Lutheran Church of Reconciliation

Meet the Preschool staff

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Heather Gunter

Heather Gunter

LCOR Preschool Director

Mrs. Gunter is excited to start her first year as Director at LCOR Preschool! She has worked in the early childhood field for over 20 years as a teacher, assistant director and director in a Christian setting. She has her degree in early childhood education as well as her administrative credentials from the state of NC.

Mrs. Gunter is a native of Wilmington, NC. She has been married to her husband, Jeremy, for over 14 years. Together they raise their 8-year-old daughter, MacKenzie. She is the light of their lives. They also have 2 miniature schnauzers, Rambo and Thrasher, who keep things lively. Mrs. Gunter enjoys interior design, event planning, being a dance mom, and spending time with family and friends.

Mrs. Gunter has a passion for working with children and families. She is honored and overjoyed that God has led her to serve at LCOR Preschool!

Johanne Ash

Johanne Ash

Lead pre-K teacher

Mrs. Ash is starting her 14 year at LCOR, four of the last years as the lead Pre-K teacher. Both of her children attended LCOR at the age of 2 and they both now attend Laney high school.  She feels very fortunate that her children started their learning experiences at LCOR preschool!  Mrs. Ash loves spending time with her family, walking her dogs and is very excited to help prepare your children for Kindergarten!

Danielle Knipp

Danielle Knipp

Assistant pre-K teacher

Ms. Knipp is starting her third year at LCOR Preschool. She attended CFCC and UNCW where she earner a BA in Psychology.  Danielle is originally from Daytona Beach, Fla. and has lived in Wilmington for over 24 years.  Ms. Knipp has a nine year old daughter, Braelee, 1 dog and a cat.  Danielle enjoys reading, coloring books, taking long walks with my dog and daughter at Poplar Grove, anything to do with Disney, Halloween and Christmas, and, most of all, spending time with my daughter, family, friends and fur-babies.

Whitney Daughtry

Lead three-year-old teacher

Mrs. Daughtry is starting her eighth year at LCOR.  Whitney is a native of Wilmington and attended CFCC.  She has been married for over 17 years and has a daughter Parker, who is in tenth grade.  Mrs. Daughtry enjoys reading, working out, puzzles, boating, gardening, cooking and going to the beach.  Whitney truly enjoys working with young children.    

Whitney Daughtry

Emily Whetsel

Assistant three-year-old teacher

Ms. Whetsel is originally from Virginia and has been in the Wilmington area for over two years.   Emily loves spending time with young children and has worked as a nanny, as well as doing mission work, VBS and summer camp at her Church in Ashburn VA.  During her free time Emily is taking online classes through Indiana University of Pa. as well pet sitting for neighborhood families.

Emily Whetsel
Traci Brodeur

Traci Brodeur

Lead two-year-old teacher

Mrs. Brodeur (Mrs. B) has been teaching at LCOR for over 11 years.  Traci has always had a soft spot for the “toddlers & two-year old’s” and loves watching them grow!  Mrs. Brodeur enjoys spending time with her family, walking her two dogs and working outside in her garden.    

Kim Jacobs

Kim Jacobs

Assistant two-year-old teacher
assistant toddler teacher

Mrs. Jacobs is beginning her second year at LCOR.  Kim has lived in Wilmington for 21 years, has three daughters and loves spending time with her family and friends.  Mrs. Jacobs enjoys the beach, pools and going to White Lake with family.         

Amanda Morrow

Amanda Morrow

Lead Toddler Teacher

Ms. Amanda Morrow is starting her first year at LCOR Preschool. She is very excited to be working with the toddlers! Previously, she has worked with infants and toddlers at the Child Development Center at Camp Lejeune. She earned a Bachelor’s in Recreation Management from Appalachian State, and she is currently working on a Master’s in Divinity as well as a Master’s in Biblical Languages from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. She feels called to work with youth and families in a church setting! In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog, photography, and spending time at church.