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 the Music and Literature program at MCNS.  She holds a Bachelors degree in education from William Smith College in Geneva. Mrs. McLane has taught preschool in a variety of settings from NOLA to Happiness House in Canandaigua, NY and brings her past experiences to MCNS.  She enjoys watching her teenage children play sports and walking her dog.

Amy Tschiderer

Art & Science Enrichment

Mrs. T is excited to take on the Art and Science curriculum.  Most of you may know her as our Playful Two's teacher.  Amy has been with MCNS for 5 years. She brings fun and exploration to this enrichment class where she will guide the students through experiments and different art styles.

Amy Tschiderer

Playful Twos Teacher, Fun in Threes PM Teacher

Amy Tschiderer grew up locally and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood and Special Education from St. John Fisher College. For the last eight years she has had the great fortune to stay home and raise her two boys ages, four and five-both of whom attended MCNS. Mrs. T. created our twos program for our youngest kiddos at MCNS that develops their growth and independence. She is devoted to cultivating an environment which gives her students the best first experience to their school years.  Amy is an active member in the MCNS and HFL community. When she is not at MCNS, she can be found at many of her boys sporting events or spending time with her husband, Steve.


Jennà Towner

Fun in Three’s AM

Jennà Towner is our morning Fun in Threes lead teacher.  She has served several roles at MCNS over the last few years including assistant teacher and enrichment teacher. Mrs. Towner holds an associates degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Cobleskill. Jennà has been involved in teaching preschool for the past 17 years, from North Carolina to New York State, and her favorite ages to teach are 3 and 4 year old children. She has two children of her own that keep her busy with sports, including coaching her daughters cheer leading team.


Melissa Ricci

Director

Melissa Ricci has been the director at MCNS for the last 3 years after being a part of the community for the past seven years as both a parent and a teacher. She serves a dual role as our AM PreK teacher; a role she holds dear to her heart in order to stay connected with the MCNS families.  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.


Jacklyn Gurnett

Transitional K

Jacklyn Gurnett is a certified art teacher (K–12) from Buffalo State University. Her classroom experience ranges from pre-K to middle school, teaching children of all abilities. After spending a little time at home raising two children, she is honored to be able to offer the best of both art and education, using a cross curricular approach to learning. Ms. Gurnett believes that a positive, supportive environment stimulates young minds to be joyful learners. As part of the TK curriculum, art education provides the opportunity to nurture the creative side of children. This approach encompasses the development of reading skills, language, and small math by keeping children engaged on multiple levels. Together, she and her wonderful assistant, Patty Magee will offer a meaningful environment for learning and exploring with an eye to developing that love of learning which enables so much success in kindergarten.

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 the last four years and has created the PreK curriculum based on her breadth of knowledge and teaching experiences specifically concentrating on the zoo phonics. She was tenured in East Rochester School District before moving to Arizona. There, she stayed home to raise her 3 boys and became interested and involved in early childhood experiences. During that time, she began her career as the lead preschool teacher. She strives to create a first experience that will help the students be prepared and eager to go to school and be life-long learners. She creates a community in her classroom where the children will learn through hands on experiences in a warm and nurturing environment. Together with her talented assistant, Lea Consiglio, they create a warm and fun environment where children grow. Melissa lives in Victor with her husband, Matt, their 3 boys; Sam, JT and Eli, (Eli is an MCNS TK alum) their chihuahua, Otis and chocolate lab, Champ. When she is not at our school, you can find her on the football and lacrosse fields or the wrestling mat cheering her boys on.

Joanne Weber

3s Assistant

Joanne has been a fixture at MCNS over the past 9 years. She enjoys working with the kiddos and watching them learn and grow. Mrs. Weber spends her time outside of school with her husband watching her two sons play baseball who attend HFL.

Anita Ricci

Transitional K

This is Mrs. Ricci's second year as the lead Transitional Kindergarten teacher.  Previously, Anita taught our enrichment Yoga class which she has successfully implemented into her TK classroom.  She comes with a multitude of early childhood experience including a permanent New York State certification in elementary education and a  Master’s Degree in Education.  Anita began her teaching career in the Hilton Central School District as a multi-age classroom teacher for 5 years.  For the past 20 years, she has enjoyed raising her 3 boys and taking care of several educators children during the school year.  In recent years, she became certified in yoga instruction for children.  She has a passion for early learning and combining the benefits of yoga into her classroom.  Anita brings a personal connection to her students at MCNS as she helps them grow and learn through encouragement.  In her free time, she enjoys playing with her 2 dogs, reading, yoga practice, hiking and spending time with her husband, Fred, and their three boys, Hayden, Anthony and Cole at plays/musicals as well as on the football field.


Tamara Orduna

Assistant

Tamara comes to MCNS after being a part of our community as a parent and volunteer for several years.  Her daughter was a Pre-K graduate of MCNS 3 years ago.  Tamara is an active member of the Honeoye Falls Community.  She joined us mid year in the Transitional Kindergarten program and as proved to be a essential member of the team and classroom.

Lea Consiglio

Assistant

Lea Consiglio is best most known as Mrs. C. by most of our MCNS families. She has held the position of Pre-k Assistant for 16 years. Prior to this Lea was a stay at home mom for 9 years of her girls who are presently 21 and 25 also attended MCNS. Before being a wife and mom, Lea worked at St. Ann's Home For The Aged as a Management Information Systems Analyst which included Computer Programming and teaching Nursing Staff and Office Staff how to use the computer system. Mrs. C lives in Ionia with her husband Pat, Maggie (their chocolate lab) and two kittens, named Bubba and Booboo. She loves to cook and bake and also enjoys gardening, camping, swimming and being with her family.

Colette Gotham

Assistant

Colette is new to MCNS this year. She is the mother of 3 kiddos and has enjoyed staying home with them. Now that her children are all in school, Colette is excited about the opportunity join our MCNS staff in the 2s program.  Colette loves working with children and is excited about this new position she will have assisting Mrs. T with our youngest learners.

Anita Ricci

Yoga Teacher

Yoga wasn’t in my world until 12 years ago. As the only daughter and oldest child in my household, I was highly motivated to hit my personal goals but found exercise a waste of my valuable time. I managed to graduate from college, get married, and get my dream teaching job all by the time I was 21 years old. I had all 3 of my sons by the time I was 28. That fast track ended abruptly when I had a Traumatic Brain Injury at 31 that left me with brain damage as well as anxiety, depression, and daily migraines. After a lot of unsuccessful medicines, a neurologist changed my life forever by suggesting I take Yoga classes. I had instant success. I finally learned to slow myself down and haven’t missed a day of practice since. I am a true product of using yoga to transform your life and I knew I had to find some way to share it. In 2014, I was motivated to get my children’s yoga certification and have been teaching in studios, schools, and libraries ever since. I am extremely passionate that my purpose is to give yoga tools to kids to empower them to understand their outside world, how they fit into it, and how to love themselves.

Kathy Carrozzi

PM Pre-K

This is Kathy's second year at MCNS after coming to us new this year with 13 years of preschool experience.  A certified teacher, Kathy has taught in the Webster School District and has her permanent New York State certification and Master's degree.  Kathy and Jackie Lanzillo come together as a well-loved team to teach our PM PreK.  Their passion and love for the students is evident in every special touch they add to their classroom. We are very excited about the knowledge and enthusiasm they bring to MCNS.  Kathy is a Victor resident who lives with her husband, her son who is away at college, and her daughter who followed in her footsteps and has just accepted her first teaching position. In her free time she enjoys crafting, spending time with her family and taking her yellow lab for walks.


Jackie Lanzillo

This will be Jackie Lanzillo's second year at MCNS, after she joined our team our with 13 years of preschool experience.  After wearing many different hats in the communications field and still actively involved with the American Red Cross Board of Directors, she fell in love with teaching preschoolers. Jackie and Kathy Carrozzi have been working together in PreK and bring a strong team and wealth of knowledge to MCNS. We are happy to have Jackie on board.  Her love for life and her students is contagious. When she is not working in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter as well as supporting her Alma Mater, St. Bonaventure!


Morgan DiMino

Art & Science Teacher, Fun Friday Teacher

Morgan comes to us after her own 3 children graduated from MCNS.  She has a degree in Education and multiple years as a daycare provider.  Mrs. DiMino teaches our enrichment classes and enjoys diving deeper into fun projects.  She provides lots of creativity and STEAM activities in our Art & Science enrichment.


Shannon Linn

Shannon is a native of the HFL area and has 2 kids in the district. She has become a friendly face at MCNS and always greets everyone with a smile or a kind word.  Mrs. Linn enjoys working with both our smallest friends in the twos program and our biggest friends in enrichment.


Leslie Pude

Infinity and Beyond Teacher, Fun Friday Assistant

Mrs. Pude has been an active member at MCNS as both a parent and on our board.  She has 2 MCNS graduates and her last one will graduate this year.  She has taken on a new role in our enrichment program as the lead teacher for our new thematic unit enrichment to Infinity and Beyond as she explores different topics each month through a multitude of learning styles.  She still serves as a member of our board and even helps in Fun Fridays, too!


Eileen Lang

Fun in Threes PM Assistant

Mrs. Lang joined MCNS this year in our new PM Threes class as an assistant.  She has been a wonderful asset to our team and enjoys working with the children each day.