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 Carpe Diem Academy for graduate students at Mercyhurst University, co-director of the Mercyhurst University Pre-K Partnership with Erie's Public Schools and adjunct professor.  Previously she taught at Our Lady's Christian School for six and a half years, and has been an adjunct professor at Gannon University.

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. 

Madalyn Shatzer, Science and Math Teacher: Mrs. Shatzer is a graduate of Mercyhurst College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. She taught for several years at the grade school level in the Harborcreek, Ft. LeBoeuf, and Iroquois districts, and was also a teacher at Christ the Redeemer Preschool in Lawrence Park. Her most recent position of nine years was in the Pre2 room at Little Villa Preschool. Mrs. Shatzer loves this age group’s enthusiasm and sense of wonder! 

Darla Speranza, Treasurer: Mrs. Speranza received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business and her Master in Business Administration from Gannon University. She has worked in accounting, tax and finance and has taught accounting at a local business school. Darla has worked for the past 16 years as a tax professional.

.Amanda Boots, Secretary, Administrative Assistant: Ms. Boots is a graduate of Mercyhurst University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood & Special Education. Furthering her education, she now holds a Master's degree in Special Education from Mercyhurst. She loves working in the early childhood field and is very excited to be a part of the staff at Mercy Center of the Arts for the second year.


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


Friday Special Picnic

May 18th


Grand Finale

May 23rd and 24th


Parent Conferences

May 30th-June 1st


Summer Camp

Summer camp begins

June 25th!

Register soon--just a few spots are open.


Music Together

Spring Semester began

Saturday, April 7th


Six Week Summer Session begins Tuesday, July 10th



Saturday classes

resume in the fall

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