Mrs. Olga, Program Director

Olga has an incredible passion for teaching with over 17 years of experience in the early childhood field. 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 18 years. Prior to joining New Einsteins Academy, she was a Montessori teacher 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. One of her newest hobbies is learning how to enjoy the bountiful rewards of parenting while being a working mother.

Ms. Alison, Site Director

Alison grew up in Washington state where she studied Elementary Education at a local community college. She had the opportunity to transfer to a school in Hawaii where she studied Linguistics. A few years ago, Alison moved to Chicago and became a nanny for three wonderful girls.

Alison discovered her passion for child development at the early age of 9, when her first nephew was born. This passion was reaffirmed while she served two terms in AmeriCorps teaching English in Elementary schools. Alison is excited to learn the ins and outs of preschool teaching so one day she can open her own preschool. She has over 10 years of childcare experience.

In her free time Alison enjoys being out in nature and exploring all Chicago has to offer. She often spends her time reading, biking, or volunteering at a local animal shelter.

Ms. Marisol, Young Toddler Lead Teacher

Marisol grew up in Logan Square, but she was bornin Puerto Rico and is an islander at heart, so she hopes to move back home one day. Ms. Marisol chose a career in early childhood because she was inspired by her great aunt, who was a wonderful foster mother and helped community children in need. Marisol holds a CDA license and has been working in a daycare setting for over 12 years with children of all ages from infancy to preschool. She was also an administrator in one of the local Chicago daycares but felt that being in the classroom was her true calling. Ms. Marisol is currently in school to receive a BA in Social Work.

Marisol is a full-time mother of two children. She is also a performing artist with a passion for singing, dancing, and spoken word. In her spare time, she mentors young women and children through her program called TRIBE.

Ms. Zhanna, Young Toddlers Assistant Teache

Ms. Zhanna adds 9 years of experience to our team. She worked at different daycare centers of Chicago with children, from infants to toddlers. She is a former UIC alumni and is currently taking a college break to spend some quality time with her beautiful daughter, Zoe.

Ms. Nchimunya, Young Toddlers Assistant Teacher

Ms. Nchimunya was born and raised in Zambia, where she graduated from college and spent 5 years working as a preschool teacher with children ages 2 to 5. She now lives in Chicago and hopes to enroll at DePaul to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time, Nchimunya enjoys learning the newest trends in hair braiding and loves exploring Chicago with her husband.

Ms. Kimberly, Older Toddler Lead Teacher

Kim was born and raised in Chicago in a big family. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at DePaul University in 2018. She has been working with children of all ages since 2005, taking care of her younger siblings, babysitting for various families and working as a teacher’s aide and assistant in daycare settings. Ms.Kim loves working with children because it is fascinating to see them achieve their milestones. She is excited to take on the opportunity to lead the classroom at NEA.

During her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, attending numerous festivals throughout Chicago and going on exciting new trips.

Ms. Nia, Older Toddler Assistant Teacher

Miss Nia grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and later moved to Illinois with her family. She graduated in 2014 from Wilbur Wright College with an Associate in Arts, and took several early childhood courses at the same college. She 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. In her spare time, Ms. Nia enjoys playing the flute, cooking with her boyfriend and trying different cuisines. She also adores her beautiful niece and visits her in Canada whenever she can.

Miss Natasha, Older Toddler Assistant Teacher

Ms. Natasha

Miss Natasha was born and raised on the North side of Chicago. She grew up in our Ravenswood neighborhood and has been a camper at Chase Park since she can remember. After graduating high school, Miss Natasha enlisted in the Illinois National Guard and is still part of the army until 2023. In 2016, she started working at Chase Park as a summer camp counselor, which made her find her passion and realize how much she enjoys working with children. Miss Natasha is attending Truman College for an associate degree in early childhood development. She loves how curious and expressive children are and hopes to achieve her goal of becoming a teacher in the future. Miss Natasha enjoys painting, listening to music with her friends & eating out with her family. She also loves learning about her culture and tries to visit Mexico whenever she can.

Mrs. Nefira, Preschool Lead Teacher

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 U.S. at the age of 20 and lived in Arizona for several years before moving to Chicago. 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. Mrs. 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, 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.

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.

Ms. Claudia, Preschool Lead 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. Claudia also has experience working with kids with various levels of disabilities (physical, mental and cognitive), including two of her own children. Claudia is excited for the opportunity to incorporate Spanish songs and activities into the daily curriculum.

Outside of work, 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.

Ms. Veronica, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Ms. Veronica has over twelve years of experience working with children of different ages ranging from infants to six years old. She loves being an educator and plans to obtain a CDA license in the near future to advance her career in the field. Veronica enjoys working with young children because of the joy it brings her to see them learn something new every day. She believes children learn best when they are given the opportunity to explore with various hands-on activities.

In her spare time, Ms. Veronica enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, shopping, and painting.

Ms. Gricel, Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Ms. Gricel was born and raised in Ecuador. Her passion for teaching started early in her life because she grew up in the family of educators. She has learned from her parents, who were both teachers, the important role of teaching and nurturing a child. She earned her Early Childhood Education degree in Ecuador and immigrated to the United States shortly after. In the US, Ms. Gricel worked several as a nanny for several years while studying English. She is currently attending Truman College to receive her teaching degree in America.

On top of being a student, a mother and a full-time educator, Miss Gricel has a passion and love for visual arts. Her hobbies are painting, dancing, and tutoring Spanish.

Ms. Karen, Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Karen was born and raised in the northeast of England and is the eldest of four children. After studying hospitality management at the New Castle University, Ms. Karen moved to Chicago to pursue a career in the hospitality field. However, after a few years of working in the field, Karen realized that she wanted to change career paths. She had always felt a natural connection with children and wanted to make a difference, so she decided to follow her heart and sought employment in the early childhood field. Ms. Karen is very keen to further her education in ECE and plans to obtain her early childhood certificate in a few months.

When she is not at work, Karen enjoys family time with her husband and a six-year-old daughter. They love the great outdoors and hiking is one of their favorite things to do together. Baking is a must in Ms. Karen’s house.

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, dancing 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.