Growing up, I had a love of working with children and when it came time to pursue my career, it was without question that it would be in the field of early childhood education. I attended college at Northern Illinois University and applied for their Early Childhood Studies program.
Over the next few years, I focused on my studies and graduated with honors. Soon after graduation, I began my career as a Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher at an at-risk program in Cicero, IL. As my first work experience, it was both a challenging and rewarding. I focused on building relationships and making a difference. While I enjoyed the work that I was doing, I kept my options open and found an opening for a Director position at the Bright Horizons located in Itasca, IL. Over the next three years I worked as a leader to increase enrollment, program, employee retention, and family survey results. About three years into this role, I was asked to become the Director of the early childhood lab school located at Roosevelt University in Schaumburg, IL. For the next eight years, I worked to build and sustain enrollment of over 200 children and about 40 teachers. In addition, I return to school earning my Masters in Educational Leadership, from Roosevelt University.
With strong community relationships and persistence for a strong program that put children first, the school enrollment quickly grew to a waitlist status. Throughout this journey, I focused on mentoring leaders and teachers. Although I loved every moment of this opportunity, I also knew I was in search of new opportunities to grow professionally. When the position at West Chicago became available, I was excited and eager to take this new role and start a new chapter in my career.
I have been married for almost nine years to my husband Mike, and we have three beautiful children: Mikey age 7, Marissa age 6, and Sammy age 2. We live in Bloomingdale and love to travel.