Center Director and Floater Classroom Lead Teacher:

Hello! My Name is Mrs. Sarah and I am the Director and classroom teacher here at St. Paul. While the majority of my day is spent in the office I do spend time in each classroom every day to assist our teachers and be with the children. I have been here at St. Paul since March of 2014. Before that I was a classroom teacher and acting director at an early childhood center that was NAEYC accredited for over 8 years. In my spare time I enjoy decorating my new house, doing DIY home improvements, going on walks with my dog, Clark, and spending time with my family. I grew up in a city about 70 miles west of Chicago, where my parents currently still reside, and I have a younger brother whose name is Mike. For most of my life I have been a Chicago Cubs fan and I try to go to as many games a year that I can! Go Cubs Go!  I graduated from Kendall College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Administration with a minor in Small Business Management. I currently hold a Level 2 Director Credential, a Level 5 ECE teacher credential, and a Level 2 Infant Toddler credential from Gateways Illinois. I am currently working on my Masters Degree in Administration from National Louis University.  I knew from a very young age that working with children was something that I dreamed to do. Now that dream is my reality!

Assistant Director and Pre-K Classroom Lead Teacher:

Hello!  My name is Ms. Maggy. I am the Pre-K teacher and Assistant Director here at St. Paul. I have been working here since April of 2016, and feel that the staff, students, and families here are like a second family to me! Someone once told me that if you like what you do, you never have to work a day in your life, and that's how I feel when I'm here. I love spending my day in the classroom, and couldn't have found a better center to teach at!  In my personal time, I love spending time with my beautiful daughter, Annabelle, my amazing son Jackson,  and my fiancé Aaron! We enjoy going to the zoo and different museums together. I also love 🐱cats and shopping!!  I completed my Bachelors Degree at Kendal College in fall of 2018 and I am now attending National Louis to complete my Masters Degree. I have a Level 1 Directors Credential, a Level 4 ECE teacher credential, and a Level 2 Infant/Toddler credential from Gateways in Illinois.

Preschool Classroom Lead Co-teacher:

Hello! My name is Mrs. Kayla. I am the lead co-teacher in the Preschool classroom. I have been teaching here at St. Paul since May of 2016. I have a 3 year old son who is old enough to come to work with me now and spend most of my time with him! When I have some spare time to myself I enjoy reading books and camping. As a teacher I enjoy watching all the kids learn and grow throughout the year. I am currently attending College of DuPage taking Early Childhood Education courses with plans to transfer to a 4 year university by the end of 2019! I currently have my Level 2 ECE teacher credential from Gateways Illinois. 

Preschool Classroom Lead Co-teacher:

Hello! My name is Mrs. Marcia. I am the lead co-teacher in the Preschool classroom along with Mrs. Kayla. I am new to St. Paul, as of the 2018-2019 school year. Prior to St. Paul I was a teacher in various capacities in Preschools and Child Care programs for many years.   When I have some spare time to myself I enjoy reading books and being with my family. I obtained my Teaching Certificate from Kendall College and I have a Level 5 ECE Credential from Gateways Illinois.

Pre-K Classroom Assistant Teacher:
Hello my name is Ms. Samantha and I am new to St. Paul as a teacher (fall of 2018). My daughters attended St. Paul from 2015 - 2018 and are now thriving in the local public school districts! I have really enjoyed being with your children and I look forward to continuing to learn more about helping Ms. Maggy! I am starting school in early 2019 to become an ultrasound technician!

Kindergarten Lead Co-Teacher:

Hello! My name is Mrs. Lisa.  I am one of the Lead Co-teachers in the Kindergarten classroom here at St. Paul.  I attended DePaul University where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts Degree in teaching.   Then I went on to obtain my Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University.   I have 10+ years’ combined experience teaching within district schools (grades 1 and 2), private preschools (ages 6 weeks to PreK), and low income/high risk junior high programs (ages 12-14). I currently hold a Level 4 ECE teacher credential from Gateways Illinois.

 

Here at St. Paul, our classroom learning environment is rooted in the school’s play-based philosophy and directly linked to St. Paul’s elected Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies authentic observation system.  Within the curriculum instruction, an ample amount of time is spent observing and documenting the children engaged in play. This process results in an in-depth understanding of what each child's personal strengths and challenges may be. This data provides us with ways in which to address a student’s individual strengths along with, “in need of further learning” topics and skills. Additionally, whole group lessons are an everyday occurrence.  The children partake in morning writing activities, hands on math lesson, exploratory science lessons, teacher lead read aloud stories and circle time.  Circle time is an invaluable whole group time when we collectively explore the days topics, calendar, weather, student experiences, personal reflection and songs. My kindergarten learning environment and classroom is one that focuses not only on 1st grade readiness but, on having fun while learning, becoming a confident early-learner and a kind person. 

Kindergarten Lead Co-Teacher:

Hello, my name is Ms. Bonnie. I am the other Lead Co-Teacher in our Kindergarten classroom here at St. Paul. My background is in Early Childhood Education and Care. I managed a home daycare for several years before becoming an educator at St. Paul. I have two children, ages 7 and 9. I am proud to work in my hometown of Villa Park since we have such a strong sense of community which is exemplified in our close-knit St. Paul Family. I am very focused on providing complete childcare for each student. It is very important that young children are nurtured while being educated. I always like to bond with each student to help create a safe and trusting relationship as a teacher. I am a firm believer that school should consist of both fun and learning therefore I do my best to explore my student’s personal interests any chance we can.  “Education is improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” – Unknown

 

Floater Lead Teacher (all classrooms):

Hello my name is Mrs. Cheryl and I have been working part time at St. Paul since 2010.  I have been in the teaching field for over 40 years in various roles including being a 4th grade teacher, a Pre-K teacher, a Kindergarten teacher and an afterschool program director. In my spare time I enjoy traveling with my husband to see my son and daughter-in-law and two grandsons, Ben and Ollie, in Virginia.   My daughter was married in October of 2017 as well and she just welcomed her first son in the fall of 2018. I also love spending time with my daughter and son-in-law watching football, going to movies, and trying new local restaurants.  This school year I look forward to seeing all our familiar faces and greeting our new students and families!  I can't wait to share in your child's learning journey at St. Paul! I currently hold a Level 4 ECE teacher credential from Gateways Illinois. 

Floater Lead Teacher (all classrooms):

Hello my name is Ms. Alex and I work in all classrooms here at St. Paul. I am currently attending Elmhurst College and in early 2019 I'll be doing my student teaching at a school in Villa Park! 

 
Cook:

Hi! I am Mrs. Jude and I am the cook for the center.

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