Meet Our

Faculty & Staff

Angel Gastfield

Executive Director

Angel Gastfield is honored to serve as Director at Turtle’s Nest Early Learning Center. She has worked in Early Childhood for 12 years, 7 of those as a director. Her passion is for every child to understand they are cherished and have something special to offer the world around them. She is committed to creating a safe and loving learning environment where children are seen as unique individuals. The role of the educator is to design an environment that produces curiosity and an excitement for learning. Children are encouraged to discover, create, play, and learn at Turtle’s nest ELC.

Angel and her husband have lived in North Jacksonville for 18 years and have a son in the Army. She enjoys going to the beach, camping, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Claire Evans

Director

Claire Evans is the Assistant Director of Turtle’s Nest Early Learning Center. She assists the Director with planning, managing, marketing and directing the early childhood program. She earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Management and an Advanced Level Directors Credential and has worked in the early childhood field for over 17 years. Claire believes the ideal early childhood classroom is play-based, inviting, warm, clean, organized and intentional in incorporating natural and homey elements that are aesthetically pleasing. A play-based classroom is hands-on, and a mix of student-led and teacher-led learning activities, to help children meet developmental milestones and ensure that each child is prepared for their future educational experiences.

Corrine Richardson Matthews

Lead Teacher

Corrine Richardson-Matthews, Lead Teacher at Turtle’s Nest Early Learning Center was honored from birth with a name that means “beautiful maiden.” She is mother to four beautiful children and a grandmother to one lovely granddaughter. She is a dedicated, self-motivated, team-player who has helped Turtle’s Nest launch into the warm and welcoming campus that it is. Her career in Childcare spans more than eighteen years. She has a degree in Child Management and a CDA. Creating a warm, safe, secure and nurturing environment for children to thrive is one of her goals. She enjoys building trusting relationships and strong bonds with each child to enhance their sense of belonging and well-being. In her free time, she is an avid gardener, movie watcher, and doting grandmother.