I grew up in Montgomery, MN in a family with six kids. I am the oldest girl with two older brothers and three younger sisters. I went to Holy Redeemer Grade School and Montgomery-Lonsdale High School. My ancestors were the first settlers in Montgomery, and I identify strongly to those roots (Czech/Bohemian) as well as to the lines on my mother’s side (Irish/German).
After earning my degree in elementary education from St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, I promptly married Tom Allen (who had also grown up in Montgomery), and we started our family. We have three wonderful adult children. Patty, David, and Megan.
Patty is married, lives in Philadelphia and has three children, Lily, Tyson and Grace. Patty works at Villanova University and Sean, her husband, teaches high school Spanish and coaches football.
David studied theology at St. John’s University and spent time living in the Benedictine monastery for four years. He now works for the Benedictine Health Systems as Spiritual Director.
Megan is a student at the College of St. Benedict. She is active in Irish dance, art, and gender studies.
Tom works for Mind Research and has his office at home. I am thankful for his willingness to cook for the family! He and I love to travel, dine out, spend time with the kids, attend movies and theater productions, and gather with friends and family.
In my free time, I enjoy making mosaics and being creative with art supplies. I also enjoy going to art shows, thrift shops, antique shops, boutiques, coffee shops, or anywhere my sisters, mom, or friends want to get together.
After a career working for my family’s businesses (Shenanigan’s in Rosemount and Shamrock Liquors in Cottage Grove), I was happy to get back into the field of education. Before coming to St. John’s School, I worked in Inver Grove Heights at Salem Hills Elementary School as a Special Education Paraprofessional.
I think our school is a treasury of strong Catholic identity, supportive families, and incredible people. I feel blessed to be counted among the staff of such an amazing and unique school. The balance of traditional and progressive styles is a beautiful dance that brings history and the 21st century together.
Position: PreK Teacher