Faculty Bios

ADMINISTRATION


Shawn Wheatley, Principal of Highlands Latin School, has a B.A. in Biology from Transylvania University, an M.A. in Education from the University of Kentucky, and an M.S. in School Administration from Bellarmine. Shawn has taught algebra, chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science to middle and high school students since 1998. Often developing his own materials, he was nominated by his peers for the Aneon Award for Outstanding Science Teacher in Jefferson County. In addition to his administrative duties, Shawn teaches astronomy to 3rd graders. Shawn and his wife, Georganna, have three sons and a daughter.

Kelly Booker joined our faculty in 2007. She has the ability to foster children’s passion for learning through enthusiasm and an organized, caring, and stimulating environment. Kelly received her B.S. and M.A. from Bellarmine College in Louisville, KY, in Business Administration. Her children attend HLS, and she is an enthusiastic and creative addition to our school. She serves as the lead teacher at the Spring Meadows campus.

Martin Cothran is a writer and teacher who lives in Danville, Kentucky, with his wife and four children. He is the author of Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logic, and Classical Rhetoric programs. Mr. Cothran also developed and manages Memoria Press’ online academy. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from the Simon Greenleaf School. He still serves, on a consulting basis, as senior policy analyst with The Family Foundation of Kentucky. He practices the art of rhetoric in frequent articles on public policy issues that have appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Louisville Courier-Journal, The Lexington Herald-Leader, and various other newspapers around the state. He has served on several state commissions dealing with state education policy and has been a frequent guest on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” program.

Brian Lowe, son of Highlands Latin founder Cheryl Lowe, is a graduate of St. Xavier High School, a National Merit Finalist, with a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Transylvania University and a J.D., summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt Law School in 2002. He managed a rare achievement for a law student when his research project on predicting the outcome of the Supreme Court was cited by a MIT Mathematics professor and a UCLA Law professor in the Minnesota Law Review. Brian was classically educated by Cheryl Lowe as she developed many of the courses that are carried on by Memoria Press today. Brian is President of Memoria Press and CFO of Highlands Latin School and Vittitow Refrigeration.  He also runs the family’s property development firm, which owns more than 1,100,000 sq. ft. of commercial property.

Leigh Lowe, author of Memoria Press’ beginning Latin program, Prima Latina, is a writer and curriculum developer for Memoria Press and was one of the founding instructors of Highlands Latin School. Leigh holds a B.A. in Business with a minor in Computer Science from Transylvania University and an M.B.A. from the University of Louisville. She received the Newkirk-Moore Award for Female Entrepreneurs in 2000 and the Landrum Rotary Fellows Award for Leadership in 2001. Leigh was included in the “Forty under 40” issue of Business First magazine, featuring young business leaders in the Louisville area. Leigh started her own business, the highly successful Campus Quilt Co., which has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, the Rachael Ray Show, the ESPN Espy Awards and in Real Simple, Washington Post and Courier-Journal.

Jason Borah joined our faculty in 2011 to teach fourth grade, and is now serving as our Director of Instruction.  He brings four years of teaching experience from classical schools in Oklahoma where he has taught both fourth grade and upper school History, Government, and Logic.  Jason earned his B.A. from Moody Bible Institute and his M.A. (magna cum laude) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Joel Amunrud teaches Latin, Logic, and Geometry at HLS. He graduated summa cum laude from the Master’s College in California with a B.A. in Biblical Languages and is working on a graduate degree at Southern Seminary. Joel has studied abroad in Israel, learning Biblical history, geography, and archaeology. Joel received a rare perfect score on his SAT and leads our SAT prep classes at Highlands Latin.