The 2019-2020 School Year Staff
3-Year Old Teachers
Goals for our three year old classes include:
-SOCIAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT
-FAMILY & COMMUNITY
-PRE-K HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS
-PRE-LITERACY & VOCABULARY
-MATH & SCIENCE
-MUSIC & CREATIVE MOVEMENT
GFCC offers a 3's class as well as the 3's & 4's Combination class which provides an option of more school days for the oldest of the 3-year olds and the youngest of the 4-year olds. (Children must turn 4 by November 30.) They follow the 4's curriculum, lesson plans, and thematic units. Students work at a 3-year old level of expectations at the beginning of the year and then move to 4-year old expectations before Christmas. It is a class that is unique within itself. It offers a bit of the 3's and 4's curriculum for those children who want to go to Transition Kindergarten (or TK).
andrea king, MWF 3's Teacher
Andrea was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Cary when she was a toddler. She attended GFCC before entering elementary school. After graduating from high school, Andrea went to Appalachian State where she earned a degree in Speech therapy and got her Teaching Certification.
Andrea then worked for Iredell County Schools and then on to Wake County Public Schools for a combined term of 10 years working as a speech therapist, classroom teacher, and 4th grade writing teacher. She also worked at Salem Baptist for 2 years as a Sunday School preschool teacher. Andrea joins our GFCC staff in 2018.
Stacey, Andrea's husband, is a Cary native and they have been married for 22 years. They have two daughters - Bailey is 19 and attending High Point University and Ellie is 18 and a Senior at Cardinal Gibbons. Bailey and Ellie are also GFCC alums.
In Andrea's spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, reading, and cooking.
Andrea is a co-teacher in the MWF Blue Puppies classroom.
mary mason, mwf 3's teacher
Mary grew up in Cary, NC. After high school, Mary studied Business Administration at Wake Tech in Raleigh. She began teaching Older 2's at GFCC in 2002. She taught that class for 8 years and for the last 4 years she was here, she was the GFCC secretary in the office with Sandy. "Teaching and being a part of this outstanding preschool has been life changing for me."
Mary met her husband, Mike, in 2012 and they married in 2014. Soon after, Mary and Mike moved to Oklahoma and have recently moved back to NC. Mary rejoined our staff in the fall of 2018.
Mary and Mike each have 3 beautiful children in their combined family. Mary has Alex who recently graduated from Barton College; Anna is 18 and a Freshman at UNC-Wilmington; and Addison is 14 and a Freshman in high school. Mike's children all live in Tennessee. Robert, 28, is in college after 6 years in the Air Force; Grace is 25 and teaches preschool in Nashville; and Daniel, 18, will be attending the University of Tennessee this fall.
Mary and Mike love to travel and spending time with family. Mary enjoys cooking with Addison, taking walks with Anna, and watching Alex play soccer.
Mary is a co-teacher in the MWF Blue Puppies classroom.
Laura Martin, TTh 3's Teacher
Laura was born in Virginia but she and her family moved to Cary when Laura was 2 years old. At this point, she considers herself a North Carolina native and actually even attended GFCC when she was a little girl.
Laura attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Design and a minor in Business. Her first job out of college was as a Broadcast Designer for a local news station. She worked there for six years until she had her first son and decided to stay at home to raise her children.
Laura and her husband, Daniel, have lived in Apex for 11 years. They have two sons. Their older son is a rising third grader and their younger son is a rising Kindergartener for the 2019/2020 school year. Both of her boys attended GFCC in the 3s and 4s classrooms.
In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and reading. She also likes being creative ad using her artistic side whenever she can. GFCC also appreciates Laura sharing her creative and artistic talents with us here at school. Thank you Laura.
In October of 2018, Laura joined GFCC as a Substitute Teacher and then in January of 2019 as a Tuesday/Thursday Floater for the Leapfrogs and Lucky Ducks.
Laura is a co-teacher in the T/Th Yellow Puppies classroom.
Lynne Mitchell, TTh 3's Teacher
Lynne grew up in Ohio and attended Ohio University taking General Education classes. She moved to Raleigh in 1990 where she met her husband, Bill. They have been married for 26 years and live in Raleigh. Lynne and Bill have two children - a son who graduated from James Madison University and a daughter who is a senior at Athens Drive High School.
Lynne has a great deal of experience teaching preschool in church-based preschools. She taught ones and twos for seven years at Westover Preschool in Raleigh and joined our GFCC staff in 2007, teaching 3-year olds. Lynne spent years volunteering in her children’s classrooms and was a Safe Child volunteer.
In her spare time, Lynne enjoys traveling and being with family and friends.
Lynne is a co-teacher in the T/Th Yellow Puppies classroom.
Maria Muratore, M-Th 3's
Maria was born and raised in New York. She attended St. John's University, received a Bachelor's degree in Finance and worked in International Banking in New York City.
Maria is married to her husband, Peter, and they have two daughters -- Nicole and Michelle. They moved to Cary during the summer of 2009 and attend St. Michael the Archangel Church. Their older daughter, Nicole, is married and lives in the Raleigh area. Michelle, their younger daughter, attends college at Randolph Macon University in Virginia.
Maria has always been active in her church community. She's ministered in various capacities throughout the years. Maria developed and led a young mother's "Moms and Tots" group, as well as, prayer groups. She has served as a Catechist for Elementary Faith Formation and Youth ministry. She has assisted in Youth Ministry counseling for teenagers on retreats. Maria is currently in ministry as the Director of Catholic Renewal Services for the Diocese of Raleigh.
Maria enjoys working with children and young families. She thrives on partnering, collaborating, and edifying others. She has a genuine interest and passion for helping young children learn and achieve their goals. Maria feels that is one of the most heartwarming benefits of being a preschool teacher.
In her spare time, Maria enjoys volunteering in her community and church and ministering to children and adults. She also enjoys the creativity of arts, crafts, writing, and drawing.
The fall of 2018 brought Maria to GFCC as a Substitute Teacher and then in January of 2019 as a co-teacher in the Monday - Thursday Polka Dot Puppies classroom.
Nicolle Pollaci, M-Th 3's
Nicolle moved a lot during her childhood, living mostly in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area. She attended George Mason University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. After graduating, she worked as an Environmental Consultant. Nicolle also received a certificate in Human Resources from University of California Santa Cruz. She worked for Manpower, Hewlett-Packard and Price Waterhouse Coopers in human resources. Nicolle also enjoyed working as a Creative Memories consultant for many years and still loves taking pictures and capturing memories.
Nicolle has been active in volunteering all her life. She is active in Boy Scout Troop 216, serving as a committee member. She was a Campfire Leader during college.
Nicolle is married to her husband Fred, and they have three sons who attended GFCC. They are members of St. Michael’s of the Archangel Catholic Church and are active members there.
In 2015, Nicolle joined our GFCC staff in the 3's class. Nicolle lives in Cary and spends her time volunteering, traveling, cooking, crafting, and enjoying being with family and friends.
Nicolle is a co-teacher in the Monday - Thursday Polka Dot Puppies classroom.
Helen Lewis Gibbs, TTh 3's
Helen was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She did her undergraduate studies at Meredith College and her graduate studies at North Carolina State University, Duke, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Helen has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Sociology and Religion, a Masters in Public Administration, a Masters in Divinity, and a Masters in Social Work. Helen's career background includes working in Youth Ministry, event planning, marketing administration, nonprofit fundraising, and medical social work.
Helen has been married to her husband, Kevin, for 14 years and they have two sons. Both of her children attended preschool at GFCC, starting in 2013. The family recently moved to a new home in Raleigh, and they attend First Baptist Church, also in Raleigh.
In her spare time, Helen loves to travel with her family, exploring all the nooks and crannies of our beautiful state of North Carolina. She also enjoys baking, hiking, reading, and riding their lawnmower.
Helen is a co-teacher in the T/Th Purple Puppies classroom.
Danielle Matos, TTh 3's
Danielle grew up in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and attended North Hampton College, also in Pennsylvania. She received a degree in Early Childhood Education. Danielle worked in the childcare environment for ten years, and for the past nine years, she has been a stay-at-home mom.
Danielle married her high school sweetheart, Chris, and they live in Cary with their three children -- two daughters and a son. Their two older daughters attend Turner Creek Elementary while their son will be in the Yellow Bears Transition Kindergarten (TK) class here at GFCC.
The Matos Family joined GFCC in 2015 when their oldest child was a student in the Blue Bears TK class. Danielle has been a substitute teacher in numerous classrooms at GFCC. She also volunteers at her daughters' schools and coaches "Girls on the Run."
In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, running and doing arts and crafts.
Danielle is a co-teacher in the T/Th Purple Puppies classroom.
3's & 4's Combo Teachers
Laura Sechler, 3's & 4's
Laura grew up on a farm in Duplin County, NC. She attended Peace College in Raleigh receiving an Associate of Arts degree. She then went to NC State where she received a Bachelor of Art in Political Science.
Laura has work experience as a legal assistant and bookkeeper for law firms in the area. She joined GFCC, in 2004, teaching in the 2 year old's. She then taught briefly at Westover Methodist in Raleigh before returning to GFCC. Upon Laura's return, she taught in the TK program before moving to the 3's & 4's Combination class.
Laura and husband, Joe, have a son and daughter (their daughter attended GFCC). Laura lives in Raleigh and she and her family attend St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she is an active volunteer. Laura’s hobbies are traveling, reading, music, and being with family and friends.
Laura is a co-teacher in the Monday - Thursday Penguin classroom.
Nicole Freyer, 3's & 4's
Nicole grew up in Sanford, North Carolina. She attended NC State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. She then went to UNC Chapel Hill for a Bachelor of Science in Radiological Science. She has several certifications for Radiography and Imaging, CT, MRI, mammography, etc. from Duke, Wake Med, and Kaiser Permanente. Nicole has experience working in orthopedics, pediatrics, and OR radiography.
Nicole and her husband, William, live in Apex and have two daughters who attended GFCC. Nicole volunteered at GFCC as the Teacher Appreciation chair and also worked as a substitute teacher. She joined our GFCC staff in 2014.
Nicole spends her time volunteering at Holly Springs Elementary in her daughter’s classrooms. She enjoys traveling, crafts, and being with family and friends.
Nicole is a co-teacher in the Monday - Thursday Penguin classroom.