Pat Brakla
Pat BraklaPreschool Director
Pat joined New Community Preschool in 2018. She has a degree in Child Development from GRCC. Her experience in Child Development has spanned several years, with 16 years at Spectrum Health, 2.5 years at an intercity center called Building Block and 8 years at the YMCA. Pat loves spending time with her husband Mark, who also is on staff here at New Community Church where they have attended and served since 1991. She has a wonderful pooch named Harley, is mother to 6 children, grandmother to 9 and great-grandmother to 4. Her hobbies are quilting and gardening.
Jamie Gibson
Jamie GibsonBusiness Manager
Jamie joined the preschool in 2015 as a Teacher’s Aide. She has over 19 years of office experience and is excited to use that experience in a preschool environment. She has a deep love for kids, and is passionate about helping them grow. Jamie and her husband, Charlie, are members of New Community Church, where Charlie works part time on the Custodian Team when he is not working at his full time job. In their free time they love to spend time with their family and friends, as well as their 2 dogs, Jax and Stella. Jamie loves to be creative and makes crafts, she loves to sing and is a member of the Praise Team, and her and Charlie are in NCC Celebration Choir. Charlie and Jamie are currently in the adoption process and hope to have a child of their own very soon.
Grace Dykstra
Grace DykstraLead Teacher
Grace joined us here at New Community Preschool in 2001. She is a graduate of Hope College with an Elementary Education Certificate and Degree in Fine Arts. She has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood from Michigan State University. She has been teaching for 31 years. Grace has been married to her husband Tom for 23 years. They have two grown daughters Erica and Leah, and one grandchild, Kaydence. When Grace is not loving on children, she loves gardening ,time at the beach, camping, crafting and just being outside.
Maggie Franklin
Maggie FranklinLead Teacher
Maggie has been in the Early Childhood Development field for over 20 years in a variety of teaching positions. She attended GRJC and GVSU studying Early Childhood Education, and continues to learn through continued education classes and teaching her students. She and her husband, Pete, have 3 wonderful children. Maggie dedicate most of her spare time into their extracurricular activities and spending time together as a family. Her hobbies include fitness, running, reading, decorating and shopping. Her hope in her classroom is to bring positive loving experiences every time her students enter the classroom and have the love of Jesus fill that room each day. Maggie has been teaching at New Community Preschool Since 2006.
Monica Nederhood
Monica NederhoodLead Teacher
Monica joined us at New Community Preschool in 2014. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University with a major in Early Childhood Development and a minor in Family Life, and has worked at various daycare centers as well as operating her own in home daycare. She and her husband, Tom, have 3 daughters and 1 son. They love spending time at their cottage in the summer and camping with friends. They have attended New Community Church since 2005, where Monica Sings in the NCC Celebration Choir and serves on our praise teams.
Heidi VanOverloop
Heidi VanOverloopLead Teacher
Heidi graduated from GVSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a major in special education. She taught in public schools for 5 years in a variety of grade levels. She was also a Parent Educator for 10 years through the KISD, in which she worked with parents and children birth – 5 years old to help parents become their child’s first and best teacher. She is trained in both Zoo Phonics and Handwriting without Tears, and has worked at New Community Preschool since 2014.
Ann Price
Ann PriceLead Teacher
Ann joined the staff at New Community Preschool in 2019. She has been teaching for 27 years, mostly in Preschool and Kindergarten. She attended Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University and has a certificate in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She and her husband Brian love spending time with family and friends. Together they have seven children and eight grandchildren.
Mandy Klocko
Mandy KlockoTeacher's Aide
Mandy joined the staff at New Community Preschool in 2019, but began working in Child Development in 1995 at the Sunny Day Child Development Center at Blodgett Hospital. After 3 years, she changed directions and attended Chic University where she graduated as a licensed Cosmetologist. She has also worked as a ParaProfessional for Kenowa Hills Public Schools since 2008.
She and her husband, Tom, have a son, Gage, and a daughter, Kennedy. They love their family time at their cottage in Luther where the go trail riding with their side by side and Jeeping. Mandy also enjoys time on the water, boating and floating.
Donna Fassler
Donna FasslerTeacher's Aide
Donna joined the staff at New Community Preschool in 2011. She began her work with children in 1997 as a ParaProfessional for severe/profound children in the public school system of Rockford Illinois, where she learned American Sign Language. She has also worked as a ParaProfessional for Kalamazoo, Michigan Public Schools. Her life took a slight detour which found her working in credit collections until 2011 when she returned to her love of working with children. She loves teaching and the children never cease to amaze her!
Donna has two sons, Stephen and Eric. Stephen, his wife Maria and their 2 sons live here in Grand Rapids, while Eric and his wife, Beth, have a farm in Rising Fawn, Georgia.