Fill out our online application and take an important step toward becoming a Messiah College Falcon!


Professionals at the Early Learning Center believe that learning continues throughout life. Teachers are invested in growing as professionals and attend conferences and various professional development opportunities throughout the year. As a main tenet of the program’s mission, the Center offers experiential learning opportunities for student teachers, volunteers, interns, and work study students attending Messiah College. It is through programs such as this that our future early childhood educators, social science professionals and those interested in human development are able to put theory into practice while honing their leadership, teaching and observation skills alongside experts in the field. 

Christine Kirkpatrick

Christine Kirkpatrick is the new Director and Master Teacher of the Early Learning Center. Christine has over twenty years’ experience in early childhood education within the public school system and brings great insight into the transitional needs of both environments. Christine possesses a B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education, a M.Ed. Eq. in Education and an M.A.T.S. in Theology. She and her husband are the proud parents of three children, and one crazy Boxer! In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, and speaking. One of her favorite escapes is spending long weekends at their family cabin where she can be spotted snapping pictures of the beautiful surroundings or exploring local antique shops. She is excited to be part of the Early Learning Center Family!

Lilian Schultz

Lilian Schultz has taught at the Early Learning Center since 2008 and is happy to be serving the staff, you and your children as the administrative assistant to the Program. Lily possesses a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Education with a TESOL track at Messiah College. She is blessed with a husband and four children, the eldest who graduated from Messiah College in May 2014.

Denise Fogelsanger

Denise Fogelsanger has taught at the Early Learning Center since 2006. Her bachelor’s degree is in Special Education, and her master’s degree is in Early Childhood Education. She taught in the Maryland public school system in Carroll County for seven years before starting her family. She is blessed with three girls, Andrea, Ashley, and Amber, all graduates of the Early Learning Center. She also has a supportive husband, Dale. In her spare time she loves to read, cross stitch, camp, and travel with her family.

Jill Cowoski

Jill Cowoski has taught at the Early Learning Center since 2002. She possesses a Child Development Associate, a nationally recognized credential in the field of Early Childhood Education. She and her husband are the proud parents of four incredible children, three who graduated from the Early Learning Center. Currently Jill and her husband have a daughter who attends Messiah College. Jill is happy to be serving you and your children in this one of a kind program.