Lisa DeCarlo Apollonio spent most of her childhood in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. She graduated from high school in Fairfax County, VA. She received her BA in English from Providence College in Providence, RI and her teaching certificate from Towson University in Towson, MD. Mrs. Apollonio received her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College in Frederick, MD. She taught middle school language arts for eight years in Anne Arundel County, MD and wrote curriculum for seventh-grade language arts.
When she married, Mrs. Apollonio moved overseas and worked as an Area Coordinator for a community college on a Naval Station. Since moving to Kentucky, Mrs. Apollonio has earned her gifted and talented endorsement from Northern Kentucky University.
Mrs. Apollonio also teaches classes for ExploreMore! and Duke TIP; Covington Latin School hosts both programs. She is also the moderator for the school yearbook.
Mrs. Apollonio and her husband have two children. They are active parishioners at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Burlington, Kentucky. In her spare time, Mrs. Apollonio enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Carpe Diem ~ Horace
Find the good, and praise it. ~ Alex Haley
Everyone deserves the chance to fly! ~ Elphaba in Wicked, Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Mrs. Cruts grew up in the Cincinnati area. She graduated from Turpin High School in Anderson Township, Ohio. Mrs. Cruts attended DeSales University to pursue her passion for Theology and teaching. After her second semester, she chose to add Mathematics as a second major because she missed the joy of solving Calculus problems! Mrs. Cruts is honored to share her love for Jesus Christ and his Church and her delight in mathematics with her students. She is married and is an active parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Cincinnati, OH.
The mathematician does not study pure mathematics because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it and he delights in it because it is beautiful. -- Georg Cantor
The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness. – Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI
Samantha Darpel is excited to return to Covington Latin School for the sixth year. She has previously worked at Covington Latin as the Director of the Senior plays, Drama Club Director, ExploreMore! Executive Director, and Drama teacher. It is important to her that students are able to experience the world in new ways through their educational experiences.
Ms. Darpel’s background is in Theater, Communication, and English from Thomas More University. She is completing her Masters Degree in Secondary Education from the University of the Cumberlands.
Her experience with theatre at Notre Dame Academy, Thomas More University, and the Villa Players allowed her to work in all aspects of theatrical production.
Magister Ryan Divine grew up in Sugarland, Texas, and Northern Kentucky, where he graduated from Covington Latin School in 2016. While at Latin School, he was involved in the National Junior Classical League (NJCL) all four years as well as the Basketball, Cross Country, and Golf teams. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. He is currently completing his Masters in Business Administration with the University of Cincinnati.
Ryan heavily indebts himself to the Classics and has been a private tutor of all levels of Latin for 4 years. One of his favorite experiences is traveling to Greece to see first hand the literature, archeology, and mythology seen in the classroom. While in college he has attended 5 NJCL conventions as a Senior Classical League member and served as the 2018-2019 NSCL Historian and 2019-2021 National Website Committee member.
Magister Divine will be teaching Latin II and III students as well as sponsoring the school’s JCL chapter. He is beyond excited to return as part of the Latin School community and share the same passion that he has received as a classicist.
Audaces fortuna iuvat – Vergil
Mr. Evan Harmeling has lived in Northern Kentucky his entire life. He graduated from Covington Catholic High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Thomas More University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Education. Mr. Harmeling worked in a veterinary clinic for four years before becoming the biology teacher at Covington Latin. He discovered his love of teaching while working as a T.A. for several biology labs during his undergraduate career. He is excited to be teaching in the Diocese of Covington.
Mr. Harmeling enjoys spending his free time experiencing the natural world. He is an avid hunter, fisherman, and all-around outdoorsman. He hopes to one day visit all of our nation’s national parks. His other interests include spending time with his family and playing musical instruments.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God remains forever.” –Isaiah 40:8
Mrs. Hofmann grew up in Maumee, Ohio and moved to Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education from UC’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning in 1989 and began her teaching career at the School for Creative and Performing Arts and Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. In addition to teaching art and art history to young people, Mrs. Hofmann also taught area educators about the collection at the Cincinnati Art Museum through it’s Evening for Educators Program. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Hofmann has been known to organize and run art camps that seek to immerse young people in the beauty of art and inspire them to create!
Trained as a bookbinder in college, Mrs. Hofmann has brought the love of this craft to many of the schools in which she has taught, including Latin School. She is married and has five children and is an active parishioner at Old St. Mary’s Church in Cincinnati where she teaches catechism and sews vestments. She earned her Master Degree in Visual Arts Education in 2015 with the focus on Classical education in the Visual Arts and received the Director’s Choice award for her bees wax lithophane interpretation of the seven liberal arts.
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
― Saint Mother Teresa
Adam Iadipaolo is originally from Peoria, Illinois and after graduating high school he studied in the seminary for the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois for six years. After discerning his vocation to marriage he attended the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, earning a Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 2004.
Mr. Iadipaolo taught for one year at St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C., before moving to Northern Kentucky where his wife is a native. Adam has served as an adjunct professor at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati where he taught courses on the History and Theology of Marriage and co-taught a course on the “Theology of the Body” with his wife, who also graduated from the John Paul II Institute. Both of them have given numerous talks on John Paul II’s Wednesday Catecheses known most commonly as the “Theology of the Body.”
Mr. Iadipaolo enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, and bird-watching. He and his wife are grateful to God for the gift of their “little treasures:” three daughters and three sons.
Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God. ― St. Ignatius of Loyola
Molly Jacobs grew up in Louisville, though she has deep roots in northern Kentucky. She attended Xavier University for her undergraduate degree, during which she studied abroad at the Sorbonne. She graduated in 2005 with a double major in History and French and a minor in English, then spent the next year teaching high school English in Chalon-sur-Saône, France.
Molly decided to return to school and earned her MA in Mediaeval Studies from the University of Toronto. She continued her studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on the medieval literature of Scandinavia. During this time she presented at national and international conferences and spent two summers studying medieval manuscripts in Denmark and Iceland. After finishing her Ph.D., she taught writing and literature courses at Berkeley for two years. She and her husband then decided to return to Cincinnati, where they manage their garden and an ever-growing menagerie.
She teaches upper-division English, Latin I, and is chair of the Foreign Language Department. This is her sixth year at Covington Latin.
John Patrick Kennedy is one of seven children who attended Catholic schools in North Carolina, Maryland, and Connecticut. After graduating from Bishop McGuinness High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, John moved to the great state of Ohio to attend the University of Dayton where he majored in English, minored in psychology and history and played on the varsity soccer team for all four years as a goalkeeper. Earning a graduate assistantship at U.D., he taught college composition and finished his Master’s beginning of his teaching career.
John began teaching at Chicago’s Gordon Tech High School, an all-boys Catholic high school west of Wrigley Field. Teaching English, speech, history, journalism, and P.E. and coaching soccer, basketball, and tennis, John enjoyed experiencing all the neighborhoods--good and not so good--in competitions against other Chicago Catholic League opponents.
John and his wife, Christin, made real their love of travel teaching in American international schools in El Salvador and Alexandria, Egypt for the next six years. John also coached the first female soccer team at the Escuela Americana and took his boys’ basketball team at the Schutz American School to Beirut, Lebanon for a tournament. After earning his doctorate at the University of Minnesota in Educational Leadership, John and Christin began a new chapter as parents and as an administrator, first at Central Catholic and then 10 years as principal at St. Anthony Catholic School in San Antonio, Texas. John then served 9 years as Head of School at Lakeview Academy in Gainesville, Georgia before coming to Covington Latin School.
John and Christin have two sons who attend DePaul University in Chicago.
“We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.”
Ben Kleier earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art and English in 2016. He pursued his M.A. in Professional Writing at the University of Cincinnati to learn more about how writing is applied in the workplace. It was there that he learned he loved to teach others and couldn’t bear to leave the classroom. He taught technical writing courses for engineering, computer science, and information technology students for two years while earning his degree.
After he graduated in 2018, he taught courses at Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More University, and Ivy Technical College. He joined the Covington Latin faculty in 2019 to teach English. He loves the Catholic identity of the school and the heritage of Covington Latin has as a diocesan institution.
He’s blessed to be involved with the formation of the students of Covington Latin School as they become contemplative and resolute men and women. Outside of Covington Latin, Ben volunteers as an editorial assistant for the Cincinnati Review, participates in a young adult bible study, and engages with various Catholic programs such as That Man is You.
After graduating from Morehead State University with a Bachelor’s in History and a minor in International Studies, Mrs. Knox moved to Washington DC where she worked for Shared Hope International. The non-profit worked to bring about awareness of modern-day slavery in the United States. Mrs. Knox worked in DC for a year before moving back to Kentucky to study at Xavier University. She graduated with a Master’s in Secondary Education and a Master’s in Theology.
From 2015 to 2018 she worked at Purcell Marian High School as the Director for the Marianist Urban Student Program. As director she aided at-risk students with their school work, mentored, kept track of finances and scholarships, and provided extracurricular activities for the students. Mrs. Knox also taught a history and religion class while working at Purcell Marian. In 2018 Mrs. Knox began teaching at Mercy McAuley High School where she taught Contemporary World Issues, Minority Studies, Old Testament, New Testament, and Lifestyles and Relationships.
Mrs. Knox will be teaching both History and Theology at Covington Latin School. She also serves on the board of The Chip Terry Fund for First Responders, a non-profit that provides educational, financial and emotional support and counseling to police, fire, and other emergency personnel and their families, particularly those affected by PTSD and other occupational related stress disorders. Mrs. Knox is looking forward to a new school year at CLS.
Adam Kozerski has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville. He is entering his second year working as an educator, his first at CLS. He will also be contributing as an instructor to his alma mater, Holy Cross District High School, where he is also an assistant football coach and assistant track and field coach.
While coaching takes up much of his time with extracurriculars, Mr. Kozerski was involved in musical theater and the bowling team in high school and enjoys watching stage performances to this day.
Prior to his transition to education, Mr. Kozerski gained valuable experience working as a Mechanical Engineer For GE Aviation in Evendale, Ohio, in a quality testing role for commercial jet engines and Dayton, Ohio, in a development testing role for electrical systems within commercial airliners.
After working directly for GE Aviation, he acquired a job with Belcan, an engineering firm contracted by many companies, including GE Aviation. While there, Mr. Kozerski spent time working with GE Aviation’s Military Engine Division.
Mr. Kozerski and his wife have a dog and are expecting their first child in January. They are members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Independence, Kentucky. In his spare time, Mr. Kozerski has a variety of unique hobbies he enjoys, such as making homemade sausage. He is an avid fan of the Cincinnati Bengals and, with one of his former football players being drafted by Detroit, he has developed a liking for the Lions as well.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and English, Mr. Krebs developed teaching experience at two other schools prior to joining the Latin School faculty in 1991. Teaching English, Drama, and Speech, Mr. Krebs also served as faculty advisor to Student Council, the Shakespeare Club, and coached the golf team for eight years. He has had the privilege to co-lead the Covington Latin Expeditionary Force to Europe on four occasions: in 1992, 1995, 1999, and 2004. During those years he also served on the Faculty Advisory Committee, as an elected faculty liaison to the Headmaster.
A year after earning his Master's Degree in Education, in the fall of 1999, he joined Dr. Bowman's team at the Diocesan Education Office, serving as Secondary Consultant, the ACUE Schools Consultant, and the office manager for the Kentucky Non-Public Schools Commission. Those two years in the education office took him around the diocese and the state, meeting people who are passionate about private and faith-based education.
Matt returned to Latin School in the fall of 2001, serving as Campus Minister for the next eleven years. He is honored to serve the Latin School community as Dean of Students, a position he finds rewarding and enlightening. In his parish, he serves as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9
Mrs. Little grew up in a large musical Irish-Catholic Family in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has 5 brothers and sisters, and 16 nieces and nephews and counting. Mrs. Little graduated from Mother of Mercy High School, where she was the 2009 Regional Winner of the English Speaking Union’s Cincinnati Shakespeare Competition.
Mrs. Little has a Bachelor Degree in Vocal Performance from Northern Kentucky University. During her time there, she was a member of the Chamber Choir and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, with whom she competed in an International Choral Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. She studied abroad for a summer in Salzburg, Austria with the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS). While there Mrs. Little studied Opera, Music Theory, and Music History.
After graduation, She performed with Cincinnati Chamber Opera, Queen City Chamber Opera, Cantigium Vocal Ensemble, and St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati. Mrs. Little currently sings at Old St. Mary’s in Over-The-Rhine, and lives in Sunman, Indiana, with her husband Mike, and daughter Ivy. They have a vegetable garden.
Over twenty years ago Dr. Pinyayev and her husband Aleksey came to Cincinnati from St. Petersburg, Russia. After receiving her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, she worked as a researcher at the Environmental Protection Agency, and later, as a visiting assistant professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Dr. Pinyayev has joined Covington Latin School in 2013 and since then has been teaching general and AP chemistry, Precalculus, and grade 8 Math. In her free time, she enjoys teaching her two sons how to cook, garden, and raise their seven chickens.
Mrs. Silvers graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and Health. After graduation, Mrs. Silvers began her career with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati as a Youth and Family Life Director where she organized and managed summer camps, teen leadership programs, before and after school clubs and youth sports.
After a 10 year career with the YMCA, Mrs. Silvers relocated to Charleston, SC where she opened and currently operates her own business, Teacups and Trucks, an event planning and program business for children. She was awarded the 40 Under 40 award in 2014 and also received a nomination for small business of the year for the state of South Carolina in 2017. As an entrepreneur, Mrs. Silvers has enjoyed providing professional development training to regional and citywide recreation department leaders on how to best engage youth and teens in social and educational settings.
In 2018, Mrs. Silvers made the decision to move back to Kentucky to be closer to her family. She enjoys volunteering with youth organizations whenever possible and has been an active supporter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters mentoring program for several years. When she is not working, Mrs. Silvers stays busy shuttling her son to various academic and sports-related activities and enjoys decorating, event planning, DIY projects, football season and staying active outdoors.
Sr. Anita Marie is a native of Cincinnati. She has a twin sister who is also a Sister of Notre Dame. Sr Anita has taught at Notre Dame Academy, Bishop Brossart High School, and Notre Dame Academy in Uganda, Africa. She helped start the high school in Africa where she taught for seventeen years. She returned in December of 2018 and taught a dual credit Calculus class after returning.
She has taught mathematics, computer, and physics during her career. She enjoys being a part of the faculty of Covington Latin and finds them to be so professional, caring, and hard-working. If you see her and she doesn’t seem to recognize you, you may be talking to her twin sister Sister. They have lots of interesting stories to tell.
Sister is a born educator and loves being in the classroom (or online!?) She was inspired by the following quote as a high student: “Give a person a fish. He lives for a day. Teach a person to fish. He lives for a lifetime.”
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
(Antoine de Saint-Exupér)
James Stebbins was born in Salt Lake City, UT. He spent his childhood in many places, including Houston, TX, and New York City, before moving to Northern Kentucky. He graduated from Covington Latin School in 2016. At Covington Latin School, he was involved in JCL and played golf. James then attended Xavier University, graduating from the CPHAB program, with minors in Biology and Philosophy, in 2020. The Classics and Philosophy Honors Bachelor of the Arts program have given James profound respect for the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. James is currently completing his Masters in the Arts of Teaching at Thomas More University and working as a medical assistant.
James has been in love with the Classics since entering Covington Latin School. He has tutored Latin at all levels for seven years, and Greek for three years. He also studied ancient medical ethics and doctor-patient relationships for his CPHAB thesis and earned the Zahurancik award for distinction in the CPHAB program upon graduation. James will be teaching AP Latin and Ancient Greek, and cannot wait to share his enthusiasm for the ancient world with his students.
Non scholae sed vitae discimus. -Latin Proverb
Mrs. Stone is the School Counselor at Covington Latin School.
She is originally from West Virginia, but proud to call Kentucky her home, having moved here in 1986. She graduated from St. Henry Catholic School. After high school graduation, she worked in banking at Central Bank. Erin also had the privilege to be her grandmother’s caretaker during her elderly years.
Erin earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Kentucky University and received her Master’s degree in school counseling from the University of the Cumberlands. It was during her internship where she was able to engage with students on a more personal guidance level and knew the school counseling field was her calling. Her philosophy for counseling is student-centered and solution-focused. She is passionate about helping the students of Covington Latin School develop and navigate their post-secondary education goals, as well as addressing personal and social development. She believes in providing a holistic approach by collaborating with the students, their families, and the Latin School community.
Another passion she has is working with Heart To Home adoption agency. Erin has the honor of working with birth parents and adoptive parents in the Northern Kentucky area. Her role as an adoption counselor includes caring for and supporting the birth moms and adoptive families.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She is excited to be working with students, their families, and faculty who are vested in educational success. Wishing everyone an amazing school year!
Lord make me an instrument of your peace ~ Prayer of St. Francis
Mr. Syfert grew up in Cincinnati. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois where he also played on the university’s soccer and ultimate Frisbee teams. After starting his career in the petroleum industry, he returned to Cincinnati to work for Procter & Gamble as a product development engineer in Research and Development.
He has developed numerous novel consumer products and innovative, efficient, processes to make them in the laboratory and also at the manufacturing plant scale, with a recent specialization in personal cleansing products such as soaps and body washes (e.g., Olay Ribbons and Olay Moisturizing Bodywash). He has started up new products at manufacturing plants in the United States and internationally to bring products to market. He will be glad to tell you why Olay body wash is the best in the world.
Following a passion to teach, Mr. Syfert was licensed in the Graduate Licensure program at Xavier University and has a Professional Teaching Certificate from the State of Kentucky. His teaching experience includes student teaching Chemistry at Summit Country Day, teaching multiple years of science to home-school coop students and frequently demonstrating soap-making at various schools. He joined the Covington Latin faculty in 2015 to teach earth science, physical science and honors physics. His industry background, where he applied STEM principles every day, makes it possible to relate classroom science to real-world applications with relevant examples and hands-on learning.
Mr. Syfert and his wife are blessed with 5 children. He is very active in his faith and in his parish. He also coaches soccer and enjoys cycling, hiking, camping, reading, and woodworking.
Stephanie Tewes attended St. Henry High School and Northern Kentucky University. During her time at NKU, she spent a semester teaching high school in Worthing, England. Upon returning home in 2003, she was hired by Covington Latin School as a history, English, and speech teacher. Being a lifelong learner, she went back to NKU to get her Masters Degree in Educational Administration and graduated in 2005. In 2007, she became the Dean of Studies.
She has won multiple teaching awards, including WCPO Teacher of the Week in 2005, the Next Generation Leader Award in Education in 2013, and one of Cincy Magazine’s Featured Teachers in 2013 and 2018.
Over the course of her years at CLS, she has led 6 trips to Europe and 1 to Peru with students and parents. More trips are in the pipeline! She also organizes the German Student Exchange Program and the National Honor Society. She has developed the school’s recycling program.
She coaches the CLS swimming and diving teams. Members of Her team have qualified for the state meet many years! She has also been helping with tennis which has gone to state as well. She is so proud of CLS athletes!
She has helped lead numerous service opportunities, such as caroling, senior citizen proms, tutoring, and Cinderella’s Closet. She works closely with Magnified Giving to give back to local charities (and includes the National Honor Society in this).
In her free time, she enjoys traveling, sports, and farming turkeys. She comes from a large family and spends a lot of time with them, especially her niece and nephews.
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” ~Mother Teresa
Dave Webber attended Fern Creek High School in Louisville, KY and earned his Bachelors of Music Education at Eastern Kentucky University. During his time at EKU, he did extensive work on the trumpet. Upon graduation from EKU, Mr. Webber accepted the Director of Bands position at Bellevue High School, in Bellevue, KY. While at Bellevue, he completed his Masters in Educational Psychology at Northern Kentucky University. In 1990, Mr. Webber began his 24-year tenure as Director of Bands at Boone County High School in Florence, KY. While there, his bands were finalists in over 6 Bands of America Regional Championships, KMEA State Finalist, Grand National Adjudicator National Runner-up and received 24 years of straight Distinguished Ratings. He has won multiple teaching awards, KMEA District 6 Teacher of the Year, KMEA State Band Chair, EKU Music Alumnus of the Year, Fern Creek HS Outstanding Alumnus, Boone County Break the Mold, National Band Magazine 50 Directors Who Make A Difference and Bellevue Teacher of the Year. In 2019, Mr. Webber was awarded the prestigious KMEA Citation For Service Award.
Mr. Webber is the Director of the Band and Orchestra at CLS, a position he has held since 2015. Mr. Webber became the Director of the Florence Community Band in January of 2017 and was Interim Director of Symphonic Winds at Northern Kentucky University during the 2018-2019 school year. In his free time, Mr. Webber enjoys traveling with his wife, Betty.
“And when the musician played, the hand of the Lord came upon him” 2 Kings 3:15