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 7 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, Young 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 Ashley, Young Toddlers Assistant Teacher

Miss Ashley has been working with children for almost four years all over the Chicago land area. Her love for children stems from helping her sister raise her niece when she was in high school. Since then she has taken education courses to further pursue her passion for teaching children. During her free time she enjoys exploring nature and spending time with her family. She's extremely excited to be apart of the New Einsteins team and can't wait to see what's in store!





 

 

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 Adriana, Preschool Lead Teacher

Miss Adriana has been working with kids as a volunteer homework helper since she was in middle school. In high school she founded an after school tutoring program that won first place in the Chicago Civics Fair. Her passion for education lead her to receive her Bachelor's degree from DePaul University in Psychology with a concentration in human development. She has been working with the NEA family since 2013. She began as a floater and, after graduation, assumed the position of a lead teacher in the Young Toddler classroom. After a year break that Miss Adriana took to spend with her son, she happily returned to NEA as a co-teacher in the preschool classroom. She is a full supporter of positive reinforcement and creating a warm and safe environment where her kids can have fun playing and learning!

Miss Adriana loves working out everyday , attending comedy shows, reading and engaging in fun activities with her twelve-year-old son.



 

 

Miss Quyen, Older Toddlers Lead Teacher

Miss Quyen was born in Vietnam but 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 has always wanted to be an educator. When an opportunity to teach preschool arose, she jumped right into it and fell in love with the 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 is currently expanding her teaching credentials and will graduate in the Spring of 2019 with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education.

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, 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 Andrea, Older Toddlers Assistant Teacher

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 Lydia, School Floater

Lydia grew up in Mundelein and is a true suburbs girl at heart but now loves living in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising and Minor in Entrepreneurial Studies from Iowa State University in 2011. After working in the fashion industry for many years Lydia decided in 2017 to make a career change and pursue her passion to become an elementary school teacher. Lydia has always loved working with kids and was inspired by her mom who was a teacher for over 30 years and was a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership. Lydia hopes to become an inspiring teacher that students will remember like her mom! She is working on getting her teaching licensure and Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Teaching from American College of Education. Lydia has many years of experience working with young children as a camp counselor for 5 years and professional nanny for over 2 years. She is also a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Illinois and has been granting wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions for over 3 years.

Lydia enjoys traveling, reading, shopping, doing yoga, trying new restaurants, going to concerts, going to church, and spending time with family and friends.

 


Miss Christin, School Floater

Christin was born and raised in a small farm town in Ohio called Mount Gilead. In 2017 she graduated from Bluffton University with the bachelor’s degree in Psychology and moved to Chicago to pursue her career. Ms. Christin loves children and has gained much experience in the filed through babysitting for many families, volunteering at a church day care and an equestrian therapy center.

Ms. Christin prefers to spend her spare time outdoors. She loves snow boarding, mountain biking, and camping. She also does weight lifting and enjoys staying in good shape. Ms. Christin's favorite Sunday night activity is to watch movies with her family.