NEA Staff

Mrs. Olga, Program Director

Olga has an incredible passion for teaching with over 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. At the age of 16 she started giving private English lessons in her hometown in Russia and received a great deal of recognition for her teaching skills from the students and parents.

Born and raised in Russia, Olga attended Linguistic State University in Nizhny Novgorod, where she graduated in 1996 with a BA in Linguistics and Teaching ESL. She also has a BS in Applied Behavioral Science from National Louis University in Chicago.

Olga has lived and worked in Chicago for more than ten years. Prior to joining New Einsteins Academy, she was a Montessori directress at Park View Montessori School. She has also worked as a Preschool teacher for a private school in Evanston.

Apart from dedicating her life to making a difference in young children’s lives, Olga loves travelling, cooking and learning new languages.


Miss Elizabeth, Assistant Director

Elizabeth was born in Arizona and raised in California. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from University of California, Davis. She made her way to Chicago in 2013 after attending Michigan State University where she received her Master’s in Child Development.

Elizabeth has more than 5 years of experience working with children in the roles of nanny, tutor, Pre-Kindergarten teacher and Assistant Director. She is passionate about creating an environment where children are supported in exploring, making mistakes and asking questions until they master a new task. Elizabeth believes that children learn best through play and hands-on experiences.

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys reading, playing volleyball, and going to musicals.


Miss Shannon, Young Toddlers Lead Teacher

Ms. Shannon was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. She holds a Child Development Associate degree from Rasmussen College and is currently continuing her education at Harold Washington. She has been working with children for over 7 years. Miss Shannon discovered her passion for teaching at the age of 12, when she volunteered at her family friend’s home daycare. Watching children play and seeing the happiness in their faces filled Miss Shannon’s heart with joy. While volunteering at the daycare, she started to look forward to tomorrow.

Miss Shannon found her other passion working for the Chicago Park District, where she coached basketball, soccer, softball and bocce. Shannon quickly learned she had a special gift when it came to motivating and coaching young children.

When she is not working, she loves watching and playing sports. Miss Shannon has been watching baseball since the age of 6 and considers herself to be a hardcore Sox fan. She also loves playing softball and volleyball with her friends and family. Miss Shannon’s overall goal is to finish her \ education in ECE and continue her lifelong journey in the field of childcare.

Mrs. Lilian, Yonger Toddlers Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Lilian was born and raised in Chicago to Mexican immigrant parents. She grew up in the family of educators. Her mom was employed at Chicago Commons as a teacher’s assistant and occasionally hosted a home daycare.
Before attending Morton College, where Lilian received her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, she worked as a photographer and a Starbucks barista. For the last four years Lilian has worked as a teacher’s assistant at Erie Neighborhood House and JCC Chicago.

She volunteered regularly at a clinic for AIDS patients and Chicago Food Depository.

In her spare time Lilian likes to stay in shape playing outdoor soccer. She regularly checks out art galleries and enjoys studying French and Dutch. In the future, Lilian plans to travel the world and attend graduate school.


Miss Kelly, Older Toddlers Lead Teacher

Ms. Kelly comes from a long line of teachers and has been working with children for many years now. She moved to Chicago six years ago from Morganton, North Carolina. Her college background is in Early Childhood Development. In Kelly’s teaching career she had the opportunity to run both toddler and preschool classrooms. She has also worked as an assistant director for Children’s Learning Place in Chicago. Miss Coleman has always been passionate about helping other people and serving her community. She is an active volunteer at Lincoln Park Community Shelter as well as the tutoring center 826 Chicago. She says her absolute favorite part of working with young children is seeing the look on their faces the first time they try something new.

Growing up Kelly’s family moved a lot, so she had the opportunity to live in Japan and travel throughout Europe and China. During her free time she enjoys playing tennis, practicing rock climbing and hanging out with friends and Ramsey, her dog.



Miss Mayra, Older Toddlers Teacher Assistant

Mayra was born and raised in the city of Chicago. Ever since she could remember, having good grades and going to college was always encouraged in her household. As a result, she proudly has seen all five of her siblings earn a BA and a MA. Of course it was natural for her to follow the same path and choose a career that was most passionate to her. Teaching!
Mayra attended Roosevelt University where she earned a MA in Elementary Education and a license to teach in 2009. She is also bilingual in Spanish and plans to continue her studies to earn an endorsement as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. Mayra holds a BS from University of Illinois in Information and Decision Sciences.

She believes children learn best when they are having fun through involvement and hands-on activities. Mayra landed her first teaching job tutoring the daughters of former Chicago Cub’s player, Carlos Zambrano and has also worked as an after-school teacher helping students improve their grades.

During her spare time, Mayra loves to entertain her niece and nephews by reading to them, getting her hands slimy through science experiments, and baking cookies. She also enjoys sightseeing Chicago’s popular spots, exercising, walking her dog, and spending quality time with her friends and family.


Miss Mirna, Preschool Teacher

Mirna was born in the Middle East and moved to Chicago with her family when she was only 5 years old. She was raised on Chicago’s North Side and her best childhood memories were playing with her cousins and the neighborhood kids in the alley. Mirna first got involved in Early Childhood Education in high school where she took a few Early Childhood electives. In College she received her B.A in Early Childhood Education with a Type 04 teaching certification from North Park University in Chicago. Prior to being part of the NEA team she was teaching a pre-kindergarten/kindergarten conjoined classroom at Lakefront Children’s Academy in the East Loop. In the nearest future Mirna plans to continue her education  and to get an endorsement in ESL education.

Mirna loves exploring different cultures by trying new foods, dances, and music. She is excited about meeting the new NEA families and having the opportunity to be part of their children’s education!


Miss Lisa, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Lisa was born and raised in Chicago to Puerto Rican parents, who are both passionate life-long high school educators. She has spent the last twenty-four years working in the field of early childhood, taking breaks in between to raise her own three children. Lisa attended Harper College to study Early Childhood Education and is currently working on obtaining her ECE degree. She has also put her knowledge and experience working with toddlers into writing a children’s book about dinosaurs, which will be published shortly.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys watching films, dancing, listening to music and spending time with her big family.



Miss Nargiza, School Floater

Miss Nargiza was born in the capital city of Uzbekistan - Tashkent in the family of scientists. When she was a sophomore at Uzbek World Languages University, she started tutoring English to neighborhood children. Later, she began teaching the “English for Kids” program at the Computer Plaza Education Center. In 2009 Nargiza received her Master’s Degree in Economics and Business Management, but decided to put her career on hold to raise two of her children.

Homeschooling her children gave Nargiza inspiration to dive into the field of Early Childhood Education. She successfully founded and managed the now popular online newspaper “”, which published useful articles about child development from pregnancy to adolescence. In 2013 Miss Nargiza opened “Smart Kids” Child Development Center in Tashkent that is currently preparing 70 children for school annually.

In 2014 Nargiza moved to Chicago with her family. Since then, she received her CDA in Child Development from Harold Washington College and continues her educational journey in the Early Childhood field.

So far, Nargiza has two published poetry books. In her spare time, she enjoys reading novels and loves to spend time with her children.



Miss Daniela, School Floater

Miss Daniela was born and raised in Mexico. She is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Miss Daniela has a total of 12 nieces and nephews, so she has always been surrounded by children, growing up. This is also how she discovered her passion for working with children.

Before attending college for Early Childhood Education, she worked as an assistant teacher at Kids R Our Stars. Bilingual in Spanish, Miss Daniela also worked as an English facilitator, a domestic violence counselor and a youth program coordinator.

In her spare time, she likes to dance, photograph, roller skate, visit museums and other cultural events. She also volunteers at the Consulate of Mexico in Chicago to meet the needs of the Mexican community in Chicago. She truly enjoys being a member of Las Fiestas Patrias committee.