NEA Bucktown

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 Nicole, Younger Toddlers Lead Teacher

Miss Nicole was born and raised on the Southeast Side of Chicago. In 2014 she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human and Family Studies with a focus in Child Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Go Illini! After she graduated, she moved back to Chicago and immediately began teaching in the field of early childhood as a toddler teacher. She believes that toddlers learn best through play. In addition, she enjoys reading stories to them and getting messy through sensory exploration.
Miss Nicole has also volunteered at La Rabida Children’s hospital. She assisted the Child Life specialist in bringing the children to the play room. Nicole found her volunteer experience very rewarding, because she knew it helped the children take their minds off their illnesses.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, spending time with family and going to concerts. In the future, Miss Nicole hopes to receive a Master’s Degree or a teaching license in the field of education. She is very excited to be joining the New Einsteins Academy team.


Miss Daniela, Younger Toddlers Assistant Teacher

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.



Miss Lisa, Older Toddlers Lead 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, Older Toddlers Assistant Teacher

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 Mayra, Preschool 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 Andrea, School Floater

Andrea grew up in a small town in Rochelle, Illinois. After high school, she moved to Rockford where she attended Rock Valley College and graduated with her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Andrea has always had a passion for working with children and recently moved to Chicago to pursue a career in the field. She enjoys working with children and helping them reach for their dreams through education. She believes every child should be valued and treated with respect. Ms. Andrea has over 5 years of experience including babysitting, supervising an after-school program in Jefferson Park, and being a lead teacher in an infant room. It is her primary goal to maintain a safe, fun and educational environment for all the children enrolled in New Einsteins Academy.

In her free time, she likes to be with her family, go outside and try new cuisines.



Miss Kristien, School Floater

Kristien comes from a big family and is the oldest of six, so being around young children and caring for them comes naturally for her. Miss Kristien received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Monmouth Liberal Arts College and is currently enrolled at DePaul University working towards her Masters in Early Childhood Education. She strives to do her best in caring for the needs of each individual child and getting to know all the families here at New Einsteins Academy.

Despite the freezing winter weather, Kristien loves living in Chicago and enjoys being part of such a unique and diverse city. As a big supporter of the Arts, she loves to sing! In her free time, she is a committed karaoke goer. She is also pretty skilled in the kitchen but enjoys baking most. If she is able to read in her free time, she loves reading suspense and mystery.



Miss Lizett, School Floater

Lizett was born in Central Mexico, but was raised in Chicago. At a very young age, she knew she wanted to become a teacher. However, it wasn't until she became actively involved in her children's preschool education that she determinedly pursued her degree to become one. She holds an Associate’s degree in Preschool Education and is presently enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University working towards a BA in Education. Lizett is very much interested in varying theories behind child development and education with her favorite theorists being Lev Vygotsky, Howard Gardner, and Paulo Friere. Her ultimate goal is to complete her post-graduate education so that she can possess the necessary skills and knowledge to better serve children and families from her community.

In her spare time, Lizett spends time with her family and is always looking to exhaust any and all of the free educational resources our great city has to offer via its museums, libraries, parks, and community centers. Her favorite book as an adult is Pedagogy of Hope, and her favorite book as a child was Amelia Bedelia.