Our Staff

Mr Mears



Phil Mears

Mission Statement:  Grace Community School is an interdenominational community school that educates children through a Christian philosophy of education. GCS recognizes that God, through His word, the Bible, is the absolute authority and basis for all truth. Under that authority we desire to work with the local church, the evangelical community and others who support our basic mission. With the Christian community, we seek to assist Christian families in the Biblical responsibility to train their children to become Christ-like and to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives in the home church and society. Since we are an open enrollment school, according to school policies, we welcome families desiring entrance to GCS who are not attending church or do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We invite them to GCS as an extended family member. It is our desire to introduce the student and family to the Bible.

Hobbies:  classic cars and astronomy.

Education:  B.S. in Business Administration from Illinois State; M.A. in Christian School Administration from Grace Theological Seminary.

Mrs Hughes

Preschool Director & Kindergarten

Preschool Director & Kindergarten Teacher

Mae Hughes

Mission Statement:  As an educator, I aim to be an inspiring and empowering force in children’s lives so they are excited and motivated to learn. My mission is to motivate, inspire, encourage and support students by providing a safe, secure and loving environment; and to educate them socially, emotionally and cognitively so they will enjoy their journey of learning.

“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven.’” Matthew 19:13-14

Hobbies:  My ultimate favorite things to do are spending time with my family, taking walks, and reading.

Education:  I am a graduate of Grand Canyon University where I earned a Bachelor of Art in Elementary Education as well as a master’s in administration.

Mrs Indiciani

Preschool & Kindergarten

Preschool & Kindergarten Teacher 

Linda Indiciani

Mission Statement:  Doing the work that I have been called to do, I want to lead by example and show my students that I truly care about them. I want to empower students to be successful in the life God has planned for them. I want to encourage my students to seek Jesus and challenge them to be all they were created to be.

Hobbies:  I enjoy working in my yard, walking with my dog, cooking and watching home renovation programs.

Education:  Bachelor in elementary education.

Mrs Loomis

Preschool & Kindergarten

Preschool & Kindergarten Teacher

Stephanie Loomis


Mission Statement:  As a teacher, it is my plan to help all students believe in God’s love and grace. Through that faith they will be able to conquer their daily learning and develop true love for one another.

“All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16

Hobbies:  I enjoy baking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Education:  I am currently enrolled as a full-time student at Grand Canyon University to obtain a B.A. in Elementary Education.

Mrs Houser

1st Grade

First Grade Teacher  Jessica Houser

Mission Statement:  To be a leader to my students, helping them learn their studies from the curriculum and to learn the love of God. I want them to see the light of Christ within me in all I do so as they grow, they too can be the light for others. I hope they feel safe to make mistakes and learn from them within my classroom and always remember there is a lesson in everything we see and do.

Hobbies:  Being outside with my family, cooking, escape rooms and watching whatever sport my kids are in.

Education: B.A. in Elementary Education, Pre-k – Grade 5 Licensure State of Ohio 

Mrs Cline

2nd Grade

Second Grade Teacher

Becky Cline

Mission Statement:  To guide children in their walk with the Lord, showing them a loving and kind example of Christ. I also enjoy creating a fun and safe learning environment to help each student reach their full potential! I value having a relationship with each of “my kids”.

Hobbies:  Photography, cows and spending time with my family.

Education:  I have a B.S. in Early Education (pre-k to 3rd grade) from the Ohio State University.

Mrs Fisher

3rd Grade

Third Grade Teacher 

Donna Fisher 

Mission Statement:  My desire and goal is for each child to grow academically and more importantly to grow closer in a relationship with their Savior. Each child is a precious gift from our Lord and through instruction, guidance and example, I pray they mature and excel in their third-grade year.

Hobbies:  Reading, soccer, ice hockey and any activity with my family.

Education:  B.A. from Cedarville College (now Cedarville University), continuing education at Ashland University.

Mrs Tomaso

4th Grade

Fourth Grade Teacher

Gwendolyn Tomaso


Mission Statement:  My mission is to teach God’s truth in a way that excites the children to want to learn and discover more on their own. May the teaching of kindness be on my tongue as I implement our excellent curriculum.

Hobbies:  Grown children and darling granddaughter, letter writing, reading, walking, travel, swimming, Bible study, friends and Cat Precious.

Education:  I have a B.S. in Elementary Education from the Ohio State University. I also do extra course work in child development, inclusion within the classroom, teacher/parent relations and art education.

Mrs Kennedy

5th Grade

Fifth Grade Teacher 

Ashley Kennedy

Mission Statement:  I am passionate about helping my students discover their potential and reach their dreams. I firmly believe in putting Christ first in all we do and strive to create an atmosphere of learning and discovery rooted in faith.

Hobbies:  I’m married to my husband, Adam, and have four children who attend GCS. I love baking, running, and am the proud owner of chickens and rabbits.

Education:  Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Finance from West Virginia University.

Mrs Stultz

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Math & Language Arts

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade Math and Language Arts

Valerie Stultz

Mission Statement:  As a teacher, my first goal is to lead my students to know God and to apply His truths in their lives. My second goal is to interact with my students so that I can better understand how to help each learn math and grammar concepts effectively. Finally, it is my goal to further my education so that I can discover new ways to support my students as they learn.

Hobbies:  Reading, quilting, sewing, embroidery, growing a garden and canning produce.

Education:  I have a B.S. in Elementary Education from the Ohio State University along with continuing education from various sources.

Mrs Hillebrand

6th, 7th & 8th Grade History, Language, Library & Music

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade History, Language, Computer, Library and Music Teacher

Rachel Hillebrand

Mission Statement:  God’s story. I love reading it. I love studying it. I love teaching it. God’s story for mankind began all the way back at creation. I can see it come alive as I read the pages of Scripture. I’m always amazed at the beauty of His redemptive story written through the life and love of Jesus. Then, as I study history throughout the ages, I see Him craft an exciting story full of men and women, kings and peasants, empires and countries and of war and conquests. Each a part of a store about the Holy God loving an unholy people. I can’t keep such a wonderful story to myself, so I teach His story. I love to teach God’s story through reading and studying bother the Bible and history. I teach the Bible and History for Him. I want them to know God’s story for mankind isn’t over. I want them to know that they have a part to play in the current chapter of God’s story. But not only in the here and now, but also in the future. I want them to know they can do what God has written for them, no matter what the cost may be. Afterall, the future of the world is in my classroom today and God’s not done writing His story.

Hobbies:  eating, sleeping, collecting shoes and cheering against my husband’s football team.

Education:  I have a B.S. in in Bible and Music Education – vocal emphasis.

Mrs Bright


Elementary Music Teacher & Choir

Linda Bright

Mission Statement: My desire is to teach my students to express their faith and love for God in music. The book of
James tells us to “draw near to God”. Music is a wonderful way to do that and at the same time, encourage one another
in our faith.

Hobbies: Antiquing, birding and time with my family.

Education: B.A. in Biblical studies and Christian Ministry through Vision International University.

Mrs Mears

Remedial Teacher

Remedial Teacher

Melodee Mears


Mission Statement:  I teach at Grace Community School because I love children, young people, teaching and God. Teaching at Grace allows me to fulfill God’s calling on my life, incorporating my love for God and my love for people. Learning is a true gift from our Creator and teaching children to enjoy and love this gift is truly interesting, exciting and worthwhile.  

Hobbies:  Enjoying God’s creation through nature walks and hiking, spending time with my family, grandchildren, friends and my Sheltie dog, Isabella.

Education:  3 ½ years at Illinois State University as an English Major; 2 years at Grace College with an Elementary Education degree, B.S.

Mrs Armine

Art & Office Manager

Art Teacher & Office Manager

Angelica Amrine

Mission Statement:  My mission is to inspire creativity as students learn about the elements and principles of art. They will develop new skills and confidence by creating artwork that not only resembles our great artist, but also learning God’s master pieces of our lives. I will always encourage students to use problem solving skills as well as patience and critical thinking as well as their expressions through their artwork. God has blessed me with the love and ability to teach God’s children and I will always teach with God in control.

“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you may go.” Joshua 1:9

Hobbies:  My hobbies include many things. I am all about my family, they are my gifts from God. I also enjoy cooking, gardening, painting, woodworking, creating poems to inspire others, sewing, jewelry making and so much more! I am blessed to have many things I enjoy doing or creating!

Education:  Fairbanks School, Tolls Technical Center, Marysville School

Mrs Quick

Assistant Office Manager

Assistant Office Manager

Hollie Quick

Mission Statement:  To watch each and every child grow in their relationship with God, watching them learn and grow as individuals and become the best person that they can be.

Hobbies:  Listening to music, shopping, crafting, spending time with my family and friends and napping.

Education:  Clerical and medical training through Marion Technical College.