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Good Shepherd Lutheran School is a safe, healthy, and nurturing Christian environment that thoroughly reflects the school’s mission and vision. Our school’s environment is characterized by a respect for differences, trust, caring, professionalism, support, and high expectations for each student we enroll.

About Us


Reach Up in Christ

Reach In with Christ

Reach Out through Christ

Good Shepherd Students are...



out as loving and caring Christians.



and Exhibiting God’s love through the teachings of Jesus Christ



prepared for the next level of education.



in their God-given talents.



and respecting themselves and others.


Karen Jonas
STEAM Teacher

Chelsea Aupperle
Kindergarten Teacher

Lana Bilicic
1st Grade Teacher

Nicole Cardinale
2nd/3rd Grade Teacher

Shannon Manzella
4th/5th Grade Teacher
ASL Teacher

Anna Hanchett
4th/5th Grade Teacher

Catherine Barker
4th/5th Grade Teacher

Linda Christensen
PE Teacher

Emily Sielaff
Office Manager

Yasmina Martinez
School Aged Care Teacher

Jessica Medina
School Aged Care Teacher

Rev. Robert Lyon Barker, III

In 1978, three Lutheran churches in Simi Valley (Trinity – LCMS, Our Savior – ELCA, and Our Redeemer – ALC) had a dream to start a Christian School in Simi Valley. Each congregation provided three representatives and their pastors as a steering committee. They met monthly, did research, looked at needs and demographics, and sought resources and consultants. With passion, commitment and the congregations’ hard work, their dream of a school became a reality in September 1979 and initially, Good Shepherd Lutheran School opened with grades K – 2. Over the years the school has grown, reaching up to grades K-9 in the 1985-86 school year. The ten-classroom school operated between all 3 church campuses.


Two of the three church bodies combined in 2008 resulting in the collaboration between Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) and, a newly named, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (ELCA). GSLS remained a collaboration between these two churches until December 2016.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School is now an independent outreach of Trinity Lutheran Church. Good Shepherd Lutheran School currently has Kindergarten through Fifth grade classes all located on the Trinity Lutheran Church campus.



One Visit Can Change Everything


Parents, teachers, staff, and church members are joined together in partnership to educate students academically, spiritually, socially, and physically in a Christ-centered environment.

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