Faculty & Staff Directory

Carter Alvey
Carter Alvey
Science/Math Teacher
Education: 2018 Bethlehem High School graduate; Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics from Centre College
He enjoys speaking and learning French, playing soccer, reading, and watching films. He considers himself a well-rounded academic having been involved in several research projects in diverse fields including a paper that was published in the journal of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts for a paper on knowledge and the perceived value of art. 
 
 
Dr. Barber
 
Dr. Nathalie Marie-Josée Barber
Learning Coordinator
Mental Health Counselor
Sponsor of Stress Reduction, French National Honor Society
Education: BA in Sociology and a minor in Dramatic Arts from the University of Quebec in Montreal; MaEd from Indiana Wesleyan University; Doctorate in Leadership Education from Spalding University, Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Campbellsville University
Dr. Barber encourages students to nurture an engaged prayer life and teach research-based stress reduction skills.  These skills contribute to personal and academic achievements.  She is also an avid swimmer and loves to dance.
 
 
 
Jeannie Bell
Spanish/Math Teacher
Sponsor of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society
Education: BS in Math/Spanish from University of St. Francis
Mrs. Bell believes ongoing, experiential, and faith-based learning keeps us growing, happy, and successful in life.
Mrs. Bell's three favorite things are family, friends, and fresh air.
 
Chance Bodine
Chance Bodine
Bethlehem Prep Coordinator/Strength & Conditioning Coach
Education: 2015 Bethlehem High School graduate; Bachelor's Degree in Exercise & Sport Science; Master of Arts in Teaching from Eastern Kentucky University.
Coach Bodine played college baseball at Eastern Kentucky University and currently serves as the Bethlehem Prep Baseball Coach and as an assistant with the Bethlehem Eagle Baseball team. 
 
Dan Bradley
Dan Bradley
Assistant Athletic Director/English Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Kentucky, Masters in Education from the University of Louisville, Rank I in School Leadership and Instructional Supervision from the University of Kentucky 
Coach Bradley has had an extremely successful coaching career in that he has coached region and conference champion teams and individuals.  He and his family are very active members of their church.  He is a happy husband of 32 years and a proud dad to four grown children.
 
Jordan Cooper-Livers
Jordan Cooper-Livers
Physical Education Teacher
Boys Basketball Head Coach
Football Assistant Coach
Education: BA in Psychology with a minor in Sports Management from Brescia University; 2013 Graduate of Bethlehem
Teaching Philosophy: "In learning, you will teach, and in teaching, you will learn."
Coach Cooper-Livers enjoys traveling, playing sports, and hiking.
Motto: "Work hard and pray daily, and you will get to where you need to go."
 
 
 
Laura Craig
Social Studies Teacher
Education: BA in History and English and AA in Theology from Thomas More College; MA in History from Miami University (Ohio); MAT from Thomas More College
Mrs. Craig believes that travel is the best education!  She studied in England, Morocco, New York City, and Mount Vernon.
Mrs. Craig loves watching her daughter learn, planning her next trip, and choosing her Book of the Month.
 
 
Patrice Edelen
Secretary/Receptionist
BA from Transylvania University in Elementary Education; Masters from the University of Louisville in Counseling Psychology; Gifted Education Endorsement from Northern Kentucky University; Principal certification from the University of the Cumberlands; and Instructional Leadership Degree from the University of Kentucky. 
Mrs. Edelen was an elementary teacher for 13 years before becoming an instructional coach.  She taught in four public school systems and retired to join Bethlehem as the school secretary in 2018.
Mrs. Edelen loves watching great shows on streaming services during her workouts.  She also loves spending time with her husband and two children.
 
Steve Heil
Finance Director
 
 
Mary Beth Montgomery
 
Mary Beth Montgomery
Bookkeeper
Education: BA in Economics - Bellarmine University
Masters of Business - University of TN
Mrs. Montgomery has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of business, including over 5 years working with schools and parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville. She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church along with her husband, Khris, and three children. Mary Beth enjoys spending her time on the sidelines cheering on her children in sports, reading, water skiing, and wake surfing. 
Andy Hughes
Andy Hughes
Social Studies Teacher
Education: Bachelor's in Social Studies Education from Campbellsville University 
During his time at Campbellsville University, he played on the JV Men’s Tennis team, served as a Residential Assistant, and actively supported both Phi Alpha Theta (History Club) and the CU Outdoors clubs. Mr. Hughes is always excited to share his reverence for history with his students.
 
Mara Huston
Mara Huston
Art Teacher
Education: BA from University of Kentucky
Mrs. Huston is entering her 23rd year teaching at Bethlehem.  She is a professional artist, graphic designer, photographer, and mom of two daughters who are Bethlehem graduates.
Mrs. Huston is currently working with experimental painting techniques, gold leaf, and fluid acrylics.
 
 
Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson
Cafeteria Manager
Associate's Degree from Elizabethtown Community College.
Native Nelson Countian. Employed at Bethlehem since 2011.
Personal Philosophy: I have learned more about life and respect sitting at the dinner table than anywhere else. 
 
 
 
Katie Kiefer 
English Teacher
Theatre Director
Education: BS in Secondary Education: English from the University of Louisville. She was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Candidate Award in Middle and Secondary Language Arts Education at University of Louisville and is a 2012 Bethlehem graduate.
Ms. Kiefer believes that reading is a necessary part of learning about and practicing empathy.  Reading is one of the best paths to becoming a kind, compassionate, and understanding person.
 
 
Sarah Kremer
English/Humanities Teacher
Sponsor of Green Dot Club
Education: BA in English from Indiana University Southeast and an MS degree in Recreation and Athletic Administration from Western Kentucky University. 
Mrs. Kremer believes strongly in faith-based education and incorporating character education into daily lessons.  She also loves all things outdoors.
 
 
Rita Koontz
Career and College Guidance Counselor
Sponsor of National Honor Society
BS in Education from Austin Peay State University; MaEd from University of Louisville; Rank I in Math from University of Louisville. 
Mrs. Koontz has been an educator for 38 years.  She believes in making education relevant to the needs of the students.
Mrs. Koontz is also a certified Monarch Waystation.  She loves birds, butterflies, and wildflowers. 
 
 
Ron Koontz
Dean of Students, Transportation Director
Education: BS in Education History and minor in Military Science & Geography from Austin Peay State University; Masters in History and Education from University of Louisville
Mr. Koontz believes that you can only prepare for the future by knowing and learning from the past.  
His hobbies include participating in 18th-century living history, reading, working with 15mm military miniatures, researching the 18th and 19th centuries, and camping.
 
Bill Livers
Bill Livers
Maintenance Supervisor
Education: Associate's Mechanical CADD
Mr. Livers has over 20 years of experience in construction and design.  He enjoys the outdoors and Notre Dame football.  He and his wife, Chasity, have three children. 
 
 
Chasity Livers
Dean of Academics
Cross Country Assistant Coach
Sponsor of Student Council
Education: BS in Education: Math from Spalding University; MEd in Instructional Technology from Spalding University; Educational Specialist & K-12 Principal Certification from University of the Cumberlands
Mrs. Livers received the Catholic Education Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.  She taught middle and high school math for 14 years in the Archdiocese. 
Mrs. Livers enjoys reading, sports, and sunshine.
 
 Brigid Manion
Brigid Manion
Religion Teacher
Choir Director
Sponsor of Endow Club
Cross Country Assistant Coach
Education: BA in Theology from the University of Dallas; MAT from Aquinas College with English as a content area.
Ms. Manion graduated from Bethlehem in 2006.  She loves being a teacher.
Teaching philosophy: Inspired by C.S. Lewis who wrote that "the task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts."
Ms. Manion's hobbies include hiking, candle-making, following baseball, and making music.
 
 
Buffy Mann
Buffy Mann
Science/English Teacher
Mrs. Mann retired from public school in 2018 where she enjoyed 22 years in the classroom moving between 6th, 7th and 8th grades teaching Science, English, and exploratory classes.  She was also a principal of a middle school for five years.  Mrs. Mann describes her love which is following the students that she teaches and encouraging them through all areas of their growth and learning.  
 
Alaina Mattingly
Alaina Mattingly
Social Studies Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Arts in History; minors in German, Global Studies, Pastoral Leadership, and Peace & Justice Studies from Marian University
She was a member of the San Damiano Scholars Program for Church Leadership at Marian University. She served as founding Vice President of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society at Marian. Her favorite types of history to study are Holocaust studies and the presidents. Alaina enjoys reading, watching Disney movies with her three younger
brothers, and playing softball. 
 
Molly Mattingly
Molly Mattingly
Director of Advancement
Education: Eastern Kentucky University
Mrs. Mattingly held previous careers as a Flight Attendant and a Real Estate Agent.  
She is the mother of two Bethlehem graduates and two current Bethlehem students.
 
 
 
Connie McDowell
Science Teacher
Sponsor of BioClub
Education: BS from Centre College; MAT from the University of Louisville Employed at Bethlehem since 1988. She is a 1983 graduate.
Mrs. McDowell received the Catholic Education Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Governor's Scholar Outstanding Educator Award, and the first Bethlehem High School Educator of the Year in May 2003.
Her favorite quote: Philippians 4: 6-9
Favorite lesson to teach: DNA gel electrophoresis
 
Barry McGuffin
Barry McGuffin
Math Teacher
Education: BS from Western Kentucky University with a major in Physics and a minor in Mathematics and Computer Science
Mr. McGuffin has taught at both the high school and college level.  He and his wife Sheri have four sons and one granddaughter.  Mr. McGuffin has served the Bardstown community by means of The New Life Center, Bethany Haven, and the Room in the Inn program.
 
Paige Montgomery
Paige Montgomery
Director of Admissions
Sponsor of Student Ambassadors
Education: BA in Psychology & minor in Political Science from University of Kentucky; 2012 Bethlehem graduate
Ms. Montgomery is a third-generation Bethlehem alum.
Mantra: "We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~ Mother Teresa
 
Brad Nord
Brad Nord
Math Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematics and a master's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Louisville.
Mr. Nord started his career working for the Archdiocese of Louisville holding positions at St. Bernard, DeSales, and Holy Cross high schools. He has coached football and taught Geometry and Algebra for 27 years in the public school system.
 
Tricia Payne
Tricia Payne
Librarian/Information Technology Director.
Education: BA in History from University of Kenutcky; Master's Degree in Library Science from University of Kentucky; Master's Degree in Teaching from University of the Cumberlands
I.T. Certifications: Comptia A+, Network+, and Security+
Mrs. Payne has taught students of just about every age, from preschool to senior citizens.  She loves to hike, run, bicycle, and explore the great outdoors.
 
 
Gilly Simpson
Gilly Simpson
Religion Teacher
Athletic Director
Education: BA from Bellarmine University
First Career: Financial Advisor for J.P. Morgan
Mr. Simpson has taught religious education at St. Michael's in Fairfield for 26 years. 
He enjoys reading and writing.  Mr. Simpson has written four books detailing the histories of Catholic parishes and events within the Archdiocese, and one fictional novel that is currently under contract with a literary agent.
 
Kieran Scott
Kieran Scott
English Teacher
Academic Team and Chess Coach
Education: BA in English from Cal State Fullerton
Mr. Scott has recently moved to Bardstown.  He taught for many years in California and Colorado.  He is married with four small children.  Mr. Scott enjoys blogging on food, politics, sports, and Vogon poetry.
Favorite quote: "Not writing is a good deal worse than writing." ~ Flannery O'Connor  
 
 
Fran Spaulding
Accounting I, Computer Applications, Marketing Principles, Broadcasting
Sponsor of the Yearbook; Producer of Star News
Education: BA in Business Education from the University of Kentucky; Masters of Business Education from the University of Kentucky
Mrs. Spaulding completed her student teaching in Quito, Ecuador and in her 35th year as a teacher at Bethlehem.  
She loves to travel, bake, needlepoint/sew, and spend as much time outdoors as possible.
 
Sara Thurmond
Sara Thurmond
Principal
BA in Exercise Science with a minor in Business from Campbellsville University; MA in Sports Management from University of Kentucky; MA in Teaching from Bellarmine University; Education Specialist & K-12 Principal Certification from University of the Cumberlands
Favorite Quote - Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements. ~ John Maxwell
Motto - Good things come to those who hustle!
Little Known Fact - Played college basketball on a full scholarship and still holds the 3 point career record.
 
 
Bryan Walker
Academic Interventionist
Football Head Coach
BA from Centre College
Coach Walker has taught Special Education and Mathematics over the course of his teaching career.  He enjoys teaching a variety of classes at Bethlehem while building the mind and body as a teacher and coach.  Walker has coached football for 16 years at the college and high school levels.  He is married to Maggie, and the couple has a young daughter named Blair.
 
Maggie Walker
Maggie Walker
Spanish Teacher
Education: BS in Spanish Education and minor in Latin American Studies from Miami University (Ohio); MaEd in Educational Administration from Xavier University; Master's in Translation and Interpretation from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Mrs. Walker feels that students learn best when they can relate and apply content to their current and/or future lives.  She does her best to plan according to their learning styles and interests.
Mrs. Walker enjoys being with her family, traveling, reading, and trying new recipes in her free time.