Preschool Staff

Grace Preschool Directors & Staff

 

Grace Preschool, LLC has two directors, Rick Stone and April Planer. 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.

 

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April Planer

Director

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 are now attending college. 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.

Teaching Staff

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Klare Popejoy

 

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.

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Laura Hall

 

Hello, my name is Laura Hall and I am so excited to be a part of Grace Preschool! My husband, Kevin, and I moved to Glen Rose from Minnesota in June 2021 so that he could serve as the Minister of Worship at Grace Community Church. In Minnesota, I graduated from Northwestern College in 2008 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and taught kindergarten for 13 years. I earned a master's degree in Reading Instruction from St. Thomas University in 2013.

I love teaching young children and helping them to develop a love for learning! Most of all, I desire to help them treasure Jesus, God's Word and His gospel. I seek to create a safe and nurturing classroom environment in which all of this learning can happen! Kevin and I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, hiking, cheering for the Twins, and eating ice cream. We are so thankful to be a part of GCC!

Roxana Rocha Vara

Roxana Rocha Vara

 

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.

Grace Gaines

Grace Gaines

 

Hello, my name is Grace Gaines. I’m a native Glen Roseian and have been a part of Grace Community Church since I was born (as my dad is one of the pastors). Since becoming a member of GCC, I’ve begun serving with the worship, tech, and coffee teams, as well as filling in for the cleaning crew when there’s a need.

For a few years now I have been working with younger children in Good News Club, soccer camp, mission trips, babysitting in homes, doing childcare at church gatherings, and teaching music lessons. It is a great joy for me to be able to join the Preschool staff, and I look forward to meeting, investing in, and loving on y’all’s children!

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Emma Zimmermann

 

My name is Emma Zimmermann and I’m so thankful to become a part of GCC preschool!

My family and I just recently moved to Glen Rose from Vermont. My father is retired Air Force and we had to move back and settle in Texas being that my mother is a native West Texan! We have been a part of GCC since last October.

I love working with younger children and have been throughout the past six years. I have helped with daycare at our past churches and was a kindergarten teacher at VBS for three years. I also went on mission trips to Quebec, Canada with our previous church every year. There I worked with children from ages ranging from 6-11. I currently attend dance as well as teach 4-6 year olds at Training Ground Studios here in Glen Rose. I am very excited about being a part of this church family and am so blessed to have met so many amazing people here at GCC!