The staff of Messiah Lutheran Preschool takes our mission to heart:

 To know Christ and to make Him known by providing young children with learning experiences within a Christ-centered environment.

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Vonda Smestad

Mrs. Smestad has a passion for working with young children.  She earned her bachelors degree in education from Calvin College and her Early Childhood Endorsement from GVSU.  Vonda is currently in her 15th year working within a Preschool program.  She and her husband have raised four children ranging in age from 21 to 27.  Vonda enjoys family time, camping, softball, reading and walking her dog.  She is loving her time here at Messiah as our Fantastic Fours Teacher and Director.

vonda.smestad@messiahgr.org

 

KATHLEEN STAM

Mrs. Stam is excited to be a part of our preschool staff as the Terrific 3’s (T/Th) and Fantastic 4’s (M/W/F) teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University and has worked with children and adults of all ages in a variety of professional and volunteer roles. Kathleen especially enjoys the 3 to 4-year-old stage because children are imaginative, curious, and learning many new abilities through play.  She and her husband are longtime residents of the area and have 3 children aged 23, 27, and 29. In her spare time she enjoys visiting family, reading, traveling, and browsing antique shops. Kathleen loves teaching the children about the love of Jesus and encouraging their growth in all areas of development.

 

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Sharon Winkel

Mrs. Winkel is our Fabulous Fours aide, working along side Mrs. Smestad. She attended Calvin College and has been working in preschool and elementary classrooms for over 20 years. She loves bringing out the best in each child while exploring the amazing world God has created. Sharon’s bright smile and warm personality are a huge asset to our program. She and her husband enjoy traveling and have four children and 2 grandchildren.

 

Madeline Falkenstern

Ms. Maddie is the Terrific Threes and Fantastic Fours Aide, working along side Mrs. Stam. She completed her B.S. in Psychology at Aquinas College in 2018. When she is not working at Messiah, she is a graduate student in the Wayne State School and Community Psychology Distance Learning Program. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, horseback riding and being a member of the women's ministry of her church. Maddie says, " I am passionate about working with young children because early childhood is a crucial time period that sets the foundation for lifelong learning".

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