Faculty

One of the most valuable assets of Shepherd of the Desert is our teaching staff.  Our staff is comprised of caring, qualified, Christian educators.  Parents often comment that our teachers are what impress them most about our school.  Each of them is dedicated to providing an outstanding education, establishing positive relationships, and serving as role models for students and their families.  Our staff is a blessing to our school.

Shepherd of the Desert strives to provide our teachers with professional development opportunities.  We attend the annual Pacific Southwest District Lutheran Educators’ Conference, the annual Arizona Lutheran Educators’ Conference, and other training opportunities as they are offered.  Our goal is to improve our instructional strategies and educational practices in order to best serve our students and their families.

Leadership and Support Team

Preschool Director,  Debbie Osman

Preschool Director,  Debbie Osman

Office & Finance Manager, Lisa Straight

Office & Finance Manager, Lisa Straight

Preschool Office Manager, Monica Weller

Preschool Office Manager, Monica Weller

K-8 Office Assistant, Irene Wingfield

K-8 Office Assistant, Irene Wingfield


Elementary Staff

Kindergarten, Pam Schimke

Kindergarten, Pam Schimke

1st Grade, Bridget Chapman

1st Grade, Bridget Chapman

2nd Grade, Ashley Robles

2nd Grade, Ashley Robles

3rd Grade, Ann Sielaff

3rd Grade, Ann Sielaff

4th Grade, Lorna McAlpine

4th Grade, Lorna McAlpine

5th Grade, Jennifer Ehrman

5th Grade, Jennifer Ehrman


Middle School Staff

7th Grade Homeroom & Religion, Stefan Engle

7th Grade Homeroom & Religion, Stefan Engle

8th Grade Homeroom & Science, Ellen Porter

8th Grade Homeroom & Science, Ellen Porter

Literature & History, Michelle Blincoe

Literature & History, Michelle Blincoe

Advanced Math, Carla Munger

Advanced Math, Carla Munger

Technology & Spanish, Lotus Kaplan

Technology & Spanish, Lotus Kaplan


Specials and Electives

Art, Terry Goss
Library & Reading Support, Sandy Hagood

Library & Reading Support, Sandy Hagood

Band, Peter Schimm
Math Support, Carla Munger

Math Support, Carla Munger

Music, Jen Hodges

Music, Jen Hodges

Physical Education & Athletic Director, Stefan Engle

Physical Education & Athletic Director, Stefan Engle

Technology, Dori Hampton

Technology, Dori Hampton

Spanish, Holly McCune

Spanish, Holly McCune