Learning Center Tutors

Mr. John Banschbach

Sr. Mary Susan Berg

Ms. Cimarron Burt

In 2014, I graduated summa cum laude from Saint Cloud State University with a B. A. in English. Currently, I'm a graduate student at MSU Mankato, pursuing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a Teaching Writing Certificate. From 2014-2015, I served as an Elementary Literacy Tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps.


Like Ira Shor, I believe “the way we speak and are spoken to help shape us into the people we become.” My transformative teaching and writing experiences have led me to seek ways in which I can educate for freedom, engender empathy, and empower marginalized voices. I personally believe education and poetry have the power to change lives.

Sr. Lucille Dehen, Librarian

I received my B. A. degree in Elementary Education and Masters degree in Administratio and Curriculum. I also spent a summer preparing to be the Learning Center's Director of the Right to Read program in Minnesota. Most of my classroom teaching was in the primary grades. Upon becoming a principal, I continued teaching reading in grades 4 - 8. My favorite field of choice is definitely reading and its related areas.


In 1994 I accepted the position of Director of the Good Counsel Learning Center. I retired from this position in 2005 and returned again in 2007 to be a tutor. My return to the Center presented me with a new challenge - teaching refugee students to read and write in English. My greatest joy is to be able to help others learn to read, write and communicate in our Englsih language.

Sr. Beverly Fries

Sr. LuAnn Jacobs

Sr. Jackie Jost
Sr. Rita Anne Kipka
Sr. Marilyn McCue

I have been in the field of education for over 40 years. My BA is in history and I have an MA in Elementary Education and in Religious Studies. 


My passion is to enable persons to reach their full potential by helping them acquire the skills they need, so that they can be proud of who they are and what they can do.

Sr. Joann McMahon

I have been in formal education grades one to eight for 50 years and presently I am an English Language Learner (ELL) tutor at the Learning Cneter. My first degree is a Bachelors in Education wtih English and History emphasis from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI.


After teaching  summer school in the Reading Center, I attended Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee for an MA in Clinical Reading. My dream at the time was to someday follow in Sr. Mary Donald's footsteps as Director of the Reading Center. I studied Administration at St. Thomas University in St. Paul and received an Educational Specialist degree. Now my educational background qualified me for the Director of the Learning Center where I administered and tutored for seven years.


Presently, my thrust is to continue to help students achieve their dreams of learning the skills needed to be successful in life.

Sr. Therese Marie Merth

I received my BA from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI, and enjoyed further studies in Spokane, WA, and Rome, Italy. I taught in elementary schools in Iowa and Minnesota in grades 5 though 8. For five years I taught Spanish in elementary grades, K  -  6. From 2005 - 2014 I ministered in Ghana, West Africa teaching the novitiate of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Sr. Mary Donald Miller

After receiving a BSE in Education from Mt. Mary College in Milwaukee and an MA as a Reading Specialist from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, I established the Good Counsel Reading Center in 1967 with the help many Sisters. I served as the Director of the Center for nine years and also worked part-time as a Reading Consultant in a Title III program at Mankato State College for five years. I worked in Catholic Schools for 57 years, being a principal for 33 of those years. I am now retired, tutoring in the Learning Center since 2007.


My love has been in teaching children and adults to become the best that they can be. Learning to read better helps one to gain confidence, opens up new ideas, and helps one to reach their potential. It has been a joy to be able to see the growth and happingess in the life of students as their eyes glisten as they see their success.

Sr. Joanne O'Connor, Spanish Tutor

I received a BA in Spanish and French from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, and earned an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College Language School. Some teaching of Spanish credits were received from Monterrey Tech in Mexico. My first nine years in ministry I taught middle grades and Junior High English and Reading. After 11 years of teaching High School Spanish and some French, I served in Puerto Rico for two years and attained greater fluency in Spanish. Returning from Mexico, I taught Spanish to missionaries and other Church ministers for seven years at MACC in San Antonio. My last position was teaching higher level Spanish courses at Western Carolina University in North Carolina for 10 years.

In Phoenix I earned a diploma as a Spanish Medical Interpreter and served at several clinics and hospitals. I love teaching Spanish in any form!

Sr Cathryn O'Donnell

My teaching career has been shaped by various facets, with the main focus on teaching in primary grades K to 4. I worked with student teachers in my classroom for a number of years. For several years I worked in the Title I program teaching reading to children. I received my B. A. in English,  and later a Master's in Education from DePaul University in Chicago.


My delight with teaching enhanced my own education as well as that of my students. My writing skills influenced how I encouraged students to be creative.

Sr. Helen Robeck

I have a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Elemenntary Education from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI. I also have a Kindergarten endorsement from St. Catherine's in St. Paul. I was a full-time classroom teacher in Graes K - 6 for 39 years, with five years experience working in inner city Minneapolis. The last eleven years have been in the Learning Center, teaching children as well as Somali and Sudanese adults one-on-one for one or two hours each week. 


I believe each child and adult have a right to learn:  to read, speak, and use the skills for writing correctly. I believe I am fulfilling the mission of our Foundress, Mother Theresa Gerhardinger, who stated:  "Education in its broadest sense is to enable persons to develop their potential." The poor have always had a special place in my heart. I strongly believe once you have experienced working with the poor, you are never the same; they capture your heart. I am grateful for the experiences I have had and presently am having fun with my students. The Lord hears the cry of the poor and I pray that I may also be attentive to their cry for education.

Mr. Steve Sayre

Sr. June Marie Tachney

I am grateful to be able to tutor English Language Learners with adults in our Learning Center. My passion is to help others in education. I have a Bachelor's in Education and a Master's in Ministry. I taught in the elementary classroom for 20 years and ministered as a Pastoral Care staff person in Nursing Homes, Hospitals, private homes for 30 years.


As a staff member of the Learning Center I carry on the vision of Mother Theresa Gerhardinger to help others realize their dignity and worth whereever they are - in their homes and workplaces. Through education, adults are enabled to reach the fullness of their potential and use their gifts towards building the earth.

Sr. Bernelle Taube

Ms. Colleen Walters

Sr. Linda Wanner

Sr. Richardé Marie Wolf

I have a BA in Elementary Education from Mount Mary College in Milwuakee, WI, and a Masters in Education from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. My ministry includes 44 years in Catholic schools as a teacher and principal. I have been enriched in meeting families with a diversity of cultures:  teaching children of Vietnamese, Hispanic, Native American, and Indian origins. At the Learning Center I am teaching several from Somalia. 


I am eager to continue to follow our call as SSNDs to direct our resources and ministries toward education that transforms and calls all to eliminate the root sources of injustice. 

Sr. Therese Ann Zanmiller

Teaching continues to be an enriching, life-giving experience for me, even after 60 years in the educational field. To enable students to develp the skills, habits, and understandings necessary to reach their potential is a great joy.


I have been gifted with many educational opportunities. I received a BA in Elementary Education from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee and an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Loras College in Dubuque. I was blessed with a four month immersion experience at the Maryknoll Language Institute in Cochabamba, Bolivia. I have taught for 60 years in schools in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Guatemala. Now I consider myself blessed to be able to tutor students at our Good Counsel Learning Center here in Mankato.

Sr. Edna Lanners,
Child Care

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