Greg Summers, Head of School
M.A. University of Virginia
I am a native of Tallahassee, FL, a descendant of pioneers who settled in Florida in the 1850s. My degrees are from FSU and the University of Virginia, and I completed additional studies at Emmanual Christian Seminary. I served in the Air Force (both active duty and reserve), flew as a naviator, and taught political science at the Air Force Academy. I have taught at three private schools prior to coming to Good Shepherd. Among those were two Florida Episcopal schools, Saint Andrew’s School of Boca Raton and the Episcopal School of Jacksonville. I have 21 years of teaching experience and have served as an academic dean, department chair, and director of honor education. When I find free time, I like reading, writing, drinking coffee, running, and physical workouts.
Mrs. Jan Turner, Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher
B.A. Elementary Education, Florida Gulf Coast University
My name is Jan Turner, and I am the kindergarten and 1st grade teacher here at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. I have been a teacher since 2009, teaching grades VPK through 1st. My education can be tracked back to this very school! I became a member of the Good Shepherd family when I began preschool here at 2 years old. In 2004, I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University (Go Eagles!) with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement. I enjoy teaching and I love watching the “I get it now!” moments that happen nearly every day. I believe in a nurturing environment that allows students to feel the love and safety needed to take chances and learn from every decision they make. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy being outdoors- especially fishing or at the beach. I am very fortunate in that my entire family lives in this area so I try to do as much with them as possible.
Ms. Nicole Phillips, Second and Third Grade Teacher
B.S. Elementary Education, South East Missouri State University
Since the third grade, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I graduated from South East Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I have experience teaching grades 1st through 8th. This year I am teaching 2nd and 3rd grade and love every minute of it! It is such a thrill to watch a child blossom and grow as the year progresses. I have one son of my own. When not working I enjoy spending time with my family. We are obsessed with Universal Studios! I also enjoy reading, traveling, tennis, cooking, and swimming to name a few.
Mrs. Maria Tuff, Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher
B.S., International College of Naples
Hello! My name is Maria Tuff, and I am the 4th and 5th grade multi-age teacher here at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. I have held my K-6 teaching certificate since 2007, and this is my 6th year of teaching at Good Shepherd. I am passionate about teaching, inspiring and challenging children to love learning. I enjoy the uniqueness of each and every student God puts in my path; and I love helping them advance to the next level in their individual educational experience. Hands-on learning discoveries, varied learning experiences, personal responsibility, and a love of learning are at the forefront in my classroom. My goal is to develop independent learners who have a love of learning and are truely life-long learners. I am married to Father Roy Tuff, and we three grown children and two sons-in-law. Our oldest daughter Allison and her husband Pete are both engineers and live in Orlando. Krista and her husband Michael are currently living in Boston where Krista teaches 2nd grade and Michael is finishing is MBA at MIT. Our youngest, Ryan, is an insurance agent/financial planner with Captial Insurance in Miami.
Mr. Bill Ingham, Sixth through Eighth Grade Teacher
M.A. Ministry, Bethany Theological Seminary
B.S. Secondary Education, Bob Jones University
Greetings! My name is Bill Ingham – I’m the 6th through 8th grade middle school teacher. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education with certification in history, biology, general science, and English. My master’s degree is in ministry. My years in education have afforded me a wide variety of opportunities and experiences as a teacher, science department chairman, tennis coach, athletic trainer, principal, and administrator, investing most of my life in both public schools and private church schools. Yes, I am a “seasoned”, energetic, innovative Christian educator. My goal has always been to glorify God by offering quality Christian education. I currently reside in Rotunda West, Florida, with my wife, Ruth. I have four children and nine grandchildren.
Mrs. Karen Bell, Music Teacher
M.Ed. Music Education, University of Iowa
Hello! My name is Karen Bell. I am the music/strings teacher here at Good Shepherd. I love teaching music to children and watching them learn, discover, and experience the fun intricacies of music. My education includes a B. M. degree in violin from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, an M. A. in Music Education and M.F.A. in violin performance, both from the University of Iowa. I have had many opportunities to play my violin and teach all over the world, but my favorite thing to do is to teach. I have been teaching for over 40 years and this is my thirteenth year teaching at Good Shepherd because of its fledgling string program. The program is now a presence in the community as we play for a variety of events throughout Punta Gorda. I am grateful to have this opportunity. Because of my travels, I am able and love to share my experiences with my students. We explore, in depth, the varied cultures and histories of music. Good Shepherd is truly a special school community. We are a caring staff. We work hard to teach our students well, bring out the best in each child, build their self-confidence, and prepare them for the future. For me, one of the more exceptional things about this school is hearing these beautiful singings voices creating the spectacular music that only children’s voices can produce. My hobbies include the art of papercutting. I am a member of the Arts and Humanity Council and recently received the Artist of the Month Award for my cuttings. I also continue to play violin in the Venice Symphony as well as for community events. I have two children, a son and a daughter. My daughter lives in Delft, Netherlands, where she is a college professor on the faculty of UNESCO – IHE. Her area of interest is Marine Biology with emphasis on water quality. My son lives in Arlington, MA with his wife and two children (my grandchildren). He is a well-known trumpeter and teacher in the Boston area. I live with my husband, Dr. Gary Bell, in Port Charlotte. We return North in the summer to our other home in Jericho, VT. Sometimes I will travel through the mountains to Blue Hill, Maine, of a week of playing chamber music.
Coach LaDette Borneman, Physical Education Instructor
Mrs. Jennifer Knight, Administrative Assistant
Hello! My name is Jennifer Knight, and I’m the administrative assistant. I was born and raised in Punta Gorda, and I am pursuing a career in education. I decided I wanted to become a teacher when I volunteered in a third grade classroom my freshman year in high school. My favorite hobbies include writing, baking, and being a musician. I am writing a middle-grade novel in hopes of having it published someday.