Miss Amanda, Lead Teacher
This is my third year at GCNS and my tenth year of teaching preschool. I graduated from Gordon-Conwell in 2004 with a master’s degree in World Missions and Evangelism. I see teaching as a ministry to the children and their families. I love getting to know each child, laughing with them, getting and giving hugs, doing art projects with them, and fostering their love of learning as they soak in the world.
My husband Jim and I live in Gloucester. Jim is the Reference Librarian in the Gordon-Conwell Library up the hill. We like driving around Cape Ann, watching movies and playing with craft supplies (me) and Lego blocks (Jim).
Miss Melanie, T/TH Assistant Teacher
This is my first year working at GCNS, but from the moment my oldest son became a student at GCNS (way back in 2002!) I had dreamed of working here, so being hired to work in the Yellow Room really is a dream come true for me. While this is my first experience in a formal classroom, I've been teaching the preschool Sunday school class at our church since 2009, and have taught Sunday school or worked in the nursery at every church I've attended since I was in middle school. I love the Lord and I love little ones, so I'm especially excited to have the opportunity to lead the weekly Bible lessons in the Yellow room.
My husband and I have four kids (Joshua, Emily, Nathanael & Abigail) who are all GCNS graduates. Much of my free time is spent watching my kids' sporting events and cheering on the field hockey team at Gordon College, as my husband is the coach! I also love to be in my garden, and most every Friday morning finds me at the Women's Bible study at my church.
Miss Deb, M/W/F, Assistant Teacher
I came to GCNS in 1999. I enjoy spending time with the children, watching them develop and grow to become independent young people. I love teaching the Bible lessons and introducing the children to God.
My experiences with children have been quite varied. I worked as a camp counselor, tutored at-risk students and taught swimming to children with physical challenges. As part of my nursing training, I worked on a pediatric unit. I have worked in local schools as a teaching assistant for students with special needs and as a substitute teacher. Over the years, I have taught Sunday school and VBS, and led Pioneer Clubs at the church I attend.
I have a wonderful husband, a grown son and a college-age daughter. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and learning about colonial and early American history.
Miss Brenda, Lead Teacher
I have taught at GCNS for the past six years. I really enjoy the diverse community here and the Christian curriculum. I love sharing quality literature with children because early literacy experiences directly impact a child’s school success.
Before joining the GCNS staff, I finished my student teaching at North Shore Nursery School. I also taught at Headstart in Beverly. I have an A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education.
When I am not at school, I play tennis and garden. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have three grown children (Alex, Chris and Jacquelyn) of whom I am very proud.
Miss Linda T., M/W/F Extended Day Teacher
I started as a substitute teacher in 2007 and joined the GCNS staff in January 2008. I take great pleasure in getting to know all the children with their unique personalities and talents that God has given them. The staff and parents are wonderful also.
My teaching experience includes working as an elementary art teacher and at a child care center when I lived in New Hampshire. I love to write and draw. My first book was published in the spring of 2010. Angus MacMouse Brings Down the House is a chapter book for 7-10 year olds, but is a good read aloud for 4-6 year olds.
When I am not writing, or working, I enjoy kayaking. I have a wonderful grown daughter who is married, so now I live with my little dog, Gizmo, and a cockatiel named Henry.
My greatest joy is my new grandson, Hudson. I hope he will be able to attend GCNS someday!
Miss Joyce, M/W/F Teacher
I have worked at Gordon Conwell Nursery School for over five years now, though it seems to have gone more quickly! My husband Peter and I have four daughters/step-daughters who are all grown women with families of their own. They have blessed us with three granddaughters who are awesome—just ask me, I'll show you their pictures!
Before coming to GCNS I ran my own childcare, in my home, for ten years. I took care of 38 children who were between the ages of 7 weeks and 6 years old. Many began with me as infants and stayed through Kindergarten! Some are already in college! I love children and find great joy working with them and their families. Working at GCNS has been an answer to prayer for me and the wonderful women I get to work with are such blessings in my life.
My hope is to continue here until I just run out of steam!
I am more working on my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and am a Certified Teacher through Massachusetts EEC.
Miss Celine, Teacher
I started teaching at GCNS in 2001. Prior to this, I taught preschool for five years at Children's Workshop in Wenham. I love the diversity among the students and the campus community. It provides opportunities to learn about cultures from a variety of countries.
Loving the outdoors as much as I do, I am fortunate to be working in such a lovely place. The campus provides many opportunities for the children to explore and investigate the natural world. Many teachable moments have occurred outdoors!
Our play-based curriculum is enriched with weekly Bible lessons and monthly worship. It is a wonderful experience being able to teach children about God's love for us.
I grew up in Florida and attended school at Miami Dade Junior College. I am married and have three grown up children. My youngest child is a graduate of GCNS. In my free time I like to read, ride my bike, take walks and knit.
Miss Kristy, M/Th Assistant Teacher
Hello, my name is Kristy Camp and I am delighted to be working at GCNS. I am a former first grade teacher, Sunday school teacher and VBS volunteer and my experience with children goes way back to when I babysat the neighbor kids and worked in a daycare when I was a teen.
I am also a mother to two wonderful and energetic girls (ages 7 and 1 year). My adoration with GCNS began when my own daughter attended for two years. It was such a wonderful experience for her, especially spiritually and socially, so when the opportunity for an assistant teaching position opened up, I knew I had to jump at it. God certainly blessed me. I look forward to working with your children and encouraging them in their walk with the Lord. In my free time, I enjoy being with my girls doing anything, traveling with my family, reading, watching movies, walking my dog, boating and eating ice cream.