The Administrative Team
SHEILA ABIO – Head of School
“I love everything about GSES, especially how invested everyone is in each child’s success. Together we make sure that every day is happy and joyful for every child!”
Sheila joined the GSES family in 2018. Sheila and her family lived in Kansas City for twenty years prior to moving to Austin! Sheila attended Southern Methodist University, Avila College and Pennsylvania State University where she earned degrees in Psychology, Counseling and Educational Leadership. Sheila was born and raised in Palm Beach Florida and attended boarding schools in her formative years for which she is extremely grateful. Sheila is honored to lead Good Shepherd Episcopal School and as the head of school, she eagerly takes on any role that is needed. She and her husband Vince have a daughter Isabel (17) and a son Fisher (14). Sheila and her family enjoy spending time playing with their dog Bodie. Additional hobbies include swimming, traveling, reading, and listening to records.
CARRIE PASCHAL - Director of Business and Operations
“Every day at work I’m surrounded by loving and dedicated professionals who believe in the school’s mission and are passionate about the level of quality care and education given to each child. I’m proud to be a member of the GSES family.”
Carrie joined the GSES team in October of 2009. Her family moved to Austin when she was five, and she spent summers on her grandparents’ cattle farm near Dallas. Carrie wears many hats including bookkeeping, payroll, HR administration and financial reporting. She also oversees the daily operations of the school. She attended the University of Texas and California State University where she studied English and Psychology for three years. She has over 25 years of accounting experience and is a Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). At home she enjoys gardening, reading, watching foreign films, taking long walks and practicing yoga.
CATHERINE GRANGER - Director of Admissions/Student Life
“I LOVE the heart and soul at GSES! The passion of both parents and staff are contagious and have built an incredible community for all to share.”
Catherine joined the GSES team in July of 2019. She was born and raised in Austin, and she and her three daughters are all GSES alums and longstanding church members. She attended the University of Mississippi with a major in Journalism and Public Relations. Catherine directs all aspects of admissions and student life management for the school. In her spare time Catherine enjoys reading, hiking, exercising and seeing live music.
COURTNEY HILL - Director of Development/Events
“GSES is the beginning of life-long friendships for the children, for the parents and for the teachers and staff. Some of my closest friends are moms I met in the preschool days and after 7 years of working at GSES many more friendships have evolved. GSES is a happy place with a spectacular community!”
Courtney joined the GSES Team in 2012. She grew up in Fort Worth Texas and attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where she earned a degree in History. Their son Griffin attended GSES and “graduated” in 2012. Courtney is responsible for all fundraising efforts at GSES. She also coordinates our parent, volunteer-driven events. She knows how to throw spectacular parties that support our school in every way!
HAYLEY WITHERS - Office Manager/Communications Coordinator
“I love the welcoming, positive atmosphere at GSES! The staff truly cares about making education and learning an excellent experience for the kids. Everyone has a smile and are invested in enriching the lives of the children.”
Hayley joined the GSES team in July 2019. She was born and raised in Houston and attended Texas A&M University, where she earned a degree in Communications and Journalism. As the Office Manager and communications specialist, Hayley keeps everything running smoothly in the front office. She is the first point of contact for the school and assists the admin team with marketing and communications initiatives. Hayley and her husband live in South Austin with their dog, Rosie. She enjoys fitness classes, trying new restaurants, reading and spending time with friends and family.