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2825 Klondike Ln

Louisville, KY 40218

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Monday to Friday

The child has one intuitive aim: self development

Leanne Willen

Mrs. Willen attended Catholic school from kindergarten through 12th grade. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and English from the University of Louisville and earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine University. After working in marketing roles earlier in her career, she felt called to be a teacher. Prior to joining St. Martha, Mrs. Willen taught English and Journalism to Juniors at Valley High School. Mrs. Willen and her husband have four children and they enjoy trips to Rough River Lake and Walt Disney World. In her spare time, she loves to write and hopes to write and publish a book one day!

“I have been called to change the world by guiding, nurturing, and educating young minds, hearts, spirits, and lives. I push students to realize their highest potential, to work to the best of their ability, and to grow as both a student and a person.”

Q & A with Mrs. Willen

Passion:

I have been called to change the world by guiding, nurturing, and educating young minds, hearts, spirits, and lives. I push students to realize their highest potential, to work to the best of their ability, and to grow as both a student and a person. I know from my own experience how powerful and life-changing it can be to have a teacher inspire, challenge, and empower her students. I aspire to be that teacher.

Philosophy:

Not only is it important for students to achieve academically, they must also thrive emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually. I believe in fostering a positive learning environment where students feel safe and comfortable sharing, learning, asking questions, and collaborating with peers.

Favorite part of teaching:

I love when students make connections to what they are reading. I love getting to know students through their responses to literature and through their writing. I also love to see their enthusiasm when something clicks for them or when something truly resonates.

Favorite teaching memory:

My favorite memory from last school year was chaperoning the 8th grade class trip. I also really loved watching my students in action during the school play.

Favorite thing about St. Martha:

I love the supportive, close-knit community at St. Martha. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. It’s like a big family and I have enjoyed getting to be part of it!

My hope for my students:

My hope is that they each know how special and unique they are and that I believe in them and want what’s best for them. I hope they know I expect a lot out of them because I want them to always be the very best version of themselves. I hope when they leave St. Martha, they will have the confidence and courage to be themselves and share their gifts and talents with the world.

Fun fact:

I worked at Walt Disney World after college. I worked in merchandise and special events. One of the events I worked was the party and parade for the Boston Red Sox after they won the World Series. I also got to assist the production crew of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition when they brought a family featured on the show to Walt Disney World.

Family & Free Time:

My husband and I have four children (three boys and one girl). We love spending time together at home and at our lake house at Rough River Lake. We also love going to Walt Disney World and the beach.

Years Teaching

2019

Joined Saint Martha

Bachelor of Arts in Communication and English from the University of Louisville
Master of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine University

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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

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– 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.”

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

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– 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.”

Top-Notch Academics

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

– Katherine A. McCurry

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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!

It’s a Blast

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

– Kathleen Smith

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2017-01-15T08:43:41+00:00

– Kathleen Smith

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

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

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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.”

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

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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!”

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

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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.”
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