Mrs. Watkins joins Holy Trinity Clifton School as the first Head of School. She most recently worked as the Director of Student Achievement at the St. Matthew’s Campus. In this role, her primary focus was to support learners with diagnosed learning differences. Prior to her years at Holy Trinity, Mrs. Watkins was the Principal of St. Francis of Assisi and Assistant Principal/Learning Coordinator at Mother of Good Counsel. Prior to her administrative work, she was a classroom teacher, serving as a resource teacher for students with special learning and behavior needs. Mrs. Watkins has a bachelor’s of science in special education and a master’s of arts in educational administration. Opening the Clifton School and being a part of changing the face of Catholic education for all Archdiocesan children is a culmination of ALL her career goals! She is beyond excited to be on this new journey and create the story/history of Holy Trinity Clifton School! Mrs. Watkins and her husband, Neil have two children, Olivia and Luke.
Mrs. Ann Drury joins us as the “face” of our school. You will be greeted by her kind voice and see her in the school office upon your arrival. Mrs. Drury has been working at the Clifton building for several years. She also serves as the community coordinator for the rental part of our building. She coordinates all rentals of the available meeting rooms, reception hall and theatre. Mrs. Drury and her husband Arnold have two daughters and four granddaughters!
Mrs. Linebach has served as the speech-language pathologist (SLP) for the Holy Trinity Clifton School since it opened in 2019. She loves being part of this innovative school which allows students to receive a Catholic education while also receiving the tailored instruction they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Mrs. Linebach earned a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Kentucky. She maintains the American Speech and Hearing Association’s (ASHA’s) Certification of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) as well as a Kentucky Speech-Language Pathology License. Prior to working at Holy Trinity Clifton School, she worked in a variety of clinical settings with diverse clientele, including five years with preschool and elementary school-age children in the private school setting. Mrs. Linebach and her husband Collin have two young sons, Carter and Cole.
Mrs. Berger joins us as the occupational therapist for Holy Trinity Clifton Campus School. With advanced certifications including a bachelor’s in science, a master’s in occupational therapy, interactive metronome, therapeutic listening, and sensory processing. Mrs. Berger has a strong passion for helping children learn what they are capable of with just-right challenges. Mrs. Berger has 9 years of experience practicing in outpatient clinics and in-home therapy settings. For the past 3 years, Mrs. Berger has been working in a school setting providing one on one and group therapy intervention to increase students’ independence at home and in the classroom.
Mrs. Caroline Allen is an OG resource teacher and instructional support teacher at Holy Trinity Clifton School! She holds a bachelor’s of science in elementary education and a master’s of education in dyslexia therapy from Mississippi College. She has previous experience working at The Wright Psychology and Learning Center as a Lead Instructor. She has taught many students Orton-Gillingham and Barton Reading & Spelling. Mrs. Allen is an avid coffee drinker and she and her husband love having date nights at their favorite mexican restaurant. She is a lover of running, cats, and a good book!
Mrs. Cundiff joins us as the counselor for Holy Trinity Clifton School. With advanced certifications including a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville, Mrs. Cundiff is prepared to support the personal growth and development of ALL learners. During her graduate studies, Mrs. Cundiff acted as a student counselor alongside Ms. Laura Probus at both Holy Trinity Parish School in St. Matthews (2018-2019) and at Holy Trinity Clifton School (2020-2021). One of the highlights of her experience was assisting Ms. Probus in the launch of an animal-assisted therapy program with Marley the canine counselor. Mrs. Cundiff is from Louisville and lives with her husband, two children, and three pets. She is a graduate of Saint Martha and Assumption High School and is grateful to have the opportunity to assist in providing an enriching parochial experience to a new generation.
Mrs. Aerie Meredith is the Holy Trinity Clifton School STEM and Art teacher. Ms. Meredith was the Art, Library and STEAM teacher at John Paul II Academy for the past 5 years and was the Art teacher at Saint Stephen Martyr and John Paul II Academy prior to that. She likes to spend her spare time working in her garden, being creative in her art studio, and she loves to camp, hike, and travel with her husband and 12 year old daughter.
Ms. Caroline Reel is a Franciscan University of Steubenville alumna with a bachelor's of science in early childhood (preK-3) and special education (K-12). Miss Reel has spent time teaching both 1st and 3rd grade for a network of public charter schools and served university students by teaching Advanced English in Lviv, Ukraine. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Miss Reel is thrilled to invest in the Holy Trinity community, live close to family, and explore Louisville! She spends her free time traveling with dear friends and going on adventures with her St. Bernard puppy, Butter. Miss Reel is excited for the 21-22 school year!
Mrs. Schmitt has been employed at Clifton School since opening its doors in 2019. She holds advanced certifications including a bachelor’s of science in elementary education, a master’s of science in reading and literacy, and a rank I program initiated in Special Education. Mrs. Schmitt also holds an Associate certificate from the Orton-Gillingham Association and is a member of the International Dyslexia Association. Mrs. Schmitt stands ready to support ALL learners in her classroom! Mrs. Schmitt has experience in parochial and public classrooms ranging from Pre-K to 5th. Some of you may remember Mrs. Schmitt when she taught grade 3 and Kindergarten at Holy Trinity Parish School – St. Matthews from 2004-2008. Mrs. Schmitt is married to her husband, Dan and has 4 children, Julia, Anna, Sam and Laney.
Mrs. Jennifer Richards joined Holy Trinity Clifton School in 2019. Mrs. Richards has advanced certifications including a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Spalding University and has masters’ degrees in both elementary education and special education from Ball State University. Mrs. Richards is dedicated to ensuring a positive learning experience for her students. Mrs. Richards has been in the Archdiocese of Louisville since 2000, beginning as a 3rd/4th grade teacher at St. Athanasius, before transitioning to St. Joseph School in Bardstown as their learning coordinator. For two years, Mrs. Richards worked as a home and community-based behavior specialist. Mrs. Richards is thrilled to be a part of Holy Trinity Clifton School. She and her husband, Patrick, have one daughter, Madalyn.
Ms. Maggie McKune has a Master’s degree and advanced certifications in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Leadership, Ms. McKune is ready to support and encourage all learners in her class.
Ms. McKune has 7 years of experience in the Archdiocese of Louisville, most recently at St. Aloysius in Pewee Valley. While at St. Aloysius, Ms. McKune taught Grades 3, 4, and 5. She also served as the K-3 Learning Coordinator for two years. When not at school, Ms. McKune enjoys being with her family, friends, and spending time outside.
Ms. Nicole Staudenheimer is the Grade 5 teacher to Clifton School. She has been teaching for 2.5 years. Ms. Staudenheimer has a BA degree from Western Governors University in Elementary Education and Learning/Behavior Disorders K-12. Born and raised in Louisville, she is a graduate of St. Pius Catholic Elementary School and Presentation Academy. Ms. Staudenheimer is a Disney fanatic, cat lover to Duckie and Marsha, and aunt to two beautiful nieces and one nephew.
Mrs. Tory Graham is a certified rank 2 teacher with a Bachelor of Arts-Business Administration, Teaching Certificate-Elementary Education and Master of Arts-Teaching-Special Education (learning and behavior disorders (P-12). In addition to teaching, she has also worked with learning challenged young adults and children.
She is dedicated to teaching a variety of strategies to help all students succeed. Mrs. Graham strives to create a community of learners in a positive and nurturing environment.
Mrs. Graham grew up in Louisville and has 13 years’ experience in the Archdiocese of Louisville, as a 2nd and 4th grade teacher at St. Rita Catholic School. She is fulfilling a personal dream to be a part of Holy Trinity Clifton School.
Mrs. Graham has been married to her husband, Kenny, for 33 years. They have three grown children (Davis is 28, Lauren is 23 and Nolan is 21).
Mrs. Emmy Rawlins is a Holy Trinity Clifton School teacher for middle school. Mrs. Rawlins comes to us from Bullitt County Public Schools where she taught special education in middle school for the last 3 years. Mrs. Rawlins holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Louisville and a Master’s of Arts in Education with a focus on learning disabilities (K-12) from Georgetown College. Mrs. Rawlins also earned a certification in teaching English as a second language through Bellarmine University and spent a year in Cartagena, Colombia, teaching English to high school students. In her free time, she loves spending time walking around her neighborhood with her husband, creating art, and reading.
Mrs. Liz Keller joins us as an instructional assistant. She has a bachelors degree in elementary and special education, a masters degree in early childhood education with kindergarten endorsement. She retired in 2019 after teaching 40 years. The last 24 she taught kindergarten at Saint Edward School. Mrs. Keller has 4 married children and 8 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading and walking her very active dog!
Jackie and her husband, John have two children, John and Kayla. She was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Since 2005, Jackie has been working in the Catholic school system as an Instructional Assistant. She is passionate about inspiring children to learn and striving to achieve their goals. Jackie's favorite quote is “I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen” from Winnie the Pooh. Glad to have you on board for this exciting adventure!
Eric Koestel has enjoyed a decade long career as a catering chef but is now transitioning into a career in education. Eric is the instructional assistant for Mrs. Richards' third grade class and is very excited to now be a part the Holy Trinity Clifton School family. Eric has recently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at University of Louisville with a focus on special education. When he's not working or doing homework, Eric loves cooking, reading, writing, hiking, spending time with family and hanging out with his dog Biggie.
Bernadette loves being part of the HolyTrinityCliftonSchool as an Instructional Assistant. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky with seventeen years of teaching experience. Bernadette values every child and strives to support each student with kindness and patience. She has been married to her husband Bill for twenty years and they have three children, Rhiannon, Ella Rose, Rhyse. In addition to her passion for kids, she enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling with her family.
After years of working with the next generation as a student minister Mr. Ben Lashley will be working as an instructional assistant. Mr. Lashley is married to his wife Ashley and they have a newborn daughter, Sadie. He holds a Bachelors degree in Bible and Theology and is an MTS Candidate at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He loves taking walks with his wife and baby and spending time out in the woods.
Welcome to Maranda Thomas who joins us as an instructional assistant. Ms. Thomas recently graduated from Spalding University with her Bachelors in Social Work. She’s also a graduate of Assumption High School. She enjoys playing slow pitch softball but has played fast-pitch softball since she was young. She loves animals and works at PetSuites when not at Holy Trinity. Ms. Thomas is very excited about what this school year has in store and can't wait to start her new journey at Holy Trinity.