Nicole Prendergast, School Director
Nicole Prendergast is the School Director of Gateway Academy at Steele Creek. Nicole has worked for Gateway Academy as a teacher and administrator since May, 2002. She has received her North Carolina Early Childhood Credentials, as well as her Administrator Credentials. She has such a love for children and is grateful for the opportunity to be surrounded by them daily. Nicole loves spending her free time with her three children Delaney, Caitlin and Lincoln. She also enjoys reading, shopping, hiking and traveling to the mountains.
Kati Dautun, Assistant Director
I have been working in early childhood education since July of 2008 and I have grown to love the field. I attended UNC Greensboro right out of high school, but took some time off to get married and start a family with my husband Cam. After having our daughter, Pacey, in 2014, I decided to go back to school and finish my degree. I will graduate from CPCC in December of 2018 with an Associates in Early Childhood Education.
I love spending my free time on the weekend with my family and always doing something fun with our daughter. I’m so excited to grow and learn with this wonderful company.
Jackie Handsome, Administrative Assistant
Jackie Handsome has been working in early childhood since 2013 and received a Bachelor's of Science from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She loves helping children grow and accomplish major milestones in their lives. Outside of working in childcare, Jackie is a Certified Wedding Planner. She is so excited to be joining the Gateway family and working at this wonderful school.
Miss Becky, Teacher
Miss Becky is a beloved toddler teacher. She has her Associates in Elementary Education and her North Carolina Early Childhood Credentials. Miss Becky does a wonderful job providing love and attention to the children in her care. She is very hands on and enjoys implementing our curriculum through fun art activities and learning experiences.
Mrs. Brenda, Teacher
Miss Brenda began working with children in 2007. She is a very nurturing teacher. She is known and loved by all of the families. She is officially retired, but continues to help some days by opening the building and covering in classrooms where needed. She has her North Carolina Early Childhood Credentials.
Miss Deborah, Teacher
Miss Deborah is a dearly loved infant teacher. She has her Associates in Early Childhood Education and her SIDS certification. Miss Deborah has a fun loving personality and is very nurturing with the infants in her care. She has over 20 years of experience caring for infants and is very knowledgeable, which is helpful for new parents.
Miss Lakendra, Teacher
Miss Lakendra teaches before and after school at a nearby elementary school, and comes to Gateway Academy during the middle of the day. She covers breaks in all classrooms. All of the children know and love her. She started working with children in 1997, and is extremely patient and knowledgeable. She has her North Carolina Early Childhood Credentials.