Ken Seward : Head of School

Ken Seward

Head of School

Originally, I am from Vermont and received my B.A. in American Literature from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. I received an M.A. in American Studies from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, I am a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Boston, Massachusetts.

I am a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. My educational administration career dates back to the late 1970s. I have served as a dean, principal, executive director, board member, and head of school/headmaster. Following a long tenure at the Steward School, I took two years “off” to write, before joining Good Shepherd in 2015.

My wife, Helen, and I have two children. Our oldest, Henry, is a junior at Trinity Episcopal School; our younger daughter, Walker, is a graduate of Good Shepherd and is now a freshman at Trinity Episcopal School. I am an avid sailor, writer, and gardener.
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 M.Ed. 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 second 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 Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Virginia and a Master of Arts in Special Education from George Washington University. 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 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. I’m a Red Sox fan and also enjoy reading, hiking, and travel. We have 2 grown children and live in Ginter Park.
Carol Bowen : Administrative Assistant

Carol Bowen

Administrative Assistant

I am so happy to be at Good Shepherd Episcopal School this year. I have spent the majority of my career in the corporate world but now being around the kids and the faculty here is so refreshing. I look forward to each day as each day is different in a fun way! I have been married for 33 years with no kids. We love our dogs and our nieces, nephews and god children. I spend my free time working in the yard and gardens or with our friends at a family beachouse.
Lorie Bartee : Transition Coordinator

Lorie Bartee

Transition Coordinator

I have worked in the field of education for the past nineteen years in both public and private school settings. I earned my B.S. degree in psychology with a concentration in special education from VCU and my M.Ed 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 look forward to working with students and their families.
Mark Binford : Fifth Grade, Librarian

Mark Binford

Fifth Grade, Librarian

I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia, where I completed my B.A. in Art History and History at Emory University. I earned my M.A. 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 many different subjects and grade levels from elementary (5th grade) to community college. An undergraduate degree in English with a minor in secondary education, an M.Ed. 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 3 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 12 years, to all different age groups and levels of ability from kindergarten to 12th grade. In addition I have taught French and US Civics.

I grew up in Mexico from the age of 15 months til 19 years, whilst attending a British boarding school from age 11 to 18. I have traveled extensively through Europe, Mexico and the U.S.

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.
Blake Chapman : Middle School Team, Language Arts

Blake Chapman

Middle School Team, Language Arts

I earned my B.A. in government and education from The College of William and Mary in 1993. My certification area was secondary school social studies (government in particular). Having said that, I’ve taught pre-schoolers through adults in all subject areas, with the exception of science. My favorite subjects to teach are Language Arts (grammar especially), Math (through Pre-Algebra), and U.S. History.

I have been married to my husband, Keith, for 25 years, and our son, Davison, attended GSES for nine years before heading to Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for high school. This is my 9th year teaching at GSES. Outside of school, I enjoy watching movies with my family, reading, walking our dogs Cople & Huckleberry, and playing a little tennis.
Sue Cline : Computer Science

Sue Cline

Computer Science

I earned my BFA/MFA in theatre from the University of Illinois and later obtained my MBA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I spent 20+ years working for Kinko’s as a turnaround specialist prior to their acquisition by FedEx, during which time I discovered computer programming and never looked back. After retiring from Kinko’s I launched one of the first Farm to Table restaurants in the U.S. which I later sold to focus on application and software development full time.

I’ve taught adult learners most of my life but have really enjoyed the shift to younger students. This is my 7th year at GSES. My son is a graduate of GSES and now attends CodeRVA Regional High School. When I’m not working I enjoy reading, baseball, cooking, baking and gardening.
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, NY which is where I am from originally. My husband and I moved to Richmond about 25 years ago. After our youngest child went to school I enrolled at the University of Richmond and completed their 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 VA. I am currently enrolled in the MA in Christian Education program at Union Presbyterian Seminary. I have taught Wilson Fundations to first and second grades for the past four years. This is my eighth year at Good Shepherd. I will work with first and second grade this year and will also work with the instructional support team, focusing on the kindergarten through second grade classes.

I have three grown children. My youngest son attends a local community college. My two oldest children are currently living in Hong Kong. My daughter is there on a one year mission experience through the national Episcopal Church and my oldest son works for the Anglican Mission to Seafarers. I love to travel and hope to visit Hong Kong over spring break this year. My husband and I spent time in central Europe this past summer. My hobbies include quilting and reading. We also have three dogs.
Carrie Harrup : First Grade

Carrie Harrup

First Grade

I am so excited to join the Good Shepherd family this year! I love the connection the school has to the local community. I have a BA in English from Mary Baldwin University, 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. I have two children who keep me busy outside of school. We also have a dog, cat, guinea pig, and too many fish to count. 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 Netherlands over three years. In January 2002, I was accepted into the Master’s 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 (Values), service projects, technology, leading school chapels and coaching soccer at St. Michael’s Episcopal School (Bon Air) for the past 12 years. I have been ordained and ministering in the Disciples of Christ Churches for the past 16 years. I believe in creatively serving God and God’s people.

I love cooking spicy food, watching action movies, playing my guitar (loud), taking long hikes and playing soccer. I enjoying travelling to various states, visiting museums, hiking, seeing musicals, playing games, and biking with my daughter, Meesha (age 9) 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 B.S. 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 pre-school and kindergarten.
John McNeer : History, Computer Science

John McNeer

History, Computer Science

I grew up in Richmond and graduated from Washington & Lee University with a BA in American History and Political Science in 1993. I then worked in a trust & estates department for a bank in New York City before attending and graduating from T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond in 1999. I practiced law in the Richmond area until 2013 when family considerations and a longtime desire to teach history inspired the decision to change careers. In 2017, I earned a Masters in US History through an online program with Norwich University.

I have been married since 2008 and we have a daughter (born 2010) and a son (born 2012). In my spare time I run a blog focused on historical topics:
Nicole Michelau : Executive Chef

Nicole Michelau

Executive Chef

I have been cooking at Good Shepherd since 2014 and professionally for more than 23 years. My favorite meals to cook are breakfast and lunch. I’ve worked all over the U.S. as a chef, including Seattle, North & South Carolina before relocating to Richmond. I was fortunate to train with some of the best chef’s in the world, including the chefs at the U.S. Senate and the New York Times. Prior to joining Good Shepherd I ran the breakfast program at a national hotel chain. I love the focus on fresh, local food at Good Shepherd and I’m proud to continue to expand the food & nutrition program.

Outside of work I enjoy traveling, drawing, working on our house and attending Richmond’s many cultural festivals.
Monica Moehring : Performing Arts

Monica Moehring

Performing Arts

I am graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory for Theatre and a native to Richmond. I am also an accomplished teacher, director, and writer. For over fifteen years I have taught acting, theater, public speaking, and music for children from pre-school through high school. I have authored over seventy-five plays and designed an elementary creative dramatics curriculum, Stage 3C. Stage 3C offers original, dramatic programming that focuses on speaking confidence and social emotional learning through theater, acting, and play production.

I have enjoyed conducting programs in schools around Richmond including Our Lady of Lourdes, Harvie Elementary, Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School, The Steward School, Faison School, The JCC, Walnut Hill Elementary, and Vernon Johns Jr. High School.

I am also a local filmmaker. The co-founder of Aisthesis Productions, I specialize in screenwriting and producing.
Maggie Nunn : History, Extended Day

Maggie Nunn

History, Extended Day

I’m a graduate of the University of Mary Washington where I earned a Bachelors of Arts in History and was a member of the varsity women’s lacrosse team. After graduation, I taught high school history at a boarding school before moving to the Richmond area. When not at Good Shepherd, I am involved in the local lacrosse community, enjoy running and spending time with my family.
Barbara Nelson : Math & Science, Middle School

Barbara Nelson

Math & Science, Middle School

I have a Bachelors 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 and taught Science classes at Huguenot High School for 16 years.

I am very excited to be at Good Shepherd this year and am enjoying working with our middle school students in Algebra and Science!
Sebastian Ottaplackal : Music

Sebastian Ottaplackal


Sebastian received a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Georgia State University's School of Music, with a concentration in Violin Performance.

Sebastian's passion for music started at the age of two when he learned to sing entire compositions of both sacred and folk genres. Born in the small village of Chirakkadavu, India, Sebastian was heavily influenced by his musical family.

His father, a professional violinist, inspired Sebastian to discover his performance skills on the violin at the age of 10. Today Sebastian performs with various Atlanta area choirs, symphony orchestras, and instrumental ensembles. He also enjoys collaborating with artists in all types of genres, especially Jazz Violin.

Sebastian has a real passion for teaching and for a progressive future in Music Education. His teaching experience includes 11 years of running his own private violin studio, directing various student ensembles including the Sebastian Music Ensemble and the Gwinnett School of Music Concert Orchestra (GSMCO), and leading the Music Ministry for the Teen Choir of Saint Alphonsa Catholic Church. He was co-teaching the largest orchestra program in the State of Georgia at Richard Hull Middle School alongside Amanda McClellan for two years.

Inspired by the most influential violin teacher of the Twentieth Century, Ivan Galamian, Sebastian's goal is to motivate and assist his students in achieving their every musical ambition in a way that relates to them personally.
Errin Sullivan : Fourth Grade

Errin Sullivan

Fourth Grade

I grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. After graduating from Radford University I travelled to Hawaii, where I lived and worked for one year. Upon returning to VA, I worked and lived at a residential outdoor school in Dillwyn, VA for at-risk teens. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Later I took Special Education classes from ODU, then completed courses at University of Richmond for a certification in Elementary Education. Previous to Good Shepherd, I taught 4th grade at Broadwater Academy and St. Andrew’s School. My family and I live in Bon Air, and 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 studied Art History and Spanish at Longwood University but realized being in a museum was not for me. I discovered that I loved teaching children and received my teaching license from the University of Richmond in 2017. I am also working towards my Master’s of Education at the University of Richmond. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my pet bunny, Ziggy.
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. Will Recinos is proud to be developing a robust outdoor education program at GSES. In addition to that role, he has been taking care of maintenance needs at the school. Nothing is sweeter than a heartfelt “thank you” from a child when something gets fixed!

For 15 years, Will was a chemist at a chemical company that worked within the transportation industry. One of his primary responsibilities was to provide seminars and hands-on training to colleagues in his field. Sharing his knowledge with and empowering others is greatly satisfying to him. Now, he strives to continue doing so with the kids at the school.

Outside of his career, Mr. Will has an in-depth relationship with the outdoors. Over the years he has studied wilderness survival and first aid techniques, making him comfortable and confident in a variety of situations. Whether section hiking large parts of the Appalachian Trail, spending copious amounts of time riding his mountain bike in the backcountry or just goofing off in the woods; he is eager to share his love of the outdoors with students.