Grace Lutheran School • 5172 McFadden Avenue • Huntington Beach, CA 92649 • (714) 899-1600

Preschool Teachers

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Sonia Garcia

Preschool Teacher

Sonia graduated as an Elementary school Teacher in her native country of Guatemala and received my EC Preschool Teacher certificate from the State of California. She has been working as a Spanish Tutor for 15 years. Sonia's professional experiences come from various workshops for Early Childhood Educators. Sonia enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, reading and listening to music.

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Cassie Moreno

Preschool Teacher

Cassie studied Early Childhood Education at Long Beach City College and has been working at Grace Lutheran Preschool since 2013. Christy is committed to showing the children the love, respect, compassion and understanding that they deserve. Cassie loves taking her daughter on different adventures.

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Teri Martinez

Preschool Teacher

Teri has been teaching at Grace for 8 years. She has a BS in Child Development from California State Fullerton. She loves working with young children and feels this is her calling. She is kind and compassionate teacher that makes every child in her class feel successful and loved. There is nothing else she could imagine herself doing. In her free time she enjoys reading baking and spending time with her family and friends.


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Lisa Wheeler

Preschool Teacher

Lisa has been with Grace for 15 years. She received her AA degree and Early Childhood Education from Orange Coast College. She has been married for 23 years and has 4 daughters ranging in ages 22 to 4 years old. Lisa loves working with young children and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Some of her favorite things besides children are cooking, camping, hiking, gardening, animals, and reading. I feel blessed to part of the Christian community of GLPS.

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Donava Palomino

Preschool Teacher

Donava studied early childhood development at Long Beach City College. She has been teaching since 2011, and has been with Grace Lutheran Preschool since 2013. Donava is a mother of two girls and her husband is a Pastor of a Spanish ministry in Long Beach, so her family is actively involved in the ministry. Donava feel truly blessed to be a part of your child’s life.

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Ivonne Garcia

Preschool Teacher

Ivonne has been working at Grace since 1999. She has an ECE units in Early Childhood Education. Ivonne worked at the boys and girls club before coming to Grace. She enjoys teaching the children. She attends various workshops to gain additional knowledge and up to date material on early childhood education. She plans on furthering her education in the future.


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Debbie Frousiakis

Preschool Teacher

Debbie graduated from Orange Coast College with her AA degree and Early Childhood Education Certificate. She has been teaching preschool since 1997. She has been with Grace Lutheran Preschool since 2010. In her spare time she loves riding horses, reading, spending time with her family and watching sports, especially hockey.

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Cassandra Merwin

Preschool Teacher

Alex Cruz

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Kimmy Howe

Preschool Teacher

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