Erin Niedbalski – Music and Drama Teacher
Erin attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas and earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2013. In college, her primary instrument was the cello. There, she played in the Benedictine College/Atchison Community Orchestra and served as the principal cellist during her senior year. After graduating, she spent four years in Dallas, Texas teaching music at a K-8 catholic school. Erin moved to Cincinnati in 2017 and took a year to stay at home with her daughter, Bernadette, and also subbed for music and P.E. at GSCM. Currently, Erin plays cello with the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra and sings in the adult choir at St. Gertrude Catholic Church. In her spare time she enjoys canoeing, crafting, and spending time with her family.
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.
Jennifer Borgert – Elementary Art Teacher
Before being blessed as the mother of Audrey, Myrna, Beatrice, Iris, Natalie, Vivian, Teddy, and Ingrid…I grew up as an Ohio 4-H er, Toledo Notre Dame girl, making art projects and looking forward to any poster contest or sewing project I could enter.
In the ’80’s, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Art & Design from DAAP at University of Cincinnati.
The experiences of working in the garment district in L.A., selling expensive clothes in San Francisco, waiting tables in gourmet restaurants and apprenticing as a costumer for the Sante Fe Opera did not keep my heart still… So I moved back to Ohio where I was hired at the College Conservatory of Music. Working as a costume technician and teacher to the theatre students, I realized how much I enjoyed guiding others to learn new skills. My story got even better when I met Ted Borgert. We married and dedicated ourselves to raising a Catholic, home schooled, family of artists, musicians and hopefully good- to-be -with sort of people. Over the past 25 years, my life has been over flowing with blessings more creative than I could ever imagine. In my free time, I offer my sewing skills to priests for their vestments and to brides for their wedding attire. I wish I 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 I join the faculty at Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori.