I am a mother of three, born and raised on the North side of Chicago. I love watching little minds at work! It’s very rewarding to be a part of children’s lives! I earned my National Childhood Development Associate credential in 2011. I owned and operated a Home Daycare for 15 years - It was a wonderful experience! I am still a kid at heart. I like to jump rope, play on swings, slide down slides and explore the environment around me - this is what drew me to Little Inspirations in June 2013. Little Inspirations offers the greatest way of learning -- through play, touching, observing and experiencing. Fine motor, gross motor, social, cognitive and creative thinking are all large parts of the learning process. Children are free become anything they want to be and it gives me great joy to be a part of their development.


Hi! My name is Deanna Houston. I am married to my wonderful husband Christopher and we have one sweet baby girl, named Christiana. I love to sing, dance, go to church and travel. 

I’m elated to be a teacher here at Little Inspirations, in the Busy Bees (Twos) room! My interest in Early Childhood Education field sparked when I was a babysitter to my niece, nephew, and cousin. From there, I started taking child development courses and I was in awe of how young children learn socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. Later, I received my Associate in Applied Science for Pre-school Education. In addition, I am passionate about children becoming confident in themselves and strengthening their fine motor skills, especially at the age of two because they have to use their hands and fingers for so much in their world. Lastly, some of my favorite things to do with young children are to have cooking experiences, sing, and read with/to them. 


Hi! I’m so excited and grateful to be a part of Little Inspirations. I am currently attending Richard Daley College where I have received my Basic Certificate in Child Development--Preschool.  Now I’m working towards getting my Associate degree in Applied Science in Child Development. I’ve been passionate about Early Childhood Education ever since I was a child. I enjoy the dynamic and exciting opportunities that young children bring.  This career path truly feels like I’ve found what I was meant to do.  Most importantly, my son has made me strive for greatness as I am a role model for future generations.  I find children to be the most genuine and loving human beings and delight in my opportunities to learn with them all day, every day. I am grateful for a chance to work with the teachers, children, and families here at Little Inspirations; it’s like a dream come true!


My name is Marchay Grays. I was born on May 27th in Chicago, IL. I am extremely honored that I have the opportunity to nurture, encourage, and teach your child. I have always had a passion for Early Childhood Education because birth to age three is the peak for brain development. A child’s early stages not only matter, but they are the most critical in development. I have experience with ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. I began working with children ten years ago and decided to enroll in the Child Development program at Kennedy-King College. I earned my Associate’s Degree, with high honors, in Pre-School Education. I plan to continue my pursuit of my  Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Practice: Infant/Toddler at National Louis University. I am very passionate about Early Childhood Education. I am very patient. I believe that children should be treated with compassion, patience, and respect, regardless of the circumstances. I believe that diversity, social-emotional, and self-expression all play a huge role in a child’s development and tolerance. I am so excited about this new journey! I look forward to building positive relationships with you and your child:)


Hello! I am a teacher in the PreK classroom. I am happily married to my husband of thirty-eight years, Odell, and we have two children named Eileen and Marcus.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Chicago State University, and attended Rosary College for my Montessori Diploma for ages 3-5. I chose to work with younger children because of the unique ways they have of expressing their wants and needs as they explore and learn. I appreciate the communication I have with the parents, peers and administration as we become involved in each child's development. I am very passionate about continuing to learn - just as the children are! I am happy to help fulfill the Vision and Mission of Little Inspirations.


Hi! My name is Velina Walker. I’m a mother of three. I’m currently in school to receive my Associate in Applied Science. I have over ten years of experience with children. While in the field of Early Childhood Education, I have learned that the most impressionable years are now. So, I adore being intentional about the love, care, and the attention that I give to children. It makes my heart smile to know that I’m able to instill education and love at the same time. I enjoy laughter and dancing with children. I am grateful to be a part of Little Inspirations, a place in which I can be an addition to helping the development of children be a fruitful experience!  In my spare time, I like to go to movies and museums.

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