LHCP Bios 2017/18

Listed in alphabetical order by last name, first name.

Teacher: Amanda Basham

Amanda Basham is a Jefferson County native and a homeschool mom.  Amanda has been a SAHM for close to three years, and a self taught artist most of her life.  When she is not educating her daughters, Amanda is reading, painting, or drawing.  As an adult member of the Girl scouts of Kentuckiana (along side her Brownie daughter), she takes pride in her community and does what she can to improve the quality of life of those around her.  She will be teaching elective classes on Thursdays to both primary and middle school aged children.
She went to Pleasure Ridge Park high school and received an Associates and Bachelors degrees from University of Phoenix in business with a minor in accounting.







Teacher: Jacke Fossaluzza


Jacke is our Tuesday/Thursday PK/K Teacher.  She will be joining LHCP for her second year.  She was raised mostly in Oregon and California but has resided in Louisville since 2005.  She holds a bachelors degree in Pan African Studies from the University of Louisville, and a master of arts in Early Elementary Education also from the University of Louisville.  Jacke is a proud mom to her daughters, Eleanor & Ivy, and enjoys spending time with family.  She is passionate about helping the environment in every way she can!







Teacher: Ashley Gardner


Ashley Gardner is our middle primary teacher on Tuesdays and electives teacher on Thursdays.  Originally from Illinois, she has called Louisville home since she moved here to study Sign Language Interpreting at the University of Louisville. She has spent the last six years as an educational interpreter in Jefferson and Oldham County schools, and has worked in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. She enjoys teaching students how to sign, as well as leading performing arts clubs and directing musicals. At home, Ashley has a son, Grayson, a deaf dog, Piper, and her husband, Cody. She loves to travel the world, frequent used book stores, and learn all sorts of arts and crafts. Ashley has been teaching at LHCP since its inception!

Ashley received her Bachelors of Science in American Sign Language Interpreting from Eastern Kentucky University, satellite program at University of Louisville and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a GPA of 4.0.




Teacher: Michelle Gilfert


Michelle Gilfert will be returning for her second year at LHCP to teach music/pre-band and band!  Michlle is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. She moved to Louisville in 2004 to attend the U of L School of Music, where she graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music History. Since then she has been teaching band in the Jefferson County Public Schools. In 2015 she received her Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance under the direction of mentor Dallas Tidwell. She performs regularly with Chamber Winds Louisville and The Dixieland Solution, a traditional New Orleans-style jazz band. She is married to Allen Gilfert. They have a son, Benjamin, who was born in 2015.







Teacher: Kim Gillespie


Kim Gillespie is our Early Middle teacher on Tuesdays, and is joining LHCP for her second year. She has 6 years of experience working with and teaching young children.  She has spent five years working as an administrator in a Montessori preschool.  Previously, she taught art to children in K-5.  She is just beginning her homeschool journey this year with her son.  She is the mother to two children, Iris (11) and Harper (8).

Kim holds a certificate in Foundations of Montessori Educational Philosophy and is a licensed Positive Discipline Parent Trainer.  She has over 60 hours of training in Early Childhood Development with a focus on Montessori and Montessori Curriculum and attends many educational conferences and workshops each year. Kim continues to work as the Community Education Coordinator for a Montessori Preschool, doing community outreach, family classes, and parent education.  Her interests include, mindfulness/meditation, art, photography, social justice, advocating for parents and children, peace education, gardening, painting, vegan cooking, and sewing.





Teacher: Holly O’Mary

Holly O’Mary is a Louisville native that ventured into Eastern Kentucky for her bachelors and masters.   She holds a Bachelors Degree in Deaf Education with an emphasis on Special Education and a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling.   She served as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for 7 years and was a Career Counselor for 3 years.  Her favorite clients were the high school transition students!  Holly is also a certified Rehabilitation Counselor.    She has also worked with Miss Deaf Kentucky pageant as a coordinator and has been involved with committees and was a conference chair for several conferences.  Holly is a commissioner for the Kentucky Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as a service provider representative.   She has taught American Sign Language at group homes, different places of employment, and to her former co-workers.   She is now a SAHM that does contract work as a job coach, presenter, and ASL/Deaf Culture instructor.   She has two children, Camden (4) and Bree (1).   Both are hearing but are fluent in ASL.






Teacher: Leah Thompson

Leah Thompson is our Upper Primary Teacher on Tuesdays for the 2016/17 school year, and will be teaching the Upper Middle class on Tuesdays and electives teacher on Thursdays for the 2017/18 school year.  She is from Louisville, KY and graduated from Fern Creek High School majoring in Communications.  Leah served two consecutive years as Editor-in-Chief of The Roaring Times school newspaper before becoming a Section Editor and Graphic Designer for the University of Louisville’s student publication The Louisville Cardinal.  After graduating from UofL in 2004 with a Bachelors of Arts majoring in English, Leah taught Elementary Art for Young Rembrandts, traveled while writing and designing resource material for the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and worked as a JCPS substitute teacher.

She is currently homeschooling her son Bryce (9) and twin daughters Carly and Alyssa (7) with husband Kenny Thompson. They created SuperMom Catering, a healthy food delivery/catering service that also offers Freezer Meal Workshops, Family Meal Planning, and Kids Cooking classes. Their interests include hiking, biking, and cooking together as a family.  Leah enjoys reading, CrossFit, and working on her debut novel. She started the Creative Co-op of Kentuckiana Homeschoolers, which meets twice a month to foster a fun, educational environment where homeschool kids can gather to learn through play and parent/student lead lessons. She is excited to work creatively with the LHS students, nurturing their skills, talents, and love of life and learning!  






Assistant Director: Goldie Hawkins


Goldie is a retired professional, mother to 2 children, and grandmother to 6 children.  She has been on the Board of Directors for River City Field Trips since 2009, and is on the Board of Directors of Louisville Homeschool.  She is a familiar face on RCFTG field trips and at the Free Range Homesteading co-op.  She has also participated in the (now defunct) South HFHG co-op as a preschool teacher.

She believes children love to create and learn.  She is an enthusiastic, creative, and caring individual who loves to create art. She has worked as a preschool teacher for 4 years, and is excited to be with Louisville Homeschool Cottage Program again this year.

Goldie volunteers on the board of LHS, and volunteers as the Assistant Director at LHCP.  She is an unpaid member of our staff.  She will be offering study hall on Thursdays this year in addition to all of the other wonderful things she does!




Director: Jackie Hawkins

Jackie has been homeschooling since 2007.  She holds degrees in Nursing, Chemistry, and English.  She has been president of River City Field Trips, and president of Louisville Homeschool, Inc.  She was fundamental in building both non-profits and obtaining their 501c3 status from the IRS.  Jackie has also participated in the Free Range Homeschool co-op as a teacher and leader offering chemistry and homesteading classes.  Jackie works at both RCFT and LHS, and dedicates on average 20-40 hours a week to providing these opportunities to the homeschooling community.

Jackie is motivated by a desire to create a community where all are welcome and learning in the classroom is an extension of the natural curiosity that we all possess.  In addition to Louisville Homeschool & River City Field Trips, Jackie works outside the home part time, attends Indiana University Southeast, and is homeschooling her 3 children (4th, 5th, and 11th grades in 2016/17).