Miss Kristine has been involved in Early Childhood for over 20 years in both teaching and administration roles and is always striving to improve in her methods for understanding and connecting with young children. The Reggio inspired program here at St. Mark’s supports her passion for truly seeing children and allows her the opportunity to help children express their wonders, think deeply, and find the joy in the world around them. She has a BA in English from the University of Maryland as well as an Early Childhood Education Certification and coursework in Early Childhood Administration.
One of Miss Leslie’s favorite things about SMP is that she is always learning – whether it be from a colleague, one of the clergy, or the children – it’s a continuous journey of wonder! Exploring the Reggio approach has and continues to be an amazing experience for her as this methodology feels very natural to her as a teacher. Prior to coming to St. Mark’s, Miss Leslie spent five years teaching preschool at Wide Horizons in Wheaton. She has a B.A. degree in Psychology and Sociology from Cornell College and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. She is also a certified massage therapist, which is her other passion.
Miss Jen feels so fortunate to be part of St. Mark’s Preschool. After receiving her teaching degree from Iowa State University, she participated in a nationally recognized program in Kansas City that focused on teaching in the inner city. She then moved back to Naperville, where she taught in District 203. While teaching, she earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum at National Louis University. After a break to raise her children, Miss Jen returned to teaching, this time in the early childhood setting teaching at Wide Horizons in Wheaton before joining the SMP staff. She believes in our preschool mission and the Reggio Emilia philosophy and knows that St. Mark’s is where she should be teaching. She is a positive and devoted teacher who focuses on the whole child. She loves fostering children’s curiosity and learning through play.
Miss Stephanie has a degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Southwest Minnesota State University, as well as training in and experience with the Handwriting without Tears curriculum. She has experience in building a Reggio Emilia inspired program and feel fortunate to continue with the Reggio philosophy here at St. Mark’s Preschool. Miss Stephanie has experience as a lead teacher as well as an Assistant Director in a preschool setting. She is excited to bring her passion to instill a love for learning to our program and has a true joy for supporting and connecting to children and their families. Miss Stephanie wants her students to love being at school and with her!
Miss Amy is a native of Glen Ellyn and currently lives here with her family. She feels strongly that young children should be free to play and develop at their own pace, which makes the Reggio approach a good fit for her. She holds a BA in Music Education from the University of Illinois and taught music at the elementary level. In addition to teaching preschool class here at SMP, she is also our Music Specialist!
Miss Carey has lived in Glen Ellyn for almost 20 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. Several years ago, she joined the staff at St. Mark’s Preschool. She is very excited to begin another year at SMP. She truly loves talking with the children throughout their day here.
Miss Lindsay has a BA in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, an M.Ed. in Instructional leadership and is a certified yoga teacher. She has taught yoga at Lifetime Fitness and Essencia Yoga. Her kind, gentle spirit centers children. She enjoys empowering young people by teaching them how to connect with themselves through mindfulness and play.
Miss Syd joins us as a current college student studying Early Childhood Education. She believes young children are smarter than people give them credit for, and she enjoys the Reggio Approach because it puts an emphasis on a child’s sense of wonder. Miss Syd comes with previous experience working with children in camp and dance settings. She is excited to join the SMP family.