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About Our Staff

Our teachers are nurturing and have a passion for the education of young children.  Our teachers encourage learning through exploration and understand the balance between what a child needs to feel safe and what a child requires to reach full potential. Your child’s teacher is your partner. At the UChicago Child Development Center, families and teachers work together --celebrating successes, navigating challenges, and communicating daily about your child’s achievements and goals.

Meet Our Teachers

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  • Name: Edris
  • I Teach: Toddler 1
  • Teaching Since: 2000
  • I love teaching children because: I love to see their growth and development.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Name: Erica
  • I Teach: Young Preschool 2
  • Teaching Since: 2014
  • I love teaching children because: I love to see them go through their developmental stages
  • Favorite Children's Book: When you give a Mouse a Cookie
  • Name: Hope
  • I Teach: Preschool 1
  • Teaching Since: 2007
  • I love teaching children because: I enjoy seeing children smile and learn new skills.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Corduroy
  • Name: Jessica
  • I Teach: Preschool 2
  • Teaching Since: 2015
  • I love teaching children because: I am able to help them reach new developmental goals.
  • Favorite Children's Book: A Light in the Attick
  • Name: Kasey
  • I Teach: Young Preschool 2
  • Teaching Since: 2012
  • I love teaching children because: I love to help the children develop into successful individuals especially as they are growing up!
  • Favorite Children's Book: Pete the Cat
  • Name: Lorena
  • I Teach: Toddler 1
  • Teaching Since: 2010
  • I love teaching children because: I love to see children get excited about new things that they have learned.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Goodnight Moon
  • Name: Michelle
  • I Teach: Toddler Classroom 2
  • Teaching Since: 2010
  • I love teaching children because: I have a passion for wanting to help all children.
  • Favorite Children's Book: I Do Not Eat Green Eggs and Ham
  • Name: Michelle
  • I Teach: Preschool 2
  • Teaching Since: 2014
  • I love teaching children because: I like to see the “light” when the students reach their goal or task that the teachers have been introducing them too!
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Pookie Little Puppy
  • Name: Nancy
  • I Teach: Infant Classroom 1
  • Teaching Since: 2005
  • I love teaching children because: I like to observe each child's unique way of learning and be a part of it!
  • Favorite Children's Book: Hands Are Not For Hitting
  • Name: Nychelle
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep
  • Teaching Since: 2010
  • I love teaching children because: I love giving opportunities to the children that they have never experienced before.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Growing up Matilda
  • Name: Ryan
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep
  • Teaching Since: 2004
  • I love teaching children because: I love seeing the growth in the children I teach each day.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Pete the Cat
  • Name: Shantana
  • I Teach: Center Resource
  • Teaching Since: 2010
  • I love teaching children because: because I enjoy helping our future generation.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Hands Are Not For Hitting
  • Name: Shenika
  • I Teach: Center Resource Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 1994
  • I love teaching children because: every moment with children is an awesome and rewarding experience!
  • Favorite Children's Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Name: Shontell
  • I Teach: Young Preschool 1
  • Teaching Since: 2012
  • I love teaching children because: I can learn from children as much as they learn from me!
  • Favorite Children's Book: Green Eggs and Ham
  • Name: Sonita
  • I Teach: Infant Classroom 1
  • Teaching Since: 1986
  • I love teaching children because: the children that I come in contact with will impact the world and in turn my future and future generations of children that will come after them!
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Three Bears
  • Name: Vita
  • I Teach: Infant Classroom 2
  • Teaching Since: 2010
  • I love teaching children because: I love to watch children explore and learn to see how the world works around them.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Flip Flop
  • Name: Zekeiah
  • I Teach: Toddler Resource Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 2008
  • I love teaching children because: I get to help impact the new generation.
  • Favorite Children's Book: I Love You Through and Through
  • Name: Cheree
  • I Teach: Center Resource
  • Teaching Since: 1998
  • I love teaching children because: I enjoy helping them grow into their fullest potential.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Name: Chanedra
  • I Teach: Toddler 1
  • Teaching Since: 2015
  • I love teaching children because: I love seeing the smiles on children's face as they are learning.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Administration

  • Name: Candice

    Position: Principal

    In Education Since: 1999

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: of the high expectations for childrens learning and the nuturing environments.

    Favorite Children's Book: The Crayon Box That Talked

  • Name: Tierra

    Position: Assistant Director

    In Education Since: 2007

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: this is a company that allows its employees to grow as well as offers superior service to families in need of care. Bright Horizons hires people who care about children and people who want to see children grow and develop to their full potential.

    Favorite Children's Book: A Pocket Full of Kisses

  • Name: Ashley

    Position: Education Coordinator

    In Education Since: 2007

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: I get to work with a dynamic group of Early Childhood educators. Together we create nurturing environments that inspire a love for learning, discovery, and creativity.

    Favorite Children's Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear