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. Mirna, Assistant Director

Ms. Mirna was born in Amman, Jordan and raised on Chicago’s northside. She received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education with Type 04 teacher certification from North Park University. After graduating, Ms. Mirna worked in many diverse places including NEA Bucktown. She worked with first graders with special needs and as an assistant director in a Head Start program. Ms. Mirna is loved for her kind ways, understanding heart and clear academic expectations.

What she adores the most about children is how they inspire her to love, laugh and appreciate life every day! In her free time, she loves being with her family, especially her adorable nieces.

Ms. Michaela, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

Michaela was raised on the north side of Chicago, where she still happily resides. She grew up loving art, always drawing and painting as a young child. She decided to study art in high school and continue that education in college at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, earning her degree in Art Education. It was during this time that Michaela discovered her passion for caring for children. She loved working as a nanny following graduation, and as a Lead Toddler Teacher at another daycare center. She finds that making a difference in young children's lives to be very rewarding.

In addition to honing in on her baking craft, Michaela loves travel, reading and being an amateur foodie.

Ms. Diane, Young Toddler Lead Teacher

Ms. Diane was born and raised in Humboldt Park on the west side of Chicago. She has an A.A.S. degree in Travel and Tourism Management from Northwestern College. She also attended Roosevelt University where she started the early childhood education program. Ms. Diane comes to New Einsteins Academy with a teaching background of almost 8 years, 7 of which she spent as a lead teacher. She enjoys working with young children and believes it is vital to be of service to them and to share the extensive art and cultural experiences that she has been fortunate to have through her life journey.

Beyond working as a teacher at NEA, Ms. Diane is a multi-talented performing and visual artist. As the creator of Chi-Caribena Designs and Global Booty Dance Fitness, she has been able to display her skills as a professional dancer and dance instructor, a pyro performer, and a choreographer. She also designed cultural costumes for performances in various Afro-Caribbean carnivals. If that is not enough, Ms. Diane is also a professional clown, face painter, and a mascot character performer for Make-Believe Professionals and a musician/backup vocalist/dancer for Mary Macaroni and the Impastas, the two well renowned family entertainment businesses in Chicago.

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.

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. Adriana, Pre-K Lead Teacher

Adriana has various experience working with children. She became an aunt at the age of 11 years old and that is where her fondness of being around children began. When high school came around, she was able to major in Early Childhood Education for three out of four years. There she was able to learn how to provide instruction and care for children through their part time, on site pre-school setting for children 3-5 years of age. Her first official job was as a teacher’s aide in a small day care center with children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. From there on she has been a nanny for children starting at the age of 6 months to 8 years old. Her favorite part of being around kids is the fun she has being able to teach children to be respectful, independent, clever, and knowledgeable in Spanish on a regular basis. She received an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Harold Washington. Her goals are to return to a university to be able to continue studying and advance in the child care field.

As a kid at heart, Adriana loves to spend her free time exploring nature, reading comic books and playing older arcade games. She is also interested in healthy habits, such as exercising and balanced eating, attending concerts, and visiting new cities out of state.

Ms. Gaby, Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Miss Gaby was born and raised in Chicago. She is extremely passionate about working with children and is studying Early Childhood Education at DePaul University in Chicago. Miss Gaby has worked in the field since she was a junior in college, doing internships for ages 0-6 and working as a substitute teacher at New Einsteins II, after which she was offered an assistant teacher position here in the summer of 2020. Whether it was babysitting her neighbors, or playing with her younger cousins, Miss Gaby has always loved spending time around children. She feels that Early Childhood Education is her true calling because she wants every student to reach their best abilities.

In her free time, she likes spending time with her family and her dog, watching movies, and being outdoors.

Ms. Suzana, Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Ms. Suzana, lovingly called Suzy Q by her family and friends for her caring nature and sweet personality, is currently attending Harold Washington College with the intention to transfer to a four-year university in the nearest future. Although she is still unsure about exactly what to major in, she is certain that she will choose something that involves working with children. Ms. Suzy is a natural in the classroom and enjoys working with children very much. Growing up in an immigrant family, she had to rely on counselors, advisors, and her teachers to guide her through life. Suzy is grateful to have met so many wonderful and caring people, who have inspired her and helped her to become the person she is today. Now, she is determined to give back to the community and make a change in people’s lives.

In her free time, Suzy enjoys playing guitar and clarinet, dancing and going out with her big.

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.

She enjoys many things 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.

Ms. Jojo, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Jojo was born and raised in Chicago. From volunteering at her local library or church to babysitting her baby cousins, she has been working with kids since she was in middle school. Jojo also worked at an after school program and summer day camps, which gave her a lot of experience with younger kids. After working so much with children and loving the bonds she made with her students, Jojo decided to make a career in the field of early childhood education. She is finishing her associate’s degree at Oakton College and is hoping to further her education in ECE.

In her spare time, she loves reading and watching TV shows. When the weather is nice, she is probably outside or at a music concert. Jojo also enjoys spending time with her friends and family!