Meet Our Teachers

Cheryl Dunkelbarger- Staff Administrator/Teacher

Cheryl has been involved with the Church Mouse for over 30 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.”


Lisa Heckman – Teacher (4 year-olds)

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.


Stephanie Lucero – Administrative Assistant

Stephanie has been a stay at home mom for 5 years.  Prior to that she worked for ARC in Denver, Colorado working with developmentally disabled children and adults.  She was also an office manager for a major car dealership.  Stephanie has a passion for working with children and youth. Both of her sons graduated from Church Mouse.

“We moved from Denver to Saratoga Springs and just fell in love with the area.  My husband and I put both of our kids in Church mouse and we were so impressed with how much they learned in a short amount of time.  The staff was incredible and I’m just so honored to be a part of such a great school and church.”


Tricia McGlynn – Teacher (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!”

Julie Pasieka – Teaching Assistant

Julie Pasieka joined Church Mouse in 2019 after spending years volunteering in her children’s classes and eventually working as a substitute teacher’s aide at the school.  Both of her boys, Henry and Avery, attended Church Mouse.  Julie has a BA from SUNY Albany.  Julie loves spending time in nature with her husband and children.  They enjoy hiking, camping and exploring all things science and nature related together.  Julie is a bookworm who also loves gardening and her dog and cats.

“I am so thankful to be a part of Church Mouse. I love being a part of helping these amazing little children grow and develop in such a fun and caring school!”


Becky Patnode – Administrative Assistant

Becky Patnode joined Church Mouse in 2019.  Her son is a graduate of the Church Mouse Nursery School.    Becky has a BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a MS in Literacy and Special Education from Sage Graduate School.  Becky loves spending time with her family, volunteering at the Schenectady City Mission and serving at the First Baptist Church.   

“I love this school so much and still can’t believe how well it prepared my son for Kindergarten in the public school system.  It is such a joy to be working here now too.”


Mary Roberts – Teaching Assistant

This is Mary’s first year at Church Mouse. She graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, from Florida Atlantic University. She has seven years of experience in the elementary school setting, having taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. Mary has two boys, Jameson and Jackson, that have attended Church Mouse. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time outdoors with my boys. We are big Notre Dame fans!

“I’m honored to be a part of the Church Mouse staff. I’m grateful to work with such amazing teachers. I look forward to being back in the classroom and working with the wonderful children and families of church mouse”.

Mary 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 – Teaching Assistant

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.




Heather Rowe – Teacher, Pre-K

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.



Mary MorelockMary Morelock | Church Mouse Nursery School

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.






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, Laura Marino, Christina Weiss, Jenny Staulters and Cynthia Pritchard.

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