Student Support

Providing Extra Tools for Individual Support

Faithful Shepherd provides individual support of student success uniquely for each student, setting target goals and differentiating learning experiences to best meet academics and personal growth. We provide that support in specific subject areas by offering extra time and skills to achieve their success.  Additionally, our middle school teachers also provide academic support to middle school students who are struggling.  Our entire faculty will work together as a team to improve their learning capabilities.

Individualized Learning

Students are offered individualized learning opportunities that help them learn and grow at the pace that is right for them.

  • Low teacher to students ratio at all grade levels
  • Push-in services (TA at primary level, enrichment lessons)
  • Send-out services (Read Naturally program grades 2-3, enrichment classes/units grades K-5)
  • Leveled ELA and math classes, plus daily study hall/student support period in middle school
  • Band elective beginning in grade 4

Guidance and Counseling

At every age, Faithful Shepherd knows that educating and caring for your child goes beyond academics. FSCS has partnered with Phoenix School Counseling to provide counseling services to our students.

Our counselor offers individual and small group support for students who may be struggling in a variety of areas including anxiety, depression, life changes, grief, self-esteem, friendship, impulse control, anger management, study skills, and social skills needs.  She supports classroom teaching through regular character education in K-8 classrooms to provide relatable and practical lessons on topics such as responsibility, healthy choices, perseverance, and citizenship. Through the gifts of faith, our faculty provides the support students deserve as they navigate the rigorous challenges of youth and adolescence.

Meet Our School Counselor

Mrs. Mahady (née Ms. Szostak)

I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. I received my Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University. I have a background in ABA therapy with children and students on the autism spectrum as well as experience working in an inpatient residential unit for individuals struggling with eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and a range of other mental health diagnoses. Most recently, I have experience working in a school as a therapist. I am eager to utilize my knowledge and skills at Faithful Shepherd this year. I am available to meet with students individually, in small groups or lunch bunches.

In my free time I enjoy watching movies, reading, and trying new recipes!


Extra Support

District 196 and an educational consultant partner with us to provide resources or services to meet  students’ unique gifts and needs, ensuring the every student gets the best education possible.