Our Staff

DIRECTOR

Director Beth Renner began working at Gretchen’s House in 1995 after earning an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Washtenaw Community College. Beth has worked as a teacher in infant/toddler, preschool and schoolage classrooms. She earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate from Eastern Michigan University and taught kindergarten through third grade at Honey Creek Community School. Beth returned to Gretchen’s House in 2007 and brought her two children with her. In Fall, 2010, she became an Assistant Director at GH-Oak Valley, and in Spring 2012 she was promoted to Director of W.I.S.D. In her free time she enjoys reading, the outdoors and listening to a variety of music. Beth Renner

INFANTS AND TODDLERS

Stacey Marshall is the Lead Teacher at Gretchen’s House WISD Infant/Toddler classroom. Stacey began teaching at GH in August, 2000. She says this center feels like a second home. Stacey earned an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Baker College.  In her spare time she enjoys bike rides around town and exploring the outdoors with her son, Rowein. New Picture (1)
I/T Teacher Kelly Hayes recently graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She completed her student teaching experience in our Preschool room, and continued on as a substitute teacher and student support aid. In her spare time she likes to read, go shopping, run, yoga and stay busy.
I/T Teacher Jessica Crider has an Associate Degree in Child Development and Early Education from Lansing Community College.  Soon she plans to continue her educational journey by going back to school for a Bachelor Degree in the early childhood field.  Before coming to GH, Jessica worked to teach and support children and families close to her hometown in the Lansing and Jackson areas.  She has a passion for working with infants and has much experience working in preschool and toddler classrooms as well.
Afternoon teacher Chona Vincent was a second grade teacher in the Philippines for 23 years. She graduated with the degree of Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. It is my passion to teach children. It is very rewarding for me to be a part of their development.

PRESCHOOL

Lead Preschool Teacher Alex Mierzejski has experience working with preschool child and spent some time as a nanny for 3 children.  She is currently working on her Child Development Associates (CDA) at Washtenaw Community College.  Alex feels lucky that that she is able to work with your children and loves getting to know them and watch them learn and grow!  When she is not in the classroom, she loves traveling, trying new restaurants, spending time with her family, cooking healthy meals with her fiance, and going to pure barre classes.
Preschool Teacher Sarah Austermiller has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from WCC. I was blessed with three children; Jack, Carter and Teddi. On my time off I enjoy playing softball, all kinds of music and being outside with my kids.
Paula Steffen earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in May 2015 from Washtenaw Community College.  Paula has over 30 years of experience working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers prior to joining our Gretchen’s House team in February of 2014.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their three grown children and new baby granddaughter.
Afternoon teacher Jasmine Beemon, started as a sub at GH in November 2017.  She has worked at Honey Creek Community School for the past 4.5 years in the after-school and summer camp programs with ages kindergarten through eighth grade.  Jasmine will be returning to Washtenaw Community College in the fall to earn an associates as a CCP (Child Care Professional). She attended Eastern Michigan University last year to major in Special Education with a specialty in Cognitive Impairments. In her spare time, she enjoys going to movies and hanging out with friends and family.  Jasmine has 3 dogs and 2 cats, and is extremely happy and excited to work in the preschool room.  Jasmine looks forward to meeting you all!