Faculty & Staff
Rev. Walter M. Ciesla — Pastor
Father Ciesla was a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement for eight years before joining the Diocese of Gary in 1977. Ordained to the priesthood at Holy Angels Cathedral in 1981, Father served parishes throughout the diocese, becoming pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka in 1999. He also served as Senior Chaplain and Director of Volunteer Services at the Westville Correctional Center.
Father Ciesla is currently the Diocesan Spiritual Director of the Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima, a board member of Catholic Family Services, and a member of the Diocesan Cemetery Board. In his spare time, Father plays guitar and collects records and digital music.
- B.A. Philosophy, American University
- Bachelor’s of Sacred Theology, Saint Mary of the Lake University
- M.Div, Saint Mary of the Lake University
- Additional studies: Clinical Pastoral Education at Loyola University Medical Center
Brother Shaun Gray — Pastoral Assistant
Prior to joining St. Stan’s, Brother Shaun spent 34 years as the Residential Director for LeMans Academy in Rolling Prairie. He made his First Profession in 1967 and took final vows in 1973.
Brother Shaun’s hobbies include model railroading, woodworking, skiing, and sausage making. He is also a skilled rosary craftsman. One of his favorite quotes is, “You can never learn less, you can only learn more.”
Brother Shaun leads the students in devotional activities and also drives them to many of their field trips.
Mr. Christopher Evans — Principal
Mr. Evans moved to Indiana with his parents when the steel mills opened and has lived in Northwest Indiana for the past 49 years. He has two children, Jacob and Emily, His son, Jacob, will be a freshmen at Purdue University and his daughter, Emily, will be a senior this school year also at Purdue University in West Lafayette. Mr. Evans has served on the executive boards of Gabriel’s Horn Women’s Homeless Shelter, the Portage Township Park Department, and Venturing Crew 999 in Michigan City.
- B.A. Industrial Technology Education, Indiana State University
- M.A. Secondary Administration, Purdue University
- Secondary Principal’s License, Purdue University
- Elementary Principal’s License, Purdue University and Indiana State
- Graduate, Indiana Principal Leadership Academy
- Teacher, Fegely Middle School, 7 years
- Assistant Principal, Fegely Middle School, 5 years
- Assistant Principal, Portage High School, 1 year
- Principal, Fegely Middle School
- Principal, South Haven Elementary School, 10 years
- Blue Ribbon Status - 2007
- Indiana State Reading Association’s Exemplary
- Reading Program Award
- Nominee, National School Change Award
- Title I School of Distinction
Mrs. Amy Donkersloot — Preschool
Mrs. Donkersloot grew up in Michigan City and graduated from Rogers High School. Both of her parents are teachers and she knew from a young age that she would follow in their footsteps. She began teaching in 1994 and continues to look forward to each day with her students.
Mrs. Donkersloot has been married to her husband Ron for over two decades. They have two children: a son, Ryker and a daughter, Anneke. In her free time, Mrs. Donkersloot is an avid reader, has a passion for technology, enjoys scrapbooking, and loves doing activities with her family.
- B.A. Elementary Education with Computer Endorsement, Purdue University
Mrs. Denise Delaney — Kindergarten
Mrs. Delaney has been teaching for over 25 years and has taught Kindergarten, First grade, and Second grade during her time at St. Stans. Born and raised in Michigan City, she attended Notre Dame Grade School and graduated from Marquette High School.
Her greatest goal in teaching is to help children become the best that they can be. She especially understands the importance of Kindergarten as a year of growth, discovery, and significance for every child.
In her spare time, Mrs. Delaney enjoys spending time with her husband, Damien and her daughter, Kailyn. She loves being outdoors, family vacations, going to the beach (or anywhere sunny), reading, and taking care of her three pets.
- B.S. Elementary Education, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
- Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year
- Kindergarten Endorsement, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Mrs. Cindy Johnston — First Grade
Mrs. Johnston joined the Saint Stanislaus teaching staff in the fall of 2014. Prior to her teaching career, she worked in children’s hospitals as a Certified Child Life Specialist. She began substitute teaching when her youngest child entered Kindergarten and went on to earn her teacher’s license in 2014. Mrs. Johnston works to “instill a spiritual and quality Catholic education for life” in all of her students.
Mrs. Johnston lives in Chesterton with her husband, Tony, and their three children Claire, Colleen, and Kevin. She attends St. Patrick Catholic Church and enjoys Purdue and Chicago team sports, outdoor activities, and domestic traveling.
- B.S. Child Development & Family Studies - Child Health, Purdue University
- Graduate, Transition to Teaching, Indiana Wesleyan University
Mrs. Melissa Huhnke — Second Grade
Mrs. Huhnke has been part of the St. Stanislaus School community for over 15 years, teaching a variety of grade levels within the school. She likes to keep her students motivated and engaged by doing projects and group activities that the students enjoy.
Mrs. Huhnke has two children, Christopher and Casey. She loves sports and enjoys spending time with her family whether at Purdue football and basketball games, in the great outdoors, or bike riding.
- Graduate, Indiana University
Mrs. Terri Bartels — Third Grade
Mrs. Bartels has been teaching at Saint Stanislaus Kostka School for over 10 years, teaching a variety of grade levels during that time. She has been in the third grade classroom for the past five years and views teaching as an honor and a pleasure.
“Having a job that I love is something I am truly thankful for. With each new school year comes a feeling of excitement and anticipation that sparks our enthusiasm as we encounter our fresh learning journey.” Her biggest desire is to pass on her love of reading and writing to her students.
In her spare time, Mrs. Bartels likes to read, write, exercise, hike, cook, and go to the beach. Her favorite activity is spending time with her family. To give back to the community, she volunteers at the soup kitchen.
- Graduate, Summa Cum Laude, Purdue University
Miss Sara Rusboldt — Fourth Grade
Miss Rusboldt was born and raised in Michigan City, where she is a member of Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. She attended Queens of All Saints Catholic School from Preschool through 8th grade and went on to graduate with honors from Marquette High School in 2005.
Her philosophy of teaching can be summed up in three actions: encouraging, educating, and inspiring. With these actions, she feels that students will benefit from all angles by learning and wanting to learn more, all by having a positive, inspirational role model to follow. Her hope is to be that role model for all students.
Miss Rusboldt is very close with her family and she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her dogs, Marley and Bailey.
- B.S. Communications, Indiana University
- Elementary Education Teacher’s License, Indiana University
Mrs. Diane Borawski — Fifth Grade
Mrs. Borawski’s teaching experience includes everything from kindergarten to directing a prison-based college program — and a good deal in between.
“Lifelong learning” is a saying she likes to share with all her students and she applies it to herself as well, taking courses through Hillside College’s online offerings, and by reading biographies, and nonfiction historical accounts.
Mrs. Borawski enjoys family game nights with her children and sisters and their families, big family dinners, and sitting on her back porch in the sunshine reading a good book while being serenaded by birds.
- B.S., Ball State University
- M.S., University of Nebraska
Mrs. Susan McLemore — Sixth Grade, Social Studies
Mrs. McLemore is a Michigan City native who graduated from Marquette Catholic High School in 2000. She is married and has two young children, Liam and Molly. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, and cooking.
- B.S. Elementary Education, St. Joseph’s College
- St. Joseph’s College Fellow
- Endorsement in Social Studies
- Discovery Education Networks STAR Educator
Mrs. Bonnie Stolz — Seventh Grade, Math & Technology
Mrs. Stolz has been been married for 24 years and has two children, ages 19 and 21. She spent 8 years in the Duneland School Corporation and has been a part of the Diocese of Gary Schools for the past 4 years.
Mrs. Stolz's ultimate goal is to help her students be the best version of themselves, guiding them towards independence as they prepare for high school.
- B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies K-8, Western Governors University
Mrs. Nancy Gifford — Eighth Grade, Language Arts
Mrs. Gifford taught for the Archdiocese of Chicago for thirty-three years, including grades 2-8, and also served as an assistant principal for six years. Although a product of the Chicago Public Schools, her family life led to her deep faith and a desire to share that faith through teaching in Catholic schools.
Mrs. Gifford lives in Valparaiso and has four step-children, four beautiful, brilliant grandchildren, and three cats and a dog, Marty. She is a voracious reader and also enjoys antiquing, going to classic car shows, and spending time with friends. She is a member of St. Teresa of Avila parish where she sings in the choir and takes part in the prayer chain and “Helping Hands” ministries.
- B.S. Elementary Education, Calumet College of St. Joseph
- M.S. Leadership in Teaching, Calumet College of St. Joseph
Ms. Laura Smith — Art & Teacher Aide
Mrs. Smith’s family has been part of St. Stanislaus parish for five generations and her grandparents helped build the current church and school.
She is a devoted teacher’s aide and loves showing our preschool through fifth grade students how to enhance their own creativity and imagination through the world of art. Her favorite part of teaching is watching the children discover and learn new abilities within themselves.
Ms. Smith has two sons and three cherished grandchildren, two girls and one boy. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, tennis, and any kind of physical exercise. However, her real love is cooking and trying new recipes.
- Graduate, Purdue University