Grace Preschool Directors & Staff
Grace Preschool, LLC has two directors, Rick Stone and Ginger Elliff. Rick is the Administrator and Missions Director at GCC and also provides oversight of the preschool program. For more information on Rick, please go to the GCC staff profiles here.
Grace Community Church is blessed to have such dedicated and God-centered leadership to equip the next generation to delight in God's glory and minister to children and their families.
Ginger Elliff - Director
My family and I are members of Grace Community Church and have been attending since 2008. My husband, Daniel and I are grateful to God for the four sons that He has graciously entrusted to us. Grace Preschool ministered to my family years before I ever became director. We have been blessed that three of our children have been able to attend Grace Preschool. I have been teaching preschool since 2007 and involved with Grace Preschool since 2009. I’m always excited about the Christ centered principals and godly character development that Grace Preschool holds to and how that will bless us with the relationships we have with our own children in the years to come. It will be a joy for us to see an everlasting change in our children’s hearts as they grow in these godly principals and I am delighted that we have this opportunity to witness God’s grace as we see how these little ones handle life’s situations in a pleasing and God glorifying way. It’s an honor and blessing to be ministering to the families in our community in this way and I look forward to meeting your family and interacting with your children.
My Name is Klare Popejoy. I grew up in Germany and married my husband Kody Popejoy 40 years ago. In 1978 after a few short months marriage he brought me to the USA when I was only 18 years old. I am thankful to call GCC my church home for it is truly my family here in the USA. When I am not busy loving on my grandchildren Hunter, Kailee, and Adia, I am busy with many of my Hobbies, such as cooking, baking, painting and spending time with my husband.
As long as I can remember, I have worked with children. In 1984 I worked at a day care in Grand Prairie, TX so that I did not have to leave my then 2 year old son, and was able to work my way up to the Director position. After our move to Ft Worth, I worked at a Moms Day Out program at Western Hills Baptist Church. Our Director there spent much time educating us and making courses available to help us become better caretakers of children. When we finally moved to Glen Rose, I was hired as a Special Education Assistant at the Glen Rose Elementary school where I remained for five years. When my then growing cabin business took more and more of my time, I resigned and mostly taught here at GCC. For years I ran the Wednesday night children’s program, taught Sunday School, and volunteered for just about any job that had to do with being around children and youth.
I am thankful to be a part of a program that is run professionally and has only the best in mind for all of the children entrusted to their care. I am excited to help in Alison Yuille’s class at Grace Preschool on Tuesdays this year and look forward to being a part of your child’s life.
Monkey Class Teacher
I have been a member of Grace Community Church since 2003. I met my husband and got married in 2005, and the Lord has blessed us with two wonderful children. I have had the privilege of helping and teaching this age group in Sunday School, VBS and as a substitute teacher. I love watching these little ones grow and learn new things. I am beyond blessed and excited to be their teacher this year!
Monkey Class Assistant
I was born in New Jersey and lived there for almost nine years until we moved to Texas where my mom grew up. My twin sister Rachel and I are homeschooled by my parents. I love to read, especially historical fiction. I really enjoy studying history, particularly the politics involved in history and how it affects us today. I enjoy spending time with friends and serving in our church youth group and in children’s ministries that our church provides such as Good News Club which I have participated in for five years. I am a student leader in a speech club. I live in Glen Rose with my family and have been attending Grace Community Church since 2013.
I am blessed to be part of Grace Preschool this year. I look forward to working with the children in the monkey class and sharing with them the Gospel and showing them the love of Christ and the joy only found through Him. I am excited to teach them new and awesome things.
Owl Class Teacher
I am a graduate of Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies. I have about 7 years of experience in early childhood education and I love teaching preschoolers! I am also a mom of a 2 year-old little girl so, my home is essentially a preschool right now. ;-) Some of the things I enjoy include singing, music, strong coffee, dark chocolate, hiking, and spending time with my husband and our daughter. I look forward to meeting your kiddos and watching them grow and learn over this next school year!
Frog Class Teacher
I am excited to be a part of what Grace Preschool is doing in the lives of children. It’s a joy to get to know the children, to see their faces light up with understanding at the discovery of something new, and to share, in word and deed, the good news of the gospel with them.
I grew up in Texas but when I met my husband I moved to New Jersey where I graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Accounting. Along the way we were blessed with twin girls that I am currently home schooling. We escaped NJ and moved back to Texas in 2011. Being a Texas girl I had to get back and my husband, well, he's one of those who "got here as fast as he could". After a lengthy search for the right place to settle in Texas we moved to Glen Rose in 2013 so that we could attend Grace Community Church.
Frog Class Assistant
I was born in New Jersey in 2003. I have been homeschooled my entire life and enjoy math and science. My family and I moved to the great state of Texas when I was eight and we have been going to Grace Community Church since 2013. I enjoy photography, chess, and shooting sports. I have been part of a speaking organization since 2015 learning public speaking, collaboration, and leadership skills. As a student leader in this organization, I help plan, run and teach each meeting. These skills have helped me serve for several years as a table leader for the pre-k through kindergarten students at Good News Club, a ministry outreach put on by GCC at the elementary school in Glen Rose. I officially became a member of Grace Community Church in 2018 and worked as a sub at the preschool during the 2018-2019 school year.
I am very excited to be working here full time. As a sub, I got to help in all the classrooms and particularly enjoyed helping with the youngest class. I am looking forward to showing Christ-like love to this new group of little ones.
Roxana Rocha Vara
Whale Class Teacher
Hello, my name is Roxana Rocha Vara and I am so excited and honored to be a part of the Grace Preschool family!
I have worked in Early Childhood Education since 2014 working with infants all the way up to four year olds. I am passionate about what I do because I know how important quality care and education is before the age of five. I am committed to providing a loving, consistent, and developmentally appropriate learning environment to all of the sweet kiddos who pass through my classroom!
I live in Glen Rose with my amazing husband and 3 beautiful daughters! In my spare time I love to go on adventures with my family such as swimming, camping and going to Ranger games. We attend Grace Community Church and are so happy to live in such a sweet community.
I love teaching and working with kids of all ages and am thankful to be joining Grace Preschool. I am looking forward to a school year full of discovery and learning for the children.
My husband Jesse and I are members at Grace Community Church, where we both teach Sunday School. We have been married since 1994. We have homeschooled our kids and are near the end of that journey.
My family & I have made our home in Glen Rose since 2012. I have been a Texas resident since 1995. In 2009 I married my husband, Mario, who is a design engineer. I am a homeschool mom of two boys, ages 7 & 15. My youngest son attended Grace Preschool from ages 2 to 5 while I worked for a local ministry. I feel blessed to be able to come back to Grace Preschool as an assistant after getting to know so many of the church members as friends. Grace Church truly is a blessing to the Glen Rose community & I am honored to be among the teachers here helping to lead these young boys & girls into a personal relationship with Christ.
When I am not assisting at Grace Preschool, I am President of a Granbury-area Christian homeschool co-op. For many years I have enjoyed being involved in a teaching/learning/serving environment both in ministry and as a profession. Hobbies of mine include reading, gardening, succulents, & writing.