Three new faces join Remsen St. Mary's Schools

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Patty Lansink (left) and Ron Olberding (right) will serve as interim administrators at St. Mary’s School in Remsen for the 2019-2020 school year. Lansink will be high school principal and Olberding will be PK-8 principal.
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Remsen St. Mary's added new three faces to its staff for the 2019-2020 school year. The new year begins on Friday, August 23, 2019.

Kathy Brandt

Serving as Remsen St. Mary's TK-12 music teacher will be Mrs. Kathy Brandt.

Kathy Brandt will be the TK-12 music teacher.
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She grew up on a farm near Emerson, Iowa, and graduated high school from Nishna Valley.

Kathy received her bachelor of arts degree with majors in Music and Elementary Classroom.

Kathy brings with her a lot of experience, as she student taught in Alta for eight weeks and was a long term music sub at Albert City Truesdale for high school music, and also subbed in the Clarion area. Before coming to St. Mary's, she had worked in Storm Lake St. Mary’s as the 7-12 vocal music teacher for one year, Washington High School as Assistant High School band director for one year, Northeast Hamilton as K-12 music teacher for 10 years, St. Thomas Aquinas in Weber City for eight years teaching PS through sixth grade music with four years as a preschool associate, and Kuemper Catholic Schools in Carroll for one year teaching K-fifth grade music. She has also sold golf equipment wholesale and worked as an activity director in a healthcare facility and Casey’s.

Ron Olberding

Mr. Ron Olberding will serve as the interim PK-8 Principal for St. Mary’s Schools.

Ron grew up on a farm outside of Varina in Northwest Iowa. He graduated high school from Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) in Fonda, Iowa.

For education, he went to DMACC in Ankeny and also earned and Undergrad, Masters, and Specialist Degree from Drake University.

Ron stated, “I actually worked as a Computer Operator in Des Moines for one year after graduating from high school and going through training in Kansas City. After one year as a computer operator, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and a coach, so I started classes at DMACC in Des Moines and then transferred to Drake and worked as a computer operator during that time until I graduated college. It took me seven years to get through college and get a Bachelor’s degree, but it was well worth it! I LOVE the students!”

He has a lot of education experience, “I student taught in inner city Des Moines for a semester. I taught sixth grade in Ruthven for seven years and then taught sixth grade at Lincoln School in Spencer for six years in the public schools before becoming Principal at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Spencer for the past 28 years, from where I just retired in July.”

He lives in Spencer with his wife, Carol, who is a Physician Assistant. They have three children: Andrea, 38, is a teacher at Iowa City West High School; Matt, 36, is a Construction Engineer in Orlando; and Jay, 31, is a Mechanical Engineer working as Logistics Consultant in Denver.

He stated, “I will commute to Remsen one day per week. Remsen St. Mary’s is very fortunate to have Mrs. Kim Phillips to serve as Lead Teacher. She is awesome!”

For hobbies, Ron said, “I like to hunt, bike, kayak, fish, play cards, play golf.”

What he enjoys most about teaching is “the kids”.

“I have been very impressed with the faculty, staff, parents, and students that I have met so far at Remsen St. Mary’s! I sense that it is a special school! The school has a great feel, and I am really looking forward to the upcoming school year and meeting more of the staff, students, and parents at Remsen St. Mary’s! It will be an AWESOME year!” declared Ron.

Patty Lansink

Mrs. Patty Lansink will be the interim high school principal at St. Mary’s.

Patty grew up in Ida Grove and graduated from Ida Grove High School.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in Zoology from Iowa State University, a master of science degree in Education from Buena Vista University, and an education specialist degree from Wayne State University.

For her past working experience, Patty stated, “I worked in a pathology lab after college as a Histotechnologist. Then I taught middle school science at Wall Lake View Auburn for five years, high school counselor at OABCIG for seven years, high school counselor at Storm Lake for three years, principal at St. Rose of Lima in Denison for seven years (also assistant superintendent for three of those years) and superintendent for the last two years.

She has been married for 22 years to Jayson Lansink, who is a project manager for Godbersen-Smith Construction Co. in Ida Grove. They have three children: Madison, 19, is a sophomore at ISU; Lauren, 16, is a junior at OABCIG; and Sam, 10, is in fifth grade at OABCIG.

Patty’s hobbies include “biking, golfing, reading, and spending time with friends and family”.

When asked what she enjoys most about teaching, she replied, “Building relationships with staff and students and helping all learn and live their faith.”