EAST HYDE PARK
SIMONE STOVALL - TEACHER
Education: Northern Illinois University- Bachelor of Science in Communications (in progress)
Tell us something fun about yourself: I am a painter/videographer in my free time.
What do you love about teaching or early childhood? I love teaching young children, especially infants, because we help set their foundations. They experience a lot of “firsts” in our classroom and it’s amazing to be a part of this.
What’s your favorite area of play and why? My favorite area of play is, of course, the art projects they create. With this age group there are a lot of “cookie cutter footprint” projects but there are also projects where they get to express themselves by finger-painting. They’re unaware of it now, but those messy creations are just the beginning of them exploring their individual creativity.
ASHLEY PICKETT - ASSISTANT TEACHER
Education: Some Education in Early Childhood Education, and Social Work.
Tell us something fun about yourself: My favorite color is any shade of brown. I love animals. I worked at an animal shelter in college for 2 years.
What do you love about teaching or early childhood? What I really love about Early Childhood Education is as a younger infant room teacher, you get to make a lifelong impression on countless young lives, ensuring that the students get the best start in life. And the appreciation that children show their favorite teachers at this age can be heart-melting.
What’s your favorite area of play and why? My favorite area of play for the younger kids is sensory. It’s so adorable! I love the look on those baby faces when they stick their hands in slime for the first time, that first solid food they eat, or better yet when they try to eat the paint! They are just so curious.
IESHA JACKSON - TEACHER
Education: Child Development Basic Certificate, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree Early Childhood Education
Tell us something fun about yourself: I took in interest in working with children at an early age when I used to babysit. I went to college for nursing but had a passion for teaching children so I changed my major to early childhood education. I am currently a mother of a son who teaches me about growth and developmental milestones every day. It’s exciting to watch him grow and learn new things every day.
What do you love about teaching or early childhood? One of the most important things that you can do to make children feel safe is to establish a routine in his/her life as much as possible. Children (and adults) feel the most secure when their lives are predictable. A regular schedule gives children a way to order and organize their lives.
What’s your favorite area of play and why? Dramatic play: children get an understanding of what goes on in reality. Children pretend to be someone else or something different from themselves.
LARKESHA STINGLEY - ASSISTANT TEACHER
Education: Continuing Early Childhood Degree
Tell us something fun about yourself: I am a huge Disney fan. I love to sing along to all the Disney songs.
What do you love about teaching or early childhood? I love watching the children grow. It’s always amazing to see a child do something they couldn’t do before for the first time.
What’s your favorite area of play and why? My favorite area of play would have to be creative play. I really enjoy arts and crafts and creating things.
KRYSTAL PHILLIPS - TEACHER
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree - Early Childhood Education Specialization in Child and Family Services from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale December 2012
Tell us something fun about yourself: I’m the youngest of two children (older sister) and I have two nephews and two nieces. I enjoy puzzles, playing web games, and binge-watching tv shows. An interesting fact about me is that I suffer from insomnia and can stay awake for hours, the most being 27 consecutively.
What do you love about teaching or early childhood? I love the children and watching them develop. I think it is wonderful to see how they learn things over time and how much their minds absorb. Creating lesson plans and cool activities that showcase what is being learned is a true testament that I am making a difference in children’s lives.
What’s your favorite area of play and why? Art and literacy because both are forms of expression. I believe myself to be someone with a very expressive personality, so I like to have something to show that represents who I am, and I think the same goes for children.
SHANICE SMITH - ASSISTANT TEACHER
Education: Pursuing a BA in Nursing. 5+ years experience in ECE
Tell us something fun about yourself: My family and friends nicknamed me “detective” because I can always find or figure out things given minimal details.
What do you love about teaching or early childhood? What I love the most about teaching ECE is being able to see a child develop and grow. I absolutely love to see when a child has grasped a concept and is eager to learn more.
What’s your favorite area of play and why? My favorite area of play for children, without a doubt, is dramatic play! This is my favorite because dramatic play gives children a chance to use their amazingly creative imaginations to place themselves in their own world of play. Dramatic play is also my favorite because it is a time where children can interact with other children freely.