To reach Good Shepherd staff via phone, dial 763-545-4285 and when prompted, dial their three-digit extension number.
Bob Tift - Principal ext. 811
I am honored to join the staff of Good Shepherd School as their new Principal, effective July 1, 2016. My educational career began as a Special Education teacher in Minneapolis Public Schools, followed by public school administration. In 1992 I was invited to serve as Principal of my alma mater Benilde-St. Margaret’s School. After 10 years as Principal, I was offered the role of President where I served for 12 years. I received my B.A. and M.A. in Special Education from Arizona State University, and my Ed.S. and Ed.D. from the University of St. Thomas. I’m delighted to be serving in ministry with these outstanding teachers who educated my four sons.
Angela Lee - Administrative Assistant ext. 851
This is my second year at Good Shepherd School. I grew up attending this school, so I know first hand how special it is. I feel blessed to be able to work with such a great group of professional educators.
Julie Starosta - Administrative Assistant ext. 820
As the school Administrative Assistant, I can tell you that you won't find a better community for your children. The entire team at Good Shepherd School is the most dedicated group of professionals that I've ever met. I'm honored to support the quality education that Good Shepherd provides. We are a community and a family.
Catie Corken - Kindergarten Teacher ext. 823
This is my sixth year teaching in Catholic schools and my second year as the Kindergarten teacher at Good Shepherd School. I earned my B.A. in Elementary Education from the College of St. Benedict. Every student brings something special to the classroom and it is so fulfilling to work with young children and help them develop a love for learning. I feel very blessed to be a part of the wonderful Good Shepherd community!
Maggie Krueger - Kindergarten Teacher ext. 825
I have been teaching at Good Shepherd School for 4 years, and this is my seventh year teaching at a Catholic school. I earned my undergraduate degree from The College of St. Benedict and my Master’s Degree from The College of St. Scholastica. Teaching in a Catholic school is very important to me because I get to live out my faith in action every day. I love spending my days surrounded by the joy and wonder of the kindergarteners!
Dianne Brinda - Kindergarten Aide
Rachel Johnson - First Grade Teacher ext. 822
This is my first year teaching at Good Shepherd School. I received my B.A. from the College of Saint Benedict and am working on my Master's in Education through Augsburg College. I feel so blessed to be a part of the amazing community at Good Shepherd!
Nancy Vanasse - First Grade Teacher ext. 824
I have been a first grade teacher at Good Shepherd School for twenty-three years. Prior to teaching at Good Shepherd School I taught second grade for four years in northern California. My first teaching experiences took place in the Brainerd Lakes area where I lived for two years. I received my B.S. degree from St. Cloud State University and my Master’s degree from St. Mary’s University.
Diane Keefe - First Grade Aide
I've been with Good Shepherd School "officially" for seven years. I started working in the library and AR program and now more recently as an aid to the first grade. I get the privilege of being able to work with all the first graders (and two pretty awesome teachers)! Unofficially, I've been with Good Shepherd School/Parkvalley since 1995 when my oldest started here in kindergarten. All four of my children went to school here. Two are now college graduates (!), one is still in college, and the other in high school. When I have free time, I like to get outside and hike or bike and, of course, visit with my big kids!
Molly Fossen - Second Grade Teacher ext. 827
This is my fourth year at Good Shepherd and my second year teaching Second Grade. I received my undergraduate degree from St. Kate’s. Good Shepherd is such a wonderful school with an amazing staff and such kind students. I feel truly blessed to be a part of it.
Angie Ruehle - Second Grade Teacher ext. 826
I have been teaching second grade at Good Shepherd School for twenty-five years. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and a Master of Education degree in early childhood education.
Nancy Shields - Third Grade Teacher ext. 829
I have been teaching at Good Shepherd since 2008. I have my Masters and Undergraduate degrees from Bradley University in Illinois. I have taught third grade for over 20 years in Catholic schools. I love teaching at Good Shepherd because of our commitment to a quality Catholic education and the wonderful sense of community.
Kris Timian - Third Grade Teacher ext. 828
I have been teaching third grade for over thirty-four years, most of these years at Good Shepherd School. I have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree from Hamline University.
Carrie McConville - Fourth Grade Teacher ext. 831
I am excited to be teaching at Good Shepherd this year. Prior to coming to Good Shepherd, I taught for nine years. I spent one year at a Catholic school in Minnesota and eight years teaching in Arizona. I received my Bachelor's degree from the College of St. Benedict and my Master's degree from Northern Arizona University.
Stacey Poppler - Fourth Grade Teacher ext. 830
This is my seventh year teaching fourth grade at Good Shepherd School. I received my Undergraduate degree from the College of Saint Catherine and my Master's in Education from Hamline University. This will be my twelfth year teaching in a Catholic School.
Stevi Evans - Fifth Grade Teacher ext. 832
I am thrilled to be teaching at Good Shepherd! I spent three years teaching fifth grade at a Catholic school in Minnesota. Prior to teaching in Minnesota, I spent three years teaching in Colorado. I received my Bachelor's degree from Regis University in Denver, and I am currently pursuing a Master's degree at St. Thomas University. I am a graduate of Good Shepherd/Parkvalley Catholic, and it feels wonderful to be coming back to work at the school I loved while growing up! I spend much of my time with my three children and husband, and I look forward to an awesome year!
Regina Joyce - Fifth Grade Teacher ext. 833
This is my first year teaching at Good Shepherd School. I attended Saint Ben’s college where I received my elementary education degree. Good Shepherd is such a welcoming community, I am excited to be a part of such a wonderful school.
Amy Halstrom - Sixth Grade Teacher ext. 834
I have been teaching 6th grade at Good Shepherd School for twenty-two years. I have my Undergraduate Degree from the College of St. Benedict and my Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s University.
Gloria Tri - Sixth Grade Teacher ext. 835
This is my forty-third year of teaching and my twenty-fourth at Good Shepherd School. I received my Elementary Education degree from the College of St. Benedict and my Master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas.
Leona Cornish - Physical Education ext. 836
I have been teaching Physical Education for thirty years. Twenty-seven of those years have been here at Good Shepherd School. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree at Winona State University in 1986 and my Master’s of Arts in Education Degree from St. Mary’s University in 1999.
Jan Gengler - Reading, Writing, Spelling Specialist/Special Education Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator ext. 837
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in English and Spanish from Mankato State College. Before my children were born, I taught English and Spanish at Wayzata Senior High School. This is my twenty-seventh year of teaching at Good Shepherd School. I completed my Master’s Degree in Special Education: Learning Disabilities at the University of St. Thomas in 2000. I teach reading, spelling, and writing skills to small groups of students who need extra help in these areas beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through sixth grade. I provide resources for teachers and coordinate services with public school Special Education staff for our students who qualify for those services.
Cindy Stearns - Music Specialist ext. 838
I am very excited to be teaching my eleventh year here at Good Shepherd School! I graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in K-12 music education, with an emphasis on instrumental music. My primary instrument is the trumpet; however, I have performed on almost all the band instruments in concert! I have also performed many different genres including, concert band, orchestra, brass ensemble, jazz band, marching band, pep band, concert choir, and a world drumming ensemble. I look forward to teaching both classroom music and band to the students here at Good Shepherd School.
Michelle Stockinger - Spanish ext. 816
This is my ninth year teaching Spanish at Good Shepherd School, but not my eighth year in the building! I attended Good Shepherd grades 1-6. I have taught middle and high school Spanish for eleven years, the majority of those in Howard County, Maryland. I have a BA from the University of MN, Morris in Spanish and English. It’s good to be back!
Kim Whitehouse - Technology Specialist, School Care Coordinator ext. 815
This is my eleventh year at Good Shepherd School. Previously, I worked as a director at a Huntington Learning Center located in the Twin Cities. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2000. I received my Masters degree from the University of Minnesota in the summer of 2007 in Elementary Education.
John Vella - Maintenance Supervisor ext. 852
In March 1989 I joined the staff at Good Shepherd as Maintenance Engineer. It is my goal to manage all the upkeep of the buildings and grounds, as well as the cleaning of the entire facility. The maintenance staff helps with the cleaning and set up for the many church and school activities that are held throughout the year. I have been blessed to work with staff members who are very supportive and committed to Good Shepherd!
Brian Walsh - School Care Director ext. 855