Meet the Staff
The staff of Concord Weekday Preschool is GREAT!!!! We are a happy family with a love for Christ and children. All our staff receives the following training.
6 hours of Bright From the Start training in preschool education and additional in-house preschool training
Handwriting without Tears accredited training for Pre-K and 3 year old class teachers.
CPR and First Aid Certification
Fire Safety Training
Mandated Reporter Training
Emergency Procedure Training
Annual background checks are completed on each staff member
Shannon Gilbert (Director) - Shannon was born in Decatur, GA; raised in Forsyth County. She received a Bachelor’s of Business and Administration Degree in Finance from the University of Georgia and Georgia State
University. Shannon and her husband, Tommy, have a son and a daughter. She has served as director of the Concord Baptist Church Preschool since August 2004. This will be her nineteenth year here at Concord. Shannon and her family attend Concord. She also provides financial administrative support to the church.
Joanie Fowler (Asst. Director)
Joanie was born and raised in Forsyth County. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early childhood / Special Education from North Georgia College and State University and has taught in the public school system. She has been a lead teacher for our 2 and 3 year old classes here at Concord Preschool. She started at Concord in 2014 so this will be her eighth year here at Concord Preschool. Joanie and her husband, Allen, have a daughter and a son. They attend Concord Baptist Church.
Assistant Preschool Director
Lead Teacher 2 day 2's
Mandy Rodman - Lead 2's Teacher
Mandy grew up in Marietta, Ga. Her Husband’s military career brought them to the local area in 2020. They have been married for 7 years and they have two sons. Mandy has spent the last several years as a stay-at-home mom, but has always loved working with children. She attends Concord Baptist Church and is thrilled to be with the preschool this year as the 2 year old classroom lead teacher.
Lead Teacher 3 day 2's
Ann-Marie Arnold (2 yr 3 day Lead)
Ann-Marie was a stay at home mom for the past 16 years. She and her husband have 3 boys and are active members of Local Church. Ann-Marie volunteers in the children's ministry with infants, preschoolers, and elementary age students. She has a B.A. in middle grades education, but enjoys being with the younger children. She joined the Concord Preschool family in 2020 as a floater and stepped into the 2 year old lead teacher. She is excited to be the lead teacher for the 2022-2023 school year.
Margaret Burgess (2 yr 3 day Assistant) -Margaret kept children in her home for twenty one years before coming to work here at Concord Preschool in 2009. She has lived in Forsyth County almost her entire life. Margaret and her husband, Mike, have two grown children and five grandchildren. This is her thirteenth year at Concord Preschool. Her family attends Concord Baptist Church.
Asst. Teacher 3day 2's
Brandy Jennings (3 yr 3 dy Lead Teacher) -Brandy is starting nineteenth school year here at Concord Preschool and she has taught all of the age groups. Her and her husband, Brian, have three sons and are members of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church.
Lead Teacher 3day 3's
Amanda Astin (3 yr 3 dy lead teacher) -Amanda and her family relocated to Forsyth County 6 years ago from Lizella, Georgia where she and her husband grew up. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Georgia College and State University. After graduating from college, Amanda was a paraprofessional for 4th and 5th grade and later served as a Paralegal Specialist for Butler Snow LLP. After having children Amanda became a stay at home mom until two years ago when she began working as a floater/substitute at Concord. Amanda's children attended Concord from ages 2-5. Amanda and her husband, Wesley, volunteer in the preschool ministry at their church First Redeemer.
Lead Teacher 3 day 3's
Rochelle Looney - (2 yr old 2 day lead teacher.) -Rochelle was born in Newnan, GA; raised in Woodbury, GA. She received her degree in Applied Graphics and worked in various libraries until she decided to become a stay at home mom to her daughter and twin sons. Her family moved to Dawsonville, GA over 12 years ago and became active members of Concord Baptist Church. She felt led by God to work with children and started substitute teaching eventually becoming Concord Preschool’s 2 year old Lead Teacher. For the 2022-2023 school year Ms. Rochelle will be moving up to the 4 day 3's class. She is excited for a new adventure.
Lead Teacher 4 day 3's
Sarah Oster (Lead Pre-K Teacher) -Sarah was born in Texas and moved to Forsyth County in 2016. She received her Social Work degree with an emphasis on child welfare and development at Midwestern State University. She received her Early Childhood Education Basics Certification from Lanier Technical school in 2018. Sarah is excited to be teaching in our Pre-K and this is her sixth year here with us at Concord. Sarah, Ted, and their two children attend Mountain Lake Church in Dawsonville where Sarah and her husband volunteer teaching the elementary kids church.
Lead Teacher Pre-K
Sarah Sloop (Pre-K Lead Teacher) - Sarah graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Child Development. She moved to Georgia to start a Transitional Kindergarten program at a small private school. After 7.5 years, she became a stay at home mom for her 3 children who are all Concord graduates! Sarah is very excited to be working in Concord's Pre-K. for a second year. She and her husband of 12 years have been longtime members of North Point and Brown’s Bridge Community Churches.
Lead Teacher Pre-K
Carrie Anderson (Lead Pre-K Teacher) -Carrie is a Dawson County native. She attended Gainesville State College and graduated with a Paralegal degree. After years of working she decided to become a stay at home mom. She enjoyed teaching and working with children so much she started substitute teaching with us at Concord. This is her sixth year here. Carrie is excited to be teaching Pre-K again this school year. Carrie and her husband, Brooke, have a daughter and a son and they attend Bethel Baptist Church in Dawsonville.
Lead Teacher Pre-K
Becky Haas (Music Teacher) -Becky graduated from Kentucky Christian University with a degree in Business Administration. She has been married for 13 years to her husband, Brian, and they have 3 children. They moved to Georgia 7 years ago to launch Mountain Lake Church Dawson. Becky is excited to be teaching music and chapel again this school year where their children have attended.