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Springs announces three educator retirements

7:13 PM, Jun. 20, 2013  |  Comments
JOE GIACALONE
JOE GIACALONE
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Three longtime educators retired from St. Mary's Springs Academy at the end of the school year.

Joe Giacalone, High School Learning Resource teacher, has spent 23 years working with students with varying special needs and provided alternative learning options to meet these needs. In 2012, Joe was awarded the Kohl Fellowship Scholarship Award for his service to his students. In addition to his teaching duties, Joe served as a Key Club moderator, class advisor, and supervised many co-curricular and after school activities. Known for his suspenders, Joe is fondly identified by his students as "Mr. G." Joe also taught two years in Prairie Du Chien.

Sister Michele Welch has spent 62 years in education, the last 28 years teaching math and computer classes at the high school. She also taught at St. Patrick's School in Fond du Lac for four years during the early 1960s.

In her time at St. Mary's Springs Academy High School, she has served as class moderator, math department chair, member of the committee that laid the groundwork for networking the first computer labs in the school. Sister Michele has served in one capacity or another in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for 35 years.

Sister Michele is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes, which founded the original St. Mary's Springs Academy back in the early 1900s.

Sue Hoehne-Bate has taught middle school band for the last three years at the St. Mary's Campus, leading our fifth through eighth grade band programs.

Previously, Hoehne-Bate had worked 18 years for Oshkosh Public Schools; nine years in Catholic schools in Neenah and Menasha; five years at Stockbridge; and two years at Richland Center for at total of 35 years in teaching music.

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