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Joyful Journey


Parent Testimony

Our Teachers

Our oldest daughter started at Joyful Journey Preschool (JJP) in 2012 when she was 3 years old.  She is our first child so finding the right school was so important and was hard. We wanted a preschool not a daycare, we wanted it to be faith based, and we wanted to feel comfortable. We looked at over 12 schools and when we walked into JJP we instantly knew it was the best choice. We felt at peace and welcomed. The most important thing for me was I felt the presence of God!

The teachers are genuine and you can tell they love what they do; we feel so blessed that our children are taught and cared for by some of the most wonderful individuals!  The school is always clean, safe, organized and decorated with the current weekly projects. I feel very comfortable talking to any of the teachers about anything that comes to mind, and they are attentive to our feedback as well.  I’m so thankful for the love and knowledge they have shared with my kids. 

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Medical Administration

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​Wendy Kiesow

Preschool Director/Lead PreK Teacher
Wendy is a Colorado native, originally born in Collbran, CO. She is a Mesa State College graduate. There she earned an A.A.S degree in Early Childhood Education. Wendy lived in California for 15 years where she had experience as a Preschool Director and a Pre-K Teacher. Here in Grand Junction Wendy has worked at local preschools and ran a home daycare program. She has been with Joyful Journey Preschool since it started 11 years ago. In her free time Wendy likes to crochet, work in her garden and refinish furniture. She was born to be a teacher! She enjoys sharing the love of God with children and truly loves the families of JJP and her co-workers. 

Lindy Bryan

Lead Preschool Teacher

Lindy graduated from Grand Junction High School and went on to Mesa State College where she received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Minor in Dance. Since then, she's had an amazing career at the Montessori Preschool of Grand Junction for the last 14 years, until the preschool closed. During her time at Montessori she learned so much from helping young children grow socially and emotionally through playing and how to encourage children to interact positively with one another. Lindy is also a dance teacher at the Institute of Dancing Arts where she instructs 3-4 year olds on creative movement, progressing onto more structured movements preparing them for the next level. Dance has been a part of her life since childhood and she loves sharing her love of dance with her family. She has been happily married for 23 years, has 2 wonderful daughters who are also involved in dance. In addition to being involved in dance together, Lindy and her family enjoy hiking, bike riding, and family vacations.

Jayden Ferganchick

PreK Teacher

Jayden is a Colorado native. She has worked with kids of all ages for 5 years. "Being a teacher is rewarding to me because teachers help shape our next generation and make happy hearts." Jayden graduated from Itellitec College as a medical assistant. Her hobbies include sports and art.

Ali Gross

Lead TK Teacher

Ali has been an Early-Childhood Education teacher for over 20 years. She taught Pre-Kindergarten for 18 years at the same school in Denver. As the school's Mentor, she also helped new and seasoned staff with curriculum, classroom management, and any concerns they had with their students. Ali was born and raised in Palisade, CO. After being away for 18 years, she decided it was time to move back to Grand Junction. After the past 3 rewarding years of nannying, Ali is excited to be back in the classroom. Early-Childhood Education is her passion. She looks forward to fostering children's natural ability to grow, learn and explore the world around them. Ali, her husband, and her 16 year old daughter like taking their labradoodle for walks. They enjoy ATVing, hiking, playing board games, and cooking together. In the fall, they love cheering on their daughter at Marching Band Competitions. Ali loves to run, be outdoors, and hang out with her family. She is a HUGE Broncos fan so you'll be seeing a lot of blue and orange in her classroom. 

​Lucie Strippel
TK Teacher