It should be noted that teachers and staff willingly receive lower salaries than the norm for their experience and credentials. This sacrificial dedication is a sign of their apostolic zeal for what they see as a vocation. Such sacrifice contributes substantially to the financial stability of the Academy.
The Administrative Team
Board of Directors:
Alex Frei, President
Jim Chmelik, Vice President
Sheryl Nuxoll, Treasurer
Ken Bock, Secretary
Maurice Seubert, Director
Fr. Paul Wander, Tri-Parish Pastor
Statement of Faith
Every year, our faculty and staff willingly express their faithfulness to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church by publicly signing the Oath of Fidelity.
Mr. Jim Hickel: Principal
Mr. Hickel was born and raised in Alaska along with his sixteen siblings. He attended the College of Saint Mary Magdalen and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Theology and Philosophy. He then received a Masters in Educational Leadership from Texas A & M University. He began teaching in 1980 to "help students learn how to learn and to share the excitement and beauty of learning."
He began at St. John Bosco Academy in August of 2013 after having been involved in Catholic education and administration for thirty-five years. He first heard of St. John Bosco Academy from a colleague who had worked at here. His best memory at St. John Bosco Academy was when he first arrived:
"When we arrived at our house in Cottonwood with the truck and trailer loaded with all of our household furniture, there were at least a dozen people already at our new home to greet us. They all stayed to help us move in. They even brought food for the day and a stock of groceries. We had never felt so welcomed anywhere before. I will always remember that day and cherish the wonderful families at Summit Academy."
In order to improve St. John Bosco Academy, Mr. Hickel would like to continue to encourage the many good traditions already in place at Summit and to do his best to learn from the Summit families the true spirit of charity and good will. He wants to do his best to assist the students to excel in all of their endeavors as future leaders and soldiers of Christ.
"I have noticed that the students have a good work ethic from home life and are therefore willing to engage in academic rigor when directed. I hope and pray that each will become great saints."
Mr. Brian Cummings: High School Dean of Students, 9-12 Theology
Mr. Cummings found his way to SJB after spending time in both New Mexico and Seattle. He was drawn to the school because it is "an opportunity to teach and work with youth in an authentically Catholic environment free to speak and study the Truth!"
He received his Bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount University. Most recently serving as a firefighter, he previously taught HS theology, and has remained active in youth ministry and youth coaching.
He and his wife Rebecca have five children, the youngest is enrolled at SJB.
Mr. Cummings is "excited to be working at St. John Bosco where our faith is integral to the entire mission of the school."
Mrs. Kelli Edmonds: Grammar School Dean of Students, 2nd grade science and social studies, 3rd grade math, HS math B
Mrs. Edmonds was Born and raised on a ranch outside of Lovelock, Nevada. She attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas on a rodeo scholarship and left with three degrees and a husband! She earned a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education, and a Master's in Early Childhood Special Education. She has 15 years teaching experience.
She and Daniel have three children. A job offer for him led them to the area and they have settled on a little farm where they raise a variety of animals.
She and her family enjoy riding horses, camping and visiting family out of the area. Mrs. Edmonds helps with Sunday School at her parish and spends time gardening and canning, They visit the family ranch in Nevada each year to help with branding.
Mrs. Edmonds says, "Our family is truly blessed to have found the St. John Bosco Family. Our children absolutely love school, their teachers, and friends, they come home happy every day! I am so honored to be working here supporting the best group of teachers and children."
Ms. Amy Gorges: Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper
Mrs. Gorges grew up in Greencreek, Idaho near Cottonwood where she attended Prairie High School. She then graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Horticulture. Currently, she is the Administrative Assistant at St. John Bosco Academy, and resides in her hometown of Greencreek. She joined the St. John Bosco Academy Staff in November 2012 because she fell in love with the school once her children enrolled and because she enjoys working with people and helping them with whatever she can. She said she loves the kids here because they are very respectful, hard-working, intellectual and a joy to be around as they have good grades and live up to our motto, "Excelsior".
Her favorite part of St. John Bosco Academy is the parent volunteers. Their dedication and love for the school always shows through in any event the school puts on. “The accomplishments of our school’s parents help motivate me to put my best into everything I do.”
In her free time, she enjoys hunting, camping, and hiking with her family. She also operates a firearms training business with her husband, Jim. Mrs. Gorges states, “The wonderful part about living in Idaho is having the wilderness for your backyard!”
Mrs. Alea Wassmuth: School Communications & Development
Mrs. Wassmuth was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho. While attending Lewis-Clark State College, majoring in Business Administration, she met her husband who was raised on a farm on the Camas Prairie. After graduation, they moved back to take over the family farm. She became involved in the St. John Bosco Academy community in 2006 when their oldest child began preschool. She has three children attending St. John Bosco Academy in grades 7-12. With one SJB graduate in 2020. She was a stay at home mom until 2015 when her youngest began 1st grade.
One of her favorite things about SJB is the family atmosphere. “Before school you can often see students of all ages playing basketball together”, she said. She enjoys working in a Catholic environment and giving and receiving encouragement in the faith.
The Faculty Team
Mrs. Denise Mager, Director, Christ the King Daycare
Mrs. Mager was born and raised in Billings, Montana. She moved to Cottonwood in 2008. She is certified in pre-education and previously ran an in-home daycare. She and her husband John have eight children between them, the youngest is enrolled at SJB.
She subbed at the school and daycare before becoming the daycare director in 2019. She and John also own Mager Bargains.
Mrs. Mager "strongly believes that children are a beautiful gift from God and each and every one of them are precious in their own way."
Miss Tara Stubbers: Preschool
Miss Tara Stubbers was born and raised on the family farm in Greencreek, a small community near St. John Bosco Academy. She attended the local public school before transferring to St. John Bosco Academy in 7th grade. She loved how God was brought into every subject and remembers being amazed that God could even be a part of math. She enjoyed having teachers that wanted her to succeed academically as well as socially and spiritually. After graduating in 2010, Miss Stubbers attended the University of Idaho and graduated from there in 2014.
Miss Stubbers worked in the agriculture industry for a few years before returning to her alma mater in 2017. "I had such a great experience when I went through St. John Bosco Academy as a student and I love that I get to be a part of giving that same great experience to current students of St. John Bosco Academy."
Mrs. Kelsie Duman, Kindergarten
Mrs. Duman grew up in Lewiston, but spent a lot of time in Cottonwood with her grandparents. In 2009 she met Nate Duman and we married in 2011. They have four children, Marie, Madison, Johnathan and Lauren. They have a beautiful farm and enjoy spending time together in the garden, moving cows, picking rock, and just relaxing in their corner of the prairie.
Mrs. Duman felt called to enroll her children at St. John Bosco Academy after using the daycare for about a year and seeing the love of Christ throughout the school. She says, "When God opened the Kindergarten teaching position door for me I knew it would be an amazing experience for myself and my family. I love the small classroom sizes and the close relationships with other teachers, faculty."
Mrs. Jenny Baldwin: 1st Grade
Mrs. Jenny Baldwin was raised in North Idaho and always knew that she wanted to be a teacher. She graduated from the University of Idaho in 2005 with a degree in Elementary Education and minor in Reading. She taught 1st grade for three years before her oldest child was born.
"I am so happy that I had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom until all of my kids were in school, but I always knew I would start teaching again. I am very grateful for the opportunity for myself and my kids to be at St. John Bosco Academy."
Mrs. Shelly Dempsey: 2nd Grade
Mrs. Shelly Dempsey was raised in Grangeville and attended Sts. Peter & Paul School. She attended Gonzaga University, majoring in Elementary and Special Education, then earning a Master's Degree in Special Education. After working out of the area for a few years and marrying Ray, they returned to Grangeville to raise a daughter and son.
She taught in both mainstream and special education classrooms for several years. The last 14 years she has worked with developmentally disabled adults and children.
Mrs. Susan Wassmuth: 3rd-4th Grade
Mrs. Wassmuth was raised on the Prairie in a farming and ranching family. She attended the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College, majoring in Elementary Education.
Mrs. Wassmuth taught Preschool at St. John Bosco Academy before taking a break to be home with her children. In 2019 she returned to teach 4th grade. She has four children enrolled at SJB.
She enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, fishing, and working with their cattle herd.
Mr. Michael Rehder: 5th-6th Grade
Mr. Rehder was born and raised in Cottonwood and attended St. John Bosco Academy (then Summit Academy). After graduation he attended Lewis-Clark State College. He taught 3rd-4th grade at SJB in 2017-2018 then managed a local coffee shop for a few years before returning in 2019 to teach 5th-6th. He married his high school sweetheart in 2020, and they recently welcomed their first child.
Mr. Rehder enjoys music and theater. He loves helping with the high school spring plays and has directed the last two shows, Sleeping Beauty and That Murder Game. His favorite traditions from the school include; Holyween, the Christmas Play, and the Physical Fitness Games.
Mrs. Cori Dieseldorff: K-4 PE, 5-6 Science & History, 7-8 Latin
Mrs. Dieseldorff was raised on the Camas Prairie and attended St. John Bsoco Academy (then Summit Academy), graduating in 2007. She attended Ave Maria University, Idaho State University, and Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing. She met her husband Karl while at Ave Maria. They married in 2010 and have six children, four of which are elementary students at the school.
"I am so honored and blessed to be a part of the SJB family. I knew I wanted my kids to have the opportunities and environment I had in school. God is my way-maker and miracle-worker." I am here because of all the people who have previously given Him their yes and have made such an impact in my life!"
Mrs. Abigail Haight: 7-8 Homeroom, Religion, Science & Literature, 9-10 Biology, Middle School girls PE
Mrs. Haight grew up in Grangeville, ID. She has 4 younger sisters, and all 5 girls attended St. John Bosco Academy (then Summit Academy) in gradeschool. She earned a dual Bachelor's in Biology and Spanish from Lewis-Clark State College. She and her husband Clayne live on a ranch in Glenwood with their two sons. She loves growing her little family on the ranch where they raise cattle and hay.
Mrs. Haight says, “I owe a very dear amount of my formative and intellectual education to SJB, and I would like to see this school and all it represents and stands for continue on for my children, and many other children.”
Mrs. Haight enjoys spending time with her family, and any outdoor activities, including horseback riding, fishing, skiing and running.
Mr. Gene Weckman: 7th Math, 7/8 History, 5-12 boys PE, HS Math A
Mr. Weckman spent most of his life in a small community in northern California. He and his wife Erin moved to the prairie in order to raise their family in a Catholic community. They have nine children, four are students at SJB.
Mr. Weckman earned degrees at Yuba Community College and Humboldt State University. He worked as a game warden before transitioning to teaching. He served as a long term substitute before taking a permanent teaching position.
He and his family enjoy the outdoor activities that the mountains and rivers allow in our area. They participate in hunting, hiking, fishing, and skiing among other recreation activities.
Mrs. Cassi Enneking: HS Girls Homeroom, 4th Math, 6th Math, HS Math D, 11-12 Physics
Mrs. Enneking was born and raised in western Washington. She moved to Idaho in 2012 where she met her husband. She has 3 daughters. She has attended Lewis-Clark State College and Western Governor’s University. She and her family enjoy horseback riding, pack trips, hunting, camping, and swimming.
“After originally thinking that we would solely homeschool our children we looked into St. John Bosco Academy and quickly fell in love. Our oldest daughter has been a student at SJB since her first year of preschool in 2016.” Mrs. Enneking began working at St. John Bosco Academy in 2018.
Mr. Warren Stevens: 9-12 Boys Homeroom, 9-10 Literature and History, 11-12 Thesis and Humanities, HS Math C
Mr. Stevens spent his formative years in Grangeville. He grew up with a passion for reading, learning, and sharing what he has learned. He began tutoring as a Sophomore in high school and has continued ever since. He earned a degree from The College of Idaho in International Political Economy with minors in Theatre, Human Biology, and French. He and his wife started their own tutoring company in the Treasure Valley, which they ran for several years. They moved back to Grangeville for the slower pace of life, to be close to family, and for the beautiful country and its recreational opportunities. He loves getting to know his students personally and helping them to develop as people and Christians as well as thinkers and learners.
Mr. and Mrs. Stevens were raised in Protestant families. They joined the Church together three years ago after a great deal of study and prayer. They greatly appreciate the deeply rooted, integral nature of Catholicism in their newfound community, and have found they can bring an outside perspective that makes it easier to teach the faith to those who do not yet understand it. Mr. Stevens strives to remind everyone that learning and sanctification are lifelong processes. "As long as we remain engaged with God, the sacraments, and wisdom, we continue to develop, grow, and thrive."
Mrs. Julie Sonnen: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mrs. Sonnen moved to the Camas Prairie with her family to live on the family farm when she was in 7th grade. She graduated from Prairie High School, then attended the University of Idaho to earn a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a reading endorsement. She has also completed certification for Level I and II of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. After college she returned to the Camas Prairie to teach 1st and 2nd grade at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Grangeville. She married her best friend, Norm Sonnen in 2001. They reside in Greencreek where they run a cattle ranch and own and operate a custom meat processing plant. They have 6 children, five of whom currently attend Summit Academy.
Her initial exposure to St. John Bosco Academy came when her youngest brother began attending in the early years of the school’s operation. A more committed involvement began when their oldest child began preschool in 2006.
Mrs. Sonnen says,”Being a part of the St. John Bosco Academy family has been such a blessing for us. The Catholic culture present at the academy is a rare treasure; one that has helped our family live out our vocation to love. Summit Academy is a Catholic school where faith formation is integrated throughout the entire school day. It is a school where every class, practice, game, or field trip incorporates prayer. A school where students learn about God not just in "religion" class, but in science, history, and humanities as well. A school where sportsmanship is valued above winning. Our kids are given a life where religion, faith, and prayer are not delegated to one class period a day or one hour on Sunday; but rather, it is interwoven throughout everything they do, and I am so thankful!”
Mrs. Rachel Gehring: Spiritual Advisor for faculty
Mrs. Rachel (Nuxoll) Gehring is a native of Cottonwood who loved growing up on a ranch with horses. After graduation from Seton Home Study School in 1994, she discerned with the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi. Feeling called to marriage, she attended Franciscan University of Steubenville from 1995-1997, graduating with an Associates in Theology. In 1998, she married Mark, and, together, they have four beautiful children. For years, Mrs. Gehring was a stay-at-home mom who frequently volunteered in Regnum Christi and at the local Catholic school and parish. They moved from Lewiston back to the Camas Prairie in August of 2015.
Ministry has always been on Mrs. Gehring’s mind and heart. In 2013, she was certified in spiritual direction at the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality in Florida (associated with Franciscan University of Steubenville) and now offers spiritual direction through transformedbymercy.net. In 2016, Mrs. Gehring finished her Bachelor’s in Theology online through St. Joseph’s College of Maine. She is now pursuing a Masters in Pastoral Studies at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Her favorite Scripture is, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life!” (Jn 8: 12).
Mrs. Theresa Schwartz: Librarian
Miss Taylor Lustig: Saint and Virtue Program