Ginny Bauer is a paraprofessional in our school.
Ann Cannon is the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development. She also teaches the gifted and talented program to our fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. Ann has a great enthusiasm for learning and is always exploring creative and research-based methods to facilitate student learning. She strives to incorporate new technology in learning with both students and staff in fun and effective ways.
Ann has three children that have attended I.C. School and is an active member of I.C. parish. Professionally, she is a member of NCEA, ARA, and ASCD. She enjoys spending time outdoors camping and hiking.
Stephanie has taught at Immaculate Conception School since 2010, previously teaching for the Fort Smith Public Schools, River Valley Christian School, and Union Christian Academy. She has a BS in Art Education from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a MFA from UALR. A member of the National Art Education Association and Western Arkansas Art Educators, they awarded Stephanie the Arkansas Elementary Art Educator of the Year. She enjoys seeing many of her students win awards each year. A grant from the Arkansas Arts and Humanities was used to create “Let’s Play,” with her RVCS elementary students. This is a freestanding brick sculpture at Creekmore Park.
Stephanie is a member of First Baptist Church, sings in the choir, is Archive Chairman, Prayer Group Leader in the Women’s Ministry, and her Sunday School class. She has competed in Masters Swimming, Road Races, a triathalon, and a century bike race. She loves to travel, having been awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to Japan and the NCTE Travel Grant to China and Japan. She loves to paint in watercolors, garden, and pamper her cats.
Sr. Mary Sarto Gaffney, Library, was born and raised in Ireland. She has three brothers and three sisters. She was educated in the National Public Elementary School System in Ireland and was taught by the Sisters of Mercy at Immaculate Conception Secondary School.
She taught for fourteen years in Mississippi before coming to IC School in 1979. Sister Mary Sarto holds a Master's Standard 10 year Elementary 1-6; Librarian K-12 and she studied Spanish for two years in 2001-03.
Sister Mary Sarto is a member of the Board of Advisors at St. Edward's Mercy Medical Center, a member of National Catholic Education Association and On The Border Reading Council. She serves as a lector and extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and enjoys knitting and reading. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13 is her favorite verse.
Lori Galligan joined I.C.in 2004 as the P.E. Teacher and Basketball Director at I.C. School. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health, Physical Education and Coaching.
Lori enjoys working with children, teaching them how to be healthy and fit while having lots of fun. Lori believes children also have many opportunities in P.E. to practice good social skills including teamwork, honesty, kindness, and fair play– skills that will serve them well in all areas of their lives. The best part of her job is that she gets to connect with every student each week, throughout their seven years at I.C.
Prior to working at I.C., Lori was a Physical Education Teacher in the Fort Smith Public School System. In her spare time Lori likes to be outside having fun with her husband, John and their two sons, Zak and Parker, who also attended I.C. School.
Amelia Hamm is a Paraprofessional. She says that "Working in a school environment with young children brings out my better qualities and gifts."
She is married to Gary, and they are active members of IC Church. They have 4 children and many beautiful grandchildren. She was a Surgical Assistant for Oral Surgeons for 7 years and a paraprofessional at Albert Pike and Morrison School before coming to join our IC School family. She loves to go to Lake Quachita to enjoy all of it's beauty and water fun.
Becky Johnson, 3-6 Art, Mrs. Johnson also teaches 7-9 grade Art at Trinity Junior High and was the sponsor for Cher and/or Drill Teams at Trinity since 1995. She grew up and was educated at St. Boniface Elementary School, attended St. Scholastica until it closed, then attended her Senior year and graduated from St. Anne's Academy in 1969.
She attended Westark for 1 year, then graduated from University of Central Arkansas with a B.S.E. Degree, Art/English. She taught high school Art and English for 6 1/2 years in Clarendon, Arkansas before being hired at IC in 1983. Mrs. Johnson was awarded the Arkansas Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award, the Arkansas Art Educator's Distinguished Service Award and sees many of her students win awards every year.
She is a member of Arkansas Art Educators, National Art Education Association, and National Catholic Educators Association. She has two children who attended IC School and enjoys calligraphy, baking breads, and motorcycle rides. Mrs. Johnson says "I can't imagine a better place than the Immaculate Conception/Trinity Junior High community to work and spend my days."
Dian Ketter is our resident "Computer Lady." When a computer has a glitch, she's on the job. She teaches computer skills to grades K-6. The children learn everything from the parts of a computer, keyboarding skills, how to work in Word, Paint, all the way up to producing a PowerPoint presentation.
Mrs. Ketter is involved in many class projects, research papers - anything involving computers. She started working at IC in 1988 as a Kindergarten teacher and taught 1st and 3rd grades before moving to the Computer Lab. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Arkansas Tech, K-6 with Middle School Social Studies, plus 28 hours in IT from University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. She is married and has 2 sons and 2 daughters.
She is member of National Catholic Educator Association and is active in her parish choir and Sigma Alpha Chi Honor Society. When she's not working on our computers Mrs. Ketter enjoys reading, playing with her grandchildren and listening to music. Her favorite quote is "Teachers make all other professions possible."
Matt Mondier playing guitar with the choir in the Fall of 2008 and then began teaching music at I.C. in the spring of 2009. He is also the director of music for the LIFETEEN Mass. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music from UA Fort Smith, where he majored in guitar. He also offers private lessons for individulas after school. When not working with music, he enjoys reading and watching movies.
Patty O'Brien, has worn many hats since joining our family in 1980 - Day Care Director/Liaison, Bookkeeper/Secretary, 1st Grade & Kindergarten Aide before becoming our Religion Teacher in 2003. In the past she has also been our PTO President, served as School Board Secretary and Parish Council Secretary.
She has worked with R.C.I.A., is a Eucharistic Minister and helps with P.R.E. She has an Advanced Certificate in Religion and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology through St. Gregory's University. She has an A.A.R.T. from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California and an A.A. from U.A.F.S.
She is married and has 2 children that graduated from IC School. She is a member of A.A.R.T. & C.A.R.T. and has supported our community through Junior League, Literacy Council, Girls Scouts, St. Edwards Auxiliary, Meals On Wheels, D.A.R. and Colonial Dames. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, and photography. She is quoted saying, "Never hurry, never raise your voice; give everyone and every task your full attention."
Susan Schulte, Learning Lab, She began teaching 2nd grade at IC School in 1986. In 1998 she started our Learning Lab. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Hendrix College and a M.S. in Special Education, Mildly Handicapped K-12, from the University of Arkansas.
Before joining our IC School family she taught the Resource Room for 3 years at City Heights Elementary, Van Buren and 5 1/2 years at Raymond Orr Elementary, Fort Smith, and also taught learning disabled children in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children - LD Division.
Mrs. Schulte was given the Lula Malone Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in the field of Special Education, 1984; was put in the ACEI Hall of Excellence in 1997, and was awarded a Community Grant for her work with puppets.
She enjoys doing calligraphy, reading, and watching baseball. She also likes to cook and entertain. Mrs. Shulte's favorite quotes are "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right" and "There's always room at the top."