Jen Anderson

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Jen Anderson

The reason I Love Good Shepherd and drive an hour every day to take my son to school, is because I KNOW when I watch my son walk into school, that he will be loved, he will cared for, and he will be Safe.  So thank you for allowing me to feel at ease, when I drive away every morning.

Jen Anderson  (Dallas 3rd Grade)

 

 James O'Rourke

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James O'Rourke

I, my wife and my daughter feel like family when at GSCS.  The atmosphere is one of love, compassion and caring.  It's not tangible, but all of your senses know it.

James O’Rourke  (Samantha 4th Grade)

 

 Emily Wolf

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Emily Wolf

Good Shepherd has made me the person I am today and it will always have a special place in my heart. I attended Good Shepherd from kindergarten to eighth grade. Over those years I built a family that I will have for the rest of my life. Good Shepherd also has high standards that build the foundation for future endeavors. So far in my high school career I have always pushed myself to reach those standards. I am grateful for all of the opportunities the school had provided me my many years there. I found some of my lifelong passions while at Good Shepherd. My music career began there and I have since then become a very successful musician thanks to the opportunities the school provided. I am forever grateful for all of the many blessings that Good Shepherd gave me and I know that I am never too far from my little school on Aiken Avenue.
 
Class of 2016
 Beth Tapera

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Beth Tapera

I love GSCS because of their high standards and excellence in education!

Also, I love GSCS because the kids get a real recess every day!

Beth Tapera (Alumni)  (Lucy Kindergarten)

 Dara Montgomery

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Dara Montgomery

Good Shepherd Catholic School develops students to have a strong moral compass, the ability to tell right from wrong, the character and courage to stand up for those who are weak and defenseless, and the goodness to see beyond themselves. Students receive a firm foundation of faith and the awareness that all of us live for something much greater than ourselves. Grounded in faith, excellence, integrity, and humility, GSCS students are truly prepared to make this world a better place.

Dara Montgomery (Herbie 8th Grade)

 

 Christian Albert

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Christian Albert

The beginning of my freshman year at Saint Mark's was very daunting.  Coming from a school of one hundred and moving to a new school with six hundred was very scary.  Although there was a great change, I very shortly became accustomed to the new life that I had chosen, and I very quickly realized that nothing could have prepared me better for high school than Good Shepherd had.  Up to this point I have worked very hard and through all of my work my GPA is 4.9, one of the highest in my class.  This is thanks to all of the amazing people at Good Shepherd.  I have also participate in the Saint Mark's Junior Varsity soccer program and excelled on the indoor track and field team.  Overall I have had the best high school experience I could ever ask for.  I sincerely would like to thank all of the people at Good Shepherd for preparing me so well for high school.

Class of 2015

 Chris and Nikki Keane

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Chris and Nikki Keane

"We love Good Shepherd because our kids are receiving a great education, and are being taught good values and morals that will make them better individuals throughout their life."

"Our kids are excited to attend school every day.  We appreciate the family culture and positive learning environment the teachers and staff provide."

"The religious education is more affordable than we ever expected."

Chris & Nikki Keane  (Everly, Pre-K, Elliana, 2nd & Emma, 3rd)

 Jessica Poust

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Jessica Poust

1. We love the personal attention each child and family gets.

2. As a military family, we truly appreciate the feeling of welcome we were given as newcomers, not only to Maryland, but to this amazing school. 

3. Comparatively, GSCS is well ahead academically. 

Jessica Poust  (Savannah Kindergarten)

 

 Corey Anderson Sr.

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Corey Anderson Sr.

You can tell they all care! They all care about our kids, which means the world to us! The personal attention in the class rooms and seeing the results first hand in my children as well as the family atmosphere that GSCS provides!  

Corey Anderson, Sr.  (Corey & Mia 3rd, Sophie 6th)

 

 Matt Broilo

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Matt Broilo

I love GSCS because it is a family!

Matt Broilo  (Julian 6th Grade)

 

 Alena Calm

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Alena Calm

I love Good Shepherd because my children are happy to go to school every day.

I love GS because they educate mind body and soul.

I love GS because of the great STEM program

Alena Calm (Alumni)  (Jacob Pre-K, Michael 2nd, Andy 4th)

 Amy Lorandeau

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Amy Lorandeau

As parents, we've all heard the saying that "it takes a village to raise a child." It may sound a little old-fashioned, or just impossible to imagine in today's changing world. Well, it is possible, and Good Shepherd Catholic School IS that village. 

Amy Lorandeau  (Riley Kindergarten & Andrew 2nd)

 

 Kristin Smith

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Kristin Smith

I love Good Shepherd because the teachers and staff always go above and beyond my expectations. The school is a family and I always see smiling faces on the kids! 

Kristin Smith (Tyler, Pre-K & Kaylee 1st grade)

 Mike Cristo

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Mike Cristo

GSCS's rate was/is great, and had more to offer with regards to educating the kids in a pre-k environment, and of course religious oriented. As always the aftercare program at GSCS is very competitive, for the amount of time GSCS keeps the kids past 2:30 it is a superior deal. As far as private schools go GSCS is very affordable.

Mike Cristo  (Joseph 6th & Allison 4th)

 Kristen Rouse

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Kristen Rouse

When choosing where to enroll my daughter for Kindergarten, I wanted to make the right choice for a long term fit.  I reflected back on which experiences of my youth provided the foundation for my core values of integrity, kindness and respect that I am teaching my daughter now.  I kept coming back to my memories of service… cleaning the church with my mom and Ms. Adele, serving “Spaghetti Supper” and at “The Chuck Wagon” with my dad, leaving a birthday party early, because I had committed to serving mass.  As I got older, I began making those choices to serve myself because it was already so entrenched in my values.  Becoming active in youth ministry and as a CCD teacher in my teens, and a youth ministry leader in my 20’s provided important experiences in leadership and dedication that all stemmed from my time at Good Shepherd School.

As a shy little girl, I gained confidence through individual attention from teachers and church leaders and the support of my peers.  This was only possible because of our small class sizes and the culture of parental involvement, which allowed my fabulous parents to be constantly involved, but also all the other kids’ parents to be involved as well.  They all knew each other and each other’s children, so none of us could get away with much!  

One might imagine that I was sheltered and not exposed to different cultures and religions while in catholic school, but quite the contrary.  Our school included children from different religions and while we learned about the catholic faith primarily, we also learned principles from and respect for other religions and cultures.

So, then there are the finances…  As a single parent, how could I possibly afford to send my daughter to private school?  At this point, I’d convinced myself, how could I not?  But even though this is the church I call home, the financial piece is real, so I did some research to see if it was even possible for me.  Good Shepherd’s tuition is, by far, the least expensive of any private school in this area and there are tuition assistance benefits and scholarships available too.  

Like me, the leadership at Good Shepherd is dedicated to providing my daughter with not only a great education, but also an extended family who share our values.  Now I have the peace of mind in knowing she is in the right place.

-Kristen Hyde Rouse

(Good Shepherd Alumnus 1990-1994)