Kelly James – Middle School Catechist, Music and Drama Teacher
Kelly James graduated in 2013 with her Bachelor’s degree of Music in Music Education from Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Indiana), where she also took several Catholic Theology courses. Her passion for the Church’s teachings deepened while studying abroad in Rome, where she studied Catholic Moral Theology under a Vatican priest. In between studying scripture and the Catechism in her college days, Kelly was highly involved in several musical ensembles at Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame. She played principal chair flute for several Notre Dame ensembles, and was a four-year member of the Notre Dame Marching Band of the Fighting Irish. Prior to joining the GSCM staff, Kelly taught music for two years at Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph in Chicago, Illinois, and worked as a Catholic Camp Counselor at Camp Gray in Reedsburg, Wisconsin during the summers. With a strong love for Christ and a passion for music making, Kelly serves the students of The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori as the music and drama instructor and middle school catechist.
Natalie Gunawan – Atrium Assistant
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.
Maria Soledad Monteforte – Spanish Teacher, preschool – grade 3
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maria Soledad Monteforte is a native Spanish-speaker who brings a wealth of knowledge about the Spanish language and the cultures of various countries. As an adult, she lived in both Brazil and Mexico before moving to the United States. Maria has taught at the Children’s House and in the Mason City school district. She loves integrating songs and games into her classes and is always amazed at how quickly her students learn. When she’s not in the classroom, Maria and her husband enjoy traveling with their two daughters.
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.
Shannon Treier – Elementary Art Teacher
Shannon graduated from Morehead State University in 1989 with a degree in Art with concentrations in Painting and History. She has exhibited her own works in Cincinnati and Columbus, including a solo show and the Krohn Conservatory re-opening. Shannon began as an art teacher at GSCM in 2005. She enjoys connecting the historical aspects of art and art techniques with the students. She also has a passion for sharing the excitement and fun of self expression and the joy of creating.
Missy Bushman – Physical Education Teacher
Missy recieved her B.A. in Education from Miami University in 1989. She also has her M.S. in Audiology from Miami. In addition to raising four children over the past ten yeras, Missy has taught swim lessons at the YMCA, coached several soccer teams, and served as a substitute teacher at St. James. She has served as the physical education teacher at GSCM since 2007.
The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori is also a frequent internship site for graduate students completing their Montessori training. We are always pleased to welcome them to our school!