Day School Staff
Teachers and assistants at Grace Episcopal Day School hold college degrees. All employees have passed extensive background checks and have attended child abuse prevention classes sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.  In addition, all personnel participate in continuing education opportunities, including infant and child CPR, and work together to maintain the high standards of the Day School.
One of our Co-Directors, Jean Grinnell, is starting her 15th year at Grace.  She holds a Masters Degree from Virginia Tech in Elementary Education, specializing in Pre-K through 8th grade, and has taught the two-year-old, three-year-old, and four-year-old classes and is currently teaching the Day School's kindergarten class.  She has lived in York County with her husband and four children since 1999 and enjoys sports, lazy days on the water during the summer, family time and traveling.
Paula Kempton, our other Co-Director, has taught three- and four-year-olds at Grace for 14 years.  She grew up in southern New Jersey and found her way to Grace Episcopal after living in Florida and Georgia.   Paula has a Bachelor of Science from Montclair State University.  All three of her sons attended Grace Day School for preschool and Kindergarten.  “I adore introducing and guiding all of my students through the preschool journey each and every year.  Being able to participate in their personal growth and triumphs is why I love to teach.”  In her spare time, Paula enjoys baking, box turtles, and any type of family time she can spend with her husband and sons.

Suzanne Lane-Poteet, the lead teacher for the three-year-old class, grew up here in Yorktown and attended York High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University and a Masters degree also in science from Old Dominion University. She is licensed to teach pre-K through grade 12 and specializes in teaching students with special needs. Her passion is helping kids achieve their goals and enjoy the journey getting there. In her spare time, she likes to travel with her husband and son. They love to explore new destinations as well as exotic cuisine. "I'm so happy to be here working with the Grace Day School family helping to shape young lives," says Suzanne.  We are happy to have her here!!

Teresa Thacker Haskin, teacher of the four-day 4's, grew up in Yorktown and attended Tabb High.  She graduated from James Madison University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  She went to CNU for a Masters of Arts in Teaching English.  She is married to David Haskin and has seven children with ages ranging from a 28-year-old to a five-year-old.

Rebecca DiVietro, teacher of the three-year-old class, has lived in Yorktown since 2010.  Originally from England, she studied Business Administration and Business Accounting in colleges in Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge.  Both of her daughters attended Grace Day School. She enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.

Meredith Moore is entering her first year at Grace as the assistant teacher in the two-year- old program. Meredith was a substitute teacher last year and enjoyed every opportunity she got to sub at Grace. Meredith grew up in Yorktown and graduated from York High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Religious Studies from Christopher Newport University. In addition to working at Grace, she is the Head Competition Cheerleading Coach at York High School and also works at FAME Allstars.  In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family which includes her two children who also attend Grace Day School.

Autumn Duffy grew up in the Williamsburg area and graduated from Bruton High School in 2005. She went on to the College of William and Mary and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in religious studies. She has two children who went through Grace Day School and are currently in 2nd grade and Kindergarten. She is in her second year teaching the two-year-old class and loves it. She enjoys running in her spare time and has a rather dangerous addiction to handbags and dresses. She also works part time at Kate Spade in Williamsburg to help fund the addiction. 

Our new Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Grace Episcopal is Karen Durren-Wahlstrom. She has an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies and a Bachelors in Elementary Education. Karen has a diverse background from teaching missionary children in Ecuador to Director of Christian Education in a church in Pennsylvania to teaching early childhood here in Newport News and most recently the Gloucester County Bookmobile Coordinator. She feels fortunate to share with her husband a combined family of six, with children ages 31-17. She also loves rainbows and you may notice her wearing them quite often, possibly even in her hair!

Last Published: November 13, 2018 1:46 PM
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