All teachers have at least a CDA Credential, an AA Degree or higher in Early Child Development or an advanced degree in a related field such as Education, Music, Nursing, etc. Grace Christian Nursery School sponsors ongoing teacher education. Should one of the regular classroom teachers fall ill, substitute teachers are provided. The substitute will be either a teacher from another class or someone we use on a regular basis to provide familiarity for the children.
Joanne received her BA in Elementary Education from Boston College and her MEd in Reading and Literacy from Fordham University. She taught First Grade in Framingham for ten years and then took some time off to stay home with her two young children. Joanne is excited to be teaching again at GCNS. She lives in Needham with her husband, Scott, and two children, Luke and Reese. Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, reading and going to the beach.
Courtney Rowe, Lead Teddy Bear Teacher
Courtney worked as a classroom teacher at Grace Christian Nursery School from 2002-2006, and continued to teach music classes at the school while she stayed home with her children (both GCNS Alumni). Courtney came back to GCNS as a classroom teacher when her youngest went to Elementary School. She worked for three summers as the Music Specialist for children ages 2.9-5 yrs at Beaver Country Day School, and has been teaching private music lessons in Needham for 11 years. She loves choral singing, playing the flute, running, and spending time with her husband Ethan and daughters Julia and Madeleine. Courtney is EEC Lead Preschool Teacher certified.
Sarah Ledbury, Lead Guppy Teacher, Dinosaur Teacher
Sarah joined Grace Christian Nursery School as a Teddy teacher in 2013. Sarah lives in Needham with her husband Steve and three children; Tom, Megan, and Matthew. She obtained her B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Vermont and Masters in Nutrition Education from Framingham State College. After taking time to stay home with her young children, Sarah chose to make the switch the early childhood education. She enjoys gardening, skiing, spending time with family, and vacationing in Maine. Sarah is EEC Preschool Teacher certified.
Jean Lorence, Program Director/Lead Dinosaur Teacher
Jean began her teaching career as a Second Grade teacher and a Reading Specialist (K-5). She took several years off to stay at home with her four children (all of whom are GCNS Alumni). Jean was excited to work with children again and eagerly joined the GCNS staff as an administrator and teacher before taking on the role of Director. Jean is passionate about early childhood education and about GCNS! She is Director 1/11 and Lead Teacher certified through the EEC and holds a BA in Elementary Education and an MEd as a Consulting Teacher of Reading both from Boston College.
Cathy Thompson has been at Grace Christian Nursery School for many years. She has been teaching preschool for the past ten years. She is EEC preschool lead-teacher certified. Previous to Grace Christian, she and a partner launched, managed and taught an enrichment program for kindergartners in Dover. Cathy enjoys playing tennis, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband, Michael, her three children, Jessica, Lauren and Brian and her dog, Nellie.