About Our Faculty

Administration

Principal — Mrs. Teresa Underwood

Administrative Assistant — Mrs. Kim Getman

Elementary

Preschool — Mrs. Amy Wilcher

Kindergarten — Mrs. Marci Sullivan

Grade 1 — Ms. Jennifer Solari

Grade 2 — Mrs. Bonnie McFarland

Grade 3 — Ms. Abbie Anderson

Grade 4 — Mr. Bob Stipp

Grade 5 — Mrs. Jamie Norman

Middle School

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

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

Math/Science/Grade 6 Homeroom — Mrs. Holly Thatcher

Fine Arts

Elementary and MS Art — Mrs. Laura Dusard

Elementary and MS Music/Band  — Mr. Keith Northover

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. Amy Wilcher is so excited to be stepping into the primary preschool teacher role. She formerly served as our preschool aide and says that teaching at SVS is a dream come true. Amy is an Lawrence County native, has two sons that attend St. Vincent School, and has been part of our parish and school family for many years. She and her husband and their two boys live in Bedford.

Kindergarten

Mrs. Marci Sullivan 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. Abbie Anderson is a Bedford native; she graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School in 2012. Abbie earned a BS degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Reading from the University of Southern Indiana. Abbie has many family ties to our parish and community and is excited to join the St. Vincent School family.

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, MS Heath, 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, and our MS Newspaper Sponsor.

Ms. Holly Thatcher graduated from Indiana University and completed her transition to teaching program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Holly is our 6th Grade Homeroom teacher, teachers MS Math and Science, as well as our MathCounts Coach and Game Club Sponsor. 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 part of the St. Vincent family.

Fine Arts

Art

Mrs. Laura Dusard – Elementary and Middle School Art

Music/Band

Mr. Keith Northover – Elementary and Middle School Music and Band

Physical Education

Mrs. Michael Robbennolt – Elementary  and Middle School PE



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