3-Year-Old Classes




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3s Teachers

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Jan Fairchild 

MWF Lead Teacher

   Jan was born in Augusta, Georgia but grew up in Decatur, Georgia which is a suburb of Atlanta. She attended Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia and received a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Jan worked in a hospital until she moved to Dallas, Texas where she met her husband.

   Jan has been a preschool teacher for over 20 years teaching ages 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds. For two years, Jan worked for the Wake County Public School System at Project Enlightenment in a Demonstration Preschool Classroom (also known as a Title One and More at Four classroom).

   Jan and her husband of 40 years live in Holly Springs. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

   Jan enjoys traveling abroad and has recently fallen in love with Montana. Jan loves gardening, interior design, walking, and paddle boarding. She attends Hope Community Church and volunteers in the Children's Ministry.

   Jan is the lead teacher in The Fox Den, a 3-Day 3s classroom.

Candice Pepin

MWF Assistant Teacher

   Candice grew up in Apex, NC and attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) and Chapel Hill (UNC). She received a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from UNCW and a Master's in Social Work from UNC.

   Candice has worked with children in several different areas:

  • Recruiting and Licensing Foster Parents in Wilmington, NC

  • Elementary School Social Worker for New Hanover County Schools

  • Elementary and Middle School Social Worker for the Wake County Public School System.

  • A Preschool Substitute Teacher and an Assistant Teacher in the 3-year-old program at the Methodist Children's Center in Cary.

   Candice has been married to her husband, Dave, for thirteen years. They, along with their two daughters and Candice's mother-in-law, live in Apex. Their two daughters are in third and sixth grade.

   In her spare time, Candice enjoys hanging out with her family, backyard basketball, reading, walking on the beach, coloring, crossword puzzles, and snuggling with the family's pets.

   Candice is an assistant teacher in The Fox Den, a 3-Day 3s classroom.

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Amanda Harris

M-Th. Co-Teacher

   Amanda grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. After high school, she opened a house cleaning business and owned it for ten years.  In 2016, Amanda's husband received a job offer in North Carolina, so they moved to Cary, North Carolina.

   Once moving to Cary, Amanda became a stay-at-home mom for her two daughters.  She realized she had a little more spare time than she did in Florida, so she decided to start running and has run six half marathons in a year.  She also became a team mom for her older daughter's softball team.  Her younger daughter joined a soccer team soon after, and Amanda became the assistant coach for her soccer team.

   Amanda's youngest daughter attended GFCC for two years, and in her second year, Amanda started subbing in some of the classrooms.  She thinks at this point, she has subbed in every class and just loves the GFCC family.

   In Amanda's spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and really just doing any outdoor activities.  Her favorite indoor hobbies include crafting, making fairy gardens and cooking.

   Amanda is a co-teacher in the 4-day Threes Polka Dot Puppies classroom.

Laurie Cirioli

M-Th. Co-Teacher

  Laurie was born in Pennsylvania and moved to North Carolina in 1990.  She attended NC State University for three years, majoring in English.  She worked at Light Years while in college and later worked at Borders Book Store.  She then was a Teacher Assistant for WCPSS in a Special Ed class for three years.  She and her husband, Jason, have twins, a girl and boy, that attended GFCC. 

  Laurie joined our GFCC staff in 2012 as a three year old teacher and is currently working in the older twos.  She and Jason live in Apex and are long time members of Greenwood Forest Baptist Church where she is an active volunteer in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.  She enjoys the beach, travel, crocheting, and family and friends.  She is an avid reader and loves hiking with her family.

  Laurie is a co-teacher in the 4-day 3s Polka Dot Puppies classroom.