Candice Pierce- Director
Candice Pierce begun working with GPCP in 2015. She has a B.A in Education from the University of South Africa and a M.Ed. from East Carolina University. She has worked in the school system for 6 years and remained in the field over the last few years by assisting in implementing new reading approaches into school systems. She has a heart for Christian education and children. She is a member of Faith Baptist church where she teaches the 4 year old Sunday school program, and preschool VBS program.
Tonya Dobson- 2 yr old Lead - Busy Bees
Tonya joined GPCP in 2017. She has a BS in Accounting from the University of NC at Greensboro and after working in accounting for 5 years the Lord led her heart for children into the world of kingdom education. She was the Technology teacher for grades K- 8 at Bethesda Christian Academy where she taught for 11 years. The Lord recently led her heart to GPCP where she looks forward to continuing God's will for her life. It is her passion to work alongside families to nurture their children as they are growing physically, mentally and spiritually. Tonya has been married for 23 years and has four children of her own ranging from 4 to 20 years of age.
Jodi Dean - 2 yr old Assistant - Busy Bees
Dale Phillips- 3 yr old Lead- Happy Hoppers
Dale Phillips is looking forward to her second year teaching at Grove Park Chapel Preschool and showing the children how special they are to God. She is married and has two beautiful children aged 7 and 5. She currently attends Knightdale Baptist Church. She has worked with children for the past 5 years providing an in home child care to preschool aged children and loved inspiring the children to discover the joy of learning. She worked in Optometry before deciding to stay home with her family.
Kristi McCown- 3 yr old Assistant - Happy Hoppers
Kristi is joining us in 2015. She has worked as a substitute for GPCP in the past. She has had two children go through the preschool. Kristi has also volunteered at GPC's Vacation Bible School. She also volunteers in the children's church at Cross Culture.
Linda Pierce - 3 yr old Lead- Happy Hoppers
Linda Pierce is the newest member of our staff. She has worked in education for a number of years. She loves spending time with her three children and her grandchildren. She currently attends Cross Culture Church where she is involved in life group and the children's ministry.
Fabrienne Swepson - PreK Lead - Flying Cardinals
Fabrienne is a Lead Teacher in our PreK class. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science from Fayetteville State University. Because of the needs of her 4 very active children, she decided to pursue teaching. She has worked with children age 2 - 18 years old. Fabrienne has spent the past several years teaching at Bethesda Christian Academy. She also coaches middle school cross country as well as youth track and field. Fabrienne is involved with the children's ministry at her church and spends her free time with her family.
Phyllis Morris - PreK Asst. - Flying Cardinals
Phyllis has been on our staff since 2006 and has been an Assistant Teacher with our 3 year olds as well as our PreK class. She is a volunteer in Grove Park Chapel's AWANA program and volunteers each year at VBS. She and her husband attend Grove Park Chapel and are always willing to give a helping hand.
Denise Ellis - PreK Lead - Flying Cardinals
Denise has been with the school since 2009 and is our Lead Teacher in the Flying Cardinals. She worked in the customer service area of the banking industry for several years. She holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Iona College in New York. She chose to stay home with her children for 7 years before coming to GPCP. Both of her children attended GPCP prior to Denise joining our team of teachers. Her family is very involved in her home church.
Kim Gasiewicz - PreK Asst. - Flying Cardinals
Kim started at GPC Preschool in 2005 and is currently an Assistant Teacher with our PreK class. She holds an Associates degree in Early Childhood. Kim has worked as both Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher while at GPCP. Her experience also includes raising 2 sons, 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.
**All teachers are required to submit to a background check yearly. Teachers are CPR and First-Aid certified.**
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