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, 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 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 a 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.

Jennà Towner

Fun in Three’s – PM

Jennà Towner will be taking on our new 3 day Fun in Threes this year.  She has served as assistant teacher in the afternoon Three’s for two years and before that, she ran the PM class at MCNS as well. She holds an associates degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Cobleskill. Jennà has been involved in teaching preschool for the past 15 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 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.

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

Mrs. Ricci eagerly takes on a new role at MCNS as she becomes the lead teacher for our Transitional Kindergarten.  Previously, Anita taught our enrichment Yoga class.  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.  Most recently 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

Kathy comes 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 team to teach our PM PreK this year.  We are very excited about the knowledge and enthusiasm they bring to MCNS.

Jackie Lanzillo

Jackie Lanzillo will be joining our MCNS team this year 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.