Teachers At Aldrich

Our wonderful staff is welcoming, compassionate, and knowledgeable. You will find that they enjoy developing relationships with your child and your family.

Teacher, Room 4

Kay Battista

Kay came to Aldrich in 1981 after completing her BA in Early Childhood and Special Education from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN, in conjunction with Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. Kay has held numerous positions here at Aldrich including Aide, Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, Board Representative, and Interim Director. Kay is currently a Lead Teacher and has been for more than 25 years.

Teacher, Room 5

Angela DeMarco

Angela came to Aldrich in 2016. She studied biology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and went on to complete medical school. She has worked with children in many settings over the years, including summer camps and day cares.

Building Aide

Maha Ezzatt

Maha is joining the Aldrich staff after working 19 years  at Mayo Clinic. She has experience working with children 18 months-4 years and holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the Cairo University.

Teacher, Room 6

Terri Farlow

Terri came in Aldrich in 2000 and has worked as a team and lead teacher. She has training in health and child development from Rochester Area Vocational-Technical Institute and Rochester Community and Technical College.

Teacher, Rooms 5 & 7

Jill Finnan

Jill earned a multidisciplinary degree in elementary education and psychology from Bethel College (now Bethel University). She worked in several child care centers as an assistant and lead teacher before having children of her own. Since that time she done volunteer work with children of all ages and homeschooled her daughters.

Teacher, Enrichment

Nicole Forliti

Nicole has been with Aldrich Memorial Nursery School since 2011. She maintains a Minnesota Teaching license and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from the St. Cloud State University.

Teacher, Room 7

Rebecca Fratzke

Rebecca has taught for many years, most recently at Bethany Nursery School, and including many years living and teaching abroad in Taiwan. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and years of continued education in Early Childhood Development. She studied Mandarin and German, and has a background in biology and wildlife as well.

Teacher, Room 3

Julie Gardner

Julie is excited to begin her first year teaching at Aldrich. She loves being outdoors and cooking.

Teacher, Rooms 1 & 7

Annie Getchell

Annie has a Bachelors Degree from the College of St. Benedict where she graduated in 2006. This is her second year teaching at Aldrich, and she has 4 years of teaching experience at the preschool level along with 4 years as an Assistant Director of a preschool program. Annie was honored to serve on the Aldrich Board of Directors for 4 years, where she learned all about the Aldrich philosophy and fell in love with the Aldrich community.

Teacher, Room 9

Miriam Haacke

Miriam attended Aldrich as a child and began her teaching career at Aldrich as a Teacher’s Aide in 2015. She previously directed an after-school program for at-risk elementary schoolers. Miriam studied music at North Park University in Chicago, IL, and you can also find her playing original music around town under the name “Miriam Halleen.”

Teacher, Room 8

Connie Heintz

Connie has been an assistant and lead teacher at Aldrich Nursery School since 1997. She has a Child Development degree from Rochester Vocational-Technical Institute and has earned additional credits from Riverland Technical College Rochester Campus.

Building Aide

Stef Herbst

Stef recently moved from Madison, WI and is looking forward to her first year at Aldrich. She is a Registered Nurse with a background in pediatric nursing.

Teacher, Room 9

Mary Herges

Mary has been on the staff at Aldrich since 2007. Previously, she was a lead classroom teacher at another local nursery school for twelve years and has been in Early Childhood Education for almost 30 years. She received her BA from the University of Minnesota and also holds a current RN license from Rochester Community and Technical College.

Teacher, Rooms 4 & 8

Susie Johnson

Susie joined Aldrich Nursery School in 2016 after teaching four year olds at another preschool in Rochester. Prior to that she taught kindergarten in Wisconsin for 21 years, twelve of those team teaching with a Special Education teacher. She received her BA degree in Elementary Education from Concordia College.

Teacher, Room 6

Ann Kahn

Ann joined the Aldrich staff in April 2018 with 16 years of experience at a local child care center. She has a preschool CDA.

Teacher, Room 1

Maryan Kheir

Maryan is excited to begin her first year teaching at Aldrich and has lived in Rochester about five years. She holds a Medical Assistant certificate and has previous experience in child care.

Assistant Director

Carrie Manguson

Carrie joined the Aldrich office team in October 2014 and transitioned to the role of Assistant Director three years later. She was born and raised in Rochester and is happy to be raising her family here as well! She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from University of Minnesota in Duluth. She previously worked at two local childcare centers as a Lead Teacher in the School Age program and later as the Assistant Director and Director of Education.

Teacher, Rooms 6 & 8

Jazmin Marquis

Jazmin holds a Computer Science degree from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico, her home country. After working for six years at IBM in Mexico City, she moved to Rochester, and started a career in education. She worked for the Rochester Public Schools District with first and second graders for two years as a paraprofessional, while completing a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, St. Paul. She joined Aldrich in 2019 as a teacher assistant and substitute teacher.

Teacher, Room 1

Marisa Martin

Marisa has worked with children since 1998 after studying Elementary Education at the University of MN Duluth in 1988. She taught swimming and managed at a private twin cities swim school 1998-2009. After serving three years on the Aldrich Board of Directors, Marisa began substitute teaching at Aldrich in 2014. This led to a permanent position and continues to further her education through experience.

Teacher, Room 5

Karen Mulvihill

Karen received her Level II Certification in Early Childhood Care and Education from Alexandria Technical College in 1998. Since her certification, she has worked as a family child-care provider, assistant teacher, lead teacher and assistant director. She joined the AMNS staff in the fall of 2015. Karen is planning on working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in the future.

Teacher, Rooms 7 & 8

Rachel Obranovich

Rachel is new to Aldrich this year.  She and her family recently moved to Rochester after living in Zurich, Switzerland where she worked in a community center offering art programs to toddlers, and completed advanced studies in instruction at the Zurich University of the Arts. She also holds two Masters degrees in Art from the University of Dallas, and is All Level Certified in Art by the State Board of Education in Texas, where she taught at The Ursuline Academy of Dallas for seven years.

Teacher, Room 9

Beth Oesterlin

Beth graduated from University of Northwestern, St. Paul in 2012 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and maintains a MN teaching license. She worked in childcare for a year before beginning as a teacher at Aldrich in the fall of 2013.

Teacher, Room 1

Jolene Olson

Jolene started substituting at Aldrich in 2008 before transitioning to an aide and eventually lead teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin- La Crosse and has many hours of continuing education focused on play based learning and child development.

Director

Jessica Paolini

Jessica joined the Aldrich staff in 2015 and transitioned to the role of Director two years later. She previously taught in a diverse urban setting, where she also obtained certification to teach English Language Learners. She holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Office Coordinator

Cheryl Payne

Cheryl has been with Aldrich as Office Coordinator since April of 2015. She previously served on the Aldrich Board of Directors from 2009-2011. She has a BA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Teacher, Room 2

Kate Rauch

Kate is starting her third year at Aldrich School.  She has taken advantage of both paid and volunteer opportunities working with children over the last 20 years as well as the intense immersion program that is motherhood.  She is currently enrolled in additional courses in Early Childhood Education.

Teacher, Room 2

Rachel Skinner

Rachel graduated from Hope College of Holland, Michigan in 1994 with a Bachelors or Arts degree, double majoring in psychology and sociology. From 2002 to 2005, she worked at another local preschool as a lead teacher. Rachel came to Aldrich in 2005 and has served in the roles of lead, team, assistant, and aide teacher, working with all age ranges.

Teacher, Room 3

Kris Sprick

Kris has a Montessori degree, and she owned and operated a Montessori School for many years in Wisconsin. She is currently in pursuit of a Special Education and Elementary Education degree. Enriching a child’s life in their early years is her passion.

Teacher, Room 8

Cristin Stuart

Cristin joined the Aldrich community in 2017 and is grateful to back for another wonderful year. She loves being in the classroom, experiencing the wonder of children, and is currently finishing a Masters in Education from Augsburg University to further her love of education.

Teacher, Room 7

Nicci Watson

Nicci has taught at Aldrich School since 2013. She has dual degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education from Xavier University. She taught special education in a small community just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, prior to moving to Rochester. She is a former Aldrich board member and served on the original Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Rochester, a group of parents and community leaders who worked together to bring the museum to Rochester.

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