Parent Testimonials

My family began its partnership with Good Shepherd Lutheran School in 2005. This partnership has faithfully grown and we currently have three children attending. Our story of choosing the right school is not a simple one. Not being from the Collinsville area, I had no plan past pre-school. A search for a small, faith based school began. We did several school visits, interviews, and listened to many parent referrals. I think we knew from the moment the phone calls and visits began Good Shepherd was where we felt most at home. We are not members of Good Shepherd church, in fact we are Catholic. Finding a school that practiced our faith was not a priority, however finding an environment that allowed our children to explore their faith was. Looking back several years later we definitely made the best decision for our family.
My oldest daughter is in eighth grade now and preparing for high school. We have had several conversations reflecting on her years at Good Shepherd. This has made us realize the impact the school has made on her life. She loves her school and will forever refer to Good Shepherd as “my school”. She has had the opportunity to learn more about technology than we could have every taught her. Her independence, studying habits, organization skills, commitment to explore her faith and responsibility continue to amaze us. She discovered a sport she loves in 5th grade thanks to the athletic programs beginning at an early age. Her true passion for art has continued to be fostered with projects and assignments that encourage creativity. Most importantly, the values we hold within our family have also been instilled at school.
The oldest child always seems to pave the way for the younger siblings. However, each child is different and offers their own perspective of what their school means to them. My younger son and daughter focus on their friendships, relationship with their teachers, and recess. However, we realize they are learning so much more in a safe, nurturing environment. They both love their school and look forward to each year.
I can’t say enough about this school and how much it means to all of us. Judy and Kathy are trusted members of our family that take such good care of our children, and the parents. Mr. Mayhew welcomes our children to school each day outside, rain or shine. He is available for questions, concerns, and always puts his students and teachers at the top of the list. The teachers are professionals that understand each child is unique and a blessing. They encourage independence and promote confidence. My 9 and 10 year old describe their teachers as, “helpful, intelligent, encouraging, fun and exciting.” My 14 year old describes her teachers as, “inspirational.”
Regardless of religious denomination, we have always felt we are part of a school family. Good Shepherd has provided an educational home that far exceeds meeting the needs of one particular faith. We are grateful to the teachers, staff, families, and friends that are committed to providing an exceptional educational experience. The investment we have made into our children’s education and school experience has never been questioned, they are receiving the best.