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School Leadership

Maria Smessaert

Maria Smessaert

Director of Primary Grades


  • BA in Education from Wisconsin Lutheran College
    Pursing Masters in Educational Leadership from Wisconsin Lutheran College

How did you connect to St. Marcus?

My student teaching placement was in the middle school. I fell in love with the culture of support and joy immediately. A teaching position came about and I was compassionately lead to serve that capacity. 

What do you love about what you do?

I love when people smile. Whether it's a child grasping an, "ah-ha" moment or a mother smiling when her child receives an honor role tie. At St. Marcus there are a whole lot of smiles!

If you had a Bible passage/quote for your life and ministry what would it be?

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. -Philippians 1:9-11

Tell us about your family.

I am the wife of a talented carpenter and have been blessed with a beautiful gift from God, my daughter.

“When I have free time, you will find me…”

Singing karaoke and dancing with my family to famous hits from the 70s.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

My parent's house. When I visit there all worries slip away and one is always fed delicious food.

What’s one fun fact about you?

I have a highly sensitive sense of smell.