Administrative Staff

Jerry C. Keepers

Principal

Jefferson County High School - JCPSeSchool

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Jerry C. Keepers earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Sociology from the University of Kentucky. He earned his Masters and Rank I in School Administration from Western Kentucky University.

Mr. Keepers has held positions in Jefferson County Public Schools as an English teacher at Doss, Fern Creek and Southern High Schools, a football and track coach at Doss and Southern, athletic director at Fern Creek, guidance counselor at the Teenage Parent Program, assistant principal and principal. Prior to coming to Jefferson County High School, he was principal at Southern High School Magnet Career Academy for 14 years. He has been elected to serve on the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control, and is now serving his second elected 4-year term. Mr. Keepers is also an elected board member of the National Association for Secondary School Principals.

 Artie Dietz 

Assistant Principal

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Artie Dietz earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Louisville. He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Bellarmine University. He returned to the University of Louisville to complete his Rank I in Administration and Supervision.

Mr. Dietz has served Jefferson County Public Schools in multiple capacities. He has worked in classified clerical and administrative positions. Currently, Mr. Dietz manages the day-to-day operations at JCPSeSchool, coordinates the College NOW! dual-credit program, serves as president of the Jefferson County Assistant Principals Association, and serves as project manager for the Jefferson County Alternative Schools Taskforce.

"Self-paced, competency-based online learning offers students of various ability levels the opportunity to eliminate learning deficiencies and earn additional credit by allowing students the flexibility of learning at any pace, any place, and at any time."

Lisa Puccetti

Assistant Principal

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Lisa Puccetti earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science and her Master in Education degree from the University of Louisville.  She earned her Rank I in School Administration from IUS. 

Ms. Puccetti began her teaching career at Assumption High School.  She has held positions in Jefferson County Public Schools as teacher and Dean at Eastern High School, and Assistant Principal at Southern High School.  She was chosen as the KASSP Kentucky Assistant Principal of the Year in 2010 and was also one of three finalists for NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year. 

Ms. Puccetti has held various advisory positions for the College Board and the College Board Southern Regional Office.  She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Jefferson County Association of School Administrators and is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

 

Julia Foster 

Counselor

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Julia Foster earned her Bachelor's degree in English at Murray State University in 2001. She went on to earn her Master's degree in Education from Indiana University Southeast. Julia continued her education by earning her Rank I in School Guidance from Western Kentucky University in 2009. Ms. Foster started her educational career as an English teacher at Central High School and Liberty High School in Jefferson County. Later, she became a school guidance counselor. She joined the administration at Jefferson County High School in 2014. Julia's passion is helping remove barriers, so that students can obtain their high school diploma. Her spunkiness and witty approach help students meet their academic goals. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs (Gracie Pepperoni and Phennie Fascinator).  

 

Tony DeSpain 

Counselor

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Tony W. DeSpain graduated from Larue County High School in 1994 and attended Berea College where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and French Education.  He continued his education by earning a Master’s degree in Education at Indiana Wesleyan University, and he has received a Rank I in curriculum and instruction, as well as obtaining a certificate in guidance counseling.

Mr. DeSpain joined Jefferson County Public Schools in 1999 as a French and English teacher at Southern High School. After eight years of teaching, he became a guidance counselor and remained there until 2013 when he transferred to Jefferson County High School. 

Mr. DeSpain serves as the guidance counselor for all students at the Louisville Metro Youth Detention Center. He also works with the Graduate Assistance Center to help students who are over 21 years old obtain a high school diploma. He truly enjoys helping families navigate the complex JCPS system.  Each family comes to us with a unique situation that deserves to be heard, and Mr. DeSpain likes to work with each family to create an individualized successful pathway to graduating from high school.  His advice to his students is, “take advantage of your opportunities.”