Mrs. Patty Nennig, Holy Cross Catholic School
Mrs. Nennig teaches middle school math and religion at Holy Cross Catholic School and has taught at Holy Cross for 15 years and in Catholic education for 31 total years. Prior to joining Holy Cross she taught middle school math, religion and language arts in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. During her tenure at Holy Cross, she has taught computer, middle school language arts, fourth and fifth graders, “and now I am full circle back in middle school with an eighth-grade homeroom teaching math and religion.”
“I love working with kids and watching them grow both in knowledge and in their faith,” she said. “I love celebrating the holidays and being able to join my students as prayer partners.”  Mrs. Nennig firmly believes in the importance of providing students with a solid educational foundation.
“I have spent many years teaching math and algebra to several different grade levels and have seen a great deal of different methodologies and textbooks come and go,” she said. “This has made me realize that the basic fundamental skills of math are what need to be stressed so as to give the students a strong background and in turn prepare them for the next level.”
It is equally important for students to establish strong roots in their Catholic faith. “It has always been my belief that one’s faith will grow if you have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit,” she said. “The way to strengthen that relationship is through prayer and by living the Gospel.” Mrs. Nennig said she loves the Divine Mercy Prayer, “Jesus, I Trust in You,” and “I also have a very special relationship with The Blessed Mother and I often ask Mary to pray for me and to present my prayers to Jesus.”
Mrs. Nennig was inspired to pursue a teaching career by her sister, who also has been involved in Catholic education for many years. “I have always strived to be as good of a teacher as she is,” said Mrs. Nennig, who received her degree in Elementary Education (and a minor in Reading) from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Mrs. Nennig connects with her students and learns about who they are individually. “This helps me to understand how they learn and what their strengths are,” she said. “It also helps the students trust me and know that we are working as a team along with their parents in order to help them grow and achieve success.”
Holy Cross is a wonderful atmosphere for students, teachers and families alike, she said. “The faculty and staff at Holy Cross are the best I have ever worked with,” Mrs. Nennig said. “We are a team and we work together as one cohesive group. I am very proud to be a part of this school.” “The truth is Holy Cross is more than a school — it is a family,” she added. “And anyone who has worked here, sent their children here or gone to school here will tell you that.”
Recently, Mrs. Nennig was named one of the recipients of the Rt. Rev. Dane Radecki, O. Praem, GRACE Leadership & Service Educator Award, presented annually to outstanding GRACE educators who demonstrate strong leadership and commitment in education. Outside of school, Mrs. Nennig enjoys spending time with her family at their cottage going boating and doing water-based activities. She also loves practicing yoga, reading and watching her sons’ sporting events.
Thank you Mrs. Nennig for your many years of dedicated service to Catholic education!
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