Preschool Staff

Grace Preschool, LLC Directors & Staff

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(From Top Left) Sonja Mausser, Paula Satterfield, April Planer,
Alison Yuille, Kendra Fox, Karen Phillips,
Claire Vallaster, Ginger Elliff

Grace Preschool, LLC has two directors, Rick Stone and Ginger Elliff. Rick is the Administrator and Missions Director at GCC and also provides oversight of the preschool program.  For more information on Rick, please go to the GCC staff profiles here.

Grace Community Church is blessed to have such dedicated and God-centered leadership to equip the next generation to delight in God's glory and minister to children and their families.

 

Ginger Elliff - Director

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My family and I are members of Grace Community Church and have been attending since 2008. My husband, Daniel and I are grateful to God for the four sons that He has graciously entrusted to us. Grace Preschool ministered to my family years before I ever became director. We have been blessed that three of our children have been able to attend Grace Preschool. I have been teaching preschool since 2007 and involved with Grace Preschool since 2009. I’m always excited about the Christ centered principals and godly character development that Grace Preschool holds to and how that will bless us with the relationships we have with our own children in the years to come. It will be a joy for us to see an everlasting change in our children’s hearts as they grow in these godly principals and I am delighted that we have this opportunity to witness God’s grace as we see how these little ones handle life’s situations in a pleasing and God glorifying way. It’s an honor and blessing to be ministering to the families in our community in this way and I look forward to meeting your family and interacting with your children.

Teaching Staff

Sonja Mausser

Whale Class Teacher

I have been teaching pre-k at Grace Preschool for 8 years now and still get excited every new year! I have been teaching on and off for 20 years and believe that God has purposed me to teach. I love what I do and thank God for each year I can teach.

Paula Satterfield

Owl Class Teacher

I have been a mom for 18 years now with a total of four children (12 thru 18) and a preschool teacher for the past 9-10 years, all with Grace Preschool. I am in awe of what God has done with our preschool and the opportunities He has blessed us with in reaching out to our beautiful community. I love teaching the little ones as I am a visual thinker and they can not yet read so we do most everything in pictures - it is a perfect fit, for me at least. Seeing their little faces light up with a 'job well done' is my joy and to glorify Him is my purpose in ministering to the next generation.

Alison Yuille

Monkey Class Teacher

Alison Yuille grew up in Ontario, Canada. She completed her BA at Brock University and BEd at Trent University. She married Stephen in 1991. They have two daughters, Laura and Emma. Alison and Stephen were missionaries in Portugal from 1995-2000. Before moving to Glen Rose in 2009, Alison taught at Rhema Christian School in Ontario. This is her eighth year serving at Grace Preschool and she is looking forward to teaching young hearts the truths of our great God.

Karen Phillips

Frog Class Helper

I am very blessed to work with such a precious little group! In this class we begin to explore the wonderful world God created. We also begin to work on our social skills and become familiar with some basic biblical and educational concepts. What a wonderful privilege it is to be a part of these young lives!

I grew up in Irving, Texas. My husband, Jeff, and I moved to Glen Rose in January of 2012, and we became a part of Grace Community Church shortly afterward. Before that, we lived in Flower Mound for almost 20 years and I worked as an administrative assistant in an Irving church for over 18 years. Together, Jeff and I raised five sons, and we now have three beautiful daughters-in-law and three awesome grandsons. I bring the 'grandmother' factor to the Preschool!

April Planer

Frog Class Helper

I am excited to be a part of what Grace Preschool is doing in the lives of children. It’s a joy to get to know the children, to see their faces light up with understanding at the discovery of something new, and to share, in word and deed, the good news of the gospel with them.

I grew up in Texas but when I met my husband I moved to New Jersey where I graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Accounting. Along the way we were blessed with twin girls that I am currently home schooling. We escaped NJ and moved back to Texas in 2011. Being a Texas girl I had to get back and my husband, well, he's one of those who "got here as fast as he could". After a lengthy search for the right place to settle in Texas we moved to Glen Rose in 2013 so that we could attend Grace Community Church.

Klare Popejoy

My Name is Klare Popejoy. I grew up in Germany and married my husband Kody Popejoy 40 years ago. In 1978 after a few short months marriage he brought me to the USA when I was only 18 years old. I am thankful to call GCC my church home for it is truly my family here in the USA. When I am not busy loving on my grandchildren Hunter, Kailee, and Adia, I am busy with many of my Hobbies, such as cooking, baking, painting and spending time with my husband.

As long as I can remember, I have worked with children. In 1984 I worked at a day care in Grand Prairie, TX so that I did not have to leave my then 2 year old son, and was able to work my way up to the Director position. After our move to Ft Worth, I worked at a Moms Day Out program at Western Hills Baptist Church. Our Director there spent much time educating us and making courses available to help us become better caretakers of children. When we finally moved to Glen Rose, I was hired as a Special Education Assistant at the Glen Rose Elementary school where I remained for five years. When my then growing cabin business took more and more of my time, I resigned and mostly taught here at GCC. For years I ran the Wednesday night children’s program, taught Sunday School, and volunteered for just about any job that had to do with being around children and youth.

I am thankful to be a part of a program that is run professionally and has only the best in mind for all of the children entrusted to their care. I am excited to help in Alison Yuille’s class at Grace Preschool on Tuesdays this year and look forward to being a part of your child’s life.

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Bekah Garver

Hello! My name is Bekah Garver and I am the Lead Teacher for the 2 year-olds class at Grace Preschool. I love working with this age group! I really enjoy seeing the children’s uninhibited excitement about life because their enthusiasm is always contagious.  I have over 6 years experience in formal childcare, working with ages ranging from 2-5. I graduated from Tarleton State University in August 2017 with a degree in General Studies, which includes 3 minors: Biology, Psychology, and Family and Consumer Sciences. With this degree, I hope to pursue my teacher’s certification in early education, preferably in kindergarten or 1st grade. In the meantime, I am thoroughly enjoying working with these little ones and helping them explore God’s creation, while also helping them learn more about God’s character in the process!