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Courtney family picMiss Courtney-Director, Lead Teacher, 3 year olds 

Miss Courtney joined St. Mark’s as a teacher in the Fall of 2014.  Originally from Alabama, her education and growing family have moved her all around the United States.  In 2002, she graduatied from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC.  In 2007, she earned her BA in English and Secondary Education from Athens State University in Alabama.  Finally, in 2009 she completed her MA in Theological Studies as Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, where she met her husband.  He recently completed his second MA at Western Michigan University and is currently earning his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Rochester.  They have a beautiful, vibrant, and… eh hem… shall we say, ‘Strong Willed’ three year old daughter, Vera, who lights up their world and the 3 year old class at the preschool.  Her love of people and particularly children draws her to education and ministry.  Every day is a new day, and a new adventure with Miss Courtney!  

Miss Courtney is looking forward to growing the preschool by giving the families served an outstanding preschool experience by living our motto: Learning, Laughter, and Love!

 
Miss Kelly-  Lead Teacher,
 4 Year Old Class
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Miss Kelly loves children, teaching, animals, and traveling. Born in Rochester, she grew up in the Rush Henrietta School District. She graduated in 1997 and went on to Monroe Community College to begin her degree in Liberal Arts. After that she furthered her education and completed her degree in Education with a minor in Fine Arts at Roberts Wesleyan College. Unfortunately the job market  was at a stalemate so she worked for Lifetime Assistance for eight years and Pralid Epilepsy Foundation for three years.  She also worked for the Rush Henrietta School District in education a Para Educator for two autistic children. She then worked at the Unitarian Church as a Lead Teacher for four year olds. Kelly’s call to teach never quieted, so after soul searching she took a chance and moved to Greeenville, North Carolina.  There she worked at Memorial Baptist Church as a teacher’s aide for four year olds and absolutely loved it! With a heavy heart she moved back to Rochester to be near to family, and God guided her to St. Mark’s. We are blessed to have her because the children just adore her!
Miss Cabria-  Lead Teacher,
 2 Year Old Class & Assistant Teacher
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Miss Sara became a teaching assistant at St. Mark’s Preschool in the fall of 2013.  As a long-time resident of West Henrietta, she is very involved in the community and with her family which consists of her husband, Art, and three children- 13, 12, and 10 years old.  Ms Sara received her degree in Business Administration from the University of Buffalo but has spent the last 10 years as a stay at home mom.  Her oldest son has Autism Spectrum Disorder so Miss Sara has a lot of experience working with children that learn differently from most.  Her hobbies include scrapbooking and any crafts (she’s great at them all!!!).

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Miss Mindy joined St. Mark’s Preschool as a teacher in the Fall of 2013.  As a graduate of Nazareth College, she received a teaching certificate for N-6th grade with an emphasis on Preschool.  Part of her course work included a student teaching placement at the Rochester Museum and Science Center Preschool program.  Post-College Mindy became a Nanny and had several different positions before getting married and focusing on her own family.  She then returned to the world of young children with a teaching position at a local daycare before joining St. Mark’s as an administrative assistant and Preschool substitute- helping in any way needed. The children love Miss Mindy!

 

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Founded in 1969 by Mrs. Dorothy Snyder and Mrs. Nancy Bauchle, St. Mark’s Preschool can proudly say that we have brought a positive impact to the Henrietta community through the Christian education that we have offered our students.  The years have brought many changes to our programs offered, in the beginning there was just four year old classes offered, then we added 3 year old classes, and later a 2 year old playgroup.  When enrollment went down at times over the next 44 years, the three and for year old classes were combined as needed and then when enrollment went back up the classes were again separated.  In 1993, Mr. Allen Bauchle joined the preschool as Mrs. Bouchle’s assistant- they worked the preschool together until their retirement in June 2010.  The church and community were sad to see them go and threw them a huge retirement party.  That fall, Ms. Kristen Wahl became the director and lead teacher until Cate Marks was hired on in the fall of 2011.   Miss Cate served through the spring of 2015 when she received an opportunity to be closer to her family in the Washington D.C. area.  Now Miss Courtney is excited to serve this community and cannot wait to see where God will take it.  Through all the changes and growth, the amazing teachers have showered the preschool children and their families with faith and love.  Many students we serve are second, third, and fourth generation students!

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