Administration and Faculty

Amy Bauschard, Director:  Ms. Bauschard is a graduate of Gannon University with a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She also earned a Principal's Certificate, a Certificate in Reading, and she holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Gannon. Ms. Bauschard is the director of the Mercyhurst Early Learning Innovation Academy for students in the Northwestern School District, co-director of the Mercyhurst University Pre-K Partnership with Erie's Public Schools, and Early Childhood Education instructor at Mercyhurst University.  Previously she taught at Our Lady's Christian School for six and a half years, and has been an adjunct professor at Gannon University.

Amanda Boots, Assistant Director: is a graduate of Mercyhurst University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Special Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education. Miss Amanda is the Director of the Carpe Diem Academy for graduate students at Mercyhurst University. She loves working in the early childhood field and is very excited to be a part of the Mercy Center of the Arts staff.

Catherine Dugan, Music, Dramatic Movement and Literature Teacher: Mrs. Dugan completed her Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certification at Gannon University. She has been teaching at Mercy Center of the Arts since 1989, and is a registered teacher with Music Together®. Her background includes the study of dance, piano, choral music and sacred organ, as well as art and pottery. Mrs. Dugan loves sharing her enthusiasm for books and music with young chldren and their families.

Cassi Unger, Art Teacher: Ms. Unger is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida where she earned a BFA in Illustration. Furthermore, Ms. Unger completed the Illustration Academy’s Summer Intensive Program in Kansas City, Missouri. Her paintings and illustrations have been displayed across the country, as well as, locally. When Ms. Unger is not teaching at Mercy Center of the Arts, she spends her time as a private art instructor. She enjoys teaching her students the fundamentals of visual arts by guiding the children to grow their creative potential. 

Crystal Lander, Finance Director: Crystal joined our staff in July 2019. Her background includes over 15 years as Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper for St. Boniface Church and School, 5 years as a Finance Director at St. Jude Church, as well as, Our Lady's Christian School. She is currently employed as a Business Manager with the Erie Catholic School System, processing payroll for the six schools and handling the finances for two schools within the system. 



Where to Find Us:

Mercy Center of the Arts
444 East Grandview Blvd
Erie, PA 16504

Phone: 814-824-2519


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What's Happening

Fall Fest 2019 

Thank you to our local Donators!

  • Dahlkemper's Jewelry
  • Eat n' Park
  • Erie Zoo
  • Erie Bayhawks
  • Erie Seawolves
  • Lighthouse Jewelers
  • Lorei Photography
  • Sara's Restaurant 
  • Wegmans 

Music Together


Fall Semester began


Every Saturday for Ten Weeks

9:00 - 9:45am


Winter Semester will begin 

January 11th and continue

Every Saturday for Ten Weeks

9:00 - 9:45am


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