Heather Gallagher – Preschool Director

Heather Gallagher has been a member of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church since 2005. She began her relationship with Christ Memorial Christian Preschool as a parent when her son attended as a three year old in 2007. After her second child attended she became a teacher for the preschool and served in this capacity for three years.  She is excited to be serving the preschool now in a new position beginning the 2016/2017 school year as the director.  Heather graduated Vanderbilt University with a degree in Elementary Education.  She previously worked six years as a third grade teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Heather is married to Peter and they have three children Ben, Emma and Allyson.

Julie Nienhuis – Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Nienhuis has worked since 2013 at Christ Memorial Christian Preschool. She has a degree in psychology from Towson University.  She is the proud mother of three sons who have all attended Christ Memorial Preschool.  In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family, friends and has a passion for gardening.


Stefanie Rosti – Preschool Teacherrosti

Stefanie Rosti is excited to be returning for her second year as a teacher at Christ Memorial Christian Preschool. She teaches a two-day and a three-day class. She holds a dual degree in Geology and Environmental Science from Dickinson College and spent eleven years working in education before her daughter was born. Stefanie’s children, Annemarie and Luke, both attended preschool at Christ Memorial. Stefanie enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family in her free time.

Kathleen Smith – Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Smith has been at Christ Memorial Christian Preschool since 2012 and loves teaching our 5 day class in room 22.  In addition to holding certification to teach early childhood education she has a degree in biology from Virginia Tech. Mrs. Smith lives with her husband and three sons in Jessup. In her spare time she likes to read and knit.


Susan BSusan Benzing – Preschool Assistant

Susan is excited to have the opportunity to teach at Christ Memorial Preschool. She was first introduced to Christ Memorial when her oldest daughter started in the 3 year old class in 2009. Susan has a graduate degree in Special Education from the University of Alabama. She taught for seven years in Arizona before staying home with her children. Susan loves spending time with her husband, Dan and their three children.


 kimKim Brathwaite – Preschool Assistant

Mrs. Brathwaite has been at Christ Memorial Christian Preschool since 2012. She has two amazing children, Michael and Ciara, who both attended Christ Memorial and are now in college. Kim and her husband own a transportation company in Howard County. When not at Christ Memorial, she is either working with her husband, reading, enjoying the outdoors or enjoying the “empty nester” lifestyle with her husband and friends!

Jen SJennifer Scheid- Preschool Assistant

This is Jennifer Scheid’s first year at Christ Memorial Preschool.  She has a masters degree in Elementary Education from Dowling College. She taught kindergarten and 1st grade for 11 years in Florida and New York.  She has two sons who previously attended Christ Memorial and a daughter who is attending this year.  Jen enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with her family.


barbBarbara Stine – Staff Support

Barbara Stine is a long time member of CMPC.   She is originally from Western Maryland and has one son.   Both of her granddaughters attended our preschool. She enjoys gardening and working at the church and traveling to Paris!