Our staff are all committed Christians and provide an example of Christ-like living for your children.
Please take a moment to get familiar with our Childcare team:


Debbie Black – Interim Director

My name is Debbie Black. I will be the Interim Director during the transition period as Grace Learning Center searches for a new Director.
I worked for 28 years in the daycare business before retiring in 2018. The centers I was blessed working for were Northside Preschool as a Preschool-Pre-K teacher for four years and then at BCLC in Beavercreek as a Pre-k teacher for four years, followed by becoming the Director of BCLC for 20 years. The experience that I was blessed with as a former Director overseeing the operations of the center, providing care for 200+ students and 40+ employees, will be an asset to Grace Learning Center and your children.
Also, being on the Grace Learning Center school board for several years until April 2018 allows me to be familiar with your center.
In 2018 I retired from BCLC. During my retirement time, I have watched my grandchildren and worked with a new daycare located in Bellbrook as a consultant.
I have always felt that working at the centers has been my mission field for the Lord. I want to continue to allow God to use me to show your children and you what an awesome and loving Father He is to all of us. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your children and working with the staff at Grace Learning Center.

Karri Richard – Lead Teacher
I am a mom of 2 boys and 1 girl. My oldest son is autistic. He’s brought so much joy to me.
I’m also a huge Nascar fan!
I started babysitting at my church when I was 12. I have been at Grace Learning Center since January 2005.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  
Hannah Musselman – Infants
My name is Hanna Musselman. I have worked here at Grace Learning Center since August 2017.  I usually work in the infant room, but I love being able to visit and work with the other classrooms as well. I am the youngest of 10 kids in my family.  I am also a Sinclair Community College 2020 graduate with an associates degree in Public Health. 
My favorite Bible verse is Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Kristine Boatwright – Lead Teacher
My name is Kristina Boatright.  I have worked in childcare for 3 years working with ages from Toddler to Pre-Kindergarten.  I have been a staff member at Grace Learning Center since January 2020. I attend church at The Body Dayton in Yellow Springs/Dayton helping out with children’s ministry and greeting guests . I have done missionary trips/internship in Mexic and Honduras working with children in their journey to salvation. It has always been my passion and calling to help children rea
ch their full potential!  Looking forward to the opportunity to be able to help your child succeed and grow!
Psalms 37:4
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

Carla Smith:  Lead Teacher


I am a widow with a married daughter, Sarah.  Sarah and her husband, Kevon, have a daughter, Emma Olivia.  Emma Olivia is a wonderful blessing and I love being her “Nanna!”

I have lived my entire life in Greene County (OH), except three years, during which I worked at the Creation Museum in Kentucky.  I share my home with three dogs; Butterscotch and Lickorish are Papillons and Cinnamon, a Pomeranian.  I also have Paprika the cat, Myrtle the turtle, and a fish tank. 


As a member of the First Church of Christ, I taught two and three-year-olds for almost 20 years.  I was a teacher in the four and five-year-old  and art classes for 14 years in our Tuesday pre-school program.  At Ray of Son, I held positions of pre-school and pre-kindergarten teacher, lead teacher, trainer and director during the six years I was there.  I took Child Development Associate classes and completed my national requirements.  I have cared for and loved infants starting during my childhood at my mother’s side in our church nursery.  4-H and the Buc-A-Roo Club gave me a great opportunity to work with and teach the youth of Greene County.

I am constantly amazed by the young minds, bodies and souls of children-they are like sponges absorbing all the information they experience.  I feel honored to help build their foundation knowledge of life and faith.

Psalms 100:1-5 is my favorite Bible passage: “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thans to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” 
Debbie Mannier, Lead Teacher
I have been married to my husband, Dwight, for over 40 years. I have four adult children and thirteen grandchildren. I was a teacher at Xenia Nazarene Learning Center for 20 years until their closing. I have been in my present position as preschool teacher at Grace for over three years. In my spare time, I enjoy attending my granchildren’s sporting events, reading and being involved in music ministry at my church.
One of my favorite bible verses is Proverbs ‘3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…”
Taylor Lyle, Teacher

My name is Beth Jones. I have been a staff member at Xenia Grace Learning Center since September of 2012. I also ran my own daycare out of my home for 5 years, so I have 13 years of experience in a daycare setting.I also work full time for Xenia Community Schools as a classroom aid in a special needs class. I have worked for Xenia Community Schools since September of 2012 as well.

    I was born and raised in Xenia and still live here with my husband of almost 30 years and our 2 sons. My husband and I attend Bethel Community Church in Xenia and have been members there since 1991. I am also a graduate of Xenia High School and attended Xenia schools all the way through grades K-12.

    My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future.”


My name is Andrew Jones. I have work at Xenia Grace Learning Center for nearly a year. I am a student at Wilmington College. I am studying middle childhood education. I was born and raised in Xenia and I attend Xenia schools for all my elementary, middle school, and high school education. I graduated with Honors from Xenia High School in 2018. I attend Bethel Community Church with the rest of my family and have attended their all my life.

My favorite Bible verse is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”