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 4's Teacher

Mrs. Grischow graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and continues to refresh her education at MCC and through various trainings.  She has more than eight years of Early Childhood Education experience.  Her teaching experience includes young 3's, 3's, 4's and Pre-K.  She is married and has three children  She also has a dog named Emmett, a cat named Snowball, and fifteen chickens.  


Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell-

3's & Terrific Tuesdays

Mrs. Mitchell has her degree from Western Illinois University.  She previously taught in public schools and in the preschool setting.  When her son was born she became a stay-at-home mom and joined MFW when he attended.  Now her daughter attends MFW and Mrs. Mitchell is still teaching our 3's.  When she isn't in the classroom, Mrs. Mitchell, enjoys spending time with her family going on walks reading, sewing/quilting, and scrapbooking.


Mrs. Stephanie Lieb-

2's Teacher

Mrs. Lieb attended Concordia University and continues her education through various trainings.  She was a teacher for almost nine years at KinderCare before becoming a stay-at-a-home mom when her son was born. Mrs. Lieb is a member of Prince of Peace, over 16 years, and is involved in the music and youth programs at the church.


MRS. Sheri Clark-


Mrs. Clark, a married mother of two and grandmother of three, has lived most of her life in Crystal Lake raising her family and baking cookies.  In 2008 Mrs. Clark became the co-teacher for the newly opened 2's class at MFW, she is currently the co-teacher in our 4's classroom.  Mrs. Clark loves to bake cookies!

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MRS. nancy dougherty-


Mrs. Dougherty has been with MFW since 2012 when her daughter attended.  She has two older sons, as well.  Mrs. Dougherty earned her B.A. degree from Southern Illinois University.  Mrs. Dougherty is also our Co-Teacher for the Terrific Tuesdays and the childcare coordinator for a local MOPS group.


MRS. kathleen brenner- 


Mrs. Brenner has been our 2's Co-Teacher since 2014. She earned a B.A. degree from Valparaiso Universiy and her Early Childhood Ed. certificate from Elgin Community College.  She worked at Westminster Christian School as a substitute teacher and as a tutor for D-300 schools. She has two children in college, and lives in Algonquin with her husband of 30 years and a 100-lb golden retriever.  


MRS. nancy holvay- 


Mrs. Holvay started as a substitute teacher with MFW and is now a Co-Teacher.  She is involved with the Preschool Committee and has worked in the childcare profession for twenty years.  Mrs. Holvay is a graduate of Southwestern Michigan College and is married with three adult children and three grandsons, who are the light of her life.


Our staff is dedicated to our preschool and students.  All teachers and aides are CPR and First Aid certified.  They also receive a minimum of fifteen hours of in-service training each year in an effort to continually better their knowledge and themselves.  In-service training allows them to stay updated on new developments and ideas in Early Childhood Education.


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Jen Warfel