Early Education

Learning to love the Scriptures and memorize verses is a big part of what goes on in our school every day. The kindergarteners in the video above memorized all of Psalm 100 (above) and also all of Psalm 23, in addition to MANY more verses throughout the year. 

Between birth and age 5, there are approximately 2,000 days of growth and development for the young child.  Each of these days is significant in the areas of cognitive, social-emotional, and spiritual development.  Grand View Christian School is pleased to offer a wide variety of age appropriate Christ-centered programs designed to prepare active 3-5 year olds for academic success and spiritual growth.

  • Preschool 3 half day and all day
  • Preschool 4 half day and all day
  • Kindergarten Transition everyday all day
  • After Care Program is available on school days until 5:30

A wide variety of curriculum resources are used to meet the following learning objectives.

  • Spiritual Awareness
  • Intellectual/Academic
  • Social/Emotional
  • Physical Development

Early Education Curriculum

  • Bible
  • Phonics, Pre-Reading, Reading
  • Language Arts: Pre-Handwriting, Handwriting
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Health
  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Technology
  • Library

The GVCS Early Education Progam follows the Quality Program Preschool Standards (QPPS). Teachers are licensed through the Iowa Department of Education. 

Assessments of growth and development are ongoing throughout the school year to monitor preparation for kindergarten readiness.  Parent conferences are available bi-annually and as needed.  Special services are available to GVCS through Heartland AEA for screenings in speech, hearing, or other areas of development.

“Molding Life Long Learners and Followers of Jesus Christ”

Joy Owens


Joy Owens

Your position:


Testimony of salvation:

I grew up in a Christian home and always heard abouy Jesus and God's love for us, but understood salvation clearly at the age of seven. I accepted Christ as my Savior at VBS. My teacher that day is still a mentor to me now. I was baptized in high school as my relationship with my Savior grew. 


Grace Church


AA- Early Childhood, Hawkeye Community College

AA- Business, Kirkwood Community College

Additional Training/Endorsements: 

I have taken classes towards my bachelors degree in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education through the University of Northern Iowa. 


I have been married to my highschool sweetheart for 20 years. The Lord blessed us with five children. The oldest graduated GVCS in 2017 and is a freshmen in college and our youngest started kindergarten at GVCS this year. 

Things you enjoy doing when you’re not teaching:

I love photography and decorating. 

How long have you been in your job at Grand View? 

While this is my 2nd year in the preschool at GVCS and my 4th year as GV staff, I have taught in preschool for 16 years. 

What is your favorite thing about your job? 

I LOVE this school! My favorite thing about GVCS is the people and the students. I enjoy working with the littlest people at GVCSand watching them grow and learn. 

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Destiny Lacey
Preschool 4 Teacher
Amy Sternquist
Kindergarten Transition Teacher/ Extended Care Coordinator
Erin Dobraska
Aimee Gillaspie
Associate and Extended Care
Joy Owens
Katrina Quick
preschool 3 Teacher