Meet The Team

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Maria Bertrand

Director/ Lead Teacher

Maria studied child development, and early childhood education at Central Michigan University. She has worked as a lead teacher in a large child care setting with young children. She began as director and lead teacher at Grace Beginnings Preschool in 2017.

"I teach because I love to see that "ah ha" moment when a child discovers something for the first time.  My role is to prepare a learning environment rich in materials and possibilities.  Where children are supported, and valued for their ideas, and seen as researchers, and active participants in their learning."

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Christy Killips

Assistant Teacher

Christy began teaching at Grace Beginnings Preschool in 2015.

"I love teaching because I love helping children learn new things and seeing their faces when they accomplish a challenging task!  I am very blessed to be able to teach in a Christian school where I can openly share my faith!"

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Rev. Zachary Marklevitz

Pastor