The teaching staff maintains state certification appropriate to their teaching assignments. They also participate in diocesan workshops to increase their knowledge of theology and the methodology that enables them to creatively teach their classes. The teachers use a variety of methods in all subjects to help children achieve their full potential. Children know that their teachers are supportive and will use gentle guidance as they try new things. Independent thinking is encouraged by all of the teachers as they guide their students through the day. Due to our staff, St. Mary’s Visitation School is a warm, nurturing place to learn.
Mrs. Dee Sundstrom
Mrs. Dee Sundstrom and teaches our Preschool students. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Central Michigan University in 1991 with Minors in Language Arts and Creative Arts. After she graduated, she attained an Early Childhood Endorsement (ZA) from Grand Valley State University in 1997 as well as her K-12 Special Education Endorsement (and ECSE) in 2007. She has been teaching for a total of eighteen years: thirteen of which, have been with St. John Vianney School. She was a Paraprofessional with Kentwood Public Schools for two years and a Substitute Teacher for three years. She filled in for several maternity leaves for Kentwood. Her experience includes teaching Young Fives and Kindergarten for two years.
Mrs. Jessica BeVier - Kindergarten
Our kindergarden teacher, Mrs. BeVier has been with SMV for 5 years but has been teaching for over 20 years. Most of her experience has been in Early Childhood (preschool through 2nd grade). She worked at a Chicago Public School for 5 years as a second grade teacher. Mrs. BeVier has a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Child Development as well as a Teaching Certification in K-6th grade. She lives in the Dorr area with her two children, who attend SMV, and her husband Tadd. As a family, they enjoy going for hikes, riding bikes, and watching movies. Mrs. BeVier is also a involved in our STEM club as well as helping out in many other areas with SMV!
Mrs. Bontomasi - 1st & 2nd Grade
Mrs. Bontomasi is currently our 1 st /2 nd grade teacher. She has been teaching for over ten years. She
received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with minors in Language Arts and Early
Childhood from Eastern Michigan University. She has been married for 22 years to her husband Victor
and they have three children. They reside in Byron Center and members of St. Sebastian Catholic
Church. When Mrs. Bontomasi is not teaching, she enjoys going to the beach, knitting, and spending
time with family.
Mr. Jon DiLorenzo - 3rd & 4th Grade
Mr. DiLorenzo comes to our 3rd/4th Grade Classroom in 2018. He was born and raised in Grand Rapids MI. He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary School from preschool throught the 8th grade. Mr. DiLorenzo then went on to Catholic Central High School. He graduated from Grand Valley State University. He has been in education for 18 years, four of which were in the 5th/6th grade at Immaculate Heart of Mary. Jon and his wife, Jessica, along with their son, Carson attend St. Paul the Apostle Church in Grand Rapids. He loves spending time with his family and their 2 year old Boston Terrier, Lola.
Mrs. Amanda Nickels - 5th & 6th Grade
Mrs. Nickels teaches the 5th and 6th grade combined classroom and has been teaching at SMV for 24 years. She is also an SMV alum, which at the time was called Holy Family School. She served as a teacher's aide at SMV while earning her Bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University in Elementary Education and Integrated Science. She's been married to her husband, Brian, for 14 years, and they are members of the SMV Parish. Mrs. Nickels is proud to have the dual role of being an SMV parent with her three children currently attending SMV School. In her spare time, she enjoys decorating for theme parties and weddings with her sister, gardening and reading.
Mrs. Schlosser is the principal of our school. She has more than 16 years of educational experience. 14 of those have been dedicated to Catholic Education. She earned her Masters degree from GVSU. She has a school administrator certificate as well as a professional teaching certificate. She also holds and advanced catechist certificate from the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Beth and her husband, Tom have two boys, Hunter and Austin. They are currently members of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Grand Rapids.
Sheri E. Jaffurs, Ph.D - Assistant Principal
Dr. Jaffurs holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University. Besides duties as assistant principal, Dr. Jaffurs is the teacher mentor for STREAM, Liturgical Music Director, and member of Foundation and Grant Committee for our schools. She recently completed Google Educator and Grant Writing Courses. Sheri is coordinator for STREAM implementation and choir director for weekly school Masses. She has more than 25 years’ experience, teaching preschool through university level students. Additionally, as a certified Blackboard online instructor she designed and taught several online courses for University of Michigan-Flint and while teaching at Farmington Public Schools. Sheri is married with two children and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Sherry Schricker - Secretary (M-W)
Mrs. Schricker has been with St. Mary's Visitation as a shared time administrative assistant since April of 2013. She is married and has 6 children, all of whom attended SMV School. She has, as a parent, worn many hats in the building over the past 20+ years. She is a parishioner of St. Mary's Visitation Church as well. You will see her at the front desk on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. In her free time, she enjoys helping her kids and husband on the family farm as her children are very active in 4H and FFA, spending time with her granddaughters and family, as well as reading, camping and scrapbooking.
Miss Amanda Andres (Th-F)
Miss Andres joined St. Mary's Visitation as a shared time administrative assistant Since August of 2019. She will be in the office during normal school hours on Thursdays and Fridays. She is currently attending WMU College, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business. She is cradle Catholic at St. Mary's Visitation Church. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, movies, and spending time with her friends/family.