SJA staff


Gretchen Kihle • Speech-Language Pathologist• 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
Hello! My name is Gretchen Kihle and I am the new speech-language pathologist for SJA!  I moved to Jamestown this summer from Texas, and I am very excited to be back in North Dakota.  I worked in the public schools in the Denver area for 5 years, then worked with adult rehab patients in Texas, and I am so happy to be working in the schools again to help students with their speech-language goals and to set them up for success in the classroom.  My husband, Jason, is a music professor at UJ.  We have two boys, Sloan and Sawyer, and a very spoiled dog named Marley.



McKayla Orr • Title I Teacher • 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
Hello! My name is McKayla Orr and I am the Title 1 teacher. I am so excited to be back at SJA where I once went. I grew up on a farm in Ypsilanti and attended Jamestown High where I played many sports. I continued my education at the University of Jamestown where I got my Elementary Education degree and played basketball for the Jimmies.  This is my second year teaching and I feel very blessed to be apart of SJA. I'm excited to learn and grow as a teacher as well as helping young students reach their fullest potential..


8ulq7adf2sq6w1qkjx0ztrd8hcl.jpgLisa Krueger • Special Needs Teacher • 701-252-3397 •[email protected]
HI! I am Lisa Krueger and I work in the area of special education through the James River Special Education Cooperative. I received my degrees from Minot State University and Michigan State University. I currently travel to several schools and was glad to add St. John's Academy to that list. My husband and I live south of Jamestown; we enjoy horseback riding and spending time outdoors. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Julie Welding • School Counselor • 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
My name is Julie Welding, and I am the social worker/counselor at St. John’s. Previously, I was the School Social Worker at Roosevelt and Washington Schools in Jamestown for over 35 years. During my early years, I served all elementary schools including SJA. I graduated from MSU-Bozeman, MT in 1979 with a Sociology/Criminal Justice degree and became a licensed social worker. I will be scheduling students to see on Tuesdays.

My husband, Rich, and I have two children, both of whom attended St. John’s, Zach (27) and Madelyn (24). I look forward to working with all the students and staff at SJA.

1voo0p67i06j50y8hptnshim5ql.jpgBrenda Pigors • Office Administrative Assistant • 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
My name is Brenda Pigors. I was raised most of my life in South Dakota then later moved to Idaho for 12 years. I relocated to Jamestown in August 2012. I am married to my wonderful husband, Eric. I have 3 children (Christina, Micheal & Marissa), 2 step children (Grady and Gentry), 2 dogs ( Riley and Bear) and 2 cats ( Lucky and Rockie). I love spending time with our family, being outdoors,  and fishing year round.  I also enjoy hunting with our family.

I am excited to be part of the SJA staff.

Nikki Fritz • Co-Childcare Director • 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
My name is Nicole Fritz. I attended elementary school at Sargent Central in Forman ND, and moved to Jamestown in 2008. I then graduated from Jamestown High School in 2014. I attended Valley City State University with my focus on early childhood education. I transferred to Lake Region State College in 2016 to complete my degree. I graduated in May 2018 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I am very excited to be able to help shape little minds educationally, as well as having the ability to show and teach them about God’s love for them! I am very blessed and grateful to be here at St. Johns Academy! 
Cody Kachel • Co-Childcare Director • 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
My name is Cody Kachel. I was born and raised in Jamestown, North Dakota. I attended St. John’s Academy from Preschool until Sixth Grade. I graduated from Jamestown High School and attended the University of Jamestown until deciding to pursue other interests. I am excited to have returned to St. John’s Academy and be part of the Child Care team.
Kirstie Dobson • Kids Kingdom Assistant • 701-252-3397
My name is Kirstie Dobson. I’m a proud wife and SJA mom. A native New Orleanean, I moved to Jamestown in 1999 and joined the SJA staff family in 2013. I love being a part of this school; where faith and fun intersect, where education is of the highest quality and where loving care is ever present.
Kayla Kuska • Cafeteria Supervisor • 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
Hi. My name is Kayla Kuska. I attended St John's Academy from preschool through sixth grade. I graduated from Jamestown High School and went to Jamestown College. I have been in the food service industry since I was 19, working at Paradiso in Jamestown and Fargo, and most recently working for Dining Services at the University of Jamestown. My son, Noah, is a 5th generation student at St John's Academy. I am very excited to share my passion for food with you!
e2bhdw1he99y8yl3gvya7w148ul.jpgEstella Boger  • Head Cook • 701-252-3397
Bio Coming Soon!
e2bhdw1he99y8yl3gvya7w148ul.jpgSteve Kuykendall • Part-Time Custodian • 701-252-3397
Steve Kuykendall; Husband, father, grandfather, musician, emergency fry cook and inter-dimensional time traveler...Steve also enjoys golf, bowling and playing ping pong.