Meet the Staff of Grace Christian Preschool!

Heidi Hoover

I am Heidi Hoover, and this is my 9th year as the director of Grace Christian Preschool.  I look forward to getting to know all of our preschoolers and families personally this school year.  I am eager to be able to greet families each day in the hallway and to be a part of classroom activities and field trips.  I enjoy traveling to favorite places like Charleston, Disney World, and Key West — as well as new destinations (including now, college visits!) — with my husband and our 17-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter.  I am a morning person, a beach lover, and a cat lover, and am also a fan of coffee and pumpkin-flavored anything!   I like to be active and always moving…cheering at my son’s lacrosse games and supporting my daughter’s artistic endeavors; taking walks around my neighborhood in South Hanover; and attending Lower Dauphin sports, art, and musical events.  I am blessed to have the opportunity to share my Christian faith as well as my love of fitness, books, language, and music with the children of Grace.
 
Cassie Cenko
 
Hello!  I am Cassie Cenko, pronounced “Sen-ko.”  I have been involved with the preschool for several years.  My children both attended Grace Christian Preschool, and I started working as a teacher in 2016.  My family and I attend GUMC as church members, and we are involved in many of its activities.  Children really are a gift from God, and I enjoy working with the youngest learners of the bunch — the 2’s/3’s Class!  I love seeing how the “Grow and Go” class changes and learns new things throughout the year.  They are a busy bunch, and I wouldn’t change it for anything!
 
 

Ashley Duignan

My name is Ashley Duignan.  This will be my second year teaching at Grace Christian Preschool.  I will be the assistant teacher in the 2’s/3’s “Grow and Go” Class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  I have a degree in biology and also work at a local animal hospital.  I love to read and spend my free time in the mountains or at the beach.  I have 3 sons, who have all attended classes at Grace over the last 5 years.  I am looking forward to spending time with our youngest preschoolers.  We will learn and grow together.
 
 Erin Madison
 
My name is Erin Madison, and this is my first year at Grace Christian Preschool.  I will be assisting in the 2’s/3’s “Grow and Go” Class on Mondays/Wednesdays as well as teaching the Pre-K Lunch Bunch.  I have always had a love for working with children, and over the years have participated in VBS and Summer Camp Week here at Grace.  Ever since I was little, it has been my dream to work with children, and it is a true blessing that I will get to work with these young wonderful minds this year.  I am blessed with a supportive family:  my parents, my 23-year-old brother, and our family pets Cloe, our 12-year-old Shitzu, and Gustavo the goldfish.  We love to spend our time soaking up the sun, swimming, enjoying walks or ice cream at Mount Gretna, and just having a good laugh.  In my spare time, I am continuing to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education.  I also enjoy vacations to my favorite destination — Disney!  Aside from vacationing, I have a passion for photography, love sports (especially going to hockey games or watching baseball with my grandpa), and enjoy upbeat music and new adventures.  During this new adventure at Grace, I can’t wait to meet all the preschoolers and watch them grow in education and faith.
 
Yvonne Abela
 
I am Yvonne Abela, and I will be teaching the 3’s Class this year in my 5th year at Grace Christian Preschool. I’m very excited to share my love of books, messy art, and music in the classroom. In my spare time (!), I enjoy the outdoors, crafting, and seeing movies with my family. Be it a sports outing or a musical event, my husband and I stay busy supporting our middle schooler and 2nd grader.  On my list of favorite places, the beach is right near the top. Our family enjoys shelling, swimming, and playing games in the sand. We have a dog named Beatrix and a bunny named Simba. I am excited to assist in building strong foundations with confidence, kindness, manners, and creativity at the forefront.
 

Kim Neithercoat

My name is Kim Neithercoat, and I will be assisting in the 3’s Class, and the 4’s Lunch Bunch, this year.  I am very proud to say that this is my 8th year at Grace Christian Preschool in the 3’s class.  I am looking forward to making the children feel comfortable in a preschool environment while helping them learn and have a memorable and fun experience.  I have twin boys in high school and a son in the middle school, as well as a dog and two cats.  I really enjoy the beach, our pets, my family and friends, and teaching at Grace Christian Preschool.  I am very excited about another year of fun and learning with the 3’s Class and working with the 4’s Lunch Bunch!
 

Amy Heuer

My name is Amy Heuer. I am so happy to be starting my 8th year at Grace Christian Preschool. I have been a member of Grace Church for a little over 20 years, and I was very excited when I heard that they were starting a preschool program; I just knew that I wanted to be involved! I am the lead teacher for the morning and afternoon 4’s classes as well as a Lunch Bunch teacher for the 3’s classes. I look forward to making crafts with the children, reading books to them, and finding various ways to help them learn! I believe that each child is special and valuable and deserves to be treated with lots of love, kindness, and respect. When I’m not in preschool, I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading, traveling, bike riding, singing, playing hand bells, and going on long walks with my dog, Trevor.
 

Aly Lim

Hi!  I’m Aly Lim, and I grew up in the Hershey/Hummelstown area.  I have four years of experience as a preschool assistant teacher, and this is my third year at Grace Christian Preschool in the 4’s Class.  While I love working with children, I also have a professional background in emergency medicine and preparedness, filmmaking, and have a side business in photography.  I am a huge animal lover and love to share my pets with the students every chance that I can.   I am so excited to meet your children this school year!
 

Cathy Madison

My name is Cathy Madison, and I am every excited to be starting my 9th year here at Grace Christian Preschool.  I am the lead teacher for the morning and afternoon Pre-K classes.  We can hardly wait to discover new “word families,” “create and eat” special treats, plus find out some unique “Show and Tell” items that our preschoolers will be bringing in to share with our class.  In my spare time, I love to swim, walk, and vacation; my favorite vacation destination is Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Even though my children are grown, my husband Jeff and I are constantly busy keeping up with our 23-year-old son, Jonathan, who is a full-time student at the University of Central Florida and works for Disney; and our 19-year-old daughter, Erin, who is the assistant teacher for the Monday/Wednesday 2’s/3’s program here at Grace.  We also love taking care of our pampered Shitzu, CloeAnn.  It’s a wonderful experience to watch the students grow, develop, and learn here at Grace.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your child’s education.  We have a lot of fun ideas in store for our students!