Mr. Jake Robasse

I was born and raised in Buffalo, MN. I moved to Mankato in 2001 where I started school at Minnesota State University, Mankato and received my Bachelor Degree in Physical Education. In 2007 I was lucky enough to find a teaching position at the Sacred Heart Catholic School in Waseca where I taught for 7 years. During the end of my time at Sacred Heart I started in a grad program at St. Mary’s University out of Winona. Here I received my Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning in the spring of 2014. My wife Josephine and I have three children; Carter, Evalyn & Emry.

I currently have two children attending SJV School and my wife and I couldn’t be happier with what we see and hear on a daily basis. Some things I enjoy about St. John Vianney are the experienced teaching staff and the supportive families. SJV holds true to its mission of providing a quality Catholic education based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.


Fr. Peter Schuster

Raised on a farm outside of Freeborn, MN, I graduated from Freeborn High School in 1986. I received my undergraduate degree from St. Johns University in 1990 and my graduate studies found me attending St. Paul Seminary. I was ordained to the priesthood on June 13, 1995. Being an associate pastor at St. John’s in Rochester and St. Mary’s in Worthington, my first assignment as pastor was Lewiston, Altura, and Wilson with my second being in Jackson, Sherburn, and Lakefield. I was appointed pastor of Fairmont and East Chain on July 1, 2010.

Mrs. Nicole Maakestad

Hello, my name is Nicole Maakestad.  I was born and raised in Fairmont.  My husband Dominic and I have 2 children, Maddie and Trevor.  In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, decorating and shopping.  I have worked in the preschool room at SJV since 2012 and  I love it!


Mrs. Sarah Glidden

Hello! My name is Sarah Glidden. I am ecstatic to be the new preschool teacher here at St. John Vianney. My husband Jeremy and I currently live in Trimont with our three children; Nic, Kayden, and Carson. I attended school and graduated from Martin County West in 2002. I have an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University in Mankato and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Walden University. My dream has always been to work with young children and their families. I thoroughly love every minute of my job and could not ask for a better group of students, parents, and teachers to work with. I look forward to seeing the growth in the preschool students throughout the year.

Mrs. Erin Olson

Hello. My name is Erin Olson and this is my second year teaching Kindergarten at SJV. I attended high school in Lake Crystal MN, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a BA in Elementary Education.

I’m so excited to begin my second year; my time at SJV has been amazing. I love working together with the teachers, the parents and the students every day. I feel so blessed to be a part of the staff here and look forward to many more years!

Mrs. Mary Betts

I was born and raised in Fairmont.  I went to the University of Waseca and graduated with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Pre-Kindergarten.  From there, I went to the University of Minnesota at Mankato and received a BS degree in Elementary Education with concentration in Kindergarten.  I received my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Catherine College.  I enjoy Spending my extra time walking, reading a good book and of course, spending time with my family.  My husband, Paul, and I have 3 children;  Andrea, Mackenzie, and Daniel.

Mrs. Karen Sandhurst

My name is Karen Sandhurst and my education includes attending a one-room school for grades 1-6, a Catholic school in New Ulm for grades 7-12, and then Winona State University. There I earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood, graduating in 1980. I completed my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, MN in 2003.

I married Ron Sandhurst in 1982 and we have three married children – Adam, Kimberly, and Brent. We also have five grandchildren!

I’ve been teaching at St. John Vianney School since 1982. I really enjoy working in this faith-based community with such great families! I feel called by God to help form children to be disciples of Jesus Christ!

Mrs. Sarah Schiltz

I grew up in Elmore, MN. I attended Mankato State University and earned a BS degree in Elementary Education with a Math concentration. My husband,
David, and I like spending time outdoors, traveling, and being with family and friends. I have been teaching at SJV School since 1997. I truly enjoy working with my students and being a part of Catholic education.

Mrs. Sarah Striemer

I graduated high school from Blue Earth Area. I did my undergrad at Minnesota State University, Mankato and my masters at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. I am married to Jay and we have four children, Isaac, Gabriel, Clare, and Jonah. I have been teaching at SJV for 13 years. All of our children have or are attending St. John Vianney.

Ms. Phyllis Surprenant

My name is Phyllis Surprenant. Since 1980 St. John Vianney School has been my home away from home. I say this because we have a wonderful family atmosphere here at SJV. Being able to teach children and help them to realize the many blessings God has given them has been a joy. I grew up in Luverne, MN with four brothers and one sister. After graduating from Luverne High School, I attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. I was a double major in elementary education and theater. A bit of trivia, my graduation day was May 18, 1980 which was the day Mount St. Helens blew up. I have been blessed to teach at St. John Vianney School.

Mrs. Jen Fogelson

I grew up and graduated from Hinckley-Finlayson High School. I went to Southwest State University in Marshall, and received my BS degree in Elementary Education with a math concentration. My husband, Mike, and I have 3 children; Hayley, Tyler and Shelby. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, and camping. I have been teaching at SJV since 2003 and enjoy working with my students to further their education and to help them grow in their Catholic faith.

Mrs. Joleen Fink

My name is Joleen Fink. I grew up in Rochester Minnesota and graduated from John Marshall High School. I went to college at Concordia in Moorhead Minnesota to get my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. I am licensed to teach music for grades K – 12. I am married to Tony Fink who is the Pastor at Fairmont United Methodist Church. I have been blessed to be able to teach music in all of the communities our Bishop has assigned Tony to. I have enjoyed teaching both in public and private schools. Tony and I have four children, Betsy, David, Ben and Joe. David is married to Marci and they have two children we love to spend time with. We enjoy being part of the many adventures of all our children’s lives. I also enjoy sewing, woodcarving, camping, and many other activites with our church and family.

I have been teaching music at SJV since the fall of 2006. I love being part of a staff that is so dedicated to providing a strong, well rounded education to our students. I greatly appreciate teaching in a Christian school where our faith is such a large part of our sense of calling to teach!

Physical Education

Mrs. Meghan Finkbeiner

I grew up in O’Neill, Nebraska, where I attended St. Mary’s School for preschool through 12th grade. I received a BA in Elementary Education from Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota in 2011.

My husband, Jaron, and I moved to Fairmont in 2015. We have two sons, Tristan and Harrison. This is my first year here at SJV, and my first year as a Physical Education teacher. Having previously taught for Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, I feel so blessed to be able to continue to be a part of Catholic education.

School Secretary

Ms. Leigh Schofield

I am Fairmont born and raised and attended SJV School from Kindergarten through 7th grade. When the opportunity to work here at SJV came up, I was delighted at the thought of being able to return “home”! My children, Hayden and Sawyer, have attended SJV since preschool, and it’s a joy to be able to be so involved in their school every day! We live here in Fairmont along with our furry friends, and stay plenty busy with school, sports, scouts, and our volunteer gigs and house projects.


Mr. Ron Sandhurst

I graduated from Fulda High School in 1974. I operated a construction and cabinet shop in Fulda till 1980 with 2 cousins and an uncle. I moved to Fairmont and was employed by Tech Builders as a finishing carpenter, working mainly on cabinets and trim. I received my boiler license from Jackson Tech and began working at St. John Vianney in 1984. Over the past years, I upgraded my boiler license to Chief C. Engineer, which is the highest license classification available in Minnesota. I also am certified to manage and maintain asbestos contained materials and management plans for the state of Minnesota


Mrs. Deb Hartwig

Hi. My name is Deb Hartwig and I am running the Kids Stop Program here at SJV School.  I live here in Fairmont with my husband Brian. Our son Josh attended SJV School.  I enjoy sewing, quilting, baking, camping, and traveling.

Food Service

Mrs. Becky Miller

I have been a cook at SJV for 14 years.

SJV School Board

Jeff Kurt – President
(507) 235-3887
Brooke Pierce – Vice President
(507) 236-4497
Joe Melsha – Scribe
(507) 226-3593
Siri Heille
(507) 238-2586
Patty Petrowiak
(507) 238-4862
Paul Determan
(507) 236-1214