Congratulations and welcome to our new teachers and staff!
Mr. Anthony Barrett began his work in Catholic schools in Denver with the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education program. He taught middle school English there for three years before moving to Faribault to teach at Bethlehem Academy. During this time, he also coached speech, basketball, and several other sports. Mr. Barrett earned his Master of Education through Notre Dame in 2015 and is currently working toward a Master of Educational Leadership.
Mr. Barrett was drawn to Our Lady of Grace because of the community's love of faith and commitment to student learning. He is particularly excited about OLG's student-centered approach to education. He looks forward to supporting students in their goals to become life-long learners and to become more Christ-like toward one another. Mr. Barrett possesses a strong love for learning. When he is not working to help educate others, he enjoys teaching himself to paint and to play piano. He also appreciates the outdoors, and he has been to every state park in Minnesota. He is grateful for this opportunity to move back home to the Twin Cities, and he is filled with joy as he awaits the upcoming school year.
5th Grade Teacher
Ms. Katherine Hird grew up in Bloomington and recently graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. She is thrilled to be teaching 5th grade at OLG next year and joining such a welcoming, faith-filled community. Growing up in a Catholic school (Nativity of Mary), Katherine experienced first-hand the transformative effects of Catholic Education. She hopes to be a small piece of her students’ unique journeys through a similar experience.
Ms. Hird’s desire to pursue a career in education began when she was in middle school; while she was in college, she developed a love for Psychology and learning about human behavior and development. Through various roles, such as leader of a Parks and Recreation summer program, tutor, Educational Assistant, Accessibility Assistant, and Adaptive Softball Coach, Ms. Hird gained experience that furthered passions for Education and Psychology and prepared her for a classroom of her own.
In her free time, she loves to read, play music, and spend time with her parents, sister, and two brothers. Ms. Hird will also serve as the Assistant Varsity Women’s Soccer coach at Holy Family High School this fall.
Associate for Mission
Kory has committed his life to inspiring and equipping people to live for Jesus. One of his greatest joys is seeing hearts transformed by the abiding love and mercy of God. At Our Lady of Grace, Kory will serve and collaborate with our staff and parishioners to make Jesus Christ known and loved, especially engaging in our young adult, youth and men’s ministries.
Kory comes to Our Lady of Grace after nine years of serving the youth and families of Holy Name of Jesus in Medina. He began his theological studies at St. John’s University, finishing his undergrad in 2010 and is currently working on his Masters in Theology through the Augustine Institute. Kory and his wife, Alicia, grew up a mile apart in Buffalo, MN and are proud parents of four children. You may hear Kory’s laughter before you see him.
6th Grade Writing and Religion
Ms. Claire Mealey holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Minor in Theology from Benedictine College. She served this past year in the Seton Teaching Fellow program in the Bronx, NY, teaching 5th grade catechism and 5th-6th reading intervention at Brilla College Prep Middle School. She is thrilled to be returning home to the Twin Cities and to her parish at Our Lady of Grace. She enjoys long distance running, baking, and drinking coffee with friends. Ms. Mealey attended Our Lady of Grace as a student, and is looking forward to being back as a staff member. When she was a second grade student at OLG, Ms. Mealey made up her mind that she wanted to be a Catholic School teacher some day! She is most excited to share in the Catholic Faith with her 6th graders and build up a strong community of leaders who grow together.
7th and 8th Grade Religion
Mr. Joe Mortl has served at OLG as the 6th grade writing, grammar and social studies teacher since 2004. Mr. Mortl joined the group of OLG Pilgrims to the to the Holy Land in March of 2017 and it completely changed his life. A burning desire was left in his heart that he could not ignore and he began the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute at the University of St. Thomas in the fall of 2018. His wish is to share and inspire our 7th and 8th graders to welcome the invitation from God who seeks us out daily. Mr. Mortl received a 1-6 Education degree from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN in 1998. He also received his Master's degree in Education from St. Mary's University of Minnesota in 2003. He has coached basketball teams and is involved in the school's run club. He also serves on the Staff Development Team, Standards-Based Grading Team, and Education Committee to work on curriculum, assessment, and staff initiatives. In his free time, Mr. Mortl enjoys sports, exercising, writing, music, and spending quality time with his family.
Marketing Communications Specialist
Caroline Redelmeier grew up in Houston, Texas and got her Master's in Architecture at the University of Miami in Florida in 2014. She moved to the twin cities while she was serving with Saint Paul's Outreach as their Human Resources Assistant for two years before joining the team here at Our Lady of Grace as Parish Secretary in 2016.
While in her role as Parish Secretary, Caroline developed a passion for using Marketing and Communications to help invite people into deeper relationship with the Lord. Over the past three years she has helped transition the parish website to a new digital platform, managed the parish weekly email newsletter, developed graphic media, assisted with photography, redesigned and managed the Parish Bulletin, as well as assisted with processing event space reservations. In her new role Caroline is most looking forward to working with both the school and parish to make Jesus Christ known and loved to all who we encounter at OLG.
School Enrollment Coordinator
Amy Selby has been an active volunteer at Our Lady of Grace School and Church since moving to Minnesota from Chicago in 2010. A former classroom teacher and professional development presenter for 11 years in Illinois, Amy loves to talk about education. You may recognize her from the Parent School Organization (PSO), New Families Committee, School Advisory Council (SAC), Moms of Grace, Vacation Bible School (VBS), Nativity Play, Seven Sisters Apostolate, Faith Formation Families Organization (3FO), Acts 29, various OLG Bible studies/book groups, Faith Formation, or Sunday School. If you have not yet met her, she looks forward to meeting you!
As School Enrollment Coordinator, Amy looks forward to working with families and introducing them to the Our Lady of Grace Community. This position combines many of her favorite things--Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and School, meeting new people and making spreadsheets. She also enjoys spending time with her family, baseball, sailing, travel and hiking. Amy’s mission is to stay close to Jesus and bring others closer to Him.