Dear Good Shepherd Families,
As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, I would like to recognize, thank, and celebrate the faculty and staff leaving Good Shepherd, as well as share some changes in roles for next year. This year has brought many changes, many challenges, and many opportunities to the school. Through it all, we have stood strong together and grown as a community.
This year, we have three remarkable teachers retiring from the profession. JoAnn Cisneros has taught for 17 years, Kristen Masch for 35 years, and Diane Nelson for 42 years. Each of these women have been a tremendous asset to the school, not only as teachers, but as mentors and, more importantly, friends. Please visit our Good Shepherd Facebook page on May 28th as we highlight our three retirees to comment on the posts and share your love with them! We hope to shower them with love from current parents, past parents, and alumni!
As it happens each year, we must also bid a fond farewell to friends who are moving onto new adventures ahead and wish them all the very best to come. Kelly Cole returned to serve as a middle school associate, and she’s pursuing her passion for teaching. Anna Covington stepped into this unique year in the fourth grade, and she will be heading to California. Grace Gandy has been with us for 5 years in the second and fourth grades, and she has accepted a new teaching opportunity in the Dallas area. Father Clif Gardner will be leaving the school after serving in his part-time capacity over the last 4 years, but you might still see him at the church. Lauren Logan will be pursuing another opportunity after teaching and advising 7th grade and coaching in middle school for 3 years. After 13 years, Melinda Madurai will be moving to Austin to be closer to family and as Ethan begins his high school adventure. After 6 years, Lindsay Marchant will be taking some time away from the library next year to concentrate on supporting her two high school aged daughters. James Niederhauser will be heading to New Jersey to pursue a new opportunity close to his family. Kelsey Swan is going home to Kentucky to teach at her alma mater after teaching and coaching our students for 7 years. Mary Torres has served in several roles during her 7 years at Good Shepherd and is moving to Austin to be closer to family and to take on new responsibilities in human resources.
In addition, I would specifically like to recognize and thank those members of our community who stepped in this year to help support us and navigate through this unusual time in history, our aides! Thank you, David Collins, Rebecca Currey, Dorothy Schroy, and Priscilla Wallace. Although we will certainly miss you next year, your dedication to our students, faculty, and staff, and your willingness to jump in whenever and wherever you were needed are commendable.
There will also be several among us who will be changing roles for the next school year.
Ed Mendez will be moving from middle school associate to teaching 7th grade math. Anne Tamplin will be moving from 7th grade social studies and advisor to teaching 5th grade English. Amy Musselman will be moving from 2nd grade to join our 4th grade team. Sarah Hammontree will be moving from lower school associate to become the kindergarten associate. Ursula Villarrreal will become our new Director of Extended Day.
Please join me in sending well wishes to all in their future endeavors.
Julie McLeod, Ph.D.
Head of School