Staff Members

All staff members at Good Shepherd Preschool meet or exceed the educational requirements of the Maryland State Department of Education.

All teachers of Early Pre-Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten classes have bachelor's or master's degrees, experience working with young children, and additional training and coursework in early childhood education. Assistant teachers have at minimum high school diplomas, experience working with young children, and additional training and coursework in early childhood education. 

The directors, teachers, and assistant teachers participate in the Maryland Child Care Credential program, which requires extensive continuing education in child development, early childhood curriculum, special needs, professionalism, communication, and health, safety, and nutrition. Staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR and are active members of area Christian congregations.

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Mrs. Jennifer Coxson

Administrative Director

My job at GSLP is: I work with parents on school forms and tuition, and keep track of the budget and other administrative jobs.

About me: I am an Army brat and moved a lot when I was a child. I still love to travel and to read books. I have 3 tall sons and am told that I am now the shrimp of the family. I have a Master of Business Administration degree as well as college-level coursework in child development, early childhood curriculum, and administration of child care programs. I spent three years working in our classrooms before becoming co-director in 2014.

What I like most about working at GSLP is: I love seeing the little kids. I also love all of the events and service opportunities that are available.

When I'm not at GSLP, I am: Reading, doing water aerobics, grocery shopping and dreaming of future trips!

 
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Ms. Colleen Fischer

Educational Program Director

My job at GSLP is: I put together the preschool's curriculum based on the state's early childhood learning goals, train teachers, and lead our music and chapel classes.

About me: I'm originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. I dug my way out from under my hometown's usual three feet of snow and lived in Las Vegas, Seattle, and Europe for a few years before finally landing here with my husband, Scott. I received a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, during my time as a Teach for America corps member. I previously worked as an elementary school and pre-kindergarten teacher before becoming co-director in 2014.

What I like most about working at GSLP is: I love helping children discover the joy of learning and instilling in them the knowledge that they are loved and valued. Seeing students smiling and bounding in the door with such excitement each day makes me happy. I also enjoy singing, dancing, and playing instruments with the kids in our weekly music classes.

When I'm not at GSLP, I am: Spending time with my dog, playing the guitar, and cycling.

 
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Ms. Elisabeth Bendo

Teacher, Early Pre-Kindergarten 3

My job at GSLP is: I had a wonderful preschool experience as a child. I hope to help other children and families have a positive experience that becomes part of a lifelong love of learning.

About me: I grew up mostly in Montana. My husband, older daughter, and I moved to Maryland in 2008. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in genetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science degree in cell and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania. My last laboratory research job was working on the genetic expression of melanoma. I became a stay-at-home mom when my older daughter, Zoe, was born. When my younger daughter, Cora, finished her time at GSLP in 2015, I became an assistant teacher at GSLP.

What I like most about working at GSLP is: I've enjoyed helping children learn at school and gain confidence in their abilities, like putting on their coats, using scissors, and making friends.

When I'm not at GSLP, I am: When I'm not at GSLP, I am taking my kids to their activities, playing board games, reading about local news and events, running on the treadmill, or watching TV and movies. Any other This is Us, Superstore, or Manifest fans?

 
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Mrs. Laura Cerezo Vargas

Assistant Teacher, Early Pre-Kindergarten 2 and 3

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Mrs. Lori Forcey

Teacher, Early Pre-Kindergarten 3 and Pre-Kindergarten

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Mrs. Melissa Ganz

Teacher, Early Pre-Kindergarten 3 and Pre-Kindergarten

My job at GSLP is: I am one half of the teaching team of Forcey/Ganz. I co-teach with Lori Forcey for the 3-Day Pre-K class and (new for this year) the 2-Day Early Pre-K 3 class, which we taught together a few years back. Co-teaching lets us offer the experience of two lead teachers wrapped up in one.

About me: I am originally from Long Island, NY. I moved down to Maryland 13 years ago with my husband, and soon after moving, I had my son (who is a GSLP alum). I am also a mom to a rescue dog named Bear. I've been working at GSLP since my son was in Pre-K. I have taught or assisted in the Early Pre-K 2, Early Pre-K 3, and Pre-K classes.

What I like most about working at GSLP is: My favorite thing about working at GSLP is the kids. I love getting to know the children and the families of GSLP. I love watching them grow, succeed and become confident in their abilities. My co-workers at GSLP are a great group of caring women and make coming to work a fun place to be.

When I'm not at GSLP, I am: I love to spend time with my family and friends. I like to shop at antique and vintage stores, go to concerts, travel, play board games, walk, and go to Zumba.

 
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Mrs. Tracey German

Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten, and Assistant Teacher, Early Pre-Kindergarten 3

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Mrs. Jennifer Gormley

Assistant Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten

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Mrs. Nina Jackson

Assistant Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten

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Mrs. Jennifer Jones

Teacher, Early Pre-Kindergarten 2 and 3

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Mrs. Sandra Lawson

Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten

My job at GSLP is: As a co-teacher for Pre-K I help children explore and understand their world as they make new discoveries about who they are, what they like, and learn new things. My job is to give my students a sense of safety, purpose, awe, and comfort as they go on the journey of growing up.

About me: I'm originally from Los Angeles, California, but I have been a Maryland transplant for 13 years. I have always been in the education field, even peripherally — I worked for a tutoring company through college, then as a high school teacher, and then as a program manager that worked closely with school on grants and character programs. My husband and I met in college and have been married for almost 15 years. We have two wonderful kiddos: a 6-year-old son, who did 3 years at GSLP, and a 4-year-old daughter, who is in her last year at GSLP. I was a stay-at-home mom after my son was born, and last year I was blessed to be able to join the GSLP teaching team!

What I like most about working at GSLP is: As a co-teacher there are so many wonderful things about working at GSLP. The sense of wonder a child brings to the class is contagious! I have amazing coworkers who help each other, find plenty of reasons to laugh and are always building each other up! I love getting to know each child and watching them shine!

When I'm not at GSLP, I am: Outside of GSLP I love to cook — it's my love language, so I am always exploring new recipes or baking a sweet treat for my friends and family. I enjoy reading, shopping, sewing, volunteering at our elementary school, and planning playdates for my kids. I have just discovered running and have coupled that with an active gym life. My favorite thing to do it to hang out with my kids and husband exploring the DC and Baltimore area.

 
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Mrs. Lindy Parrales

Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten

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