Our Leaders

 

Kathleen Tully, Headmaster

Kathleen Tully is a former USAF weapons systems officer (aviator), specializing in electronic warfare and suppression of enemy air defenses. Kathleen is a catechist with experience teaching RCIA, Confirmation preparation, and junior high/high school faith formation. She and her husband have five young children and have been homeschooling for the past five years.

 

Brigitta Powers, Assistant Headmaster/Director of Curriculum

Brigitta Powers holds a B.A. in Ancient Mediterranean Religions from UNCChapel Hill. She has spent the past decade researching and implementing the classical model of education. In addition to homeschooling her four children, Brigitta has been a high school teacher for the past five years, teaching such courses as Latin, U.S. History,Western Cultural History, British Literature, Formal Logic, and Rhetoric.

In addition to consulting on curriculum matters, Mrs. Powers teaches Latin, Literature, Classical Studies, and Composition.

 

Our Teachers

 

Christain Craney (Preschool)

Chris and her husband have three sons.  The oldest two sons are grown and live in North Carolina and Carmel, Indiana.  Their youngest son lives with them in Spencer and attends St. Benedict's. The trio have lived in Spencer for 2  1/2 years and are proud members of St. John the Apostle Church.  Prior to teaching at St. Benedict's, Chris worked for MCCSC as the assistant manager in the cafe at Summit Elementary School.  Before moving to Spencer they lived in Noblesville, where she drove a school bus for Noblesville & Hamilton Southeastern schools for 10 years while also caring for fellow bus drivers' children during the day.  Chris also owned and operated a licensed home daycare business in Illinois for over a decade and completed yearly continuing education courses in childhood development.  She enjoys working with kids and finding the best way for them to learn.

 

Meghann Fishel (Preschool)

Meghann, her husband, and four children are members of St. John the Apostle parish. Prior to teaching at St. Benedict’s, Meghann was a stay-at-home mom for 8 years and home schooled her oldest for 3 years. During this time she also provided at-home child care for a few families. She has always had a passion for teaching. Prior to having children, she had the opportunity to work in several  teaching positionsincluding substitute teaching, teaching advanced reading and literature, and working as an instructional aide to an autistic child.

 

Carolyn Muller (Kindergarten)

Carolyn Muller attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and Shaw Memorial Catholic High School in Madison, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, with both B.S. and M.S. degrees in elementary education. Carolyn taught for MCCSC for 31 years, mainly in the primary grades, before her retirement. Carolyn was married to the late Jim Muller, is the mother of four daughters, and has 11 grandchildren. Carolyn has a passion for teaching reading and writing to young children and looks forward to sharing her gift with the children.

 

Jennifer Hill (First Grade)

Jennifer Hill grew up in rural Ohio and earned her BBA in accounting at the University of Toledo.  She has worked as an accountant for several different organizations on the East Coast.  Jennifer and her husband have
three children and have homeschooled them for four years.  She and her family are parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford.
 

Lisa Swoape (Second Grade)

Lisa Swoape has been a parishioner at St. John the Apostle for 21 years. She has worked with infants and young children as a nanny and preschool teacher for 25 years. Lisa studied education and English at IU. She loves reading old books and classics to her five granddaughters.

 

Jenny Taber (Third Grade)

Jenny Taber was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH.  In 2010 her family moved to Bloomington, IN,  following a career opportunity open to her husband.   Jenny’s childhood primary education was in  the public schools, where her mother also taught.  She attended an all girls Catholic high school,  and her postsecondary education was mainly at Miami University (Ohio) before getting married andhaving children.  Jenny has also completed many courses at Ivy Tech Bloomington due to her love  of learning. Her desire has always been to have children of her own and to work with children in  any given career.  Jenny’s eight children all attend St. Benedict’s, where they are thriving in their  classical education.  

 

Kathy Taber (Fourth Grade)

Kathy Taber has 3 children and 13 grandchildren, 8 of whom live in Bloomington.  She taught for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for 30 years, 14 in elementary classrooms as the reading specialist, and then 16 years teaching literature in middle school.  Kathy moved to Bloomington 3 years ago to be closer to her youngest son and his family, and to have their help in caring for her husband.  She is still employed very part time in an independent children's bookstore in Indianapolis, and is currently involved in finding and reading good books for intermediate readers for the Young Hoosier Book committee.

 

Maggie Geene (Elementary Latin; Middle School Faith Formation)

Maggie Geene  was born in Illinois but has lived most of her life in Indiana.  She and her husband, Burke, are members of St. Charles Borromeo Parish. She has five children who range in age from 21 to 34.   She has a master of arts degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology.  She is certified in spiritual direction and likes to knit and write in her spare time.

 

Rebecca Dauby (Middle School Latin and Literature)

Becky Dauby and her husband have four children.  She has a B.A. in mathematics and writing from the University of Evansville.  While at UE, she was a contributor and an editor for the Evansville Review.  Becky worked as a program analyst at NSWC Cranebefore becoming a full time mother, and she has been working at home raising her family for the past 11 years.  She and her family are active parishioners at St. John the Apostle Parish.  

 

Helen Levesque, Ph.D. (Middle School Math and Literature)

After completing 12 years of Catholic schooling, Helen earned a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Human Development, both from the University of Chicago. For the past 20 years she has been teaching statistics and psychology at multiple universities, including the University of Arizona, IUPUI, and Indiana University Bloomington. Helen loves to teach and has also home-schooled her six children off and on throughout their school years. She and her family are parishioners at St. Paul's Catholic Center.

 

Melissa Noll (4th6th Grade Composition)

Melissa Noll grew up in Kokomo, Indiana and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University.  She and her husband, Mike, were married in 1989 and spent a year living in Japan, where she taught English conversation.  Upon returning home they began to have a  family, and now have 5 children.  Melissa began homeschooling them fifteen years ago and now only has two students of her own. The family moved to Bloomington just a year ago, and are parishioners at St. John’s.   Melissa has been writing for fun since she was 12 and now is a  published author for a small homeschool publishing business.  She looks forward to helping St. Benedict’s students gain confidence in their  writing through classical teaching methods.

 

Kimberly Schneidt (Middle School Classical Studies and Literature)

Kim Schneidt is a homeschooling mother of five children ages 4-12 and a recent convert to the Catholic faith. Kim has been homeschooling for five years, and after exploring many different philosophies of education, has found the classical method to be the best fit for her family.  Kim holds a B.S. in Athletic Training and an M.S. in Physiology, both from Ball State University.  She also obtained an M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Iowa Medical College.  Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, Kim practiced as a certified physician assistant for 10 years in various fields and enjoyed part-time employment as an adjunct faculty instructor in anatomy and physiology at numerous junior colleges during her time as a Navy spouse. 

 

Michael Schneidt (Art)

Michael Schneidt is a retired U.S. Navy surface warfare and engineering duty officer, specializing in ship engineering and maintenance overhauls. He currently works for NSWC Crane Division as the military administration officer. Mike holds a B.S. in Liberal Arts and an M.S. in Information Systems. He studied art education for two years prior to joining the military. Mike and his wife have five children and have been homeschooling for the past  five years.

 

Anita Sokol (Middle School Math and Science)

Anita Sokol earned a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Kansas State University (Manhattan, Kansas). During her tenure she taught undergraduate chemistry and conducted independent research. She then held positions in industry for 14 years as an analytical chemist at Ashland Chemical; Pfizer, Inc.; and Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc. Anita and her husband, William, established and operated a certified organic farm in Connecticut for twelve years before moving to the Bloomington area in 2017. Anita looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for farming, science education, and her faith with all the people associated with Saint Benedicts.

 

William Sokol (Middle School Math and Science)

William Sokol holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit and continued study as a post-doctoral associate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  In addition to conducting research, William taught undergraduate courses in analytical and organic chemistry.  Subsequently, he worked for 26 years as an analytical chemist at Pfizer Inc., a pharmaceutical company in Groton, Connecticut. William and his wife, Anita, established and operated a certified organic farm in Connecticut for twelve years before moving to the Bloomington area in 2017.  William looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for farming, science education, and his faith with all the people associated with Saint Benedicts.