Rachel (Ms. Waletzko) grew up in Albany, MN. She graduated in 2016 from St. Mary’s University in Winona with a degree in Elementary Education and a Spanish minor. Unsure of where she wanted to teach but zealous for the Lasallian charism of guiding students to Christ through education, she spent two years as a Lasallian Volunteer teaching in Memphis, TN. There, she learned the value of working in Catholic schools where faith and education together allow students (and adults!) to grow more fully into who they are called to be (and ate some delicious BBQ!) She then moved back to central MN to be closer to family and taught 3rd grade for three years at St. Mary Help of Christians School in St. Augusta. Discerning a new life season was beginning, she joined the SJB team in the fall of 2021 and moved to Richfield. Grateful for the ways her first year at SJB invited her to grow, she looks forward to her second year assisting in the Montessori elementary environment!
Favorite Saint: St. John Baptist de la Salle
Favorite Outside-of-Work Activity: Outside of work my favorite activities are spending time connecting with friends and family, going on walks, rollerblading, and singing.
Favorite Children’s Book: One of my favorite books as a child was The Dance by Richard Paul Evans.
Favorite Place in Nature: Anywhere in nature (preferably a lawn swing on a comfortable rock) with no mosquitoes! Bonfires, views, a breeze, sunshine, stillness of a snowfall or winter’s morning.
Qualities Your Favorite Teacher Possessed: Compassion, zeal, patience, understanding, care, wisdom, and humility.