Mrs. Renee F. Graf serves as Good Shepherd's Director of Christian Education. Renee is a professional educator with a quarter of a century of educational experience. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1991 and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans in 1997. She holds certifications as a reading specialist and a supervisor of student teaching.
Renee ls a lifelong member of Good Shepherd UCC, having grown up in Bethany UCC before it merged with St. John's UCC to form Good Shepherd in 1976. She was confirmed at Good Shepherd in 1981.
As an adult, Renee has been extremely active in Christian Education at Good Shepherd, serving in the capacities of Sunday School teacher, VBS teacher, VBS Director and Director of Christian Education.
Renee is also a teacher at John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, LA. She resides in Metairie with her husband Randy and their daughter Madison.
During the week, she's a radiological technician at East Jefferson General Hospital, but on Sunday mornings, Mrs. Shawn Hotard can be found in the church nursery taking care of our youngest members as she serves as our Nursery School Teacher at Good Shepherd.
Mrs. Heidi LaGarde serves as one of the teachers of our upper elementary classes. Heidi is a professional educator with over 10 years of experience. She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of New Orleans in 2003.
Heidi has been a member of Good Shepherd for 10 years. She grew up and was confirmed at St. Matthew's UCC in New Orleans.
Heidi is also a 4th grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary. She lives in River Ridge with her husband, Jean, and their two children, Haley and Gabriel.
Mr. Bob Volk serves as one of Good Shepherd's talented Sunday School teachers. He has a genuine appreciation for young people and approaches Christian Education with an unmistakable passion and a contagious warmth. He enjoys helping our youth learn more about who they are by learning more about who their God is. Good Shepherd is blessed to have Bob as one of our instructors!