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Welcome to Good Shepherd Episcopal School

 

Founded in 1971, we are approaching our 50th year in our GSES history. We are excited about the growth and learning that has been happening at our school in recent years. Like people, institutions change and grow. Those who have come before have built a foundation of values, mission, and history. Now it’s our turn to move GSES forward, to see who and what we can become together.

Although our community has a long-standing commitment to the mission and core values of Good Shepherd, each year the school is new in the sense that the school has never been composed of exactly these families, students, faculty, trustees, even alumni, before. Each year is a chance to explore, revise, and reaffirm who we are. Enriched by those who are new, we also have the opportunity for self-examination and growth. What is to be preserved and celebrated? Why do we do it this way, and what makes it better? What is the future we envision and what is the best way to realize it for each other? Each year, it is our families and community who help us answer these questions.

The core “currency” at Good Shepherd is relational. Each day is an original encounter with one’s self, others, and the world. We have an opportunity to ask, Who am I? Who am I trying to become? How can I grow in healthy, responsible, and respectful ways? In many ways we are all “new” each year, experiencing ourselves and each other in different roles, relationships, and contexts, at a different time. Together, we care for each other and the world around us, as we strive to be “Rooted in Community, Strengthened by Diversity, and Inspired by Possibility.” From all of us at Good Shepherd, thank you for your interest in our school.

Ken Seward,
Head of School

Headmaster Ken Seward

Head of School

KEN SEWARD is the Head of School at Good Shepherd. As a life-long learner he’s got some interesting thoughts on education!

Originally from Vermont, Mr. Seward received his BA in American literature from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. He received an MA in American studies from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, he has a certificate in school management and leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving in Okinawa, Vietnam, and Cuba. His career in education dates back to the late 1970s, and he has served as an English teacher, department head, dean, principal, executive director, board member, lecturer, and head of school/headmaster in seven different schools. Following a long tenure at The Steward School, he took two years off to write and sail before joining Good Shepherd in 2015.