At the Grace Place Preschool, we provide a secure facility and loving learning environment for your child. All of the staff are trained in CPR, First Aid and AED. Every year, the teachers attend workshops and complete training hours to continue "growing" in the latest educational information.

Director:  Deborah DeMarco


Casey Fox- 3 year old class
Diana Antolik- 4 year old class
Christine Gnadt- 4 year old class

Donna Yates-Chapel Time/VBS Coordinator/Substitute

Assistants:Dawn Heinrich - 4 year old class 
Nicole Tomosi- 4 year old class
Lori Yeager- 3 year old class

                                        The Grace Place Preschool Team

Deborah DeMarco has been the Director at the Grace Place for four years. Miss Debbie shows great pride and devotion to making sure the children are growing socially and academically. She is always welcoming, active in the classrooms, and encourages open communication with the families. Deborah earned her bachelor's degree in early childhood education and psychology. She earned her preschool director's certification in 2006. She is currently completing her master's degree in early childhood services. Miss Debbie has been working in the education field for over twenty-five years, taught CCD at her church for sixteen years, and she worked as a preschool teacher for thirteen years.

Casey Fox is our teacher in the 3 year old class. Miss Casey earned her bachelor's degree in education, and she is a certified teacher. She has extensive experience working at the three and four year old level. She has also taught in a Christian preschool. Miss Casey takes a fun and creative approach to learning that children love. Her professional background includes being a part of Grow NJ Kids, a STEM faculty member, and a PTO founding member. Her fun energy, warm smile, enthusiasm, and her approach to teaching, provides a wonderful learning environment for our 3's. 

Diana Antolik teaches in our 4 year old classroom. Miss Diana earned her bachelor's degree in education, and she is a certified teacher. Miss Diana brings with her many years of creative teaching experience. She loves to do fun crafts and science experiments with the children. Miss Diana has added many new and fun ideas to our program. Her oldest daughter went through the Grace Place program, and her youngest daughter now attends. Miss Diana plays a huge part in preparing the students for kindergarten. 

Christine Gnadt is our newest teacher in our second 4's class. Miss Christine earned her master's degree in education, and she is a certified teacher. We are thrilled to have her join our team at the Grace Place, and we are looking forward to the extensive teaching experience she will bring to our program. Miss Christine loves animals and spending time outdoors. When not teaching, she loves sailing, kayaking, camping, canning, and baking. We look forward to the new ideas she brings.

Dawn Heinrich joined the Grace Place as an assistant in 2012 after both of her children went through the preschool program. Miss Dawn lives in Shamong along with her husband and two children. She is a member of the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, and a troop leader for the Girl Scouts. Miss Dawn's love and dedication to working with the children shines through every day. You can always see the children dancing to her music in the classroom. Miss Dawn is a tremendous asset to the Grace Place program.

Nicole Tomosi is an assistant in our 4 year old class. She works along with Miss Diana. Miss Nicole is also a certified teacher, and she brings many years of teaching into the classroom. Her son was a former student at the Grace Place, and now her daughter attends at the preschool. Miss Nicole is always smiling, loves making crafts and playing games with the children, and she is very active in providing a fun learning environment. 

Lori Yeager is the assistant in our 3 year old class. Miss Lori brings with her many years of great experience as a nanny and a mom. Miss Lori also worked with children while employed at a local school. The children love playing games and making craft projects with her. Miss Lori really enjoys working with the children. In her free time, Miss Lori loves spending time with her family, and visiting her grandson. 

Donna Yates or "Miss Donna" teaches Chapel Time on Tuesday mornings. She is also an on-call substitute at the Grace Place. Miss Donna truly loves working in the classes. The children enjoy seeing her every week, and they look forward to her puppet "Scrappy" that helps to tell the Bible stories. At the Grace Place, we welcome families from all religions. During the month of July, Miss Donna also heads VBS with the Lord of Life Church. All families are welcome to attend in that program.