EAST PRESCHOOL TEAM
JACQUELINE SANCHEZ - ASSISTANT TEACHER
I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. I enjoy working with children because they love to learn new material. I like being able to help them develop new skills, and create friendships with classmates that will prepare them for the future. I love teaching because I enjoy working with children because they love to learn new material. I love being able to help them develop new skills, and create friendships with classmates that will prepare them for the future. My favorite area of play for children is dramatic play because it gives them the ability to use their extraordinary imagination. Also, they get to interact with one another, and play different roles.
LILLILANN ROGERS - TEACHER
Hello! My name is Lilliann and I am a teacher for the Two’s/Three’s classroom. After graduating in 2017 from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in Psychology, I began working in early childhood education. From there, a true passion for working with children began to blossom. Although I have worked with differing age groups, nothing tops the curiosity that comes with working with two and three year olds! Their tenacity in uncovering all the answers to the questions they have is unmatched! I discovered I loved to explore and learn alongside them. As a teacher I am prepared to assist my students in learning about the world around them in as many ways as possible! While I am now continuing my education at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, I look forward to learning from my students as well. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, shopping, and spending time with my family.
AUTUMN NORMAN - TEACHER
Hi, I am the PreK / Kindergarten teacher! I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A in Psychology, and that experience gave me a deeper understanding of how young children develop, think, and process through their experiences. That led me to obtain a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University. As one of the founding teachers at Little Inspirations, I have always enjoyed watching children develop an understanding of their world through interacting with it on a daily basis. I have never thought of the classroom as just being indoors, so I am very excited about watching children interact with their world through fun community outings, field trips, and outdoor adventures. In my spare time, I enjoy sketching, coloring, and watching TV, particularly Netflix.
ZAKIYA BROWN-LAVIGNE - TEACHER
Hello! My name is Zakiya. I graduated from Moraine Valley Community College with my Associates in Elementary Education. I am currently attending college online at GCU for my Bachelors of Science with a special education endorsement and a minor in psychology. I am a wife, student, caregiver, teacher, and smile-promoter. I’ve always had a passion for teaching developing minds new ways to navigate their environment. Since I was a child, I could always remember having to babysit my younger siblings and cousins and I truly enjoyed it. I grew up thinking I was going to be a psychologist; even though I loved to teach others new information, I wasn’t really sure if that was something I wanted to do. It wasn’t until I started working with special needs children that I started to fall in love with teaching. I learned so much from them. I volunteered at my local library during my high school years for the after-school program, along with volunteering for the special education program at my high school. I worked at Moraine Valley as a student aide in the children learning center for my remaining 3 semesters. I love to see how children grow and evolve to the world and environment around them. The endless encounters and opportunities for development and responsibility at a young age is what mainly attracted me to Little Inspirations. I love how much space is given for them to explore their curiosity. In my spare time when I am not working, I am reading, writing, watching movies or just spending quality time with my loved ones.