Ken Seward : Head of School

Ken Seward

Head of School

Originally, I am from Vermont and received my BA in American literature from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. I received an MA in American studies from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, I have a certificate in school management and leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving in Okinawa, Vietnam, and Cuba. My career in education dates back to the late 1970s. I have served as an English teacher and 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, I took two years off to write and sail before joining Good Shepherd in 2015.

My wife, Helen Landry, is a psychotherapist, and we have two children. Our oldest, Henry, is a senior at Trinity Episcopal School; our younger daughter, Walker, is a graduate of Good Shepherd and is now a junior at Lynnhaven Academy. When not at school, I read, sail, write, and garden.
Elizabeth Coleman : Director of Admissions

Elizabeth Coleman

Director of Admissions

I joined GSES in 2016 as the seventh and eighth grade language arts teacher and assumed the role of admissions director in 2017. I earned my undergraduate degree in English from Davidson College and my MEd from Virginia Tech. I have taught English and ESOL to students of all ages, in both public and private schools. Since joining the Good Shepherd faculty, I have also worked towards building our place-based and outdoor education programs. I feel very fortunate to live and work in Forest Hill, next to the James River Park System and Forest Hill Park. Being able to provide opportunities for students to venture out into our beautiful neighborhood is one of the many reasons I love being a part of Good Shepherd.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, canoeing, and spending time with my family. My son Daniel is a third grader at GSES and loves his friends and teachers.
Nancy Negus : Director of Instructional Support

Nancy Negus

Director of Instructional Support

I grew up in the Richmond area and graduated from Chesterfield County Public Schools. I earned a BA in history at the University of Virginia and a MA in special education from George Washington University. I have held teaching and administrative positions in both public and independent schools. My specialized training includes elementary mathematics instruction, reading and writing workshop models, and curriculum development.

My husband, Steve, and I lived and worked in different parts of the country before settling in the Boston area for 15 years.We returned to Richmond in 2007, when Steve accepted a faculty position at VCU. I’m a Red Sox fan and also enjoy reading, hiking, and travel. We have two grown children and live in Ginter Park.
Carol Bowen : Administrative Assistant

Carol Bowen

Administrative Assistant

Good Shepherd Episcopal School is such a busy, but fun, place to be. I spent the majority of my career in the corporate world, but now find being around the students and faculty at Good Shepherd so refreshing. I look forward to each day, as it brings something fun and different! I graduated from JMU, got married, and have lived in Richmond since then. I spend my free time traveling, working in the yard, walking our dogs, kayaking, and spending time at a family beach house in NC.
Lori Jobe : Director of Marketing and Communications

Lori Jobe

Director of Marketing and Communications

With over twenty years of experience working in independent school and college communications, I feel fortunate to be part of the Good Shepherd community. I earned a bachelor’s degree at Davidson College and a master’s degree in education at Wake Forest University. I began my career in communications as a work study student at Davidson and have continued learning about this ever-changing industry through jobs at Davidson, Dartmouth College, and several independent schools across the country.

My family is a loyal bunch. My husband and I both graduated from Davidson College and my two oldest children currently attend the school. My youngest chose a different path and is blazing her trail at Furman University. We enjoy spending time together, especially over family dinners when we can. The Forest Hill and Westover Hills communities are important to us, as my husband’s mom grew up here, and we still have family in the neighborhood.
Zach Barnard : Extended Day Program Leader

Zach Barnard

Extended Day Program Leader

As a graduate of Good Shepherd, I am excited to be back on campus as a teacher. Having graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, I look forward to working with students in all aspects of their afternoon activities from homework to art to outdoor activities.
Lorie Bartee : Transition Coordinator, Fifth and Sixth Grade Math, Sixth Grade Language Arts

Lorie Bartee

Transition Coordinator, Fifth and Sixth Grade Math, Sixth Grade Language Arts

I grew up in Staunton and moved to Richmond to attend college. I earned my bachelor of science degree in psychology with a concentration in special education from VCU and my MEd in counselor education from the University of Virginia. I began my career in Henrico County as a high school counselor and then shifted to teaching and academic advising on the college level, before returning to school counseling at The Steward School, where I was the Middle School dean of student support. I have three sons who all attended Good Shepherd during their elementary school years. I am excited to be part of the Good Shepherd community and enjoy working with students and their families.

I spend most of my free time driving my sons around town to their various activities and/or watching them play sports and music. I also love to read, take walks with friends, and visit with family in Bald Head Island.
Mark Binford : Fifth Grade, Librarian

Mark Binford

Fifth Grade, Librarian

I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia, where I completed my BA in art history and history at Emory University. I earned my MA in art history at Boston University (go Terriers!). Prior to joining the faculty at Good Shepherd, I spent six years teaching multiple subjects at both the elementary and middle school levels. I began my career in education as an art teacher, and I love to integrate art lessons into the classroom. When I am not at Good Shepherd, you will find me reading, drawing, running, and eating (preferably Mexican food) with my wife and two kids.
Kerry Blum : Instructional Support

Kerry Blum

Instructional Support

Over the course of many years I have taught quite a few different subjects and grade levels from elementary to community college. An undergraduate degree in English with a minor in secondary education, an MEd in special education, courses in school administration, and endorsement coursework in English as a second language have allowed me to enjoy teaching all kinds of wonderful students!

In my spare time I read, play Scrabble, sing in a chorus, hike, bike, walk, and do Tai Chi. My three children are grownups, one with two boys, and they live in various places. The oldest lives in Charlottesville, the middle one lives in Seattle, and the youngest is studying in Australia. Traveling to see everyone is another pastime I enjoy – just wish I could do it more often! Officially I retired a few years ago – from full-time teaching – and now I’m semi-retired since my hours are a bit shorter. I still love working with students and hope I’ll do it forever!
Melissa Brook : Middle School Team, Spanish

Melissa Brook

Middle School Team, Spanish

I come from a multi-cultural and multi-lingual background. I have a BA in archaeology from the University of Liverpool and my post-graduate teaching certification through the UVA Career-Switcher program. I have been teaching Spanish for 15 years to all different age groups and levels of ability from kindergarten to twelfth grade. In addition, I have taught French and US Civics.

I grew up in Mexico from the ages of 15 months to 19 years, whilst attending a British boarding school from ages 11 to 18. I have traveled extensively through Europe, Mexico, and the United States. My hobbies include yoga, cooking, swimming, reading, camping, hiking, canoeing and walking my lovely dogs. I am also an amateur fire performer, and I am involved with a local collective of artists surrounding Richmond’s Gallery 5.
Suzanne Davis : Lower School Team Leader

Suzanne Davis

Lower School Team Leader

While I have always had a passion for education, being a teacher is a second career for me. I have a BS in business administration from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, which is where I am from originally. My husband and I moved to Richmond about 30 years ago. After our youngest child went to school, I enrolled at the University of Richmond and completed the teacher licensure program. After teaching for several years, I attended Longwood University and graduated with an MS in education with a major in literacy and culture. I am a reading specialist licensed in Virginia. I am currently enrolled in the MA in Christian education program at Union Presbyterian Seminary with an expected graduation date in 2020. I have taught Wilson Fundations at Good Shepherd for seven years. This is my ninth year at Good Shepherd. I work with first and second grades and also work with the instructional support team, focusing on the kindergarten through second grade classes.

I love to travel and my hobbies include quilting and reading. We also have three dogs.
Carrie Harrup : First Grade

Carrie Harrup

First Grade

I am thrilled to be the homeroom teacher for first grade. I also teach second-grade math and science. I have a BA in English from Mary Baldwin University (MBU), and a master of arts in teaching from MBU, as well. I have experience teaching kindergarten, second grade, and English language learners.

I grew up in Richmond and am happy to be raising my family here. My husband and I have two children, who keep me busy outside of school. We also have a dog, cat, guinea pig, and fish. In my spare time I enjoy music, reading, and baking.
The Rev. Moses Joshua : Religious Education

The Rev. Moses Joshua

Religious Education

I was born in South India (Chennai). My parents have always been my inspiration spiritually, educationally, and emotionally. My parents have taught me Christian values through their hard work, acts of kindness, and generosity. I am always grateful to my parents.

I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies (economics) in India and then left to work in schools and churches in England, France, Norway, and the Netherlands. In January 2002, I was accepted into the master’s program in divinity and Christian education at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia, and started my church ministry in the United States. I have been designing and teaching Bible, world religions and cultures, IB humanities and values, service projects, technology, leading school chapels and coaching soccer for the past 12 years. At Good Shepherd, I teach world cultures and religions, anthropology, biblical history, leadership values, and technology to third through eighth graders. I work with all grades in making chapels creative and interactive. It is a joy to learn and grow in this educational setting.

I have been ordained and ministering in the Disciples of Christ Churches for the past 17 years. I believe in creatively serving God and God’s people with an open mind.

I love cooking spicy food, watching action movies, playing my guitar (loud), taking long hikes and playing soccer. Recently, I have added camping and road-biking to my list of hobbies. I enjoy traveling to various states, visiting museums, hiking, seeing musicals (NY Broadway of course), playing games, and biking with my daughter, Meesha (age 12) who is a cancer fighter and survivor! Life is a gift!
Ellen Landers : Kindergarten

Ellen Landers


Hello! My name is Ellen Landers. This year will be my fifth year teaching at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. What I love most about teaching at GSES is the sense of community and nurturing environment.

I graduated with a BS in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2014. I am from Richmond and enjoy everything about living in this city. When I am not teaching, I enjoy hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. My husband and I have two beagles and five hermit crabs. A fun fact about me is that I attended Good Shepherd Episcopal School for preschool and kindergarten.
Vivian Rivera Maysonet : Third Grade

Vivian Rivera Maysonet

Third Grade

With over ten years of experience dedicated to community development and advocacy within the field of education, I am a certified elementary and secondary level teacher, specializing in ESL and Spanish.

I was the 2015 President of PRTESOL (Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages); I volunteer for the Initiative Adopt a School in Puerto Rico; and I am the creator of the ABC Project, an Anti-Bullying Campaign, in Puerto Rico.

I have a great passion for teaching and enjoy reading, drawing, painting, and coordinating fun memories.
Monica Moehring : Performing Arts

Monica Moehring

Performing Arts

Hello! I am Monica Moehring, and I am excited for my fourth year of teaching performing arts, music, and public speaking at Good Shepherd. I am a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory and a native of Richmond, Virginia. I am also a writer and independent filmmaker. I have authored over seventy-five plays and designed an educational curriculum that uses acting and play production as a platform for learning. When I am not at Good Shepherd, I am teaching for the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen's Arts Matters Outreach Program.
Barbara Nelson : Middle School Math & Science, Technology

Barbara Nelson

Middle School Math & Science, Technology

I have a bachelor’s degree in geology and was a marine geologist and research diver for approximately 10 years. After moving back to Richmond, I became a Virginia Certified Nurseryman and worked for a few years as a nursery floor manager. I received my post graduate teaching certification through the teacher career switcher program in the Richmond public school system and taught science classes at Huguenot High School for 16 years.

I am very excited to be at Good Shepherd and am enjoying working with our middle school students in algebra and science and the entire school in technology!
Jessie Ritz : Physical Education

Jessie Ritz

Physical Education

I am a graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in health, physical education, and exercise science. I have always seen myself working with children, and I love helping others to have fun while being active. I am extremely excited to be working at Good Shepherd and teaching children of all ages. I love learning from each individual student's personality, and I strive to make physical education fun and constructive for each one!

Outside of the school, I am a personal trainer, and I love to spend my time being active and enjoying the outdoors with my dog, Maggie. I also love cooking, traveling, and have been all over Europe. I am excited to see where my journey at GSES will take me!
Errin Sullivan : Fourth Grade

Errin Sullivan

Fourth Grade

I grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. After graduating from Radford University, I traveled to Hawaii, where I lived and worked for a year. Upon returning to Virginia, I worked and lived at a residential outdoor school in Dillwyn for at-risk teens. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Later, I took special education classes from Old Dominion University and then completed courses at University of Richmond for a certification in elementary education. Previous to Good Shepherd, I taught fourth grade at Broadwater Academy and St. Andrew’s School. My family and I live in Bon Air, and we enjoy kayaking, hiking, camping, and watching football.
Barbara Tait : Third Grade, Art

Barbara Tait

Third Grade, Art

I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. I have a BFA in art history, with a Spanish minor from Longwood University. After graduation, I realized working in a museum was not what I wanted to do. I discovered that I loved teaching children and received my teaching license from the University of Richmond in 2017. I also finished my master’s degree in education from the University of Richmond in May 2019. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy creating art, spending time with my family, friends, and two pet bunnies.
Will Recinos : Outdoor Education, Maintainance

Will Recinos

Outdoor Education, Maintainance

With the wild and wonderful James River Park System in the neighborhood, Good Shepherd Episcopal School is in a prime location to expose students to the wide world of the outdoors. I am proud to be developing a robust outdoor education program at GSES. In addition, I take care of maintenance needs at the school. Nothing is sweeter than a heartfelt “thank you” from a student when something gets fixed!

For 15 years, I was a chemist at a chemical company within the transportation industry. One of my primary responsibilities was to provide seminars and hands-on training to colleagues. I find sharing knowledge with and empowering others greatly satisfying and am thrilled to continue doing so with students.

Outside of school, I love being outdoors. Over the years, I have studied wilderness survival and first aid techniques, making me comfortable and confident in a variety of situations. Whether section hiking large parts of the Appalachian Trail, spending copious amounts of time riding my mountain bike in the backcountry or just goofing off in the woods; I am eager to share my love of the outdoors with students.