Mary Arbutti joined the staff of Grace Church Preschool in August of 1982 and was a lead teacher in the three year old and pre-k classes for thirteen years. In January of 1995, with her early childhood education background, she was asked to be the temporary director until the end of the school term. In August of 1995 she became the permanent director and has remained in this position for the past seventeen years. During her tenure as director she has expanded the program by initiating programs for two year olds through the pre-k program with various class schedules to better serve the children and their parents.
Mary has also been active in community programs including being a member of AEYC (Association of Education for Young Children), the St. Charles Community College Directors Club, the Grace Church Council, served as grade school cheerleading coach, was a member of her church’s grade school athletic association, and was in the women’s sodality. Prior to Mary’s joining the Grace Church Preschool she was part of the Brennan Center for the Blind staff and was active in their mobility program.
Mary resides in Wentzville with her husband Lou. She has one daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren.