School of St. Philip, Litchfield Minnesota

225 E. Third Street
Litchfield, Minnesota 55355
Phone: (320) 693-6283

Michelle Kramer

Phone:(320) 693-6283

I am a product of Catholic schools, I have taught in Catholic schools, and I am proud to now be a leader at the School of St. Philip. I have a B.A. in Elementary Education from CSB/SJU and a M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary's University. I have taught at the intermediate, middle school, and college levels, and I have seen that Catholic schools truly reach every aspect of a child's life-academic, social, emotional, and spiritual. What a blessing it is to make this my life's work!

Mary Roers
St. Philip's School Secretary

Phone:(320) 693-6283

I am the secretary at the School of St. Philip. I started with the school in 2011 but have been working with children in different capacities since 1992. I was born and raised in Litchfield and have been a member of the Church of St. Philip all my life. I am the youngest of 11 children - all of which attended St. Philip School. I have been married to my husband Bill since 1989 and we have two grown sons, Alex and Mitch. I enjoy reading, taking walks, playing cards and games and spending as much time as I can with family and friends.

Angela Smith



Brenda Torborg


I am so thrilled to be the Kindergarten Teacher at St. Philip’s. I was born and raised in Paynesville, MN. I attended Bemidji State University and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. This is my 18th year of teaching all in Catholic schools. I taught Third grade for 6 years before I made a big change to my first love Kindergarten. I find working with children a rewarding experience. I love listening to all of their stories and experiences and am constantly amazed at all the life lesson they have taught me. I am blessed to be able to do what I truly LOVE to do.

Jodi Peterson
1st/2nd grade


I teach in the 1st/2nd grade multi-age classroom. I grew up in Fargo, ND and am the youngest of 4 children. I attended Catholic schools from grades 1-12 and taught in a small Catholic school in Mahnomen, MN for 10 years before moving to Litchfield in 2004. I graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in Elementary Education. I have experience teaching preschool age through 5th grade. I enjoy reading, crafts, scrapbooking, and creating cards. I feel blessed to be teaching in a school where I can share my faith with others!

Nancy McGraw
4th grade


Hello! I live in Litchfield with my husband Dan and our dog Minne. I grew up in Litchfield and attended The School of St. Philip through sixth grade. My education includes a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from Moorhead State University. I also attained my Coaching License. This year marks my twenty-eighth year at St. Philip's. Getting to know children and their families is the best part of teaching. Watching them grow and learn is very exciting. My hobbies include gardening, fishing, golfing, reading, and baking!! Every day is an adventure-carpe diem!!!

Mary Lenz
3rd grade


I was born in Canada and grew up International Falls, MN. My college education started at Rainy River State in International Falls where I earned an AA Degree. I continued my education at Bemidji State University where I earned my BS Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education and a concentration in Reading.

I have been fortunate to be able to spend my teaching career at the School of St. Philip. I am happy that I can combine academics with helping students grow in their faith.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends. My hobbies are walking, reading, and trying to teach my dog how to behave.

Jes Ellson
5th Grade


I was born and raised in Litchfield. After I graduated from LHS I attended college at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. Go Wolves! I graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I have taught preschoolers through sixth graders in many diverse experiences. I have taught on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in SW South Dakota, at two Lutheran Elementary schools as well as at an Adventure Camp summer school on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

I enjoy teaching so much because I love watching the children learn and grow beyond what they think they are capable of! I absolutely love teaching at St Philip's because we are one family who shares our faith daily in so many ways. It is my prayer that we as a class can give back to the church and community the way the church and community support our beloved School of St Philip.

My favorite things are being an Auntie and watching my nieces and nephews in their activities, the MN Twins, and all things plaid! I feel so blessed to be back in the community I grew up in, teaching at a school where I can share my love for the Lord with my students. I pray that our school year if filled with blessings and that we can continue to be a blessing to others.

School Committee Members:
  • Andrea Carew
  • Josh Carlson
  • Dennis Caron
  • Kolette Duscher
  • Nikki Elwell
  • Holly Flemming
  • Dana Kuhnau
  • Chris Polzin
  • Leslie Polzin - Chair

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