Meet The Team
Michelle Goetsch joined Good Shepherd Lutheran School (GSLS) in 2018, after serving 5 years as principal of First Lutheran School (FLS) in Glendale, California. When FLS was asked to find a church home for the school ministry, she found Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School was the perfect fit, with the same child centered mission. She came to the Los Angeles area from Thousand Oaks, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from California Lutheran University (CLU). She was an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for 20 years, having served as Sunday Church School Director and on the church council. Her career path has included positions in general education, special education, business and theater arts. Ms. Goetsch has a deep appreciation for the individual talents and needs of each child, as she is the mother of two exceptional adult children.
Michelle Phang is the granddaughter of a pastor, and grew up singing in her church choir. She earned her Master's degree in Education Technology, California Multiple Subject teaching credential and a Single Subject Life Science credential from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).She joined Good Shepherd after teaching middle school classes for Salem Lutheran School in Glendale. Prior to Lutheran schools, Ms. Phang spent 10 years teaching middle and high school science for the Los Angeles Unified School district, and one year teaching the 4th grade. While earning her master's degree and credentials, Ms. Phang worked for the University of Southern California (USC), facilitating the Med-Cor program for inner city youth interested in pursuing careers in medicine. She is passionate about getting students involved in S.T.E.M. endeavors and incorporating the arts. She plays both piano and flute, and her favorite composer is Rachmaninoff. For extracurricular activities, Ms. Phang loves leading cheer clubs and sharing the Catalina Island Marine Institute with her students. When not working on classroom or extracurricular projects, Ms. Phang enjoys spending time with her Chihuahua, Taffy.
Anita Stoker joined Good Shepherd Lutheran School after teaching middle school at First Lutheran School, Glendale. She was instrumental in creating a middle school program for growing elementary schools, and taught grades 6-8 for over a decade. Prior to teaching middle school at First Lutheran School in Glendale, California, Anita Stoker taught in her home state of Minnesota and served as a the ELCA Lutheran schools coordinator throughout California. In 2018, Mrs Stoker postponed retirement to bring the successful middle school program to Good Shepherd, and retired to her native Minnesoto in January of 2020. When COVID-19 hit, Mrs. Stoker came out of her brief retirement to continue serving by teaching remotely.
Victoria Rivera earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and received her California and Oklahoma teaching credentials at Oklahoma Baptist University. Education has always been her passion. During certification and prior to joining Good Shepherd, Ms. Rivera worked as a teacher's assistant, after school daycare provider and a long term substitute at a charter middle school in the LAUSD. She is especially drawn to middle school because it is an important (and fun time) in a child's development, when students begin to shape their own views of the world. Ms. Rivera began teaching middle school at Good Shepherd first full time in 2019 and loves her school community!
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Denys Delgado joined Good Shepherd Lutheran in 2019, after serving as a teacher assistant in Kinder-2nd grade at Isana Octavia Academy. Ms. Denys earned her early childhood education units, and Bachelor's of Arts degree in Child Development, from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She is excited to be working with preschool students and with hopes to return to school and earn her Master degree in Special Education after the pandemic is over. Ms. Denys can be found doing outdoor activities (hiking), when not serving children.
While working on her degree in child development, and serving as a 6th grade assistant teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Angie Rodriguez felt the call to teach God's littlest children in a faith based environment. She joined Good Shepherd in 2016, after earning her early childhood education units from East Los Angeles College. Ms. Angie has taught both our preschool students as well as Jr. Kindergarten and is excited by the love of learning displayed in early childhood education.
Irma Luna officially joined the staff of Good Shepherd in 2019 after serving 8 years as president of the school board and 17 years in management. She fell in love with Good Shepherd when her oldest child was welcomed into the church-school family on his first day. When she was asked to fill the position of office administrator, she felt called to serve in a full time capacity. "The work that community had and continues to do to keep the school and church going is what has kept me serving. I felt like I wanted to be part of that." Ms. Luna's oldest child graduated with honors and youngest is a student at Good Shepherd.
Aydee Quintana began teaching JK/K at Good Shepherd Lutheran School (GSLS) after serving 18 years as the Preschool Director and Pre-K teacher at First Lutheran School, in Glendale. She received her early childhood education degree and certification from Mission College and Supervision/Administration certification from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After two decades dedicated to the ministry of Christian early education, she continues to feel called to bring God's love to His littlest children, while preparing them for successful academic careers. When not teaching Kindergarten, or performing administrative duties for the child development center, Ms. Aydee can be found leading a bible study for her church or spending time with her two children, both of whom attend Good Shepherd Lutheran school.
Alexandria "Niki" Cornejo earned her Bachelor's degree from California Institute of the Arts. Prior to teaching, Ms. Cornejo served as Teacher's Assistant, Campus Supervisor and Summer Program Leader for over 6 years, gaining hands on experience in teaching and supervising children. Since 2018, Ms. Cornejo has been working with our top teachers to facilitate the transition into full time teaching in the 2021-2022 school year. In addition Ms. Cornejo brings formal training in art which she shares with our students during after school art classes.
Heydi Cubas joined Good Shepherd Lutheran School after teaching at First Lutheran School for 18 years. Mrs. Cubas earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Arts and Elementary Education from California State University Northridge (CSUN). Her teaching career began in 1991 at Los Angeles Unified School District. Mrs. Cubas is very passionate about her work and enjoys teaching and interacting with her students everyday. Also being certified in early child development education allows her to understand each individual students educational needs and take the appropritate steps to make sure they are met.
Shantell Darby-Robertson is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Foothills, and came to Good Shepherd Lutheran School after serving as an early childhood and Kindergarten educator for 5 years. Mrs. Robertson earned her ECE units and certification from El Camino College, and is currently working on her teaching credential. She is a champion of multiple learning styles in the classroom, and strives to provide every child with what they need for success. "My main goal is to stimulate each child’s mind while helping to create and build upon a strong foundation that will help them throughout their academic career."
Isabel Villanueva joined Good Shepherd after teaching upper elementary at First Lutheran School (FLS) for 20 years. Prior to FLS, Mrs. Villanueva taught at Columbus Elementary School in Glendale, California. She earned her B.S. degree in Psychology and completed her pre-medical graduate courses from the College of Science at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. Isabel’s journey in education included a career in School Guidance Counseling and Psychology. She is trained in Child Development and certified in California Basic Educational Skills. Her passion for imparting knowledge made her pursue teaching at the pedagogy level in the U.S. After two decades teaching FLS/GSLS students, "Mrs. V." continues to be visited by former students who credit her with instilling the word of God, love of learning and strong work ethic that made them successful college graduates.
Jonathan Pena, "Mr. Jonathan" joined Good Shepherd Lutheran in 2017 after serving as assistant teacher in grades K-5 at Culver City Christian School. He received his Associate of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Cottonwood Leadership College, and is currently studying to become a youth pastor at the University of Southern California (USC). When not supervising students on campus or attending classes, Mr. Jonathan can be found playing drums for his congregation's praise band or leading his church youth groups' community service projects.