Message from the Director

Welcome to the Gordon-Conwell Nursery School Website,

I am glad you came to find out about our program. This is an exciting milestone for your child, as she/he embarks on this new adventure of school. For parents this can be a time of mixed emotions. It may be the first time your child and you have spent time apart. Your mind and heart are full of questions, “How will I know if this is the best school for my child?” “Is my child ready for this next step; Am I ready for this next step?”

Let me tell you about our program and hopefully answer your questions to help you make a decision about preschool for your child.

Gordon-Conwell Nursery School was started in 1988 and has provided an excellent, early education experience for children from all over the North shore as well as children from other countries around the world.

Gordon-Conwell Nursery School is described in three ways. First, it is a Christian school which incorporates prayer, Bible teaching and worship with a traditional preschool curriculum. Children have the opportunity to learn about God and how much He loves them. There is an emphasis on loving others as God loves us.

Second, Gordon-Conwell Nursery School is child-centered in its approach to learning. Each child enters the program with different skills, abilities, and experiences. The teachers build relationships with each child in order to learn how best to encourage his/her continued growth and development. Each child is seen as an individual; goals and objectives are set to encourage and support their learning.

Finally, Gordon-Conwell Nursery School offers a play-base curriculum. Young children learn through hands-on activities. They need to use all their senses to understand their experiences in the world. The teachers provide activities, projects and opportunities through which children can learn about various themes. These themes and topics are developed through collaboration between students and teachers. 

Our teachers are licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Teachers and assistant teachers maintain first aid certification. Teachers are also trained in infant and child CPR. In order to continue to learn and grow in their knowledge and skills, teachers and assistant teachers participate in 12-20 hours of professional development courses each year.

We provide a safe, clean environment that becomes a second home for the children and families. Children want to come to school to learn and grow. 

I am glad you visited our site. Please use our contact form, if you need additional information. 


Jeanne S. Chapell M.Ed. M.Div.
Director, Gordon-Conwell Nursery School

GCNS kids in snow.

Meet the Director

I began teaching at Gordon-Conwell Nursery School in the Fall of 1998. 

My experience with children has been lifelong. As a teen, I earned money babysitting. 

I received a BA from Central Connecticut State University, in sociology with concentrations in social work and psychology. I did my social work practicum in an elementary school helping children with school adjustment issues. Upon graduation, I worked at the Wheeler Clinic in the residential program for boys (4-12 years old) with emotional and behavioral issues. At the same time, I began graduate school at the University of Hartford, seeking a degree in Special Education. I did my teaching practicum in a middle school in Hartford. There I taught reading to ESL students with behavioral problems. 

After I completed my degree, I was hired to teach in the day-treatment program at Wheeler Clinic. I worked with students with social and behavioral challenges which interfered with their learning.

In 1992, I moved Massachusetts to enroll in the Masters of Divinity program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, While a student; I worked as a nanny for a boy with ADHD.

After completing my studies at GCTS, I continued working as a nanny, for children as young as one week old to twelve years old.

Then I came to GCNS. After 5 years in the classroom, I became the Director. 

For me, Gordon-Conwell Nursery School feels like home. I enjoy greeting the children and parents each day when they arrive at school. Each child is such a special gift. It is so exciting to be part of the learning and growth that occurs while they are here at GCNS. 

When children move on to kindergarten, I have mixed feelings. I am excited about the new adventures awaiting them, yet I will miss them.