NEA Staff

Olga Gusarovskaya, 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.

 

Adriana P. Guerrero, Younger Toddlers Lead Teacher

Adriana was born in Mexico City. At the age of 5, Adriana and her family moved to Chicago. Beginning at a young age, Adriana took a special interest in how children learn and develop. She became involved in peer assistance and tutoring clubs while attending elementary school. Subsequently, she presented her research based on these experiences at her school's science fair. After winning first place, Adriana knew she wanted to pursuit a career in child psychology. Since finishing college, Stacy has worked for a family with three small children and she has also worked at two childcare centers prior to joining the team at New Einstein’s Academy.
Adriana is extremely passionate about working with children. During the past 4 years, she has volunteered at a preschool within a homeless shelter and worked with children in different settings throughout the community. Even though she has worked firsthand with children across various age groups, her most valuable teaching experience has come right from home – Adriana is the proud mother of a wonderful eight year old son, Neo.
Currently, Adriana is in the process of completing her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at DePaul University. She plans on continuing her studies and pursuing a Master’s degree in psychology. In her spare time Adriana loves to read, watch documentaries, run, and explore the city with her son.

 


Lisa Soto, 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.

 

 

Kelly Coleman, Older Toddlers Lead Teacher

Ms. Kelly Coleman 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.

 

 

Mayra Villacreses, 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.

 


Mirna Imseih, 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!

 


Stacy Jackson, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

Stacy grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was fortunate enough to live next door to her Aunt and Uncle and her many cousins in a neighborhood filled with kids. Stacy often spent time playing school with her friends and pretending to be the teacher and so she knew from an early age that she wanted to become a teacher. As a young adult, Stacy took it upon herself to broaden her horizons and move to Massachusetts to put herself through college. After receiving her Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Stacy then went on to achieve a Bachelor degree in English from the University of Massachusetts. Since finishing college, Stacy has worked for a family with three small children and she has also worked at two childcare centers prior to joining the team at New Einstein’s Academy.
In her spare time, Stacy enjoys reading and biking and watching black and white movies.

 


Yazmin Garcia, Morning Assistant Teacher

Yazmin was born in Mexico City and came to the United States at the age of 5. She grew up in a big friendly family, where she is the oldest sibling of 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Yazmin is currently in school at the University of Phoenix for her B.A in Human Resources. She has enjoyed working with young children for many years as a Sunday school teacher for the Christian church she attends. Yazmin is happily married with a 6 year old daughter, Bella. In her spare time she loves going for walks with her dog, reading, cooking and taking dance classes.