A Catholic community of dedicated teachers, parents, and students.

logo

502 491 3171

info@stmartharocks.com

2825 Klondike Ln

Louisville, KY 40218

7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Monday to Friday

The child has one intuitive aim: self development

Annette Thornsberry

Annette Thornsberry

Annette Thornsberry has been working at St. Martha since 1998. In her first four years, she was the kindergarten assistant to Mrs. Cooper. Then she became the art teacher. Mrs. Thornsberry has occasionally taught religion and health, and monitored the cafeteria and parking lot. She is an alumnus of Louisville Catholic schools (St. Elizabeth of Hungary and Mercy Academy) and studied art at the University of Louisville. Mrs. Thornsberry attends St. Edward Church. She is married to her husband, David, and they have two grown children.

"My favorite thing about St. Martha is the relationships I have made with my students, parents, and co-workers. Everyone is so welcoming. It truly is a family here!"

Q & A with Mrs. Thornsberry

 

Highlight of the year:

Spring Art Show, Martha Gras Auction Art

Passion:

I want students to feel good about themselves when they create art. Creating art is a process that involves all the senses, integrates all core subjects and helps students learn to solve problems.

Philosophy:

I believe in the Six Facets of Learning by Wiggins and McTighe (similar to Bloom’s Taxonomy). A student who creates and designs should be able to 1. explain their art, 2. interpret art, 3. apply what they have learned in art to other subjects, 4. learn to have perspective and use constructive criticism about art, 5. empathize or acknowledge that artists/art can be based on personal experiences that have value and 6. have a self-knowledge of styles and habits of art that can shape their understanding.

Favorite part of teaching:

I love when students have that moment of surprise that they really have created something from nothing more than an idea. I always want them to be proud of themselves when they create art.

Favorite teaching memory:

A former student, who attended Catholic High School and then Yale and Harvard, came back to ask me for help on an art history paper.

Favorite thing about St. Martha:

St. Martha has a strong, enduring backbone. Students often grow up and return with their own children. When parishes close, many of those students choose to attend St. Martha. We are a home to many people.

My hope for my students:

I hope they realize that art class is/was important to their education in some way and that they can use or remember what they have learned in the future, whether they are an artist or a scientist.

Fun fact:

My favorite season is the Fall and that is where I find artistic beauty from God and nature the most. I am married and have two grown children. I attended St. Elizabeth grade school and Mercy Academy High School. I studied art at University of Louisville.

2002 Winning Teacher Award for the 150th Anniversary Art Contest of the Cathedral of the Assumption

1998

Joined Saint Martha

Studied Fine Art, University of Louisville

2009 Honorable Mention Teacher Award for Kentucky Derby Festival Art Contest

My Recent Posts

Mar
23

St. Martha Alum Honored by CEF

The Catholic Education Foundation set and achieved a "miracle" fundraising goal of $1 million at…

Read More
Mar
12

Superlative Achievements!

We want to celebrate some of the academic accomplishments of our student body here at…

Read More

Great Prep for High School

“The community and fellowship are amazing. My boys have made friendships and bonds they will treasure. Their educational experience has been wonderful and will help them with their transition to high school!”

– Maranda White

Mrs. Brennan Ebersold
5.0
2016-03-14T15:19:08+00:00

– Maranda White

“The community and fellowship are amazing. My boys have made friendships and bonds they will treasure. Their educational experience has been wonderful and will help them with their transition to high school!” Related

Family is the Best Word

"The teachers are really vested in the kids long after they leave their classes. Family is the best word to describe St. Martha and prepared is the best word to describe my son after his time there.”

Amy Landrum

Mrs. Brennan Ebersold
5.0
2016-03-14T15:19:18+00:00

Amy Landrum

“The teachers are really vested in the kids long after they leave their classes. Family is the best word to describe St. Martha and prepared is the best word to describe my son after his time there.” Related

Warm & Inviting

“My children attend this school and love it!  The community is warm & inviting, the school staff genuinely care about my children's whole well-being. I highly recommend this school.”

– Kari Ogle

Mrs. Brennan Ebersold
5.0
2017-01-15T08:33:19+00:00

– Kari Ogle

“My children attend this school and love it!  The community is warm & inviting, the school staff genuinely care about my children’s whole well-being. I highly recommend this school.” Related

Being a Part of a Family

“When choosing a parish for my family, I was looking for a community that would fulfill our spiritual, educational, and social needs. St. Martha Church and School has been that for over 23 years now."

– Dana Bale

Mrs. Brennan Ebersold
5.0
2017-01-15T08:39:56+00:00

– Dana Bale

“When choosing a parish for my family, I was looking for a community that would fulfill our spiritual, educational, and social needs. St. Martha Church and School has been that for over 23 years now.” Related

Top-Notch Academics

“Top-notch academics, athletics, students and parents. You won't find a better school!

– Katherine A. McCurry

Mrs. Brennan Ebersold
5.0
2017-01-15T08:42:19+00:00

– Katherine A. McCurry

“Top-notch academics, athletics, students and parents. You won’t find a better school! Related

It’s a Blast

“Softball leagues here are a blast. Best fish in town!”

– Kathleen Smith

Mrs. Brennan Ebersold
5.0
2017-01-15T08:43:41+00:00

– Kathleen Smith

“Softball leagues here are a blast. Best fish in town!” Related

You Can’t Beat the People

"My husband and I toured several parish schools in Louisville, and St. Martha stood out for its incredibly friendly staff and supporting culture. We felt the magic immediately."

– Lauren Micka Thomas

Mrs. Brennan Ebersold
5.0
2017-01-15T17:10:14+00:00

– Lauren Micka Thomas

“My husband and I toured several parish schools in Louisville, and St. Martha stood out for its incredibly friendly staff and supporting culture. We felt the magic immediately.” Related
5.0
7