Staff Member: Ms. Loreli Jenkins
Ms. Loreli Jenkins
Ms. Loreli Jenkins is the kindergarten through eighth grade art teacher at SKDS. She also facilitates spanish in the primary grade levels. Ms. Jenkins began teaching at SKDS after she graduated college in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from UW-Stevens Point.
“The students enjoy art and each day is different and exciting,” said Ms. Jenkins. “I have a passion for working with children of all ages and it is an honor to come to SKDS each day and enjoy the students. Few careers allow you to openly express your faith, and I've been blessed to find one that encourages just that! It is heartwarming to work with several families from the next generation. Seeing SKDS Alumni enroll their own children here affirms the important values and virtues of a Catholic education. We truly are a family here and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Originally from Rio, Wisconsin, Ms. Jenkins now lives outside of Randolph with her son, Layne, who graduated from SKDS in 2019. He also treasures the significance of an education that offers a strong foundation for a lifetime of faith formation.
When she’s not at school, Ms. Jenkins loves being outside. Her family enjoys going for deer rides around the neighborhood. In the Autumn of the year you will find her up in her bow stand most evenings and each weekend. She also cheers for her son at the football games and supports his desire for shooting trap. On Sunday she will be at her small parish singing in the church choir. However, do not be fooled, her God-given talent is in the visual arts! She finds contentment and is at peace when she is at her country home watching the sun set from her porch with her son, Layne and her loyal lab, Kaiser.
When asked why she became a teacher, Ms. Jenkins replied, “ When I was a child, my father brought home a heavy, old and jagged slate chalkboard from a renovation on his job site. I spent hours playing school and I knew that I wanted to become a teacher. My mother was very encouraging and helped make it possible for me to further my education and follow my dream of being an educator. I always loved school and especially enjoyed all my art classes. I've been influenced by several of my past teachers who were kind and wonderful role models.”
Words of advice for students:
"Always stand up for what you believe is right."
"Always try your best and never give up."
"Anything worth doing is worth doing well.”
Favorite quotation from Ms. Jenkins:
"Make it a Priority: FAITH-FAMILY-FRIENDS."