I feel very blessed to be joining Good Shepherd as the Little Lambs Preschool Teacher/Director. I grew up in Aberdeen SD and attended Presentation College and Northern State University to earn my Early Childhood Development certification and Medical certifications. I have been teaching in preschools and in the public schools as a teacher’s aide, teacher, resource room teacher for students with special needs, and worked in the literacy program through the Title I to promote literacy for Pre-k through 6th grade children for over 20 years. We love family time and 6 soon to be 7 grandchildren very much!
I grew up in Leola, South Dakota where I met and married my husband Carrold (C J). We have two children, Clark and Cathy and five beautiful grandchildren. Good Shepherd has been our church home since 1982. I was employed with the Aberdeen School District for 28 years, retiring nearly three years ago. My Good Shepherd family is very special to me, and I thoroughly enjoy assisting in the church office.
Amanda Black | Youth & Family Coordinator
I grew up in Aberdeen and graduated from Northern State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in writing. My husband, Joe, and I have two wonderful daughters. I enjoy working with all of the members of Good Shepherd. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, running, watching movies and attending my children’s activities.
Deb Larson | Financial Secretary
I was raised on a dairy farm in the Hosmer area. After graduating from South Dakota State University with an education background, I eventually ended up in the Minneapolis area. There I met my husband and together we operated a used car lot. In 2014, my husband passed away and since we did not have any children, I decided to move back to the Aberdeen area to be closer to family.
I have worked at GS for 20 years. Prior to this, I worked as a custodian for Aberdeen Public Schools for 15 years. My wife Renee and I have 1 daughter and 2 sons. I enjoy hunting, motorcycle riding, and anything I can do with my family.
I graduated from Watertown High School and attended Northern State University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. I went on to work in the Aberdeen Public school district as an assistant band director at Holgate Middle School for one year and then I taught vocal music and Life Skills music at Simmons Middle school for two years before becoming a stay at home mom. My husband I were married in 2007 and Good Shepherd became our church home in 2008. We have two children. I have been the music coordinator since 2015. In my free time, I enjoy listening to and making music of all kinds, theatre activities and spending time with my family.