Meet the Team
email@example.com Mrs. Beth Birkemeier is the newest tutor at Saint Anthony. . She first graduated from Ottawa-Glandorf High School and later University of Dayton. Mrs. Birkemeier lived and taught at Kalida before coming here. She chose teaching because she had teachers that she looked up to, and wanted to be positive role model like them. Being a teacher was her dream job. Her favorite subject in school was Math.
Mrs. Birkemeier is married and has seven children. Mrs. Birkemeier loves St. Anthony’s because she is surrounded by polite people. She also likes being able to attend mass. Her favorite vacation spot is Hocking Hills State Park. Mrs. Birkemeier’s favorite food is pizza.
Mrs. Sharon Farthing instructs Music at Saint Anthony of Padua School. She is 46 years of age. Her most memorable time was having her children. She has 3 girls and 1 boy. She is originally from Miller City. When she was a child, her dream job was to be a Music teacher and that is what she is today. Her favorite hobbies are music and crafts. Her favorite meal is pizza, chips, and Dr. Pepper, and her favorite vacation place is Mexico. This is a little bit about Sharon’s life.
Mrs. Farthing has one degree in Music Education K-12. She has been a teacher for a total of 16 years. She has been a music teacher for 9 years, and before that she was a substitute teacher for 7 years. Our previous music teacher, Mrs. Schnipke, invited Mrs. Farthing to come be our music teacher when she was leaving. Before she began teaching at our school, she taught at Manatee County Schools, Florida, Liberty-Benton Local Schools, and Pandora-Gilboa. Mrs. Farthing’s favorite thing about our school is the friendliness and kindness of the staff and students.
Some of her long term goals are to continue improving her musical skill and sharing her gifts with others. Our staff and students hope she will continue to be our music teacher for future years to come.
Hello! My name is Jill Ricker and I am the physical educator at St. Anthony. I played basketball and softball for Kalida High School and college basketball for The Ohio State University-Lima. I love watching and playing all kinds of sports.
I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003, where I earned an A.A., B.S., and MEd in Physical Education. I landed my first teaching job at Ohio University-Athens, where I taught in the physical education teacher education program for 5 years. Then, I taught physical education at The University of Notre Dame for 2 years. I got married in 2009 and my husband and I decided to move back to Kalida. I coached college volleyball at The Ohio University-Lima for 7 years. Additionally, I enjoy teaching online courses in the Physical Education Department and Coaching Education Program for Ohio University.
In 2012, we welcomed our daughter Riley into the world. This was a bittersweet moment because I was in a lot of pain and had to have an emergency C-section. It was not until 3 days later that doctors discovered I had a ruptured appendix. I had to undergo another major surgery and spent 13 long days in the hospital. Up to this point in my life, I had been very active. It took me 2 long years to recover. Since my ruptured appendix, I have had some unusual medical illnesses but most recently I have been diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease. This year on St. Patrick ’s Day were blessed with a baby boy, Parker. I feel very blessed to have a loving family and be teaching at St. Anthony.