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Mrs. Tina M. Bucci
Mrs. Tina Bucci received her Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Scranton University.  She has dual certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Seton Hill University.  She earned her second Master's Degree in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University. Mrs. Bucci resides in her hometown of Apollo with her husband and two sons.  Mrs. Bucci has served as principal for Catholic Schools in the Pittsburgh Diocese and the Greensburg Diocese. She is excited to be a part of the St. Bernard School community.
Mrs. Megan Pomputius

Kindergarten
mpomputius@stbernardlc.org
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 she has published a children's book entitled:  Still My Mommy. She is married to her husband Dustin, and they have a daughter Lecia. She teaches Kindergarten and loves watching the kids grow in faith and independence throughout the year. 

Mrs. Vera Leonard

Third Grade
vleonard@stbernardlc.org
Mrs. Leonard has taught third, fourth and sixth grade at St. Bernard Regional Catholic School since 1995, prior to which she taught many years at St. Anthony School in Clymer. Mrs. Leonard has earned a Bachelor's Degree in speech/hearing and elementary education and Level II professional certification in elementary education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Brianna Dillaman

Physical Education PK-8; Science Grades 4-8; 6th Gr. Homeroom
mailto:bdillaman@stbernardlc.org
Mrs. Dillaman joined the staff in 2018.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from SUNY Cortland as well as a Master’s Degree in K-12 Health Education from SUNY Cortland.  She has maintained a professional certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) since 2006.










Mrs. Christine Palmer

Technology Education, Library, and Spanish
cpalmer@stbernardlc.org
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.




Mrs. Gina Lieb
Business Manager
glieb@stbernardlc.org
Mrs. Gina Pittman
Cafeteria Manager
gpittman@stbernardlc.org
Mrs. Kara Krauss

Four-Year-Old Preschool
kkrauss@stbernardlc.org
Mrs. Krauss has been a part of St. Bernard Regional Catholic School for many years. She is an alumna of St. Bernard, and she completed her student teaching experience at St. Bernard in first grade as she earned her Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in Educational Psychology, and her work experience includes a St. Bernard substitute teacher, a children's ministry director at a local church, and a head teacher at Homer City Head Start. Currently, she is continuing her education at Point Park University obtaining her Master's Degree in education.

Mrs. Melissa Ryan

First Grade
mryan@stbernardlc.org
Mrs. Ryan has been teaching first grade at St. Bernard Regional Catholic School since 2013.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in elementary education with a reading concentration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has a Level II instructional certificate in elementary education.







Ms. Sarah Cash

Math Grades 4-8; 4th Grade Homeroom
scash@stbernardlc.org
Welcome to Ms. Cash. Bio coming soon.







Mrs. Megan Ringler

Social Studies Grades 4-8; 7th/8th Grade Homeroom
mringler@stbernardlc.org
Mrs. Ringler joined St. Bernard Regional Catholic School in 2021, after having taught 2 years at Conemaugh Valley School District, teaching math online for several years, and subbing in the Indiana County area.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a math concentration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Master in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics also from IUP.








Mrs. Karen Marshall
General Music, Chorus, and Band
kmarshall@stbernardlc.org
Mrs. Karen Marshall has a B.S. in Music Education from IUP and her state permanent certification. She began her career in the year 2000 here at St. Bernard School.  After nine years in the public school system, she returned to St. Bernard's in 2014.  In addition to teaching PK - 8th grade music, Mrs. Marshall is the music director at St. Bernard Church and helps with the Homer-Center Marching Band and Indoor Percussion group.  She lives with her husband and five kids in Homer City and loves teaching at St. Bernard School.

Mrs. Sandy Scopel


Ms. Katie Little
Cafeteria Assistant
klittle@stbernardlc.org
Mrs. Patty Sharbaugh

Three & Four-Year-Old Preschool
psharbaugh@stbernardlc.org
Mrs. Sharbaugh joined St. Bernard Regional Catholic School in 2019 as a substitute teacher. Prior to becoming a substitute teacher, Mrs. Sharbaugh worked in special education for 19 years through multiple capacities in school and home settings by providing therapeutic services to children with Autism. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Psychology.



Mrs. Janet Arone

Second Grade
jarone@stbernardlc.org
Mrs. Arone has been teaching at St. Bernard Regional Catholic School since 1996, prior to which she served at Indiana County Day Care. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in elementary education from Juniata College, Huntingdon, and has Level II professional certification in elementary education.





Mrs. Tracy L. Dixson

ELA Grades 4-8; 5th Grade Homeroom
tdixson@stbernardlc.org
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 Degree in child development and family relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Chatham University, Pittsburgh.


Mr. James Rickard

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. He currently sits on the boards of the IUP University Museum, The Indiana Arts Council, The United Way of Indiana County, and the Evergreen After School Club.



Mrs. Maggie Dugan

Preschool Aide
mdugan@stbernardlc.org
Mrs. Dugan joined St. Bernard Regional Catholic School in 2018 as a cafeteria helper. In 2022, Mrs. Dugan began substitute teaching at St. Bernard. She is currently the Preschool Aide with Mrs. Sharbaugh’s class. Prior to working at St. Bernard, Mrs. Dugan worked as a caseworker for Adelphoi Village Foster Care and Adoption Services for 10 years. She has also taught preschool and kindergarten Sunday School at Zion Lutheran Church. Mrs. Dugan has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Juvenile Delinquency from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.



Mr. Chris Hoffman
Facilities Manager
ghoffman@stbernardlc.org