Faculty Directory

 
Dr. Barber
 
Dr. Nathalie Marie-Josée Barber
French Teacher. Education: B.A. in Sociology from the University of Quebec in Montreal.
Doctorate in Leadership Education (Spalding University), Master of Arts in Teaching (Indiana Wesleyan University). Teaching at Bethlehem since 2000. Sponsor: Stress Reduction, French National Honor Society (FNHS).
Favorite Lesson Day: Celebrating Mass in French as she did growing up
 
 
Jeannie Bell
Spanish Teacher. Education: Bachelor Degree Math/Spanish, University of St. Francis.  
Favorite Quote: ¡Estamos agradecidos!
Teaching Philosophy: If you memorize it, you forget it. If you use it, you make it yours.
Little known fact: She is a twin.
 
Ruth Ann Cocanougher
Director of Finance. rcocanougher@bethlehemhigh.org
Jordan Cooper-Livers
Jordan Cooper-Livers
Physical Education Teacher. Assistant Coach for football, basketball and track.
Education: Bachelor's from Brescia College. 2013 Graduate of Bethlehem. 
Teaching Philosophy: "In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn."
Hidden Talents: NBA 2K Master
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).
Little known fact: Studied abroad in Morocco
Currently listening to Constitutional Podcast
Her favorite unit: The Cold War
 
 
 
 
Mary Ann Downs
Dean of Academics. B.A. in English Education, University of Kentucky. M.A. Occupational Training and Development/Instructional Technology, University of Louisville. Associate Catechist certification, Archdiocese of Louisville. Mrs. Downs is a 1985 graduate of Bethlehem. 
Little Known Fact: Rock collector
Favorite Quote: 2 John1:6 "All I ask is that you walk in love."
Favorite Bethlehem Day: Baccalaureate
 
Patrice Edelen
Secretary/Receptionist. Retired instructional coach and teacher from the Kentucky public school system after 27 years. 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. 
Little known fact: A few years ago, I won my age division in the Kentucky Derby Mini-Marathon.
What she loved most about high school: The relationships I formed with my friends and my teachers. Being in clubs and playing basketball was very rewarding for me.
 
 
Lynn Hamilton
English Teacher. Education: B.A. in Communication from University of Kentucky, B.A. in Education from Northern Kentucky University, M.A. in Education from Northern Kentucky University. Employed at Bethlehem High School since 2011. Mrs. Hamilton began her teaching career at Conner Junior High in Boone County, KY in 1981. Since then, she has taught at Nelson County High School, Marion County High School, Washington County High School, and her last 17 years at Bardstown Middle and High School. She retired after 30 years of teaching from public education and began at Bethlehem in 2011.  
 
 
Stuart Hamilton
Religion Teacher. Coordinator of Campus Ministry. Education: Theology and English Literature, Minor in Theater from Bellarmine University. Employed at Bethlehem High School since 2008. Mr Hamilton is the sponsor of the Pro-Life Club and facilitates student participation in Ignite Your Torch, the March for Life and the National Catholic Youth Conference. He is the assistant director of two student drama productions each year.
 
 
Patricia Harrison
Science Teacher. Education: B.S. from the University of Kentucky. Master of Education from the University of Louisville. Over 30 years teaching experience. Member National Science Teachers Association.
 
 
Jan Howard
Bookkeeper. Education: Associate's in Computer Information Systems. Employed at Bethlehem High School since 2007, Mrs. Howard is a graduate of Bethlehem and is mother of two graduates.
Email: jhoward@bethlehemhigh.org
Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson
Cafeteria Manager. Associate's Degree from Elizabethtown Community College. Native Nelson Countian. Employed at Bethlehem since 2011.   
 
 
Katie Kiefer 
English Teacher. Education: B. S. 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 U of L and is a 2012 Bethlehem graduate.
Her favorite quote: "Throw kindness around like confetti."
When not teaching, Ms. Kiefer can be performing with the theatre group, Acting Against Cancer. 
 
Sarah Kremer
English/Humanities Teacher. Education: B.A. in English from Indiana University Southeast and an M.S. degree in Recreation and Athletic Administration from Western Kentucky University. 
Second Job: Jazzercize Instructor
My teaching philosophy is that all students can and want to learn, it is my job to help each individual recognize that love for learning.
 
Rita Koontz
Career and College Guidance Counselor: B.S.in Education from Austin Peay State University. M.Ed. from University of Louisville. Rank I from University of Louisville. Employed at Bethlehem High School since 2010. 
Personal Goal: To visit all the major league baseball venues, so far I've been to 9.
Her motto: "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." Albert Einstein
 
Ron Koontz
Dean of Students, Transportation Director. Education: B.A. in Secondary Education from Austin Peay. M.Ed in History from University of Louisville. Employed at Bethlehem High School since 2010.
Not so secret hobby: Military simulations/History reenactments.
In high school, Mr. Koontz loved playing football and taking history classes.
 
Chasity Livers
Mathematics Teacher. Education: B.S. in Education: Math from Spalding University. M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Spalding University. Mrs. Livers received the Catholic Education Foundation Teacher Award in 2013 and was a scholarship recipient of Honeywell Educators at Space Academy in 2016.
Hidden Talent: Clogging
Motto: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. ~ Dr. Seuss  
 
Brigid Manion
English/Religion Teacher. Education: BA in Theology from the University of Dallas and MAT from Aquinas College with English as content area.
She graduated from Bethlehem in 2006 and is "delighted to be back home."
Currently listening to Mandolin Orange and Hank Williams' gospel songs
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."
Molly Mattingly
Molly Mattingly
Director or Advancement. Education Major Eastern Kentucky University
 
 
 
Connie McDowell
Science Teacher. Education: BS from Centre College. MAT from the University of Louisville. Employed at Bethlehem since 1988. She is a 1983 graduate. She has 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
 
Paige Montgomery
Director of Admissions, 2012 Bethlehem graduate
 
Tom Moss
Mathematics Teacher. Education: B.A. in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Berea College. M.A. Secondary Education with emphasis on Mathematics from the University of Kentucky. Employed at Bethlehem High School since 2008. Mr. Moss taught at the University of Kentucky and Henry Clay High School for 30 years. Mr. Moss assisted in the writing of College Algebra, College Trigonometry, and Elementary Calculus textbooks with Chris Vancil. Recipient of the 2012 Dan Ulmer Award for Teaching.
 
Laura Nobel
Social Studies Teacher. Education: Dayton University
 
Tricia Payne
Librarian/Information Technology Director. Master's Degree in Library Science, UK;  Master's Degree, Learning and Behavior Disorders,  University of the Cumberlands. 
Teaching Philosophy: "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." Frederick Douglass
What should every student read? I don't even know where to start with this one! Students should read "1984", the original dystopian novel. "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis and "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio (the books are better than the movies, of course!)
 
 
Ron Ray
Assistant Athletic Director
 
Gilly Simpson
Religion Teacher. Athletic Director
 
Christine Rieth
Math and Science Teacher.  Graduated from Assumption High School.  Earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Louisville's Speed Scientific School, and later a MAT in Secondary Education from the University of Louisville.  Before coming to Bethlehem High School, where her daughters attend school, she taught Chemistry and Mathematics at Mercy Academy in Louisville for eight years. 
Email: crieth@bethlehemhigh.org
 
Fran Spaulding
Accounting I, Computer Applications, Marketing Principles, Broadcasting. Education: BA from the University of Kentucky. Masters of Business Education from the University of Kentucky. Employed at Bethlehem High School since 1987. Mrs. Spaulding is the Producer of Star News, the Yearbook Sponsor and the Swim Team Coach. She is a member of the Business Educator's Association.
 
Sara Thurmond
Principal, Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science with a minor in Business (Campbellsville University)
Master of Arts in Sports Management (University of Kentucky)
Master of Arts in Teaching (Bellarmine University)
Education Specialist & K-12 Principal Certification (University of the Cumberlands)
Favorite Quote - Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements.  -John Maxwell
You can never be overdressed or overeducated.  - Oscar Wilde
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. sthurmond@bethlehemhigh.org
 
Bryan Walker
Geometry and American Government Teacher. BA from Centre College. Head Football Coach. 
Mr. 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 level.  He is married to Maggie, and the couple has a young daughter named Blair.