MISS KRISTINE  Director, AM Kindergarten Enrichment, Studio Arts

I have been involved in Early Childhood for over 15 years in both teaching and administration roles and am always striving to improve in my methods for understanding and connecting with young children. The Reggio inspired program here at St. Mark’s supports my passion for truly seeing children and allows me the opportunity to help children express their wonders, think deeply and find the joy in the world around them. I have a BA in English as well as an Early Childhood Education certification and coursework in Early Childhood Administration. When I’m not at St. Mark’s, I enjoy spending time with my three daughters: Shea, is a recent college graduate with a BFA in Playwrighting and is now on the path to a Masters in Nursing, Stella who is currently pursuing her passion in art and songwriting, and Sydney who loves math and music and plays piano and viola.

 

MISS LESLIE   3 Day AM,  3 Day PM

I am so excited to be returning to St. Mark’s Preschool for another year of teaching and learning. One of my favorite things about SMP is that I am always learning – whether it be from a colleague, one of the clergy, or the children it’s a continuous journey of wonder! From the first day I walked in to SMP it has felt like home to me, I love being part of this beautiful church environment. Learning about the Reggio approach has and continues to be an amazing experience for me. This approach to education feels very natural to me as a teacher. Prior to coming to St. Mark’s I spent five years teaching preschool at Wide Horizons in Wheaton. I have a B.A. degree in Psychology and Sociology and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. I am also a certified massage therapist which is my other passion. Although the two careers initially sound very different they have many similarities, although I admit the level of noise does greatly vary from one to the other. When I’m not enjoying one of my professions, I am busy being mom to my two beautiful teenage daughters, Emma and Mia.

 

MISS JEN   4 Day AM,  4 Day PM

Hello! My name is Jen. I feel so fortunate to be part of St. Mark’s Preschool. After receiving my teaching degree in 1994, I participated in a nationally recognized program in Kansas City that focused on teaching in the inner city. I then moved back to Naperville where I taught in District 203. While teaching I earned a Masters of Arts in Curriculum. I taught until 2000 when my son Conner was born. I then decided to stay at home and focus on being a mom. Two years later I was blessed with a daughter, Taylor. When my kids started preschool, I served on the preschool board. When Conner and Taylor attended elementary school, I volunteered as a reading aide, ran classroom parties and created the school yearbook. I also volunteered teaching Sunday school at my church. As my kids grew older, I felt called to work with kids again so I started teaching preschool in Wheaton. Several years later I learned about the St. Mark’s Preschool program. I met the teachers, Father George and a few board members. I believed in their mission and the Reggio Emilia philosophy and knew St. Mark’s was where I should be teaching. I am a positive and devoted teacher who focuses on the whole child. I love fostering children’s curiosity and learning through play. When I am not teaching, I love kicking the soccer ball around with my son, bumping the volleyball back and forth with my daughter, and walking with my husband and our dog.

 

MISS GEORGINA    3 Day AM,  4 Day PM,  STEAM

Hi! I’m Miss Georgina and I LOVE being a part of St. Mark’s Preschool! I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and started my teaching career with Chicago Commons teaching State Pre-Kindergarten, where I was introduced to the Reggio Emilia philosophy. After teaching in the inner city for several years, I took a break from the classroom and worked in Child Care Resource and Referral and running Child Care Centers. When I had my daughter in 2002, I decided to stay home and just be Mom. My son came along a few years later and I enjoyed being home with them and volunteering in their schools. After 14 years at home, I decided it was time to get back into the classroom and I was lucky enough to land at St. Mark’s!! I enjoy coming to school every day and seeing our families and students. When I am not at school, I spend my time doing projects around the house or with my amazing kids and their activities. My daughter, Veronica, rides horses and my son, Jackson, plays football and basketball.

 

MISS STEPHANIE    4Day AM, 3 Day PM,  STEAM

Hello St. Mark’s Preschool Families, I am Miss Stephanie, the newest member of the St. Mark’s teaching team. I come to you with a degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education, as well as experience with the Handwriting without Tears curriculum. Having been involved in building a Reggio Emilia inspired program at my previous job, I am excited to continue with the Reggio philosophy here at St. Mark’s. I have been a lead teacher as well as an Assistant Director in a preschool setting. My husband and I reside in Bolingbrook with our daughter, Harper and dog, Dozer. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, anything and everything Disney, and trips to my family’s lake house. I am excited to bring my passion to instill a love for learning to St. Marks Preschool. I have a true joy for supporting and connecting to children and their families. I want my students to love being at school and with me! I look forward to a wonderful school year full of fun and lots of learning!

 

MISS LORI   Munch N Learn, PM Kindergarten Enrichment

Lori has raised her three sons in Glen Ellyn for nineteen years and has been with St. Mark’s Preschool since 2012 She loves attending bible studies, book club, Cub games and her three sons sporting events. Ms. Lori really enjoys reading to children and engaging them in meaningful conversations about art and science. Travel planning is her passion as she wants to visit as many National Parks with her husband Mark, sons George, Will and Charlie. You might catch Ms. Lori out and about with her dog Sporty as he goes to a lot of places with her including Omaha, Nebraska where Ms. Lori is originally from.

 

MISS CAREY   Munch N Learn

Miss Carey has lived in Glen Ellyn for the past 17 years. She taught kindergarten and Jr. High before having her 3 children (Jack, Aidan and Allie). When her youngest was in school full-time, she went back to her teaching days as a substitute teacher for the Glen Ellyn Park District. Three years ago she became the Munch-n-Learn teacher at St. Mark’s. She is very excited to begin another year at SMP. She truly loves talking with the kids as they have lunch, and she enjoys teaching them through exciting crafts, games and science experiments. When she’s not at SMP, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and her over-weight dog, Hunter.

MISS MARSHA   Music

Miss  Marsha is on the staff of the church, directing two choirs for ages K- 5th grade, and leads music for two worship services on Sundays, playing both piano and organ. She enjoys working with the children immensely and deeply believes that music is an important part of their educational experience. It is her greatest hope that you will someday hear your child singing or humming one of the songs we have learned together and is  grateful for the opportunity to get to know them while they are students at St. Mark’s Preschool

MISS CYNTHIA   Yoga

I have worked with children for over 20 years. I am a former preschool teacher & elementary substitute teacher for District 308. I am also a USPTR certified tennis pro & teach tennis to kids of all ages. My interest in yoga lead me to receive several certifications to teach,  I have a 200 hour certified (RYT) Vinyasa Yoga, a 200 hour certified (RYT) Hot Power Yoga, Yoga Sculpt Certificate and I am Pilates HIIT Certified. .I combined my love for teaching and yoga to children and adults. I am the mother of 3 grown children, Tyler, Miranda and Madison and wife to Tom. My family is everything to me. Yoga brings me peace, calm, gratitude & compassion to myself and others.