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We believe in the development of the whole child, and the preschool curriculum (beginning with our youngest learners) is designed to bring out the full potential of each of our students.

Our early childhood education teachers create a supportive, stimulating and fun environment that allows our youngest students to grow into confident and independent individuals and develop a lifelong love of learning. Because our preschool classes are small and personal, children can explore their unique skills and talents, while developing new friendships and new confidence. We help your child build a wide range of skills for success, from learning to interact with peers to acquiring the foundations for scholastic success.

Programs for 3 and 4-Year-Olds

For three-year-olds, students have Bible instruction and memorization; fine arts enrichment through music and art; regular show-and-tell; mastery of colors, shapes, days of the week, and months of the year. There is an emphasis on socialization and the concept of sharing. 

For four-year-olds, the students will have Bible instruction and memorization; an introduction to phonics and number concepts; manuscript writing; and fine arts enrichment through music, art, and poetry. There is an emphasis on socialization and the concept of sharing. 

Early Childhood & Elementary Principal 

Bethany Meekins

Bethany Meekins-Coloma is excited to be joining the Gaston Christian School family as the new Elementary Principal. Though originally from New York, Mrs. Meekins and her husband Santiago are joining GCS after serving the last twelve years as missionaries in Quito, Ecuador where she led as the Elementary Principal (2017-2020). Before her role as Elementary Principal, Mrs. Meekins has supported students and families in Christian Education through various roles including Curriculum & Instruction Coordinator, Early Childhood Administrator, and Kindergarten Teacher. In addition to a Bachelor of Social Work (2003) and a Masters of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies (2010), Mrs. Meekins also earned a Masters of Education in Ed. Leadership (2017). As the GCS Elementary Principal for preschool through 5th Grade, Mrs. Meekins looks forward to partnering with our dedicated staff and committed families to strengthen the hearts and minds of our students. 

Early Childhood Directory

Staff Member Department Email Address
Adams, Charlotte Secretary cadams@gastonchristian.org
Alston, Denika Assistant Principal dalston@gastonchristian.org
Bungard, Lindsey 3-year-old Teacher lbungard@gastonchristian.org
Chapman, Amanda Pre-K Teacher achapman@gastonchristian.org
Freeman, Angel Kindergarten Teacher afreeman@gastonchristian.org
Gale, Beverly 3-year-old Teacher bgale@gastonchristian.org
Garrity, Katie 3's Teacher Assistant kgarrity@gastonchristian.org
Gordon, Tammy Librarian tgordon@gastonchristian.org
Hardin, Jackie Pre-K Teacher jhardin@gastonchristian.org
Kettelhut, Lori 3's Teacher Assistant lkettlehut@gastonchristian.org
Matheney, Jalyn 3's Teacher Assitant jmatheney@gastonchristian.org
Matheney, Kyle Music Teacher kmatheney@gastonchristian.org
Meekins, Bethany Principal bmeekins@gastonchristian.org
Moore, Jason PE Teacher jmoore@gastonchristian.org
Mullis, Alicia Kindergarten Teacher amullis@gastonchristian.org
Patterson, Kimberly Kindergarten Teacher kpatterson@gastonchristian.org
Patton, Maureen 3-year-old Teacher maureenpatton@gastonchristian.org
Peach, Vicki Pre-K Teacher vpeach@gastonchristian.org
Pettit, Micki Early Childhood Assistant mpettit@gastonchristian.org
Simmons, Annette Kindergarten Teacher asimmons@gastonchristian.org
Trakas, Emily Pre-K Teacher etrakas@gastonchristian.org
Tugwell, Sara Registered Nurse stugwell@gastonchristian.org



Visit Gaston Christian School

Come spend some time with us and discover how your child can be challenged and thrive in the exciting learning environment at Gaston Christian School.


Early Childhood Office:
(704) 824-9893

Elementary School Office:
(704) 824-9011

Middle School Office:
(704) 349-5030

High School Office:
(704) 349-5020

Business Office:
(704) 349-5025
FAX (704) 349-5027

Admissions Office:
(704) 824-4128
FAX (704) 349-5027
Email: gcs@gastonchristian.org

Gaston Christian School
1625 Lowell Bethesda Rd. Gastonia, N.C.  28056

Gaston Christina School is the best private Christian school in Gaston County, North Carolina. We are also the best private Christian school in the following North Carolina counties: Mecklenburg County, Lincoln County, Cleveland County and York County. In addition to these counties, we are also the best private Christian school for Gastonia, Belmont, Cramerton, Lowell, Lincolnton, Bessemer City, Charlotte, Mt. Holly and the surrounding areas. If you want a premier private Christian education with top-tier instruction, athletics and extracurricular activities, Gaston Christian School is the best private Christian school in Gastonia, NC for you!

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