STAFF

MARIE SMITH
Headmistress & Teacher

Mrs. Smith has a Master's Degree in Information & Library Science and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts Degree with minors in Chemistry and Math.  

 

She has worked for six years as a faculty member Taft College, along with California State University Bakersfield and Antelope Valley College.  Marie worked at Kern County Library as an administrator for various branch libraries for five years.  

 

Mrs. Smith is also a life-professed member of the Third Order Dominicans, Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapter at Thomas Aquinas College.  As a homeschool classical educator for over twenty years raising seven children in the Catholic faith and teaching religious education at local parishes; she enjoys fostering a love for the Truth.

 

Sursum Corda - "Lift Up Your Hearts!"

RACHEL HOWE

Teacher

Mrs. Howe, a Bakersfield native, is married and has 3 wonderful boys.  She has 8 years of classical homeschool teaching experience and was an integral part of the successful SJVA inaugural year having taught the afternoon session of the 1st/2nd grade class.  


She enriched her lessons with many hands-on and engaging activities.  This upcoming year she will become the full day 1st/2nd grade teacher.  

LAURA HALBUR

Teacher

Mrs. Halbur was born in Northern California, but also grew up in Texas, Hawaii, and Southern California.  In 1992, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, Education and then earned California Multiple Subject and Learning Handicap teaching credentials. 


While in college she felt called to answer the need for religious education teachers.  That began the many years of leading the young and young-at-heart in both the parish and home setting.  After teaching overseas in 1993-94 with her newlywed husband, Mrs. Halbur began her vocation as an at-home wife and mother.  She started homeschooling with a Catholic classical curriculum in 2000. 


As much as she loves singing, reading and cooking hypoallergenic, nutrient dense foods for her family, she loves being a grandmother even more.  With her two oldest daughters married and living on their own, Mrs. Halbur lives with her husband and youngest two daughters in Bakersfield. 


She looks forward to a wonderful year, as it is an honor to teach at St. John Vianney Academy.

SARAH KAISER

Teacher

Mrs. Kaiser was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. After attending traditional school through elementary school, she was homeschooled in grades 7 to 12 in a variety of styles, graduating in 1998.  


Having graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in 2003, she then married her college sweetheart, settled down in southern California and started raising a family. Presently, she home educates her own 6 children, ages ranging from 1-14.


On the side, Mrs. Kaiser has been tutoring and leading high school history discussions with Mother of Divine Grace School for the past 12 years, which she found very rewarding. She looks forward to continuing supporting and teaching classical education through teaching at St. John Vianney Academy!

TERESA GRIMM

Teacher

Mrs. Grimm was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  After attending public schools, she ventured into the unknown and attended Thomas Aquinas College where she met her Califonian husband. Before marrying him, however, she attended Montessori
Teacher’s Preparation of Washington where she obtained certification from the Montessori Institute of America.


After classical homeschooling her children for twenty some years (MODG), she broke the mold and enrolled the second half of her eleven children in the newly formed classical school - Saint Therese Carmelite School in Alhambra, Ca.


For the past five years Mrs. Grimm has volunteered, tutored, substituted and taught at St. Therese. She has also helped the school create the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Montessori classroom.

 

She is a volunteer for The National Right to LIfe League of Southern California and the pro life teen group, Vox Vitae. Favorite past-times include baking wedding cakes and painting pigs. She is very happy now to be settling with her family in Bakersfield, and looks forward to many new adventures in the St. John Vianney community.

HANNAH LUPO

Teacher

Mrs. Lupo was born and raised right here in Bakersfield, California.


After having been educated through Mother of Divine Grace Homeschool, she attended Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia.


Once graduated, Mrs. Lupo taught grades 5-8th grades at Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep School. Soon after she married her best friend.


They now live in Bakersfield.