Meet The Team

Staff

WHITNEY SIMPSON

Director

Hi! I am Whitney Simpson! I am the Director of Culpeper United Methodist Preschool!  I truly believe I  answered God’s calling in 2009 to start a Preschool Ministry here at Culpeper UMC.   I know this because our preschool has been truly blessed each and every day since it’s beginning.

 

Culpeper UMC was my home church as a child and young adult.  In 1995, I married my high school sweetheart, Lee Simpson, and we moved close to his home town in Kentucky where he could attend the University of Kentucky for Dental School.  I utilized my Psychology degree from Bridgewater College (1994) and worked as a certified Substance Abuse Counselor and a Licensed Correctional and Pre Release Counselor for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

 

My career took a drastic change in 1999!  I became a mom!  Lee and I have three gorgeous daughters - Lauren, Rylee and Georgie!   They definitely changed our world and we are so excited each and every day to see God’s hand working in and through their lives! 

 

In 2006, Lee and I moved back home to Culpeper, where he is a dentist and the owner of Culpeper Dental Associates.  We returned here to Culpeper UMC where we both became members and active volunteers within the church.  In 2009, while co-directing the Children’s ministry, I was approached to begin a preschool.  At first, I was hesitant; I had three small children. But the more I read and investigated the more excited I got and then God took over!  In 2016, I received my Teaching Credentials from the Christian Child Development Education Alliance.  This was a very exciting two year process for myself and our preschool staff.  To not only become a certified Early Childhood Educator, but to have our school credentialed, as well, was a huge mile stone for our preschool program!

 

When I am not working and playing with our preschool friends, I truly enjoy spending time with my family.  They are my breath of life!  I love watching my girls play sports (field hockey, swimming, lacrosse).  I love our family dinner chats of listening to their shenanigans from the day’s events! 

Cuurently, my oldest daughter attends the University of Mary Washington, majoring in Historic Preservation and Museum Studies.

My middle daughter attends Bridgewater College where she plays lacrosse for their Varsity Team and is majoring in business, and my youngest daughter is a junior in high schoo and is also attending Germanna Community College throught the high school's Germanna Scholars program.  She will earn her associate's degree when she graduates from high school, next year. 

 

 I love to crochet and to cook - but I don’t like cleaning up my mess :-)!  I love the beach!  To me there is no greater place to sense God’s majesty than looking out into the ocean, sinking your toes in the sand,  and the warm sun smacking you in the face!  The beach is my true happy place!

 

If you have not visited our awesome preschool, I invite you to do so!  You can’t help but smile when you are on this hall!  And Yes - consider that a challenge!  My office is in Room 14, the last door on the preschool hallway - and my door is always open!  I invite you all to stop by and say “Hey!”

CHARLIE

GALLIOT

Lead Teacher

3 Year Old Class

Hello, My name is Charlie and I am so excited to be with your kiddos at Culpeper United Methodist Church preschool! 

 

I recently moved to the area with my husband, from Charleston, SC, where I taught preschool for 6 years. I have taught ages 2-5 and love the different challenges of every age. 

Outside of work I like to spend time with my husband, our dog, and our cat. We like to be outside as much as possible and hang out with our families and friends. 

I really hope to be a positive presence in you and your children's lives. I can't wait to watch them grow and see how much we teach each other. 

AYNSLEY

LOHR

Lead Teacher

4 Year Old Class

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Culpeper United Methodist Church
1233 Oak Lawn Drive | Culpeper, VA 22701