NEA Ravenswood

Mrs. Olga, Program Director

Olga has an incredible passion for teaching with over 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. At the age of 16 she started giving private English lessons in her hometown in Russia and received a great deal of recognition for her teaching skills from the students and parents.

Born and raised in Russia, Olga attended Linguistic State University in Nizhny Novgorod, where she graduated in 1996 with a BA in Linguistics and Teaching ESL. She also has a BS in Applied Behavioral Science from National Louis University in Chicago.

Olga has lived and worked in Chicago for more than ten years. Prior to joining New Einsteins Academy, she was a Montessori directress at Park View Montessori School. She has also worked as a Preschool teacher for a private school in Evanston.

Apart from dedicating her life to making a difference in young children’s lives, Olga loves travelling, cooking and learning new languages.

 

Ms. Jenn, Young Toddlers Lead Teacher

Jenn is from the small town of Decatur, Michigan. After graduating high school, she took her father’s lead and became a Spartan! She graduated from Michigan State University in 2006 with a BFA in art education. While in college, she worked part time as an assistant at a child development center. This is where her love for early education blossomed. After college she moved to her dream destination of Chicago and has been teaching ever since. She has had multiple opportunities to teach a diverse age of children, ranging from infancy to twelfth grade. Jenn has been a substitute teacher, a lead toddler teacher, an elementary art teacher and a Pre-K teacher. Her favorite thing about teaching young children is their unconditional love. She thinks it is wonderful to be responsible for teaching them something they didn't know before, retain the information and make connections. She also loves the special bonds that are formed with the children and their families. Teaching is very rewarding!

In her free time Jenn likes to ride her bike. She's been commuting all over the city for the past six years. She also likes to be outdoors in nature, listen to music, spend time with family, cook, paint, draw, make jewelry and design terrariums. In the future she hopes to eventually get back to teaching art where she can enjoy Summers off and be a ceramicist.

 


Miss Sable, Young Toddlers Assistant Teacher

Miss Sable was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. From a very young age she developed an innate interest and understanding of creative processes. Once she graduated high school, she spent quite a few years studying art in cities like Los Angeles and Austin. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with a BFA. During her college years she worked at a play-based daycare in Austin, where she discovered the connection between creativity and child development. She fell in love with inventing sensory projects that allowed children to experience and understand the world around them. It brings her great joy to see children explore mundane everyday materials like cardboard and bubble wrap with the same enthusiasm she had when she was a child.

Sable just moved to Chicago less than a year ago so in her free time she enjoys exploring the city with her boyfriend. She also devotes a great deal of time to her creative practices like drawing, painting, printing and sculpting. When Sable isn’t racking her brain about art, she’s cooking food, reading and cuddling with her dog.


 


Miss Nia, Young Toddlers Assistant Teacher

Miss Nia grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and later moved to Illinois with her family. She went to Fox College to become a veterinarian technician and later, in 2014, graduated from Wilbur Wright College with an Associate’s in Arts. While in college, she started “Nia’s Dog Walking” business, which still operates today. She also discovered that she enjoys caring for younger children while working as an assistant teacher at a small daycare in Melrose Park. Nia’s current goal is to continue working in early childhood and get a teaching degree in the future.

She is a very caring person and loves to see children laugh and be silly. Nia plays the flute. In her free time she also enjoys playing basketball and soccer with her friends. She adores her beautiful niece, who lives in Canada, and visits her whenever she can.




 


Miss Guadalupe, Young Toddlers Assistant Teacher

Miss Lupe was born in Berwyn, IL and raised in Cicero, IL. She is the only girl out of 5 children. Miss Lupe was influenced by her 3rd grade teacher and knew that she wanted to become an Early Childhood educator early on in life. She obtained her Associate’s Degree in Social Work in 2013 and is planning to finish her degree in the nearest future. Miss Lupe chose this career because she wants to make children smile and teach them to be the best they can be in life.

She loves spending time with her family and recently became an aunt! She also loves to travel to warmer places, but definitely enjoys being a tourist in the City of Chicago!

 

 

 


Miss Bianca, Older Toddlers Lead Teacher

Bianca was born and raised in Chicago. She holds an Associate’s degree from Wright College and is in the process of getting a graduate degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern University. She worked for the YMCA for over 2 years, where she went from being an after school counselor to leading a camp program of 60+ six and seven year old. While she is used to working with older children, she is enjoying her time in the toddler classroom at NEA. She always finds herself learning something new from her tiny students.


In her spare time, Bianca likes to read, check out comic book shops, do yoga, watch Dr. Who, and hang out with her family and her cat named Katniss

 

 

 


Miss Nargiza, Older Toddlers Assistant Teacher

Miss Nargiza was born in the capital city of Uzbekistan - Tashkent in the family of scientists. When she was a sophomore at Uzbek World Languages University, she started tutoring English to neighborhood children. Later, she began teaching the “English for Kids” program at the Computer Plaza Education Center. In 2009 Nargiza received her Master’s Degree in Economics and Business Management, but decided to put her career on hold to raise two of her children.

Homeschooling her children gave Nargiza inspiration to dive into the field of Early Childhood Education. She successfully founded and managed the now popular online newspaper “Farzand.uz”, which published useful articles about child development from pregnancy to adolescence. In 2013 Miss Nargiza opened “Smart Kids” Child Development Center in Tashkent that is currently preparing 70 children for school annually.

In 2014 Nargiza moved to Chicago with her family. Since then, she received her CDA in Child Development from Harold Washington College and continues her educational journey in the Early Childhood field.

So far, Nargiza has two published poetry books. In her spare time, she enjoys reading novels and loves to spend time with her children.

 

 

Miss Cristiana, Older Toddlers Assistant Teacher

Miss Cristiana came to the USA 13 years ago. She loves living in Chicago because of the diversity that she encounters everywhere she goes. Cristiana has graduated from college in Romania with a degree in Theology. After her move, she attended Truman College to receive an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Working as a preschool teacher was Cristiana’s dream job since she was little. She used to gather all the children in her neighborhood back in Romania and play “teacher” with them all day long.

Right after she received her degree from Truman, Cristiana worked for more than 3 years at Bright Horizons daycare center in Evanston, where she quickly gained impeccable reputation as an exciting educator. Cristiana is grateful to be a teacher, as she gets to learn so much from every one of her students each day. She is happy to be a part of NEA family and is looking forward to growing more each day.

When Cristiana has some time off work, she loves to travel the world. She is also a biker and enjoys reading books.

 


Mrs. Nefira, Preschool Lead Teacher

Mrs. Nefira was born and raised in Bosnia. Coming from a large family, even as a little child, she was always interested in babysitting and taking care of her younger siblings, nieces and nephews.

She immigrated to the US at the age of 20 and spent several years in Chicago before moving to Arizona. She stayed home to raise two children, and later applied for an assistant teacher position at her daughter’s daycare center to stay close to her. Nefira loved it so much that she decided to pursue a career in early childhood education and received an Associate degree in the field. Before New Einsteins, Mrs. Nefira worked as a lead teacher at Bright Horizons for 16 years. She is happy and passionate about working with young children and enjoys teaching them new and exciting things every day.

Mrs. Nefira loves spending time with her family, traveling to new places and meeting with people from diverse communities. She is looking forward to babysit her own grandchildren someday.

 

 

Miss Claudia, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Claudia joined New Einsteins Academy in September 2016. A native Chicagoan, she grew up in a culturally rich Mexican family. In 2006 she obtained her Bachelor's in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Spanish from DePaul University. While at DePaul, she received an award for academic excellence from the Department of Latin American Studies. Much of her experience in early childhood comes from having four beautiful children, ages 21, 19, 10 and 7 years of age. She also has experience working with kids with various levels of disabilities (physical, mental and cognitive), including two of her own children. Ms. Claudia is excited for the opportunity to incorporate Spanish songs and activities into the daily curriculum.

Outside of work, Ms. Claudia loves to spend time with her family, going on road trips and visiting parks, museums, games, and concerts. Her favorite color is blue. She is a big fan of Chicago Blackhawks, White Sox and New England Patriots.

 

 


Miss Katherine, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Katherine, a.k.a 'Ms. Kat', was born to be a teacher. Her love for learning and academics, combined with a talent for singing and dancing, afforded her Daniel Murphy Scholarship to a four-year private high school in 1995. She attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts with concentration in Musical Theater. After receiving the Golden Apple Teaching Scholarship, Miss Kat graduated from National Louis University with a BA in Elementary Education.

She began her 7 year career as a Chicago Public Schools teacher. Her desire to help her students become their best selves was not limited to school hours, or to one school. In 2007, she founded “Urban Princesses”, an after school program to build self-esteem and confidence in young girls of color, which was implemented in several elementary and high schools throughout the city. She plans to continue her professional development in early childhood, and her dream would be to open a community center to teach people of all ages. Katherine is a mother to two exceptional children. She loves Mae West movies, helping family and friends, and laughing.

Currently, Ms. Kat has turned her love for learning and her passion for teaching to younger children, and she is loving every minute of it! She plans to continue her professional development in early childhood, and her dream would be to open a community center to teach people of all ages. Katherine is a mother to two exceptional children. She loves Mae West movies, helping family and friends, and laughing.

 

 

 


Miss Halle, Pre-K Lead Teacher

Halle was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in Communication Studies and Human Relations, she moved to Chicago to start her adult life in the big city. Halle is a child at heart. She loves to play, learn, explore, and teach alongside the children she meets. This passion has pushed her to go back to school to receive her Master’s in Early Childhood Education and Administration from National Louis University.

Halle enjoys spending time with her three dogs, attending live music events of every genre, and getting together on weekends with her close group of friends. She looks forward to furthering her education, and being the kind of teacher that children remember.

 

 


Miss Kinga, Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Kinga was born in Poland and moved to the United States with her family when she was 9 years old. After high school Kinga attended beauty school to pursue a career as a hair stylist. Kinga has enjoyed working in the beauty industry for just two years, when she had to move on and find another career path for herself due to health issues. Shortly after, she realized that she has a great connection with children. Today Kinga has over a year of experience working at a Child Care Center with children from ages 6 weeks to 3 years of age. She is currently attending Northeastern Illinois University to receive a BA in Education. She has already gained 15 credits in Early Childhood Education and wants to pursue a career as a child life specialist in the future.

On her free time she likes to stay active and do things such as biking, rollerblading, and yoga. She also loves to read and spends lots of time with her friends and family.

 

 

Mrs. Maritza, Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Maritza was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil. From a very young age, she exhibited strong interest in education, as she was practicing her teaching skills with her dolls and a small blackboard in the playroom. After obtaining her bachelor degree from Tourism-Hospitality University in Sao Paulo and 12 years of working in the corporate world, she moved to the US to pursue a teaching career that she has always dreamed of.

She is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Truman College and her experience at NEA has just confirmed her love and passion for educating young children. Mrs. Maritza enjoys coming to work and believes that every day in the classroom is like a new and exciting chapter in her life.

When Mrs. Maritza is not at NEA, she likes to spend time outside with her husband and friends, practice yoga, take care of her plants and read.

 


Mrs. Hilda, School Aide

Mrs. Hilda was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in 1969 five days before Christmas. At the age of five she moved with her mom and two siblings from the island back to Chicago, where her parents were originally from. She graduated from Lakeview High School and became a member of the National Beta Club. Today Mrs. Hilda is a wife, the mother of two boys, 26 and 19, and the grandmother to her first grandson Jordan.

There are many things that she enjoys outside her work. Hilda likes to cook for her family, enjoys camping, da ncing and spending time with her large family. Her family’s favorite activity is family game night. Mrs. Hilda is very involved in her community and sees every day as a learning experience.