Three people who completed all the requirements for Certification for Christian Educators were recognized at the Annual Meeting Recognition Luncheon on June 16.
Gayle McGlauflin has been the Christian Education Director at the Union Congregational Church in North Reading, MA since 2015. Gayle currently also works as a toddler teacher for Joyful Noises Preschool which is run by the Congregational Church of Topsfield. Prior to taking on the CE position, she was an elementary classroom teacher for Boston Public Schools, where she taught for 9 years. Gayle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Teaching, both from Northeastern University. She also has a certificate in Teaching Religion to Children from Boston College. She is a licensed elementary school teacher and certified early childhood teacher, as well as a licensed Zumba instructor, certified lactation counselor, and certified Baby Signs instructor. Having grown up Unitarian Universalist, she joined the Union Congregational Church in High School. Gayle's husband and their two daughters Savanna and Ayla attend Union Congregational with her. Gayle feels blessed to have the full support of her family and her congregation as she continues to improve her knowledge and understanding of theology and best practices.
Leea Snape has been the Music Director at Second Congregational Church for 14 years and when the need arose for a Christian Education Director at the church she felt led to apply. She has been the Christian Education Director for five years. Leea has her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and she is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Education program for Mild to Moderate Disabilities in Elementary Education. Leea is married and has one daughter, age 11. She lives in Colrain, Massachusetts. Leea loves both her positions at Second Congregational Church and looks forward to learning about more ways to teach children about the peace and love of God.
Sherril Willis graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in 2002 and began her ministry as a Youth Pastor in Hadley, MA where she combined youth groups from three UCC churches in different towns. She worked as Pastor to the Church School in Sunderland MA where she entered ordained ministry in 2004.
Sherril also worked as an Interim Minister in Conway, MA and Minister to Youth and Children in Pelham MA and most recently in Montague, MA. In June, Sherril retired from public elementary school teaching after 37 years. Although she has also been an ordained minister for almost 15 years, she feels her call is best fulfilled when teaching. Because Sherril understands the importance of continued education she decided to receive her certification as a Christian Educator. She believes that education is the one true path to social justice and that Christian Education gives form and structure to families at a time when the world is filled with much faithless miscommunication and chaos.
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