The Rev. Roy W. Tuff, Head of School
The Rev. Roy Tuff, brings years of experience in church, school, and business settings to the Good Shepherd community. He and wife, Maria (who teaches at Good Shepherd School) have three grown children.
Father Roy’s family moved from MN to FL with the family newspaper business in 1988. His love of sacred choral music brought them to Trinity by the Cove in Naples Florida in 1994. He entered the Diocese of Southwest Florida’s discernment process for ordination in 1997, earned a B.A. from Florida Gulf Coast University in May of 2000, and received his Masters of Divinity from The School of Theology at the University of the South in May 2003.
Prior to coming to Good Shepherd, he served as Chaplain at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, assisted at Christ Church, Bradenton where he was ordained a priest in 2003, and has served in many parishes throughout the Diocese as supply clergy.
Ms. Heather Hixson, School Business Manager
Hello! My name is Heather Hixson, and I am the School Business Manager here at Good Shepherd. I was born and raised in Virginia, and just recently moved to Port Charlotte. After 32 years in an administrative field at Raytheon, I decided to switch it up a bit and continue my career in an educational environment. I am very excited to be a part of the Good Shepherd family and look forward to working with everyone!
Mrs. Kelly Ford, Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher
M. Ed. Bridgewater State University
B.A. Incarnate Word College
I am very excited to be a part of the Good Shepherd family as the kindergarten and grade one teacher! I have my M. Ed. in elementary education and have chosen to be a substitute teacher for most of my teaching years because it fit nicely around my desire to spend quality time with my own kids. I am certified as an elementary teacher (K-5) and as an educational media specialist (K-12), in Florida and was in Vermont, and I have served two years as a library media specialist. I love being around the energy of children and seeing them make discoveries, or witnessing the moment when a difficult concept finally sinks in and a new level is mastered. It is priceless to see their faces light up when they realize they broke through the invisible barrier that was holding them back. I am thrilled to be able to share in the growth and discoveries of the children at Good Shepherd and look forward to a great year of learning. You may find me walking around Punta Gorda with my husband, who is a minister in town. We walk a lot! When not spending time with him, I also love to write, draw, and paint. Our three children and two grandchildren all live in Vermont.
Mrs. Lisa Koeneman, Second and Third Grade Teacher
B.A. Elementary Education, Grove City College
Hi! My name is Lisa Koeneman and I will be teaching the 2nd and 3rd grade class this year at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. I grew up in western Pennsylvania and went to Grove City College in Grove City, PA where I obtained my BA in elementary Education. We moved around a bit during our early years of marriage, finally settling in Roanoke, Virginia. There I worked at Roanoke County Schools for 18 years, primarily teaching 1st and 3rd grades. I have three grown children and two grandchildren spread across Virginia, Ohio, and Alaska! Two years ago, finding ourselves empty nesters, my husband and I decided we were up for another big adventure and moved to Punta Gorda, where we are enjoying the Florida lifestyle. In my spare time, I love to read, boat, kayak, cook, and am learning how to play pickleball! I am looking forward to a great year at Good Shepherd!
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 have 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 Rotonda West, Florida, with my wife, Ruth. I have four children and nine grandchildren.
Mr. Alan Bredehorst, Math & Technology Instructor
M.S. Mathematics from Central Connecticut State University
M.E. Educational Technology from the University of Hartford
B.A. Education from Concordia College, Bronxville NY
I have been a teacher for 40 years. I have spent 21 years teaching middle school mathematics, 16 years teaching elementary school, and 3 years teaching high school mathematics. I have taught 10 years in the Lutheran School System and 30 years in the public sector. I have a bachelor’s degree in education with a mathematics concentration. I have a master’s of science degree in mathematics, and a master’s of education in educational technology. I have coached soccer and basketball at the middle school level for 40 years as well. I created and ran a mathematics league for the elementary schools in the city of Meriden, Ct. for 180+ students. My hobbies include model railroading, chess, board games, and coin collecting. I work and volunteer at the South West Florida Railroad Museum as well. I am married to my wife Sue who is also a teacher. We have 2 wonderful daughters who work in the medical profession.
Mrs. Susan Bredehorst, Music Teacher
M.S. in Early Childhood Education, Central Connecticut State University
B.A. in Education, Concordia College
Hello! I have taught for 23 years in public schools in Connecticut and prior to that, 8 years in a parochial school. In between, I set up a Kindergarten curriculum at a daycare center and a Pre-K curriculum at a Methodist church preschool. I spent 19 years in Kindergarten and 3 years at a Reggio Emilio magnet school working with 3 and 4 year olds. I’ve also taught various children’s choirs at churches in Connecticut.
Mr. Matthew Green, String Instrument Teacher & Orchestra Director
Konzertklasse in Violin Performance, Konservatorium Luzern
Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, New England Conservatory of Music
Matthew Daniel Green, violinist, studied at the Konservatorium Luzern in Switzerland, and graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has performed recitals in various venues in New England and Switzerland, as well as chamber music for the Manchester Chamber Players in New Hampshire. He has done recordings, tours, and numerous concerts with Collegium Musicum Zurich under the baton of the illustrious Dr. Paul Sacher, in collaboration with top international artists. He has performed with legends such as Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, the Irish Tenors, Donna Summer, Marvin Hamlisch, and others. He is the founder and leader of Ensemble Aevia and the inventor of the C-Clip®, an accessory to protect the violin.
Coach LaDette Borneman, Physical Education and Art Teacher
M.S. in Education, Duquesne University
B.S. in Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Hi, my name is LaDette Borneman (Coach B) and I am the Physical Education and Art teacher here at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. Originally from Pennsylvania, I have lived in Fort Myers, Florida for 9 years. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and then obtained a Master of Science Degree in Education from Duquesne University. I am a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), a Youth Exercise Specialist (YES), and I am CPR, AED, and First Aid certified. I enjoy the outdoors, exercising, boating, paddleboarding, fishing and baseball.