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

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 is the Director at the Grace Place. 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 new teacher in the 3 year old class. Miss Casey earned her bachelor's degree and 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, will be a wonderful addition to our program. 

Diana Antolik teaches in our 4 year old classroom athe Grace Place. Miss Diana earned her bachelor's degree and is a certified teacher. She brings with her many years of creative teaching experience. 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 is a huge part of preparing the students for kindergarten. 

Christine Gnadt is our new teacher in our second 4's class. Miss Christine earned her master's degree in education and 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.

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 of working with the children shines through every day. You can always see the children dancing in her classroom. She 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 a certified teacher and brings years of experience 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 experience as a nanny and a mom. Miss Lori gained her experience working with children while employed at a local school. The children love spending time with her, and she really enjoys working with them. 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 with the children. At the Grace Place, we welcome children from all religions. During the summer, Miss Donna also heads VBS with the Lord of Life Church.