Faculty & Staff

Alex Acosta

Physical Education



About Alex

I have been in education since 2000. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Science and experience working with children with learning disabilities. I worked for Florida International University under the Panther Life Transition Programs for adult education. I truly enjoy teaching and helping the students build self-confidence.


Technology skills



About Bernadette

I am an alumnus from Good Shepherd Catholic School and I have had the privilege of working here for four years. I am currently the Spanish teacher as well as the St. Thomas Aquinas Gifted Program teacher. I enjoy teaching about different cultures and giving students the confidence and tools to learn a new language and explore their potential.

Monika Salgado




About Monika

Jenny Alvarez

Teacher’s Assistant


Melissa Arroyave

First Grade



About Melissa
I have been teaching for 15 years and this is my sixth year at GSCS. I enjoy teaching Early Childhood Education.  Teaching children how to read and write while instilling Catholic Religious values every day is what makes me love what I do. Our goals for this year are:


  • Throwing kindness like confetti
  • Believing in yourself and trying your best
  • Working hard to achieve our goals

Marion Barzaga

Second Grade



About Marion
I have taught at GSCS for 12 years. As a Catholic school educator I am extremely privileged and honored to be able to prepare our little ones for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. My philosophy is to make sure that every student reaches their optimal level of success, meeting their individual needs, and setting challenges that can be met. Our goals for this year are:

  • Learn to set goals that can be achieved
  • Being positive to be successful
  • Understanding the meaning of Christ in our lives and his love for us through mass and the sacraments
  • Serving others

Melissa Hernandez


Milly Briceño

Administrative Assistant



Maricarmen Diaz

Curriculum SpeciALIST



About Maricarmen

My teaching career began at Good Shepherd in 2003. I have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. I’ve been blessed to have taught several elementary grades and middle school Science.  This year is my 20th year at Good Shepherd, my second home. 

    Wanda Garcia

    Middle School Science



    About Wanda

    I have been teaching at Good Shepherd since 2008. I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education. I love children and watching them grow and learn. It is amazing to see how much they learn throughout the year. It is a very rewarding career that I am blessed to be a part of. Middle School is an exciting time for your child. As cognitive ability increases, so too will their sense of independence, self-reliance, and self-confidence. 

    Danny Fernandez

    Middle School Mathematics


    Victoria Silvera

    third grade


    Maria Teresa Medina




    About Maria
    I taught for 3 years at GSCS and left for four year, but I loved it here so much that I returned for 6 more…and many more to come! Being a teacher is a rewarding challenge for me. I feed of the energy and excitement the children display, and truly enjoy providing them with wonderful opportunities to learn and develop to their full potential.  Our goals for this year:

    • Have Jesus as the Master of our learning
    • Develop strong, good self concepts and self control

    Katharine Orona

    Fourth Grade



    About Katharine
    I am delighted to be the fourth grade teacher at GSCS.! I am a passionate and nurturing educator who as a product of Catholic education myself, believes strongly in our school’s mission. I graduated from FIU in 2003 and joined the GS family in 2018. Our goals for this year are:


    • To learn in a positive and safe environment
    • To excel academically and meet or exceed personal and classroom goals
    • To grow not only as a student but also in faith as a Catholic citizen
    • To prepare for the next grade level and achieve continued success

    Juan Pablo Pages

    Middle School Religion and Social Studies



    About Juan Pablo
    I have been teaching at Good Shepherd for the past 13 years as the Social Studies and Religion teacher for Middle school.  I coach various after school sports and serve as moderator for Student Council, Geography Bee, and Campus Ministry. This parish is like a second home for me. As a CCD coordinator and leader for the Youth Ministry I enjoy interacting with our GSCS alumni. Our goals for this year:

    • Develop powerful faith formation that will bring their faith to life
    • Enrich their understanding of geography and history
    • Give them opportunity to become platform speakers in various class presentations and activities.
    • Build their confidence in knowing that Christ dwells in each of their hearts.

    Isabel Plantada




    About Isabel
    I have been teaching for 30 years.  This is my 18th year at Good Shepherd Catholic School.

    I absolutely love to teach my little ones, instilling in them a love for learning that will last a lifetime. Our goals for this year are:

    • Actively engage in hands-on learning.
    • Developing physical, mental, and social skills.
    • Encouraging children to develop self-confidence and self esteem.
    About Jaclyn

    Jessica Richeson




    About Jessica

    Vladimir Rodriguez


    Gabriela Sanchez



    Andrea Ruiz




    About Andrea

    Katherine Silverio

    Middle School English



    About Katherine

    I have been a parishioner at GSCS my entire life and felt so blessed to get a job teaching at the parish school. This is my ninth year teaching language arts and literature at GS. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English and psychology and a Master’s degree in English education. I have always had a passion for reading and writing and hope to instill that in all of my students. Language arts class develops composition skills and has students become effective, confident writers. Students are exposed to different styles of writing including creative, informational, opinionated, and persuasive assignments.  Each year, students enhance and develop their skills to become more advanced writers.

    Frances Valladares

    Computers/Mother Seton Program



    About Frances

    GSCS has been my second home for the last 9 years. I have over 20 years of teaching experience. At GSCS, I currently serve as the Mother Seton Program Coordinator, as well as, Computer and Vocabulary teacher. I enjoy being a part of my students’ journey as they grow mentally, physically, and spiritually.  I want to facilitate academic success for all students and a nurturing environment. Be an example of faith.

    Nancy Lopez




    Dany Mora


    Rev. Jesus Arias


    (305) 385-4320

    Fr. Jaime Delgado

    Parochial Vicar

    (305) 385-4320

    Highly Qualified Educators

    The school employs or contracts teachers who hold baccalaureate or higher degrees, have at least 3 years of teaching experience in public or private schools, or have special skills, knowledge or expertise that qualifies them to provide instruction in subjects taught.

    Good Shepherd Catholic School

    Good Shepherd Catholic School

    14187 SW 72nd St. Miami, FL 33183

    (305) 385-7002

    305-385-7026 (Fax)