Meet our Administrators and Faculty


Dr. Michael Bratcher

Dr. Bratcher became principal at Sacred Heart Model School on July 1, 2016. He strongly believes in the importance to pass on the Roman Catholic faith to young people through the gift of a Catholic education.

Dr. Bratcher was born and raised in Louisville, KY. His education includes a B.A. in English from the University of Kentucky (2001) and a double major in Communications. He has earned two graduate degrees from Spalding University: M.A. in Teaching (2003) and a Rank I distinction with a M.A. in Education Administration (2010). In addition, Dr. Bratcher holds a state certification as a school principal in grades K-12. He earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership in November of 2010. Dr. Bratcher's dissertation focused on the effects of Catholic Identity and Marketing in Catholic Schools in the United States. He has presented his dissertation at several state and national conferences.

Prior to working for Sacred Heart Schools, Dr. Bratcher was the principal at St. Patrick Catholic School for five years. During Dr. Bratcher's tenure at St. Patrick, the school was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence; the standardize test scores and High School Placement Test scores significantly increased; and the school enjoyed an enrollment increase upwards of 75 students. Before St. Patrick, Dr. Bratcher served nine years at Trinity High School as a classroom teacher, assistant campus minister, and Senior Development Officer. Dr. Bratcher currently serves on the National Catholic Education Association’s Lead. Learn. Proclaim. committee. He assist the committee with marketing, communications, and enrollment management, as well as areas of governance and leadership in Catholic Schools. Dr. Bratcher travels often with the NCEA and other national organizations to work with other Catholic School leaders across the country.

Dr. Bratcher, his wife Chrissy, and their two children, are members at Holy Trinity.

If you have any questions about how the Sacred Heart Model School community can partner with your family to educate your child(ren), please contact Dr. Bratcher personally at 896-3931 or

Assistant Principal

Ms. Leah Mullen

Assistant Principal

Ms. Leah Mullen joined Sacred Heart Model School as assistant principal on July 1, 2018. Born and raised in Louisville, Ms. Mullen is a product of Catholic education and celebrates the mission and lifelong impact of Catholic schools. Ms. Mullen attended St. Raphael School and Assumption High School. She graduated from the University of Dayton and earned her degree in Middle Childhood Education. Ms. Mullen obtained a Master in Education in Teacher Leadership from Bellarmine University and has completed her Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership and School Administration from Bellarmine University.

Prior to becoming assistant principal at SHMS, Ms. Mullen taught seventh and eighth grade English and literature, served as a fifth through eighth grade learning coordinator, and as the assistant principal at St. Patrick Catholic School.

Ms. Mullen is honored to be part of the Sacred Heart Schools community and looks forward to working closely with the students, teachers, and families at SHMS.

International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) Coordinator

Tricia Forde - IB Coordinator
Kris Grimm - PYP Coordinator

Administrative Services

Nikkii Coughlan - Records Manager
Emily Nolan - Director of First impressions
Janene Hickerson- Office Manager
Marie Gould - Office Manager


Athletics Department

Jim Ferrera - Athletic Director


Debbie Whatley- Counselor

Jaime Kayrouz - Counselor


Karen Blevins- Teacher
Kathleen Browning- Art Teacher
Lisa Dusterhoff - Teacher

Caroline Elliott- Teacher
Tricia Forde- Teacher
Kristy Gardner - Teacher
Kris Grimm - PYP Coordinator
Jessica Hammer- Teacher
Whitnie Hart - Teacher
Ginnie Hoover- Teacher
Isebelle Hu – Teacher
Nicole Hubbs - Teacher
David Iacovazzi- Teacher
Crystal Kannapell - Teacher
Barry King - Teacher
Julie Kraemer- Teacher
Caroline Lesousky - Teacher
Amy Malcolm - Teacher
Carolyn Marcum- Teacher
Aida Mercado- Teacher
Laurie Ortkiese- Teacher
Maggie Osborne- Teacher
Kimi Osting- Teacher
Elena Puentes - Teacher
Staci Rampenthal - Teacher
Daniel Rhea – PE Teacher
Jill Rowe- Teacher
Sr. Jill Rueber - Teacher
Laura Shircliff - Teacher
Susan Snyder- Teacher
Gioconda Sparling- Teacher
Katie Spenlau – Teacher
Kelly Young- Teacher

Library Services

Adele Koch - Librarian

Resource Teachers

Jan Church

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