Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year for Religious Education at St Joan of Arc Parish. All classes will be online this year. We wish things could be different, but we are trying to make the best of the current situation. We are confident that the program will still prove to be fruitful for our Religious Education families! This year, for the first time ever the St Joan of Arc School teachers will be teaching the Religious Education Classes. This is so awesome! Also, this year, Religious Education students will be using the same materials being used in the school. We encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity you have to grow in your knowledge of our beautiful faith and to grow closer to Jesus. Give the classes your attention and do your best work. Ask questions. Spend time in prayer. Go to Mass regularly — either virtually or in person. God’s grace is unparalleled — put yourself in a position to receive it frequently. You won’t be disappointed.
Lastly, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I am here to help. Know that you will be in my prayers. God bless you.
In Domino nostro,
Director of Religious Education
BARB CARUSO, DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Mrs. Caruso joined the staff at St. Joan of Arc School in 2019 as our first official Campus Minister. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor. Mrs. Caruso joined the staff bringing with her twenty years of previous teaching experience including fifteen years of teaching Theology at Montini Catholic High School. Mrs. Caruso is not only our DRE but also teaches our 5th-8th grade students.
LAUREN NELSON, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Mrs. Nelson has been involved in Religious Education for almost twenty years. She spent many years as a catechist and received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Dominican University. She is currently a student at Catholic Theological Union, studying for her Masters in Pastoral Studies. Mrs. Nelson leads our CLOW program on Sundays during the 9:30 Mass.
Mrs. Barenbrugge started teaching at SJA in 2007. She joined the faculty of St Joan already having had six years of teaching experience. She has taught both first and third grades at SJA and has a Masters Degree as a reading specialist. Mrs. Barenbrugge teachers our kindergarten and 1st grade RE students.
Colleen Clark has been teaching at SJA since 2003. She attended Elmhurst College for her undergrad and received her Masters Degree in Reading from Concordia University. Mrs. Clark has a daughter who graduated from St. Joan of Arc. Mrs. Clark teaches our 2nd grade RE students.
Mrs. Flynn has been teaching at St. Joan of Arc since 2015 and has had three sons graduate from SJA. She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Science Degree in Special Education. She has an ELL Endorsement, a Language Arts Endorsement and a Middle School Endorsement as well. Mrs. Flynn teaches our 3rd grade RE students.
Mrs. Graves started teaching fourth grade at St. Joan of Arc in 2013. She has her Masters Degree in education, along with a Bachelor of Science Degree in merchandising and marketing. Mrs. Graves teaches our 4th grade RE students.