ABOUT US and Our Staff


Our greatest gift is to share the love of Christ with
the children in our care and their families.
A few words about us ...
Welcome to Open Arms of Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Child Development
Center, more lovingly known as "Open Arms." We have been providing quality
education and child care since 1993. Open Arms is a non-profit organization

dedicated to teaching young children and their families about Christ's love.

The school is run by a School Director, under the guidance of a School Board,
who is responsible to the Church Council of Shepherd of the Coast (S. O. T. C.)
Lutheran Church. The focus of each of the preceding and our exceptional
school staff strive to set a loving Christian atmosphere for children to learn
and to grow in.

The Board of Directors for Open Arms Preschool:  Bill Knisely, Chair;
Bertie Sargis, Treasurer;
Norma Unthank, Secretary;  Board Members: 
Sharain Mueller, Olivia Kendall
We are looking for a qualified part-time teacher at Open Arms

 (must have a CDA or 45 hours of Children an Families instruction).

Please contact Shari DeMayo, Director, at 446-1782.

                        Meet Our Staff:

 Director: Shari DeMayo 

Shari has been with Open Arms since its inception in June of 1993. She
taught as well as directed for many years. As the school grew, so did responsibilities, and as such Shari is now a full-time director. Shari has
a Child Development Associate and an AA with early education and
management as majors. She started her official childcare role in late
1984. Shari is the 2007 Lumin Christi Award winner for leadership in

Teacher: Sarina Machek                                 Angels

Sarina has been a teacher at open Arms since the beginning in 1993. She
has taught ages 2 to preschool. Sarina has a Child Development Associate
and is current in early learning research.

Teacher: Tracie Whitaker                                Doves

Tracie has taught at Open Arms since 1998. She has taught 2-year-olds
to Preschool. Tracie has a Child Development Associate and is always on
the lookout for new ways for children to learn, grow and play.

Teacher: Tabitha Russell                                   Lambs
Tabitha is a Alumni of the Open Arms Pre School.  She worked when
she was 14 years old.  After high school she earned her Child Development
Associate degree and is now an effective teacher