Denise Swope: Principal
Mrs. Swope has been at St. Bernard Regional Catholic School since 1996 and has served as a tutor of math and reading. She has a bachelor's in elementary education and a master's equivalency degree in education from St. Francis University in Loretto. Mrs. Swope has served as interim Principal in the past and became full time Principal in 2009.
Kara Krauss: Three Year Old Preschool and Four Year Old Preschool
Mrs. Krauss has been part of St. Bernard Regional Catholic School for many years, starting with her own attendance. She did her student teaching experience at St. Bernard as she earned her bachelor’s degree in Child Development, specializing in Educational Psychology, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her current assignment, she was a St. Bernard substitute teacher,
a children's ministry director at a local church, and a lead teacher at Homer City Head Start.
Megan Pomputius: Kindergarten
Mrs. Pomputius joined St. Bernard Regional Catholic School in 2006, having graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a Master of Science in literacy. She has earned her level II teaching certificate, and has published a children's book entitled: Still My Mommy.
Melissa Ryan: First Grade
Mrs. Ryan joined the St. Bernard Regional Catholic School staff in 2010 as a substitute teacher and began teaching full time in 2013. She earned her bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in elementary education. Her prior teaching experience includes teaching preschool and substitute teaching at St. Bernard and local school districts.
Janet Arone: Second Grade
Mrs. Arone has taught at St. Bernard Regional Catholic School since 1996, prior to which she served at Indiana County Day Care. She earned her bachelor's in elementary education from Juniata College, Huntingdon, and has both Level I and Level II professional certificates in elementary education.
Vera Leonard: Third Grade
Mrs. Leonard has taught third, fourth and sixth grade at St. Bernard Regional Catholic School since 1995, prior to which she taught for a number of years at St. Anthony School in Clymer. Mrs. Leonard has earned a bachelor's in speech/hearing, elementary education and both Level I & II professional certificates in elementary education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Katie Yancy: Fourth Grade
Mrs. Yancy joined the St. Bernard team in 2016 after subbing at Indiana, Homer-Center, and Blairsville schools and working for Evergreen Boys and Girls Club. She has a bachelor degree in marketing from Penn State and a master's degree in sports management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Yancy earned a bachelor degree in middle level education with a math concentration from IUP in 2014.
Tracy L. Dixson: Fifth Grade
Mrs. Dixson joined St. Bernard Regional Catholic School in 2005, after having taught for three years as a head teacher for Indiana County Head Start. She earned her bachelor's in child development and family relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Chatham University, Pittsburgh.
Katelyn Waterhouse: Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade
Mrs. Waterhouse joined the St. Bernard Regional Catholic School staff in 2017. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with MEd in Special Education and certifications in Math 6-9 and English 6-12. Before joining the middle school program at St. Bernard she was a Special Education teacher for ARIN IU 28 and a private tutor for homeschooling families. She is also holds a certification in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and is attending Seton Hill University for a certificate in Pastoral Ministry.
James Rickard: Art
Mr. Rickard joined St. Bernard Regional Catholic School in 2018. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is currently working towards his master's degree at Penn State. Previously, he was a high school art teacher in Montgomery County Maryland, co-founder and instructor of the fine art program at The Academy of Fine Arts in Gaithersburg, MD, and an elementary art teacher in Culpeper, VA. His artwork and photographs have been shown across the globe, including locally at IUP and The Artist's Hand Gallery. His publications include the two-act play Something Mutant, 2009, and "The Unimportance of Arts Education" for Homeschool Montgomery Magazine, 2011.
Brianna Dillaman: Health and Physical Education
Mrs. Dillaman joined the staff in 2018. She holds a bachelors degree in Health Science from SUNY Cortland as well as Masters Degree in K-12 Health Education from SUNY Cortland. She has maintained a professional certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) since 2006.
Christine Palmer: Technology Education, Library and Spanish
Mrs. Palmer has taught at St. Bernard Regional Catholic School since 1995, working with students in various capacities. She earned her bachelor's in elementary education, with a Spanish minor, and certificate in foreign language and international studies for elementary teaching from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has also earned elementary instructional level II certification.
Karen Marshall: General Music, Chorus, and Band
Mrs. Marshall taught at St. Bernard from 2000-2005 as the full time music teacher. After teaching at the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District for 9 years, she has returned to St. Bernard School. She earned her bachelor's degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and holds a Level II instruction certification in music.