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.
Director, Gordon-Conwell Nursery School
Meet the Director
I have often admitted I feel more comfortable speaking to a group of twenty preschoolers than a small group of ten adults. Children create an atmosphere of joy, wonder and laughter and this is why I adore my profession.
I received my AS in Early Childhood Education in 1990 while raising a young family and working part-time as a preschool teacher. After six years of teaching in a classroom I became the Preschool Director at Roudenbush Children’s Center in Westford, MA for the next 11 years serving 170 children and their families in this suburban community.
In April 2011, I accepted a position at Grace Community Church in Chelmsford, MA as the Children’s Ministry Director. For many years I had served as a volunteer in various ministries ranging from nursery to high school. The transition to full time ministry was a welcomed challenge and blended both my faith and serving children and their families through a solid Christian education program. It was during this time I felt the need to pursue higher education in order to better equip myself to provide excellence in Christian education and learning.
In the fall of 2012, I was accepted at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the MA Educational Ministries program. It is my hope to complete my master’s degree in the near future.
In the spring of 2014, I learned that GCTS was looking to hire a Director for their nursery school. I thought this was a perfect melding of my profession experiences and passions and felt especially blessed when I was offered and accepted the position as Director of Gordon-Conwell Nursery School. I am excited to see what God has in store for me here at GCNS. I look forward to meeting new families, staff and children as the year gets underway.
On a personal note, I live in Hudson, NH (yes, the commute is long but worth it!) with my husband of 33 years. I have two grown, married children, a wonderful son in law and daughter in law, and two adorable grandchildren whom I adore!
I feel it is our responsibility as men and women in our role as parents, guardians, teachers, friends and family, to raise up the next generation of loving, compassionate, sensitive and action driven individuals who will come together for the common good of humanity. Laying the foundation begins in the formative years of life and we here at GCNS would love the opportunity to be part of your child’s learning and growing experience.