Preschool Team Bios

Jamie Tiller – Preschool Curriculum

I am very excited to be a part of the Grace Preschool team. My husband, Joey, and I have 3 children and have lived in the Bay area since 2017. We moved here from Chicago, where I left my job of being the Education Director of a private preschool for a number of years. I have taught every age from 18 months-Kindergarten and loved each one for it’s own characteristics. The one thing that all of the ages had in common was a love of learning and the desire to soak up as much knowledge as possible. It was inspiring to spend my days surrounded by that positivity. I grew up knowing Jesus’ love for me so it is incredibly important that I share that love with young children to experience on their own. Seeing the purity and amazement as the word of God is shared with children is simply magical. In preschool, a foundation is laid that will be built on for years to come. I am thankful to be a part of this early step in children’s lives. God is doing great things in the hearts of our young ones, and we are privileged to be along for the ride!

Brianne McWilliams – Preschool Coordinator

I have been married to my husband Paul for almost 13 years and we been going to Grace for 12 years. We have 2 daughters: Victoria who is 7 and Elizabeth who is 4. I have loved working with children for as long as I can remember.  I have been involved in working with children for over 20 years in various children’s church ministries, and as a gymnastics coach. I look forward to working with the Preschool team to continue to make Grace Preschool a place where Jesus’ love is seen, heard, and felt and a place where kids and volunteers love to be!

Mayumi Waldrop – Preschool Facilitator

My husband Matthew and I came from Sydney, Australia in 2016 and started attending Grace Silicon Valley shortly thereafter. A work transition for Matthew then meant that we moved over to Grace South Bay in 2018 and have loved being there ever since. I started helping out with Grace Kids in April earlier this year and have enjoyed getting to know the children of Grace. We have three children of our own – Theodore, Tobias and Arielle. I am a textbook introvert who loves having the house to myself where I can bake, play music or do some quiet reading with no interruptions from little humans–but let’s be honest here, this rarely happens.

Emi Wheeless – Preschool Assistant Coordinator & Facilitator

Hi! My name is Emi Wheeless. I just got back to California after 4 years at Seattle University. I’ve been working with kids for about 9 years including the last 2 years as a Children’s ministry facilitator at Grace Seattle. I have a passion for serving the youngest of our congregation. You may also see me serving my church community by singing for worship, which I try to do whenever possible. I’m excited to meet and serve the many families of Grace South Bay over the next year!