Mrs. Valerie Orza – Elementary Prefect (Kindergarten through Fourth Grade)

Mrs. Valerie Orza joined the Academy faculty in August 2017.  She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, NY, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and is a licensed K-12 teacher in the state of Ohio.  Mrs. Orza provided her own children with the foundation of a Classical Christian Education homeschool experience. She previously served as a substitute teacher at Norwood View Elementary School. Mrs. Orza is actively involved in the Norwood community.  She founded the Norwood Community Orchestra and acts as the group’s principal violinist. Mrs. Orza is a member of the Norwood school board and has been a candidate for City Council. She is the 5th grade homeroom teacher as well as, 5th and 6th English Grammar, Composition and Reading, History and Science teacher. 7th and 8th grades English Grammar, Composition and Literature.  Email:

Mrs. Heather Reist – Middle School Prefect (Fifth through Eighth Grade)

Mrs. Heather Reist is in her sixth year of teaching at the Academy. She not only teaches multiple math classes, but drives the overall strategy of the math curriculum as a member of the Classical Curriculum Accreditation team.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grade Education with a focus in mathematics and social studies from Northern Kentucky University.  In spring of 2018 Mrs. Reist completed a Master of Arts in Education with a focus in gifted and talented education.  Before joining the Academy faculty, Mrs. Reist taught algebra and Pre-Algebra at Twenhofel Middle School for four years.  Mrs. Reist and her husband, Barry, an Academy alumnus, have three young children, and are parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church.  She is the 7th and 8th grades homeroom teacher and will be teaching Advance Elementary Math, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade math.  Email:

Miss Victoria Montesano – Kindergarten

Miss Victoria Montesano earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Psychology in 2018 from the University at Albany.  She has since done course work specialized in Special Education, Literacy Birth – Grade 6 and General Education.  Victoria is the oldest of seven, three of which attend the Academy.  Along with teaching, Victoria will be coaching the Girls Soccer Team at the Academy. Miss Montesano is thrilled to become a part of Immaculate Conception Academy! Email:

Miss Maria Bischel – 1st Grade



 Miss Mary Margaret Shawhan – 2nd Grade

Miss Mary Margaret Shawhan, a home schooled student who also attended the Academy,  joined the Academy staff in 2016 as an elementary teacher assistant, Miss Shawhan assisted teachers at the K-3 levels with large class sizes, managed class work groups and was a substitute teacher as needed. She also taught seventh and eight grade History this past year. Miss Shawhan was home schooled, graduating in 2013, then worked at a children’s resale store and as a receptionist.  She has also volunteered her time serving at a pro-life resale shop. She is a lifelong parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church.  Email:


 Mrs. Lisa Capetillo – 3rd Grade

Mrs. Lisa Capetillo teaches third grade a the Academy after co-teaching grade 3 and serving as Elementary Aide (K-3) for several years. Mrs. Capetillo has also served on Immaculate Conception Academy’s faculty and staff in multiple other capacities for the past 13 years, including teacher, lunch and recess monitor, and librarian. She has an Associate’s degree in Applied Science, and is a Registered Dietetic Technician.  Mrs. Capetillo is also the Head Coach of the Girls Varsity Soccer team. Her husband is an active volunteer serving as groundskeeper for the church and school complex, and Assistant Coach for Girls and Boys Varsity Soccer teams. The Capetillos are parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church and their son is enrolled at the Academy.  Email:

 Mrs. Claire Flum – 4th Grade


 Miss Gemma Bruner – Faculty Aide

Miss Bruner joined the Academy staff in 2018, she is an Academy Alumnus graduating with a 4.35 GPA.  She is the 6th grade homeroom teacher and elementary reading aide, she will also be teaching 5th grade Latin and 7th and 8th grade History. Email:

Mrs. Chris Federspiel – 5th – 6th Grade Religion


Mrs. Elizabeth Wittman – 5th – 6th Grade Religion


Mr. Richard Ayres – Latin Teacher

Mr. Rick Ayres has 45 years of teaching experience in English, French, Latin, and Chinese. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French with a minor in English from the University of Kentucky, and Master of Arts in Teaching in Linguistics from the University of Louisville.  After years at St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Ayres joined the Academy in September 2014 to teach Latin. He also serves on the academy’s Classical Curriculum Accreditation Team. Having led many student travel groups to China, Tibet, Russia, Australia, and France, Mr. Ayres brings a global perspective to the classroom.  Mr. Ayres and his family are parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church.  He is also the 9th and 10th grade homeroom teacher and 7th – 12th grade Latin teacher.  Email:

Mr. Michael Primett  – Science and Math Teacher

Mrs. Sheri Schoech – Elementary Math Teacher

Mrs. Sheri Schoech has served on the Immaculate Conception Academy staff as a teachers aide and as a teacher for our Math program for the past six years. Prior to joining the Academy faculty, she home schooled her own children for over 10 years while also tutoring other students.  Mrs. Schoech and her husband, Michael and their seven children moved to Cincinnati in 2007 to enroll their children at the Academy.  Mrs. Schoech and her family are parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church.  She is the 5th, 6th and 7th grade Math teacher. Email:

Dr. Jerry Shawhan – Junior and Senior Math

Dr. Jerry Shawhan earned a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering in 1958 and a PhD.  in Mathematics in 1966 from the University of Cincinnati. He began his 22 year career at the University in a number of administrative positions and as Adjunct Associate Professor of Mathematics. In 2016, he retired as Treasurer and Group Executive at Cincom Systems, a Cincinnati based software company, where he worked for 33 years. Dr. Shawhan now teaches upper level mathematics part time at the Academy. Longtime parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church, he was Treasurer of the Church and Academy for 35 years, and his wife, Marian still serves as sacristan. They have seven children (two now deceased), and have 47 grandchildren. Email:

Mrs. Terry Brinkman –  Orton-Gillingham Tutor

Tutors reading K thru 8

Mrs. Terry Brinkman joined the Immaculate Conception Academy staff in 2018, and as an IDA Certified Orton-Gillingham Tutor, she tutors students K-8 in reading.  Mrs. Brinkman graduated from the University of Cincinnati and pursued a career as a buyer for Federated Department Stores.  After eight years, she focused on raising her four children as well as volunteering at their schools, teaching at Antonelli College and St. Vincent de Paul Elementary.  Mrs. Brinkman completed a year-long Orton-Gillingham certification at the Dyslexia Center of Cincinnati in 2008 and tutored at St. Bernard Elementary School until 2018.  She is excited to be working with the students at Immaculate Conception Academy.  Email:

Mrs. Cathy Koloc – Science

Mrs. Cathy Koloc is a 1990 graduate of the University of Cincinnati with an associate degree in physical therapy. She has taught various courses at the Academy over the past ten years, including Anatomy and Physiology, Science, Health, and Spanish. One of her greatest joys is in watching her students learn and truly understand the subject at hand. She is currently teaching part time, while also working in rehabilitation at geriatric and acute levels. Mrs. Koloc and her husband, Dan have eight children. Seven of whom are Academy alumni, and one of whom is currently enrolled. Mrs. Koloc and her family are parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church.  Email:

Mrs. Judy Schultes – Academy Secretary and Office Manager

Mrs. Judy Schultes has been managing the school office since April 2008. Mrs. Schultes is responsible for the overall management of the day to day office activities and communications.  She and her family moved to Cincinnati in 2007 to enroll their son in the Academy.  Mrs. Schultes has a background in resort management and advertising.  Prior to moving here, she worked as a Sales Manager for Teischer Organization in Pennsylvania for four years.  She and her family are parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church.  Email:

Mrs. Cathy Montesano – Administrative Assistant School Office