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Wendy Turpin

Early Childhood Director

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Currently serving as our Early Childhood Director, Wendy joined the staff at Gloria Dei in January of 1994 as a preschool teacher.

Favorite hobbies are being outside, bike riding, and zip lining.

Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace."

"What I like about working at Gloria Dei is the enjoyment of seeing all the children's smiling faces every day."

Carol Jones

Registrar / Account Manager

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Carol joined the staff at Gloria Dei in December of 2011 following the merger of Gloria Dei and St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Hollywood , Florida.

Favorite hobbies are reading and Sudoku puzzles.

Psalm 27: 1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?"

Debbie Groome


Joined our Gloria Dei Staff in May of 2017.

Favorite hobbies include reading, swimming, and playing with her dogs Dobby and Thomas.

Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

"I enjoy working in a Christian environment and developing relationships with the children and their parents."

Pat Codner


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"Miss Pat" joined the Gloria Dei staff in September of 2003 with many previous years experience in child care.

Favorite hobbies are cooking and gardening.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you , declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

"What I enjoy most about being at Gloria Dei is the love I have for the babies, and being able to witness, talk, and sing about Jesus/God without having to fear."

Dary Cardona

Infants & One Year Olds

Dary became a member of the GLoria Dei staff in March of 2017.

Psalm 23:1 "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want."

I feel good and grateful for the opportunity to be working here at Gloria Dei.

Norma Simono

One Year Olds & Extended Care

Norma joined the Gloria Dei staff in January of 2017.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way ; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong doing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

"What I like about being at Gloria Dei is seeing the children grow and learn."

Amanda Collins

Two Year Olds

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Amanda joined us here at GLoria Dei in August of 2007.

Favorite hobbies are shopping and soccer.

Matthew 19:14 "but Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.'"

"What I enjoy most about working at Gloria Dei is watching the children play and learn."

Marie Harbar

3K (3 Year Old Pre-Kindergarten)

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Marie joined the staff of Gloria Dei in November of 1985 and has served in the past as our Early Childhood Director.

Favorite hobbies are listening and dancing to her husband’s music- big band and Polka music!

Psalm 118:24 "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

"I like sharing my faith with the children and showing and teaching them about Jesus and how much He loves them!"

Beatriz Zapata

3K (3 Year Old Pre-Kindergarten)

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Bea joined the staff of Gloria Dei in November of 1992.

Favorite hobby is sewing.

Romans 5:8 "but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

"What I like about "working" at Gloria Dei is not working - it is my mission to bring people into the family of believers, to show the children and share Jesus' love every day, and in every situation."

Carla Rossano

4K (4 Year Old Pre-Kindergarten - VPK)

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Carla joined the staff of Gloria Dei in August of 1988.

Favorite hobbies are music, reading, and swimming.

Psalm 23

"What I love about working at Gloria Dei is:

  • a Christian based school
  • teaching children socially, emotionally, and spiritually
  • the love of Jesus"



    Taylor Florence

    Extended Care

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