Preschool Staff


Melissa Pieper

Mrs. Pieper has a degree in Early Childhood Development from Macomb College as well as Wayne State University. She has worked with children for the last 25 years from the ages three months to nine years of age. Her growth in this community and congregation is one of her top priorities. God is number one in her household. She has an amazing husband (Rob) and three beautiful boys, Connor, Lucas, and Trevor.

Toni Collins

I am so honored and excited to be part of the Christ the King family again! Both my daughters attended here years ago. I’ve  been part of the Grosse Pointe community for most of my life. My love for children started when I was quite young. So I paired my love for dance and the arts by teaching dance to little ones for 18 years, taught Gymboree play and art classes, worked in my daughters’ schools and have nannied for several Grosse Pointe families for the past 20 years. I love our community and I can not wait to be part of your child’s experiences and growth!!

Shelby Pirrello

Mrs. Shelby Pirrello has been teaching toddlers for over 6 years. She is a mother of two wonderful kids, her daughter and her son. Before having kids, she was teaching, a nanny and also helped in the GPPSS for a few years, as a sub and kindergarten aid. Her last job was teaching at the preschool program in GPPSS. When not working she home with her husband and kids enjoying time together. She is so excited to be part of CTK and this wonderful Mommy and Me program.

Teacher Aides

Sarah Champagne

I’m so excited for my first year here at Christ the King.  I have experience working with children of all ages in a home setting and plan to pursue a career to become a certified teacher.  I’m excited to educate and see the imagination and creativity each child brings to the program.  I have 2 children with my significant other which has brought us a life full of love and adventures.

Jola Petrela

Mrs. Petrela was born and raised in Europe and moved to Grosse Pointe 16 years ago! She’s been married to the love of her life for 13 years, and their pride and joy are their two beautiful children. She’s so excited to work at Christ the King and to help your children learn, explore, and grow!

Regiane Fante

Mrs. Fante was born and raised in Brazil, and came to the U.S. as an au pair, 15 years ago. She moved to MI to marry her husband of 13 years. They have four lovely children, a dog named Lucy, and a cat named Niko. She loves children and is the assistant in our 3’s classroom.