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University High School is excited to introduce two new staff members who will join our community this fall. Please join us in welcoming Patricia Mansfield and Benjamin Vesper!

MEET Patricia Mansfield, School Counselor

Patricia Mansfield will be a part-time school counselor at University High School thanks to a partnership with Riverview Health. Mansfield is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who comes to University with a great deal of experience working in local schools. Mansfield has a bachelor’s degree in physical education/health from the University of Indianapolis and master’s degrees in physical education/health, counseling, and school administration from Butler University.

Mansfield has ten years of experience coaching and judging high school gymnastics, and she herself was a competitive baton twirler in high school and a feature twirler in high school and college. Once, she twirled on top of Fishers Elementary School (when she was a principal there) to celebrate students turning off the TV and meeting their reading goals.

“I am looking forward to meeting and working with University students, faculty, and staff promoting positive mental health,” said Mansfield “There are so many amazing activities already taking place at University to help students be healthy and take on the challenges that are a part of being a teen in today’s world. I am excited to support the efforts already in place and provide additional interventions, resources, strategies, and tools to help build student knowledge and self-confidence and lead them to success.”

MEET Ben Vesper, Instructional Assistant in learning support services

Benjamin Vesper will be an instructional assistant in the Learning Support Services department at University High School starting this fall. Vesper earned bachelor’s degrees in history and political science from The College of Wooster in 2018, and he is a 2014 alumnus of University High School (and the eldest child of Associate Head of School David Vesper!). In the 2020-21 school year, Vesper worked as a teacher’s aide in the history department and a long-term substitute in the math department. He also co-taught “The Worst of American History,” a 2021 J-Term (May Edition) course, with Mr. FitzGibbon and Mrs. Webster.

In addition to his past experience at University High School, Vesper is also a Fire Direction Officer and an artilleryman in the Indiana Army National Guard. In his free time, Vesper enjoys playing board games and listening to classical music.

“I’m excited to get to know the University High School students as things start to get back to normal,” said Vesper.