Ohio State University, B. A. in Education
University of Louisville, M. A. in Education
Indiana University SE, Certificate in Educational Leadership
This is Ellen’s second year at St. Albert; however she has been an educator and administrator in the Archdiocese for many years. Her favorite things include Ohio State football, shopping, Coke, naps, and especially her family: her husband, John, and daughters Cassie and Madyson.
University of Louisville, B.S. in Elementary Education
University of Louisville, Master of Education
Debbie has been an educator in the Archdiocese of Louisville at St. Albert for 19 years. She taught fourth grade for 16 years before becoming the assistant principal. Debbie and her husband, Wayne, are members of St. Albert Parish and have three children, Christopher, Jonathan and Catherine, all who attended St. Albert. She loves spending time with her family, working in her yard and tea from McAlister’s.
Eastern Kentucky University – BS Elementary Education
Indiana University Southeast- MS School Counseling k-12
Stacie has been in education for the past 17 years. She taught third grade for the first five years of her career and then went back to school to earn her Master’s degree in school counseling. She loves working with the children and their families. Stacie is married to Todd and has three children: Lucas, Ethan, and McKenna. She also has two BIG dogs: Tinkerbell and Onyx. She spends most of her time drawing,coloring, and creating cards. When she is not doing that she is coaching volleyball at the high school level and hanging out with her family.
Mary Heather Adam,
University of Louisville, BS in Early Elementary Education
University of Louisville, M.Ed. in Reading Education
Ms. Adam has been at St. Albert since 2012. Previously, she was the Special Needs Coordinator at St. Pius X and taught 3rd grade at St. Lawrence. She lives in the Highlands with her husband and two sons. They are members of St. Raphael Parish.
Fr. Dave Harris,
University of Kentucky, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
University of Kentucky, Master of Business Administration
Southern Seminary, Master of Divinity
St. Meinrad School of Theology, Master of Theological Studies
Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality, 2 year post-graduate certificate
Father Dave has lived in Kentucky all of his life. He grew up in southeastern Kentucky, attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington and has remained in Louisville since 1983. He is both a Wildcat and Cardinal fan. He is married and has two grown children and three grandchildren. Father Dave was ordained to the priesthood in 2008. He loves being a priest and particularly enjoys celebrating the Mass. Prior to coming to St. Albert he served at St. Aloysius parish in Pewee Valley and Pax Christi Collaborative in Louisville. He also continues to serve on the Priests Council for the Archdiocese and participates in Mass of the Air. Father Dave loves being the pastor of St. Albert. “It’s a great parish!” He has a deep love for people and is passionate about helping them to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
University of Louisville, B.S in Paralegal Studies
Becky worked for a law firm for 15 years before quitting to stay home with her kids. Becky has been at St. Albert for 11 years, 10 as a 5th-8th grade assistant and 1 as school secretary. She grew up in Graymoor-Devondale and attended St. Albert. She is married to Marty and has 3 children, Brad, Andrew & Emily, who all attended St. Albert. She obviously thinks St. Albert is a great school and community because she has been here all her life!
Graduated from Ballard High School in 1978
Pam is the Office Assistant and is your copy and laminating go to person. She was a 3rd grade Assistant for 6 years and then moved to the Office Assistant position 7 years ago. Pam was an Administrative Assistant in the insurance business for over 20 years before coming to St. Albert. She lives in Springhurst with her husband Pat and two sons Nathan and Matthew.
Director of Technology
University of Louisville, B.S. in Communication & Media Production
Recognized Apple Teacher
Google Certified Educator, Level 1
Google Certified Educator, Level 2
Mr. Henderson has been at St. Albert since 2014, before that he spent many years working with churches and non-profit organizations, catering to their media and technology demands. He has a background and passion for all media, including websites, graphic design and video production. He loves being a father and lives in Bon Air with his favorite girls– his wife, Katarina (Tinki) and daughters, Amelia & Maggie.
Technology Help Desk
University of Louisville, B.A. in Communication
Director of Development
University of Dayton, B.S. in Marketing & Business Administration
This is my 3rd year working at St. Albert the Great. St. Albert is truly my home away from home. I’m a lifelong parishioner, St. Albert School graduate, parent of 3 current St. Albert students, and an active volunteer within the school & parish. I truly love our St. Albert community and enjoy being able to share my experiences with others who are considering our GREAT school. I also love being able to work so closely with our current school families, students, and staff. Prior to St. Albert, I worked at Papa John’s International in the Marketing Department. This job allows me to combine two things I have a passion for: St. Albert and marketing! I enjoy cooking, photography and spending time with my husband Chris and our 3 daughters. Go Vikings!
National Certified in School Nutrition, Level 3
I have worked at St. Albert since 1982. I enjoy my job, staff, and most of all the students. I love seeing previous students with their children attending school the same school. St. Albert has also been “my” parish since 1980.
University of Louisville, Elementary and Special Education
University of Missouri, B.S. in Educational Studies/Vocational Rehabilitation
Mrs. Zdunek has been at St. Albert since 2010. She spent three years as the lead three year old teacher and this will be her fifth year as the Director of the Preschool. She has worked in the field of preschool since 2000 teaching two , three and four year old students. She has three grown children and two grandchildren and has lived in Middletown with her husband for the the past 29 years.
Preschool Asst. Director & After School Care
University of Kentucky B.S in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Communications
Ms. Elizabeth has been working at St. Albert since 2017. She is also a St Albert alumna and mom to 3 current Vikings. Ms. Elizabeth’s favorite thing about preschool is the enthusiasm that the students bring to each day. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her children, reading, and traveling.
Preschool Teacher – 3A
Murray State University, B.S. in Elementary and Special Education
Jenny has had the pleasure of working at St. Albert for the past three years. This is her third year working with Play Cafe, and her second year teaching the preschool three year old class. Jenny is recently engaged and planning a wedding for April 2016. She also has been coaching a neighborhood swim team for the past seven years during the summer. She has a passion for working with children!
Preschool Teacher – 3B
University of Louisville, B.A. in History
JCTC, Associate of Arts
This will be Ms. Holly’s fourth year at St. Albert. Before joining St. Albert’s wonderful preschool, she was a stay-at-home mom for 13 years. She has three daughters, Zoe, Olivia, and Adelai. She has two dogs, Maggie and Max, a Sun Conure named Rio and her class fish, Dill Pickles. In her spare time, Ms. Holly enjoys spending time with her family, singing, and theatre. She loves working with our youngest Vikings!
Lockyear Business College, Associates Degree
Ms. Debbie has been with St. Albert since 2014. Prior to joining St. Albert the Great, she was with Suburban Christian Kindergarten and Preschool for fifteen years. She began as a substitute teacher, moved up to an assistant teacher, then spent the last seven years as the lead teacher for the three and four year olds. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jim, and two sons, Mitchell and Wesley. Now that her two sons are grown, she likes to spend time gardening and taking long walks in the park.
University of Kentucky, B.S. in Elementary Education
University of Kentucky, M.S. in Early Childhood Education
This will be Mrs. Jennifer’s second year at St. Albert the Great. She loves children’s books (Mo Willems is her favorite author) and animals. She has two dogs, Chief and Clark. Ms. Jennifer and her husband, Patrick will be celebrating their two year wedding anniversary this November.
Murray State University BS Vocational Rehabilitation & Teaching Certification Elementary Education K-6; Special Education K-12; Masters
University of Louisville Visual Impairments (Orientation and Mobility)
Heather was raised on Lake Barkley in a small town but has lived in Louisville since graduating from Murray State. She is married to Kevin and has two boys, Porter and Harrison, who attend Trinity. Heather began her teaching career at the DePaul School and also taught at JCPS and Sacred Heart Model School. Her love for Early Childhood began when started working at St. Luke’s Episcopal Preschool, where she piloted a JK program and later served as the director for five years. This is Heather’s second year at St. Albert the Great.
Western Kentucky University, BS in Elementary Education
This will be Tierney’s third year at St. Albert, her fifth year teaching Kindergarten in the Archdiocese. She is originally from Marietta, Georgia and moved to Louisville after graduating Western Kentucky University in 2013. Tierney absolutely loves teaching Kindergarten and is excited to see what this year has in store! In her free time she loves cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs and spending time with her family and friends.
Spalding University, B.S. in Education, Cum Laude
Allison is a third year teacher at St. Albert. She went to Catholic schools growing up here in Louisville, Ky. She has loved her transition into Kindergarten and can’t wait for year 2 in KB. Allison enjoys spending time with her family & friends, especially watching her niece over the summer breaks. She also loves reading & traveling.
Wake Forest University, B.A. in Elementary Education
Ms. Feger has been at St. Albert since 2017. Her first year she was a Kindergarten assistant teacher. Since 2018 she has been a Kindergarten teacher. She grew up in Louisville and attended school in the Archdiocese. She moved back to Louisville a few years ago after living in Atlanta, where she worked at the YMCA and coached soccer. She enjoys spending time with her family as well as coaching soccer at Sacred Heart Academy and Javanon Soccer Club.
University of Kentucky, B.A. in Marketing
Spalding University, Masters of Arts in Teaching
This is Kerry’s third year at St. Albert. She taught third grade for her first two years here and is now teaching first grade. Kerry attended Catholic schools and grew up here in Louisville. She and her husband, Brad, have two sons, Braden and Charlie. Kerry enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.
University of Kentucky, B.A. In Elementary Education
Midway University, M.Ed in Teacher Leadership
Emily has been at St. Albert since 2015. She has a passion for teaching 1st grade and for sharing her Catholic faith with her students. She and her husband, Mark, are parishioners at St. Albert. They also have an adorable puppy, Albert, whom they named after their favorite school.
Bellarmine University, B.A. In Elementary and Special Education
Bellarmine University, M.A. In Learning and Behavior Disorders
Margie has 19 years teaching experience, the last eight of which have been at St. Albert the Great. She has had the benefit of teaching physically challenged students, children with learning differences, Reading Recovery, Kindergarten, and First Grade. She and her husband Greg have been married 31 years. They have four children: Matthew, Elizabeth, Robert, and Catherine. They have been parishioners at St. Albert for 23 years. Margie enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, and bird watching.
College of Mount St. Joseph, B.A. in Inclusive Early Childhood Education
This is Mrs. Culbreth’s seventh year teaching, and first year at St. Albert. She has taught third grade the past 2 years at John Paul II Academy. She moved to Louisville two years ago with her husband Matt from Madison Indiana where she taught first grade for four years. Mrs. Culbreth loves to travel and spend time with her friends and family. She and her husband are expecting their first baby in January of 2018!
University of Louisville- B.A. in English
University of Louisville- Master of Arts in Teaching
An alumnus of St. Albert the Great, Mrs. French started teaching here in 1999. She spent 12 years in second grade before deciding to make a switch to 4th grade. She and her husband Chris have 3 children- Cooper, Abby, and Emma. Together they enjoy watching the kids play baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball and archery, cheering for the Cards, and taking family trips.
University of Kentucky, B.A. in Science in Early Childhood Education
Spalding University, Masters Education
Mrs. Leopold has been at St. Albert for 23 years teaching First and Third Graders. She and her husband Jim have two sons, Christopher and Phillip. Christopher and his wife Kelley have two sons-James and Jack. Phillip is getting married to his college sweetheart Brandi in the Spring of 2020. She loves going on beach vacations with her family and attending Kentucky football, basketball and baseball games!
Indiana Southeast-University, B.S. in General Studies
Bellarmine University, MAT in Elementary Education
Michelle is going on her 6th year teaching at St. Albert the Great. She has loved getting to know the wonderful community at St. Albert. Michelle has been married to her husband, Brian, for 26 years. They have three children, Brian Jr., Michael, and Maggie. She loves to read and travel.
1st Grade Reading/K-5 Spanish
University of Louisville, B.A., Elem. Ed., academic focus, Foreign Lang. (Span.);
University of Louisville, M Ed, Elem. Ed., Literacy Ed.
Mrs. Virant has been teaching at St. Albert for 15 years. She is also a long-time parishioner, and whose 2 daughters are St. Albert graduates. She enjoys spending time with her family, and loves visits with family and friends from her hometown of Milwaukee, WI (go Pack!).
University of Louisville, Masters Degree in Elementary Education
University of Louisville, Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education
Mrs. Rosenbaum has been a teacher for over 25 years. She has taught at St. Albert since 2005. She was a student at St. Albert herself while growing up. Mrs. Rosenbaum and her husband have 2 children, Zack and Katie. She enjoys playing volleyball, camping, hiking, boating and water skiing with her family.
University of Kentucky – B.A. Elementary Education
University of the Cumberlands – M.A.Ed. Literacy Specialist
Ms. Smith joined the St. Albert community in 2018, beginning as a substitute teacher and eventually becoming a first grade assistant. In 2019, she began her third year of teaching and her first year of teaching fourth grade. Ms. Smith graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2016, then returned to school and obtained her Master’s degree in Literacy through the University of the Cumberlands in 2019. Ms. Smith makes great efforts to keep up with the latest trends in education, which inspires her to be the best she can be for her students. When she’s not teaching, Ms. Smith likes to spend time with family and friends, take road trips, and exercise.
5A & Play Cafe Director
Spalding University, B. S. in Elementary Education.
University of Louisville, M. Ed. in Elementary Education with a Minor in Special Education.
Ellen attended Sacred Heart Model School and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1983. She attended Georgetown College for two years then returned home to attend Spalding University. After graduating from Spalding University in 1988, Ellen began teaching for the Archdiocese of Louisville, She taught sixth and second grades at St. Polycarp School and second grade at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School before joining the faculty of St. Albert the Great in 1997. In 2000 she became the Director of St. Albert’s after-school program, the Play Café. In 2008, Ellen was named the Kentucky D.A.R.E. Educator of the Year and in 2019 she received the Ursuline Teaching Legacy Award from Sacred Heart Schools.. She is passionate about educating our children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. When the D.A.R. E. program was removed from area schools, Ellen devised the St. Albert Drug Awareness Program or S.A.D.A.P. Ellen grew up showing American Saddlebreds in the 3 and 5 gaited divisions out of Rock Creek Riding Club here in Louisville. She is an avid Louisville Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers fan and a huge animal lover. She lives in the Highlands with her husband, Dane, and their three cats, Molly, Teddy and Izzy.
5B Social Studies, Language Arts and Religion
University of Louisville, B.A. in English and Secondary Education
Indiana University Southeast, M.S. in Secondary Education, Middle School and Computer Technology endorsements
Spalding University, Rank 1 in Educational Leadership/Principal Certification
Mrs. Koestel began teaching in 1988 at St. Columba. She then took a few years off to stay with her children. She began teaching at St. Albert in 1999 as a first grade assistant, then began teaching 5th grade Language Arts for a few years, then taught Computer/Technology for 5 years, and was the librarian for 5 years. She “retired” for one year to take care of her mother, and has recently returned to where she began – teaching in 5th grade. She is very excited to be in the classroom again. Mrs. Koestel has been married to Glenn for 30+ years and has two children, Eric and Zoe, who are St. Albert graduates. Mrs. Koestel rescues dogs, enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
University of Kentucky, B.H.S. in Communication Disorders, University of Louisville, MA in Linguistics, Bellarmine University, MA in Teaching
Tyra Gallagher has been at St. Albert since 2017. Tyra hopes to bring excitement and enthusiasm to her students through her own passion for language arts and science. Tyra lives in the Highlands with her husband, Kevin and daughter, Eliza. She enjoys travelling, camping, hiking, snorkeling, and reading.
6A Homeroom | Math, Science & Religion
University of Louisville: B.S. Biology, MAT Education, PhD Immunology and Microbiology
This will be Ms. Zirnheld’s second year at St. Albert. She attended Catholic grade school and graduated from Presentation Academy. She has experience teaching middle and high school science as well as conducting scientific research in the areas of Type I diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. She loves sharing her passion for math and science and the natural world with students. She is excited to be a part of the St. Albert community!
6B Homeroom | English, Literature & Religion
University of Dayton BA
Bellarmine University Master of Arts in Teaching
Rank 1 Certification in Reading
Mrs. Duckworth has been teaching in the Archdiocese of Louisville since 2005. After working in a family business for 17 years, she decided to pursue her passion for teaching in a Catholic school. She started teaching 5th grade at St. Albert in 2012 and moved to 6th grade in 2016. She is married to Jim Duckworth and has two grown children. She enjoys traveling and finds joy in exploring God’s creation in the National Parks throughout the United States.
6C Homeroom | Social Studies, Vocabulary, Math Simple Solutions & Religion
Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
Major is History and Government
Certification in Middle and Secondary Education
Master’s Degree in Secondary Education Indiana University Southeast
Mary has been teaching at St. Albert the Great Parish School since 2014. Through the study of World Geography she hopes to inspire her students to be productive global citizens and work to be the change that they would like to see in the world around them. She and her family are members of St. Albert the Great Parish.
7A Homeroom | 7th & 8th Grade Science
7th & 8th Grade Math
Western Kentucky University, B.S. in Middle Grades Education – Math & Social Studies
Indiana University Southeast, M.S. in Education
Mrs. Rose is excited to be back in the classroom after being at home with her children for the past 10 years. Before being a stay at home mom, Mrs. Rose taught Math and Social Studies for 4 years in JCPS, and Algebra and Religion at Sacred Heart Model School for 3 years. She and her husband Josh have 3 children that attend St. Albert – Will, Hannah, and Tyler. Together they love vacationing in Michigan on summer break and cheering on the Cards.
7C Language Arts & Religion
St. Mary’s College, B.A. English Literature, B.S. Business Economics/ Concentration in Accounting;
Mrs. Geerer has been teaching Language Arts and Religion since 2001. She came to St. Albert’s in that capacity in 2005. Previously she traveled widely and worked as a CPA. A long-term sub position at Trinity High School fueled her decision to make the switch from accounting to education — a decision that has been a blessing in countless ways. To her, being part of the educational, spiritual, and emotional growth of such fine young people is a privilege and an honor.
8A Homeroom | 7th & 8th Grade Math
Bellarmine University, Bachelor’s of Science in Math
Bellarmine University, Bachelor’s of Arts in History
Bellarmine University, MAT in Math grades 5-12
8B Homeroom | Language Arts & Religion
University of KY, B.A. Psychology
Spalding University, M.A.T.
Mrs. Boone has enjoyed teaching Language Arts at St. Albert the Great since 2000. She has 39 years experience in education, served mostly in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Prior to working in the Catholic school system, she worked in preschool special education in Lexington, KY. She and her husband are blessed with two children and 7 grandchildren.
8C Homeroom | 7th & 8th Grade Social Studies
BA in History
Single Subject Teaching Credential Social Studies, California State University, Fullerton
6th,7th,8th Grade Spanish
Bellarmine University, B.A. Foreign Languages and International Studies
University of Louisville, M.A.T. Spanish P-12
Mrs. Early has taught Spanish in the Archdiocese of Louisville to students in kindergarten through eighth grade for several years. She and her husband are parishioners and children Ellie, Jacob and Anna also attend St. Albert the Great School. Mrs. Early enjoys spending time with her family, sewing and watching British TV. She is very much looking forward to sharing her love of Spanish with the students at St. Albert!
University of Kentucky, B.A in Art History
Eastern Kentucky University, B.S. In Communications/Public Relations
Spalding University, Masters in Arts of Teaching
Ms. Finley began teaching second grade at St. Albert the Great in 2004. Before that, she taught second grade for three years at the former Sr. Denis. This is Ms. Finley’s third year as the K-8 Technology Instructor. She loves being able to share her love of technology and being able to teach each student in the school. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching her ten year old daughter, Emerson, play sports, and reading as many books as she can.
University of Nebraska-Kearney, BA in Education, Physical Education Major and Geography Minor
Fifth year endorsement in Special Education with emphasis in Behavior Disorders
Mr.Muchow has been teaching in the Archdiocese of Louisville for twenty-seven years. Twelve years at St. Barnabas. Five years being shared with three schools, Holy Family, St. James and St. Albert and nine years full time at St. Albert. Prior to this, in Nebraska, he spent eight years as a counselor on a child and adolescent psychiatric unit and three years as unit clerk on a medical ICU. Mr. Muchow volunteers much of his free time off and on helping nonprofit organizations such as Hand in Hand Ministries, Boy and Girl Scout camps, St. Albert youth group. Mr. Muchow lives in the Hikes Point area and loves to travel with friends and family.
University of Iowa, B.S. in Elementary Education I
University of Louisville, BME in Music
University of Louisville, Master of Education, with an emphasis in the arts
At St. Albert since 2008, Ms. Peake has also taught at Friends School, St. Aloysius, and St. Pius X. She has been a choir section leader/cantor at the Cathedral of the Assumption since 1985. Also involved in Girl Scouts, she has a troop, works with 9/12 Day Camp and the GS Highlands Songfest. Her daughters are Susanne and Eleanor, and her husband, Ray is a graphic designer.