St. Mary Catholic Schools Teachers

Dean Verstegen

Teacher-Social Studies

Dean Verstegen


I have been a member of the St. Mary Catholic community since 2004 when I was hired to coach the girls’ and boys’ tennis teams. A position in the Social Studies Department opened up in the fall of 2005 and I was thrilled to become the United States History and Government teacher at SMC.

Throughout my tenure at St. Mary Catholic, we have worked hard to expand academic opportunities for students by introducing a number of new classes in the Social Studies Department. In my time here, I have taught a variety of classes across the history, political science, economics, journalism and law disciplines. These areas overlap and intertwine in a manner that allows for interdisciplinary study that is beneficial for both the teacher and students alike. 

My goal in the classroom is to create an environment that is both educational and fun; simultaneously challenging and entertaining. Since the vast majority of my students are upperclassmen, we are looking to raise the bar academically, putting everyone in a position to think deeper and better in preparation for their post-high school lives.

I have been a resident of beautiful Northeastern Wisconsin my entire life, having graduated from Appleton East High School and earned by BA in History from St. Norbert College in De Pere.