Lauren Stearman Steers Her Way into SHA Hearts


Ms. Stearman, a first-year teacher at SHA, is teaching religion to sophomores this year.

Caroline Puryear and Elizabeth Carrigan

After a five year stay in Steubenville, Ohio, Louisville native Lauren Stearman makes her return to the ‘Ville to teach sophomore theology at Sacred Heart Academy.

Stearman attended Assumption High School and later Franciscan University, a small Catholic college well-known for their theology program, which was a perfect fit for her. There she obtained her BA in English and theology while playing soccer for the university’s team. Stearman was staying an extra semester to complete her degree in high school education when she received the opportunity to teach at Sacred Heart and took it immediately. She saw it as the perfect time to move back home.

“I always wanted to come back to Louisville,” Stearman said.

From an early age, Stearman was interested in her faith.

Her father, a youth minister, is her biggest influence and the person who inspired her to pursue theology. Stearman realized her calling was to become a teacher in high school when she noticed what an influential time it was in a person’s faith life.

“I saw the ways that religion classes could strengthen a person’s belief,” Stearman said. “And I wanted to be a part of that.”

Outside of school Stearman can often be found spending time with family or exercising. Although she no longer plays soccer, Stearman has run two half marathons and plans to run again in the future. If she is not running or with her family she is most likely singing or playing guitar. Stearman told The Rune that she learned how to play guitar through her father and YouTube videos.

We are beyond excited to welcome Ms. Lauren Stearman to Sacred Heart Academy and cannot wait to see all the incredible things she does!