Faculty and Staff

Lower Elementary Team

Amy Scuglik – 6-9 Support Specialist

Amy received her B.S. in Montessori Education from Xavier University in 1999. She then helped create one of the first elementary Montessori programs in Northern Kentucky while teaching at Prince of Peace School in Covington from 1999-2003. Amy returned to X.U. and earned her M.Ed. while completing her 9-12 Montessori training. She also completed the Orton Gillingham training program. Amy was a lead lower elementary  teacher at The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori for 13 years (2003-2016). In the Fall of 2016, Amy transitioned into the role of Lower Elementary Support Specialist. She works in close collaboration with the lead lower elementary teachers, intervention specialist, and support staff. In addition to providing differentiated instruction to lower elementary students, Amy also assists the lower elementary teachers with curriculum planning, assessments, documentation, and administrative tasks.

Lizz Huddle, Lower Elementary Directress

Lizz’s journey began in preschool where she attended Fort Worth, Montessori in Texas. After completing the program and graduating from Kindergarten, her mother became a trained Montessori teacher, so she maintained connections to a Montessori school and grew up making materials and aiding in a Montessori classrooms on her days off. Upon graduating from high school, we crossed country to pursue her dream of becoming a Montessori teacher and attended Xavier University, receiving her B.S. in Montessori Education in 2009.  She worked as a Lower Elementary Directress at Cornerstone Montessori School in Northern Kentucky for 4 years before starting her family. While transitioning to a stay at home mom (she now has 2 children), she continued teaching at her parish religion program, eventually getting trained in CGS and building a level 1 and level 2 CGS program at her parish. She also taught music and piano lessons. Lizz is now a Directess in the Lower Elementary at Good Shepherd and couldn’t be more excited to fulfill her dream as a Catholic Montessori teacher!

Anna Betsch, Lower Elementary Directress

Anna first joined GSCM in 2018 as a lower elementary assistant. Anna received her B.A. in Communications and a certification in Public Relations from the University of Cincinnati in 2014. She then spent 2 years working in the world of marketing. However, during an adventure in Tanzania for 4 months to teach English at a secondary school, Anna discovered her love of educating. She completed her MACTE credential in Lower Elementary Montessori Education in 2019 and taught one year at Ohr Torah Montessori. Anna returned to GSCM in 2020 as a lead elementary directress.   

Jane Shurdak, Lower Elementary Assistant

Jane joined the GSCM family in the 2019-2020 school year. She and her husband have two children, Maeve and Eric. She enjoys being a mom and raising her children. Jane has been a Girl Scout leader and volunteered frequently at her children’s grade school. She enjoys spending time with family and her nieces, as well as hiking, baking and sewing. 


Lara Messerly, Lower Elementary Assistant