Pam Dicken


Gail Gathright- Program Director 

Gail graduated from Varina High school and attended Radford College and Virginia Commonwealth University where she majored in Sociology and Early Childhood Education. She first worked at New Kent Primary School and then provided child care in her home until the last of her own three children began Kindergarten. Gail started here as a Lead Teacher in 1985 and later became the Administrator and now serve as the Program Director. Working here, in a loving, Christian environment has brought her Great Joy and Fulfillment. ( MAT trained, CPR and FIRST AID CERTIFIED)

Advent's Program Coordinator

​​Miss Jordyn - Miss Jordyn is currently the Preschool  Program Coordinator  and the Before and after school Program Coordinator. She has been in childcare for 4 and a half years and started while in high school. Jordyn is a very hard worker and always tries her best to succeed and always do better. (MAT trained, CPR/FIRST AID CERTIFIED)


Mrs. Madison - Bees Class Lead Teacher ( ages 4.5-5 yrs. preschool)

Mrs. Madison attends Grand Canyon University with plans to pursue a Master's in Elementary Education. She has worked with small children for 3 years. (MAT trained, CPR and FIRST AID CERTIFIED)

Miss Taylor-Fish Class Lead Teacher (Ages 3.5-4.5 yrs.)

Taylor volunteers as an EMT and has been working towards Special Education at Reynolds. She divides her time between the Preschool and the Before and After School Programs. (MAT trained and CPR/FIRST AID CERTIFIED)

Mrs. Geri-Bunny Class Lead Teacher (ages 3-3.5 yrs.)

Geri has been in child care for over 25 years. She formerly owned two Child Care Centers in the direct Richmond and Petersburg areas. Geri has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. (CPR/FIRST AID CERTIFIED)

Mrs. Ashley-Turtle Class Lead Teacher (Ages 2.5-3 yrs.)

Ashley graduated from Lee-Davis High School in 2006.  She was born and raised in Mechanicsville and has been in the child care profession since 2005.  She studied Early Childhood  Education for 4 years. (CPR FIRST AID CERTIFIED)

Miss Shaina-Floater/Assistant Teacher

Shaina is currently a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University pursuing and Master's in Elementary Education. She has worked with young children for 6 years. (CPR FIRST AID CERTIFIED)

Miss Andi-Dino Class Lead Teacher (Age 2-2.5 yrs.)
Andi has been a nanny for a very long time now, she has also worked with the nursery at her church for a couple years. She is the oldest of 6 siblings.  Andi works with the Preschool as well as the programs. (CPR/FIRST AID CERTIFIED)

Mrs. Elaine​- Elaine has been a Lead Teacher for preschool program for 4 years. She was home for 3 years prior with her two sons whom are now 8 and 6 and was also caring for their great Grandfather as well. Before deciding to stay home, she taught in the public school system for over 10 years. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with a Bachelors in Psychology and then continued graduate work at VCU earning her teacher's certificate for grades K-12. She has worked with preschool and grade school children for over 30 years and it is her my passion.

Mrs Krystina-Turtle Class Assistant Teacher

Mrs Erin-Bees Class Assistant Teacher



Jordyn has been in childcare for 4 and a half years and started while in high school. Jordyn is a very hard worker and always tries her best to succeed and always do better. (MAT trained, CPR/FIRST AID CERTIFIED)


Amy is an RN and our youth minister here at Advent.  she plays a huge role in our atmosphere with the love she shares with everyone. She enjoys doing Bible study and songs with the children in the Chapel once a week and directs our Vacation Bible school during the summer. Amy also trains our staff in CPR and First Aid and fills in as a substitute when staff are absent.  She is now serving as interim teacher in the Lamb class.  (CPR/FIRST AID CERTIFIED)


Kayla has been working for Advent for 3 years now and she has worked hard to build a relationship with every child here at Advent. She is super kind, patient and loving. She is studying at Reynolds for her associates in Business. (CPR/FIRST AID CERTIFIED)




​​Our Staff

 Where we: Love, Laugh & Learn everyday!