St. Mary Catholic Schools Teachers

Tom Kropidlowski

Teacher-Social Studies, Religion
920-727-0279 ext. 264

Tom Kropidlowski


I received my B.S. degree in History and Secondary Education from U.W.-Milwaukee with a French minor in 1973. I added a Broadfield Social Sciences degree for grades 6-12 from U.W.-Oshkosh in 1988. I am a teacher consultant through the National Geographic Society, and have attended classes throughout the U.W. System, including Madison, Platteville, Eau Claire, Superior, and Green Bay.

I’ve taught in Catholic schools at the middle school level since 1974, first at Thorp Catholic Schools (2 years), St. Gabriel’s in Neenah (13 years), Seton Catholic Middle School in Menasha (26 years), and finally winding up at St. Mary Catholic Middle School. 

I’ve been married to Bernadette since 1974 and together we brought 3 children into the world: Stefan, Krystyna, and Adam. We also are blessed to have Ronin, our only grandchild, living close by in Appleton. We are active members of St. Gabriel Parish in Neenah; if you are fellow parishioners, you’ll recognize Bernie and me among the regular Scrip sellers after Sunday Masses.  I also am a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Winnebago Countywide Crimestoppers.

I’m involved with the Global Outreach program which works with Catholic exchange students from Eastern and Central Europe to train them to become dynamic Catholic servant leaders back in their countries. Each year, between 20 and 25 students are selected to attend a Catholic high school for one year in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Nebraska while becoming a member of their host family and parish. Besides serving on the board, I have had the opportunity to lead a summer trip and camp every July for eleven out of twelve years to Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia.

I believe that teaching in a Catholic school is a ministry. I believe that God has called me to share my gifts and talents in a classroom where students and teachers are encouraged to share their faith with each other, and then to challenge each other to live that faith in the world.