About Our Faculty

Administration

Principal — Mrs. Teresa Underwood

Administrative Assistant — Mrs. Kim Getman

Elementary

Preschool — Mrs. Millie Castagnier

Kindergarten — Ms. Marci Carmichael

Grade 1 — Ms. Jennifer Solari

Grade 2 — Mrs. Bonnie McFarland

Grade 3 — Ms. Amanda Brinkman

Grade 4 — Mr. Bob Stipp

Grade 5 — Mrs. Jamie Norman

Middle School

Language Arts/Life Skills/Grade 8 Homeroom — Mrs. Jaime Bliven

Social Studies/Religion/Grade 7 Homeroom — Mrs. Rebecca Knight

Science Grades 5 – 8/Health/Grade 6 Homeroom — Ms. Tegan Collier

Math/Technology — Ms. Holly Thatcher

Fine Arts

Elementary and MS Art — Mrs. Kathy Quaas

Elementary Music — Mrs. Deidra Marsh

Grades 5 – 8 Music/Band — Mr. Justin Wedgewood

Physical Education

Elementary and MS PE — Mrs. Michael Robbennolt

Administration

Principal

In 1991, Mrs. Underwood began her teaching career at St. Vincent  in the third grade where she remained for six years before beginning her family. Over the course of her 24 years at St. Vincent, she has served the school in many capacities. During her time as a new mother, she served as a librarian, and covered extended leaves in 4th grade, 8th grade, and music. She was the fifth grade teacher for five years before being named principal in 2013. She has also served on the Pastoral Council and was instrumental in helping implement a new governance structure with the Archdiocese. Mrs. Underwood brings valuable experience from all of these roles as well as long term dedication and commitment to the continued success of St. Vincent de Paul School.

Elementary

Preschool

Mrs. Castagnier has taught at St. Vincent de Paul School for 26 years and has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She feels that teaching at SVS is a dream come true. Moving here from New York with her husband and 2 children and leaving a large family behind left her a little apprehensive about working in a new school and developing new relationships. Mrs. Castagnier now calls the  staff  and parish members of St. Vincent her family away from home. She really loves the fact that she is allowed to teach and model her faith. She says that working with the preschoolers keeps her young. Everyday is a new experience!

Kindergarten

Ms. Marci Carmichael is a Lawrence County native and graduate of Mitchell High School.  She earned her degree in Elementary Education, with an endorsement in reading from Indiana State University in Terre Haute.  She then returned home to Lawrence County in 2012 to join the faculty at Dollens Elementary, spending two years as a Reading Intervention specialist. This is her second year teaching kindergarten at St. Vincent de Paul.

Grade 1

Ms. Jennifer Solari has taught first grade at St. Vincent de Paul School since 2007. Ms. Solari began her career in education teaching first grade in the San Francisco Bay Area. She taught there for 10 years before moving to Bedford. She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies and a Teaching Credential from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California. Ms. Solari is the proud mother of three children, who attend St. Vincent School. She has always loved teaching beginning readers and is still fascinated by the process and work of first graders mastering the skill of reading. From her first day at St. Vincent, Ms. Solari has been most impressed by the value placed on reading and language arts as well as the high academic standards set by the staff here at St. Vincent. For her St. Vincent’s is not only a place of employment, but her family’s place of worship and their community.

Grade 2

Mrs. McFarland has taught at St. Vincent School for 10 years. She attended Ball State University and Indiana Wesleyan University obtaining her degree in Masters of Education while receiving her Master’s level classes in Reading Specialist and Strategies for Teaching Reading. She has attended numerous workshops specializing in Autism, Six-Traits of Writing and Response to Intervention. Bonnie enjoys teaching at St. Vincent because she can nourish her students’ faith and individualize instruction for her students.

Grade 3

Ms. Amanda Brinkman was a Lawrence County Lilly scholar and received her B.A. from DePauw University. Miss Brinkman was born and raised in Mitchell, IN where she attended St. Mary of the Assumption church and participated extensively in the CCLC youth ministry. She has a passion for educating and motivating children to reach their full potential. This her second year teaching third grade at St. Vincent.

Grade 4

Mr. Bob Stipp served as a Principal in the North Lawrence Community Schools for many years. He is a life-long member of St. Vincent de Paul Church and a St. Vincent School graduate. After retiring from NLCS, he was eager to return to SVS to serve his parish and the school. Mr. Stipp enjoys teaching 4th Grade and coaching the elementary Spell Bowl Team.

Grade 5

Mrs. Jamie Norman was also a St. Vincent graduate. She is very happy to be teaching fifth grade at SVS and enjoys serving as the Elementary Math Bowl coach.  Mrs. Norman graduated from Indiana University in 2008 with a BS in Elementary Education. She taught in the North Lawrence school system for 5 years before returning to her St. Vincent family.  Mrs. Norman lives in Bedford with her husband, Joe, and their son, Drew.

Middle School Team

Mrs. Jaime Bliven received her BS in Education from WGU and has worked in the North Lawrence school system in various capacities for over 5 years.  She moved to Bedford from the East Coast 11 years ago with her husband and 2 sons, Michael and David.  Mrs. Bliven is the 8th Grade Homeroom teacher, Middle School Language Arts teacher and Spell Bowl Coach

Mrs. Rebecca Knight has been involved with the St. Vincent de Paul parish and school since she was five years old! She attended kindergarten through eighth grade at St. Vincent and was an altar server, lector, and youth group member in high school. After graduating from Xavier University, Mrs. Knight continued to be involved with her home parish and even got married at St. Vincent. She is the 7th Grade Homeroom teacher, Middle School Social Studies and Religion teacher.

Ms. Tegan Collier graduated from IUPUC. She earned a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Science. She has a passion for working with children and is very excited to begin her teaching career at St. Vincent de Paul Middle School.

Ms. Holly Thatcher graduated from Indiana University and completed her transition to teaching program at Indiana Wesleyan University. She has lived in Bedford for 10 years with her four children. She enjoys reading, playing board games, and watching her kids play soccer. She is very excited to join the St. Vincent family.

Fine Arts

Art

Mrs. Kathy Quaas has been teaching at St. Vincent for over 8 years. She graduated from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1989. Although she brings experience from both the private and public sectors, she most enjoys teaching in an atmosphere where Christ is the reason for the school. She is very excited to be sharing her creativity as an art teacher.

Music

Mrs. Deidra Marsh is starting her fourth year at St. Vincent. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University in southern California, majoring in elementary education with a minor in music. She has six years classroom teaching experience in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, and has spent several years directing choir at her church and giving private piano lessons. After living in Northern Indiana for several years, Mrs. Marsh is glad to be back in her home town of Bedford, and loves teaching music.

Mr. Justin Wedgewood – Middle School Music and Band

Physical Education

Mrs. Michael Robbennolt – Elementary  and Middle School PE

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