Our student and graduate success stories are music to our ears, and so we were thrilled to hear that five of our current student musicians will be playing in the 2020 Archdiocesan Honor and Festival Bands! And two of our students have sung their way into the Festival Chorus!
The Honor Band (6th to 8th graders) will perform at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield (Delaware County) on Friday night, February 7, 2020, and again at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, April 21. The Festival Band Concert (mostly 4th and 5th graders) is on Sunday afternoon, March 8, at Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford. The Festival Chorus Concert takes place at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster on Wednesday night, April 1.
In the meantime, GSC’s music teacher, Mr. Mark Urmson, reports that five students will be auditioning for the Archdiocesan Honor Chorus (grades 7-8) on Sunday, December 1. The Honor Chorus performs at the Wood and Kimmel concerts.
Congratulations and good luck, everyone! You make us #GSCProud!
For more information about the Archdiocesan Elementary Music Festivals, click here.
My name is Melissa Gregory, and I am excited to begin the new school year teaching 5th grade at Good Shepherd Catholic School.
I grew up in New York state’s Hudson Valley, and I attended the State University of New York College at Geneseo, majoring in psychology. I moved to Pennsylvania after graduation and worked several years doing social work in Philadelphia. I’ve always enjoyed working with children, but knew that my calling was in education. I returned to school, attending Holy Family University, where I obtained my Master’s Degree in Education with certifications in elementary and special education. I began my teaching career at the School District of Philadelphia, teaching Kindergarten and then 3rd grade. As my family grew, I took some years off to care for them. I returned to teaching a few years ago at the Abington School District where I held long term and per diem substitute positions. I am thrilled to be returning to teaching full-time at Good Shepherd.
I now live in Ardsley with my husband, Kevin, and four children Connor (18), who recently began his education at Kutztown University, Abigail and Aiden (13) and Hadley (12). As a family, we are active in Queen of Peace, and my husband and I are entering our 6th year volunteering with the Queen of Peace PREP program. As a family, we enjoy the beach, traveling, and just spending time together.
I have a strong love and foundation for my Catholic faith, as well as a strong love for teaching. What better way to fulfill my calling than through a career teaching at Good Shepherd! I hope to pass on my love of learning to my students, guiding them toward their future.
My name is Miss Sabrina Escaleira and this is my first year at Good Shepherd Catholic.
For grade school I attended Saint Bede the Venerable School in Holland, Pa. I then made my way to Archbishop Wood High School. In May of 2018, I graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University where I received my degree in Early Childhood Education as well as Special Education.
My hobbies outside of school include traveling, and spending lots of time with family and friends.
Becoming a teacher has always been a dream of mine and I am so excited that this day is finally here! I can’t wait to meet my new students and begin this amazing journey alongside with them.
My name is Alexis Wilson. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be teaching here at Good Shepherd. Several years ago, I too sat in these same desks when it was Queen of Peace. I know how much love, faith and education fills these hallways and I am very much looking forward to being a part of the GSC community.
Following my 9 years here, I graduated from Abington High School, where I went on to obtain my Bachelor’s in Education from Holy Family University. I began in Centennial School District as a Title One Instructor and realized that my heart was in Catholic Education. Realizing my calling, I began teaching at St. John the Baptist in Ottsville, Pa. During that time, I also completed my Masters in Reading and Literacy. I am currently a member of St. Catherine of Siena in Horsham, where I also teach their Religious Educations classes in the evening as well as assist as a Den Leader for their Cub Scout Pack.
My husband, Ron, and I live in Horsham, where our hearts are filled with raising our two amazing children, Blake (10) and Sienna (6). We love every moment of making memories for and with our kids. We love camping, traveling and heading to the beach, or really doing anything outdoors.
It’s because of the teachers at Queen of Peace that I wanted to become a teacher. My goal is to be that role model for the children here, so they can do incredible things in their future.
Here are the required Back to School forms for the 2018-2019 school year:
Join us in congratulating the Class of 2018 as they graduate on Wednesday, June 13th. They are ready to meet a bright future as they head off to various high schools. This class earned over $75,000 in scholarships. We are tremendously proud of all these young students, wishing them all the very best. May God Bless all of our students.
Field Day was a success! Check out the pictures on our Facebook page when you have a chance. Home and School treated the students and staff to KONA ICE for a special treat for the day!
On Saturday, June 9th, we kicked off our first annual Mario Carlo Memorial Bocce Tournament. For those that participated, there was great fun! The proceeds are being used to expand our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities or other areas of enrichment, such as Robotics.
We owe special thanks to Brendan Gallagher, Dominic Fittipaldi, and Joe Siravo for their help in maintaining our Bocce courts, Jen Mahoney and our Home and School Association for hosting the Beef and Beer, and Angelo Lanzetta, Dave Buccafuri and our other wine vendors for generously contributing to the event. Thank you to all of our volunteers for all of your help. We couldn't have done it without you!
The presence of the Carlo family made the day extra special. We look forward to seeing many more participants next year at our second annual Mario Carlo Memorial Bocce Tournament!