Meet Our Teachers
Originally from Forrestville, Md., Alex has lived in Virginia since 2003. He holds an associate’s degree in business from Bob Jones University.
Alex has worked as a preschool and school-age teacher since 2014. He has also taught youth since the age of 17 through Royal Rangers, a Christian mentoring ministry for boys, and he served for two years as a summer camp counselor at Camp Red Arrow in Stevensburg, Va. He also enjoys playing and coaching soccer and playing the saxophone in his spare time.
Alex accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at a very young age. He compares the experience to the story of “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan. “In the story, the main character carried a giant boulder on his back,” relates Alex. “When he knelt before the cross, the boulder rolled off his back.
“When I accepted Christ, I felt like a weight fell off my back, literally,” he says.
“I came to The Good Shepherd Preschool because I feel like I am impacting young lives for Christ. Preschool is the most important stage of learning to mold young minds, and teaching children about God is important in mental development.”
Originally from El Salvador, Nathaly was raised in Annapolis, Maryland, and settled in Virginia after graduating from high school.
While in high school, Nathaly took college classes and was certified in child care. After she moved to Virginia, she started working with children with disabilities and those who had problems with their second language.
Nathaly has also been active in her church, volunteering to help with vacation Bible school ministry. She calls her church her “second family.”
In her personal time, Nathaly enjoys watching action and dramatic films and reading books by her favorite author Elle Wiesel. In her first year as a preschool teacher, Nathaly says, “Each day is a learning experience and I can’t wait to grow and learn more with our kids from The Good Shepherd Preschool.”
“Since I can remember, I have always loved and had much passion for caring for children. I love preschool and all the learning, exploring and fun we get to experience.”
Cindy is a native of the greater Fredericksburg area, having been born in Dumfries, raised in Stafford and currently residing in Spotsylvania County.
Cindy says she “grew up in church” and accepted Christ at a young age. As an adult, she has been active in children’s ministry, teaching at Christ Chapel in Woodbridge for two years, and currently on staff as a volunteer in children’s ministry at Riverside First Church of God. She and her husband are also youth leaders there.
Cindy also worked at the Grace 4 Kids child care center in Fredericksburg for six years.
“I enjoy working with children, especially in a Christian environment. I believe it’s important to teach children about God at a young age, which is a key initiative of The Good Shepherd Preschool.”
Michelle joined The Good Shepherd Preschool as an assistant teacher this year. Raised on a small farm in Nanjemoy, Md., Michelle is the fourth of nine children. She has worked with children in church ministries most of her life. She also has worked extensively in private child care and as a live-in nannie for an autistic child.
Michelle asked Jesus Christ into her heart as a teenager after taking to heart a sermon that her pastor preached on personal salvation.
In her personal time, Michelle enjoys being outdoors and taking part in many activities such as hiking in the mountains or working on her family’s farm and garden. On the farm, she has helped to raise chickens, turkeys, goats, pigs and cows.
Michelle also plays a variety of musical instruments and especially enjoys playing at nursing homes, for children, or just to relax.
“The thing I love most about kids is their innocence. They don’t really care who you are or where you’re from as long as you show them love. I’m truly blessed that the Lord has brought me here to teach these precious children his great love for them. I’m excited to do what I love most especially in a Christian environment!”
Originally from California, Katherine says that she knew from a young age that she was called to work with children. She studied early childhood development at Cypress College and Fullerton College to pursue her passion.
“I started working with children when I was 23 and I have never wanted to do anything else,” she says. She worked in the after-school program and as a substitute preschool teacher with the Centralia School District, and as a lead toddler teacher with Eastside Christian Preschool in Fullerton. She also served as a lead infant/toddler teacher and preschool teacher with the Fort Irwin Child Development Center.
Katherine welcomed Christ into her life at the young age of five while she and her family attended Calvary Chapel in Anaheim. As she got older, she volunteered to help with the children’s minister.
As a young adult, Katherine attended City Church of Anaheim, which was established as part of Transformation Ministries. There for several years, she helped run the children’s ministry as well as the information table to assist new and regular members.
“I felt from a young age that God was calling me to work with children. I enjoy learning just as much from the children as they learn from me. This has always been more then just a job to me; it’s my calling to make a difference in young children’s lives and teach them what God has in store for them.”