Faculty and Staff

Special Classes Faculty

 

Dan Teller – Catechist

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Dan received a B.A. in History from Trinity College in 1977. After working as a teacher-naturalist at outdoor education centers, he received his Masters in Montessori Education from Xavier University in 1984. He founded The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori (then called Queen of Angels Montessori) in 1998 has always been active there as a catechist. He currently serves children in the Level II (6-9) and Level III (9-12) atria. Dan also serves as a formation leader, training adults as catechists in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.Dan serves as an ErdKinder guide, leading weekly woodworking and building projects with the middle school students. He and his wife Maureen have seven children and one grandchild. Dan enjoys woodworking, canoeing, hiking, and gardening.

Natalie Gunawan – Catechist

Natalie was born in Germany and grew up in Indonesia. She moved to the US at 16 and graduated from high school in Mobile, AL.  She obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and worked for P&G Japan upon graduation. During her overseas assignment in China, she encountered Montessori at her daughter’s pre-school and was intrigued by the philosophy. She decided to leave P&G to pursue a career in education. She received her Master’s Degree in Montessori Education from Xavier University, and she has taught at Xavier Lab School and Pleasant Ridge Montessori. Natalie has completed Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I training and also directs a Level I atrium in her parish. In her free time, Natalie enjoys playing tennis, travelling, cooking, gardening and volunteering for non-profit organizations.

Amy Farr, Atrium Assistant

Maria Reinagel, Atrium Assistant

Maria joined GSCM in 2020. Maria was a preprimary directness in St. Helena, CA and in East Providence, RI between 1988-1992. She began training for the lower elementary and taught one year, before discovering her call to consecrate her life to Jesus in 1993. Since then she has served around the world and was assigned to Cincinnati in 2015. She completed level I training for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 2018. She is very excited to assist in the Atrium!

Natalie Ferraro – Music Teacher

Natalie Ferraro joined the GSCM community in 2020 as a general music teacher.  Natalie recently graduated in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Music Education from Xavier University, where she participated in multiple choral ensembles and parish ministries.  A trained vocalist, Natalie’s main instrument is voice, and she has a deep passion for liturgical music, having sung in church choirs since grade school.  She has performed in multiple venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and the Kaufmann Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City.  Natalie continues to use her voice as part of ministry as a choir member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Cincinnati, as well as continuing her own musical studies.  While attending Xavier University, Natalie served as a music minister for student masses at Bellarmine Chapel.  One of seven children, Natalie is a native of the Dayton area, and currently resides in Middletown with her family.  In her free time, Natalie enjoys exploring nature, singing at weddings and concerts, spending time with family, and finding new coffee spots throughout Cincinnati. 

Zach Gagel – Physical Education Teacher

Zach is a native of Cincinnati and a 1995 graduate of Moeller High School where he played football and lacrosse. He continued his lacrosse playing career at Ohio Wesleyan University earning a degree in physical education. After graduation, he started his coaching career as an assistant coach for Ohio Weslyan. He spent six seasons there before excepting a job with Lacrosse America where he ran youth and high school lacrosse leagues in Chicago. He just started his sixth year teaching physical education and has worked at St. James of the Valley, Cardinal Pacelli and now GSCM.

Zach resides in West Chester with his wife Jenny, and their three children, Matthew, Juliana, and Thomas.

Jennifer Borgert – Elementary Art Teacher

Her story got even better when she met Ted Borgert. They married and dedicated themselves to raising a Catholic, home schooled, family of artists, musicians and hopefully good- to-be -with sort of people. In Jenifer’s free time, she offer her sewing skills to priests for their vestments and to brides for their wedding attire. Jennifer wishes she had more time to read, paint for the fun of it, and be outdoors.

It is with continued eagerness for making projects and sharing my knowledge of Art History that Jennifer joins the faculty at Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori.

Joyce Lewis – Spanish Teacher, grades 4-8

Joyce Lewis earned a B.A. in Spanish from Central Washington University, and a Masters of Arts in Spanish Literature from the University of Cincinnati. Mrs. Lewis has a wealth of experience teaching Spanish at the junior high, high school, and college level. Joyce started teaching at GSCM in 2012. Before teaching at GSCM she taught for 14 years as a Spanish teacher at high schools and an elementary school in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and for 2 years at the University of Cincinnati.

Jeanne Speier – Naturalist

Jeanne  teaches nature classes to the K students. Her background consists in nature classes from the Cincinnati and Hamilton Park naturalists, Cincinnati State native plant classes taught by Don Brannon and the study of trees with Denis Conover at the University of Cincinnati. Learning about what is living and growing all around our school is what happens in this nature class. From oak trees to golden rods…from squirrels to robins  and from nature trails to creeks.