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Meet Some of Our Staff 

Meet Our Founder:


Great Start Preschool & Daycare, Inc. was founded by Pastor Mark Di Bernardo in 2006. Inspired by his eight grandchildren, he envisioned a school that felt like a family, and an environment that felt like home. Pastor Mark is a dedicated Christian pastor and community leader, who has devoted his life to serving others and sharing the love of God with those around him. With a passion for helping  people navigate the challenges of life, he has spent decades working with adults and youth and guiding them towards a brighter future. 

Pastor Mark's family moved to Arizona from Brooklyn in the 1950s. Pastor Mark fell in love with the Wild West of Arizona and has transformed Great Start's Campus into a Wild West town complete with a trackless train, water tower, and Wild West playground. He created this campus as a tribute to his own parents and upbringing here in the great state of Arizona. 

Pastor Mark believes that the curriculum and activities are focused on learning with a hands on approach and believes that keeping school fun is the key to children being excited about learning.  "Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin 

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