"A real teacher is he who knows how to enrich the mind with thoughts, to illuminate it, and instill virtues in the disciple's heart."
St. Bonaventure, De reductione artium
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Justin was born and raised right here in Louisville, Kentucky and somehow managed to escape being a die hard Louisville or Kentucky fan. He attended a private Catholic school for most of grade school and high school and he homeschooled one-on-one with his father, Tim Fout, for the last two years of high school. He was involved in various sports, youth and pro-life activities throughout high school. He co-founded a youth group, received the Eagle Scout award and served as co-president of Kentucky Youth for Life. Justin attended Magdalen College in New Hampshire, a Great Books Liberal Arts program earning the Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005 while also successfully completing the four year catechetical program earning the Diploma for Religious Instruction authorized by the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy. After graduation, he served as the Admissions Assistant at his Alma Mater, traveling the country meeting with prospective students and their families and helping to recruit one of the largest freshmen classes in the college's history. Returning to Kentucky, he was the Youth Minister and Coordinator of Religious Education at St. Christopher parish in Radcliff and for the past few years has played a key role at Ignite Your Torch, a national Catholic youth conference. He also served as one of the main organizers of Louisville Young Catholics (LYC). In addition to his great love for the youth, extensive youth experience, and his Liberal Arts background, he also brings with him eight years of private sector business experience. Justin is married to the former Elizabeth Lewis. Their first child, Leo, is almost two and another is on the way. Justin is excited to serve the teachers, parents and students in his new role as principal. His goal is to help lead the students to the true, the good and the beautiful and ultimately to Jesus Christ.
Mrs. Parkinson is a native of Kentucky with a passion for serving God's children. She has experience in youth ministry and leadership, organizing and leading events for teenagers, and she is a graduate of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts where she received a B.A. in Literature. Mrs. Parkinson has spent a semester studying classical literature and poetry in Rome and has participated in an in-depth study of the history, literature and spirituality of Catholic Britain at Oxford University. She is very happy to take part in Immaculata's mission to cultivate beauty, truth, and goodness in the hearts and minds of each of God's children. Mrs. Parkinson taught fourth grade at Immaculata prior to taking over as Director of Instruction and Admissions.
Mrs. Connie Mamie moved to Kentucky from eastern Ohio after her husband's retirement to be near her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren. However, after being hired by Immaculata Classical Academy, it was obvious this was where God wanted her to be. Connie would tell you that teaching at Immaculata is, was, and will be one of the most important events in her life. Not only was she truly allowed to teach children with and without disabilities in a Christian way, she found the true church, and coverted to the Catholic faith only months after beginning to teach. Connie knows that the example of the staff, students, and families, the selection of the curriculum, and the urging of the Holy Spirit had a tremendous effect on her search for the true church. By her example, her husband also embraced the Catholic faith. They are members of The Church of the Annunciation in Shelbyville, Kentucky, where they live. Connie started teaching in 2000 after having the advantage of being a stay at home mom during the years her daughter was growing up. She holds a BS from Ohio University in elementary education with a concentration in math and a MA in Special Education from West Virginia University. Connie loves teaching all levels of education at Immaculata, because all the children brighten her day life rays of sunshine and truly are the illumination of Beauty, Truth, and Goodness and the glory and majesty of God's creation.
Sr. Caryn, is a Louisville native and attended the University of Louisville and has over 12 years experience teaching. She worked for six years with Sacred Heart Preschool before joining the Immaculata staff and brings an abundance of joy and enthusiasm to the school. While it is a challenge to have several 3 year-olds walk down the hallway properly, Sr. Caryn makes it look easy! Her talent for working with small children has allowed her to benefit from their joy and liveliness. Additionally, her faith life serves as an example to the students and strives to make her love for Our Lord evident in all she does.
Mrs. Parr comes to us with a wealth of experience. She has enjoyed working with children for 40 years and has made it her mission to focus on each child’s uniqueness and God given gifts. She attended the University of Louisville and in addition to teaching Kindergarten for 15 years, she was a professional nanny and tutor for 25 years. Mrs. Parr has always had a great love for the beauty, truth and goodness found in the Arts. Her classroom is alive with music, art and movement which, along with her firm understanding of traditional pedagogical techniques, emphasizes the great excitement and curiosity about life that are the particular gifts of children. In addition to her classroom experience, Mrs. Parr studied and taught dance for more than 20 years. She has written, directed, choreographed and produced many plays. Additionally, she has served as a High School Drama Club moderator, High School Retreat Leader, CCD Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher and 4H Camp Counselor. She has studied music with the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and preformed in the National Catholic Handbell Festival. Most importantly, she brings to the school great enthusiasm and passion for education along with a deep love of and commitment to the Faith.
1st Grade: Mrs. Laurie Dant
Mrs. Laurie Dant is originally from Texas. She attended Texas Tech University and Sam Houston State University. She married Joseph Dant, moved to Kentucky and began her teaching career after raising her two daughters who are now grown, married and have blessed her with 4 lovely grandchildren. Mrs. Dant has 15 years of experience teaching primary grades. She has received training in the “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” and has implemented this beautiful program in the first grade at Immaculata Classical Academy. Throughout her years of teaching, Mrs. Dant has grown in her faith by learning from her students who always respond so wholeheartedly to the love of Christ and the wonder of His creation.
2nd Grade: Ms. Dawn Renner
Dawn Renner is the proud mother of three, Angelina , Noah and Gabriel . In 2006 Ms. Renner felt the call to become a foster parent and only days after completing the foster parent classes Noah was placed in her home, a year later Gabriel arrived and in 2010 Angelina joined the family. Dawn graduated from St. Bernard’s Grade School, Assumption High School and earned her B.S. and M. A. in Elementary Education at Spalding University. Dawn has taught in Louisville area Catholic Schools for 15 years. The Renner’s are members of St. Bartholomew parish and Dawn has participated in many children’s mysteries such as Vacation Bible School and Children’s Church. She also started a tradition at St. Bartholomew of inviting the parish children to a birthday party for Jesus; an afternoon filled with stories, crafts, birthday cake and a fun faithful way to remember the true reason for Christmas. Ms. Renner believes that children are one of Gods greatest gifts and feels very blessed to have the opportunity to teach all of God’s children.
3rd Grade: Miss Kate Steinel
Miss Steinel is from a small village in Southeast Ohio where she was home educated using Seton Home Study. She attended St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania where she majored in Early Childhood Education. One of the highlight of college for Miss Steinel was the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Taiwan and China. The focus of the trip was children. Miss Steinel was able to work with many different groups, including teaching in a mountain village in Taiwan and caring for sick, dying, and disabled orphans in China. She is passionate about Catholic education and is excited to begin teaching third grade at Immaculata in the fall.
4th Grade: Mr. Ian Kosko
Ian Kosko comes from the central Ohio, where were cultivated in him both the love for the outdoors and the fulness of the Faith. He was received into the Catholic Church by the Dominican Fathers in Columbus in 2010, and his understanding and appreciation of the Church's Faith have been deepened by his time at Thomas More College in Merrimack, NH. There he focused on Latin and the Church Fathers while studying the Liberal Arts, and is very excited to contribute to a community that likewise educates the whole person, understood in the light of Christ, in all that is truly human.
5th Grade: Mrs. Anne Barrientos
Mrs. Barrientos was born and raised in Ohio. Prior to being widowed, she was an army wife for 22 years and was blessed with the opportunity to teach 4th grade in Korea. She was a mother of six children prior to being widowed. After God called her to remarry, she was graced with four more children. She and her family currently live in Elizabethtown and enjoy taking care of their chickens, dogs, cats, and rabbit. Mrs. Barrientos received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Mary Hardin-Baylor University in Belton, Texas. She has homeschooled her children for 15 years according to the classical model of Mother of Divine Grace. Mrs. Barrientos is looking forward to participating in Immaculata’s mission to make saints—all for the glory of God!
6th Grade: Mr. Joshua Kenz
Mr. Kenz was born and raised in Southern California. He studied liberal arts at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, where he developed a deep love for classical liberal education and deepened his love for the Catholic faith. He studied for a M.A in Philosophy & Theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California and is writing his thesis on the Dignity of the Human Person and the Common Good. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking, hunting and fishing. He is honored to contribute to the mission of Immaculata Academy and to help foster a similar love for the faith and truth in his students.
Mrs. Morris earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Kentucky and her Master of Arts in Philosophy from Holy Apostles College & Seminary. Along with her husband, Mitch, and three of her four children, Evan, Mark and Jacob, she resides in Springfield and attends St. Dominic parish. She served as an accountant and adjunct philosophy instructor at St. Catharine College up until their recent closure in June 2016. Prior to serving at SCC she homeschooled her children using the classical education model, and is passionate about integrating the Catholic faith into every subject. Serving as a middle school Language Arts, Literature, Math and Latin teacher, Julie is joyfully looking forward to serving Our Lady at Immaculata Classical Academy and working with the wonderful children entrusted to her care.
Dr. Hermann Frieboes: Upper School Theology
Dr. Hermann Frieboes, Ph.D., has a faculty appointment in Bioengineering at the University of Louisville, focusing on cancer research. Dr. Frieboes holds a Master’s degree in Moral Theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary, as well as a Certificate in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center. His doctoral studies are in Biomedical Engineering, and he holds undergraduate degrees in engineering and the computer and physical sciences. In addition, he has extensive work experience in engineering design, development and management. In the last several years, Dr. Frieboes and his wife Laura have been involved in adult religious education, offering presentations and courses on various topics such as faith and reason, development of science and the Church, relationship between science and religion, ethics in business and the workplace, current medical issues, and bioethics.
Jerry Salyer: Upper School Math/Science
Jerry Salyer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from Miami University and his master's degree from the Great Books Program of St. John’s College in Annapolis. A veteran of six years in the US Navy, Jerry has navigated ships during all kinds of weather, deployed to the Persian Gulf, and served as an assistant security officer at the American naval base in Naples, Italy. With his roots being in Kentucky, Jerry resolved to settle here in the Bluegrass State following his time overseas. As an educator Jerry's experience includes tutoring for the physics department of Eastern Kentucky University, lecturing on logic and ethics at Jefferson Community and Technical College, and teaching a course on the history of science for Louisville Classical Academy. His freelance writing has been featured in journals such as Catholic World Report, an online publication of Ignatius Press. Jerry and his wife Mariya have been blessed with three children.
Mrs. Jacoby was born and raised in Louisville. She has both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Louisville. She has always loved teaching and has enjoyed 37 years in that profession. After retiring from the Jefferson County Public Schools, she moved to Florida to care for elderly family members. She then taught in Florida for the Catholic schools and for The School of the Immaculata in St. Petersburg. When grandchildren began to arrive, she and her husband of 40 years decided that it was more important to be near them than living in “paradise.” She loves being at Immaculata and can think of no higher calling in life than to help influence young people to find the right path academically and spiritually. After so many years in public schools, she understands the important mission of Immaculata Classical Academy and the superior education students receive in a classical Catholic school. She is excited to be part of the faculty and mission of Immaculata.
Mrs. Lampe fulfilled a lifelong dream to become a science teacher when she graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.A. in Biology and secondary education. Not long afterward, Shelley and Jeff, her husband of 25 years, converted to the Catholic Faith, and have since been blessed with six children. Shelley began teaching cin 1992 at a private Catholic academy where she taught courses in Biology, Physical Science, Health, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and middle school sciences. After the birth of the Lampe’s sixth child, who has Down syndrome, in 2006, Shelley entered graduate school at the University of Kentucky to earn a teaching certificate in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, allowing her to work one on one with children with Down syndrome and their families providing services as a Developmental Interventionist. Mrs. Lampe loves science and math, relating it to the Faith, and working with both children and young adults.
Jared Meyer is a sixth-generation California native and had never lived anywhere else before moving his family to Louisville in 2013 to work at Immaculata. He teaches Classics, Latin, and modern literature; he is also happy to put his ten years of filmmaking experience to good use as the in-house videographer. Mr. Meyer studied old books and dead languages at UC Berkeley and he will likely work a tortured reference to Herodotus into the conversation if you talk to him long enough. He, his wife, and their six children are thrilled to be a part of the Immaculata family.
Mr. Keith Parkinson: Upper School Humanities
Mr. Keith Parkinson studied philosophy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and the classical liberal arts at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH. He teaches courses primarily in modern history, and also in Latin, English literature, and philosophy. He is particularly interested in the Catholic and humanistic responses to characteristic modern errors. As an enthusiast for classical education, he has done freelance work for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s "Choosing the Right College 2014-2015" and is proud and excited to contribute to the educational mission of Immaculata. Mr. Parkinson, a Louisville transplant, lives in the Highlands with his wife, Mary Parkinson, who also serves at Immaculata.
Mrs. LeaAnn Luce, Lower & Upper School Art
Having been artistically inclined from the beginning, Mrs. Luce brought lots of experience into collegiate art studies at University of Kentucky and Sullivan College. She has participated in countless arts shows and classes, earning awards for her work. To avoid becoming a "starving artist" Mrs. Luce moved into the business side of art, working as a manager at the Frame House Gallery. She met her husband, nationally known artist Richard Luce, and began publishing his work and marketing prints in 1986. In 1998, when a friend suggested she teach art to Catholic homeschooled children, Mrs. Luce felt it was both a calling and a challenge, which she gratefully accepted.
Mr. Jacobs, Upper School Choir and First Grade Ward Method
Mr. Jacobs is originally from and currently residing in Louisville, KY along with his wife, Amanda, and three children; Nine (who is in Kindergarten at Immaculata), Penelope and Basil. He earned his degree in Accounting at the University of Louisville but ultimately chose a career path in music and that of serving the Church. He is the Director of Music and parish administrator at St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church. Stephen has held this position for the past 6 years. The St. Michael Choir is a volunteer choir with about 40 voices and sing acapella. This is his second year teaching part-time at Immaculata and first year coaching varsity volleyball. Stephen says this opportunity of teaching and helping to form these students has been a blessing for him and his family.
Lesa Dailey, Administrative Assistant
Sara Hamilton, Director of Development