Gail first came to the preschool as a parent of her now adult children, fell in love with early childhood education, and remained at Epworth as a teacher for many years before becoming director. She grew up in the mountains of east Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in English and Spanish and a teaching certificate. She came to Durham after marrying her husband Tom who was a student at Duke Law. Charting a new course, Gail then obtained a Master’s of Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill, started a family, and soon after discovered Epworth Preschool. Gail loves to hike, read, cook, and travel, especially to visit her daughter, Rachel, in Seattle and her son, Will, in Atlanta.