PRESCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
Step By Step, CEC is a non-profit ministry of Gonzalez Baptist Church, affecting the lives of children and their families by providing a safe and quality education in a Christ-centered environment, introducing children to the Savior, Jesus Christ, and encouraging children to grow spiritually, socially, intellectually, and physically. We know that safe and healthy care of the child will support and strengthen family life by promoting cognitive, communicative, perceptual-motor, physical, social, and spiritual development of the child.
STEP BY STEP PHILOSOPHY
With the Bible as our source, we believe that the children entrusted to us are precious in His sight, deserving the best of our abilities. We believe that each child is a unique individual of intrinsic worth created in the image of God. It is our belief that early childhood education should, above all else:
- Introduce children to our Savior, Jesus Christ
- Teacher children to love Jesus and love each other
- Teach that the Bible is the Word of God
- Know that God is a personal God
- Instill Godly values by example of how we live our lives
- Teach early childhood educational lessons necessary to prepare each child for school.
Step by Step CEC focuses on the development of the whole child. Our teachers, appreciating individual differences, attempt to create an environment in which each child is free to play, learn, experiment, and develop at his/her own rate with loving instruction. The daily schedule includes Bible stories, scriptures and songs, indoor and outdoor activities for gross motor development, and classroom activities that promote readiness for reading, language, and math instruction during the primary years of formal education. Age-appropriate learning in music, art, science and math, language, drama, and fine motor manipulation play an integral part of the balanced program here at Step by Step.
Bonnie Ogilvie is currently in her eighth year as director of Step By Step CEC. God has placed a call in her life to speak the gospel of Christ to all children, and she believes this is best accomplished through the words and actions that are modeled before children.
Professional Credentials include: A.A in Early Childhood Development, B.A. in Ministry: Christian School Education, M Ed in Instruction and Curriculum Design, and Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC). Ms. Bonnie has 20 plus years of educating her own children at home which had led to a variety of academic and creative experiences from which to draw on in administrating preschool activities.
Ashley Campbell has been on staff at Step By Step for the past eight years. Ashley has worked with children of all ages, but her passion is for school age children. Her favorite Scripture is “Above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” Proverbs 4:23, and this verse is her goal in teaching all children. Ashley brings to the table a love for children and her desire to see them grow and mature in Christ. She does this through a variety of art forms including drama, music, dance and video media. Each year Ashley brings her gift for bringing out the best in each child by presenting full length musical adaptations of biblical themes and character lessons. It is her goal to make sure every child feels they CAN strive for excellence and achieve their very best!
Professional Credentials include: B.A. in Arts Administration and 15 years experience working with preschool children of all ages and elementary school children. Director of our Next Step Summer Camp and After School Program for the past 8 years. Mommy of a fantastic 5 year old little boy and a 2 year old little girl!
Pastor Mike stepped into the role of senior pastor at Gonzalez Baptist Church on February 1, 2017. He was born and raised in Pensacola, FL; has received his theological training from Baptist College of Florida; has served with North American Mission Board as church planter/pastor in Fort Wayne, IN; and – most recently – served as a talk-radio show host at WEBY and Director of Chaplain Services for a local hospital. He and his wife, Janet, have 6 children. They are excited to be serving at Gonzalez Baptist Church and Step by Step!