Curriculum Highlights Middle School

  • Development of analytical and problem-solving skills critical for success in high school and beyond
  • Close collaboration of teachers to develop cross-curricular projects and surround students with support
  • Whole-child centered approach for maturation, accountability and resilience of students
  • Intentional focus on written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills

Meet the Middle School Team

Caring, Passionate Educators and Mentors

  • Walter Whitfield

    STEM & Middle School Science

  • Marian Congdon

    Art Teacher, Academic Support

  • Felicia Carter

    Middle School Math Teacher, 6-8 Team Leader

Walter Whitfield

STEM & Middle School Science

Marian Congdon

Art Teacher, Academic Support

What is Mrs. Congdon’s background?

Mrs. Congdon has a BFA degree in painting and printmaking from Miami University with an art history minor, an MFA from University of California, Berkeley, and graduate courses in behavior analysis for BCBA certification from Florida Institute of Technology. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio.

What was Mrs. Congdon’s best vacation?

Her best vacation was going to Munich, Germany, with her husband. They stayed with friends and visited castles, cathedrals, Bavaria, Salzburg, and Innsbruck, Austria. They rode an Alpine coaster in Meiders, Austria, and ate delicious food.

What are her hobbies?

Mrs. Congdon took up crochet when Covid lockdowns started. She likes to use scrap yarn, plarn (made from plastic bags), and old t-shirts.

About Mrs. Congdon’s family

She has been married to her husband, Eric, since 1994. He is a musician. They have four adult children, and three of them attended ICS! They have two cats, two dogs, and an aquarium full of snails and some fish.

What is her favorite quote?

“The simplest and most practical lesson I know is to resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow.” – Catherine McAuley

Who influences or inspires her?

Her students, pre-k through 8th grade, inspire and influence Mrs. Congdon. She loves to learn, and that’s what they do best. Every day she gets to see learning in action, and every day they teach her something new.

Felicia Carter

Middle School Math Teacher, 6-8 Team Leader

What is Mrs. Carter’s background?

Mrs. Carter has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from UNC Asheville. She is a rare Hendersonville native and was on the school cheerleading team.

What are her hobbies?

Mrs. Carter likes to read and spend time with her family. She also enjoys shopping.

About Mrs. Carter’s family

She is married to her high school sweetheart, Matt, and has a son named Jackson who attends East Carolina University majoring in business and pre-law. She also has a Germen Shepherd named Axel.

What is something random we might not know about Mrs. Carter?

She danced for former President George H. W. Gush with other students from Pat’s School of Dance when he attended the Apple Festival in Hendersonville in 1992.

What is her favorite quote?

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

What is one of her favorite childhood memories?

“I remember the day that my parents picked me up from preschool with my new baby sister in the car. I just kept touching her face and asking if she was real. I thought she was a baby doll.”
  • Sarah Bell

    Religion Teacher, 7th Grade Homeroom

  • Brian Longacre

    Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

Sarah Bell

Religion Teacher, 7th Grade Homeroom

What is Ms. Bell’s background?

Ms. Bell has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Humboldt State University. She grew up in Shafter, California, where she enjoyed playing sports, especially gymnastics.

What are her hobbies?

Ms. Bell enjoys walking with friends and embroidery.

About Ms. Bell’s family

She has two amazing, enthusiastic kids, Lindsey and Ian.

What is her favorite quote?

“It is easy to talk about the cross; it is not easy to carry your cross.” – Fr. Mike Schmitz

What does she love about teaching?

The kids. Each one is unique and special, and as a teacher you are just trying to figure out how best to serve, teach, and challenge each of them.

Brian Longacre

Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

What is Mr. Longacre’s background?

Mr. Longacre has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Florida Atlantic University and is working on a Master of Arts in English Education from Western Carolina University. He grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

What are Mr. Longacre’s favorite places?

Coffee shops and coral reefs.

What are his hobbies?

Mr. Longacre loves animals and art.

What is something random we may not know about Mr. Longacre?

He can braid hair; he met Johnny Cash, he’s picked up a sloth in the wild, and he once scored seven goals in one soccer game.


What is Mr. Longacre’s favorite thing about Immaculata?

“I love the true value children discover on the other side of stereotypes and superficiality. Education liberates all of us from the imprisoning effects of unknowing.”

Progress Monitoring: How do we know your child is ready for the Next Step?

  • MobyMax used for individualized progress monitoring and differentiation instruction to fill in any learning gaps or further challenge students
  • Acadience reading and math benchmark assessments used to monitor growth
  • Yearly standardized assessment used as a tool to guide instruction and measure student growth but not as definitive way in which growth is measured

Five Star Accreditation for 5-Star Care. Capable, loving preparation for elementary school.


Focusing on the fundamentals and differentiation of strengths to target math and reading foundations.

Leading your child on a successful educational path of inquiry-based learning and intrinsic motivation.