Director: LeaAnn Gause
LeaAnn has been working in the field of Early Education since 1983, helping to establish two Christian preschools. LeaAnn has taught at all levels of preschool, as well as Sunday school. In fact, it was while teaching Vacation Bible School at the age of 19 that she first knew that God had called her to teach little children about Him. She holds a BA in Organizational Leadership with a focus on Early Childhood Education. She has been blessed with four children who are all grown up and bringing grandchildren into her life. When LeaAnn is not working at Building Blocks, you will find her training puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, playing with her grandchildren, or restoring her vintage trailer "Greta".
“At the core of learning in the preschool environment is love. Serving here at Grace Baptist offers the perfect place to teach small children in a loving way. So much is new to a preschool child, that teaching them is like offering a child an opportunity to make a new discovery every day. The staff here at Building Blocks of Grace is wonderful to work with. Each one brings a sweet spirit of love to her classroom. Their love for the Lord shows in every little detail of their day.”
Pre-Kindergarten: Donna Shepherd
Donna has come to Building Blocks with a wealth of experience teaching all ages in Sunday School and AWANA. She has a passion for teaching children about the love of God. She has college units in both early education and elementary education. Donna has been married to her husband Jim for 36 years and they raised two amazing children. She loves spending time with her six grandchildren. Her caring heart lends itself to volunteering and she volunteers to teach Sunday school and AWANA here at Grace Baptist Church. She spends her free time cooking, reading and scrapbooking.
“I love kids! I love their innocence, their eagerness to learn, and their curiosity. I love when their eyes light up when they learn something new. I usually look for little ways to let them know that God loves them, and also make sure they know that God is always nearby.”
Three-Year-Olds: Sarah Damo
Sarah joined the staff at Building Blocks in the fall of 2018 as our teacher for the newly developed pre-TK class. Having worked in early childhood education for more than 10 years her experience has been very helpful in designing this new class. Sarah is married to Tony and has three beautiful children. She is very busy with all of her children's many activities as they are in High school and Junior High.
Pre Kindergarten: Tiffaney Spears
Tiffaney has worked in the early childhood education field for 20 years. She has her Masters in Educational Counseling. Her natural desire to help children is a natural fit for Building Blocks philosophy of teaching in a loving way. Tiffaney and her Husband have two wonderful children, one in College and one in High School. In her spare time she enjoys camping, hunting and fishing with her family.
“I enjoy teaching young children, they are always eager to learn and full of energy. Just the smallest thing can make the biggest difference in their lives. Their smiles light up the room, and the willingness to absorb information is amazing.”
Two Year Olds: Marlee McDonald:
Marlee comes to us with experience teaching two year olds. She is currently working on her degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. She is quiet and gentle in everything she does and this is reflected in her classroom. The kids love her and respond to her kind spirit with kindness of their own. Marlee is an excellent coach for them as they learn to play and interact using proper social and emotional skills. Marlee loves her family and spends time with her nieces and nephews whenever she can. Her escape? The beach, she goes as often as she is able!
"I really enjoy working with children! I love seeing the excitement on their faces when they are trying new things, ans seeing them share what they have learned with others. My goal is to make each day fun for m students, while at the same time preparing them for the future by instilling a love of learning and a love for God."
Teacher's Aid: Nicole Stone
Nicole has the biggest heart and a soft spot for preschool children. Nicole has worked in the medical field and is currently enrolled in Early Childhood Education as she makes the career switch. She spends her days with an energetic little boy who loves Spiderman. Bryson was enrolled in BBOG when Nicole realized that she loves the kids and the loving environment here. We were so excited when she chose to join us here at BBOG!
"I fell in love with being involved with the kids at BBOG. They have the most amazing little hearts, and their smiles are contagious! I'm blessed to have the opportunity to Aide these wonderful ladies in teaching those sweet little minds."