FSNS Teachers

FSNS Teachers

Universal Pre-K (UPK) Classroom

Marissa Hildebrandt, Teacher

Marissa is the lead UPK Teacher. She has been with Fair Street Nursery School for over 7 years, serving both as an assistant teacher and now the lead teacher. Marissa shares that “my ties to the Fair Street Nursery School runs deep as I was a co-op parent while both of my children attended the school.” Marissa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hartwick College and is currently working towards her Master’s in Early Childhood Education. 

Rogina Jurkowski, Teacher Aide

This is Rogina’s first year on staff at the FSNS, but not her first encounter with the school. She shares “My youngest son was a student of both Mrs. Merrill and Mrs. Hildebrandt. As a co-op parent in both classrooms I thoroughly enjoyed my time helping out. This past summer, I happily accepted my current position with FSNS as Teacher Aide, assisting Mrs. Hildebrandt in the UPK program!

Nursery School Classroom, 2 & 3 day program

Jane Merrill, Teacher

For the past 35 years Jane Merrill has been teaching and guiding children, preparing them for their future education! Here is what Jane shares about her education “After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Albright College in Reading PA in 1984, I then attended SUNY New Paltz to take required teaching courses. I had the opportunity to complete my student teaching at the same elementary school in the Onteora School District where I had attended as a child. Fair Street has not only been a part of my life, but it has been for my entire family. Both of my adult sons started their education here, and my husband is a Fair Street Nursery School alum as well!” 

Marion Kelly, Teacher Assistant

Marion works with Mrs. Merrill as a Teacher Assistant. Marion recalls her first memory with the nursery school: “My daughter attended FSNS in 2003-04 in the 3 day program! As a co-op mom during that year, I fell in love with the school, the program, the staff and the children! In 2005, I was excited to begin as an aide and have happily been with the school to this day!”

Cathy Maletta, Education Director

Cathy has been a part of FSNS since the fall of 1987 beginning as a classroom teacher and then serving as the Director of the school.  Currently, she is supervising and advising the UPK program and coordinating the schools involvement in Quality Stars of New York. Cathy reflects “My time in teaching at the nursery school has bought many gifts which includes being able to teach my children and grandchildren who have attended the school over the years. It has been an honor to be a part of the educational foundation for so many children.” Cathy received her Bachelors Degree in Education from SUNY Oneonta and her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY New Paltz. 


Fair Street Nursery School Board Members

  • Peggy Ploss, Nursery School Board President
  • Tina Meschi, Fair Street Nursery School Treasurer
  • Cathy Maletta
  • Katrina Lukaszeski
  • Jane Merrill
  • Terri Bouyea
  • Rev. Kendra Van Houten