Pre-School at Gorham House
Our primary mission is to provide children with a relaxed, safe, and happy environment to spend their days while away from their families, and to provide those families with peace of mind knowing that their most precious gifts are being well cared for. We offer children the opportunities to develop cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically through play-based activities.
Our secondary mission is to support Gorham House in its efforts to provide the elderly residents, our “Grand Friends,” who live here with comfort, dignity, respect and the ability to witness a celebration of life that young children present so well. We do this, in part, by helping the children in our care to learn compassion, kindness, patience and tolerance towards others, regardless of age, skin color or ability.
We are open from 7:00AM to 5:30PM with our traditional “Preschool Program” running from 8:00AM to 12:00PM, year round. The small class size of fifteen children with three nurturing teachers allows for more meaningful interactions and experiences. Our NAEYC Accreditation guides us to achieve the highest of standards, while providing the children with the opportunity to prepare for their transition to Kindergarten, using the most effective teaching methods. Our most memorable moments at Gorham House Preschool are those that unfold while spending time with our Grand Friends. Our unique intergenerational program brings a one of a kind experience to all of those involved.
To Contact, email Meghan.Pomelow@gorhamhouse.com
Meghan Pomelow, Director of Preschool
Meghan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social and Behavioral Science with a minor in Early Childhood Education from the University of Southern Maine. She also holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Maine Community College. Meghan began her experience at the Gorham House as an intern while completing her Associate’s Degree at SMCC. She was hired as a full-time teacher after completing her internship in December 2008 and became the director of the program in November 2012. Meghan has over ten years of experience working with preschool age children. Teaching children has been a dream of hers since she was very young. She enjoys reading, sewing, camping, and spending time with family during her free time. She currently resides in Standish with her Husband, Shane and Son, Connor.
“Be a wonderful role model because you will be the window through which many children will see their future”-Thomas Mckinnon
Renee Bridges, Teacher
Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology earned in 2008 from the University of Maine at Farmington. While attending UMF, Renee worked during her summers with school age children implementing a summer program. After graduating from UMF, Renee began to teach three year olds. After a year of working with that age group, Renee began teaching Pre-Kindergarten. During her time teaching Pre-K, Renee began to believe that children learn best through play. She also believes that each child should be given an equal opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. Renee began at Gorham House in September of 2012 and has loved every minute of working with the children! When not teaching, Renee can be found spending time with her family, baking yummy treats, cooking, and camping!
Ashley Poidomani, Teacher
Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maine at Farmington. While doing an internship for Southern Maine Community College, Ashley interned at Gorham House in 2014. At the time she was working at a center with infants and two year olds. After a year of teaching those two age group she moved into a preschool classroom. Ashley began her journey at Gorham House as a full time teacher, January 2015. Ashley has had experience working with children from birth to age 5. Ashley’s experiences have allowed her to gain more knowledge in a wide range of ages. She believes all children need a nurturing environment that encourages their development and independence. When not in the classroom, Ashley enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, cooking, and being outdoors.