Meet Our Teachers

Christina Weiss – Director

Christina became the director of Church Mouse in 2021. She has a Master’s Degree in Literacy from the University of Albany and was a substitute teacher in the Saratoga Springs School District for three years. She enjoys biking and hiking in the Adirondacks with her family and sitting down with a good book and a hot cup of tea. Christina loves the daily interaction with the children and families of Church Mouse and looks forward to watching the children learn and grow.

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 23 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.”

Lisa Heckman – Teacher (3 year-olds and 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.

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 15 years experience in a preschool setting.  Tricia lives in Ballston Spa with her husband Chris and two boys, Dylan, and Riley.  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!”

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, and volunteering at the Schenectady City Mission.   

“I love this school so much and still can’t believe how well it prepared my son for Kindergarten in the public school system.”

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.

Corrie Delnicki – Teaching Assistant  Corrie pic

Corrie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences.  After being a stay at home mom to her two sons for eight years, Corrie began working as a Teacher’s Aide in the Saratoga Springs City School District.  In 2018 Corrie’s daughter was born so she decided to stay home again.  Corrie joined Church Mouse in the Fall of 2021.  Her daughter is currently enrolled in our school and loves it! 

Chrisanne pic Chrisanne Solecky – Teaching Assistant

Chrisanne is excited to be joining the Church Mouse Staff.  Having taught kindergarten for several years, before relocating to the Saratoga area, she has a vast amount of primary experience.  Chrisanne is always ready to tell story, tie a shoe, or sing a song.  She and her husband Eric and son, Alex love living close to the Adirondacks and spend a lot of time outdoors.  Snowmobiling, fishing, and kayaking are just some of their favorite activities.  Her newest hobby is participating in agility with Toga, her Shetland Sheepdog.  Chrisanne loves working with the students and journeying through this FUN and important developmental stage with them.  

Tina Rosato – Teaching Assistant

Tina has been a stay at home mom and watched children in her home for the past 12 years. Although her background is in Interior Design and Merchandising, her true passion is working with children. Tina lives in Ballston Spa with her husband, Nick and two sons who were both Church Mouse graduates. When she’s not at the ballfield with her boys, Tina loves to travel, entertain and read.

Patricia McLain – Teacher (2 year-olds)

Patty started teaching at Church Mouse in 2021. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the College of St. Rose. Patty has had a variety of experiences working in the educational field. She was a third grade teacher, worked at the Saratoga YMCA teaching a gym and swim program for toddlers, ran a before and after school program for the YMCA, a Girl Scout leader, an Odyssey of the Mind coach and a nanny. Patty lives in Ballston Spa with her husband Gary and two daughters, who are graduates of Church Mouse.

“I’m so excited to be working at Church Mouse. I always thought it would be a dream to work at Church Mouse when my girls were enrolled there. I guess you can say dreams do come true.”

Annie Solsky – Teaching Assistant

Annie has a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from Molloy College. She spent 9 years teaching Outdoor and Environmental Education to children of all ages on Long Island. After moving to the area, she substituted in various elementary schools. Taking a break to be a stay at home mom to her two kiddos, she returned to teaching by joining Church Mouse Nursery School in 2021. Annie first fell in love with Church Mouse when her two children attended and is excited to be assisting in the 2 year-old classroom. Annie loves to read, garden and spend her time outside with her family.

Casey Stewart – Teaching Assistant

Casey has been a stay at home mom for the past seven years. She joined the Church Mouse Nursery School staff in 2021. She graduated from Morrisville State College and is now a small business owner. Casey has two daughters, Harper a Church Mouse graduate, and Maggie who is currently enrolled at Church Mouse. Casey enjoys all things outdoors with her family. They love traveling in their camper and are currently working on a hiking challenge together.

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