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.
This is Joanne's first year as a Teddy Bear teacher. Prior to having children, Joanne taught first grade in Framingham for ten years. She received her BA in Elementary Education from Boston College and her MEd in Reading and Literacy from Fordham University. Joanne took some time off to stay home with her two young children and is excited to teach here 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 Rowe previously worked as a classroom teacher at Grace Christian Nursery School from 2002-2006, and continued to teach music classes at the school while she was home with her children. 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, Admin
Sarah Ledbury joined Grace Christian Nursery School as a Teddy teacher in 2013. Sarah has been in Needham for 16 years 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 Teacher
Jean has been with Grace Christian Nursery School for over 5 years as an Administrator and Lead Teacher. She has four children who are GCNS alumni. Prior to having children, Jean worked as a Second Grade teacher and a Reading Specialist (K-5). She took several years off to stay at home with her children and is excited to be back in the classroom. Jean is Director 1 and 11 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 5 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.