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Little Hands is located at 2755 Sanders Road Northbrook IL - the closest intersection is Willow/Palatine and Sanders Road or Willow and the 294 S/N ramps. The center is directly off 294 S/N at the Willow exit. The center is inside the Allstate campus. Enter in the Allstate campus either off Willow or Sanders Road.

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About Our Staff

A Bright Horizons teacher is a nurturer as well as an educator, someone who encourages learning through exploration, and who understands the balance between what a child needs to feel safe and what she requires to reach her potential. Your child’s teacher is your partner. At Bright Horizons, 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: Alison
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep
  • Teaching Since: 2016
  • I love teaching children because: I love teaching children because I like to see when children grow and experience learning.
  • Favorite Children's Book: My Many Colored Days
  • Name: Amy C
  • I Teach: Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 2000
  • I love teaching children because: I love to watch them learn and grow. My passion is teaching children.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Llama Llama Red Pajama
  • Name: Amy S
  • I Teach: Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 2005
  • I love teaching children because: I love experiencing the uniqueness of each child. I love getting to know the kids and I especially love having siblings come up and watching the family grow; it is a real privilege to be part of people’s lives like that. Kids teach us patience, virtue, the value of friendship, peace, calm, the value of time...
  • Favorite Children's Book: Pretzel by Margaret Rey
  • Name: Antra
  • I Teach: .Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 2007
  • I love teaching children because: It is my passion to teach, interact with and observe each child's individual development and growth.
  • Favorite Children's Book: I love many different books such as: If You're Happy and You Know it, Brown Bear Brown Bear, Napping House and Owl Babies.
  • Name: Anum
  • I Teach: All Ages
  • Teaching Since: 2017
  • I love teaching children because: It's so much fun to see them learn and experience new things everyday.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Goldilocks And The Three Bears
  • Name: April
  • I Teach: Preschool
  • Teaching Since: 2007
  • I love teaching children because: I get to see the children grow, explore, create and express their unique individuality!
  • Favorite Children's Book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  • Name: Debby
  • I Teach: Twos
  • Teaching Since: 2003
  • I love teaching children because: My Motivation for teaching is that every child can learn, with the right support. A child needs guidance and love at school, so as a teacher, I believe that I have the power and the responsibility to offer both, and change a child's life.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Rainbow Fish
  • Name: Debra
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep
  • Teaching Since: 2002
  • I love teaching children because: the natural curiosity of children is contagious! When children are inspired to connect to who they truly are and what they are truly capable of, they experience multiple ‘ah ha’ moments that is priceless to witness and experience.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Chimpanzees of Happytown
  • Name: Erica
  • I Teach: Preschool
  • Teaching Since: 2015
  • I love teaching children because: I love to watch them learn and grow and experience new things.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Llama Llama Red Pajama
  • Name: Giselle
  • I Teach: All Ages
  • Teaching Since: 2000
  • I love teaching children because: I love them!
  • Favorite Children's Book: Soup Opera
  • Name: Hannah
  • I Teach: All Ages
  • Teaching Since: 2014
  • I love teaching children because: the children make me happy!
  • Favorite Children's Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Name: Heather
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep
  • Teaching Since: 2009
  • I love teaching children because: of that look on a child's face when they suddenly understand something they didn't know before. I love the pride and happiness.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willem
  • Name: Helen
  • I Teach: Infants
  • Teaching Since: 2007
  • I love teaching children because: children grow and learn new things every day from smiling and cooing when you interact with them, to taking their first bites of food at the table or their first wobbly steps!
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Big Hungry Bear
  • Name: Irina
  • I Teach: Infants
  • Teaching Since: 2007
  • I love teaching children because: I have been teaching them for more than 30 years, my mom and grandma were teachers, too
  • Favorite Children's Book: I Love You Forever
  • Name: Jackie
  • I Teach: Twos
  • Teaching Since: 2004
  • I love teaching children because: I love seeing the children grow through the different stages of learning and watching as they experience new things.
  • Favorite Children's Book: I Love You Forever
  • Name: Jason
  • I Teach: Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 2017
  • I love teaching children because: I love watching them grow and develop throughout the years.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Pete the Cat
  • Name: Jessica
  • I Teach: All Ages
  • Teaching Since: 2017
  • I love teaching children because: They are such individuals, and it is so amazing to see the different ways they learn and use their imagination. To feel that I have been able to provide guidance or knowledge to a child is incredibly rewarding.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
  • Name: Jordan
  • I Teach: Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 2012
  • I love teaching children because: I love seeing that AHA moment when they understand something for the first time.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Snip Snap
  • Name: Josie
  • I Teach: All Ages
  • Teaching Since: 2017
  • I love teaching children because: I like to see the spark in their eyes and the smile on their face when they do something for the first time.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Green Eggs and Ham
  • Name: Kristen A
  • I Teach: Kindergarten
  • Teaching Since: 2005
  • I love teaching children because: It is fun, rewarding and each new day is filled with surprises!
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Bear Snores On
  • Name: Kristina P
  • I Teach: Infants
  • Teaching Since: 1994
  • I love teaching children because: I enjoy learning from the children as much as they learn from me.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
  • Name: Krys
  • I Teach: Art / All Ages
  • Teaching Since: 2013
  • I love teaching children because: The look I see on a child's face when they create something original to them is a beautiful, shining, effervescent, glowing pride from within. Creation comes from the soul and the look on a child's face reflects from the core of their being. That's what motivated me to join Little Hands and eventually inspired me to teach art!
  • Favorite Children's Book: I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
  • Name: Lauren
  • I Teach: All Ages
  • Teaching Since: 2017
  • I love teaching children because: It is a challenging and rewarding job to be a part of their development, and it is exciting to see positive change in a child's behavior.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
  • Name: Lillian
  • I Teach: Kindergarten
  • Teaching Since: 2005
  • I love teaching children because: I love to see the children learn and grow.
  • Favorite Children's Book: A Color of His Own
  • Name: Liz
  • I Teach: Twos
  • Teaching Since: 2013
  • I love teaching children because: I love teaching because of the 'AH HA' moments. I love to see the children discover something for the first time!
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Runaway Bunny
  • Name: Marge
  • I Teach: Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 2007
  • I love teaching children because: : The progress of the children I teach , their enthusiasm when they learn something new, the happy faces when I praise and encourage them while they accomplish the impossible makes me feel a sense of accomplishment in this world!
  • Favorite Children's Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear
  • Name: Naheed
  • I Teach: Infants
  • Teaching Since: 2012
  • I love teaching children because: I love teaching and seeing young children grow.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear
  • Name: Rachel
  • I Teach: All Ages
  • Teaching Since: 2017
  • I love teaching children because: I am able to learn and grow through my interactions with the children
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Name: Sammi
  • I Teach: Preschool
  • Teaching Since: 2010
  • I love teaching children because: Discovering a child's interests and abilities, then challenging those specific learning areas is what drives my passion!
  • Favorite Children's Book: Splat the Cat
  • Name: Shirin
  • I Teach: Infants
  • Teaching Since: 2004
  • I love teaching children because: they are so innocent.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Cat in the Hat
  • Name: Sophie
  • I Teach: Twos
  • Teaching Since: 1997
  • I love teaching children because: I like to see the children grow and use what I have taught them in their everyday lives.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Cinderella
  • Name: Tina
  • I Teach: Preschool
  • Teaching Since: 2013
  • I love teaching children because: I get the opportunity to work with the purest of Hearts! The best feeling is knowing I can help and teach the child and actually impact their life in a positive way. It all starts with Loving the child everything else falls into place.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Miss Nelson is Missing
  • Name: Vanessa
  • I Teach: Twos
  • Teaching Since: 2015
  • I love teaching children because: I love to see their growth and development and seeing that spark when they get something for the first time.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Oh The Places You'll Go
  • Name: Vickie
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep
  • Teaching Since: 2000
  • I love teaching children because: because the difference I make could be the difference in a child's life for a lifetime.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Kissing Hand
  • Name: Victoria
  • I Teach: Twos
  • Teaching Since: 2015
  • I love teaching children because: I love that everyday is always different with the children. Each day brings a new experience. I also love teaching because it allows me to be a part of the children’s lives and to see them grow, develop, and take on new experiences and challenges.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Not A Box by Antoinette Portis
  • Name: Yasmeen
  • I Teach: All Ages
  • Teaching Since: 2015
  • I love teaching children because: I love watching children grow and learn everyday.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Animal Opposites

Administration

  • Name: Sarah Perna

    Position: Center Director

    In Education Since: 2001

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: It is so rewarding to watch young children grow and develop both socially and academically!

    Favorite Children's Book: If you Give a Moose a Muffin Series

  • Name: Tiffany Yu

    Position: Assistant Director

    In Education Since: 2006

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: I love seeing children grow through the years and working with families to ensure the highest quality of care. Bright Horizons has also given me a lot of opportunites for growth in my professional career.

    Favorite Children's Book: I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

  • Name: Diane Sward

    Position: Business Manager

    In Education Since: 2000

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: I love working for Birght Horizons becasue the children, familes, and co-workers that are here are all working towards a common goal and it makes Little Hands a wonderful place to be.

    Favorite Children's Book: The Invisible String

  • Name: Jodie Speziale

    Position: Preschool & Kindergarten Prep Educational Coordinator

    In Education Since: 1999

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: It feels like Home. I am loved and supported by everyone that I work with.

    Favorite Children's Book: Bartholomew the Beaver

  • Name: Kathy Giannakopoulos

    Position: Twos Educational Coordinator

    In Education Since: 2002

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: It has always been my passion to be with children. Day by day, watching them grow and learn new things is so rewarding not only to me but to their parents. They have put their trust in me to spend each and every day with their child. I am very happy to have followed my dream to teach!

    Favorite Children's Book: Corduroy by Don Freeman

  • Name: Julie J

    Position: Infant Educational Coordinator

    In Education Since: 2006

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: I have the ability to help chilldren achieve their best.

    Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein