Kathy Nielsen


Vice Principal - 3rd Grade

My name is Kathy Nielsen. I have been the 3rd Grade teacher at St. Mary’s since I began teaching here in 2020. My parochial teaching career began as a dedicated parent volunteer, which progressed to my being a teacher aide. One school year I  agreed to teach kindergarten (for one year I thought). However, that experience provided me the opportunity to discover my vocation  - teaching young people in an environment that allows me to practice and teach my faith. Nearly, 14 years later I am still energized every morning as I welcome my student family into the classroom. I graduated from the University of Iowa with majors in English, journalism and education. I also hold a California teaching credential and CLAD certificate. Outside of teaching I enjoy my family, which includes my husband, our two grown daughters, and a cadre of pets.  I also love visiting my Iowa family, keeping fit, reading, and binge-watching TV series!