Ms. Lindsay, Infant Teacher
My name is Lindsay Whiddon and I am so excited for this new experience. I graduated the University of Tampa with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Elementary Education and Applied Linguistics. I have worked in child care for 2 years and have been working with children for 11 years. I have worked with infants all the way to elementary school aged children.
Ms Doris, Infant Teacher
Hi my name is Doris Hayes, I was born in Mt Airy, NC. My husband Pastor Hayes was a Baptist preacher, and we served churches in NC, VA, MD, Texas, and Florida since 1970. We have 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren together. I became a widow in July 2000. I have worked with children for more than 40 years both in churches and preschools. I opened and operated two home childcare centers, served as a preschool director. Prior to coming to Grace Lutheran Preschool I was employed at a local preschool for 5 years, until I was diagnosed with cancer in February, 2016. I was declared cancer free in December 2017. It is a blessing for me to join your children everyday at Grace.
Ms Taylor, After Care Assistant
Hi, my name is Taylor Crews and I am a senior at St. Cloud High School. I am in Early Childhood Education, which has given me the opportunity to work towards getting my CDA. I am involved in FCCLA and Best Buddies. Outside of work and school I like to spend most of my time with family and friends. I cannot wait to see where this year at Grace takes me!
Ms Ciara, Aftercare Assistant
Hi, I’m Ciara. I am a senior at Harmony High School. I’m currently enrolled in their Sports Medicine program. After high school I plan to pursue a career in Sports Medicine. In my free time I cheer for my high school team and for a club Allstar Cheerleading team. I have been a junior coach for all ages for six years now and I also like to spend lots of time with my friends and family. I am super excited for this coming year at Grace Lutheran, I can’t wait to work with your children!
Ms Natasha, 1 yr old Teacher
Natasha was raised in Oklahoma but has been living in Florida since 2004. She has 2 amazing daughters and being a mother has been her greatest accomplishment! She has had the blessing to be a stay at home mother and homeschool her girls. Natasha has all of her DCF requirements and has been at Grace for 2 ½ years. The kids love to see Ms. Natasha's smiles and they know that she loves them. Natasha says working in a Christian facility fills her heart with joy to look after God's children.
Ms Bella, After Care Assistant
Hi, I’m Bella! I’m 17 and going into my senior year at St. Cloud High school. I have earned my 45 hours of DCF training from taking Early Childhood Education the past two years & I’m currently working on getting my CDA. When I graduate high school, I plan on going to college to earn my degree in Elementary Education. In my free time I am a Vice President of FCCLA and an active member of Grace Lutheran Church. I love working with the kids at Grace, children are my passion!
Ms Sami, 3 yr old Teacher
I'm Samantha, better known as Sami to most. I'm 30 years old, married to my best friend Mike and together we have three crazy boys. I've lived in the Central Florida area for nearly a decade, but I was born and raised in Northern Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia where my family still resides. My husband, however, is a Central Florida native and the majority of his family reside here in St. Cloud.
I've been in the early childhood field since 2009, and have recently returned from taking three years off to be home with our boys after the birth of our youngest. I received my Staff Credential in January 2012 and my VPK Endorsed Director's Credential in June 2013. I've done a little bit of everything in this field. Before I decided to become a stay at home mom, I spent time really learning about various curriculums and assessments to expand my knowledge. I'm so excited to join the Grace family and see what the future holds for us.
Ms. Chanen, 2 yr old Teacher
Hi there! My name is Chanen Cox. I was born and raised here in St. Cloud, FL. I graduated from Harmony High School in 2014. I’m currently engaged to my boyfriend Dustin Kersey of 6 years. I have all my DCF requirements for my position here at Grace Lutheran Preschool. I am currently working on my CDA (Child Development Associate) I have been in Early Childcare Education for almost four years now. In my spare time I enjoy being out on my boat fishing and being outside with my animals. I plan on starting college next summer for Early Childhood Education. My goal here at Grace is to give the children a fun and loving learning experience and to also provide the children with the love and care that they deserve. I want my kids to be able to walk out of my classroom with a big smile on their face each day and to be excited about coming back for the next day!
‘Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid, do not be discouraged for the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go’ - Joshua 1:9
Ms Liza, VPK Teacher
Hi! My name is Liza Amurao. I grew up in Orlando and have lived in Kissimmee for 10 years now. This past December I gradated with an AA, focusing on Early Childhood Education. I now attend University of West Florida full time and am working towards a BA in ESE Elementary Education. I also hold a Florida Staff credentials with DCF and recently finished the National Directors credentials. I have two children and we spend most of our free time on the soccer fields or spending time with our friends and family. I’ve been at Grace Lutheran for 4 years now and I love growing and learning every day with our students!
Ms Julie, Aftercare Supervisor
Hi everyone!! My name is Julie Longworth and I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing school!!! I have been working in early childhood education for 10 years and have enjoyed my time at Grace over the past two! I moved to Florida 3 years ago from Southern New Jersey and I currently live in Kissimmee with my Husband Denny and our two dogs. I studied classical voice and opera in college, but have always returned to Early Childhood. I hold a National CDA in preschool studies as well as a National Administrator’s Credential. In my spare time, I enjoy singing, playing the piano and going to Disney!! I Look forward to another wonderful school year at Grace!!
Ms Kim, Director
Kim was born and raised in St. Cloud, Florida. She has been married for 22 years to her high school sweetheart, Brian, and they have two children, Dustin 18 and Kelsey 15. She has been a teacher and administrator for the past 19 years in the early childhood development field. Kim holds an Early Childhood Development, Education and Management degree, along with her National CDA and Advanced Directors Credentials. She feels privileged to be working in a quality Lutheran educational program like Grace Lutheran School. She uses her past experiences as an administrator and her love for Christ to make sure the parents and students experience at Grace Lutheran is a safe, loving, Christ like and educational environment.
“Let all that you do be done in love” 1 Cor 16:14
Ms Emma, Teacher Assistant
Hi! My name is Emma Leigh and I'm excited to meet all of the parents and children at Grace!
I was born and raised in the Orlando area and recently graduated from West Orange High School. I'll be starting at Polk State College soon and working on an Associates of Arts. In my spare time, I like listening to music, painting, and visiting the local theme parks and beaches. I enjoy working with children and can't wait to help your child learn and grow.
Ms Toni, Teacher Assistant
Hello, I’m Miss Toni. This will be my second year with Grace Lutheran. I was born in upstate New York near Niagara Falls. I moved to Orlando when I was 15 and have lived in the Orlando/Saint Cloud area for over 30 years. I have been married to my incredible husband, Fergus, for almost 22 years. We have 3 beautiful children, Ciara 17, Aidan 15, and Bree 9. I taught at a preschool in Orlando for 5 years until my youngest was born. I was a stay at home mom for several years, but really missed working with the preschool age. Before teaching I worked at Delta Air Lines and have been all over the world. I love to travel. I love anything Disney. I love to do all sorts of crafts. And most of all, I love working with children.