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Welcome to our new faculty members!

Bardstown City Schools prides itself on the quality of its teaching staff and we are proud to welcome some new faculty members to our team this year!  These brief biographies are intended to help you get to know the newest members of the BCS family.  Please welcome . . .

Bardstown Early Childhood welcomes Ashley Hettinger to their teaching staff this year. Ms. Hettinger grew up in Nelson County and loves her local community and is pleased to be teaching here. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Early Elementary Education from the University of Louisville and this is her first year teaching. She has been a substitute in the Bullitt County school district and an educator at the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville.

Ms. Hettinger loves to read and her favorite book is “The Giver” by Lois Lowery. When asked what her favorite grade was in school, Ms. Hettinger said, “8th grade – The school librarian was also my math teacher and she showed me how fun math can be. I was also introduced to Agriculture Education and FFA, which allowed me to grow into a leader in my school and community.” 

Bardstown Middle School welcomes Mr. Nate Paden to the teaching staff. Mr. Paden will be teaching 7th and 8th grade English/Language Arts. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University.  He most recently taught middle school in Tennessee and is pleased to be returning to teach in his home state.

Mr. Paden comes from a family of educators - both his parents are middle school teachers. His wife is also a certified teacher. Paden attributes his favorite quote to Yoda: “Do or do not, there is no try.” Hunting and fishing are among Paden’s hobbies and he cites Dennis L. McKiernan as a favorite author.

Ms. Dana Hines is joining the faculty of Bardstown High School, teaching 9th grade algebra. Ms. Hines is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she received her Bachelor’s degree. She received her Rank II in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Kentucky University. She also holds a Gifted and Talented Endorsement from Campbellsville University. In addition to her experience in the classroom, Ms. Hines has served as an Instructional Coach for the past 8 years.

Ms. Hines says she has heard great things about Bardstown City Schools from students, parents and educators and is happy to be joining the district. Ms. Hines has a son who is entering his senior year at Thomas Nelson and two daughters who will be attending Bardstown Middle School. Cheering her kids through all their activities, camping, sewing, playing board games and just being with family are how she enjoys her free time. 

Bardstown High School welcomes Mr. Logan Gilbert as he joins the faculty to teach English. Mr. Gilbert earned his Bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University. Gilbert is looking forward to being part of “a high-performing school district with a strong support system for teachers and students.”

Mr. Gilbert’s hobbies include exercise and he enjoys watching basketball, baseball and hockey. He says his favorite podcast is “Mike & Mike” and he enjoys the music of Kanye West. Mr. Gilbert recalls his junior year in high school as one of his favorites as that year brought both pressure and accountability. “Pressure and high stakes turn children into adults,” adds Gilbert.

Ms. Richae Logan is joining the faculty of Bardstown High School as a special education teacher. Ms. Logan is a graduate of Bardstown High School and is looking forward to teaching at her alma mater. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from UK and a master’s in special education from the University of the Cumberlands. Ms. Logan is looking forward to getting to know her new students while working alongside some of her former teachers.

Ms. Logan has a younger sister who will be a senior at BHS this year and a nephew attending Bardstown Early Childhood. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and enjoys reading books by author James Patterson.

Ms. Emily Earley is being welcomed to the Bardstown Elementary faculty. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UK and has a Master’s in Special Education with a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. Ms. Earley said she was attracted to BCS because of the family oriented mindset and the amount of support provided to students and their families.

Ms. Earley was raised in Bardstown and moved back to the community two years ago. She and husband Patrick have a three year old. She calls herself a “serial hobbyist who loves to learn about new things and DIY.” Ms. Earley cites her favorite quote as “The only person you should strive to be better than is the person you were yesterday.” She is a fan of Kentucky Sports Radio podcasts and the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Joining the Bardstown High School faculty is Ms. Allena Hamilton. She was born and raised in Washington County and has a 16 year old son and a 13 year old daughter. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities and holds a Rank I in Special Education.  Ms. Hamilton has been teaching in Washington County since 2007. Ms. Hamilton says the small size of the district, along with the excellent reputation of the district’s special education department are what drew her to BCS.

Ms. Hamilton enjoys reading and says the Harry Potter series rank as some her favorite books. She is a fan of the Kentucky Sports Radio podcast. Hamilton says her senior year of high school represented the beginning of change and independence for her and was one of her best years in school.

Ms. Morgan Dalton will be teaching English at Bardstown High School. Her Bachelor’s degree in English education is from Eastern Kentucky University. Ms. Dalton says she was attracted to Bardstown because of the family atmosphere, noting that the support students and staff give each other is something that is not found everywhere.

Ms. Dalton says she is looking forward to building relationships with her students so that she can best help them grow both in and outside of the classroom. Her favorite quote is from Oscar Wilde – “You can never be overdressed or over-educated” and her favorite book is “The Great Gatsby.” She recalls her junior year of high school as her favorite grade in school because “I was really challenged to start growing into the person I am today.”

Ms. Amanda Smith is a 2000 graduate of Bardstown High School and is happy to be joining the faculty of her alma mater as a pre-AP and AP Biology teacher. Smith received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Georgetown College and her Master’s degree from Bellarmine. She did her student teaching at BHS, has taught middle school, and comes to this position from the financial services industry.

Smith says she is looking forward to getting to know her students and other staff members and is happy to be a Tiger again. She and her husband and three children live in Cox’s Creek. She loves all kinds of music and says that junior year of high school was her favorite because of classes with friends, old enough to drive, challenging coursework and prom!

Ms. Shelby Turner is joining the Bardstown Middle School faculty as 7th Grade Language Arts teacher. Originally from Bowling Green, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Language Arts/Social Studies Middle Grade Education from Western Kentucky University. Recently married, she and her husband moved to Bardstown this summer.

In her free time, Ms. Turner loves to read and listen to music. Her favorite bands are The Icarus Account and Parachute and she loves discovering new music. “Roses” by Leila Meacham is her favorite book. She recalls her own middle school experience as some of the best years of school because of the great teachers she had who encouraged her both academically and as a person.

Ms. Bethany Watkins will be a Speech/Language Pathologist at Bardstown Early Childhood. She earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and her Master’s degree in Speech/Language Pathology from Murray State University. Ms. Watkins said she was attracted to the district because teachers here had expressed what a quality district this is and that the special education department is so highly regarded.

Ms. Watkins has been married for five years and welcomed her first child, a daughter, in February. In addition to spending time with family, she enjoys playing golf. Ms. Watkins enjoys listening to country music and says 3rd grade was her favorite in school because of her teacher, Mrs. Phillips.

Ms. Dana Tindle will be the STEAM Ahead teacher at Bardstown Early Childhood this year. The STEAM Ahead program is an extension of the school day for qualifying four-year-old preschool students. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Education, both from Bellarmine University. She has been teaching kindergarten for the past seven years. Growing up in Bardstown, Ms. Tindle says she has always heard about the supportive and innovative community of Bardstown City Schools and is happy to be a part of it.

Ms. Tindle has two young children and enjoys spending free time with family and friends. She also enjoys cooking and camping. “I am excited to help my students grow and explore,” she says.

Bardstown Elementary welcomes Ms. Katie Hanson as a 4th grade teacher. Hanson has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from UofL and a Master’s degree in teacher leadership from University of the Cumberlands. She has been teaching in Jefferson County Public Schools since 2010. Ms. Hanson is pleased to be joining “a successful school district that focuses on the whole child.”

Ms. Hanson considers having family time with her husband and two young daughters as the best way to spend her free time. When asked about her favorite grade in school, Ms. Hanson says 4th grade because that was the year she had the teacher who inspired her to be a teacher.

Ms. Emily Beam will join the Bardstown High School faculty as a Spanish teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from UK and a Master’s from Morehead State University. She taught Spanish at Thomas Nelson High School prior to accepting her position at BHS. Ms. Beam graduated from Bardstown High School and is looking forward to returning because “the spirit and traditions are unmatched.”

Ms. Beam enjoys travel, pool time in the summer, and time with family and friends. She says one of her favorite books is “Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood” and she enjoys both country and classic rock music. Ms. Beam’s favorite quote is “Que’ sera’, sera’ or “Whatever will be, will be.” Her favorite grade in school was her senior year because it brought the most freedom and respect for her time and classes at BHS.

Ms. Karie Peake is joining the faculty of Bardstown Elementary School. Peake is a Bardstown High School graduate and gained her Bachelor's Degree from Western Kentucky University and her Master's in Special Education from University of the Cumberlands. Ms. Peake has been teaching at New Haven School since 2014.

Also joining the faculty at Bardstown Middle School as a science teacher is Monika Seitz. Ms. Seitz graduated from Bardstown High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Morehead State University and her Master's in Education from Western Kentucky University. She is certified to teach grades 7-12 with endorsements in Math, Chemistry, and Biology and has more than 20 years teaching experience.

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