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, Younger 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.

 


Mrs. Maritza, Young Toddlers 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.

 

 


Miss Cristiana, Young 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.

 

 


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 Kelly, Preschool Lead Teacher

Ms. Kelly comes from a long line of teachers and has been working with children for many years now. She moved to Chicago six years ago from Morganton, North Carolina. Her college background is in Early Childhood Development. In Kelly’s teaching career she had the opportunity to run both toddler and preschool classrooms. She has also worked as an assistant director for Children’s Learning Place in Chicago. Miss Coleman has always been passionate about helping other people and serving her community. She is an active volunteer at Lincoln Park Community Shelter as well as the tutoring center 826 Chicago. She says her absolute favorite part of working with young children is seeing the look on their faces the first time they try something new.

Growing up Kelly’s family moved a lot, so she had the opportunity to live in Japan and travel throughout Europe and China. During her free time she enjoys playing tennis, practicing rock climbing and hanging out with friends and Ramsey, her dog.

 

 

Miss Ashlee, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Ashlee has worked as an Early Childhood educator since 2012 and has taught children of all ages, from birth to preschool. Prior to joining New Einsteins Academy, Ashlee worked as a teacher in a kindergarten readiness classroom for Chicago Commons. Ashlee has always been passionate about helping people. In 2013 she was awarded a certificate for the completion of an Emergency Medical Technician course where she gained 18 hours of clinical work and 80+ hours of volunteer work. This encouraged her to volunteer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the Same Day Surgery and E.R departments.
In her spare time Ashlee enjoys taking photographs, learning new skills and visiting new places.

 

 

 


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. 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.