Meet Our Teachers

Christina Weiss – Director

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 (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.


Tina Rosato – Teaching Assistant

Tina has been a stay at home mom and watched her 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.

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