Lower and Middle School Principal

Mrs. Karen Gephart

Mrs. Gephart has been principal of ICCS's coed lower and middle school since 2010.  Under her leadership, the popular Spanish intensive curriculum was implemented in 2010 in the preschool and elementary school; she initiated the enrichment program that same year in the lower and middle school.  In 2011, she created ICCS's Extended School Program, an after-school program that provides tutoring and special activities for ICCS preschool through middle school students. Prior to joining ICCS, she served as Head of District Orff Music Instruction at Memphis City Schools, where she directed Orff method curriculum for 150 elementary school teachers.  She taught music for 20 years at Snowden Elementary School and became well-known within music circles for her expertise in the Orff  method. She is a 2009 recipient of the State of Tennessee Administrative Award. Mrs. Gephart holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Memphis. She also holds a Licensure in Administration and Supervision and completed Levels I through III and Master Class Orff-Schulwerk  Training at the University of Memphis. She and her husband Ron have two children, Julia and Alex, both ICCS graduates.  The Gepharts have been IC Cathedral parish members for 16 years.