Meet Our Staff

 

 Ms. Xuan Zhang (Joanna) –  Owner

 

 

 

 

 

 Ms. Cathy – School Director 

 Hi!  I am Ms Cathy. I have been working in the field of Early Childhood Education well over 25 years as both a director and a teacher.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this profession; learning new techniques  and methods to facilitate the every changing dynamics of children and teachers.  I started as a teacher here at Grace Garden, so that I could understand the needs of the teachers and children to advocate  for their requirements for a successful learning environment.   My journey at Grace Garden has brought me closer to the Lord, through the wonderful program taught through the Bible, Scriptures and  Prayer. God Bless 

 

 

 Ms. Glenda – Assistant Director 

 Hi my name is Glenda Lofton and I am a proud Phoenician. I am married with three wonderful children. I was fortunate to have been able to stay at home for several years to nurture them and watch  them grow. I have been caring for children since 1991. It will be a year in August that I joined the GGCP family in the 2-3 year old classroom. I am blessed and thankful for the opportunity to work in a  nurturing environment were children can learn and experience new challenges that will help build their confidence. It is always exciting to me to assist others whether it be in the classroom, over the  phone or face to face. Working in the front office has given me the opportunity to connect with all the wonderful parents at Grace Garden Christian Preschool and it is a pleasure.

 

 

 Ms. Paula – School Cook & Floater 

 Hello! I am Ms. Paula! I have 3 girls of my own and I have been in childcare for about 15 years now. I have been with Grace Garden for the past few years as the school cook and floater. I always enjoy  being around the children and working in the classrooms for I always learn something new with children’s stories, imagination and attitudes. It is great knowing I can provide healthy food for the  children as well. The children always have a great smile that can make any person happy.

 

 


    Ms.  Deb – – Room 1 (Infants)

  Hi, my name is Deborah or, as the all the kids call me Ms. Deb. I am the mother of a 4 years old who is currently in room 5 and am currently expecting a new addition to our family very soon. I have been  teaching here at Grace Garden for 2 ½ years. I have been a teacher or a teacher’s assistant at one point in time in every room. I currently love my role as the assistant teacher to Ms. Gabbie in the  Enrichment room. A little bit about my education… I have a bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies with a certificate in Crime Intelligence and Analysis, but to life events I decided to go a different way and  started working with children. Children have always been a part of my life and have gotten the opportunity to help young and/or single mothers get their life on track. Thank you for giving me the  opportunity to help teach your children so they can grow and prepare for Kindergarden.

 

 
Ms. Alexis – Room 1 (Infants) 

 Hi my name is Alexis. I am so grateful and excited to be working at Grace Garden Christian Preschool! I have experience watching children infant-12. I enjoy  watching the little one’s the most though because it is so exciting to watch there firsts! I will start at Rio Salado in the fall to pursue my dream of becoming a  nurse.

 

 

 

 Ms.  Joannie –  Room 1 (Infants)

 My name is Joannie , I am from China. I am married and am a mother of a beautiful 18 month old girl. I can speak three different languages: English, Mandarin and Cantonese. I am one of the three teachers in room 1 because I love babies! They’re all so cute and it brings me joy to work with them every day! 

 

 

 


 

 Ms. Vikki – Room 2 (1-2 Year Olds)

 My name is Miss Vikki and I am from Hong Kong. I joined Grace Garden in September 2011. I have more than 20 years of teaching experience in both preschool and kindergarten.  I enjoy working with  children because they are blessings from God. My goal is to equip the children with the knowledge and skills in order for them to excel academically and also to become men and women of God. I pray  God’s Blessings upon every one of our children and I believe that the children in room five have great potential to excel in all areas of their lives.

 

 

 Ms. Jennifer – Room 2 (1-2 Year Olds)

 My name is Jennifer Santos. I am from Los Angeles CA. I moved to phoenix in 1993 at the age of thirteen. I have four beautiful children. I have been in this field of education since 2002 and worked with all ages. The last five years I worked at a charter school as an Aid and then moved up to Assistant Director for an after school program. I love my job but moved to part time to be more involved with my family. I am very happy to be working at Grace Garden and to get this great experience with the school and children. 

 

 


 

 Ms. Silvia – Room 3 (2 Years Olds)

 Hi I am Ms. Silvia. I have been working at Grace Garden Christian Preschool for about one month now. I have been working in the Early Childhood field for over 16 years now.  I love working with  children. I love to see them grow and learn new things. And also love making a difference in each of the children’s lives. But the most important thing for me is the love they give me every morning, their  hugs and smiles. I am very Blessed to be working with your children.

 

 

 

 Ms. Angy – Room 3 (2 Years Olds)

 Hello! My name is Angelyne(Ms Ang). I am 31 years old and I am basically  from India. I’ve done my bachelors in Statistics and my Masters in Human Resource. I am married and a proud mother of two  wonderful little babies (boy 3+ and girl 6+). I have been working as a HR in various domains and I have 5+ years of experience in that field and this is my first time working with kids and I am loving it.
 I love travelling and learning. I am  planning to take up a few courses in early childhood which will help me do better with my kids at school. I am so excited to work with children in their early stages of  development and I am also thrilled to learn and grow with them. As their teacher, I hope to nurture the children academically and spiritually. I always believe that each child is unique, and each child  learns in a different way and I want to be a part of that learning. I am really blessed to have the opportunity to work with GGCP.

 


 

 Ms. Hailey – Room 4 (old 2 & young 3 Years)

 Hello! My name is Hailey and I’m the assistant teacher in room 5. I love working with your children each and  every day and watching their skills develop. Before coming to Grace Garden, I was a student  teacher at  Mountain Pointe’s early learning center for two years. I am a huge advocate for process art and play-based  learning. Above all else, I want nothing more than to see your child develop a love of  learning. If you ever  have any questions or concerns please feel free to come talk to me!

 

 


 

 Ms. Boshra – Room 5 (old 3 & young 4 Years)

 HI, my name is Boshra, I am married with two sons of my own. I am originally from Persia and I have lived in the U.S. for about 27 years now. I have been working at Grace Garden now for about 10  years. I have over 17 years experience in the Early Childhood field. I love children; they are fun and each one very unique in their own way. I am very blessed to be working with your children , if you  should have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

 

 

 


 

 Ms.  Gabbi – Enrichment Room (4 1/2 + & Kindergarten)

 Hi My name is Ms. Gabrielle Wydogen. I have been at Grace Garden for almost 2 years.I am currently obtaining a degree from the University of Phoenix in Elementary Education. My goals for the enrichment room are to gear the children for kindergarten. What does this mean you ask? In  the enrichment room I take the benchmarks of what should be met in kindergarten and break them down to help the children better understand the material. For example, I really try and touch upon  number and letter recognition, moving forward with early literacy and writing skills.

 

 

 Ms.  Tori – Enrichment Room (4 1/2 + & Kindergarten)

Hi, my name is Tori Melton. I am a mother to a 4 year old boy, who is currently in room 5. I went to school for early childhood education and have been working with kids for about 8 years now. Grace Garden Preschool was the first school I ever worked at, but moved around a lot and had to switch to different schools. After I had a child of my own I knew Grace Garden was such a great school I wanted to return for my son to go there and also to teach. I am currently in the Enrichment Room with Ms. Gabbie. The reason I want to work with young kids is because I feel the first years of education are the most important, it is the first stepping stone of many for a child’s career in education. If you are able to make sure children have an engaging and fun experience with learning then you will be able to ensure that they will always have a love for learning. I want to be able to make that difference in a child’s life.  

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 Ms. Kirsten – Floater

 Hello my name is Kirsten Wade. I’m 22 years old. I was born in California and moved to Arizona when I was four and have lived in various cities in Arizona since I love this state. I became a Christian at 8  years old and love that Jesus Christ is my savior and I’m growing in my faith every day.  I have been doing childcare in one form or another for 8 years.  kids love me and I love them. I have a passion for  acting and anything movies etc. So I’m planning on pursing that in the near future. I’m new to Grace Garden Christian Preschool but I love the warm Christian environment I was welcomed with open  arms and love working here on my way to my dream job in the media arts.