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. 

  • Tamara chandler...4 Year-Olds – Turtles

    I'm Tamara, teacher for the 4 year old Turtles. 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, helping children learn and grow.

  • 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.

  • Sara Leys...3 Year-Olds – Guppies

    I'm Sara Leys, teacher in the Guppies 3 year old classroom. I graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with my Bachelor's in Social Work. I also obtained my Master in Social Work with a focus in child development with a certification in school social work from Western Michigan University. I enjoy my role as the Guppies teacher and am glad to be a part of the WOL Preschool teaching team.

  • Melissa Peterson...2.5 Year-Olds – Teddy Bears

    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 to getting to know the students and their parents every year.

  • Holly Ramsburg...2.5 Year-Olds – Teddy Bears

    I'm Holly and I recently joined WOL Preschool as the teacher assistant in the 2.5-year-old class. I've worked professionally with children in a preschool soccer program and on a volunteer basis. Being a teacher assistant at WOL Preschool and working with the children is a joy.

  • 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.  

  • Mary Hensley...Literacy

    I'm Mary and I've worked at WOL Preschool for several years as a substitute and office assistant as well as teacher assistant in the literacy class. I have many years experience working with young children and enjoy being a part of the teaching staff at WOL Preschool.

  • Tiffany Schneider...Literacy

    My name is Tiffany Schneider, teacher for the Literacy Lions class. I've work with young children for many years and have looked forward to each of those years.