Get to know our Theology Department below.

Department Highlights

  • New electives have been added in Church History Through the Saints and Ecumenism & Inter-religious Dialogue.
  • The Mission Trip, that takes place every summer, is a good way for students to extend their service work to other parts of the country.
  • Campus Ministry helps to prepare liturgies.
  • Senior Marriage Proposals give the students a chance to experience some of the difficulties with relationships.
  • Every year the freshman gather for the Freshman Retreat Day and it is a way for them to be welcomed into the ND family and bond with each other.
  • Sophomore Retreat Day is a continuance of the Freshman Retreat Day and follows the same concept.
  • Emmaus Retreat (Juniors) is a good way for the juniors to continue on their spiritual road and grow as a class.
  • Kairos Retreat (Seniors) is the final retreat offered at ND and is a way for seniors to really open up to each other and bond as a class.
  • Dual Credit Senior Theology is offered through SLU and transfers to other colleges as well.
  • Women in God’s Service (WiNGS) is offered for ND girls. It is a way for the young women of ND to grow in their relationship with God and learn how to be strong women in their faith.¬† WiNGS is very active with community service projects.
  • The Men’s Club meets on the first Friday of each month and offers an opportunity for the ND men to strengthen their faith and their role as Christian men.

Theology Department Staff

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Laura Halter
Member of the Theology Department
Contact Number:
335-6772 ext. 518
Title(s):
Member of the Theology Department
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Classes: Theology III

Additional Duties: Senior Class Co-Moderator; Emmaus Retreat Coordinator; Athletes Give Back Co-Moderator; Pro-Life Moderator

Degree: B.S. in Education from Southeast Missouri State University

Professional Memberships: National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 10 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Sarah Strohmeyer
Member of the Theology Department
Director of Campus Ministry
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 517
Title(s):
Member of the Theology Department
Director of Campus Ministry
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Classes: Theology IV

Additional Duties: Summer Mission Trip Coordinator; Kairos Retreat Director; Franciscan Mission Trip Coordinator

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. from Maryville University; M.A. in Religious Education from Loyola University; Master Level Catechist Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

Recognitions: VFW Teacher of the Year (2012); Cape Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year (2017); Diocesan Teacher of the Year (2018)

Professional Memberships: National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 19 Years of Service to Notre Dame High School

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Gail Timpe
Member of the Theology Department
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 667
Title(s):
Member of the Theology Department
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Classes: Theology II

Additional Duties: Sophomore Class Co-Moderator; Women in God’s Service (WinGS) moderator; Sophomore Homeroom 517

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in Special Ed. from Quincy University

Professional Memberships: Missouri Association for the Education of Young Children; National Association of Special Education Teachers; National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 4 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Paul Unterreiner ’02
Member of the Theology and P.E./Health Departments
Boys Basketball Varsity Head Coach
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 102
Title(s):
Member of the Theology and P.E./Health Departments
Boys Basketball Varsity Head Coach
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Classes: Individual/Team Sports, Franciscan Leadership Class

Additional Duties: Men’s Club Co-Moderator;¬†Student Council Co-Moderator

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in Secondary Ed. from Southeast Missouri State; M.A. in Secondary Administration from William Woods University; CPR and First-Aid certified Professional Memberships: Missouri Basketball Coaches Association; National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 12 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Matt Vollink ’97
Member of the Social Studies and Theology Departments
Boys Soccer Varsity Head Coach
Girls Soccer Assistant Coach
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 515
Title(s):
Member of the Social Studies and Theology Departments
Boys Soccer Varsity Head Coach
Girls Soccer Assistant Coach
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Classes: Theology I and Philosophy

Additional Duties: Men’s Club Co-Moderator

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. from Quincy University; CPR certified

Professional Memberships: Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association; National Soccer Coaches Association; National Catholic Educational Association

Recognitions: Notre Dame Athletic Hall of Fame member; Quincy Top 25 Players

2019-2020: 18 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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