Meet our Staff

  • Jacqui Grisenthwaite, Director

    Hello, I'm Jacqui Grisenthwaite, Director of Word of Life Preschool. I believe a quality early childhood education is key to helping children become confident students who are excited to explore, discover, and learn new things each day. I am proud to be a part of a preschool and teaching staff who see children as a gift from God and work incredibly hard to love, teach, and educate each child. God has blessed me in many ways, preparing me  to do His work, through Word of Life Preschool.

  • Darlene Richards...4/5 Year-Olds – Penguins

    My name is Darlene, teacher for the Penguin Pre-K class. I've taught for over 20 years at WOL Preschool and earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education and Elementary Teaching from Elmhurst College.  I look forward to each year with its new challenges and joys. 

  • Melissa petersen...4 Year-Olds – Turtles

    My name is Melissa. I hold a degree in Elementary Education as well as a reading endorsement and have taught at WOL Preschool for over 10 years. I really enjoy being a teacher at WOL Preschool and especially getting to know the students and their parents every year.

  • Julie Bastianoni...4 Year-Olds – Turtles

    My name is Julie, one of two Turtles Pre-K teachers.  I've been teaching at WOL Preschool over 5 years.  I hold a Bachelor's Degree in both Early Childhood Education and Psychology and love being a part of Word of Life Preschool. I feel blessed to have been given the opportinity to teach young children.

  • tamara chandler...3 Year-Olds – Guppies and literacy lions class

    I'm Tamara, teacher for the 3 year old Guppies. I have over 20 years of experience working with young children and have taught at WOL Preschool for many years. I earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of WOL teaching staff, and helping children learn and grow.

  • denise koshay...2.5 Year-Olds – Teddy Bears

    Hello, my name is Denise. I am the Lead teacher in the 2.5 year old Teddy Bears class. I graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Elementary Education and have many years of working in daycare and preschool classrooms. In my free time, I enjoy walking, reading, watching movies and going on vacation with my family. I am excited to be teaching at WOL Preschool and sharing my love for God!

  • Blanca Muzquiz...2.5 Year-Olds – Teddy Bears

    Hello, my name in Blanca. I am the Teddy Bears Assistant Teacher. I have also worked at WOL as a substitute teacher for several years. I have a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master's degree in the Arts of Teaching. My family and I love having movie nights at home, making homemade pizza and going for bike rides together. It is truly a privilege for me to work here with this beautiful community.

  • Melissa Czyzyk...Guppies & Book Buddies Literacy

    Hi, I'm Melissa, teacher for the Guppies and Book Buddies literacy class. My degree is in Theater Arts and I earned my Illinois teaching certificate in Elementary Education through a graduate program. I feel very blessed to be part of a wonderful Christian preschool which allows me to share my love of learning and literature with the students.