Meet Our Staff


 Ms. Xuan Zhang (Joanna) –  Owner






Ms. Angy – Assistant Director

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. 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. Marlena – Room 1 (Infants)

My name is Marlena L. Curley (Dine), Kin Lichíi’nii (The Red House People Clan),  Tséńjíkiní (Honey Combed Rock People), Mą’ii deeshgiizhinii  (Coyote Pass), Tódich’ii’nii (Bitter Water). I have an A.A in Early Childhood Education and graduated with the class of Two thousand-nineteen at Dine College. I enjoy teaching all grade levels and I am very compassionate about the Navajo Language and Culture. My long term goal is to one day run a daycare of my own.   


Ms.  Edina –  Room 1 (Infants)

My name is Edina. I am from Hungary and moved to the US a few years ago. I am married and have four children. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Teacher Education and Developmental Pedagogy. I worked with children all my life as a teacher, with children of various ages and needs for their development. However, the past few years I have been mostly working with infants. I am looking forward to take care of the babies at Grace Garden.




 Ms. Vanessa – Room 2 (1-2 Year Olds)

Hi my name is Vanessa and I was born and raised in California. I moved to Arizona four years ago and love it here! I have 4 years of preschool experience and 10 year experience with working with children and I have three of my own. The one year old classroom is my favorite to work in, from the messy projects to their growing curious minds, I enjoy it all.



Ms. Aislynne – Room 2 (1-2 Year Olds)

My name is Aislynne, I’m new to Phoenix and love the area. I’ve always wanted to work with children and am pursuing a degree in Education to be a Kindergarten teacher. I have two daughters whom I love spending time with. I have been with the Grace Garden family since June 2018 and I am enjoying working with the kids here and being a part in their educational journey. My goal here is to help shape them to have smart, strong minds.




 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. Deana – Room 3 (2 Years Olds)

My Name is Deanna Henning. I am married, the mother of 4, ranging in ages from 30 years to 10 years old. I also have one granddaughter who is 3 and half. I have been in daycare, for the most part, since 1986. I took a few years off with my first two children. I have taught in every age group and was an Assistant Director of a corporate center for 6 years. After leaving the corporate center I ran my own in home daycare for 4 years allowing my youngest two to have mommy when they came from school.

In July we made the move from Oregon to Arizona to be closer to family and decided it was best for me to return to work. I chose to work at Grace Garden because I wanted to work in a place where I didn’t have to hide my faith but somewhere that my faith would be appreciated and where I could freely share it. I look forward to working with young children.


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

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

Hi, my name is Arlene Ortega

I am the new teacher here at grace garden preschool. I recently moved here from California with my husband and three kids. I started working with children since 2005. I first worked at the day care for California State University of Los Angeles (CSULA).  I have worked with children from ages 8week to 12 years old. In the last four years I have mainly worked with preschool. It brings me much joy working with children and seeing them grow as a person.



Ms. Nichoal – Floater

Hi, my name is Nichoal Bizub. I’m the assistant teacher in room 2 here at Grace Gardens. As well I have a son here in the infant room. I recently moved to Arizona from New Jersey. While I was there I worked at Crossroads Early Learning Center, a Christian preschool. I started there as a volunteer, then once I turned 18 I worked there as an employee. I worked there for almost 5 years. I love working with children, I love watching them learn, grow, and become their own person.