Our School Staff

 

Pastor Cliff Bunch

Cliff Bunch

Senior Pastor

 

Pastor Cliff Bunch was raised in a Baptist Church in Virginia and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at age seven. He felt God calling him into ministry at a young age, and continued to sense God leading him in that path as a teenager and on into adult life. He graduated from Bluefield College in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982. In 1990 he graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained in 1992. For his pastorate ministry, Cliff draws from a variety of work experience which includes:retail management, sales clerk and cashier positions, restaurant work, and farm labor.  Since 1992 Cliff has served as Pastor of three churches.He is married to Mindy, an elementary school Teacher, and is the father of two- Gabriel and Sara.

Mrs. Janet Hodson

Pastor Janet Hodson

School Administrator

 

Pastor Janet Hodson has been the head administrator at Good Shepherd Christian Academy since April 2008. No stranger to education, Janet has taught Bible classes at Columbus Christian School to grades 6-12, and has worked as a Kindergarten and preschool assistant. Her passion to provide a strong Christian education started with her own children (now grown) whom she was blessed to homeschool. Janet graduated from Church Leadership Institute in February of 2008, with a diploma in Pastoral Studies. She received her Certificate of License in Indiana in February of 2010. In addition, Janet has received training from The Fountain School of Spiritual Ministry and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Serving is a passion for Janet, and she has been very active in the community, including the Emmaus community and Residents Encountering Christ. She has also served as a youth leader, Bible study leader, Wednesday night children’s program director, Sunday school teacher, cheerleading coach, Youth Camp dean and counselor, and spiritual counselor, among others. In her years at GSCA, Janet has provided both spiritual and administrative guidance to staff, students, and families, a calling that brings her much joy and fulfillment.

 

Mrs. Sarah Schwendenman


Mrs. Sarah Schwendenman

Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Email: s.schwendenman@gscacademy.org

 

Mrs. Sarah Schwendenman graduated from Union County High School in Liberty, IN. and from IU East with her Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education. She taught for 15 years in her home (public school district) before feeling called to teach at GSCA. Sarah has always had a calling to teach and work with children. Her greatest passion is helping students see their own potential and become excited about their God-given gifts. She feels blessed to be part of GSCA where she knows God has great things planned for her, the students, and the school!

 

 

 

Mrs. Tara Youngblood

 

Mrs. Tara Youngblood

Early Pre-School
Email: t.youngblood@gscacademy.org

 

Mrs. Tara Youngblood graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently working on her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education at Western Governors University. Tara has been teaching preschool for 6 years in Christian classrooms and loves sharing the love of God with the children she teaches. 

 

 

Mrs. Debbie Fields


Miss Debbie Fields

Kindergarten Prep
Email: d.fields@gscacademy.org

 

Miss Debbie Fields earned her Associate of Arts degree in Day Care Administration with an emphasis on Child Development from Vincennes University.   She taught preschool/day care for 7 years before being called into the mission field.   Miss Fields was sent to Knoxville, TN to serve in the inner city by helping to open and then teach at a preschool for low income children.  Following that experience, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Church and Community and Human Services at Tennessee Wesleyan College.   She then served as a Minister to Children and Youth for 25 years.   Miss Fields was born and raised in Indiana and is very glad to finally be called back home.  She considered it a blessing and answer to prayer when offered the opportunity to teach the Kindergarten Prep class at GSCA. 

 

 

Mrs. Sandra Anderson

 

Mrs. Sandra Anderson

Kindergarten Prep Assistant

 

Mrs. Sandra Anderson earned her Bachelors of Arts from Ashford University in 2013. She majored in Psychology/Social Work/M.F.T. and minored in Sociology/Early Childhood Development Education. She has also run a licensed daycare/preschool. Mrs. Anderson is pursuing her teaching degree. She volunteered many hours for the past 5 years at Good Shepherd Christian Academy and considers it an honor to be a part of our school.

 

 

Mrs. Sarah Shake

 

Mrs. Sarah Shake

Kindergarten
Email: s.shake@gscacademy.org

 

Mrs. Sarah Shake is our newest Kindergarten teacher at Good Shepherd Christian Academy. Mrs. Sarah Shake is a lifelong resident of Decatur County and a graduate of North Decatur High School. She earned her elementary education degree from Ball State University. Before coming to GSCA she worked at Batesville Primary School, homeschooled her two children kindergarten - 6th grade and worked as a special education teaching assistant at South Decatur Elementary. Sarah is also a children's leader for Bible Study Fellowship in Columbus, IN. Sarah is thrilled to be part of the staff of GSCA and loves sharing the love of Jesus with the children who attend here.

 

 

Mrs. Sarah Schwendenman

 

Mrs. Sarah Schwendenman

1st Grade
Email: s.schwendenman@gscacademy.org

 

Mrs. Sarah Schwendenman graduated from Union County High School in Liberty, IN. and from IU East with her Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education. She taught for 15 years in her home (public school district) before feeling called to teach at GSCA. Sarah has always had a calling to teach and work with children. Her greatest passion is helping students see their own potential and become excited about their God-given gifts. She feels blessed to be part of GSCA where she knows God has great things planned for her, the students, and the school!

 

 


Mrs. Dalyn Holt


Ms. Dalyn Holt

2nd Grade
Email: d.holt@gscacademy.org


Mrs. Dalyn Holt earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She has been privileged to teach in several states as she has traveled with her husband’s job. Mrs. Holt believes every child should be valued and treated with respect. An education should empower a child and help him or her make a positive contribution to our world. Mr. and Mrs. Holt have three wonderful children with a new addition of a grandchild. Indiana has been her family’s home for 3 years and they are enjoying the Hoosier State very much!

 

 

 

Mrs. Stephanie Ogle

 

Mrs. Stephanie Ogle

3rd Grade
Email: s.ogle@gscacademy.org

 

Mrs. Stephanie Ogle earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University. She began her professional career teaching preschool and kindergarten in Greensburg. That experience was followed by 16 years as an elementary teacher in Shelbyville. Mrs. Ogle is a lifelong resident of Greensburg and is excited and blessed to have the opportunity to be teaching in her hometown at Good Shepherd Christian Academy.

 

Mrs. Kathy Kress

Mrs. Katherine Kress

Grades 4-5
Email: k.kress@gscacademy.org

 

Mrs. Katherine Kress earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Education with a certification in Elementary Education from Saint Mary-of-the Woods College, and has taught in Greensburg and Rushville schools. Kathy is very happy to be teaching at Good Shepherd Christian Academy, where Jesus and His Word are an integral part of each student’s education.

 

 

 

Mrs. Ramona Campbell

 

Mrs. Ramona Campbell

Chef

 

Mrs. Ramona Campbell is our newest Chef at Good Shepherd Christian Academy. She received her Servsafe License March 2017.

 

 



Our Mission

Good Shepherd Christian Academy partners with family and church to provide a Christ-centered, Biblically based education emphasizing academic excellence and character development.

Our Vision

Our goal is to provide an educational environment that is spiritually based, emotionally encouraging, physically safe, and intellectually challenging. We believe a child has the best opportunity for success when home, church and school are working together in harmony towards these ends.

Our Philosophy In Practice

All teachers and assistants must give testimony of personal faith in Christ, be a Christ-like example to the students in all areas of life, and be faithful in attendance and involved in a Christian church; Curriculum is based on and interpreted in the light of God's revealed Word

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