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, Preschool 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 Quyen, Older Toddlers Lead Teacher

Miss Quyen was born in Vietnam but was raised in Chicago since she was one year old. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015. Growing up, she’s always wanted to work with young children. When an opportunity to teach preschool arose, she jumped right into it and fell in love with this profession. While teaching, she continued taking classes on Early Childhood Education to expand her knowledge in the field. She believes children need love, support, and positivity to help them grow into successful and happy adults. She works hard to assure that her students have a good platform to learn and grow, especially through language and play. She loves the opportunity to contribute to a child’s development and hopes to one day open a center of her own.

In her spare time, Miss Quyen enjoys watching crime documentaries, listening to old Motown classics, and exploring different sights all around the city. Some of her inspirations include her parents, the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, Amy Poehler, and Lisa Simpson. She is very excited to be a part of the New Einsteins’ family and looks forward to working with the children and their families.



Miss Kristien, Older Toddlers Assistant Teacher

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.


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.