SUPPORT TEACHING TEAM - Both Campuses
MICHELLE (SHELLEY) FAVELA - ASSISTANT TEACHER (INFANT/TODDLER TEAM)
Hi! I’m Michelle, I’m 22 years old, and I’m very excited to be a part of Little Inspirations! I went to college for two years of general studies but my goal is to go back and major in radiology. My mother worked as a nanny most of my life so I’ve always been around children and I’ve been able to watch them grow, which led me to work in child care. I’ve been a babysitter for about nine years and I love working with children. I’m excited to be able to teach the children at Little Inspirations as well as learn from them.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports, especially volleyball and soccer.
REBEKAH GREEN - ASSISTANT TEACHER (FLOAT)
Education: B.S in Early Childhood (Concentration Child and Family Services)
Tell us something fun about yourself: I love to laugh and have fun.
What do you love about teaching in early childhood? I love being able to see the children’s growth and knowing I had something to do with it.
What’s your favorite area of play and why? My favorite area of play would be in the dramatic play area were children are able to show what they see and learn at home and is able to bring it into the classroom.
RONDA HOWARD - SUPPORT TEACHER (FRISKY FOXES) In 2002, I started my family; I began focusing on children’s events by volunteering at Chicago schools and partnering at community children’s events for twelve years. This shift in focus revealed the realization and vision of what is missing in urban children’s lives today where I have worked with Dr. Horton, Ph. D., in mentoring children with fun positive activities in Chicago’s south side communities. I believe if you raise awareness of solutions for early prevention of stress relief and anxiety with fun positive activities, that child will gain high self-esteem, strong self-control and willpower to accomplish their goals. My background was in marketing and promotion for the corporate industry, which I truly don’t miss, since I changed my career to early child development.
I truly enjoy working with children, and have returned to school to receive my degree in early child development. While working at Little Inspirations, I continue to do after school programs. I believe that children are the joy of the world and we must provide the tools of motivation that stimulate our children to develop cognitive, social, and language skills so that they can achieve their goals. When you provide a happy positive environment, like here at Little Inspirations, everyone benefits and achieves goals together. I truly appreciate being a team member at Little Inspirations and always look forward to walking in the door and receiving warm smiles from the children and teachers. There’s no better way to start the day!
JANISE JACKSON - TEACHER (FLOAT)
Hello! My name is Janise Jackson and I am pleased to be a member of the team here at Little Inspirations again. I have over 15 years of experience in working with children and, in addition to that, I have recently completed my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I hold the strong belief that the rapid brain development of infants and toddlers makes these formative years some of the most important in a child’s life. For this reason, I am passionate and intentional about the work I do. I look forward to working with the children here, and learning all that I can from my experiences with them.
KEISHA MORRIS - ASSISTANT TEACHER (INFANT-TODDLER TEAM)
Hi there, My name is Keisha Morris and I am very excited to be a part of the Little Inspirations family! I have recently obtained my Associate’s Degree in Preschool Education and I am currently working towards my Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. I have worked in the early childhood setting as well as in the Hyde Park community for 5 years and look forward to continuing my ties here at Little Inspirations. I value the role that I play as a teacher to young children as well as the memories and connections that I make among the staff and families on an everyday basis. I am also very grateful to have chosen a profession that allows me to be nurturing, upbeat, and loving in all aspects of my work with children. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family as well as traveling.
MELINDA PAREDES - ASSISTANT TEACHER (EAGLE EXPLORERS)
Hi there! My name is Melinda Paredes. I am one of the newer additions to Little Inspirations. I currently work as an assistant teacher in the Busy Bees classroom. To expand a bit more on myself, I am currently a student at Olive Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. I will soon be graduating in the Summer of 2019 with my Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Child Development and plan to pursue my BA in Elementary Education. One of the central reasons why I have chosen to work with children is because I absolutely love watching children grow/develop, especially from infancy/toddler ages up to the middle childhood stage. It’s extremely rewarding to be making a contribution to their success. It’s amazing to see and reflect on children we have formed relationships with as they continue to thrive while moving on from one stage to the next. I feel that Little Inspirations will be a great experience to learn and grow myself as I work alongside the staff here and get more hands-on experience with children. I am happy to be on board and look forward to working with the families and children here! In my spare time, I like to plan trips to travel, read, and listen to music!
JACQUELINE SANCHEZ - ASSISTANT TEACHER
Education: Pursuing Bachelor of Science degree
What do you love about teaching or early childhood? 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.
What do you love about teaching or early childhood? 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.
What’s your favorite area of play and why? My favorite area of play for children is the 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.