Faculty and Staff

Our dedicated, hard-working team of faculty and staff makes St. Vincent de Paul School and Preschool what it is today. The faculty has over 200 years of combined teaching experience. Seventy-five percent of our graduates continue to play high school sports and eight out of ten of our graduates attend college. We have been honored as a “Buckeye Best School” award and grant recipient since 2003, we are listed in the Global Directory of Who’s Who, and we are accredited by the state of Ohio through the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association.

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Pre-K Assistant
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Spanish Teacher
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SACCP/PSEC Team Leader
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7th Grade Teacher
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8th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Dilley has been teaching for more than 20 years. She went to Walsh University, where she majored in mathematics. Her two children were both students at St. Vincent. Mrs. Dilley likes camping, knitting, and canoeing. She has two cats, Samantha and Ginger. Mrs. Dilley helps students a lot with things like science fair, and she has help time for math after school for students who need homework help. She says what she likes best at St. Vincent is teaching math. She also likes all the students and faculty, especially her eighth graders, and the sense of family.

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Principal
Work Phone: 740-393-3611

Mrs. Downs became St. Vincent’s principal in 2008. For the twenty years prior, she was St. Vincent’s Kindergarten teacher. She is a product of Catholic Education 1-12th grade, attending school in Lancaster, Ohio. She now lives with her family in Mount Vernon. Mrs. Downs is a Graduate of Miami University. She has been teaching and involved with St. Vincent since 1988. In addition to teaching kindergarten, Mrs. Downs has also taught preschool, served as an Athletic Commissioner and Athletic Director, and coached boys and girls volleyball, girls basketball, and track. Her two children are graduates of St. Vincent.

To her, St. Vincent is special because of the supportive family atmosphere and the active parental involvement and interest in their children’s education.

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Pre-K Director

Mrs. Dudevszky graduated from Ohio Dominican College with a BS in Social Work. Mrs. Dudevszky started her career in social welfare for the Department of MR/DD for the State of Ohio. After three years, she returned to ODC to earn a BA in elementary education. Over the past years, she has had many different teachng roles at St. Vincent, including First Grade, substitute teaching all grade levels, preschool aide, preschool teacher, and preschool director. In between that, she, her husband and their son Max have experienced schools in Springfield, Ohio and Southport, England.

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4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Duffy has been a member of the St. Vincent staff for 11 years now.  She previously taught 5th and 2nd grade then took some time away from the classroom to be the Director of Extended Care (SACCP/PSEC).  She is returning to the classroom as the 4th grade teacher for the 2011-2012 school year and is really excited about her new chapter in her life!  Mrs. Duffy attended Ohio Dominican College for her Bachelors degree in Education; then went on to complete a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College.  As an alumni of St. Vincent herself, it wasn’t a hard choice once her and Mr. Duffy were raising their own family in Mt. Vernon as far as where to send their children—none other than St. Vincent! Claire is a student at St. Vincent and Makayla is just beginning high school in Mt. Vernon.  In her spare time, Mrs. Duffy enjoys scrapbooking and papercrafting, going all over central Ohio for her daughter’s activities and spending time with her family—immediate and her St. Vincent one!

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1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Dyer is a graduate of Ohio Dominican University and a mother of four catholic school students of various ages. Prior to coming to St. Vincent, she was employed in the Columbus Public Schools as a Reading Interventionist.  Mrs. Dyer has also been an English Language Learner tutor.

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2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Finneran has taught preschool, kindergarten, 5th grade and now 2nd grade here at St. Vincent. She has been teaching for a total of 28 years. She went to Ohio University in Athens to get her elementary teaching degree. She has two daughters who will graduate in June of 2007 from OSU with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Mrs. Finneran lives on a farm and has five horses and three cats. She is from Lancaster, Ohio and she likes to go sailing, gardening, and ride horses. Here at Saint Vincent, her favorite things are preparing her second graders for the sacraments. She also enjoys teaching a unit on dinosaurs and going to The Wilds to learn about endangered animals. “My favorite thing about being here at Saint Vincent is that we are like a big family and that we will always take care of each other.”

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School Secretary
Work Phone: 740-393-3611
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Reading Teacher
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Pre-K Assistant
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Preschool Director and Teacher

Mrs. Gilardi, from Russia, Ohio, teaches the 3-year-old preschool class.  She obtained her teaching degree from Bowling Green State University and has been teaching at St. Vincent since 1996.  She has three children, all of whom have gone to St. Vincent de Paul.  Her favorite part of preschool is seeing how independent and “grown up” the students become over the course of the year.  Her favorite activities are the leprechaun visit and the Mothers Day Tea.

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A native of Newark, Mark Hammond is Father of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and Pastor over the Knox-Licking Consortium of Catholic Churches. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1989. Fr. Hammond came to Mount Vernon in July of 2006, and hopes to stay a very long time!  He has graduate degrees in both canon law and moral theology, and he is also an R.N.  His hobbies include music, golf, and of course, taking care of his dog, Morty.

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3rd Grade Teacher
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SACCP/PSEC Director
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Pre-K Assistant
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Parochial Vicar

Father Vince Nguyen serves as Parochial Vicar, assisting the Pastor in the spiritual care of the parish at St. Vincent de Paul. Father Vince is of Vietnamese decent (1st generation), and was born in Columbus. In addition to his loving parents, Fr. Vince has two sisters in his family, Maria and Theresa. Father Vince’s academic accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Master of Divinity degree from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University. Father Vince was ordained to the Catholic Priesthood by Bishop Frederick Campbell at St. Joseph Cathedral on May 24th, 2014. In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing sports and spending time with friends and family.

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5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Beth Robinson is the 5th grade homeroom teacher and teaches 6th-8th Social Studies. All three of her sons attended and graduated from St. Vincent. Mrs. Robinson is also the advisor for the Civics Club.

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Art Teacher

Mrs. Schank graduated with her Bachelors in Art Education from The Ohio State University. Prior to coming to St. Vincent, she was employed in the Columbus Public Schools as a middle school art teacher and an educational aide for students with special needs. Mr. and Mrs. Schank were married in 2010 by Father Charles Theodore (Ted) Thomas while members of St. Mary’s in German Village. Mrs.Schank commutes from her new home in Worthington; they are currently members of the St. Michael’s parish.

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6th Grade Teacher, Physical Ed., Health, Media Specialist

Mrs. Tharp has been teaching at St. Vincent since 1988.  She teaches Junior High Science and Health, Physical Education for grades K-5, and is the director of the Media Center.

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Music, Science, Religion Teacher

Mr. Vining was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University and his Masters degree in education from the Mt. Vernon Nazarene College. He has been teaching at St. Vincent for five years and has taught for ten years at various Ohio schools through the Ohio Arts Council. Mr. Vining spent ten years as a singer and actor in professional opera and off-broadway productions. He appeared on CBS and BBC television and released three CDs on the Pearl Spring Label. Mr. Vining’s favorite school activities are the Christmas play, the school musical, the talent show, weekly school masses and many other activities. Mr. Vining is also a national ski patrol officer at Snow Trails ski resort in Mansfield, Ohio and is an advisor to the Ski Club. He says, “I like teaching where my own children go to school, and I enjoy seeing how I can make a difference in the lives of the young people.”

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Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Williamson is the kindergarten teacher. She grew up in Mount Vernon and graduated in May 2008 with her bachelors degree in Early Childhoold Education and with an endorsement in Reading. She enjoys walking her two dogs, Macy and Landry, watching movies, playing games, playing Wii, cooking, scrapbooking and much more.

Mrs. Williamson is very excited to be a part of St. Vincent de Paul School because of the wonderful family-feel when she is at the school. She looks forward to a great year!

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