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Message from the Rector

Good Shepherd Episcopal School is known as a place that celebrates early childhood education every day. Our nurturing, loving, Christian, play-based curriculum recognizes each child’s unique strengths and personality.

Rector

Channing Smith

Welcome to Good Shepherd Episcopal School! As the Rector of Good Shepherd, I want to thank you for your interest in our school or for being an active presence in our community.

Welcome to Good Shepherd Episcopal School! As the Rector of Good Shepherd, I want to thank you for your interest in our school or for being an active presence in our community. The hallmarks of Episcopal schools are: a whole-child focus, a sense of tradition, curiosity and discovery, the strength of community, and service to others. If you have joined us for worship on Sundays, you have discovered these same values for yourself.

If you are inquiring, you are in the midst of making an important decision. I hope you will spend time with Rachel and the remarkably gifted teachers at Good Shepherd. As you make your decision, please ask friends what they know of Good Shepherd. We are very proud of our reputation in the wider community as being a unique school, with caring teachers, and remarkable facilities.

I hope you will also join us for our parish activities. You will find that same spirit and energy that you find at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. We have many opportunities to get engaged and offer many activities for our more than 1,000 children. You and your family are important to us no matter your point of connection to Good Shepherd.

If there is anything that I can do for your family, please do not hesitate to reach out. I look forward to getting to know you.

Interim Head of School

Rachel Duree

I am honored and blessed to begin this year as your Interim Head of School. Good Shepherd has been my home for over a decade, and it is an absolute dream to lead a school with such an extremely talented and dedicated staff and welcoming and supportive community.

I am honored and blessed to begin this year as your Interim Head of School. Good Shepherd has been my home for over a decade, and it is an absolute dream to lead a school with such an extremely talented and dedicated staff and welcoming and supportive community.

This will be my fifteenth year in education, and although I have always felt at home in the classroom, I found a new passion and fulfillment working in administration as the Director of Special Programs and serving as a teacher mentor and representative on various leadership teams. I’m excited for the opportunity to work collaboratively with teachers and staff, while also remaining connected to families and young students learning and growing in the classroom. I have a deep understanding of child development and truly enjoy these magical early childhood years.

On a personal note, my husband and I have been married for thirteen years and we have two amazing little boys that keep us busy and make our hearts incredibly full. They are both proud Good Shepherd alumni and never miss an opportunity to come back and visit! It’s hard to believe we will have a seventh and fourth grader next year. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, cheering the loudest at my kids’ sporting events, and taking on the occasional home design project.

Welcome to Good Shepherd, we are so happy you are here!

Meet Our Team

Rachel Duree

Interim Head of School

Glenna Bruun

Glenna Bruun

Director of Admissions

Catherine Granger

Director of Institutional Advancement

Leslie LaRue

Leslie LaRue

Office Manager

Carrie Paschal

Business and Operations

Lilly Hovre

Lilly Hovre

Office Manager

Margaret Pass

Twos Lead Teacher

“GSES is Such a happy place. Everyone is so positive and loving and focused on what is best for children! The families are so supportive of their children and the school. I am so glad to be a part of this community.”

Lynne Kelp

Twos Assistant Teacher

“I am so happy to be a part of the GSES team as we all love what we do!”

Kathleen McKenna

Twos Lead Teacher

“I love being a part of the GSES family and think that it is truly the best community of families and staff in Austin!”

Sandra Yancer

Twos Assistant Teacher

“GSES holds a special place in my life having been here as a parent and now a teacher. We all make a great team and I look forward to coming to work everyday!”

Mary Morgan

Threes Lead Teacher & GSES Consultant/Mentor

“I am now teaching a second generation of GSES children! The opportunity to teach the children whose parents I taught is a true gift I hold close to my heart.”

Jennifer Mohn

2-Day Threes Lead Teacher/3-Day Threes Assistant Teacher

“GSES is such a special place - it's an extended family, not just a school. I love the children - it is truly a privilege to be able to see the world through their eyes.”

Becka Swift

3-Day Threes Lead Teacher/2-Day Threes Assistant Teacher

“It is amazing to experience the pure joy of learning during this special year in the Threes classroom.”

Jo Dominguez

Threes Lead Teacher

Lisa Forman

Lisa Forman

Threes Assistant Teacher

Anthe Gimenez

Threes Lead Teacher

"I love the closeness of the staff and teachers-we love what we do and we love to be together.”

Henriette Mansour

Threes Assistant Teacher

"It’s an amazing experience to see how quickly the kids grow and learn here at GSES. I love the connection between the church nursery and school, and I have the opportunity to see church families and preschool families come together on Sundays."

Angela Bearden

Fours Lead Teacher

Mitzi Hovre

Fours Assistant Teacher

Elizabeth Fehr

Fours Lead Teacher

“I work with the best teachers and administrators at GSES! Our community is extremely supportive and wonderful.”

Sara Arnold

Sara Arnold

Fours Assistant Teacher

Catherine Weiss

Fours Lead Teacher

Katherine Allen

Fours Assistant Teacher

“My roots to Good Shepherd run deep. My daughter attended the school and we continue to be involved in the Parish community. The love here is palpable and it nourishes my soul to the bone.”

Charlotte Trafton

Bridging Kindergarten Lead Teacher / School Chaplain

"I love that Good Shepherd treasures the whole child - each one's spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. Every adult in the school loves what's unique about each child's playful, curious spirit, supports each child's ups and downs, and actively promotes each one's interests. It's a joy to come to work in this place each and every day."

Jennifer Timmermans

Bridging Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

"I love the people I work with, especially being able to work with children and their families for so many years. Our programs are play based, and each year is unique and special for the children."

Sheryl Johnson

Bridging Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Coming soon!

Blake Eiland

ASEP Assistant

"I love seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when we are on the playground, especially when I get to swing with them! I also love listening to their sweet little voices in carpool while waiting for their families."

Tish Miller

Assistant Floating Teacher

Becca Westerkom

Music and Movement Teacher

"I love creating a welcoming, loving, and fun environment where kids can laugh while learning basic musical elements, and important life skills. Music and movement helps children with social and emotional skills, develops confidence and strengthens fine and gross motor skills. I get to introduce basic elements of music to these little creative and magical humans which lays the groundwork for their future musical endeavors."

Sue Young

Librarian and Spanish Teacher

"GSES provides a supportive, caring and fun environment for me to pursue my passion - sharing stories with children. I love seeing kids' faces light up with delight, curiosity, or discovery. The support of the GSES community enables me to keep updating our shelves with the newest and best children's books.

Trevon Heartwell (Mr. Trey)

Facilities Manager

"I love working with all the teachers and staff. The children's singing and laughter bring me happiness even on a challenging day. I smile walking into school each day, and I hope to be as positive and inspirational to others as they have been to me."