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:
Cherie Klotz: Director

I have been in child care for over 20 years. I began working in child care by operating a licensed daycare out of my home for six years. I then continued working in child care as a room lead for child development centers for the military. During this time I received my certificate in Early Childhood Education and then pursued my Bachelors of Science in Management.

I have been married to my husband, Kent, for over 28 years and we have two wonderful children who are now married and one beautiful granddaughter. 

Romans 8:37 says that “we are more than conquerors through him who loves us.” When we feel like life is attacking us God reminds us that he created us to be conquerors.

Teresa Adkins: Toddler Lead Teacher

I have worked with children since I was 12 years old, beginning by babysitting, nursery work and children’s Bible quizzing.  Over the last 25 years, I have worked as a school teacher and drama coach for children of all different ages.  Currently, I work with K-5th graders in the after school program and teach gym, art and music to the Kindergarteners.
At GLC for more than a year, I love the creativity I get to unleash with the children.  I love the fact that God is the focus of how we approach relationships anddiscipline; andI am greatly encouraged by seeing students seeking to apply God’s principles to their lives.

My encouragement comes from my favorite Bible verse from Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Planstto prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.”


Carla Smith:  Toddler II 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.” 
Karri Richards, Infant 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.”  
Shirlena Landis, Kitchen Chef and Food Program Coordinator
I have attended Xenia Grace Chapel for 16 years.  I am a mom to three daughters.  I enjoy spending time with friends, sewing, quilting and fishing.
I also work part time as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  I worked in daycare for 3 years in my early 20’s.  There I became a pediatric nurse and have worked with children in their home for 22 years.
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?”
Debbie Mannier, Preschool 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 yeras. 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…”
Savanna Blackaby, floater
I attend Liberty Worship Center in Xenia.
I live out in the country and love animals.
I have been in childcare for 3 years.
John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Amy Bull, Toddler Assistant
I have been in daycare since 2000 and I do sign language for Living Word Church.  
Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
Lisa Echols, Two’s room assistant
I am from Xenia and a member of Glory Ministries Church.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Secondary education.
I have been in childcare for 2 years.  
Matthew 19:26 
“…with God everything is possible”.
 Shelby Burnett
I have worked in childcare for over 15 years and I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and Family Studies. My husband and I, and our two children attend church at Xenia Grace Chapel. We live in Jamestown on a small farm and we raise a number of different animals. I am also a 4H advisor and enjoy teaching children about farming and caring for animals.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.