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  • debbie mitchell, Administrative lead teacher for K2 and K3 classes

    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!

  • samantha welch, Assistant teacher for K2 and K3 classes

    Hello. My name is Samantha Welch. I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach your children this school year.


    I was born and raised in Oak Harbor. I have two brothers who are both older than me. I recently graduated from Oak Harbor High School and am now attending Northwest University through their online program at Living Word. I will be an intern at Living Word throughout the year, and I often volunteer with their children's ministry.


    Looking forward to a great school year!

  • natalie fishburn, administrative lead teacher for K4 classES

    Hi. my name is Natalie Fishburn, and I am so excited to have the privilege to teach your child this year.


    I am originally from Conyers, Georgia. I have lived in Oak Harbor for 6 years. My husband is in the Navy, and this is our third time being stationed here. We have been married for 18 years and have two boys ages 17 and 14. I attend church at Living Word and volunteer as a youth group leader for the high school girls' group.


    I look forward to getting to know each of your children. We are going to laugh, learn, explore, and get messy.

  • jessica olivarez, assistant teacher for k4 classes

    Hi. My name is Jessica Olivarez, and I am looking forward to working with your child this year. 


    I recently moved from California and have made Washington my temporary home. I live with my best friend and her two boys. Needless to say, I absolutely love it! I have been serving in church for a little over 12 years. I also work at Thrive Community Fitness in the kids' room. I absolutely love to work with kids and have been in the educational field for over 8 years. 


    I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and getting the opportunity to walk alongside your children as they grow!