Susie Thomas

School Secretary

Susie Thomas is on her 32nd year as the Secretary of Ascension School. She attended St. Edward School and graduated from Jeffersontown High School. She has two sons, Bradley, Jr. & Troy Thomas and three granddaughters, Kenley, Farrah and Presley.  In her spare time she loves boating, fishing, cooking and the beach!

You can reach Susie at susthomas@ascension-parish.com

Valerie Shell

Kids Time Director

Valerie grew up in St Louis, Missouri. She attended college at Southwest Baptist University where she obtained a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in the field of early childhood for 25 years. Valerie and her husband Michael have three children; Trinity, Autumn and Justice. In her free time she enjoys shopping, hiking, pinterest projects, DIYing around the house and hanging out with friends and family.

You can reach Valerie at vshell@ascension-parish.com

Rachel Skaggs

Assistant Director Kids Time

Rachel Skaggs grew up in Grayson County, Kentucky, near Rough River Lake. She has a degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and has been working with children for 20 years. She has been married to her husband, Robert, for 16 years. She has 3 beautiful daughters; Hannah, Kaelyn, and Rebekah. As a family they love to spend time at the lake boating, swimming and fishing.

You can reach Rachel at rskaggs@ascension-parish.com

 

Ann Sinkhorn

3 Year Old Teacher

Ann is the three-year-old preschool teacher. She has been working in preschool for 30 years. She attended the University of Louisville, and has continued her education at JCC in the early childhood development field. She and her husband Kurt are parishioners at Ascension and they have a daughter Molly that is a Freshman at Mercy Academy. She enjoys gardening, sewing, crafting, and spending time with her family.

You can reach Ann at asinkhorn@ascension-parish.com

Laura Vogt

Assistant Three Year Old Teacher

Laura is the assistant three year old preschool teacher. She has over 20 years experience educating young children from six weeks of age through preschool. She has her Child Development Associate Credential and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. Laura recently married her best friend Stephen. She has a son named Justin who is the research manager in the Spinal Cord Injury Department at Fraiser Rehab. Laura enjoys attending plays, sporting events, and car shows with her family and friends.
You can reach Laura at lvogt@ascension-parish.com

Abby Cahoe

Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Abby grew up in LaGrange Ky and attended Immaculate Conception. She then attended hight school at Mercy Academy and finished her college career at Campbellsville University, earning a bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education. She is married to Chad, and they have two daughters, Collins and Callie Jo, who attend Ascension. Abby enjoys spending time with her family on their farm, crafting, fishing, hunting and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats and Cincinnati Reds.

You can reach Abby at acahoe@ascension-parish.com

Nancy Gatewood

Jr. Kindergarten Assistant

Nancy has been teaching at Ascension for 14 years. She enjoys watching the children grow throughout the years since she has been at Ascension. She has 3 children, Megan, Jake, and Ryan. In her spare time she likes to swim and read.

Nancy can be reached at ngatewood@ascension-parish.com

Lindsey Ackerman-Denson

Kindergarten

Lindsey Ackerman-Denson is originally from Owensboro, Ky. She graduated from Owensboro Catholic and received her undergrad at Murray State and masters degree at the University of the Cumberland’s. She has been teaching for 11 years, 9 of which have been at Ascension. She started out as the JK teacher and moved to Kindergarten in 2014. Fun Facts: Lindsey’s first kindergarten class was the choir at her wedding. Lindsey has one child, Gus, who just turned 1 this past fall! Lindsey is very family oriented, every Wednesday all of her siblings meet at her parents for family night supper. She loves watching any and all UofL sporting events and holding fat babies.

You can reach Lindsey at lackerman@ascension-parish.com

Margaret Burchell

Kindergarten Assistant

Margaret was a preschool teacher for a number of years at Christian Academy and has been a Library Clerk with JCPS for the last 5 years.  She has been married to Tim for 30 years, and they have two sons, William and Ben.  Both boys have graduated from college and live in New York and Philadelphia, respectively.  In her spare time, Margaret likes to read, spend time with family and friends, walk her dog (Woody) and try new hobbies.  Her current new hobby is a tomato garden!

You can reach Margaret at mburchell@ascension-parish.com

Haley Jenks

1st Grade

Haley Jenks is originally from Savannah, Georgia. She moved to Kentucky at an early age and attended Ascension Grade School. Haley recently graduated with honors from the University of Louisville. She received her bachelor’s of science in Early Elementary Education with a minor in English. In addition to her passion for children, she enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, and cooking. Haley has a progressive and enthusiastic teaching style that will make children eager to learn!

You can reach Haley at hjenks@ascension-parish.com

Betty Jaggers

1st Grade Assistant

Betty has been with Ascension for the past 17 years helping with Kindergarten through 5th grade. This school year she will be the 1st grade assistance, while also helping Susie in the office and overseeing the yearbook committee. Betty is a Louisville native, having attended St. James School and graduated from Mercy Academy. She has previously tutored with the Shedd’s Dyslexia Foundation for 4 years. Betty has been married 46 years to Brent E. Jaggers Sr. She has 2 sons and 7 grandchildren, with two of them attending Ascension, Jaylynn and Destiny. When not at school Betty loves to vacation with her family.

You can reach Betty at bjaggers@ascension-parish.com

Nina Cornell

2nd Grade Homeroom
Gr’s. 2/3 Religion & Gr’s. 4/5 Reading & Writing

Nina Cornell grew up in Louisville and attended Immaculate Conception and Mercy Academy. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with her bachelors degree in Elementary Education and is currently working towards her masters degree as a Literacy Specialist. This will be her fourth year teaching.

In her spare time, Nina enjoys going to her family’s farm, playing sand volleyball and cheering on her Kentucky Wildcats. She also loves to spend time with her nieces, who attend Ascension. This is her first year at Ascension and she is very excited to be here!

You can reach Nina at ncornell@ascension-parish.com

Jessica Wimsatt

3rd Grade Homeroom
Gr’s. 2/3 Reading & Writing & Gr’s. 4/5 Religion

Jessica holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky in Elementary Education.  She received her Masters as a Literacy Specialist from the University of the Cumberlands.  This will be Jessica’s fifth year at Ascension. She grew up in Louisville and attended Ascension and Mercy Academy.  In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and reading.  She is excited to be back at Ascension!

You can reach Jessica at jberry@ascension-parish.com

 

Trinity Shell

4th Grade Homeroom
Gr’s. 2-5 Math

Trinity has lived in Louisville all her life and loves everything it has to offer! Trinity attended Walden School K-8th grade and then graduated from Eastern High School. Following, Trinity attended the University of Louisville and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood. Trinity also had the opportunity to study abroad in Red Bank, Belize where she taught Math in a first grade classroom. She is in the process of obtaining her Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership from Bellarmine University. This will be Trinity’s fourth year teaching at Ascension and she continues to help in the Ascension Summer Program as well. When Trinity is not teaching or spending time with children, she enjoys crafting, kayaking, camping, spending time with family and friends, and traveling new places.

You can reach Trinity at tshell@ascension-parish.com

Casie Disselkamp

5th Grade Homeroom
Gr’s. 2-5 Social Studies

Casie grew up in Clearwater, Florida and attended the University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelor’s Degree. She went on to obtain a Masters of Art in Teaching from the University of South Florida. After graduation, she spent the next 6 years in Tampa working in both the Catholic and public-school systems where she taught fourth and fifth grade.  Upon meeting her husband, John, a native Louisvillian and St. X graduate, she moved to Louisville in 2016. In her free time, Casie enjoys traveling, reading, and exploring Louisville.

You can reach Casie at cdisselkamp@ascension-parish.com

Donna Jackel

Gr’s. K-5 Science

Donna is the elementary science teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Masters in Education from the University of Louisville. She has a lifelong passion for science. Donna has been married to Bruce for thirty years and they have three daughters and a grandson. Donna is a parishioner at Ascension. In her spare time she enjoys reading, knitting, going out to eat and during the summer she can be found enjoying the lake.

You can reach Donna at djackel@ascension-parish.com

Vilma Makram

Gr’s. K-5 Spanish

Vilma is a first-generation American, born to Guatemalan immigrants. She grew up in California, where she attended Cerritos College.Vilma began teaching Spanish for the Archdiocese in the fall of 2017. For the past four years she has served as a teacher for Classical Conversations cottage schools and has homeschooled her children since 2007. She is active in her church’s children ministry, specifically in the area of special needs, and she loves teaching and learning God’s word. She also enjoys spending time in nature with her family.

You can reach Vilma at: vmakram@ascension-parish.com

Jahnna Harvey

6th Grade Homeroom
Gr’s. 6-8

Jahnna Harvey moved to Louisville from Chicago two years ago. Originally from Nashville, she attended Saint Cecilia Academy for high school before moving on to Penn State University and the University of Baltimore School of Law. After seven years in administrative law, she decided to go back to school and become a certified teacher. She has a Masters in Teaching from National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois. She and her husband, Josh Groft, have been married twelve years and have two large dogs, Charlie and Wren, with whom they love exploring their new hometown.

You can reach Jahnna at jharvey@ascension-parish.com

Daniel Vowels

7th Grade Homeroom
Gr’s. 6-8

Dan has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Louisville and a Masters Degree in Education from Spalding University. Dan and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 22 years and have two children, Julia and James, both of whom were baptized at Ascension.  Julia is a recent graduate of Mercy Academy and is attending Bellarmine University. James is a senior and varsity wrestler at Saint Xavier High School. Dan has a 14 year Pomeranian named Sweetheart and a 6 month old kitten named Johanna. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

You can reach Daniel at dvowels@ascension-parish.com

Danny Monaghan

8th Grade Homeroom
Gr’s. 6-8 Social Studies & Religion

Danny graduated from the University of Kentucky where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education with a focus in History and Political Science and his Master of Arts in Education with a focus in Secondary Social Studies Education. Previously, he attended Trinity High School and is a graduate of Ascension. In his free time, Danny enjoys spending time with family and friends and reading.

You can reach Danny at: dmonaghan@ascension-parish.com

Erin Raque

Gr’s. 6-8 Math

Erin recently graduated from Centre College with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and a minor in Education. Although she is new to Ascension, she has had classroom experience in Cincinnati, OH, Danville, KY, and Ghana, Africa. Erin loves traveling to new and exciting places. Her next dream destination: Spain!

You can reach Erin at eraque@ascension-parish.com

Dr. Michael Shell

Gr’s. 6-8 Trivium

Dr. Shell teaches philosophy, logic and ethics at Jefferson Community and Technical College here in Louisville and earned his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Kentucky.  He earned two Master’s degrees at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Biblical Languages and Archeology and did his undergraduate work in Bible and Biblical Languages at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri. Michael and Valerie have three children: Trinity (who is well known to the Ascension family), Autumn, and Justice. Dr. Shell also pastors a small church in the west end of Louisville. In his free time, he enjoys reading and the great outdoors.

you can reach Michael at mshell@ascension-parish.com

Amy Stout

Music Teacher

Amy Stout grew up a stone’s throw from the beach in Hilton Head Island, SC. She started piano lessons at 8 years old and continued them through high school. Mrs. Stout moved to NC after graduating and there she completed her BM in Music Education at The University of North Carolina in Greensboro. For 2 years, Mrs. Stout taught high school choir in Greensboro NC. She then moved to Louisville, KY to pursue an MA in Worship Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Last October Mrs. Stout married her husband Chris and together they have 2 dogs, Daisy and Bo. Mrs. Stout is the keys player and choir coordinator at her church. In her free time, Mrs. Stout loves riding horses, cooking, crafting, reading, and spending time outside.

Amy can be reached at astout@ascension-parish.com

Ann Smith

Art

Ann is in her 25th year of teaching art at Ascension. Originally from Bardstown, Ky. She graduated from Bethlehem high school. She then attended Eastern Kentucky University where she received her bachelors degree in art education. She went on to receive her masters in elementary education from the University of Louisville.
Ann has been married to her husband Michael for 30 years. They are proud parents of their son Drew and daughter Audrey. They recently adopted their dog Sadie who is sweet, smart and quite the trouble maker!
In her free time Ann enjoys spending time with family and friends on her patio at home. She also enjoys taking time to paint and experiment with all forms of art in her home studio, attending outdoor festivals and practicing hot yoga.

You can reach Ann at asmith@ascension-parish.com

Barbara Wagner

Librarian / Computer Teacher

Barbara is the Library / Technology teacher.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisville.  She also has an Associate’s Degree in Data Processing Technology from Speed Scientific School at UofL.  She was a volunteer in Ascension’s Library for 12 years and a substitute teacher. Barbara is a parishioner at Ascension. She has been married to Tom for 24 years and has two children, Lauren and Madison.

You can reach Barbara at bwagner@ascension-parish.com

Darla Radcliff

PE Teacher

Darla is the physical education teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Louisville. She has been at Ascension for 17 years. She was a 4th grade teacher for 12 years before moving to P.E. When not at Ascension, she is playing tennis, walking or watching her grandchildren!

You can reach Darla at dradcliff@ascension-parish.com

Kellie Hood

Learning Coordinator

Mrs. Kellie Hood, born and raised in Louisville, earned her B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Brescia College in 1998 at which time she began her teaching career.  In May of 2005, Mrs. Hood earned her M.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University Southeast. In 2010, she earned her Rank I in Instructional Leadership from Bellarmine University.  In over a twenty year span in Catholic education she has served in numerous capacities including teacher grades K-5, assistant principal, principal, and learning coordinator.

Mrs. Hood is committed to Catholic education and it’s importance in shaping young lives.  She cherishes spending time with both her extended and immediate family which includes her husband David, and their children Grace and Nash.

You can reach Kellie at khood@ascension-parish.com

Cassie Frantz

Counselor

Cassie has been the Guidance Counselor at Ascension for 27 years. Cassie says “ it is truly rewarding watching students grow from preschool to adolescence.” Her education includes a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Kentucky and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Psychological Assessment from Spalding University.
She is the proud Grandmother of three grandchildren with one on the way. “ I have always heard that grandchildren are the best and now I can honestly say without any doubt that is true”.
At home is Derby Dog, who has been her companion for 8 years. Cassie loves boating and enjoys her houseboat on Dale Hollow Lake. She also enjoys walking, reading, cooking, fires on cool nights, and helping out her 94 year old father.

You can reach Cassie at cfrantz@ascension-parish.com

Jim Grider

Custodian

Jim Grider attended Chenoweth Elementary and graduated from Waggener High School. He has three children, Mary Ann, Patricia and Sid, Jr. and eight grandchildren. Jim has worked as the maintenance supervisor at Ascension since 1999. When not at Ascension, Jim enjoys Nascar Racing and spending time with his grandchildren.

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