Faculty Directory

 
Dr. Barber
 
Dr. Nathalie Marie-Josée Barber
Learning Consultant
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.
 
 
Steve Heil
Director of Finance
 
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.
 
Stuart Hamilton
 
Stuart Hamilton
Religion Teacher
Coordinator of Campus Ministry
Education: BS in Theology from Bellarmine University; MA in Theology from St. Meinrad Seminary
Mr. Hamilton facilitates student participation in Ignite Your Torch, the March for Life, and the National Catholic Youth Conference. He has undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Theater.
Mr. Hamilton has a lovely wife and 5 boys which doesn't leave much time for hobbies or free time.
 
 
 
Patricia Harrison
Science Teacher
Sponsor of Interact Club
Education: BS in Biology from the University of Kentucky; Master of Education from the University of Louisville
Ms. Harrison has taught at Bethlehem for 28 years and is a member of the National Science Teachers Association.
She enjoys gardening in her free time.
 
 
 
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 the mother of two Bethlehem graduates.
 
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.
 
 
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
English/Religion Teacher
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.
 
 
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 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 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
Paige Montgomery
Director of Admissions
Cheer Head Coach
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
 
 
Tom Moss
Mathematics Teacher
Education: BA in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Berea College; MA Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics from University of Kentucky
Mr. Moss has a lifetime certification in Mathematics for grades 7-12.  He believes as long as the effort is there, one will accomplish much of their goal.  Mr. Moss assisted in the writing of College Algebra, College Trigonometry, and Elementary Calculus textbooks with Chris Vancil. He is a recipient of the 2012 Dan Ulmer Award for Teaching.  In his free time, he enjoys fishing and watching sports.
 
Laura Nobel
Laura Nobel
Social Studies Teacher
Sponsor of BETA Club
Education: BS in Secondary Education in Social Studies and History from University of Dayton
Ms. Nobel loves being a teacher because she gets to be a lifelong learner.
She enjoys musical theater and reading books in her free time.
 
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+ and Network A+ 
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.
 
 
 
Ron Ray
Assistant Athletic Director
 
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.
 
 
Christie Rieth
Math/Computer Science Teacher 
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Louisville's Speed School; MAT in Secondary Chemistry from the University of Louisville  
Mrs. Rieth believes that mathematics is inherent to all disciplines.  Recognizing and decoding mathematical patterns is key in solving many real-world problems.  She hopes that she can pass on the idea that math is useful for every profession.  
Mrs. Rieth enjoys spending time with her family and enjoys the outdoors.
 
 
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
Geometry and American Government Teacher
Football Head Coach
Track 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
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.