All teachers have at least a CDA (Child Developmen Associate) Credential, an AA (Associate in Arts) 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 and development. If one of the regular classroom teachers is unable to attend school , 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.

Jean Lorance photo
Sarah Ledbury photo
Courtney Rowe photo

Jean Lorence, Program Director/Lead Dinosaur and Teddy Bear 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.




Courtney Rowe, Lead Teddy Bear and Guppy 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.

Sheila Kettlewell, Lead Dinosaur Teacher


Sheila joins us this year to co-teach the Dinosaurs with Jean. Before staying home with her         two sons for several years (one of whom is a GCNS alum), Sheila was an elementary 

classroom teacher, a Reading Specialist (K-12), and a Literacy Coach (K-5). Last year, 

She served as the STREAM specialist at St. Joe's in Needham where she worked with the 

preschool, PreK, K, and Grade 1. Sheila is EEC Preschool Teacher certified and holds a BA

in Elementary Education from Boston College and an MEd as a Consulting Teacher of                   Reading from Lesley University.  Sheila is excited to be back with the GCNS community!




Sarah Ledbury, Lead 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 to early childhood education. She enjoys                      gardening, skiing, spending time with family, and vacationing in Maine. Sarah is EEC                   Preschool Teacher certified.