Work Phone: 835-9481 ext. 49 Laura Wilkowski has been the principal at Saint Brigid Catholic School since 2018. Prior to becoming principal, she taught middle school science and sixth grade Western Hemisphere, Religion, and Spanish. She has taught for four years as the elementary science specialist and did the after-school science club. Prior to her experience at Saint Brigid, she served as teacher-in-residence at Virginia Commonwealth University for four years, Science Specialist and elementary teacher for Richmond Public Schools. Laura holds a BA in Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Science Education, and a Post Master's Certificate in Administration and Supervision. Laura and her husband, Stephen, have three children who all attended Saint Brigid Catholic School.
835-9481 ext. 46 Sherri Nemeth is a native of Michigan who has resided in Midland since 1986. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University, and after many years in the business field decided to continue her education. She then earned her Elementary Education Certification with endorsements in math and science from Saginaw Valley State University. She has since earned her Master of Arts in Teaching as a Reading Specialist from Saginaw Valley State University. Sherri taught preschool for two-and-a-half years, and then began her career at Saint Brigid Catholic School. She taught Junior Science for one year and then became the reading specialist. After two years, yet another opportunity arose, and she began teaching second grade at Saint Brigid Catholic School, where she remained for 13 years. In 2021, yet another opportunity presented itself and Sherri accepted the role as Assistant Principal and Reading Specialist. Sherri, her husband, and two children are members of Saint Brigid Catholic Church. She has also taught Kindergarten Faith Formation.
Fr. Andy Booms
Work Phone: 835-9481 ext. 34 Fr. Andy Booms became the pastor of Saint Brigid of Kildare on July 1, 2017. He is happy to be serving Midland’s oldest Catholic parish and school. Ordained June 8, 2007, he is now a middle-aged priest in years of service and age. Fr Andy enjoys leading our community in Worship, Service, and Education. In his downtime, he gardens, runs(not too fast), bikes, and cross-country skis. His rescue pup Dee Pucci also likes to occupy him when he’s not in the office. He loves greeting you at any time so if you see him out and about, say hi.
989-835-9481 ext. 65 Susie has been the kindergarten teacher at Saint Brigid Catholic School since the 2001 school year. Susie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University in 1986. Her first teaching job was head teacher in the three-year-old class at the Y.M.C.A. in Indianapolis, Indiana. After moving to Midland in 1988, she taught kindergarten at Siebert Elementary until 1994. The birth of her second child found her choosing to become a stay-at-home mom for the next six years. During this time, Susie was able to continue to work with children. She did daycare for three families while living in Saint Louis, Missouri. After returning to Midland, Susie worked at Saint John’s Episcopal Cooperative Preschool as a teacher’s assistant until coming to Saint Brigid Catholic School in 2001. Susie received eighteen credit hours of graduate instruction from Saginaw Valley State University in the areas of reading and early childhood development. She takes continuing education to stay current with the best educational practices. Susie enjoys camping and fishing with her family. This combined with teaching makes for a full and rewarding life.
835-9481 ext. 71 Amanda is the first-grade teacher at Saint Brigid Catholic School. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. Amanda continues to participate in education classes to stay up-to-date on the latest research and best practices in education. Amanda attended Catholic School at Auburn Area Catholic School, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Nouvel Catholic Central High School then attended Bay City Western High School. She is a longtime parishioner at St. Gabriel Parish in Auburn. There she is actively involved as a cantor and extraordinary minister of the Holy Communion. Amanda and her family all live in Auburn. She enjoys traveling, reading, crafting, watching Disney movies, and spending time with her family and friends.
835-9481 ext. 76 Michelle Twigg grew up in the Metro Detroit area, where she attended Guardian Angels Catholic School (K-8) and Bishop Foley Catholic High School (9-12). From there Michelle went on to Oakland University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. In 2014, Michelle had her son Ethan and they moved to Alpena, Michigan where she taught split classes, standard classes and math at All Saints Catholic School to grades 2-7. In 2019, Michelle and Ethan moved to Midland and she took the position as the fourth-grade teacher at Saint Brigid Catholic School. Ms. Twigg feels very blessed to be working with a community of amazing professionals.
835-9481 ext. 77 Sara has been the 5th-grade teacher at Saint Brigid Catholic School since 2016. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a double major in Elementary Education and Social Studies and a minor in Language Arts. She lives in Freeland with her two cats, Fred and George, and she is excited to be getting married in June 2023! Sara continuously feels blessed to be working with such an amazing community of staff, students, and parents.
A Saint Brigid Catholic School alumni herself, Heather joined the staff as a playground supervisor in 2009 after closing her home daycare. She has been a teacher’s aide since 2010 and presently assists Kindergarten.Heather is proud to be fourth generation parishioner. She and her husband, David, have two daughters who also attended Saint Brigid Catholic School.
Seventh/Eighth Grade Homeroom/Middle School Math & Science
989-835-9481 ext. 74 Kristi comes to Saint Brigid Catholic School as our 4th grade teacher, after spending 5 months as the long-term 7th grade teacher in the 2016-2017 school year. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Some of her favorite hobbies are golfing, skiing, crafting and traveling the world! Kristi was born and raised in Bay City and is graduate from Bay City Western. She attended Delta College before moving on to Saginaw Valley State University to finish her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. She also has a minor in mathematics and integrated science. Kristi is a active member of Our Lady of Czestochowa. She has taught religious education in the parish for 13 years and is also an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist.
Sixth Grade Homeroom/Middle School ELA & History
989-835-9481 ext. 75 Chris Wakeman was born in the Dearborn, Michigan area but spent High School years in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He went to the University of Toledo and majored in Recreation and Leisure studies after changing majors from Education. There he earned a BS and a MA in Recreation and Leisure Studies while playing football for the University. After college, Chris went to Mackinac Island and worked at Grand Hotel. Chris moved to Midland in 2010 to run the NADA hotel and conference services for Northwood University and teach in the Hospitality department. After 5 years with Northwood University, he then went to CMU for 3 years to teach full time as a faculty member (fixed-term) in the Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Department, before returning to running hotels and restaurants for 2 years. At that time, Mr. Wakeman decided to go back to school and earn his teaching certification in English and Social Studies at Saginaw Valley State University through the Accelerated Certification with Residency. He taught one year at the Zilwaukee K-8 School teaching English, Social Studies, and Math to Middle school students before coming to Saint Brigid Catholic School as the Middle School ELA and History teacher. Chris intentionally chose to rejoin the teaching ranks because he has a passion for seeing young learners grow along with a commitment to good communication and understanding civic responsibility. He lives with his wonderful wife and 2 great sons.
Middle School Theology/Coordinator of Catholic Identity
Before attending the University of Missouri for her BS in Education, LeAnne traveled the United States on NET (National Evangelization Team), and has never lost her passion for sharing the light and love of Christ! After receiving her teaching degree, LeAnne taught Math, Science, Literature and Religion in St. Louis, MO and Dallas, TX. She has worked in parish and college ministry and has an MA in Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. She and her husband, Dr. Dan Osborn, and their children, feel blessed to call the diocese of Saginaw home.
835-9481 ext. 72 Sherri Nemeth is a native of Michigan who has resided in Midland since 1986. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University, and after many years in the business field decided to continue her education. She then earned her Elementary Education Certification with endorsements in math and science from Saginaw Valley State University. She has since earned her Master of Arts in Teaching as a Reading Specialist from Saginaw Valley State University. Sherri taught preschool for two-and-a-half years, and then began her career at Saint Brigid Catholic School. She taught Junior Science for one year and then became the reading specialist. After two years, yet another opportunity arose, and she began teaching second grade at Saint Brigid Catholic School where she remained for 15 years. In 2021, yet another opportunity presented itself and Sherri accepted the role as Assistant Principal and Reading Specialist. Sherri, her husband, and two children are members of Saint Brigid Catholic Church. She has also taught Kindergarten Faith Formation.
After School Care Program - Lead Teacher/Librarian/Reading Support Teacher/Playground Supervisor
Dottie Norris is our After School Care Director, Librarian, Playground Supervisor, and one of our Reading Support Teachers. She moved to Midland after graduating from Central Michigan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Development. Dottie worked at Blessed Sacrament School as the Preschool teacher for 28 years and the After School Care program director for several years. Saint Brigid became her family's home Parish in 2003, when her son started Elementary school. Dottie enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with her family.
Middle School Band
Since 2009, Midland native Judyth Peterson has brought a wealth of musical expertise to the Saint Brigid band program. She holds a Music Education degree from Michigan State University where she was a percussion major and member of the Spartan Marching Band. She worked with high school band camps throughout the state and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, touring Europe with their International Orchestra. Ms. Peterson taught band in Ft. Wayne, Indiana before returning to Midland to become the Business Manager of the Midland Symphony Orchestra, a position she held for 20 years. She set the all-time MSO attendance record and developed educational programs reaching thousands across the region. During that time, she continued to teach music as the drumline instructor at Midland High School. There she created a program that attracted unprecedented numbers to the MHS bands. She has been honored as a Chemic for Life and homecoming Grand Marshal. With the staff of the Northern Aurora Drum & Bugle Corps, Judyth toured on the national competition circuit for two summers. She was a charter member of Midland’s Resonators Percussion Ensemble, performing around the community for over a decade. As a commissioned Lay Minister at Blessed Sacrament Parish, she directed the handbell choir, served in adult formation, RCIA, and liturgy, and traveled to Israel with the late Bishop Kenneth Untener. Ms. Peterson left the MSO in 2006 to open a private percussion studio. Her students have scored superior ratings at state festivals and auditions, going on to college marching bands and earning music degrees. She recently retired her Midland High position after 38 years of audacious drumming. She continues to perform in the MSU Alumni Band and is a Past President of the MSU Alumni Club of Midland County. In addition to her musical pursuits, Judyth provides respite care for adults with disabilities through the Arnold Center. She is a doting aunt and Godmother, avid sports fan, and recites annually at the Midland Reads Poetry event. She can be found cheering on her beloved Spartans, working out at the Community Center, pedaling her Trek 1220 and paddle boarding around Michigan waters. Always inspired by the students of Saint Brigid School, she thrives on making music with the “small but mighty” Shamrock Bands.
After School Care Assistant