Teachers


Miss Cathy, Director
Director: Cathy Herschelman
has been working as a MECE Administrator since 2006 and took over as Director in 2012. Prior to that, she was an Administrator at the Methodist Preschool in Lawrenceville, GA, bringing ten years of experience as a twos and threes teacher to the position and also served as a mentor and trainer for new teachers. She is a UCF graduate where she majored in Marketing and Psychology, and then received her preschool teacher certification in 1992. She continues to take college level courses in the field of Early Childhood Education. Cathy is also active at the state level, serving as a Certified Validator since 2010 on the accreditation committee of the United Methodist Association of Preschools (UMAP) to certify preschools with National and Florida Gold Seal Accreditations, and since 2017 as an Executive Director of the Board. She enjoys spending time with her family, including children Rick and Karley and two grandchildren. Cathy is a member and frequent volunteer at the First United Methodist Church in Boca Raton. In her spare time she enjoys Zumba, cooking and helping her husband, Quent, maintain the Preschool’s web site.

Assistant Director: Lisa Bariso has been working in early education for over  20 years. After getting her business degree from St. Leo University, Lisa went on to get her Preschool Certification and eventually began working with another preschool in the Boca Raton area. It was there that she heard about the premier experience offered by MECE Preschool where developmentally appropriate experiences are the priority. She joined the MECE family in 1997 as a Senior Twos teacher. Serving as Assistant Director since 2012, Lisa’s strong background in both early childhood education and business management strengthens MECE’s commitment to quality and excellence. She and her husband of 25 years, George, have two sons, John and Zachary, both of whom she entrusted to MECE for their early education. Lisa is very active in the community: serving as a member and past President of Junior League, volunteers at local non-profit organizations, and in her spare time enjoys travelling, and going to musicals and sporting events of all levels!


Twos

Miss Emily
Emily Sessions
 graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Communication. A MECE graduate herself, she has truly enjoyed seeing all four of her sons also graduate from MECE Preschool. While two of her sons were attending school at MECE in 2012, Emily accepted a position teaching Spanish Enrichment. Realizing her passion for working with children, she then began working as an assistant teacher in the Two's classroom and also started taking college coursework towards her Lead Teacher Certification which she attained in 2017. As the lead teacher in the Two's 3 -day and 2-day classes Emily caters to the individual needs and interests of the children in her class. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four boys.

Kelly Woodworth was introduced to MECE in 2010 through an attending family who saw the perfect match between a loving school and a loving teacher. She accepted a position working as an assistant teacher with Senior Twos, and was promoted to Lead Teacher in 2019. Kelly's love is an overflow of Christ's love in her own story, and she shares this great gift in everything she does. Her passion is to love each of her students and provide them with the feeling of safety and abundance. Kelly lives with her beautiful daughter Samantha (a MECE volunteer) in Delray Beach where they attend The Avenue Church and are active there with student ministries.

Miss Carmela
Carmela Carlos
 
discovered MECE several years ago when she observed the Kindergarten class as a part of an Early Childhood class at Palm Beach State College. She felt fortunate to work in the school's first year of summer camp, Camp MECE, which she loved so much. She felt honored to become an assistant during the school year. Miss Carmela is currently in school, working to get her Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees. Her endless care for her three younger sisters, outgoing nature and love of putting a smile on people's faces has given her a passion for teaching ever since she was 12. She is filled with gratitude to be a Teacher in the Senior Twos and thanks God for guiding her to MECE.

Chrissy Kinbacher-Donhauser first heard about how wonderful MECE is through some of the Parents' Morning Out (PMO) families. She is extremely excited to be a part of the MECE family. Chrissy has a love of working with children since she was young. She has worked at First United Methodist Church in PMO for 5 years and is also involved in Sunday School. Chrissy brings years of experience working with young children in centers in Boca Raton and Coral Springs. She is currently continuing her education at Palm Beach State College. 

Threes

Miss Laura
Laura Lauri
started working at MECE in 1995 while her daughter, Katie, attended MECE. She worked briefly in the public schools as an assistant in Kindergarten and First Grade. As that position was phased out, Laura returned to MECE in 2003 and also returned to school to attain her Lead Teacher Certification in 2004. Laura also serves as one of MECE’s music leaders -- you'll frequently see her directing music at events such as MECE Sunday, the Christmas Pageant and others. Laura and her husband Jim have been active members of the First United Methodist Church in Boca Raton for many years and have two beautiful daughters, Kristina and Katie (both MECE graduates), and son-in-law, Chas. Laura feels so blessed to work with children. Children constantly show us how beautiful and amazing the simplest things in life can be! "And He took the children in His arms, placed His hands on them and blessed them." Mark 10:16

MECE Threes TeacherHelene Hollis has been working at MECE since 1997. She found MECE first as a preschool mom, when her son Matthew attended MECE. She received her Preschool certification in 2004 and became a lead teacher in the threes program. Helene has been married to her husband, Bill, for 35 years and has three children Jennifer, Lauren and Matthew and a grandson, Drew. Helene, an animal lover, has a dog named Savannah, and three cats Jeter, Alex and Peanut. She enjoys working out at the gym, reading, music and baseball. Helene’s passion is working with children at MECE and she looks forward to many more years of sharing her love with them.

Sharon Bardos
began working as an assistant at MECE in 2002 while her youngest son was also enrolled as a student. She decided she loved working with the children (and staff) and wanted to teach. Sharon attained her Certification in 2003 and has been a Threes teacher ever since. She enjoys music, gardening, the wonders of nature and sharing discoveries with the children. Sharon has two sons, -both MECE Graduates.


Fours

Gina Tayem joined the MECE family in 2003 and has taught the PreK/4's ever since.  She is originally from New York and has quite happily made Boca Raton her home with her husband of 28 years and 2 grown children.  Gina attained her Lead Teacher Certification in 2000 and is presently working on completing her AS degree in Early Childhood education. Gina feels it is important to be truly present with each child and nurture their unique personalities. She cultivates a loving, and relaxed atmosphere so children are happy to come to school to learn and  make new friends. "It is so rewarding to watch the children grow and flourish throughout the year".  Gina enjoys reading, swimming, yoga and traveling with her family. "While we try to each our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about".

MECE Fours Teacher
Sandie Taylor
graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Sociology and took some time off from working to stay home with her children. Her youngest two are MECE graduates and, while they attended, she became a substitute in the classroom and discovered a love for teaching. When her youngest daughter graduated from MECE in 1989, Sandie accepted a permanent staff position and found another family.  She has worked with all age groups and has been a pre-K teacher since 1999.  Sandie received her Lead Teacher Certification in 1994, based on her degree and college course work in early childhood development. When not working on her lesson plans,  Sandie enjoys baking and cooking for her family – husband, 3 daughters, 3 sons-in-law, five grandsons and two granddaughters. She is delighted that two of her grandsons are MECE graduates and that her youngest two grandsons are currently MECE students. “My goal as a pre-K teacher is to provide a safe, happy and fun environment in which my students will feel good about themselves and flourish as they become increasingly competent at new skills and confident in their abilities.” Sandie lives in Boca Raton with her husband. 


Kindergarten

Cindy Pack has found her true calling as MECE’s Kindergarten Teacher. Always taking education classes and looking for new inventive ways to teach and engage young children at their individual level, Cindy’s love of teaching brings out each child’s love of learning in his and her own unique way. For example, Cindy has training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction that incorporates multi-sensory techniques for students having difficulty with reading, spelling and writing. Cindy brings to MECE over 25 years of experience educating young children, including being the Kindergarten class Assistant Teacher for four years prior to becoming Teacher. Before returning to MECE Cindy taught at the YMCA of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County public schools. Before that she was a Two’s Teacher at MECE. Cindy has her Professional Education Certificate to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade in the state of Florida, and a degree in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University. She has been married for over 30 years and has 4 wonderful children. Some of Cindy's favorite things to do are traveling, Zumba and cooking.