Meet Mrs. Nicklay

Hi there! I'm glad you stopped by for a visit. I hope this information will help you get to know me better:

*I'm married to Bruce and we have three great kids who have all attended WACS. Jacob holds dual masters' degrees in architecture and sustainable design from the University of Minnesota. He is married to Sarah (a registered dietitian and Lourdes grad working at St. Mary's University) and owns Warneke and Associates here in Winona where he is the principle architect.  They are parents to our twin grandsons, Luke and Eli, who are 6 years old and Peter who is 3 years old.  They are the joys of our lives.  Our son Ben holds a degree in environmental studies from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He works for the DNR as a watershed specialist and lives in Duluth.  Laura, our daughter, graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 2013 with a degree in Elementary Education.  She married Alex in 2017 and is now teaching 2nd grade at St. Charles Borromeo School in the Twin Cities.

We keep busy attending theater performances, enjoying play dates with our grandsons, and being involved in the Winona community.

*I taught for 10 years at St. Francis School in Rochester, MN (grades 3 and 4) before moving back to Winona where I had originally gone to college and earned a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education with an area of concentration in Bilingual Ed. and a minor in Spanish at the College of St. Teresa. Several years ago I earned my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.

*The WACS system has been my teaching home for the past 30+ years. I've taught at St. Mary's (Educare and Preschool), Cathedral (2nd and 3rd grades), and at St. Stan's (Reading Resource and Library for grades my student teaching way back when!)

*Reading is my favorite leisure time activity and I consider myself to be a lifelong learner. It is a great blessing to be able to share my love of reading with the students and to see their interest, skills, confidence, and excitement about reading and books grow.

*I serve as the librarian for grades 1-6 at St. Stan's for half of my day. I am in charge of ordering new books to support our curriculum and inspire students to read for pleasure.  I also take care of the processing of those books and our magazines. I prepare and share weekly lessons with the students addressing library skills and information on books, literary awards, authors, illustrators and genres in literature.

*For the other half of my day I don my teacher's hat once more and meet with small groups of students to support them in reading. We work on fluency, accuracy, and strategies for both comprehension and decoding. I firmly believe that everyone can learn, we just don't all learn at the same pace or in the same way. I am my students' greatest cheerleader!

*I also enjoy camping, exploring God's creation, listening to good music, cooking, attending theater productions, gardening, knitting prayer shawls, embroidering, visiting Lake Superior, and did I mention reading? My favorite new activity is visiting my little grandsons and playing with them.  They are such a joy!!  St. Mary's is our parish home, and we are involved in a variety of ministries and activities.

Hey! Have you read any good books lately?
Stop in at St. Stan's and look me up at the Library/Reading Resource Room (Rm. 107) so you can tell me about them! I'm always looking for good books to read and share with others!!

Looking forward to seeing you,
Mrs. Lori Nicklay
St. Stan's Librarian, gr. 1-6/
Reading Resource Teacher, gr. 4-6

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