Jodie Zeller is honored to serve as the principal for the Westport Middle School community. He believes that family and community involvement, combined with a positive school learning environment, relationships, and activities, are critical to the success of every child. Zeller looks forward to working with the Westport community to increase student learning and create higher-level experiences based on the needs of all students.
Zeller earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in secondary education at the University of Kentucky, and a master’s degree in instructional leadership and school administration at Bellarmine University. After teaching social studies and being an instructional coach in Shelby County for 5 years, he became an assistant principal at Southside Elementary in Shelby County. Zeller also spent 3 years working as an Outreach Consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education working on the design, development, and deployment of the teacher and principal Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES). Zeller has spent his last 3 years working as an Education Recovery Leader for the Kentucky Department of Education. This role has allowed him to partner with principals and leadership teams to turn around priority schools here in Jefferson County.
Zeller’s mother, Becky, has recently retired as a long-time Reading Recovery teacher here in Jefferson County, and his brother, Josh, is a National Board Certified teacher at Iroquois High School. Zeller enjoys spending time with his wife, Lindsay, five-year-old son, Callan, and two-year-old son, Brooks.
Leadership Bios - Westport Middle School
6th grade Assistant Principal
Ms. Corrigan is from Louisville originally. She graduated from DuPont Manual High School and the University of Louisville with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Spanish, and then later completed her graduate studies there with an Master of Arts in Teaching and Education Specialist Certification. Ms. Corrigan has taught at Ballard High School, Christian Academy of Louisville, and DuPont Manual High School. She is married with one daughter and is both an Indianapolis Colts and UofL fan.
David "Todd" Koch
6th grade Counselor
Mr. Koch serves as the 6th grade counselor. This is his 8th year at Westport. Prior to that, he was a middle school language arts teacher at Conway Middle School and Southern Leadership Academy. He attended the University of Louisville for his BA in English. He received a Masters in Teaching from Spalding University, and then returned to UofL for another graduate degree in school counseling. He loves being a school counselor because he gets to know students on a more personal level and help them work through personal, social, and academic issues. When he's not at school, he loves to spend time with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children. His son, Graham, 23, attended Male High School and Western Kentucky University, his daughter Kendall, 9, attends Greathouse Elementary, and his daughter Kyla, 8, attends Chenoweth Elementary. They enjoy riding bikes, camping, fishing, tubing, and playing at the park with their dog, Little Ann.
William "Craig" Jay
7th grade Assistant Principal
Mr. Jay is originally from Pomona, California where he attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and got his B.S. in Engineering Technology. He got his Rank 1, Certification for Secondary Principal, University of Louisville M.A.T. Art of Teaching, University of Louisville. He began his career in education as a teacher of Computer Science/Business at Ballard High School from 1998 - 2007. He has worked in administration at TT Knight Middle School (2007-2010) and Westport Middle School from 2010 to present. Previous work experience included Regional Administrator at Lockheed/Martin Marietta Corp. and Field Service Engineer at General Electric Corp. He is a Lakers fan and proud father of one daughter.
7th grade Counselor
Ms. Ford comes to Westport Middle from Oldham County with 20 years of experience. She has been a teacher and school counselor in the elementary, middle and high school settings. She has a bachelors degree from Morehead State University and a Rank 1 in School Counseling from Indiana University Southeast. Her favorite part about being a school counselor is getting to work with ALL students and helping them be the best they can be. She has been married to her husband, Greg, for 20 years. She has two daughters; Addison, 16 and Elliot, 11. Ms. Ford loves to unwind by spending time at the lake/beach, cycling and reading.
8th grade Assistant Principal
Ms. Cardell is a Louisville native who has worked at Westport since 2004. She has been in education 22 years and her roles have included science teacher, counselor and Assistant Principal. She completed her undergrad at Morehead State University, her MA at the University of Louisville and her Rank 1 at Western Kentucky University. She is married with three adorable daughters.
8th grade Counselor
Ms. Spaulding is passionate about education and believes it is the passport for success! This is her third year at Westport and her fifth year as a counselor. Prior to coming to Westport Middle School, she was a counselor at an elementary school and taught for eight years as a middle school special education teacher at TT Knight Middle School. Ms. Spaulding is married and has an adorable Yorkie.
Mr. Motley serves as the assistant principal for Special Education and Related Arts. He is from Tampa, FL by way of Louisville, KY. He currently holds an Ed.S from Bellarmine University, M.A.T. in Special Education from Spalding University and a Bachelors of the Arts from Kentucky State University. Prior to joining the Westport Family, he served as an assistant principal at The Academy at Shawnee and Special Education Consulting Teacher at Seneca High School. Mr. Motley is also a veteran having served 11 years in the US Army Reserves. Mr. Motley has a dedication for accruing new knowledge and strives to improve student achievement by working tirelessly to improve school culture and building positive and long lasting relationships with all stakeholders. Mr. Motley has an open door policy and encourages families to conference with him regarding any and all student needs. He and his entire family are diehard Louisville Cardinal and Pittsburgh Steeler fans. Mr. Motley is a dedicated family man with three loving children: Makiah, Gary Jr., and Malikye and two spunky Shih Tzu’s named Tyson and Zoie. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.