The Diocese of Orlando Office of Catholic Schools announced on July 17 that Gloria Del Orbe has been named the newest principal of Good Shepherd Catholic School. Ms. Del Orbe can now say that she has come full circle in her career since beginning to teach at Good Shepherd in 1997.
In the press release issued by Diocese of Orlando Office of Catholic Schools, Ms. Del Orbe spoke about her return to Good Shepherd. “I am privileged and humbled to return to Good Shepherd Catholic School as principal. I feel my role is to serve the community and provide an education that goes beyond the classroom by developing life-long learners and faith-filled followers of Christ.”
After teaching at Good Shepherd for 15 years, she moved up to the assistant principal position at Holy Family Catholic School. From that position, she transitioned in 2013 to Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Kissimmee, where she was named principal.
Along with her teaching experience, Ms. Del Orbe has built quite the resume over the years, including the different degrees she has acquired – an associate’s degree from Valencia Community College, a bachelor’s degree in English from Rollins College, a master’s degree in Education of Educational Leadership from Barry University in Miami, and certifications from Florida Southern College in Lakeland.
Her influence at Holy Redeemer was noted by Mr. Henry Fortier, Secretary of Education and Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Orlando. She served as principal at Holy Redeemer for seven years, and during her time there, increased the enrollment and built a strong sense of community alongside Rev. Timothy LaBo.
“Ms. Del Orbe has become a very seasoned school administrator. I think her Hispanic heritage will help better serve the local community, as it has become very diverse over the years. Bringing that cultural awareness is a plus for Good Shepherd and will help move that community forward as well,” stated Mr. Fortier in the press release.
Outside of her admirable experience as an educator, Ms. Del Orbe plays great roles within her community. She has served on several committees within the Diocese of Orlando. She has also led educational missions to the Dominican Republic and has assisted at the Catholic Charities of Central Florida and the Covenant House.
And as she becomes principal of Good Shepherd, Ms. Del Orbe’s efforts will be focused on the community where she commenced her career, and she has several goals outlined to continue the school’s success. “Catholic education is a commitment to academic excellence and a faith-filled, supportive environment. My goal is to build on the success of Good Shepherd Catholic School; spiritually, academically and physically. Good Shepherd has high standards and encouraging children to reach their maximum potential and beyond will be a primary goal.”