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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.

Want to learn more about our Center Director, Kelly? Click here to watch a short video on her background!

Meet Our Teachers

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  • Name: Karen (Completed her Child Development Associate)
  • I Teach: Infant I
  • Teaching Since: 2002
  • I love teaching children because: it gives me the opportunity to mold their minds and influence the type of adult they will become.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear
  • Name: Sere (Currently taking courses at Ashford University)
  • I Teach: Infant I
  • Teaching Since: 2015
  • I love teaching children because: I enjoy seeing the children develop and watching them learn new things.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Pete the Cat: My Buttons
  • Name: Tammy (Recieved her Associate's Degree in Social Service)
  • I Teach: Infant II
  • Teaching Since: 2010
  • I love teaching children because: The children have unconditional love.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Old McDonald Had A Farm
  • Name: Jennifer (Associate's Degree in Child Development)
  • I Teach: Infant III
  • Teaching Since: 2013
  • I love teaching children because: creating a fun learning experience is the first step to a child’s lifelong love of learning.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Day it Rained Hearts
  • Name: Liz (Completed her Child Development Associate)
  • I Teach: Infant II
  • Teaching Since: 2005
  • I love teaching children because: I am facinated by what I can learn from them
  • Favorite Children's Book: Miss Maple Seed
  • Name: Edith (Received her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from COD)
  • I Teach: Infant IV
  • Teaching Since: 2000
  • I love teaching children because: Teaching is my passion, and so are the children.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Little Blue and Little Yellow
  • Name: Ashley (Completed Courses at Northeastern Illinois University)
  • I Teach: Infant IV
  • Teaching Since: 2014
  • I love teaching children because: I enjoy when children show an interest in different topics
  • Favorite Children's Book: Someday
  • Name: Christine (Associate's Degree in Early Childhood)
  • I Teach: Infant and Toddler Resource Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 1988
  • I love teaching children because: I enjoy watching them grow as I care for them, seeing their smiles, and being a part of their lives.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Danny the Dinosaur
  • Name: Abilene (Received Para-Professional Certificate from Daley College)
  • I Teach: Infant Resource Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 2010
  • I love teaching children because: Teaching children at a young age helps them to become responsible adults.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Pout Pout Fish
  • Name: Jazmyne (Currently working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education)
  • I Teach: Infant Resource Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 2012
  • I love teaching children because: They are open minded and like to explore.
  • Favorite Children's Book: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
  • Name: Crystal (Working on Associate's Degree)
  • I Teach: Infant and Young Preschool Resource Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 2017
  • I love teaching children because: I love watching them learn, grow, and become more independent.
  • Favorite Children's Book: SkippyJon Jones
  • Name: Darlindaly (Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Studies)
  • I Teach: Toddler I and Spanish Enrichment
  • Teaching Since: 2015
  • I love teaching children because: Children are the future, and I want to make sure that they have a good start.
  • Favorite Children's Book: I'm A Little Teapot
  • Name: Angela (Working towards her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education)
  • I Teach: Toddler I
  • Teaching Since: 1997
  • I love teaching children because: I take pleasure in the importance of helping children grow mentally and physically strong.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Oh, the Places You'll Go!
  • Name: Jeannette (Has completed courses at Morton College)
  • I Teach: Toddler I
  • Teaching Since: 2017
  • I love teaching children because: The children are very open to learn. They are not biased.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
  • Name: Andrea (Bachelor’s in Communications & Early Childhood Asst. Teacher Certificate)
  • I Teach: Toddler III
  • Teaching Since: 2012
  • I love teaching children because: I enjoy being a part of moments where the children are exploring something new.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Down By the Bay
  • Name: Jazmin (Completed Courses at Everest College)
  • I Teach: Toddler III
  • Teaching Since: 2013
  • I love teaching children because: I enjoy helping them with their growth and development
  • Favorite Children's Book: Coco Rayado
  • Name: Megan (Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Master's Degree in Counseling)
  • I Teach: Young Preschool I
  • Teaching Since: 2012
  • I love teaching children because: I enjoy being the friendly face that they see every morning
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
  • Name: Stephanie (Associate's Degree in Early Childcare)
  • I Teach: Young Preschool I
  • Teaching Since: 2014
  • I love teaching children because: I love to see them grow throughout the year
  • Favorite Children's Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Name: Shelby (Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology from Illinois State University)
  • I Teach: Young Preschool II
  • Teaching Since: 2016
  • I love teaching children because: I love being able to guide children to be the best versions of themselves that they can be. I love the excitement on their faces when they learn something new.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Name: Jessica (Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education)
  • I Teach: Young Preschool III
  • Teaching Since: 2012
  • I love teaching children because: children are our future and cultivating their minds should be our highest priority.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Crankenstein
  • Name: Henrietta (Received her Bachelor's Degree in Applied Behavioral Science)
  • I Teach: Young Preschool III
  • Teaching Since: 2010
  • I love teaching children because: Children are the most precious gift on Earth. They are a joy to work with.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Little Engine that Could
  • Name: Meghan (Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education)
  • I Teach: Young Preschool Resource Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 2012
  • I love teaching children because: I enjoy seeing the children grow throughout the year
  • Favorite Children's Book: Good Night Moon
  • Name: Ashley (Bachelor's in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities)
  • I Teach: Preschool I
  • Teaching Since: 2014
  • I love teaching children because: I love creating hands on experiences and giving children the ability to have fun while they learn.
  • Favorite Children's Book: If You Give A Moose A Muffin
  • Name: Gabriela (Bachelor's Degree in Human Services)
  • I Teach: Preschool I
  • Teaching Since: 2014
  • I love teaching children because: I love seeing the children smile and laugh. I want to be a role model for the children.
  • Favorite Children's Book: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
  • Name: Maddie (Completed Early Childhood Courses at West Valley College)
  • I Teach: Preschool II
  • Teaching Since: 2007
  • I love teaching children because: I enjoy watching them become unique individuals.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Is Your Mama A Llama?
  • Name: Joe (Bachelor's Degree in Child Development)
  • I Teach: Preschool II
  • Teaching Since: 2014
  • I love teaching children because: I love to watch children grow and reach different developmental milestones
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Rainbow Fish
  • Name: Deanna (Bachelor's Degree in Education and Master's Degree in Instructional Design and Technology)
  • I Teach: Preschool II
  • Teaching Since: 1998
  • I love teaching children because: I love to watch the children make new discoveries.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Where the Wild Things Are
  • Name: Savannah (Working towards Child Development Associate)
  • I Teach: Preschool Resource Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 2016
  • I love teaching children because: I love seeing their development and knowing that I made a difference in someone's life.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Green Eggs and Ham
  • Name: Liz (Received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education)
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep
  • Teaching Since: 2012
  • I love teaching children because: I love hearing what children have to say and experiencing the world through their eyes.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Seven Silly Eaters
  • Name: Diane (Studied Early Childhood Education at Triton College)
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep
  • Teaching Since: 1989
  • I love teaching children because: Every child is unique and they leave an impression in their own way.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in A Ball
  • Name: Carol (Associate's Degree in Child Development)
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep Resource Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 2011
  • I love teaching children because: I love to see the growth that they make developmentally throughout my time with them
  • Favorite Children's Book: I Love You Stinky Face
  • Name: Alexis (Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education)
  • I Teach: Kindergarten
  • Teaching Since: 2010
  • I love teaching children because: I like the company's mission statement and the people and families that I work with.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Name: Sam (Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education)
  • I Teach: Kindergarten
  • Teaching Since: 2013
  • I love teaching children because: I like explaining the curriculum to the children in new ways
  • Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever
  • Name: Sam (Working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work)
  • I Teach: School Age Teacher
  • Teaching Since: 2016
  • I love teaching children because: I enjoy creating a fun environment for children to grow and learn
  • Favorite Children's Book: A Bad Case of Stripes
  • Name: Linida (Bachelor's in Music Education and Master's in Flute Performance)
  • I Teach: Music
  • Teaching Since: 1990
  • I love teaching children because: they are spontaneous, eager to learn, curious, and give unique responses.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Mamma Do You Love Me?
  • Name: Mioara (Completed Courses in Art with a specialty in Painting from The Popular School of Art in Romania)
  • I Teach: Art
  • Teaching Since: 1999
  • I love teaching children because: I am a child at heart.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Little Prince
  • Name: Alyssa ( Bachelor's in Business Management and Certification in Baking and Pastry)
  • I Teach: Chef
  • Teaching Since: 2009
  • I love teaching children because: I love cooking for children because it brings me back to when I was a child
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Dr. Seuss Series
  • Name: Karen (Associate's Degree in Baking and Pastry as well as Culinary Arts)
  • I Teach: Chef
  • Teaching Since: 2008
  • I love teaching children because: I love cooking for children because we have the opportunity to help develop their taste buds.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Harry Potter Series
  • Name: Michelle (Associate's Degree in Baking and Pastry)
  • I Teach: Chef
  • Teaching Since: 2012
  • I love teaching children because: I love encouraging the children to try new foods, and expand their knowledge of different foods
  • Favorite Children's Book: Llama Llama

Administration

  • Name: Joanne D. (Received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Edinboro State University)

    Position: Regional Manager

    In Education Since: 1984

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: I enjoy helping children, their families and the faculty develop to their full potential.

    Favorite Children's Book: On The Day You Were Born

  • Name: Kelly R. (Received her Master's in Psychology with an emphasis in Human Development from National-Louis University and is currently pursuing her Director Credential with the state of Illinois)

    Position: Center Director

    In Education Since: 1993

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: it is a company where not only children grow and flourish, but also the people within the organization have many opportunities to grow professionally and help make a positive impact on the lives of the young children and families they serve.

    Favorite Children's Book: The Little Engine That Could

  • Name: Janelle S. (Received her Bacheor's Degree in Management from Northern Illinois University)

    Position: Enrollment Counselor

    In Education Since: 2010

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: I find it very rewarding to be able to talk with parents and families like yours about child care and education, share my own experiences and find the program that is best for your family. My experience as a Bright Horizons parent has been so positive that it's exciting to share it with other parents. I love the HEART that our Bright Horizons' teachers and Directors put into caring for children and interacting with parents. I look forward to speaking with you.

    Favorite Children's Book: Where To Little Wombat? by Charles Fuge

  • Name: Nicolette B. (Received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Resources from Illinois State University)

    Position: Business Manager

    In Education Since: 2007

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: Bright Horizons creates infinite possibilities, solutions, and opportunities for the families within our community. We set ourselves apart, simply because we truly care, and are willing to go that extra mile.

    Favorite Children's Book: The Rainbow Fish

  • Name: Renee L. (Recieved her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lincoln College and is working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from National Lewis University)

    Position: Educational Coordinator

    In Education Since: 1998

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: It is a great company to grow with. I love both the philosophy and curriculum. I also love watching the children and teachers grow, and helping to develop positive relationships.

    Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree

  • Name: April P. (Received her Bachelor's Degree in Youth Ministry from North Park University, and is currently taking Early Childhood Education courses at College of Dupage)

    Position: Educational Coordinator

    In Education Since: 2006

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: I love working at Bright Horizons because our curriculum is top notch and our parent partnership program is phenomenal. In addition, our management team is always challenging our staff to increase their knowledge and awareness as a teacher.

    Favorite Children's Book: The Carrot Seed