Educating the Mind and the Heart
As His Excellency Roger J. Foys, Bishop of Covington, is accumstomed to saying, "There are alternatives to Catholic Schools, but there is no substitute." There is no substitute, we believe, because Catholic Education offers a wholistic and integral education. To quote Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, our wonderful teachers at Saint Patrick strive to "always place education side by side with instruction. The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for Heaven." We strive to train the intellect of our students, cultivate their faith, and instill the virtues necessary for living a good life.
Rev. Michael A. Black
Parochial Vicar, Chaplain, Religion Teacher, Spanish Teacher, Boys Varsity Soccer Coach, Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, Middle School Soccer Coach
I am Roman Catholic priest of God Most High for the Diocese of Covington. I am originally from the El Paso, Texas/ Ciudad Juarez, Mexico area and grew up speaking both Spanish and English. I am an avid soccer fan (HALA MADRID!), having played at Pachuca in the Second Division in Mexico. I earned an Honor's Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Notre Dame. I studied for the Priesthood at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH where I earned an M.Div., M.A. in Systematic Theology, and an S.T.B. through the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome in Systematic Theology. In 2019, I earned a PhL in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. I thoroughly enjoy my role as Chaplain, Coach, and Teacher at Saint Patrick School!
Mrs. Bonnie Davis
Montesorri PreSchool Director
I am a Montessori Director and Lead Teacher for St. Patrick Montessori Preschool. I attended MCTC to pursue my career in Early Childhood Education. While attending MCTC I received an Associates in degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) along with my Directors Certification. While interning at Nativity Montessori School I realized my love for Montessori education. I immediately enrolled at Xavier University where I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, Ohio and Kentucky Certification P-3 and American Montessori Society Certification. I enjoy spending time with family, reading, gardening, hiking and traveling. Montessori is a unique method of teaching developed more than 100 years ago by Italian born physician, educator and peace advocate, Dr. Maria Montessori.
My passion for Montessori comes from its philosophy. The Montessori teaching method uses hands-on, self-correcting materials in a thoughtfully prepared environment that encourages responsibility, independence and confidence. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child – physical, social, emotional and cognitive.
Mrs. Kandis Sweet
Montesorri PreSchool Assistant
At an early age Kandis substituted as a Sunday School Teacher for her mother's kindergarten class. During this time Kandis realized that she had a passion for teaching.
For nine years Kandis was the Instructional Assistant at Nativity Montessori School. Three of those nine years Kandis was also the coordinator for After Care Enrichment.
It is such a joyful and rewarding experience watching the children develop their motor and learning skills. Her gentle spirit is shared with each child, encouraging them to excel. Kandis has two sons, Isaac age 17 and Zachariah age 11. Her hobbies include art projects, reading, yard work, and sports with her son. Kandis also served in the US Army Reserves/National Guard from 1989-1997.
Mrs. Tonya Hughes
My name is Tonya Hughes. I have been the kindergarten teacher at SPS for going on 10 years. Teaching in a Christ centered school is my passion. I love being able to connect our Diocesan curriculum to the lives of my students and reinforcing in them the love of Jesus.
Mrs. Laura Hallman
My name is Laura Hallman and I teach 1st grade. I am an alumni of St. Patrick’s and am so excited to begin my fourth year of teaching here. I love first grade and all of the exploring, learning, and fun we get to have! I am married to Josh Hallman and we have two dogs, Hercules and Honey.
Mrs. Katie Parker
I’m Katie Parker. I’m a graduate of St. Patrick School and I’ve been teaching here for over 20 years. I live with my husband Rick, daughter Sophia, and our two dogs Bella and Ozzy. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a published children’s book author.
Mrs. Sharon Phillips
My name is Mrs. Phillips and I teach 5th Grade here at Saint Patrick School. I earned my B.S. in Elementary Education at EKU, my Masters in Education at MSU, I am certified in Grades K-8 and I have 31 wonderful years of experience!
Ms. Margaret Klee
8th Grade, Mathematics
I am the mathematics instructor at St. Patrick's School. This will be my 16th year of teaching. Though the school is small, there is much offered here at SPS. Course offerings include Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra 3, MSU College Algebra, MSU Trigonometry, Calculus, and Transitional Math. My goal is to help your child grown in their mathematical knowledge and be successful in college/career path.
Ms. Sarah Bowers
9th Grade, English
I have been a resident of this area for most of my life and love being part of the St. Patrick family. I earned a Bachelor's degree in English Education from Morehead State University and have been teaching at St. Pat for five years now and am so excited to begin my sixth year. I focus on engaging students and lessons that are thoughtful, creative, and require higher thinking skills. One of my main goals is to guide students in becoming a better writer.
Dr. Tim Leonard
11th Grade, Science
My name is Dr. Tim Leonard, D.M.D. I earned my Bachelor of Science (B.S.), majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Morehead State University in 1971. I also earned my Master of Science (M.S.) from Morehead State University in 1973, writing my thesis on the Effects of Chlordane on Pregnant Mice and their Offspring. I graduated from the School of Dentistry at the University of Louisville in 1977, becoming a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D). I served in the United States Army Dental Corp from 1977-1979, where I earned the rank of Captain in the Department of General Dentistry. I have a Private Dental Practice here in Maysville from 1979-2016 and have been a science teacher at Saint Patrick since 1982. In 2013, I received the Thomas More College Diocesan Excellence in Teaching Award.
Mrs. Sheila Clos
Academic Dean, 12th Grade, Business Teacher, Future Business Leader of America Adviser
I've been teaching at Saint Patrick School for 33 years. I earned my Bachelor of Business Administration (83) and Master of Business Education (88) at Morehead State University. I was a recipient of the 2015 Thomas More College Diocesan "Excellence In Teaching Award". In 2016-2017 served as the Interim Principal at Saint Patrick School. I love Saint Patrick School!
Rev. Eric Boelscher
After receiving my S.T.B. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, I was ordained a Priest in 2015. I then received my S.T.L. from the Pontifical Lateran University, participating in both the Rome and Washington sessions of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. In class I attempt to get to the very heart of life and belief by every avenue and angle available.
Mrs. Bettsy Kalb
My name is Bettsy Hensley Kalb and I have taught at St Patrick school for 15 years. I teach general music, high school chorus and Physical Education & Lifestyle Skills. I am the Musical Director for our school Musicals and am also the coach for Boys Varsity Golf and Boys & Girls Varsity Tennis. I live in Flemingsburg with my husband, Kent, and my 2 sons that attend St. Patrick, Logan (Senior) & Evan (sophomore).