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School Leadership

Maria Smessaert

Maria Smessaert

Main Campus Director of Primary Grades


  • BA in Education from Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • MA in Educational Leadership from Wisconsin Lutheran College

How did you connect to St. Marcus?

In January, 2012, my student teaching placement was in our middle school. I fell in love with the culture of support and joy immediately. A teaching position opened in the primary grades and I was compassionately lead to serve as a 3rd grade teacher.

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…”

Tending to my flower garden. 🌺

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

Aside from my parents' cozy, food and love-filled home... Any where with sand, heat and a cabana!

What’s one fun fact about you?

I always have a joke or riddle in my pocket- just ask!