Our Lady of Grace School is a Catholic parish school, a critical part of the mission of OLG Parish. Our school operates on a model of shared leadership and collaboration, focused on improving student performance.
Father Kevin Finnegan, Pastor
As Pastor, Fr. Kevin is the spiritual leader of our parish and school, and is responsible for implementing the parish mission. Fr. Kevin is originally from the Chicago area. He was educated at St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas, and spent many years in youth development including serving in National Evangelization Teams (NET) and St. Paul's Outreach, a national Catholic student movement. He attended St. Paul Seminary and was ordained in 1996. His years as a parish priest have included postions at St. Edward Catholic Church in Bloomington, several parishes in Faribault, and serving as Chaplain at the state prison and at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Mrs. Maureen Trenary, Principal
Mrs. Maureen Trenary has been an educator in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis since 1974. She has spent the majority of her career at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School. She taught Middle School between 1982-1988, and returned to become principal in 1991. In 2002, she was awarded the NCEA Distinguished Principal Award (National Catholic Educational Association). She has a BA degree from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, MN and a Master's degree in Education and an Education Specialist degree in Administration from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.
As Principal of OLG School, Mrs. Trenary is our instructional leader, providing spiritual and academic leadership for the day-to-day administration of the school, supported by two assistant principals. Under Mrs. Trenary's leadership, OLG's supervisory model includes frequent classroom walkthroughs, formal observations and annual teacher reviews, all of which provide for reflection on instructional practices, dialogue and insights into strategies for improved student learning.
Mr. Anthony Barrett, Assistant Principal
Mr. Anthony Barrett began his work in Catholic schools in Denver with the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education program. He taught middle school English there for three years before moving to Faribault to teach at Bethlehem Academy. During this time, he also coached speech, basketball, and several other sports. Mr. Barrett earned his Master of Education through Notre Dame in 2015 and is currently working toward a Master of Educational Leadership.
Mr. Barrett was drawn to Our Lady of Grace because of the community's love of faith and commitment to student learning. He is particularly excited about OLG's student-centered approach to education. He looks forward to supporting students in their goals to become life-long learners and to become more Christ-like toward one another. Mr. Barrett possesses a strong love for learning. When he is not working to help educate others, he enjoys teaching himself to paint and to play piano. He also appreciates the outdoors, and he has been to every state park in Minnesota. He is grateful for this opportunity to move back home to the Twin Cities, and he is filled with joy as he awaits the upcoming school year.
Mr. Jon Cassady, Director of Advancement
Jon is responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining a comprehensive institutional advancement program for the Our Lady of Grace (OLG) Parish and School. As OLG is a parish and school community committed towards a life of stewardship, he is responsible for legacy giving, gifts, fundraising, stewardship, marketing and communications for our OLG community.
As the Director of Advancement, Jon will collaborate with various parish, school and alumni constituents to assist in Making Jesus Christ Known and Loved here at OLG.
Jon was raised here in the Minneapolis area and recently spent the last 29 years in the Washington, DC area working most for a work place Christian ministry; Christians in Commerce (CIC) as their Operations Manager. Prior to his time at CIC, Jon was with the IBM Corporation for 27 years serving in Global Executive Sales and Marketing positions and at an international non-profit as their Executive Director of Marketing.
Jon graduated from Totino Grace High School and recieved both his undergraduate and graduate Business Administration degrees from the University of St. Thomas.
Mrs. Amy Selby, School Enrollment Coordinator
Amy Selby has been an active volunteer at Our Lady of Grace School and Church since moving to Minnesota from Chicago in 2010. A former classroom teacher and professional development presenter for 11 years in Illinois, Amy loves to talk about education. You may recognize her from the Parent School Organization (PSO), New Families Committee, School Advisory Council (SAC), Moms of Grace, Vacation Bible School (VBS), Nativity Play, Seven Sisters Apostolate, Faith Formation Families Organization (3FO), Acts 29, various OLG Bible studies/book groups, Faith Formation, or Sunday School. If you have not yet met her, she looks forward to meeting you!
As School Enrollment Coordinator, Amy looks forward to working with families and introducing them to the Our Lady of Grace Community. This position combines many of her favorite things--Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and School, meeting new people and making spreadsheets. She also enjoys spending time with her family, baseball, sailing, travel and hiking. Amy’s mission is to stay close to Jesus and bring others closer to Him.
School Advisory Council (SAC)
2018-2019 SAC Members
Tom King (SAC Chair)
Fr. Kevin Finnegan – 952-929-3317 (x9031)
Principal Maureen Trenary – 952-929-5463 (x9058)