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.





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.

Miriam Alonso




About Miriam

Jenny Alvarez

Middle School 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

Clara Cabrera



About Clara
I have been in education for 27 years as a teacher and administrator, but I consider my most important job to be a good Catholic role model for all students. This is my 9th year at GSCS and I could not be more honored than to serve this amazing community. I truly enjoy spending time with the children, getting to know their personalities, learning their styles and interests. Most of all I enjoy encouraging them and letting them know that they are valued and have a special place in our school community.

Milly Callejas

Administrative Assistant



Maricarmen Diaz

Fifth Grade



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 sweet 17th year at Good Shepherd, my second home. Our goals for this year are:

  • continue to grow in our Catholic faith
  • prepare for the changes that occur in middle school
  • become independent learners
  • form good study habits

Wanda Garcia




About Wanda

I have been teaching at GS for 12 years. I have a Bachelor’s in Elementary Ed. and Master’s in Early Childhood. 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. Kindergarten is an exciting time of exploration for your child. As their motor coordination increases, so too will their sense of independence, self-reliance, and self-confidence. As the year progresses, they will be expected to complete assignments with less outside help, accept more responsibilities, and follow rules more closely.

Maria Garrido

Middle School Mathematics



About Maria
I am the middle school teacher for Mathematics and Algebra I Honors class. I have been teaching since 1992. I have a Master’s degree in Business Administration and certification for Social Studies and Mathematics. I enjoy seeing my students become the best they can be.  Our goals for this year:


  • trust
  • pursue their goals
  • believe in themselves
  • reach for the stars by working hard and giving their very best

Mariuxi Guerrero

Kinder and First Grade Teacher’s Assistant/After School Care

Myriam Harris

Office Clerk


Maria Teresa Medina 

Third Grade



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

Pre-Kinder 4



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.

Angela Ramirez

Middle School Science



About Angela
This is my 6th year at GSCS…go RAMS! I have a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Instruction and Educational Leadership. I strongly believe everyone learns in his/her own way and use different ways to teach so that my students can develop a love of learning. Our goals for this year are:

  • to develop and foster a growth mindset where mistakes are seen as opportunities to learn about oneself
  • to develop an understanding of our global environment so students can envision and be part of sustainable solutions in our ever changing planet

Gabriela Rivera

Pre-Kinder 3



About Gabriela

I have being teaching for  18 years in Early Childhood education, 6 of those here at GSCS. I truly enjoy being their first school experience. I believe that early education is the key to their future learning experiences.  My goal for this year is to create a rich, fun and safe learning environment that promotes social, physical and cognitive development.

Mayra Rodriguez




About Mayra

My degree is in Music Education and I have been teaching music for 46 years.  I really love what I do! I play piano and organ, sing, direct choirs, and share my love for music with all students at GS from PK3 to 8th grade.  Our music class includes the study of famous classical composers and their works, ballet, opera, musicals, and basic music reading/writing skills.  We, also, play Xylophones, shakers, sticks, and over 6 kinds of drums.

Vladimir Rodriguez


Maria Venerio

Home & School Association

Gabriela Sanchez

Fifth Grade Teacher’s Assistant

Mrs. Maritza Sanchez




About Maritza

This is my 6th year at GSCS and I love it. I not only love art as an artist, I love teaching as well. Every year I am hopeful to lay a foundation for a great appreciation, joy, and love of the arts that will last a lifetime. My goals this year is for the students to develop a positive way to express themselves learn principles and elements of art, learn new skills and art techniques, and experience using various art mediums. 

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.

Isabel Taja

Pre-Kinder 3 Teacher’s Assistant

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.

Monica Pacheco

School Counselor



Nancy Lopez




Raquel Regalado

Pre-Kinder 4 Teacher’s Assistant

Maria Gabriela Guerrero

After School Care

Isabella Sanchez

After School Care

Rev. Jesus Arias


(305) 385-4320

Fr. Edivaldo Da Silva Oliveira


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