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Clifton Park Center Baptist Preschool


Meet the teachers!





Sara Patterson, Education Director and Teacher

Hi! My name is Sara Elizabeth Patterson. I earned my Elementary Education degree at Gordon College and my Master’s degree in Reading Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Literacy, from Russell Sage College. My love for young children has been a lifelong passion. My most recent teaching job was in the Schenectady City School District where I taught pre-kindergarten for 20 years, until my retirement from full time teaching in June 2008. I’m grateful to be on the staff of CPCB Preschool.  -- Mrs. Patterson 








Karen Anderson, Teacher

My name is Karen Anderson. I live in Rexford with my husband and four sons. Our family also includes one dog, two cats, one horse and one pony. I graduated from Maria College, in Albany, with an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I spent five years as head teacher in an infant room at a local day care center. After taking a few years off after the birth of my first child, I went back to teach four years olds in a co-op nursery school. Since the birth of my twins, I was an at home mom until beginning to teach at CPCB Preschool in 2007. I am excited to be in the classroom and look forward to meeting my class each year.   -- Mrs. Anderson





Erin Losee, Teacher

After studying at Russell Sage College and Graduate school, Erin obtained a M.S. in Childhood Education and is permanently certified in New York State for grades Pre-K -6.  Erin has extensive experience teaching young children in Mississippi, Albany, Schenectady and Bethlehem, NY.  She lives in Clifton Park with her husband and two sons.  She will be teaching the five morning Pre-K class at CPCB Preschool. -- Mrs. Losee








Irene Liu, Teacher

Hello! My name is Irene Liu, and I have my college degrees in biology and psychology with a focus on early childhood development.  I also have a graduate degree in teaching English as a Second Language. Although I focused on teaching ESL these past few years, I have also taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School to preschoolers for eight years. I was born in New York City and can also speak Mandarin Chinese.  It is a honor and blessing to be part of the CPCB Preschool, and I try to foster a love of learning among the students. I am excited in spending more time and teaching your children! -- Mrs. Liu











Linda Mathews, Assistant

My name is Linda Matthews. I have been a resident of Clifton Park since 1966. I have been a member of Clifton Park Center Baptist Church since I was a teenager. I have an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts. I have been married to my husband since 1989 and we now have three children. I have been working with children in the church nursery for many years and also in Vacation Bible School. I began working at CPCB Preschool in 2007 as a teacher’s assistant in the Pre-K class, and have assisted in a 3 year old class and also in the two year old classes. I enjoy working with children and seeing them grow and flourish into young adults. --Mrs. Matthews





Krissie Yacano, Assistant

My name is Krissie Yacano. My husband and I have lived in the Clifton Park area since 1996. We have one daughter who attends school in the Shenendehowa school district. I began assisting at CPCB Preschool in September 2009 in the four year old class and have spent the last two years assisting in Sara Patterson’s classroom. I am very excited to work with so many wonderful people, and I truly love working with all the children! -- Mrs. Yacano







Jennifer Halkovitch, Assistant

My name is Jennifer Halkovitch, and I have an AAS in Early Childhood Education from Hudson Valley Community College. I am a member of the Jonesville United Methodist Church and have spent the past 15 years as a stay-at-home mom. I have, however, continued to work with young children as Vacation Bible School director for my church. I am also involved in Sunday School, Brownies, and other volunteer work. For me, there is nothing more fulfilling than having the opportunity to be involved in children’s lives. My husband and I live in Rexford with our two daughters and our two dogs. -- Mrs. Halkovitch







Claudia Carroll, Assistant

I am Claudia Carroll, a native of Clifton Park, and it is in this community that my husband and I have chosen to raise our two boys. I hold a Masters degree in Political Science from the University at Albany and have worked in state government. My heart, however, has always been in service to my community, especially as a volunteer with children's programs. For over 15 years I have worked with children as a religious education instructor, children's liturgist, Scout leader, advocate for children's charities, and parent volunteer in my sons' primary school. As an assistant in the Pre-K class at CPCB Preschool, I thoroughly enjoy each day. I come in smiling, looking forward to the fun things we will do as a class, and I leave smiling. CPCB Preschool does a wonderful job nurturing young children, and I feel blessed and privileged to be a part of this wonderful program. -- Mrs. Carroll




“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6         



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Clifton Park, NY  12065





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