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  • debbie mitchell, director

    Hello. My name is Debbie Mitchell. I was born in Oak Harbor. My dad was in the Navy, so I got to experience life off the island with wonderful summers visiting my grandparents here. My senior year of high school I got to come home to Oak Harbor, got married and raised my family here. 


    I have been serving and teaching children since I was 19 years old during Sunday School and Children's Church. During a move to Iowa for my husband's job, I served as Interim Preschool Director at Westview Church Preschool and then as an assistant teacher. I have loved teaching preschool ever since. It is such a joy to provide a fun, safe place to explore, learn, and play.


    I look forward to what this year has in store as I get to know your child and help enrich their lives at Grace Community Preschool. What a great year of growth this will be!

  • LAUREN BUFORD, Lead Teacher for K2 and K3 classes

    Hello. My name is Lauren Buford. My family recently moved to Oak Harbor from San Diego, and we are truly enjoying the change of pace!


    I ran a home-school-based toddler group for three wonderful years before we moved, and it was an incredible experience. Aside from that, I enjoy volunteering, hiking, and spending every moment with my family. 


    I am beyond excited to join this journey with your children here at Grace Community Preschool. I hope your little ones are ready to learn, play, laugh, get messy, and explore because that's what our 2's and 3's classroom will be for!

  • samantha welch, Assistant teacher for K2 and K3 classes

    Hello. My name is Samantha Welch. I am so excited to have the opportunity to help provide a safe yet fun environment for your children to explore, learn, laugh, and play in throughout the year.


    I was born and raised in Oak Harbor. I am currently attending Northwest University through their online program at Living Word, which has allowed me to stay here in Oak Harbor. Aside from doing school work and interning, I truly appreciate traveling, hiking, and being surrounded by people.


    Looking forward to a wonderful school year!

  • TBD, lead teacher for k4 class


  • SAMANTHA MITCHELL, assistant teacher for k4 class

    Hi. My name is Samantha Mitchell. I cannot be more excited to start out this new school year teaching your kiddos!


    I was asked to be a sub for about a month before the end of the last school year here at Grace. In that short period of time, my experience there was so welcoming from the staff and the kids that I knew Grace Community Preschool was the place I wanted to be.


    What I look forward to in this new school year will be the art projects with the kids. Art has always been my main hobby/passion, and being able to help kids experience creativity at such a young age is very rewarding.


    I am beyond excited to experience all the wonderful memories this year will have to offer!