Staff

Father Michael Kaluza

I grew up in Richfield, Minnesota and attended Saint Peter’s grade school.  I ventured away from home for high school and attended Saint John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minnesota and graduated in 1986.  Following high school I chose to attend Carleton College in Northfield and graduated with a B.A. in German Literature in 1990. After … Continue reading

Wendi Alessio

My name is Wendi Alessio and along with being the Principal at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic School, I also teach 4th Language Arts and Math.  I graduated from Grand View University in Des Moines, IA with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  I received my master’s degree in reading from the University of … Continue reading

Kelly Pumper

Hi, I’m Kelly Pumper. I began working at Our Lady of the Prairie in 2001. I enjoy getting to know our parishioners and watching our students as they grow throughout the years. I cherish the many memories they provide. My husband Joe and I moved to the Belle Plaine area in 1995. We have three … Continue reading

Anna Urlick

My name is Anna Urlick and I am the Kindergarten/1st grade teacher here at Our Lady of the Prairie. I have been working at OLP since 2012 and absolutely love it here!  The small class sizes really allow us to get to know the students and families, and it’s fun to do so in a … Continue reading

Katie Cates

My name is Katie Cates and I am the third and fourth grade teacher at Our Lady of the Prairie. I grew up in Belle Plaine so this town and church holds great meaning to me. Teaching at OLP allows me to help my students grow both academically and spiritually. This is my seventh year … Continue reading

Andy Lopahs

My name is Mr. Andy Lopahs and I am the 5th and 6th grade Social Studies and Science teacher as well as the Technology teacher for the entire school. I am Blessed to be a part of OLP family! I earned my Masters in Elementary Education and am enjoying my second career as a teacher. … Continue reading

Nora Wermerskirchen

Hello, my name is Nora Wermerskirchen aka Ms. Nora.  My husband Troy and I have lived in Belle Plaine since 2004 and been members of Our Lady of the Prairie since 2007.  We have three children Maxwell, Hannah and Caleb (are twins); they all attended and graduated from OLP.  I love to read and our … Continue reading

Ashley Olson

My name is Ashley Olson and I love teaching preschool. I live in Belle Plaine with my husband and two children.  It’s great seeing students in the community with their families.  I have a degree in Child Development with over ten years of experience in the classroom. The best part of teaching preschool age is … Continue reading

Carolyn Gleason

My name is Carolyn Gleason and I received a Bachelor’s of Music degree in both vocal and instrumental music from the University of South Dakota. Over the past years, I have been an active cantor at the Basilica of St. Mary’s in Minneapolis and have performed in several local Minneapolis based bands. I have a … Continue reading

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