Mission Statement

St. Alban’s Weekday Preschool, a ministry of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, encourages our children’s development through interactive experiences and play in a Christian environment.  We promote the development of the whole child, focusing on opportunities to broaden language, social, problem solving, fine motor, gross motor, self-help, and cognitive skills.

 

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Philosophy of Education

At St. Alban’s Preschool, we pride ourselves in providing age appropriate, concrete experiences to meet developmental needs in the lives of young children.  We believe that learning is an interrelated process, with each area of development overlapping with and affecting other areas of development.  We will provide opportunities that nurture the development of the whole child.

 

Using the essential knowledge of how young children learn and grow as our framework and knowing that learning takes place as experiences are relevant and meaningful to children, we will prepare an environment that takes advantage of what children do naturally, explore and make sense of the world around them through play.  Through these real, “hands on” experiences, children are learning higher order thinking skills; problem solving, critical thinking, cause and effect.  With teacher as facilitator, children will be guided to work and play together, learning to make decisions, take initiative, cooperate with others, follow instructions and think of themselves as capable persons.

 

Our total school program will include the following: stories, reading, role playing and drama, a print rich environment to support emerging language and literacy, age appropriate math and science experiences, music, sensory experiences, movement and outdoor play, lunch, and monthly enrichment experiences.

 

We know that each child comes to us with his/her individual background, experiences, interests, strengths, needs and learning style.  We will respect and celebrate differences in children, creating a nurturing, caring community within each classroom.  We will be a safe place for children to learn to express themselves in appropriate ways and love others.  We will value each child as a precious gift from God.

Teachers & Administration

St. Alban’s is proud to have such a dedicated, loving group of teachers who care about each individual child and family. Our staff has a great combination of education and over 100+ combined years of experience in education. We look forward to providing a safe and nurturing environment where your child can thrive!
 

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    Patti Rossini, Director

    Patti has been working with young children and their families for over thirty years. She has a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Psychology and a M.S. in Early Childhood/Special Education. Her experience includes work in private as well as public schools. She has served as a classroom teacher, administrator, and consultant. Patti has been married for twenty-five years and has two boys. In her spare time she loves to read, be outdoors, and spend time with her family. Patti believes that by partnering with families, we can provide the best, loving, Christian preschool program for each individual child.

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    Tina Bradley, Assistant Director

    Tina has been part of the St. Alban’s Family since 2004. She lives in Davidson with her husband and son who just graduated from UNC-Charlotte. Tina earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from UNC-Charlotte. She worked many years in the corporate world prior to the birth of her son in 1996 when she was fortunate to become a stay-at-home mom. Tina feels that it is an honor and a privilege to work with the wonderful staff at St. Alban’s, where loving each child is our top priority!

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    Lyn Pyne, Two-Year-Old Teacher

    This is Lyn's 11th year at St. Alban's. Lyn has a degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from Arcadia University in Philadelphia, PA. She has taught kindergarten, first grade and basic skills. Aside from teaching, Lyn worked in the educational publishing field for a number of years as both a writer and an editor. Lyn lives in Denver with her husband, daughter and son. Of all her past experiences, Lyn enjoys teaching preschool the most!

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    Michele Hewson, Two-Year-Old Assistant Teacher

    Michele graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. After teaching Kindergarten for four years, she moved to the Charlotte area from NJ. This is Michele's eleventh year teaching at St. Alban's Preschool. She has enjoyed experiences in all three age groups but especially loves the twos. Michele lives in Davidson with her husband and three children.

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    Jen Kiraly, Three-Year-Old Teacher

    After substituting this past year at St. Alban's Preschool, Jen is joining the staff as a three-year-old teacher. Jen has over 14 years experience teaching preschool and kindergarten students. She is a graduate from Purdue University where she received a bachelor's degree in early childhood education with a minor in special education. She moved to the area 11 years ago and lives in Davidson with her husband, son and daughter. She enjoyed her experience so much as a parent of the preschool that she decided to continue to be a part of the St. Alban' s family as a teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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    Ellen Phelan, Three-Year-Old Teacher

    Ellen is starting her 4th year teaching three-year-olds at St. Alban's. She taught for Charlotte Mecklenburg schools for eleven years, spending most of her tenure in K/1 classrooms. Ellen graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Health Education and then returned to school to earn a second degree in Early Childhood Education. In 2009, Ellen earned her National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education. Ellen is originally from Rochester, NY but has spent the last seventeen years in Huntersville with her husband and two children.

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    Melinda Greene, Three-Year-Old Teacher

    Melinda grew up in Florida and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She lives in Davidson with her husband and four children. Melinda knew from an early age that she would spend her life working with children and has filled that calling by actively volunteering at her children’s schools, her church, and by working at St. Alban’s. Melinda began her role as a substitute teacher and was delighted when an opportunity arose to play a larger role in the preschool in 2015. This is Melina's 5th year teaching three-year-olds. In her spare time, Melinda enjoys attending live theater performances, exercising with friends and spending quality time with her family.

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    Sam Walsh, Three-Year-Old Teacher

    Sam brings a wealth of teaching experience to St. Alban's. She has taught both preschool and special education. Sam loves spending time with her family. They enjoy game nights, family dinners, hanging out in the backyard, discovering small towns in the middle of nowhere and hanging out on Main St. in our very favorite small town, Davidson. This will be Sam's 3rd year teaching three-year-olds at St. Alban's.
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    Michelle Eberhardt, Four-Year-Old Teacher

    Michelle started at St. Alban’s in 2014. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a background in mental health. Michelle is married with three children. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, running, reading, gardening, and camping.

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    Caroline Craig, Four-Year-Old Teacher

    Caroline has been a teacher in the four-year-old program since 2011. She is originally from the United Kingdom but now lives in Huntersville with her husband and two children. Caroline has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Liverpool Polytechnic. She worked for several years in both private and public schools teaching mainly in kindergarten before her husband was relocated to the USA in 1993. Caroline has worked with young children for many years both in the classroom and outside on playing fields or at camp teaching riding lessons. Caroline enjoys tennis, reading and her family.

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    Michelle Robertson, Four-Year-Old Teacher

    Michelle is beginning her 8th year at St. Alban's as four-year-old teacher. Michelle is NC certified and has been working with children for over 30 years. She has taught in public and private settings from preschool to 6th grade as a teacher, substitute and literacy specialist. Michelle’s husband, two daughters, two kittens, one rabbit, and one dog all live in Mooresville. Michelle’s family loves to travel, go camping, watch movies, and be out on the lake.
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    Cleopatra Hawkins, Four-Year-Old Co Teacher

    Cleopatra has been a substitute at St. Alban's Preschool for several years but will be joining our four-year-old team this year as a teacher. She is originally from New York, studied at Baruch College, and has lived in Huntersville for the last 17 years with her husband and two children. Cleopatra volunteers actively at her children's schools and extra curricular activities. She has been a member of St. Alban's Church since 2008 and loves the welcoming environment and sense of community it provides. Cleopatra enjoys the theater, reading, bowling, camping with the family, and time with friends!

  • Patti Rossini, Director
  • Tina Bradley, Assistant Director
  • Lyn Pyne, Two-Year-Old Teacher
  • Michele Hewson, Two-Year-Old Assistant Teacher
  • Jen Kiraly, Three-Year-Old Teacher
  • Ellen Phelan, Three-Year-Old Teacher
  • Melinda Greene, Three-Year-Old Teacher
  • Sam Walsh, Three-Year-Old Teacher
  • Michelle Eberhardt, Four-Year-Old Teacher
  • Caroline Craig, Four-Year-Old Teacher
  • Michelle Robertson, Four-Year-Old Teacher
  • Cleopatra Hawkins, Four-Year-Old Co Teacher

St. Alban's Preschool

301 Caldwell Ln
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 892-8955

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