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Join Our Team

Our teachers are carefully selected, trained, and regularly evaluated. We support the professional development of our staff. We believe every child needs confident adults who can lead, guide and direct.

If you would like more information about GraceAChildUSA, please give us a call at one of our Facilities:

Christiansburg Location: 540-382-9591

Radford Location: 540-831-7223

love kids? We want you

If you are ready for a great place to work for, apply today!

What we offer

  • -Flexible schedules
  • -Paid Holidays
  • -Paid vacation
  • -Personal days
  • -Childcare discount
  • -Competitive Pay
  • -Free training
  • -Medical, Dental and vision assistance
  • -Positive teamwork family environment

Our staff

The staff at each Grace-A-Child USA Academy is extremely dedicated to providing your child with the guidance and quality education they deserve. We cannot forget that they are young children and it is impossible to teach a child that does not feel safe and loved in their classroom. Our teachers create stimulating and nurturing environments fit for all children to excel in their early years of education.

We require our Teachers to undergo:


  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Completed Background Checks with Criminal History and Finger Print Search
  • 10 hour Virginia Pre-service Training
  • Child Abuse & Department of Social Services Training
  • Over 24 hours of classroom and development training annually
  • Food Handling Certification
  • Complete training over the Virginia State Child Care Minimum Standards
  • Minimum of Two years of classroom experience or CDEA/Early Childhood Education Degrees prior to joining Grace-A-Child USA Academy
  • A developed spiritual life
  • Attend a church regularly

My compassion is to help promote a great life for children. When I was young, I was the only child and wanted to grow up and have a big family. Now I have three wonderful children that are now teenagers- Ariana is my oldest daughter who also works here at Grace A Child as a junior aid, my son Destin who is my middle child, and my youngest daughter Vayda. I have accomplished many things in my life because of my faith in God. Through my school years, I studied childcare, marketing, and psychology. After I graduated, I worked at another preschool as a preschool teacher and a Team Leader for ten years. Now I am the Director for Grace A Child. I worked hard to get to this position, and I am so blessed to be here.
God’s calling sent me here to lead this Academy. I was raised Pentecostal and believe all things are possible by the grace of God.
I now live in Blacksburg with my husband and my children and pets.
I love to help others, be a team player and praise everyone for their job well done.
I love spending time with my family and my parents I enjoy making crafts, reading the bible, and planning events. I get my artistic levels from my mom and my grandma.
As I see it- God had plans for me and sent me to Grace A Child and I truly believe it. Like the scripture in the Bible says-
“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11
And now look where I am at, I am the Director of the Christiansburg Grace a Child Academy. It is my calling!

Sommer Thomas

Christiansburg Academy Director

“I recently read a quote, “GOD CREATED TEACHERS TO CHANGE THE WORLD”, Author unknown. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity and joy of teaching. Ive worked around children all my life, words will never express the true gratitude of knowing you are changing lives through teaching. I am thankful for the opportunity Grace A Child has given me to continue to teach on a daily basis whether it is in the classroom or through the position of  Director. Grace A Child strives to prepare children for great educational exploits by executing a daily curriculum and surrounding them with life shapers who have their best interest at heart.

Children are always curious and eager to learn and I’ve learned that children are some of the greatest teachers, with them any moment can turn into a teachable moment. At Grace A Child children are encouraged to learn through a variety of tools such as music, creativity, role play, and hands on activities. I often tell people we have one of the greatest jobs, everyday we have a blank canvas to do whatever we can imagine and touch lives at the same time.”
Eboni Joplin

Radford Academy Director

“It has and continues to be a pleasure to work for Grace-A-Child USA Academy. Since the beginning when my two children attended, I have watched this ministry blossom and expand.

Both facilities are beautiful and they are staffed with some of the most incredible caring people.

Our teachers come to us with experience and undergo training annually so children are always receiving the best possible education. Grace-A-Child creates a nurturing and stimulating environment where your child can feel comfortable and can easily engage in activities. Their enthusiasm about education will give your little ones a lifelong love of learning!”

Casey Roberts Gutierrez

Media & Communications Manager