Our interim director, Jean Grinnell, is starting her 18th year at Grace. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in Elementary Education, specializing in Pre-K through 8th grade, and has taught the two-year-old, three-year-old, four-year-old and Kindergarten classes. She has lived in York County with her husband and four children since 1999. Prior to moving to the area, her family has lived and traveled all over the world including Florida, Las Vegas and Okinawa, Japan. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family – especially her 4 grandchildren – as well as traveling and relaxing by the pool.
Stephanie teaches our Kindergarten class. She is originally from New York City but moved to Virginia with her amazing husband and three boys. In New York, she attended Dowling College and was an elementary school teacher for three years, and taught first, third and fifth grade before deciding to stay home to raise her family. Now that her boys are getting older, she is excited to be back in the classroom. In her spare time, Stephanie loves to play acoustic guitar for her boys, put together jigsaw puzzles and play with a 170-pound Mastiff named Storm.
Nayibe Sanborn is the Kindergarten class teacher’s aide. Nayibe is a native of Venezuela who spent many years as a stay-at-home mom before going back to college to start a new career. After earning an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, she worked for three years as a substitute teacher in York County public schools. She is happy to have joined the Grace team providing students a caring, high-quality first learning experience. Nayibe is married and the proud mom of three boys: a stepson who joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2016; a biologist who graduated with honors from William & Mary; and smart, creative and energetic 13-year-old.
Meredith Moore is the lead teacher for the 4-year-old class. She has two children, both of whom attended Grace Day School from the 2’s through Kindergarten. In addition to teaching at Grace, Meredith also works at FAME Allstars. She likes to spend time with her family and friends.
Jenny Baldwin joins Grace in 2021 as a teacher’s aide for the 4-year-old class. Jenny moved to Yorktown when she was 13 and graduated from York High School. She moved to Florida and earned her associate’s degree in computer animation and eventually moved back to Yorktown. She has a bachelor’s degree in web design and media from Westwood College Online. She has been working from home providing daycare for her five nieces as well as working as web search engine evaluator. All her nieces attended Grace Day School and the youngest just started her final year at Grace.
Meg Sharp is in her first year at Grace, where she is the lead teacher for the 3-year-old class. Meg grew up in Philadelphia, where her first job was at the local YMCA Saturday program working with 3- and 4-year-olds. She loved this so much that she’s continued working with children in a variety of classroom settings for approximately the last 30 years. Meg is married and has two wonderful boys who are 26 and 27.
Dana Seawell, who grew up in Yorktown, is in her first year at Grace, where she is the teacher’s aide for the 3-year-old class. Dana has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development and over 25 years’ experience in childcare and school settings. She’s been married for 18 years and has three wonderful children.
Susan Hinkel taught in elementary school in California before she became a military spouse. After moving to Yorktown, both of her children attended Grace. Once the boys continued to elementary school she began as a teacher at Grace. After a few years, they received orders to Europe. Having returned to the area, she is excited to return to teaching at Grace in the 2-year-old class.
Anna Holck is excited for her first year at Grace Episcopal, where she is the teacher’s aide for the 2-year-old class. She holds a B.A. in American History from Christopher Newport University, with a focus on Early Colonial America. While attending CNU, Anna worked at her church’s daycare with children from birth to 5 years, focusing on working with children individually and in groups to teach social, communication and problem-solving skills while creating a safe and engaging environment for groups of diverse children with various learning styles. Anna has lived in York County since her family moved here in 2005 and currently lives with her two dogs and cat. In her spare time, she enjoys competing in dog sports hosted by the AKC and the UKC and spending time with her family and friends.