Faculty & Staff

At Good Shepherd School, we take pride in our uniquely qualified and experienced faculty, and the dedicated assistance of our staff. Each of our faculty and staff members is a faithful, practicing Catholic and active in one of our local parishes. We are here to serve the needs of each child and family with compassion, understanding, and unwavering support. We have a 1:9 teacher to student ratio, and each student receives lessons tailored to his or her own academic level.

Karen Clineff

AS, AMI Certified Primary Teacher



Karen Clineff was raised in Falls Church, VA. She has an AS in Early Childhood Development and AMI certification in ages 3-6 from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. She began her work with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and has taught in Montessori classrooms for eleven years. Karen and her husband, David, like in Herndon with their miracle baby, Emma Hope, who is also a student at GSS.  Karen has a gift of perceiving and working with each child’s individual challenges and strengths, understanding that children are constantly focused on the simple moments that adults brush past.  She enjoys working with special needs children, since their struggles are greater, and uses the words of Christ as her motto, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.”

Antonia Babicova

Assistant Primary Teacher


Antonia received a BS in Biology and a BS in Education from Trnava Univeristy. She was a lead teacher of Biology, English and Art in Hanusovce, Slovakia. Antonia recently lived  in Cambridge, England where she worked as a pre-school lead teacher for 2 years. Parishioners of St. Francis de Sales, Antonia now lives in VA with her husband and 8 year old triplets. She enjoys riding bikes, exploring nature, gardening and introducing her children to all the various forms of art.

Joanna Willard

Lower Elementary Teacher



Joanna and her husband, Glenn, parishioners of St. Francis de Sales, have 12 children and 8 grandchildren. Joanna has homeschooled many grade levels over the years, has taught Sacramental preparation for 25 years, and leads a Level I class at Joyful Child Atrium. Joanna is well versed in the classics and nature study, is looking forward to teaching the Faith in an academic classroom, and feels called by God to take this step with Good Shepherd School in Fall of 2017. She says, “I believe that the shaping of the whole person has the potential of bringing good to our families, local community, but ultimately the Church and the world.”

Theresa Bruton

Upper Elementary Teacher



Theresa holds a degree in Elementary Education from the Univ. of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and lives in Lovettsville, VA with her husband Robert and children.  She has homeschooled her children for the past 21 years, cofounded Joyful Child Atrium in Purcellville, and is currently a Level II catechist there.  Theresa says, “I have come to understand that young children are very in tune with God, but they don’t yet have the words to express what they know.  That is the beauty of the Atrium…we give them the words.” She is excited to be joining Good Shepherd School in Fall of 2017.

Shane Ayers

Middle School Teacher


Shane graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2011 with a degree in Literature, is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, and has taught Grades 6-8 at Ambleside School in Herndon for the past six years. Shane, his wife Teresa, and their four children are parishioners at St. Francis de Sales in Purcellville, VA. Shane is truly a “Renaissance Man”, bringing a depth and variety of of subjects to GSS, including:








Introduction to Computer Programming


Director of five Shakespearean productions

Katheryn Caro

Director of Admissions



Katheryn was raised in St. Paul, MN. She received a BS in Biology from the University of Dallas, has AMI Montessori training, and has taught high school science courses for the local homeschool community since 2014. She lives in Hamilton with her husband, two small children, 8 chickens, and an educated cat.  She is excited and honored to be a part of the Good Shepherd School team!

Mattias Caro

Director of Operations



Mattias holds a BA in History from the College of William and Mary, a Masters in Theology from Christendom Graduate School, and a JD from George Mason University. He is the Creative Director and a content contributor at Ethika Politika, is a practicing attorney, and teaches history classes for the Well-Trained Mind Academy. Mattias is our resident Swiss army knife.

Chris McKenna

President of the Board of Directors



Chris received a BS in Mathematics from Pennsylvania State University and a MTS in Pastoral Theology form from the Institute of Pastoral Theology. He has worked as an actuary for the past 15 years, and after his own “George Bailey” moment, has led Good Shepherd School for the past year, where his 2 youngest children attend.  Chris and his wife, Tricia of 17 years, live outside Leesburg and are St. Francis de Sales parishioners.  He is amazed to see what the Lord is building at Good Shepherd School!