2020-2021 School Year
Principal: Gary Green
Gary has been principal since 2015. Prior to being principal, he was the vice principal at Saint Vincent for 8 years. In his earlier career, Gary taught 5th grade for 11 years at various Catholic Schools in Utah. Gary is a graduate of Cosgriff and Judge Memorial Catholic High School. He received his degree from the University of Utah in Political Science and received his Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland. Gary is married and has three sons. He loves being a dad, running, hiking, and also has a passion for singing.
Father John Norman
Father John Norman was assigned as Pastor of Saint Vincent Parish and School in August, 2012. Father Norman has served as pastor at various Catholic Churches in Utah, including St. Vincent where he was an associate pastor from 1980-83 and again from 2006-2008. His most recent assignment was at our Lady of Lourdes in Magna, UT. Father Norman attended Judge Memorial High School and Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon and the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy.
Vice Principal: Sarah Lambert
Sarah has a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Creighton University. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor’s degree in history and is a graduate of Judge Memorial Catholic High School. She worked five years at the Madeleine Choir School and four years at Juan Diego Catholic High School in the theology department. She also participates in music ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Parish. Sarah is married and has two beautiful children and a dog.
Development Director: Therese Clay
Therese graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of University Studies in Humanities and is a graduate of Judge Memorial Catholic High School and Saint Vincent School. Most of her career has been in the public sector working in television marketing, public relations, and advertising. She is happy to be working in development at her Alma Mater. Therese is married to her husband, Brett, and has two children, Alannah, who is in her senior year at the University of Portland, and Michael, who is a senior at Juan Diego Catholic High School. They enjoy traveling together, family game nights, and spending time with their loving dog, Frodo.
Office Manager: Erin Arico
Mrs. Arico and her husband, Joe, have been parents within our community for three and a half years with two sons attending St. Vincent School and joined our team last year. Mrs. Arico has a BS in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. Erin enjoys road trips, remodeling, camping, and working in the yard.
Secretary (Part-time): Kim Snarr
Kim is a native of Montana and has been a Saint Vincent parishioner since 1995. She has been associated with Saint Vincent School since 2001. Kim is married with three children. Blessed with twin grandchildren, she greatly enjoys her time with family and is a constant host for backyard fun and activities.
PreK (4) Teacher: Carol Sanderson
Carol has been teaching Pre-K at Saint Vincent School since 2002. She has a BA from King’s College (Wilkes-Barre, PA) and an MA in Developmental Psychology from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). Carol is married to Hal and has 3 children. Her older two children graduated from Saint Vincent, and her youngest is currently in 5th grade at the school. She believes that children are natural learners and loves to help her students explore and discover God’s creation.
PreK (4) Teacher: Jamie Keochareun
Jamie has worked at Saint Vincent School since 2006. She has a son and a daughter. Jamie job-shares the PreK Teacher position with Carol Sanderson. She enjoys working with children and looks forward to teaching this school year.
Kindergarten Teacher: Elyse Reiser
Elyse graduated from Westminster College with a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Before working at Saint Vincent School, she was a preschool teacher for two years and before that a youth facilitator. She is happily married and has three beautiful children. Elyse and her family are long time parishioners at Saint Vincent Parish and are happy to be part of this community. She enjoys reading, cooking, playing outside, and spending time with family.
Kindergarten Aide: Tiffany Bonner
Tiffany has worked at Saint Vincent School since 2010, however she taught Pre-K for nine years prior. She and her husband, Ken, have two sons. Their oldest son graduated last fall from the University of Utah with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently employed as an Engineer. Their younger son graduated as well, from Dixie State in the spring with his degree in Exercise Science but is returning this year granted with another year to play baseball due to COVID and is taking additional classes in Communications. They absolutely love The Red Sox! Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Kindergarten Aide (Part Time): Elisabeth Barrows
Elisabeth has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology in Plant and Soil Science from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C. She is always excited to talk about philosophy or discuss plants, and she loves spending time outdoors while wearing big, floppy hats.
1st Grade Teacher: Connie Welch
Connie worked for Granite School District in the Related Services Office for 15 years helping children with mild to severe physical and mental challenges. She created curriculum, administered occupational and physical therapy. Connie received a paralegal certificate and worked in sales and as an office manager for a Xerox agency. She was an instructor for 13 years at American Preparatory Academy Charter School and taught Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. Connie has two daughters: Nicole, who is married and lives in Switzerland, and Crystal, who is married and lives in Sandy, Utah. She has three incredible, loving, and beautiful grandchildren and enjoys spending time with them and watching them grow every day. This is her third year teaching at Saint Vincent. Connie feels extremely blessed to be teaching in a Catholic School with like-minded people where she can have an opportunity to form children in faith and academics in a safe, nurturing environment.
1st Grade Aide: Mary Sansone Lafrance
Mary graduated with a BFA in Acting from Barry University in Miami and an MFA in Acting from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is originally from the west coast of Florida and now loves to look up and see the mountains. She has worked as Creative Consultant for a touring children’s program in Miami promoting an anti-bullying campaign where she wrote and acted in plays and led talk backs. Mary recently married, and she enjoys singing, drawing, reading, making ice cream, and cooking with her husband.
2nd Grade Teacher: Monika Gdanska
Monika is originally from Poland where she worked as a teacher for six years. After relocating to the U.S. in 1995, Monika decided to focus on a family and voluntary work for local schools and her church. Eventually she became a full time teacher at Saint Stanislaus School in Fall River, MA, where she taught second grade for nine years. In 2016, Monika followed her two children who have graduated from Brigham Young University and University of Utah and became a resident of Utah. She holds two master’s degrees in Elementary Education, one from Poland and one from Massachusetts. Monika is expecting her first granddaughter in February. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and listening to audio books.
2nd Grade Aide: Christy Walthius
Mrs. Walthius is originally from Chicago and moved to Utah in 1996. She studied at the University of Utah and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. Mrs. Walthius is married, and her two children attend St. Vincent School and Nano Nagle. This is her second year at St. Vincent School. She enjoys skiing, snowboarding, dirt biking, camping, and spending time with family.
3rd Grade Teacher: Bailey Vitali
Bailey has an undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University in Special Education and Elementary Education. She also holds a master’s degree in Reading Intervention from University of Portland. Bailey was married at the start of this 2020-2021 school year on August 22nd. She married Mr. Vitali, who works at Judge Memorial Catholic High School as a Social Studies teacher. They live together with their 7-month old Husky, named Zella. Bailey sings in a band with her dad and family friends. She is adopted and is learning to become fluent in American Sign Language.
4th Grade Teacher: Megan McCandless
Megan has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Utah. She has taught fourth grade and first grade. Megan has one brother and one sister. She lives with her 11-year-old yellow lab and enjoys skiing with my parents, hiking with her dog and practicing yoga with everyone. Megan runs in the summer and has completed two marathons, including the Walt Disney World Marathon.
3rd and 4th Grade Aide: Nicole Musci
Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Anthropology from the University of Montana. She has worked at St. Vincent in various roles over the last seven years. The first four summers were spent as a part of the Extended Day Summer Camp. After graduating from the University of Montana, Nicole participated in the community as a substitute teacher, a 1st grade aide, and now she has the pleasure of being a dual aide for both the 3rd and 4th grade classes. She enjoys traveling, reading, photography, and hanging out with her cat, Hobbes.
5th Grade: Maci Jonart
Maci has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Behavioral Health from Utah State University. She graduated in May of 2020. Maci is the second of six kids. She likes to run, cross-stitching, and quilting. One of her favorite things to do is to hang out with family and friends.
6th Grade Teacher: Monica Howa-Johnson
Monica has been at Saint Vincent School since 2011. Monica attended Cosgriff and Judge Memorial and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in Teaching from the University of Portland. She taught three years of Middle school religion at Saint Vincent School 20 years ago, then taught for two years at Juan Diego Catholic High School. From there, she worked for the Diocese of Salt Lake City for five years as Director of Communications and Safe Environment. Monica also spent three years in the Diocesan Lay Ecclesial Minister Formation Program. She has been married since 2000 to her husband, Brent. Her daughter, Genevieve, attends Judge Memorial High School and her son, Zach, attends Saint Vincent. She also enjoys singing, playing the guitar, mountain biking, hiking, and reading.
7th Grade Teacher: Rachel Nemelka
Mrs. Nemelka grew up in Park City and has always called the Wasatch Mountains home. She studied Interdisciplinary Humanities in her undergraduate degree and went on to receive a master’s degree in English Education. Meanwhile, she taught for three years as a middle school and high school English teacher. She loves teaching writing and exciting, applicable literature. She is passionate about are the outdoors, social justice, collecting earrings, reading, and her family. Mrs. Nemelka has two rescue dogs named Sludge and Gooey, and they love to hike in the mountains with her. Being a part of a Christ-centered community is important to her as faith is a structural part of her identity. She is excited and blessed to be teaching her favorite things at St. Vincent.
8th Grade Homeroom and Middle School Science Teacher: Suzanne Kimball
Suzanne has a Bachelor of Science from Susquehanna University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Westminster College. She is married and has 2 daughters that are in 6th and 7th grade. Suzanne enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, and spending time with her family.
Middle School Math: Christina Eischeid
Christina has a BS from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in Mathematics Education from Depaul University in Chicago. She is a graduate of Judge Memorial Catholic High School and Saint Vincent School. Christina has been working in math education for eighteen years, fifth year teaching at Saint Vincent. She has worked as a classroom teacher, a math specialist in Jordan and Salt Lake Districts, and as a curriculum writer, working on a middle school online textbook in a partnership with the State Office of Education and the University of Utah. Christina is married and has two sons attending Saint Vincent School in 4th and 6th grades.
Technology Integration Specialist: Alicia Sloan
Alicia graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University with a BS in Computer Science and a master’s degree in Business Administration. This will be her tenth year teaching in the Diocese and fifth year at Saint Vincent School. Alicia is married to her husband, Cole, and they have three children, Emmaline, Victoria, and Nolan. Alicia enjoys playing sports, crafting, and spending time with her family.
Student Support Co-Director: Kerry Hankins
Kerry grew up in Huntsville, Utah and attended St. Joseph Catholic Schools from K-12. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a Special Education degree and received her master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from the University of Utah. She taught 4th grade for eight years and Learning Resource for three years, both within the Diocese of Salt Lake City. She has been fortunate to teach multiple professional development classes in literacy, differentiation, and learning disabilities around the state. Kerry has been married for 20 years to Keith and has three children, Bridget, Rowan, and Declan. Her family loves to enjoy time together traveling, hiking, camping, and playing soccer.
Student Support Co-Director: Kara Haney
Kara has been teaching for 17 years. She has a master’s degree in Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. She earned her BA in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Spanish from Westminster College. She is a graduate of Judge Memorial Catholic High School and a longtime parishioner of Saint Vincent De Paul Parish. Kara has four sons who she and her husband enjoy spending time with outdoors.
Student Support Specialist: Aly Wikstrom
Aly has a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Utah and a BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon. She holds a Level 2 Teaching License in the State of Utah, has an ESL Endorsement, and spent 15 years teaching students in severe disabilities in the Salt Lake City School District. Aly and her husband, Matt Wikstrom, have three children, Addie, a Freshman at Judge Memorial, Lily, a 6th grader at Cosgriff, and Jack, a 4th grader at Cosgriff. They also have a 9-year-old lab named Bear. Aly loves to run early in the morning as she finds it a great way to start the day.
PE Teacher: Nanette Parson
Mrs. Parson is a Utah native and taught PE at Juan Diego Catholic High school for seven years and in the Canyons District four years. She attended St. Vincent de Paul Parish School, Judge Memorial Catholic High School, and Utah State University. Mrs. Parson and her husband, Tim, live in Sandy, Utah. They have a son, Tucker, and a daughter, Hailey. She enjoys anything outdoors during warm weather; especially walking her beagle named Daisy!
Librarian: Anna Zanarini
Anna has a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Arizona and a BA in Communications from UC Santa Barbara. This is her third year as librarian at St. Vincent. Prior to St. Vincent, she spent 25 years as a public librarian working with families and children of all ages. When not connecting kids with books and making the library a fun place to be, Anna enjoys teaching dance fitness classes and doing volunteer work in the community. She has two daughters, Emily, a senior at Skyline High School, and Sarah, a senior at the University of Arizona. She has been married for 25 years to her husband, John.
Nano Nagle Director: Jeramie Green
Jeramie is the director of the Nano Nagle Childcare facility located on the Saint Vincent property. This is an infant through three-year-old childcare center that opened in 2009. Jeramie has a degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to coming to Saint Vincent School, Jeramie was a teacher at Cosgriff Elementary for eight years. She has been married for 18 years and has two sons who attend Saint Vincent School and a third son attending Judge Memorial High School. Jeramie enjoys spending time with her family outside of working.
Extended Day Director: Danielle Gibson
Danielle has many years of experience working at Extended Day. She was also the teacher for the two-year old program at Nano Nagle for four years. Danielle has been married for seven years and has two sons, Wyatt in Kindergarten, and Colton enrolled at the Nano Nagle Children’s Center. She enjoys camping, four-wheeling, hanging out with her kiddos, and reading.
Extended Day Assistant Director and Middle School Aide: Cristy Headey
Christy has been working in the Extended Day program for the last four years. She spent over 15 years working I.T. Technical support before switching gears and joining the team at St. Vincent. Cristy and wishes she would have made the switch sooner as it is a joy for her to come to work every day! She is a single mom with one daughter. Aside from spending time with her daughter, she enjoys crafting, painting, gardening, and quilting. Her favorite vacation destination is any place Disney.
Band/Choir/Music Teacher: Scott Larrabee
Scott is a native of Utah. He has a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago in Music Education and a master’s degree in Theology from Loras College in Dubuque, IA. He has been a music educator for over 20 years teaching at all levels from elementary though college. He was a recipient of two outstanding educator awards, one in 1999 in memory of the late Carninal Bernadin in Chicago and another in 2011 at Saint Vincent School. Scott is an accomplished pianist and organist and been a church musician for over 30 years working primarily in Catholic and Episcopalian churches. He has composed extensively for musical theater, choirs, and bands (even writing several pieces for steel drum ensemble). Scott enjoys playing jazz piano, solo and with various groups including “Higher Ground Jazz” and “Take 5.” Scott’s family includes his wife, Angelique who cantors at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, two sons, Peter, Joel, and daughter Lucinda. Scott and his wife share a passion for old homes, cooking unusual cuisine, playing Renaissance music, camping, and hiking.
Art Teacher: Brooke Gaztambide
Brooke has been volunteering and teaching Art for over 13 years at St. Vincent School and Title 1 Schools in Utah. She has a BA in Graphic and Advertising Design with an Art History minor from Utah State University. She has two children who attended St. Vincent School. Brooke enjoys traveling and supporting her kids with their sports (soccer and mountain biking) and camping, hiking, and boating with family.
School Accountant: Michelle Allred
Michelle is originally from Puerto Rico and has over 18 years of accounting experience. Michelle was introduced to Saint Vincent’s Parish by her parents who have been parishioners since 2007. Michelle, her husband and daughter have been a part of the Saint Vincent School community since 2016. Michelle and her family enjoy spending time with friends and family.