About MCNS

Our amazing teachers and staff are certified and experienced in early childhood education and are committed to providing the best first school experience to our students. MCNS is proud to adopt the Zoo Phonics program which concentrates on students learning their letter sounds through sight, sound, and motion. They spend their time creating a memorable learning environment which prepares our students for their next step. Our class sizes remain small with a low student-teacher ratio to give each child the attention they need to be successful. They have the unique opportunity to build a connection between student and teacher which translates into individualized instruction.  MCNS offers a safe, caring and cheerful classroom to grow and learn. Students have the opportunity to participate in many activities to enrich their learning, by using hands on materials and exposure to school routines that makes their transition to kindergarten go smoothly.

Meet Our Director

Melissa Ricci


Melissa Ricci comes to the MCNS directorship after being a part of the community for the last five years as both a parent and a teacher. To our MCNS families, she is most commonly known as our PreK teacher; a role she will continue to lead as she takes on the new director position. She aims to create an environment where children learn through hands on activities while preparing for the full day kindergarten experience they will step into. It is her belief that the school experience should be a bridge from home to school working together to give little learners a sense of confidence as they enter the next level of their education. She is incredibly excited that she has been given the opportunity to work with and support the amazing MCNS teaching staff to provide your families with the best start to their school years.

Meet Our Teachers

Marissa Smith

Transitional K

Mrs. Smith comes to MCNS with over 10 years of experience in the early childhood field with a  Master’s Degree in Education. She has a...

Melissa Ricci

Pre-K Teacher

Melissa Ricci is NY certified (Pre-K through 6) with a masters in elementary education from SUNY Brockport. Mrs. Ricci has been teaching PreK at MCNS for...

Rebekah McLane

Fun in 3s – AM ; Music & Literature

Rebekah McLane is our lead teacher in the Fun in 3s class. Rebekah has created the 3s class curriculum and is our literacy teacher for...

Amy Tschiderer

Playful Twos, Music and Literature

Amy Tschiderer grew up locally and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood and Special Education from St. John Fisher College. For the last six years...

what our families say


My twins have a late birthday so we have had the privilege of being able to send them here for three years. MCNS has made the learning environment fun and rewarding for them. They love going to school and look forward to it everyday. We are going to miss it next year when they are […]

Deanna Leone -


My family has been involved in MCNS for 4 years. We have experienced the 2’s program, the 3’s and the 4’s and every teacher, every experience, has been amazing. My children have thrived there and the environment is not only one of learning but one of nurturing. The teacher’s love for children and for what […]


We have been fortunate to be a part of MCNS for the past three years and can’t say enough good things about the caring environment, gifted teachers, and fantastic curriculum. Our son has thrived here and looks forward to every day he gets to attend. A hidden gem in our community!!

Doleen Hood -


Our son is participating in transitional kindergarten this year. With a late fall birthday, this is proving to be the perfect experience to prepare him for the demands of kindergarten. He has made more progress in the last 5 months than we saw all of last year. We are so happy with the program at […]