Meet Mrs. Tricia Figura

We asked our teachers & staff a few questions so that you can get to know them better!

What is your role at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic School?
3rd Grade Teacher

What year did you start working at St. Stephen?

Tell us about your education background & about your teaching/work experience. Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, UNO
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elem. Ed, UNO

What do you love about your job?
I love teaching the faith and spreading the seeds of our faith. We are all called to do this and I am lucky enough to work in a place where I can continue what the family has begun at home.

Who is your favorite Saint or what is your favorite scripture?
My favorite saint is St. Teresa of Avila because I love contemplative prayer. My favorite scripture comes from Sirach 5:12-13 "Be consistent in your thoughts, steadfast in your words. Be swift to hear, but slow to answer."

Tell us about your family (spouse, children, grandchildren, pets, etc.):
I am the middle child of 3. I have an older sister and a younger brother. I am married to Randy Figura and we have 4 children. Our oldest daughter Ally (26) got married during Covid to Reyn Watanabe and they have 2 dogs, Oliver and Barney. My son Joe(24) works full-time at Claas, a German agricultural company in the parts dept. ordering parts for building combines and coaches Millard West lacrosse on the side. My son Michael (22) is currently in the seminary at St. John Vianney in St. Paul discerning his call to the priesthood. He will be spending the fall semester of 2021 in Rome for school. My youngest son Drew is a senior at Millard West and loves cross country. We have two shih-tzus that are named Harley and Oreo.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a kid I wanted to be a doctor.

What is your favorite sweet treat?
I like all sorts of sweets but prefer fruity desserts to chocolate. Dark chocolate is delicious though.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
I do not have any hidden talents, but I spend a lot of my time reading.

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
On the weekends I spend my time with my family at their sporting events, drinking coffee at Stir coffee bar, and reading outside.

What piece of advice would you give parents to help their child(ren) succeed at St. Stephen?
All I ask as a parent of a child at St. Stephens is to live like Christ does. As teachers at a Catholic school we take what you have begun at home as the first formators of your child and expand on it. Kids are like sponges and they soak up everything that we model. This can be a blessing or a curse depending on what we are modeling for them. If we live our lives as perfectly as we are able and provide them the faith and sacraments then they will grow in relationship with God.