Director's Message

Hello, I am Stephanie! I am blessed to have been married for 29 years to my best friend John. We have two beautiful adult daughters. We have been foster parents and housed two exchange students! Needless to say, we love kids, family and God in the midst of it all. I have been working with children since I was 18. I started as an assistant teacher at Discovery Montessori in Sacramento, California. I have lived in Yuba City for 16 years. I have been able to gain experience in working in the preschool workforce for 14 years as; an in-home daycare provider, teacher, and director.

I believe in supporting the child’s whole self (spiritually, socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically). Creating an environment that a child can feel safe. Keeping children immersed in understanding of themselves and the world around them is essential. Setting the stage for self-discovery and realization in the classroom environment while using best practices towards safety is equally as important. I believe children learn best with emergent curriculum that is based on the child’s interest, learning style, and individual cognitive development. I also strongly believe in actively teaching in collaborative small groups and in larger groups. Having children participate together fosters
the sense of belonging to a community. This teaches a child that their ideas and opinions matter. Working in a group can also help to develop problem solving skills through conflicts or differences of ideas and opinions. Working together as well as individually is an important factor when planning lessons. Teaching children that independent thinking and group thinking
are both valuable. Communication between families, children, teachers, staff and the community are all very important to me. Communication is the key to helping, understanding, teaching, and learning. It is essential for me to be always evolving towards a better way to serve our families and


I personally want to welcome you and your family to join our amazing preschool community
and Gray Avenue Church where your family can find connection and a place to call home.

(530) 674-5464

1524 Gray Ave. Yuba City, Ca, 95991

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