Our Faculty

Inspiring excellence - educating mind, body, and soul - a classical education in the Catholic tradition.


Divine Mercy Academy currently has five full-time faculty and one part-time faculty, and numerous volunteer educators. Our teachers work diligently every day to bring to reality the vision of Divine Mercy Academy as an institution of excellence in academics, prayer, faithfulness to Catholic teaching, and development of young men and women as heroic disciples of Christ’s Teachings. All DMA faculty have signed an oath to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.

Academy students experience their Catholic faith in a natural and holistic way because it permeates the curriculum, the classroom activities, and the teachers’ professional philosophy. Divine Mercy Academy teachers understand the importance of character formation and work in conjunction with parents to help each child develop virtues and a well-formed conscience.

Divine Mercy Academy teachers are not only excellent educators, but also individuals of faith. As a result, classrooms embody an uplifting Catholic culture. Our Faculty understand the importance of character formation and work in conjunction with parents to help each child develop virtues and a well-formed conscience. The staff of Divine Mercy Academy is committed to helping each student become capable of defending Truth in all aspects of personal and professional life. Our faculty accomplish this by teaching students the art of learning. We are are very blessed to have them join us in our mission.


  • After teaching first grade for 3 years in Polson, MT, I decided to move back to the Gallatin Valley to be closer to family. By the grace of God, DMA began that fall and I taught K-2nd grade. I have been blessed to continue teaching grades K-1st since that time. I am thrilled to be working with young children who are so eager to gain knowledge and grow in their faith. What a gift it is to be in a vibrant Catholic environment!

    Mrs. KostyalK-1st Teacher
  • After teaching composition for 30 years at Montana State University, I am happy to teach in a Catholic setting, where the truths of our Faith flow naturally through all course work. Divine Mercy Academy’s classical curriculum fills the void I long perceived in public school education. Students at DMA learn to think clearly about all of reality. It is a pleasure to be a part of that instruction. My husband Bill and I have lived in the Gallatin Valley since 1977. Our daughter Ashley and her husband Dave Casto have been instrumental in the development of Divine Mercy Academy.

    Mrs. RollerAdjunct Teacher
  • I worked for 15 years as a Preschool Teacher for the HRDC Head Start program. I enjoy watching children learn through their creative play and feel blessed to be part of the Divine Mercy Academy faculty. I am married to Deacon Warner Holm and we are the proud parents of Kevin, Jon, Trevor, Rebecca, Ashlynn, and Cassandra. Our three youngest children are currently enrolled in Divine Mercy Academy.

    Mrs. HolmPreschool Instructor


Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Holm received an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Montana Western in 2006 and an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Northern Montana College in 1984. She has worked as a Preschool teacher for 15 years with HRDC Head Start program. Mrs. Holm returns for her fifth year at DMA.


K-1st Teacher
Mrs. Kostyal received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Montana State University. Her student teaching took place in a Kindergarten classroom, since she also has a minor in Early Childhood Education. She returns for her sixth year at DMA and serves as the lead teacher. She is thrilled to be in such a vibrant Catholic environment.


2nd-3rd Teacher
Mrs. Nealen graduated from Huntington University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible Studies. In 2006 she entered into full communion with the Catholic Church and completed a Post-Baccalaureate Certification in elementary education, with a science concentration. After taking some time off to raise her son, she returned to the field of education and completed a Master of Science Education at MSU (2019). Mrs. Nealen is excited to help students become the best versions of themselves through the discovery of Truth, Goodness and Beauty.


4th-5th Teacher
Ms. Farrier graduated from Montana State University in December of 2015 with a BS in Elementary Education, with a Math Option. Her student teaching was at Heck/Quaw Elementary in Belgrade for the 4th grade and worked there as a Special Education Paraprofessional. Ms. Farrier is in her second year of teaching at DMA and serves as the teacher representative to the PTO. She is a member of Holy Family Parish in Three Forks.


6th-8th Teacher
Mrs. Spalding graduated from University of Montana Western in 1995 with a BS in Secondary Education majoring in Social Science Broadfield. She also has 30+ credits in additional training in various educational supports. Also, she homeschooled her children for 9 years and has taught and directed children in various capacities and settings. She is excited to help form students in wisdom, virtue, and leadership in such a solid Catholic setting.


K-8 Administrator
Mrs. Roller has 30 years experience as teacher of composition at MSU Bozeman and a Lifetime California Teaching Certificate for Secondary English and History. Additionally, she served DMA as an Adjunct Teacher for four years. She is very excited to serve in a Catholic setting, where the truths of our Faith flow naturally through all course work.


9th-12th Lead Teacher

After spending two years in the seminary, Mr. Smalanskas graduated from the liberal arts honor program at Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and philosophy. Most recently, he has been teaching in a Catholic, classical high school setting in Wisconsin where he was engaged in curriculum development and played a key role in school growth. Mr. Smalanskas is thrilled to be coming to Montana to join the team at Divine Mercy Academy