Good Shepherd Lutheran School Teachers & Staff

Our Good Shepherd staff is a dedicated group of persons that work diligently every day in this important mission of our congregation. We give thanks for their commitment. The fine reputation of our school and its staff has inquiring parents tell us they keep hearing “Good Shepherd is THE place to send your children”.

Administrative Staff
Vanessa Bigam

School Director

Vanessa Bigam holds a Child Development Associate Certificate and has been working in childcare for over eighteen years. She enjoys her job at Good Shepherd Lutheran School as the School Director. Seeing the smiling faces of the children as she greets them at the door is what Vanessa loves most about being at Good Shepherd Lutheran School. She also loves spending quality time with her family—husband, Shawn, and children, Sophia, William, and Alessandra.

Giselle Djurik

Administrative Assistant

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    Natasha Pecora

    Administrative Assistant

    Rev. Eric Olsen

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    Maureen Cooke

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    Ed Indellicati

    Accountant

    Teachers
    Alison Carey

    Alison received her Bachelors degree in Music from Hofstra University. She spent a few years singing on tours and in amazing places like Carnegie Hall. She loves baking and spending time with her husband and two precious children. Alison also assists couples that are hoping to adopt. She is thrilled to share her love of music and God with all of the children at Good Shepherd!

    Amy Kuchynskas

    Amy Kuchynskas has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Salisbury University and a Master’s Degree in Education from LI University/CW Post Campus. Amy is married with three small children and is also a leader of a Brownie Troop and serves as a Sunday School Teacher. In her spare time, she likes to run and do Pilates. Amy is so honored to be at Good Shepherd and she is dedicated to creating a positive learning environment where children will develop a love for learning.

    Dawn Ciulla

    Dawn Ciulla has been teaching at Good Shepherd for six years. She holds a Child Development Associate certification. She is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn, grow, and have fun, with a focus on the “whole child” development. Mrs. Ciulla loves spending time with her husband, three children, and dog.

    Jacqueline Rossi

    Jacqueline Rossi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Molloy College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and Innovation from Capella University. Jacqueline likes spending time with her husband and her dog at home. During her spare time, she loves to bake and travel. She is really excited to be able to watch the toddlers grow and socialize throughout the year.

    Joanne Rodriguez

    Joanne Rodriguez earned her Child Development Associate certification in 2018. Prior to that, she spent years caring for children in her home. She loves spending time with her two grown sons. Her true passion is taking care of the infants at Good Shepherd and has formed bonds with all of the families here. She truly believes that when caregivers and parents work together, babies benefit and feel loved.

    Justine Sciortino

    Justine Sciortino has served as a caregiver of children for seventeen years and has her Child Development Association (CDA) certification. She enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and two grandchildren. She is delighted to take care of all the toddlers at Good Shepherd and watching them learn and grow.

    Melissa Saueracker

    Melissa has been teaching Full Day Nursery at Good Shepherd since 2013. She has her Bachelor Degree from N.Y.I.T. and her Master of Science in Education from Dowling College. She loves spending time with her family, travel, and going to the movies. Her favorite thing about being a teacher at Good Shepherd is the warm family atmosphere.

    Stephanie Tauz

    Stephanie has two Bachelor Degrees from Long Island University and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Touro College. She loves spending time with her daughter, family, and friends. Stephanie attended Good Shepherd as a child and feels blessed to watch the children of Good Shepherd grow.

    TEACHER ASSISTANTS & SUPPORT STAFF
    Deval Mody
    Dina DiGiorgio
    Jaime Pagan

    Maintenance

    Jan Yarbrough
    Judy Misulia
    Marie Abbruscato
    Phyllis Langone
    Rashi Kapoor
    Susan Curran