Katie Arnett Fifth Grade Teacher

Mrs.  Arnett graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 1999 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and in 2004 her Master of Education.  Mrs. Arnett has been teaching at St. Thomas for 23 years. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and read.

Alexa Baudendistel Junior High Math & Social Studies

Mrs. Alexa Baudendistel is the Junior High Math & Social Studies teacher. Mrs. Baudendistel holds a Bachelor degree in Middle School Education from Thomas More College. She graduated in May 2017 with her Masters degree from Georgetown College in Teacher Leadership and Technology. This is her ninth year as an educator.  She is a parishioner of Saint Thomas, an alum of the school, and loves giving back to the Tomcats by teaching and coaching. In her spare time, Mrs. B is probably found scrolling through Pinterest, competing in beach volleyball tournaments, or hanging with her family.

 

Orla Bowman School Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to the Principal

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Mrs. Orla Bowman moved to Cincinnati, OH in 2003 to pursue a Master of Music degree at CCM at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to her music studies, Mrs. Bowman's professional background is in Office Management and Education. In her free time, she loves to travel "home" to Ireland to spend time with family. Mrs. Bowman's husband is the Principal Flute with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and their daughter is a current student at Saint Thomas School.

Debbie Eberhart Pre-School Assistant

Mrs. Eberhart has a Bachelor’s degree from Thomas More University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She has been a preschool teacher’s aide for 7 years. She lives with her husband of 20+ years and has 3 children who have enjoyed the St. Thomas education. She loves to read, cook, watch soccer, and learn new things about preschool age children.

George Everett Religion Teacher

Mr. George Everett joined the Faculty at Saint Thomas School during the 2020-2021 school year as Religion Teacher.

Lois Goforth Cafeteria Assistant

Lois has worked in the Saint Thomas kitchen for more than 20 years. She works for the love of the children she serves as well as the dedication she has toward Catholic education. Her husband and four children are all Saint Thomas graduates. Lois seems to be the only family member who hasn't managed to find her way out.

Elizabeth Gruenschlaeger Technology Coordinator

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Northern Kentucky University in 2016. She is a lifelong parishioner of Saint Thomas and graduated from Saint Thomas in 2008. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with family.

Robin Holtz Fourth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Holtz graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She received her Master of Education from Northern Kentucky University. Mrs. Holtz is a veteran teacher of 24 years and is currently in her 21st year at Saint Thomas. She loves spending time with her family. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and playing volleyball.

Kim Huser School Principal

Saint Thomas School is delighted to welcome Mrs. Kim Huser as our new Principal for the 2021-2022 School Year!

Fr. Ross Kelsch Pastor

Prior to ordination, Fr. Ross was the Director of Educational Technology at Guardian Angels School in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati where he served on the Administration Team and managed a large 1 to 1 computing program for grades 5 – 8. In addition to his Masters in Divinity, Fr. Ross holds a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science and has certifications from Microsoft, Google and Apple.

Timothy Markey Music Instructor

Mr. Markey is in his fifth year at Saint Thomas School. He lives in Union, KY with his wife Jodie, daughter Lydia Emily Jean and son Luke Timothy Paul. Mr. Markey attended the University of Kentucky for his Bachelor’s of Music Education and Asbury University for his Master’s of Special Education. His main instrument is trumpet and he performs for weddings, social events and is a volunteer bugler for the Buglers Across America. Orff-Schulwerk music teaching techniques, songs, recorders, and instruments are used in his music class on a regular basis.

Abigail Martin Junior High Language Arts and Reading

Ms. Abigail Martin joined the Faculty at Saint Thomas School during the 2020-2021 school year as the Junior High Language Arts and Reading Teacher. 

Kevin McIntyre P.E. Teacher

This is Mr. Kevin McIntyre's first year of teaching PE at St. Thomas.  Prior to that, he was the PE teacher at Walton-Verona Elementary School for 32 years. Mr. McIntyre is a graduate of Morehead State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.  He then went on to receive his Master's in Education from Northern Kentucky University, where he met his future wife. Mr. McIntyre has also been a high school baseball coach for 27 years.  When he is not teaching or coaching, he works for the Cincinnati Reds on the grounds crew, helping to take care of the baseball field at Great American Ball Park. He and his wife Janet have been married for 34 years and have two adult sons named Justin and Jacob, plus a dog they rescued named Dixie.  They are members of St. Henry Church, where they both also serve as Eucharistic ministers. In his spare time, Mr. McIntyre enjoys traveling, biking and weightlifting, plus cheering on the Reds, Bengals and Kentucky Wildcats.

Michele McKee Cafeteria Manager

Michele has been at Saint Thomas for 6 years. She is married, has two boys and a sweet, black cat named Zoe. Michele loves to cook, bake and cherish every moment spent with family.

Karly Meyer Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Meyer graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master's of Education. She has been in the classroom for 17 years, 10 of them at Saint Thomas. She is a lifelong member of the Saint Thomas Parish and even graduated from Saint Thomas School. It has been her lifelong dream to become a teacher at the school and give back to the parish community. She and her husband Chris have been blessed with four sons and one daughter. She enjoys spending her free time with her family.

Lynda Myers Science/Computer

Mrs. Myers attended the University of Kentucky (BS in Management Dietetics), Cincinnati State (computer programming courses), and Northern Kentucky University (Masters in Education) in the areas of elementary education and middle grades math and science. Prior to entering into the teaching field, she worked with computers for 12 years, 6 of those as a programmer.
She has been in the education field since December 2004, substitute teaching in several different area schools, and teaching Junior High science, math, language arts, and math intervention for 1st & 2nd grades.

Tiffany Noe Kindergarten Aide

This is Mrs. Tiffany Noe's first year as Kindergarten Aide at Saint Thomas School!

Stephanie Osterhage School Counselor

Mrs. Stephanie Osterhage joined the Faculty of Saint Thomas School during the 2020-2021 school year. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Psychology, then went on to get her Master of Arts in School Counseling from Northern Kentucky University. Mrs. O is a native of Ft. Thomas, but lived in Washington D.C., where she was a School Counselor for 3 years. She loves spending time with her 2 toddlers, husband and dog, Stella. Most days, you can find Mrs. O outside enjoying sports and nature!

Adam Schmidt Art Teacher

Mr. Schmidt is a graduate of NKU where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Sculpture. This is Mr. Schmidt's 5th year as the K-8 Art teacher at Saint Thomas School. He also teaches part time at two other diocesan schools throughout the week. When he is not teaching, you will find him woodworking, landscaping, or cooking. Mr. Schmidt and his wife will be welcoming their first child in February!

Kristen Schnell First Grade Teacher

Miss Schnell has a Master of Education degree from Xavier University with minors in English and Biology from Thomas More College. She took American Sign Language from Cincinnati State and enjoys incorporating this into her First Grade curriculum. This is Miss Schnell’s 13th year working at Saint Thomas. She enjoys spending time with her nephew Glenn, her family and of course, her golden retrievers. Miss Schnell loves cooking and baking, she also enjoys swimming, paddle boarding, painting, sewing, and boating.

Lexi Sheets Multi-Tiered Educational Support

Mrs. Sheets received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Louisville and her Masters in Education from the University of Kentucky.  She spent four years teaching middle school science and special education in Lexington, KY.  She also spent several years teaching adult education at the Newport Adult Education Center.  This is her seventh year at Saint Thomas School.  When not at school, Mrs. Sheets enjoys running, hiking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Molly Simons Second Grade Teacher

Mrs. Simons holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University.  She has taught for 29 years, with 22 of those years at Saint Thomas.  Mrs. Simons has been a life-long member of Saint Thomas and graduated from here. She very much enjoys preparing the 2nd-graders for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. Mrs. Simons enjoys playing volleyball, reading and running.  She spends much of her free time with her two children as they play sports and participate in activities.

Sandy VanHandorf Reading Specialist

Mrs. VonHandorf holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Morehead State University, She has a Masters of Education with an Area of Concentration in Reading from Northern KY University. This is her third year working with students at Saint Thomas, She has been teaching for 33 years.  She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Jocelyn Vargas Spanish Teacher

This is Ms. Jocelyn Vargas' first year as Spanish Teacher at Saint Thomas School!

Lily Welscher Third Grade Teacher

Ms. Lily Welscher is the third-grade homeroom teacher. Ms. Welscher received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from NKU. This is her second year teaching and her second year at Saint Thomas. She is so happy to be a part of this amazing school community! In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family. Ms. Welscher also has a love for Books, Rainbow Organization and Technology.

Kim Weyer Pre-School Director

Mrs. Weyer holds a Bachelor's degree in Child and Family Studies from Eastern Kentucky University and has completed her Kentucky Director’s Credential. She started Saint Thomas Preschool in 1994 and during her 28 years at Saint Thomas Preschool, the program has grown to four classes (Two Pre-K classes, a 4-year-old class and a 3-year-old class); which have earned a 5-Star rating from the state of Kentucky! Ms. Kim enjoys spending her free time with her husband, 4 children, dog and one-year-old grand daughter!