Staff

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:

Miss Deborah


Teachers:

Miss Lauren-4 year old class

Miss Kris - 4 year old class

Miss Dawna - 3 year old class


Assistants:

Miss Dawn - 4 year old class

Miss Lori - 4 year old class

Miss Allison - 3 year old class



The Grace Place Preschool Team


Miss Deborah has been the Director at the Grace Place for five years. Miss Deborah shows great pride and devotion to making sure the children are growing socially, academically and spiritually. She is always welcoming, active in the classrooms, and encourages open communication with the families. Miss Deborah earned her bachelors degree in early childhood education and psychology. She earned her preschool director's certification in 2006. She is completing her masters degree in early childhood services and advocacy. Miss Deborah has been working with children and in the education field for 37 years. She was a volunteer leader in high school, taught Sunday school at her church for sixteen years, and she worked as a preschool teacher for fifteen years. Miss Deborah has three grown children and is married to Joseph. She loves to spend time with her family, taking care of her farm animals, and going on walks with her dog, Leyla.


Miss Lauren is our teacher in the 4 year old class. She has a fun personality, loves anything Disney, and she is a kid at heart! Miss Lauren loves teaching, singing at Circle Time, and doing crafts with the children. She holds a Bachelors degree, possesses many years of experience working with young children, and she served as the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at her church.


Miss Kris is our teacher in the 4 year old class. She holds a degree in Child Development, and for the last nine years. she has worked with children from 2 1/2 to 5 years of age. Miss Kris has led enrichment classes that ranged from Cooking with Math, 3-D Art, STEM workshops and Beginning Writers. In her classroom, Miss Kris loves to provide hands-on activities so that the children develop skills in a fun and meaningful way. Miss Kris and her husband have 2 grown children and reside in Southampton.


Miss Dawna is our teacher in the 3's classroom. Her approach to teaching allows the children to express themselves in the classroom. Miss Dawna holds a Master's degree in Education. The children have so much fun exploring a creative approach to learning, socialization time, and lots of free play.


Miss Allison joined the Grace Place as an assistant after serving as our substitute for over a year. We are thrilled to have her as part of our teaching team. Miss Allison loves reading to the children, and she has a very warm and friendly personality.


Miss Dawn joined the Grace Place as an assistant in 2012. 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.


Miss Lori is the assistant in our 4 year old class. Miss Lori brings with her 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. She really enjoys working with the children. In her free time, Miss Lori loves spending time with her family and visiting her grandson.