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Elementary (K-4)

Marquette Catholic School (MCS) provides a comprehensive and relevant curriculum for each student.

  • MCS is accredited by Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA).

  • We follow the educational guidelines of the Catholic Diocese of Duluth and the Minnesota Department of Education. The basic curriculum includes instruction in the following subjects: Religion, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Math, English, Social Studies and Science.

  • Additional instruction is provided in the areas of Music, Art, Computer Technology, and Physical Education. Students visit the library weekly. 

  • MCS students consistently score above the national average on standardized tests.

  • The various benefits enjoyed by the students include: Smart Boards in the classrooms, Classroom iPads, Mac Technology Lab, Breakfast and Hot Lunches and Title I Services

Small class sizes ensure our students are given the individual attention they deserve.

  • Our faculty recognizes and respects the different learning styles of its students.

  • We believe learning is an ongoing process in which each child’s unique gifts are recognized.


Marquette Catholic School has long been noted for its excellence in promoting Catholic identity. All students participate in the school’s religion program that includes:

  • Instruction in basic Catholic doctrine

  • Preparation for and participation in weekly Mass

  • The study of scripture

  • Participation in the annual school-wide Christmas program and Spring program

  • Preparation for the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation

  • Opportunity for altar serving

kindergarten - mrs. Mellesmoen

Hello! I'm Abby Mellesmoen and I'm very excited to be teaching Kindergarten at Marquette this fall! I grew up on the Iron Range and it's my pleasure to be teaching here. I earned my degree in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University, with a Mathematics Endorsement. My love for teaching began when I was called to teach preschool at my church's Vacation Bible School. I love every minute of learning, signing, and playing with my students. Outside of the classroom I enjoy swimming laps at the YMCA, biking and walking on the Mesabi Trail, kayaking on Lake Vermilion, and skiing at Giant's Ridge.  I can't wait to meet you all!

1st Grade - Miss Anderson

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Anderson and I teach First Grade here at Marquette Catholic School. It is very exciting to be a part of this staff especially because I am an MCS alumni! In the summer of 2018, I moved to Virginia, MN after graduating from St. Cloud State University with my Elementary Education degree. I like to attend athletic events, community activities, and stay involved. I have a large family with an older sister and brother, and a younger sister who is just beginning high school. I look forward to spending this year with everyone.

2nd Grade - Mrs. Virant

If you have been around Marquette School for a while, you know that MCS and Catholic education have been my passion for years, beginning with the enrollment our oldest child. As a parent, I volunteered for EVERYTHING-serving on the ACCE, as President of HASA, chairing fundraisers, directing plays and dinner theaters, and eventually serving as an employee, teaching Art, and at other times, technology, library, and religion. I have also served at lunch and recess duty and was even the school janitor for a number of years. But the Lord wasn’t finished with me yet. God eventually led me to return to graduate school to become a licensed teacher. On receiving my teaching license, I joined the full time teaching staff at MCS, and shortly after, I was asked to take the position as school principal. I continued teaching part time, working as principal -- with the support of a wonderful staff - and returned to St. Scholastica, earning a Master’s Degree in Education in 2014. My husband Jon, a retired MIB school teacher, and our four children really supported my dreams along the way, and now that our kids are grown and nearly all on their own, I am able to devote most of my energies to serving the children of our MCS families and our staff as we strive together to grow our school and develop the best spiritual and academic program possible.Know that my heart and my door are always open and available to serve our Lord by serving the needs of our kids and their families.

3rd Grade - Mrs. Papin

Hi, my name is Jill Papin. I teach 3rd grade here at Marquette. I've taught 3rd grade for the last several years, but I have also taught 1st grade here at MCS. However, my journey at MCS didn't start as a teacher - I was a student here also! I am married to Sam Papin, and I have two daughters: Addison and Julia. They will be in 4th grade and 1st grade this year. I grew up in Virginia, but I attended college at Bemidji State University (BSU), and I have also lived in International Falls for awhile. My degree from BSU is early childhood education. My hobbies include painting and doing fun things with my family. God Bless!!

4th Grade - Mrs. Jarvi

Hi, my name is Leanne Jarvi. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from St. Catherine University. I am very excited to be teaching back in fourth grade after spending the past few years in first grade. I love teaching at MCS because of the wonderful sense of community and our commitment to quality Catholic education. I love the fact that we can incorporate our faith into all parts of the curriculum.