Ashley Stokes

Ashley is thrilled to join the wonderful people at Chicago Children's House. She started teaching 0-5 year olds about 11 years ago as a Gymboree Play & Music teacher, teaching Music, Play & Learn, and School Skills classes. After Gymboree, she was a nanny, and then a Teacher's Assistant in 3-5 year old classroom. 

Ashley has a B.A. in Theater from the University of Notre Dame with a Minor in Anthropology. While in college, she worked with an ND Outreach program that brought workshops to local schools. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Classical Acting from the University of Houston in 2015, where she helped build curriculum for a local Children's Museum. She's continuing her education and in the process of obtaining a Masters in Child Development with a concentration in Infancy and  Administration from the Erikson Institute.

Director, with CCH since 2015

Chelsea Weidner

Hello! Chelsea is excited to be joining Chicago Children’s House.  She has been working with children for most of her life, in a variety of settings.  Chelsea has been an Infant Daycare teacher, Sunday School and VBS teacher, Summer Camp Senior Counselor for families and children aged a few weeks to 18 years old, and Lead Afterschool teacher for a preschool/pre-k center and a grade school. Chelsea spent the summer of 2016 in Chicago with an internship at a pediatric therapy clinic.  It was during this time that she became fond of the city and working with families here.

 Originally from South Dakota, Chelsea moved to Chicago in 2017 to attend Erikson Institute. She recently graduated receiving her Master of Science in Child Development with a concentration in Administration.   Chelsea has a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

Chelsea believes that every moment is a chance for children to develop communication, social, emotional, cognitive, and motor skills. As part of the administration team at CCH, she strives to create a space that is an extension of the home and provides every child with the support and care they need. She is thrilled to get to know everyone in the CCH community!

Assistant Director since 2020

Maddy Arce

I love to sing, watch movies and watch people smile. Since I was a little girl being a teacher is something that I have always desired to be. I am currently enrolled in online courses where my end goal is to receive my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. My passion has always been to give children the best that I have everyday. I know that this is what they need to grow. If you tell them that they can reach the stars and beyond, then they will! The unlocked potential that I see when I look at children is the reason I want to be apart of their growth in every aspect: cognitive, socially, emotionally, and physically. I know that here, I will be able to give these children my very best so that they can flourish into their most beautiful form. 

OIR Teacher since 2020

Vanessa Arce

Picture and Bio coming soon!

Infant Teacher since 2020

Tierra Crawford

Tierra graduated from the University of Illinois (Chicago) in 2017 with a BA in Sociology. Over the years she's become more passionate about working in a career field where she can aid in youth development. Being the oldest of four children she naturally began to babysit younger siblings and family members when needed. This led her to volunteer at an in-home daycare center during high school in which she worked with an age range of infants to thirteen year olds. The decision to join the CCH family felt very natural and she's excited to meet and learn from everyone. In her spare time she loves traveling to new destinations and enjoys attending art and musical festivals whenever possible.

CCH OIR Teacher since 2020

Vicky Peralta

Hi! Feel free to call me Vicky. I’m from the Chicago suburbs: Cicero and Berwyn, but I’ve lived in Chicago for 3 years now. My family and I are native to Acapulco, GRO, Mexico; our people are called Nahua (nah-wa). I speak English, Nahuatl, and Spanish; I love to teach all three if that’s okay with y’all. I’ve worked with preschool aged children for 2 years, and it’s been an honor watching all my students grow. As a poet, I especially enjoy giving kids the language to explore their surroundings, friendships, and themselves. I’m currently a student at Columbia College Chicago for a BA in poetry and education. Please feel free to ask me any questions. I’m so excited to meet the families and children of Chicago Children’s House!

Toddler/Preschool Teacher since 2020

Norma Perez

Hi Everyone! I was born and raised in Chicago. I am a mother of four wonderful children; 9,14,15, and 16. I have 3 years experience working in a daycare setting. I began my love for children as a mother and have continued as a teacher of infants. Each age group comes with its own milestones and I am so thankful to be at Chicago Children's House where I get to learn from the infants as much as they learn from me. Thanks for the opportunity!

East Infant CCH Teacher since 2019

Kassandra Reyes

Kassandra Reyes is excited to be apart of the CCH family. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Kassandra started as a medical assistant and obtained her degree soon to realize her calling was to become a teacher when she began working at a catholic school after school program at 19 working with children ages 3-12. Kassandra has been working with children and building unique relationships with educators who now she calls friends for seven years. As an after school director’s aide and a teacher’s aide, she has learned so much about children and their needs. Kassandra understands how important it is to have a healthy relationship with children, families, and colleagues. Not only is she excited, but Kassandra is in the process of receiving her associates in Early Childhood Education and Applied Science. Still, she will continue her education to provide her best to watch children attempt new things and have opportunities to discover and thrive in their environment.

CCH Toddler Teacher since 2020

Marvel Rodriguez

I am a grandmother of 11 grandchildren, ages 8-20. I have been around children all my life and have worked in daycares on and off for the last decade. I always enjoy seeing little ones smile and am very excited to be a part of the CCH Family. I am currently enrolled in and taking classes in Early Childhood education and look forward to furthering my education. 

CCH Teacher since 2019

Veronica Rodriguez

Growing up, Veronica has always been surrounded by children. The oldest of 5 children and several generations of cousins, she knew that caring for children would be in her future. She has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Wilbur Wright College. Veronica not only is a mom ,but has volunteered at multiple schools and or agencies involving children and has 4 plus years of experience doing so.  Veronica plans to build on her experiences, laying a foundation toward continuing her education and obtaining her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. Veronica is thrill to join the CHC family of nurturing educators. 

CCH Infant Teacher since 2020

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