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CENTRAL HYDE PARK

PRESCHOOL TEAM

BUSY BEES (Young Preschool)

bb@little-inspirations.com

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ALYSSA SCHNEIDER - LEAD TEACHER 

(SHE/HER)

My name is Alyssa Schneider and I grew up in rural Illinois. I moved to Chicago to further my schooling and to access better opportunities. I obtained a Child Development Associate (CDA) in the past year to better myself in terms of how I interact and teach young children. I am currently enrolled in school at Western Governors University to obtain a bachelor's degree in software engineering. In my free time, I love to make music and dance! I find that the arts are truly freeing. I went to school originally for music education, playing the trumpet and taking dance classes on the side. The reason why I chose to pursue early childhood education is because, in all honesty, I truly love all children. I believe all children deserve equal opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment, and I want to be that for them. The connections we provide to and gain from children, in my opinion, are irreplaceable.

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SAMANTHA LAY - ASSISTANT TEACHER

(SHE/HER)

Hello My name is Samantha Lay. I have an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Argosy University. I have been working in a daycare center for about 3 years. I have always had a love for kids and always wanted to open my own daycare. So, when I got the opportunity to work in a daycare, I fell in love because it gave me a chance to see how things work from behind the scenes. I love that I get to continue my journey here at Little Inspirations. A little bit about my family is that it's just my mom, brother and I. One of my interests at this moment is learning about real estate and how it works from the inside out.

FRISKY FOXES (Older Preschool)

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TEQUIRA LEE - LEAD TEACHER 

(SHE/HER)

I'm so thrilled to be a part of your little one’s journey here at Little Inspiration. I want to know all about your little ones, but first I’m going to tell you a few things about me. I earned my Associate degree in early childhood education at Kennedy-King College with roughly 1.5 years left until I obtain my bachelor’s degree. I have spent close to 5 years in ECE working to prepare children for kindergarten as well as 1 year as a paraprofessional with a focus on students with special needs and helping teachers manage the classroom. I'm passionate about early childhood education because of the profound impact it has on a child's future development. Seeing the positive transformation and empowering children to reach their full potential can be incredibly fulfilling. In my free time, I love spending time with my family, binge-watching TV shows, traveling, decorating events Etc. overall, I look forward to working with each family to support your little one’s development every step of the way.

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NELLIE VALENTINE - ASSISTANT TEACHER

(SHE/HER)

Hi everyone! My name is Nellie Valentine and I just recently moved back to Chicago from Los Angeles, Ca. I attended Los Angeles City College for my Associates Degree in Child Development, but I’m also planning on receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. The main reason I became interested in being in education is because I’ve been around children from as long as I can remember and I worked as a babysitter/nanny at the age of sixteen. At the age of twenty I started working at Kinder Kids Preschool located in Los Angeles where I’ve had most of my teaching experience. As an educator, I want my past and future students to gain self-confidence and be able to take certain things they've learned from me to progress as they get older. I'm excited to be a part of the Little Inspirations team because I would like to become better at my job and learn new things, and I feel as if working here will bring that experience to me. My goal while working here is to become better at my job, learn how the company works, and grow together as a team alongside my co-workers. In my spare time I like to hang out with my family and friends and go shopping.

EAGLE EXPLORERS (Pre-Kindergarten)

ee@little-inspirations.com

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DONESHIA POLK - LEAD TEACHER

(SHE/HER)

Hello, my name is Doneshia. I was born and raised here in Chicago. I’ve been in childcare for about 8 years, working between two facilities teaching children ages 6 weeks up to 12 years old. My love for children came about when I was 12 years old. I always loved teaching and educating little ones, so my siblings and I would play school and of course I would be the teacher. My love for children is unconditional with no amount to measure that love. Watching them learn and grow amazes me everyday. I became a new mom in February 2021, I’ve loved every minute of it so far and look forward to my days ahead.  I love to laugh, dance, and be a mom.

I am excited to join the Little Inspirations family and look forward to being a part of your child’s lives. I have first handedly seen the love, care, and positive energy the team brings to all the children.

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TENIYA HUGHES - ASSISTANT TEACHER

(SHE/HER)

Hi my name is Teniya Hughes. I love art & traveling. I wish to assist children by providing them with education to accomplish obstacles that disrupt their journeys and help them with new things.

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