Our preschool benefits from the assistance of the church's Grace Year Fellows. The Grace Year Fellowship is a yearlong residential program for college graduates. Grace Year Fellows live together in intentional community for twelve months of focused spiritual growth, leadership and professional development. Through reading, reflection and serving in in the local community, Fellows clarify their values while gaining professional skills to help them lead better lives of service for the common good. Their various praxis positions give Fellows the opportunity to work with local non-profit organizations and share their gifts with the local community.
past grace year assistants
Jordan Boudreau grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Yale College with a double major in Environmental Studies and Architecture. He was also part of Yale Outdoors, worked in theater, made art and lived in an environmental house off-campus. He is excited to be leading lessons with the preschoolers in built and natural environments.
Alex Freeman was born in Kazakhstan and grew up in Pleasant Valley. He currently takes classes at Dutchess Community College and works as a Grace Year Affiliate in the preschool and with Connect, a program for teens which focuses on creativity, spirituality and community. Alex has a passion for music and runs his own DJ business for birthday parties, family celebrations and school events. He is excited to work with the preschoolers in leading games and entertaining them with his juggling and musical talents!
Marcella Gallo lived in Kenya and Hawaii before moving to upstate New York, where she studied Religion at Vassar College. She will be leading meditation with the children on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through December.
“I am honored to be part of the life and learning at MCP this year. The children ground me, offer their genuine love and support to me, and inspire me to be a leader, guide and friend for them as they move through this year of expansive growth and fulfilling discovery.”
Arizona Greene is a recent graduate of Yale College, where she studied Statistics & Data Science and participated in Sabrosura, Yale's Premier Latin Dance team. She is a native of Carollton Georgia, and has spent time in China, developing her language skills and living in a Buddhist monastery for a summer. She is excited to be leading Around the World Music and dance lessons with the children at MCP, as well as guided meditation sessions.