GCS Staff

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Principal / History Teacher - Phil Mears

Mission Statement:  Grace Community School is an interdenominational community school that educates children through a Christian philosophy of education. GCS recognizes that God through his Word, the Bible, is the absolute authority and basis for all truth. Under that authority we desire to work with the local church, the evangelical community and others who support our basic mission. With the Christian community we seek to assist Christian families in their Biblical responsibility to train their children to become Christ-like and to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives in the home, church and society. Since we are an open enrollment school according to school policies, we welcome families desiring entrance to GCS who are not attending church or do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We invite them to GCS as an extended family member. It is our desire to introduce the student and their family to the Bible.

Hobbies/Interest: Classic Cars; Astronomy

Education:  B.S. in Business Administration from Illinois State; M.A in Christian School Administration from Grace Theological Seminary

Preschool Administrator and Pre-K Teacher  - Becky Moody

Mission Statement:  It is my mission as an Early Child Educator to create a Christ-centered, loving environment where children’s different learning styles are honored and respected. Where children can grow and develop at their own pace and be a part of a “School Family” where everyone has a place to belong.


Hobbies: I love to read, do DIY repurposing projects, bake cupcakes and desserts, and to spend time with my family.


Education: Early Childhood CDEA Professional Level III, ECE Course work at the University of Akron, over twenty-five years working in the field of Early Childhood Education

Office Staff
Office/Administrative Assistant - June Amrine

Mission Statement: I first became acquainted with Grace Community School through the enrollment of my granddaughters. As their enrollment continued my work hours was cut and I have had the opportunity to help in the office for several years now. I’m thankful to be able to serve my Lord in this capacity.


Hobbies: Reading and spending time with family, especially the grandchildren.

Office Staff - Danielle Streicher

I love this school because they truly care about the heart of each child. I have two enrolled at Grace Community and not only is there an excellent
academics program, but the way the teachers care about each student is so wonderful.


Hobbies: Scrapbooking, motorcycle riding with my husband and spending time with my two kids

Teacher Staff
Kindergarten - Gwendolyn K. Tomaso

Mission Statement:  My mission is to teach God’s truth in a way that excites children to learn and discover! May the teaching of kindness be on my tongue as I implement our excellent curriculum.


Hobbies: Husband Mike, 6 grown children, collecting tea cups, reading, writing, walking and swimming.


Education: B.S. Elementary Education Ohio State University; Extra Course Work in Child Development, Teacher/Parent Relations and Art

First Grade - Melody Proper

Mission Statement:  My mission is to be able to teach the Bible and Christ through math, science, history and phonics; and transform their lives and mine.


Hobbies: Volleyball, tennis, hiking and playing chess


Education: B.A. in Elementary Education
Ohio Christian University

 

Second Grade - Robin Fraker

Mission Statement: I am reminded daily of Genesis 1:1 as I look out my window, see my husband and my daughter, and when I share any teaching with my students. God has made it all for us to partake. It is a privilege to be able to lead and mold young minds, and it would be incomplete without imparting the
knowledge of the Creator of it all to the children we teach. Through a daily routine with God in the center, high expectations, personal accountability, a loving environment with fair rules, and mutual respect, children can learn Christian character and qualities for the college and work world which will perpetuate a love of Christ to future generations.


Hobbies: My family, home, small horse farm, reading, 
writing and art


Education: B.A. Kent State University; M. Education-Kent State University

Third Grade - Donna Fisher

Mission Statement:  For each child to grow closer in a relationship with their Savior. Philippians 3:12-16.


Hobbies: Any activity with my family and reading.


Education: B.A. in Education—Cedarville College Continuing Education—Ashland University

 

 

 

Fourth Grade - Valarie Stultz  

Mission Statement:  As a teacher, it is my goal to disciple my students while I instruct  them academically.


Hobbies: Reading, quilting, sewing, growing a garden and canning produce 

Education: B.S. Elementary Education - Ohio State University; Continuing Education

 

 

 

Fifth - Eighth Grade Language Arts & Spanish  - Kyra Bryan  

Mission Statement: Life is short. Since it is short, I must make the most of my life. To make the most, I have realized that I must leave the greatest, positive impact. For me, that is teaching the natural expression of my love for God. My daily goal is to live out the excellence by grace that Christ commands me and to encourage and challenge the same for my students. Each student has potential to improve and with the right environment they can. My passion is to provide such and this is why God led me to Grace Community.

Hobbies: Running, reading out loud, spending time with family, watching well-written movies and hiking


Education: Spanish-Otterbein University; Multi-Age Education in Spanish

Fifth -Eighth Grade Math & Sixth Grade History  - Helen Stricklin

Mission Statement:  I have a passion to reach the hearts of all children and at Grace Community; I can share the love of Christ through teaching.


Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Pinterest 

Interest: Owls, insects and tutus


Education: Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (Statistics); Black World Studies & accounting; Minor in Religion

First - Fourth Grade Tutorial - Melodee Mears

Mission Statement:  I teach at Grace Community School because I love children, young people, teaching and God. Teaching at Grace allows me to fulfill God’s calling on my life incorporating my love for God and my love for people. Learning is a true gift from our Creator and teaching children to enjoy and love this gift is truly interesting, exciting and worthwhile.

Hobbies:  Enjoying God’s creation through nature walks and hiking, and spending time with my family, friends, and my new puppy.

Education:  3 ½ Years-Illinois State University; 2 Years –Grace College B.S. or B.A.

Music - Rachel Hillebrand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher’s Aide-History - Sarah Fisher

Mission Statement:  I love teaching and sharing my love of history with all students and showing God’s hand through all of it from creation to today and having them get excited about being the difference in their world for God, changing history.

Hobbies:  History (learning) and reading

 

 

 

 

Preschool Staff - Mae Hughes  

Mission Statement:  My mission as a teacher is to motivate, inspire, encourage and support students by providing a safe, secure and loving environment; and to educate them socially, emotionally and cognitively so they will enjoy their journey of learning.


Hobbies: Reading, spending time with my family, gardening, making crafts

Education: I am currently enrolled as a full time student at Grand Canyon University and obtaining a B.A. in Elementary Education.