Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool strives to uphold the highest standards in early childhood education by employing teachers with degrees in early childhood, child development, or elementary education whenever possible. These guidelines are adhered to specifically in teachers of three, four, and five year old classes. All of our teachers are here to teach, nurture and care for our students in a loving way, guided by Christian values. 

  • Graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania

    Born in Chambersburg, PA

    Hobbies/interests: spending time with her family and friends, reading, gardening, Bible study

    Joined GSLP staff in 2001

  • Julia Cooper

    4’s Teacher

    BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania

    Hometown: York, PA - home of York Barbell and York Peppermint Patty! 

    Hobbies: Crocheting and chaperone the Sanderson Marching Spartans

    Joined GSLP staff in 2017

  • Yvette DeSilva

    Teacher's Aide

    BSBA Accounting from ECU

    Born in New Bern, NC

    Hobbies/interests: tennis, yoga, movies

    Joined GSLP staff in 2016

  • Arleen R. Esgro

    4’s Teacher

    BA in Elementary Education, Glassboro State College

    Born in Philadelphia, PA

    Hobbies/interests: cooking

    Joined GSLP staff in 2010

  • Tiffany Henrikson

    3’s Teacher

    BA in Liberal Studies – Elementary Education from California State University, San Marcos

    Born in Illinois, grew up in Southern California

    Hobbies/interests: reading, playing on a kickball team

    Joined GSLP in 2009-2013 and again in 2015

  • Amy Jones

    4's Teacher

    BA in Early Childhood Education, UNC – Chapel Hill

    Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Hobbies/interests: family time, crafting, sewing, reading, cheering for the Tar Heels, being a beach bum

    Joined GSLP staff in 2000-2003 and again in 2008

  • PattY Lagnese

    2’s Teacher

    AA Liberal Arts, Suffolk Community College – New York

    Born in Port Jefferson, NY

    Hobbies/interests: baking, hiking, camping, Bible studies, music, family time

    Joined GSLP staff in 2012

  • Chris Provencher

    1's & 2's Teacher

    BS in Economics from SUNY Albany

    Hometown: Bridgeport, CT

    Hobbies: Bible Study, long walks and watching her kids compete in soccer and gymnastics

    Joined GSLP staff in 2017


    3’s Teacher

    BA in Psychology with Minor in Child Development and Family Relations, East Carolina University

    Hometown is Charlotte, NC

    Hobbies/interests: photography, Pinterest, genealogy, adventure

    Joined GSLP staff in 2017

  • Paula Rossetti

    Teacher's Aide

    BA in Liberal Arts, West Virginia University

    Born in Uniontown, PA

    Hobbies/interests: loves spending time with family and cheering for WV Mountaineers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins!

    Joined GSLP Staff in  2010

  • Jessica Short

    1’s & 2’s Aide

    Leesville Road High School

    Born in Staten Island, NY

    Hobbies/interests: reading, babysitting, playing with nieces

    Joined GSLP staff in 2000

  • Shannon Sikes

    Spanish Teacher

    BA in Latin American Studies and Economics , Smith College, Massachusetts

    Born in Virginia Beach, VA

    Hobbies/interests: knitting, soccer, fairy houses

    Joined GSLP Staff in 2017

  • Erin Smith

    2’s Teacher

    AA, Peace College

    Born in Charlotte, NC

    Hobbies/interests: gardening, crafting, spending time with her 3 children

    Joined GSLP staff in 2016

  • Ellen Sullivan

    1’s Teacher

    BA in Psychology with Minor in Child Development and Family Relations, East Carolina University

    Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Radford University

    Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee but has in lived NC the majority of her life

    Hobbies/interests: reading, watching movies, cheering on ECU Pirates, spending time at the beach, and spending time with her family

    Joined GSLP staff in 2008

  • Melissa thomas

    Transitional-Kindergarten Teacher

    Bachelor of Science and K-6 certification, Meredith College and NC Wesleyan College

    Born in Roxboro, NC

    Hobbies/interests: sewing, being with my family, painting, gardening

    Joined GSLP in December 2017

  • Katherine Traver

    Music and Movement Teacher

    BS in Music Education, UNC – Pembroke

    Born in Trenton, New Jersey

    Hobbies/interests: kayaking, hiking, reading, making beaded jewelry

    Joined GSLP staff in 2002