Faculty and Staff
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. Justin and Elizabeth have two children with a third on the way. Justin is excited to serve the teachers, parents and students in his role as principal. His goal is to help lead the students to the true, the good and the beautiful and ultimately to Jesus Christ.
Director of Instruction
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.
Mrs. Ferraro grew up in Indiana, where she still resides with her husband and four children. She attended Purdue University, where she met her husband, Joe through a Christian organization on campus. She earned her B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education and Intervention and then worked as a teacher, both with children and adults, and as an Assistant Director at a child care center. She’s spent most of the last 14 years as a work-at-home mom, where she learned about parenting, organizing, teaching, and managing schedules. Mrs. Ferraro is a member of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church and enjoys attending services, Bible study, and being involved in the community there. The Ferraro children will be attending Immaculata this year and their entire family is excited to be a part of the Immaculata family.
Director of Development
Sara Hamilton is a Louisville native and a revert to the Catholic Faith. After graduating from Bellarmine University with a B.A. Business, she was married to Stuart Hamilton. After working in the corporate world for several years, she ultimately decided that her heart was with non-profits which promoted the Catholic Faith and pro-life work. Sara has served part-time at Immaculata as the Director of Development and part-time with Angels in Disguise as the Director of Operations since 2014. She has 10 years’ experience in non-profit development and fundraising. Three of her boys are currently enrolled at Immaculata.
Director of Music and Community Relations
Mr. Jacobs is originally from and currently residing in Louisville, KY along with his wife, Amanda, and three children; Nina (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.
Academic Needs Coordinator
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 converted 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.
Special Needs Intervention Coordinator and Upper School Science Teacher
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 in 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.
Kindergarten Teacher’s Aide
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.
My name is Angelica Opulencia and I was born and raised in Southern California. I graduated from California State University, Northridge, where I earned my B.A. Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences, with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology. I recently served at Loretto Catholic Elementary School, run by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, in Douglas, AZ, where I worked with the 1st grade class. The Catholic faith and working with children are two of my greatest passions and I feel very blessed for the opportunity to be a part of this school where I can share and fulfill that. But more importantly, I want to lead souls closer to Christ and I pray that through my presence here at Immaculata and the grace of our Lord, I can do just that.
Mary Beth Santoro
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!
Middle School Literature and Language Arts
Middle School Latin
Middle School Math and Science
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.
Middle School Theology, Math, History, and Latin
High School Math and Chemistry
Dr. Hermann Frieboes
High 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.
High School Composition
High School Modern Humanities, Calculus, Physics, and Latin
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.
Latin Program Director and High School Classical Humanities
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. Mr. Meyer was first acquainted with old books and dead languages at Kolbe Academy in Napa, CA and continued those studies at UC Berkeley where he received a degree in English Literature. At Immaculata he teaches Classics, Latin, and Media; he is also able to put his fifteen years of filmmaking experience to good use as the in-house videographer. He, his wife, and their seven children are grateful to be part of the Immaculata family.
High School Medieval Humanities, Theology, and Latin
Brett W. Smith and his wife, Melissa, are adult converts to the Catholic faith. Brett first received his training in philosophy (BA, 2008) and theology (M.Div., 2011) from Baptist institutions, and later he earned the M.Phil. (2016) and Ph.D. (2018) in Historical Theology from the Catholic University of America. While his interests are broad, his academic specialty is in Medieval Theology and Philosophy. Brett has taught courses in Theology and Church History at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC and at Marymount University in Virginia. He has also tutored high school students in SAT English and Math for the C-2 Education Center. He currently teaches one course online for the Franciscan University of Steubenville in addition to teaching full-time at Immaculata. Upon entering full communion with the Catholic Church, Brett chose the Venerable Bede as his confirmation saint, in part because he identifies with Bede’s self-description from book 5 of his Ecclesiastical History of the English People: “…my chief delight has always been in study, teaching, and writing.” As a family, Brett, Melissa, and their children enjoy reading, hiking, and driving to visit relatives.
High School Modern Humanities and Composition; Middle School Theology and Latin
Tyler Worthy is a native of New Hampshire and has previous teaching experience in classical schools in his home state. He received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas More College in Merrimack, NH and a pontifical Master's Degree in Sacred Theology at the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria. This is his second year teaching at Immaculata.
Lea Ann Luce
Primary & Middle 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.