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About Us

Community Preschool has been preparing preschoolers for kindergarten for over 35 years. Our teachers and aides are well educated and experienced in working with young children.

We have a Christ-centered, play-based program. Students learn best by touching, manipulating, engaging, participating and practicing. Our students learn foundational skills in all areas of the academics and develop social and emotional skills. At Community preschool students get practice developing fine motor (cutting, writing, coloring) skills and large motor (running, jumping, kicking and catching) skills.

We work hard to have your child’s first school experience be a great one so they look forward to being life-long learners.

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Our Team

Mrs. Jill Dahm

Lead Teacher

Mrs. Jill Dahm is originally from Jenison, Michigan. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Valparaiso University. She has taught kindergarten for over 20 years and Preschool for three years. She has subbed, taught Library Skills, and been an RTI aide.

Mrs. Dahm is married and has four wonderful kids, one amazing daughter-in-law and two awesome sons-in-law. She also has three very intelligent grandchildren.

Some of Mrs. Dahm’s favorite verses are from Psalm 100 which is a perfect chapter for young children since we “Shout for joy to the Lord, worship the Lord with gladness and come before Him with joyful songs.”

Grace DeBoer

Aide

Miss Grace DeBoer graduated from Covenant Christian High School in 2019. She is currently working towards an Elementary and Special Education Degree at Indiana University Northwest. Although she is new to the teaching profession, she has been a nanny for three summers. She has interned at schools and an early childhood center, working to prepare students for preschool. She is thankful to get hands on experience in applying what she learns at school.

Miss Grace has 2 older siblings, 2 younger siblings and a sister-in-law. Her sister-in-law is an active teacher who tutors students. Her older sister is currently working on an elementary and Special Education degree and works at a special education school. Her younger siblings keep her on her toes and sharpen her skills.

In her free time Miss Grace enjoys running, fishing, taking care of chickens and ducks, and growing vegetables. She loves to spend time outside relaxing or reading. She especially enjoys camping with family and friends.

Miss Grace’s favorite verse is Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.” This short verse has a long-lasting impact and has proven relevant in all stages of life.

Kristin Walstra

Aide

Miss Kristin Walstra is a lifelong resident of DeMotte. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL. She has enjoyed working part time as a preschool aide for 4 years and has served as a Sunday School Teacher for over 5 years.

Miss Kristin also works in the service department at Meijer in Merrillville. She finds enjoyment working in a family friend’s greenhouse whenever she can. She enjoys puzzles

Miss Kristin’s favorite verse is 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you.”

Ginny Schurman

Cook

Mrs. Ginny Schurman is a lifelong resident of rural DeMotte. She has been a short order cook and has held jobs at Pizza King and KFC. She has also been on kitchen staff for meals served on many occasions at Community Christian Reformed Church. Most recently she has been the church funeral luncheon lead cook.

Mrs. Schurman and her husband have been married for 46 years. They have two married daughters. They also have two grandchildren who have graduated from college and will soon be married.

Her favorite verse as a Mom and Grandma: Proverbs 22:16 “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not turn from it.” Psalm 23 is her favorite chapter from the Bible.