Welcome to Good Shepherd Christian Academy! Janet Hodson graduated from Church Leadership Institute in February of 2008 with a Diploma in Pastoral Studies. She received her Certificate of License in Indiana to preach the Gospel, perform marriages, administer the Sacraments, and to direct the other functions of the Ministry in February of 2010. Janet has been the Administrator of Good Shepherd Christian Academy since April of 2008.
GSCA desires for students to grow "in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man" ( Luke 2:52) as Jesus did. This implies we must partner with the home and church to train students to guard their hearts from sin and instead model through their speech, actions, and attitudes a godly lifestyle. The Administration of GSCA believes that the full potential of academic excellence can be accomplished only where faculty leadership is strong, discipline is firm but fair, and moral/spiritual values are emphasized within a loving, caring Christian atmosphere. We at GSCA desire to train students to manifest the following Biblical principles in their lives, both inside the classroom and out : Honesty, Order, Respect, Joyful Spirit, Obedience, Responsibility, and Self-Control.
God has blessed us with an outstanding team of teachers who are dynamic and creative communicators! He has also blessed us with precious young lambs whom He entrusts to us to develop into godly leaders who are academically strong. We would love for you to come check us out! Call and set up a time to take a tour and meet our staff.×
Sarah Schwendenman graduated from Union County High School in Liberty, IN in 1995, and from IU East in 1999 with her Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education. She taught for 15 years in her home (public) school district before feeling called to teach at GSCA. Her husband, Tom, is a detective with the Indiana State Police, and they live on a farm in Rushville with their 4 children, 2 dogs, cats, and cattle. Sarah has always had a calling to teach and work with children. Her greatest passion is helping students see their own potential and become excited about their God-given gifts. In her spare time, Sarah is an avid reader. She feels so blessed to be part of GSCA where she knows God has great things planned for her, the students, and the school!
Kathy Kress earned her teaching degree from Saint Mary-of-the Woods College, and has taught in Greensburg and Rushville schools. Kathy is very happy to be teaching at Good Shepherd Christian Academy, where Jesus and His Word are an integral part of each student's education. Kathy and her husband, Don, have three grown children, of whom they are very proud; and one dear granddaughter, who is one year old. They live in the town of Greensburg and are members of First Baptist Church. Besides teaching, Mrs. Kress enjoys reading for pleasure, singing, gardening, and going for walks
Katherine Krenzke graduated from Lutheran High School West. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (K-6) from Valparaiso University in May of 2011. This is her second year of teaching at Good Shepherd Christian Academy! Katy recently got married in October of 2012 and enjoys living in Columbus, Indiana with her husband Mark. Mrs. Krenzke has always had a passion for children and loves having the opportunity to teach and minister to them every day. She is our third grade teacher..
Debora Deavers received her Associates degree from Community College of the Air Force. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Drury University in May of 2012. Debi has taught at the Community College of the Air Force as an Instructor in Emergency Management. She has also taught in the United States Air Force Kadena Air Base, Okinawa Japan as Readiness/Emergency Management Technician and at Davis-Monthan AFB Arizona as a Readiness Technician. Debi knows she is called to education. She is enthusiastic and loves her students!
Ashley Scott graduated from Franklin College in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Elementary Education K-6. Mrs. Scott and her husband reside in the Batesville area. Ashley has enjoyed being involved with Young Life and Campaigners and has enjoyed many activities including soccer. Ashley believes every student has the ability to learn and be successful. Stating that, "Teachers must find a way to make students interested in the daily lessons for the students to be successful. I like to use a lot of hands – on activities to promote learning. If the students are engaged in the lesson, learning is more likely to take place."
Nicole Reiner received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education (Preschool-3) from Eastern Illinois University in May of 2007. Nicole has taught in Rural Champaign County in the Special Education Co-op, West Richland Elementary School system, as well as North Decatur. She has been a Title One Assistant in the Rushville School system. This is her first year at Good Shepherd Christian Academy! Nicole is married to Jason. Mrs. Reiner loves children and enjoys laughing with them! Her teaching style is hands on in a real world setting! This is her 2nd year teaching at GSCA
Mrs. Rice earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ivy Tech Community College, and also attended Indiana University studying Elementary Education for two years. She is currently working to earn her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Mary's of the Woods College. Kathy is an accomplished violinist, loves to travel, and enjoys reading. Kathy is married to Will and has two children and four grandchildren—all boys! Mrs. Rice loves children and has a calling to teach. I am proud and pleased to be working with our greatest commodity and our future—children. I look forward to school everyday, and never cease to marvel at God's hand in our daily lives.
Elizabeth attended West Coast Baptist College and is now studying at Antioch Baptist Bible College. She is also working towards her Child Development Associate Degree. She has two years experience in subject area of training and 60 semester hours from an accredited college in child development. Elizabeth comes to us from the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Elizabeth is a life-long learner with high energy and loves to develop and nurture God's precious children! Her enthusiasm and loving spirit is quite contagious!
Sara Vanderbur graduated from Campbellsville University with a Bachelor of Art in Music. While attending, she studied Education for three years. Sara has been married to Jay for 14 years, and they have four children. Sara is an accomplished pianist and has taught piano lessons for the past 15 years. Her classroom teaching experience began as a Kindermusik teacher at a Christian School in Louisville, Kentucky. Mrs. Vanderbur returned to teaching during the 2012-2013 school year at a Christian Preschool in Columbus, Indiana. Sara is thrilled at the opportunity to work at Good Shepherd Christian Academy. She loves getting to spend her day teaching children about God's great love for them, and watching them learn and grow.
Lisa Kiefer has joined the Good Shepherd Christian Academy team as a teaching assistant for preschool! She is proficient in the Paraprofessional test to be an assistant. Lisa is married to Anthony. Mrs. Kiefer has such a love for children and she knows it's an area in her life that shines God's love and makes children feel His love!
Rosemarie Pavy has joined the Good Shepherd team. She volunteered the past two years as a teacher assistant at Good Shepherd. She brings 30 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant at Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to moving to Indiana, she studied Christian Education for two years at Warner Pacific College, Portland, Oregon. Mrs. Pavy's compassion for working with children and assisting others, whether it is in the class room or in the office, shines throughout the school.×