Mr. Jesse Kuechle – Third Grade


Mr. Kuechle taught at St. John’s/St. Andrew’s Catholilc School from 1997-2004.  He is a graduate of St. John’s University.  He enjoys working with kids of all ages in the classroom as well as in the field of sports.  Mr. Kuechle coordinates the St. Mary’s youth choir and cantors regularly there.  He also enjoys playing guitar and singing with a couple of different groups.  Other hobbies include wood-working, coaching, and hunting/fishing with his kids.  He and his wife Jen have three awesome children, Andrew, Madelyn, and Isabella.  “God gives us many gifts.  It’s up to us to use and share them with others.”



  • Reading: comprehension strategies, fluency, and vocabulary taught with Journeys Series, novel units, guided reading and Daily 5.
  • Math: multiplication, division, fractions, place value, area, perimeter, and rounding.
  • English: parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives), prefixes, and suffixes.
  • Social Studies: map skills, communities, government, goods and services.
  • Science: forces, motion, energy, plants, ecosystems, and weather.
  • Religion: parts of Mass, types of prayer, saints, seven sacraments, and Marks of the Catholic Church.
  • Handwriting: cursive


  • All homework assignments are written in your child’s planner every night.
  • Homework will usually consist of completing a math worksheet, practicing math facts, reading A.R. books, and studying for upcoming tests.
  • A class newsletter is sent to parents through Fast Direct every week.
  • We have Title services available for reading.


Mrs Kayla Overman – Fourth Grade



Mrs. Overman has been a teacher for 4th grade since 2014. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead. Mrs. Overman and her husband, Justin, are newly married and members of the Freeport Parish. Mrs. Overman likes singing, dancing, camping, playing games, hanging out with family, and anything outside (except in winter!).





  • Reading: comprehension strategies in fiction and nonfiction selections, story structure, and writing strategies taught with the Journeys Series, novel units, Fab 5.
  • Math: multiplication, division, fractions, place value with decimals, area, perimeter, missing numbers, order of operations, and word problems.
  • English: parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives), prefixes, suffixes, proofreading, and editing.
  • Social Studies: map skills, communities, government, historical/cultural differences, goods and services.
  • Science: energy, heat, motion, electricity, plants, animals, ecosystems, and Earth’s resources.
  • Religion: parts of Mass, types of prayer, saints, memorization of Ten Commandments, The Beatitudes, and deeper look into the Rosary.
  • Handwriting: cursive


  • We are transitioning into the intermediate grades now. We develop and take pride in our independence!
  • Planners and the online site are resources your child should know how to use.
  • We learn how to be Top 20 students in class and in the real world.
  • We acquire a self-motivation to achieve educational and personal goals.
  • Students have the chance to break out of their comfort zone and learn how to play guitar and serve a the weekly masses.
  • We have small groups for Language Arts and Math. This helps us get more direct attention and instruction. These groups are not final and can/will change throughout the year.
  • We take monthly STAR Math and Reading tests. This helps us recognize if we are continuously learning or if there is an area we should study more thoroughly.
  • We try to do brain breaks daily, in order to take a 3 minute break and get some blood moving.
  • We try to incorporate moving into our learning, as well as visual models. We truly understand that everyone learns differently and sometimes need to move, see, or hear it again.


Mrs. Jessica Thornbloom – Fifth and Sixth Grade


Mrs. Thornbloom has been teaching 5th and 6th grade at Sacred Heart School since 2009. She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University. Mrs. Thornbloom and her husband, Tim, live in Osakis with their little girl, Lexi. They also have a dog named Flash and a cat named Cait. In her free time Mrs. Thornbloom loves to go boating, fishing, camping, on motorcycle rides, and spending time with her family.




  • Reading: Novel units and the Journeys Series which explores a variety of reading genres and literary elements.
  • English: Parts of Speech and exposure to the 4 different types of writing Math: multiplication and division of whole numbers and decimals, estimation, geometric parts, fractions, percents, and probability.
  • Social Studies: MN History, Colonization of America, American Government, Map skills, World War II, Civil Rights
  • Science: Properties of Matter, Ecosystems, Water Cycles, Earth and Space, Forces and Motion, Designand Function of Science, 3 day Environment Camp (6th grade)


  • 5th and 6th grade students participate in Wednesday and Friday masses in a variety of ways: lecturing, singing, playing guitar, and serving.
  • For quick and easy communication between school and home- please use Fast Direct.
  • Watch Monday Folders for graded homework and important notes and messages.
  • Planners are to be written in everyday to help stay organized.
  • 5th and 6th grader students have the option to join School Patrol.


Sr. Janine Braun, OSB – Grade Six



She has been a teacher at Sacred Heart School for 7 years. She loves teaching and spending time in the classroom with her middle school students.





  • Reading: Novels Non Fiction
  • Vocabulary: Greek & Latin Root Words
  • English: Research and descriptive writing
  • Math: Pre-Algebra
  • Character Development: TOP 20
  • 6th Grade Students join the 5th grade for the following classes: religion, social studies & science.
  • Specialists teach art, music and P.E.


  • A class newsletter, In the Loop, is sent online through Fast Direct each Monday.
  • Planners are used daily in all classes.
  • Sixth graders plan and sponsor the One Book – One School activities in January.
  • Sixth graders participate in a 3-day Conservation Camp and several other day trips relating to science & social .studies
  • Students have the opportunity to be altar servers, and members of the safety patrol, Sacred Heart Strings and science club.
  • Students may participate in drama, knowledge bowl and sports through the Melrose School District.




Yvonne Beste

Mrs. Beste joined the Sacred Heart School staff in April of 2015. She spends her mornings as a paraprofessional in the 1st grade. Prior to this she has been a stay at home mom for quite some time. Mrs. Beste and her husband, John, have 4 children, Mike, Dan, Kristen and Matthew, 1 grandchild and 1 on the way. In her free time she enjoys cooking/baking, tending her flowers, singing, decorating and time spent at the lake. Mrs. Beste says “I love the hustle & bustle that comes with being in a school setting and being a part of helping our young grow into awesome people.”





00160Pat Murphy

Miss Murphy is proud to have served in Catholic schools for over 40 years. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a BS degree in Elementary Education with a certification for library and also has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Scholastica College. She has taught at St. Bernard’s in Cologne, Mn, St. John’s-St. Andrew’s in Meire Grove/ Greenwald and has been here at Sacred Heart for the past 17 years, teaching in a classroom setting for 15 years and for a change of pace, the past 2 years as a paraprofessional for Kindergarten, watching over the library and helping other grades as needed.





00158Char Meyer

Mrs. Meyer is new to SHS this year. She is a Para in the 2nd grade classroom. Mrs. Meyer and her husband, Dan have three grown children. Their oldest son, Ryan and his wife Jennifer have three children and expecting their fourth in February. They live and work in Monticello. Their son, Jordan, and his wife, Deanne, have two children. They recently moved back to Minnesota from Florida and now live and work in the Edina area. Their daughter, Brianna, enjoys living and working, as an RN, in the Minneapolis area. Mrs. Meyer and her husband, Dan live outside of Meire Grove and are on Dan’s home farm. They have a dog named Gabriella, but affectionately call her Gabby. They crop farm and enjoy the country living and especially love visits with their children and grandchildren.





  • Art  – Mrs. Barb Dettler
  • Music  – Mrs. Stephanie Osterberg
  • Phy Ed  – Mrs. Laurel Oberg
  • Chapter 1  – Mrs. Heidi Feldewerd
  • Speech – Mary Prax-Williams
  • School Nurse  – Ms. Janel Hoffmann



  • Christie Zink – 249-6662             Term July 2013 – June 2016
  • Loren Goebel – 836-2382            Term July 2013 – June 2016
  • Dale Goebel – 836-2650              Term July 2014 – June 2017
  • Amy Van Beck – 837-5305           Term July 2014 – June 2017
  • Heidi Hollenkamp – 836-2090      Term July 2015 – June 2018
  • Noah Van Beck – 836-7079           Term July 2015 – June 2018