Meet our Teachers

Cheryl Dunkelbarger- Staff Administrator/Teacher

Cheryl has been involved with the Church Mouse for over 29 years.  She left for several years to teach Kindergarten, returning to the Church Mouse in 2011.  She has a BA in Elementary Education and Psychology from Eastern College in St. Davids, Pa.     All 3 of her children graduated from the Church Mouse

“I have a wonderful staff who gives 110%. They provide a nurturing atmosphere and many fun opportunities for learning.  As I walk through the classrooms, I see very happy children.  We also have wonderful, supportive parents.  We are a Christian preschool, and are excited about sharing the love of Jesus with these children.

 Jennie MacDonald- Office Administrator

Jennie is excited to be working at the Church Mouse both in the office and in the classroom.  She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for 22 years, 16 years at Spa Christian School and 6 years at Schenectady Christian School (now Mekeel Christian Academy) and brings that experience to the office.  She recently returned to college and earned her certification in Early Childhood Education from Schenectady County Community College in June of 2012.

“I love being busy and active and taking on new challenges.  I especially enjoy those delightful little people who are so busily and actively learning about the world around them and about how relationships with others work.  I am excited to be a part of their learning.”

Michelle Duggan – Teaching Assistant

Michele has been a stay at home Mom for the past five years, but has always had a passion for working with young children. Michele joined the Church Mouse staff  in 2015.  Michele lives in Malta with her husband Luke, son Devon and daughter Mckenna (who is a Church Mouse graduate).  She is a huge Philadelphia sports fan, loves bowling, baking, and spending quality time with her family.  “I enjoy the smiles that come through the door each morning, ready to embrace learning.”

Kathleen Hallas – Teaches 3 year olds    

Kathleen has been working at the Church Mouse since 2008.  She has worked in the 3, 4, and Pre-K classes both as an assistant and teacher. Kathleen holds a Bachelor degree from the College of St. Elizabeth.  She and her husband live in Ballston Spa. They have three children that are all Church Mouse graduates. Kathleen loves working with the children and watching their progress throughout the year.

When she is not at work she loves cooking, singing, and spending time with her family.

Lisa Heckman – Teaches 4’s

Lisa started teaching at the Church Mouse in 2002.  She received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, has taught Kindergarten and ran two after school programs.  Lisa was fortunate to stay home with her three sons, who are all graduates of the Church Mouse.  While her boys were at the Church Mouse, she saw the wonderful program and wanted to be a part of it.  The dedicated staff promotes a positive and fun place for children to learn and grow.

Lisa loves the daily one-on-one opportunities  with each student, helping to  foster each child’s personality, and helping them develop their skills.

Melanie Lotto – Teaching Assistant

Melanie joined the Church Mouse staff in 2015.  Melanie lives in Ballston Spa with her husband David, daughter EIena and twins Grace and Henry. She graduated from the College of St Joseph with a bachelors degree in elementary education with a specialization in early childhood education. She has worked with kids in a variety of educational settings for 15 years, specifically in early learning. After taking a couple of years to stay home with her children, Melanie is excited to be working at the Church Mouse. “It is so much fun to work in such a positive learning environment with a dedicated staff and amazing children.” 

Mary Morelock | Church Mouse Nursery School
Mary Morelock

Mary has been at the Church Mouse for over 20 years.   Mary plays piano for our chapel time twice a month.  She is our well loved Grandma.

Tricia McGlynn – Teaches 3 year olds and 4 year olds

Tricia McGlynn has been teaching at the Church Mouse Nursery School since 2009.  She has an AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Cobleskill and 11 years experience in a preschool setting.  Tricia lives in Ballston Spa with her husband Chris and two boys, Dylan, age 16 and Riley, age 10.  Tricia is an an avid reader and big Yankees fan!  She loves  the outdoors and enjoys camping with her family.

“It is truly a privilege to be a part of the Church Mouse staff.   I feel so blessed to have the honor of working with such wonderful teachers and families.  I look forward to seeing all the smiling faces of the children each and every day!”

Heather Rowe – Pre- K teacher

Heather has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from SUNY Oswego.  She has been an educator in various settings for over 17 years.  After taking time off to stay home when her children were little, she returned to teaching in the preschool classroom.  Heather has been at Church Mouse since 2008.

She enjoys the enthusiasm the children bring to class each day.  They are so eager to learn and they look at the world with such wonder and amazement.



Jenn Rooney

Jenn started working at the Church Mouse in September 2017.  She has many  years of experience co-teaching 3,4, and 5 year olds.  Jenn lives in Gansevoort with her husband Kevin and their 3 children Kaitlynn, Skyler and Aiden.  She enjoys spending time with her family camping and boating at their family lake house.


…The Board of Directors for the Church Mouse Nursery School is established to oversee the finances, curriculum, staff, overall operation and spiritual environment of the school.
Current Board Members:Emily Fresn, Karen Kersch, Laura Marino, Rebecca Patnode and Kim Sprenger.

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