Preschool Staff

"A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image."

-Author Unknown-


Mary Grischow

Director and four's Room Teacher

Mrs. Grischow graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and continually updates her education at MCC and through various trainings.  This year begins her 12th year in Early Childhood Education, which includes teaching experience in young 3s, 3s, 4s and Pre-K.  She has been married for 28 years and has three children, a dog named Emmett, a cat named Snowball, and nine chickens.  


Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell

Three's Room Teacher

Mrs. Mitchell earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and is beginning her 5th year teaching at My Father's World. She has 2 children who both attended MFW, and are currently in 1st grade and 3rd grade. She previously taught in both public schools and in preschools before beginning her family.  Mrs. Mitchell has always loved working with children and helping them grow. When she isn't in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family going on walks, snuggling up with a good book, and sewing/quilting.


Mrs. Stephanie Lieb

Two's Room Teacher

Mrs. Lieb is beginning her 5th year teaching in the 2's classroom. She has been married for 9 years and has a 7-year-old son who attended MFW, and a 2-year-old daughter. She attended Concordia University and continues her education through various trainings.  She was a teacher at KinderCare Learning Centers before becoming a stay-at-a-home mom when her son was born. Mrs. Lieb has been a member of Prince of Peace for 19 years, and has witnessed first-hand many students who have been taught through our preschool. 


MRS. Jennifer warfel

two's Room co-TEACHER

Mrs. Warfel earned her bachelor's degree from Augustana College and is beginning her second year as a teacher in the 2's room. She has had two children attend My Father's World, and has been active on the Preschool Committee for 4 years. She is very involved in the Boy Scouts organization,  where she and her husband share leadership responsibilities.


MRS. kathleen brenner

Three's room CO-TEACHER & Terrific tuesdays

Mrs. Brenner has been teaching at My Father’s World for 5 years. She earned a B.A. degree from Valparaiso University and her Early Childhood Education Certificate from Elgin Community College.  Before joining MFW, she worked at Westminster Christian School as a substitute teacher, and as a tutor in the AVID program for D-300 schools. She has two adult children and lives in Algonquin with her husband of 33 years, Marley, their 100-lb golden retriever, and Calisi the cat.  


MRS. nancy holvay

four's room CO-TEACHER

Mrs. Holvay is beginning her 4th year as a teacher at MFW as a co-teacher in the 4's room. Mrs. Holvay is a graduate of Southwestern Michigan College where she majored in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in education for nearly 20 years, including preschool programs, before- and after-school programs. and summer camps. She is married with three adult children, three grandsons, and a granddaughter who are the joy of her life!


Our staff is dedicated to our preschool and students.  All teachers are CPR and First-Aid certified.  Additionally, our teachers receive a minimum of 20 hours of in-service training every year to continually better their knowledge and stay current on new developments and ideas in Early Childhood Education.


Cheri Kisly & Renee' Cunningham


Jen Warfel