Welcome to the Emerson Campus

Chappell’s newest center, Chappell Emerson Head Start opened in August 2014 and represents Chappell’s first experience providing Head Start services. We are in a strategic partnership with Lutheran Services Florida/Duval County Head Start and provide educational services to 80 Duval County children. Our Emerson children speak six distinct languages.
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Gayle Nicholas-Dortch, Director, Chappell Emerson Head Start

Hi, my name is Gayle Nicholas-Dortch. I am a mother of three and a grandmother of seven. I am a Children’s Church facilitator and I assist in the nursery at my local church where I have been a member since 2005. I have been in the childcare field since 2004. I joined Chappell in September 2016 as an assistant teacher, promoted to assistant director in November and became Director in May of 2017. I have a National CDA, a Florida Director’s credential and an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Management. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development. I love children and I believe we learn at our own pace in different pathways. No one learns the same way. I believe in making the lesson come alive so the child may feel free to explore and thus ignite the passion within them

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