Mrs. Sarah Striemer

My name is Sarah Striemer.  I attended Minnesota State University-Mankato where I earned by Elementary Education degree.  Recently, I graduated from St. Mary’s University with my master’s degree in Educational Leadership.  St. John Vianney Catholic School has been a part of my life from the beginning of my teaching career.  I began teaching here during the 2002-2003 school year in 1st grade.  I spent two years with the first graders and then moved upstairs to the 4th grade classroom.  I taught 4th grade for 12 years.  Now, I am so blessed to say that I have my dream job of being the principal at SJV.  I am so grateful that I get to come to a place that is as wonderful as SJV every day.  What makes me even more happy is that all four of my children are a part of SJV as well.  My husband, Jay and I, have four children. Isaac and Gabriel currently attend MCW, after graduating from SJV. Our twins, Clare and Jonah, are in 6th grade at SJV.


Fr. Andrew Beerman

 Fr. Andrew Beerman graduated from St. James High School in St. James and attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona. He studied theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, while attending the North American College Seminary. While in Rome he received a license in the field of moral theology. He was ordained in 1996 and has served as parochial vicar in Rochester, pastor of St. Catherine’s in Luverne and St. Mary’s in Ellsworth, dean of formation/vice rector and then rector at IHM Seminary, pastor of St. Adrian in Adrian, St. Anthony in Lismore, Our Lady of Good Counsel in Wilmont and St. Kilian in St. Kilian. He was appointed to be pastor at St. John Vianney and Holy Family on December 20, 2016. He has two sisters and one brother, but both of his parents are deceased. Other responsibilities in the diocese include: spiritual director of Pathways TEC,and coordinator of Totus Tuus in Winona Diocese.

Mrs. Yonna Ruschy

My name is Yonna Ruschy I have lived in Martin County since 1995 and grew up in Chetek, Wisconsin. I went to school at UW-STOUT and graduated with a BS in Early Childhood Education with a minor in coaching.

My teaching experience has been with various age ranges and classrooms including working at a Hutterite colony, Jackson Public School, Immanuel Lutheran School and subbing in multiple towns. My husband, who I met in college, is Brian Ruschy and we have been married since 1995. When my daughter was born, I decided to stay home. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my dog and cats. My family enjoys short trips & just spending time together. I am excited & delighted to be back working with your children. For them to learn they need to be engaged and challenged. One way that we can do this is by sharing your expertise, if there is anything that you would like to come and share in our classroom please let me know. I am looking forward to being in the pre-school classroom and at St. John Vianney School.

Karrie Eckles

Hi, I am Karrie Eckles.  I’m excited to be a part of the St. John Vianney family this year.  I will be working in the preschool room as a para.  I also am happy to say I will be greeting all the children every day in the lunch room, and will be the recess supervisor. I am formally from Blue Earth, MN.  My family and I have just relocated to the Fairmont area and love it here!  My husband Bill and I have 2 children. Landen who is 14, and Faith who is 6. After high school, I attended a Community College and worked 11.5 yrs doing cosmetology.  Of those 11.5 yrs I also did massage therapy for 4 yrs.  When my son was 3 years old, I decided to stay home and raise him.  Then when my daughter got into school I knew it was time to get back in the working field.  I am beyond ecstatic to be working with this great group of kids, and can’t wait to see what they all have in store for me at SJV!!!!

Ms. Shelby Thiner

I grew up in St. James, MN. After graduating from high school, I attended and graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a degree in Early Childhood (birth-3rd grade) and a reading licensure (kindergarten-12th grade). Throughout my teaching journey so far, I have taught either kindergarten or preschool in Ivanhoe, MN, Jackson, MN, and Jordan, MN. I am enjoying my time being here at Fairmont and at SJV! During my spare time I enjoy reading, baking, listening to music, and shopping!

Mrs. Mary Betts

I was born and raised in Fairmont.  I went to the University of Waseca and graduated with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Pre-Kindergarten.  From there, I went to the University of Minnesota at Mankato and received a BS degree in Elementary Education with concentration in Kindergarten.  I received my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Catherine College.  I enjoy Spending my extra time walking, reading a good book and of course, spending time with my family.  My husband, Paul, and I have 3 children;  Andrea, Mackenzie, and Daniel.

Mrs. Karen Sandhurst

My name is Karen Sandhurst and my education includes attending a one-room school for grades 1-6, a Catholic school in New Ulm for grades 7-12, and then Winona State University. There I earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood, graduating in 1980. I completed my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, MN in 2003.

I married Ron Sandhurst in 1982 and we have three married children – Adam, Kimberly, and Brent. We also have seven grandchildren!

I’ve been teaching at St. John Vianney School since 1982. I really enjoy working in this faith-based community with such great families! I feel called by God to help form children to be disciples of Jesus Christ!

Mrs. Sarah Schiltz

I grew up in Elmore, MN. I attended Mankato State University and earned a BS degree in Elementary Education with a Math concentration. My husband, David, and I like spending time outdoors, traveling, and being with family and friends. I have been teaching at SJV School since 1997. I truly enjoy working with my students and being a part of Catholic education.

Mrs. Meghan Finkbeiner

 I graduated from St. Mary’s High School in O’Neill, Nebraska. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD. I am married to Jaron and we have two children, Tristan and Harrison. I feel blessed to be able to teach at SJV and share my faith with my students, and I look forward to sending my children here when they are old enough!

Ms. Phyllis Surprenant

My name is Phyllis Surprenant. Since 1980 St. John Vianney School has been my home away from home. I say this because we have a wonderful family atmosphere here at SJV. Being able to teach children and help them to realize the many blessings God has given them has been a joy. I grew up in Luverne, MN with four brothers and one sister. After graduating from Luverne High School, I attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. I was a double major in elementary education and theater. A bit of trivia, my graduation day was May 18, 1980 which was the day Mount St. Helens blew up. I have been blessed to teach at St. John Vianney School.

Mrs. Jen Fogelson

I grew up and graduated from Hinckley-Finlayson High School. I went to Southwest State University in Marshall, and received my BS degree in Elementary Education with a math concentration. My husband, Mike, and I have 3 children; Hayley, Tyler and Shelby. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, and camping. I have been teaching at SJV since 2003 and enjoy working with my students to further their education and to help them grow in their Catholic faith.

Ms. Abby Landsteiner


Physical Education

Mrs. Elizabeth Leiding

Hello, my name is Beth Leiding and this is my third year teaching Physical Education here at St. John Vianney!  I was born and raised in Fairmont, attending St. John Vianney School from 1st through 4th grades.  I graduated from Fairmont High School.  I then attended Minnesota State University in Mankato, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and Middle School Math endorsement.  My husband, Josh and I live on the original Leiding family farm and have four daughters: Jaiden (college Sophomore), Gabriella (7th grade), Saige (7th grade) and Amalia (5th grade).  I have taught in various different area schools over the past 17 years, but am thoroughly excited to be returning to my origin! I feel blessed to be teaching in this wonderful school environment, with amazing staff and students, and I look forward to many more years ahead!

School Secretary

Mrs. Kathleen Lockwood

Mrs. Lockwood has been a part of the SJV family for many years as a parent and now she will be a part of the staff.

My husband, Michael, and I have 5 children and have lived in the Fairmont area since 2004. We have had 3 of our 5 children graduate from SJV School and have had one or more of our children at school for 14 years straight. We love SJV School and parish community. This is why I am so excited and honored to be the new school secretary!


Mr. Ron Sandhurst

I graduated from Fulda High School in 1974. I operated a construction and cabinet shop in Fulda till 1980 with 2 cousins and an uncle. I moved to Fairmont and was employed by Tech Builders as a finishing carpenter, working mainly on cabinets and trim. I received my boiler license from Jackson Tech and began working at St. John Vianney in 1984. Over the past years, I upgraded my boiler license to Chief C. Engineer. I feel blessed for my many years at St. John Vianney.


Nicole McCarthick

My name is Nicole McCarthick. I am the Kid Stop Coordinator here at St. John Vianney. I am originally from Mahnomen, MN (a very small town in northern MN). I attended South Dakota State University, in Brookings, SD, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies along with two minors; Gerontology & Leadership and Management of Non-profit Organizations. Prior to moving to Fairmont (for the 2nd time) in 2011, I lived in Brookings, SD; Denver, CO; Fairmont, MN; Sioux Falls, SD & finally back to Fairmont; MN (again). God has blessed me with two boys, Logan (8) & Liam (5), who attend St. John Vianney. The boys and I have four (4) Parakeets and one (1) Cockateil; Timmy, Hammy, Twenty, Pickle, and Uno. My family and I truly enjoy being part of the SJV family.


Lunch/Recess Aide

Mrs. Vanessa Bettin


SJV School Board

Dan Hamlet

Kari Clayton

Abby Rupert

Bob Bishop (Trustee)





Chad McGowan

Vanessa Bettin

Brandon Edmundson