Meet the Staff

Our program is based on the belief that our students need encouragement as well as education.  Each child is unique and in our program their God-given gifts and abilities will be encouraged and developed.  

Chris Sallstrom
Director and 4-year-old class teacher
Catie Messenger
3-year-old class teacher

Chris and her husband Todd have two children; Madeline with her husband Adam (they made us grandparents with Kenzley Mae), and Gabe who will soon be married to Mallory. Chris and Todd met at Clarks Summit University in Pennsylvania and have been working together in youth ministry for 21 years. The Sallstroms moved to Lake George in 2011. Chris has worked these last 6 years to continue the good name of The Caldwell Preschool here in Lake George. It is a great joy to work with the families here in Lake George.

Catie Messenger grew up in the area but moved back to Lake George with her husband Josh and their two boys, Isaiah and Levi in 2013. Catie has a bachelor's degree in Sociology from SUNY Oswego. She has a heart for kids to know there is a God that loves them and worked with teens in different capacities for 9 years before staying home with her boys. In more recent years, she has taken care of neighborhood kids in her home before coming to be our 3-year-old teacher at Caldwell. Catie is excited to be a part of the Caldwell family, teaching and helping children grow and learn before kindergarten.

Lee-Ann Bombard
Teacher's Assistant
Lesley "Nee Nee" Clemons
Music Teacher

Lee-Ann Bombard and her husband Jim live in Lake George with their kids, Jordan, Jacob, James, and ViviAnne. Lee-Ann has been active in our community since graduating from Lake George High in 1989. Some of her years of experience include nannying, working at head start at ACC, volunteering at Lake George Elementary School, and being a long-time sub for us at Caldwell until joining our team full-time this year. Lee-Ann is gifted at encouraging and loving the children she works with. We are grateful to have Lee-Ann as a part of our teaching staff, here at Caldwell.

Lesley was born and raised in the town of Tillson, NY. She graduated from Potsdam with a BS in Music Education. She also received her BS and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY New Paltz. Lesley taught for 33 years in the Arlington School District in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Lesley and her late husband, Bob began spending time in Lake George as "weekenders" in 1995 and became full time residents in 2011. Between Lesley and Bob they have three children; Michael, Bob and Bonnie. Lesley is active at the Caldwell church as part of the choir and the Caldwell Preschool Formation Committee. 

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