Faculty and Staff

Dr. Vincent Kane

Principal
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Following an extensive career in K-12 education in New Hampshire and Alaska, Dr. Vincent Kane moved his family to Idaho to serve as the founding principal of Idaho Novus Classical Academy. Dr. Kane brings a wealth of experiences to this role. Before entering school leadership, he taught high school courses in government, economics, American history, and world religions, as well as sixth grade. He worked in urban, small town, and rural settings, including a remote village school on an island in the Bering Sea. His leadership experience encompasses all grade levels and includes assignments as an assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent.

After completing undergraduate studies in political science and philosophy in the honors program at Franklin Pierce University, Dr. Kane pursued three graduate degrees. He holds a master’s degree in social studies education from Boston University, a certificate of advanced graduate studies in educational leadership from Plymouth State University, and a doctorate in entrepreneurial leadership in education from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Kane and his wife have four young children and look forward to sending all of them to Idaho Novus Classical Academy.

Maj. Bruce Sims

Assistant Principal
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After serving 21 years and subsequently retiring from the United States Marine Corps, Maj. Bruce Sims relocated to Idaho to serve as the founding assistant principal of Idaho Novus Classical Academy. In that capacity, he serves as director of operations and dean of students. Maj. Sims brings an abundance of experience in operations and leadership to this role; across his military career, he filled key positions in aviation, logistics, and ground operations. He has leadership experience leading smaller units as an enlisted Marine, and as an officer he led squadron detachments in addition to being a company commander. His operations experience includes preparing and deploying units for missions, both in the U.S. and overseas. Most recently, he served as the operations officer responsible for evaluating the efficacy of future Marine Corps concepts, equipment, and technology.

Originally from Alabama, Maj. Sims holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and supply chain management from Auburn University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Subsequently, when serving as an instructor pilot for an unmanned aerial vehicle squadron, Maj. Sims discovered his passion for educating others. He invested in that passion as his calling, and while still on active duty, he completed his master’s degree in education for teaching mathematics through Western Governors University. While transitioning onto the Idaho Novus team, he taught mathematics at Treasure Valley Classical Academy in Fruitland.

Maj. Sims has three children, and he and his wife are excited to send the youngest two to Idaho Novus Classical Academy.

Mr. Aaron Anderson

Special Education Coordinator
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Mrs. Danielle Frederick

Literacy Coordinator
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Mrs. Frederick holds a bachelor of arts in elementary education from Northwest Nazarene University, complemented by a special education endorsement, showcasing her genuine passion for supporting student needs.

With a fulfilling career spanning over a decade, Mrs. Frederick embarked on her professional journey as a 3rd-grade teacher, accumulating seven years of enriching classroom experience. She then transitioned to the role of title 1 teacher, offering personalized support to students in grades K-5. Mrs. Frederick's commitment to early childhood learning led her to become a kindergarten teacher at a dual-language school, instructing students in both English and Spanish. In 2019, Mrs. Frederick joined the founding team as a kindergarten teacher at Treasure Valley Classical Academy, a sister school of Idaho Novus Classical Academy. Since 2021, she has served as the student services director, leveraging her experience to foster a supportive educational environment for all students.

Mrs. Frederick looks forward to sharing her knowledge, passion, and insights into the Literacy Essentials curriculum and American classical education with another startup school.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Mrs. Frederick resides on a small farm with her husband and two children, finding joy in creative outlets and outdoor activities.
Kindergarten Teacher #1
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Kindergarten Teacher #3
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Ms. Kathleen Tribble

First Grade Teacher
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Kathleen Tribble brings a wealth of experience and collegiate studies to Idaho Novus Classical Academy. Ms. Tribble has taught all grades PreK to 5th in private, public, and charter schools. While she loves all things education, she has a special passion for teaching literacy. Twenty years of her career has been devoted to teaching first grade.

Ms. Tribble holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Westmont College and a master’s degree in teaching from Grand Canyon University, with honors. Her liberal arts foundation and continued studies have blossomed her skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity across many subjects and educational communities. In addition, her liberal arts scholarship has equipped her to be a lifelong learner of the good, true, and beautiful. Notably, Ms. Tribble has also been recognized as a First Lady Laura Bush Teacher of Excellence.

Outside of the classroom Ms. Tribble is a volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America and enjoys great adventures with her sons, an Eagle Scout and a Life Scout. She also trains other leaders by serving as summer camp staff for Wood Badge and National Youth Leadership Training, and she’s a Leave No Trace Trainer. While relaxing outdoors is a favorite pastime, she has challenged herself and climbed Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the Continental United States at 14,505 feet. More often than not though, you’ll find her with a warm cup of Crio Bru (cacao) and a good book, ready for an engaging conversation.
First Grade Teacher #2
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First Grade Teacher #3
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Mrs. Jandy Anderson

Second Grade Teacher
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Mrs. Emilia Matt

Second Grade Teacher
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Emilia Matt is a second grade teacher at Idaho Novus Classical Academy. She is an Idaho native, born and raised in Sandpoint, with a passion for children, learning, nature, and the developing mind. Mrs. Matt recently earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boise State University and has several years of classroom and childcare experience in a variety of settings. Inside Mrs. Matt’s classroom, you will find students who value literature, who know their unique gifts, who discover the joy of learning, and who are in pursuit of a full and meaningful life. Outside of the classroom, you can find Mrs. Matt in the Boise foothills, buried inside a C.S. Lewis novel, or spending time with her husband, lab, and Saint Bernard. She is eager to partner with parents to help children learn the true, do the good, and love the beautiful.

Mrs. Ariel Petushkov

Third Grade Teacher
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Mrs. Ariel Petushkov is beholden to The Master’s University for her bachelor’s degree in English where she graduated with honors in under three years. She credits the education she received there as being a highly beneficial preparation for her life and for teaching.

Her work experience after college began in office management in the food and beverage industry. Eventually she worked in education, doing academic counseling for her alma mater. Since becoming a mother, she has had the privilege of dedicating herself to the work of motherhood and home education for the past 11 years.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Mrs. Petushkov and her family relocated to Eagle in 2021. She currently resides there with her husband of fifteen years and their three precious children. She spends much of her free time actively participating in her local church. She also loves a good organizational project and taking adventurous road trips with her family exploring our beautiful state of Idaho.

She considers it a great privilege to be a part of the founding faculty of Idaho Novus Classical Academy and looks forward to meeting the families who will be a part of her classroom this year.
Third Grade Teacher #2
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Mrs. Laura Young

Fourth Grade Teacher
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Laura Young was born and reared in Nashville, TN. She spent two years at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN before transferring to American University in Washington, D.C. to pursue a degree in communications. She graduated in 2005 with a bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism and a minor in religious studies. After graduation, Mrs. Young stayed in D.C. working as a content manager for a health website.

While in the D.C. area, she met her husband, Erik, and they lived in Whitefish, MT and Portland, OR. In 2013, Mrs. Young received her master’s in teaching from Concordia University. She went on to teach 7th and 8th grade English at West Hills Christian School. Mrs. Young and her family eventually relocated to Boise to be closer to family.

Most of Mrs. Young’s free time is spent volunteering at church and trying to keep up with her two rambunctious children. Her other interests include classic movies from the 1940’s and 1950’s, origami, Star Wars, and Nashville Predators hockey. She also enjoys hiking with her family and exploring everything Boise has to offer.

Mrs. Sheri Trovinger

Fourth Grade Teacher #2
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Mr. Hunter Sharpless

Fifth Grade Teacher
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Mr. Philip Smith

Fifth Grade Teacher
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Hailing from the agricultural heartland of California in the San Joaquin Valley, Mr. Smith completed his bachelor of arts in psychology at Fresno Pacific University. He went on to pursue a career in student services. While teaching, Mr. Smith earned his master of arts in educational leadership and administration from California State University, Fresno.

Mr. Smith’s background in the classroom spanned the K-12 system, teaching at the secondary, intermediate, and elementary levels with an emphasis on the latter. In 2018, he left the classroom to provide instructional coaching to new teachers in the profession. This role took him to his district’s Curriculum Department, where he ultimately became the lead instructional coach for all new teachers entering the profession. Mr. Smith has engaged in a variety of pursuits within the field beyond his primary role, including curriculum design, assessment pilot examiner and trainer, Demonstration Summer Academy Co-Lead, district level committee member, athletic coach, and university guest lecturer.

Mr. David Ross

Sixth Grade Teacher
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Mr. David Ross has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Boise State University, cum laude, and a Master of Arts in philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, summa cum laude. His recent academic works include his guest lecture at Florida College in Temple Terrace, FL titled “Scripture, Philosophy and the Incarnation in the First Four Ecumenical Councils,” his 2021 paper “Measuring, Judging and the Good Life: Aquinas and Kant,” published in the journal Studia Gilsoniana and his paper “Meaning in Life Is a Sign of God,” presented at the American Catholic Philosophical Association’s 2022 conference in New Orleans, LA. Before working at INCA, Mr. Ross worked as a philosophy teacher at Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill, FL, where he also served as the philosophy department chair, developing original 9-12 curricula in logic, rhetoric, moral philosophy, and aiding 12th grade in researching and developing their senior theses by crafting a deep dive into the transcendentals through Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy.

Mr. Cameron McGrady

Sixth Grade Teacher
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Mr. McGrady is originally from San Diego, California. He graduated magna cum laude from Hillsdale College in Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 2019. In the same year, he moved to Fruitland, Idaho and joined the faculty of Treasure Valley Classical Academy, INCA’s sister school, in its opening year. Mr. McGrady was TVCA’s original sixth grade teacher. He served four years in this role, including two years as the faculty chair for fifth and sixth grade.

In 2023, Mr. McGrady graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dallas’ Classical Education Graduate Program with a Master of Humanities with a concentration in classical education. He also taught history and philosophy to TVCA’s ninth and tenth graders.

Mr. McGrady is a husband and father to a growing family. He currently has two young children, and looks forward to sending them to Idaho Novus in years to come!
Art Teacher
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Music Teacher
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Mrs. Beth Hayes

Physical Education Teacher
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Beth Hayes is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in health
sciences from Cleveland State University. Throughout her career, she has worked as a college
chemistry supplemental instructor, exercise therapist, personal trainer, and small business
owner. She and her husband met training for ultra marathons. Adventure brought them to Idaho
in 2017. They have two elementary aged boys. Mrs. Hayes enjoys all things outdoors, as well as playing
and composing music. Outside of school, she teaches piano lessons, instructs small group
fitness classes, volunteers in Sunday school, and plays piano in her church praise band. Mrs. Hayes
feels privileged to get to share her passion for movement and nature with the students and
families of the Idaho Novus Classical Academy community.

Ms. Serena Kapoor

Spanish Teacher
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Serena Kapoor recently graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of science in psychology and a minor in Spanish. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Serena attended the Atlanta International School for her formative years. It was there that she acquired fluency in Spanish through a bi-lingual International Baccalaureate curriculum. She continued her language studies and expanded her cultural experiences throughout her secondary and university years. Serena is excited to be part of pioneering Idaho Novus Classical Academy, as she is an alumna from the first graduating class of Atlanta Classical Academy – an established American classical school.

In her free time, Serena enjoys getting outdoors, doing anything from horseback riding and hiking to hammocking or backpacking. When not outdoors, she enjoys grabbing coffee with friends, getting involved with church ministries, or cozying up on the couch with her cat and a good book.
Special Education Teacher
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Mrs. Laurie Young

Administrative Assistant
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Mr. David Ritter

Enrollment and Communications Coordinator
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David Ritter moved to Star, Idaho, four years ago and is happy to have found the position of enrollment and communications coordinator at Idaho Novus Classical Academy.

Mr. Ritter has experience in a variety of communications-based fields. He is the production assistant at a nearby church. In that role, he operates cameras and sound boards during services and assists with streaming services on the Web. Mr. Ritter also has several years of experience working in a graphic design lab at a community college. In that capacity, he helped students complete their assignments in graphic design, radio, communications, and film. He also developed web pages and helped maintain the college’s Arts Division website. He was previously an on-air personality during a live air slot for a college campus radio station. Mr. Ritter also performed in a variety of theatrical plays that included The Taming of the Shrew, Annie, and The Wizard of Oz.

Mr. Ritter has a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of La Verne. In his spare time Mr. Ritter enjoys studying voice over, practicing drawing, and cooking new recipes.

Mr. Chad Titmus

Facilities Coordinator
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Mrs. Bailey Ross

Educational Resource Coordinator
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Bailey Ross was born in California and has lived in five states since adulthood, but considers Idaho her home. She and her husband, David Ross, look forward to living in Idaho again, both in service to Idaho Novus Classical Academy.

Mrs. Ross' passion for education developed in childhood which prompted her to earn four degrees, the most advanced being an M.S. in Mathematics from Boise State University. Her love for education culminated in twelve years of teaching mathematics full-time in Higher Education. Since middle school, Mrs. Ross has found ways to include private tutoring in her schedule for the delight of one-on-one interactions and light-bulb moments.

Mrs. Ross enjoys time with her husband, son, and dog, and, when given leisure time, she enjoys doing puzzles, reading, knitting, learning about Asian cultures, and playing video games. She is also interested in religion, nature, art, cuisine, and inclement weather.
Bus Driver #1
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Bus Driver #2
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Bus Driver #3
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Bus Driver #4
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Literacy Aide #1
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Literacy Aide #2
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Literacy Aide #3
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Paraprofessional #1
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Paraprofessional #2
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Kitchen Assistant #1
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Kitchen Assistant #2
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