Hello, CCH community! My name is Asia. I have been working with children for the past 8 years. I started babysitting for family friends as a teenager which grew into a professional nanny career all throughout college. After college, I started working at CCH as a lead preschool teacher. I currently have a bachelor’s degree in nonfiction writing with an associate in early childhood education from Columbia College Chicago. I am currently working on my master’s degree in early childhood education on a teacher licensure track with a focus in administration and SPED from Erikson Institute. I have goals of being a children's book author, daycare owner, CPS SPED teacher, and elementary school principal. I believe as educators our goal is to create an environment where students are kind, caring, and develop a love for learning at a young age.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, taking nature photos, spending time in nature, practicing mindfulness/yoga, cooking, and hanging at home binge-watching shows with my beagle Boomer. I’m looking forward to working with you all and creating a kind environment for everyone!
Hello Chicago Children’s House, my name Carmen Ruiz, and I could not be more excited to join your family. I am from Indiana and graduated from Purdue Northwest University where I study elementary and special education. During my college career, I worked in a couple daycare settings, I was a nanny, tutor children of all ages, and I even coached high school girls basketball. For my future goals in child care, I plan on pursuing my masters in the upcoming fall semester, and to currently enroll in courses for early childhood. My passion for children and education is the reason I am constantly pushing myself to learn and grow as an educator. My hope is to create a safe, loving, and open environment for children to develop their own unique talents and characters.
Outside my career and education I love to run and read in my free time. I come from a big loving family. My favorite part of my big family is being an aunt to 18 nieces and nephews who mean the world to me. Growing up I was taught to be there for your family, and I hope to continue this into my career here at the Chicago Children’s House.
Hi everyone! My name is Teresa and I am super excited to be a part of the CCH team! I am from Chicago and I went to the University of Illinois at Chicago where I got my degree in Psychology and Criminology. Before getting into early childhood education, I coached softball for all different age groups. After a while, I realized my true passion was working with little ones and that was what lead me here. I have previously worked as a nanny and a lead teacher and I genuinely love working with all age groups! In total, I have over 3 years of experience working with children. In my free time, I love to play softball, ride my bike, learn new hobbies, play the drums, and cheer on the Cubs! I can’t wait to meet everyone!
Hello my name is Laura Taylor, I am from the west side of Chicago. I went to Roberto Clemente High School. After high school I went to Governor State University but later transferred to Kishwaukee College. I have a degree in Applied Science and I also have my CNA license. I am currently working on my degree in ECE. I have over 5 years of experience with working in children. I also love working with children; I hope one day to become a Director of a center or a Principal.
Hi! My name is Sydney and I am from the south side of Chicago. I have almost 7 years of experience with babysitting, and working with kids of all ages. I grew up in a big family, as well as attended a sleep-away camp in Michigan, later becoming a counselor. I’ve also been babysitting for families around my neighborhood, and just finished off a full-time nannying job in April of 2021. When I’m not working, some of my hobbies include playing ice hockey, going to car meets, spending time with friends, and traveling to new places. I’m so excited to get now know all of the children and families here at CCH!
Older Infant Teacher
Hello! My name is Laura Austin. I have over 10 years of experience in the early childhood field. I have a 6-year-old daughter whom I love hanging out with when I am not working. I started working for the Chicago Children's Museum when I was 16 years old. At that point, I knew working with Children was something I would do forever! I attended City Colleges of Chicago as well as Harold Washington College where I pursued my education in Childhood Counseling and Child Development. I look forward to working with a new and exciting team. I am also looking forward to knowing all the parents and their children.
Older Infant Teacher
Hello, hello! I'm Ms. Nova and am very grateful to be a part of the CCH community. I have over 5 years of childcare experience ranging from babysitting to daycare involvement. I am a graduate of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and plan to get my bachelors in Early Childhood Education. In my free time you can often find me hanging out with my animals (3 mice, 2 cats, 1 gecko, and a chinchilla!!!), creating art, or babysitting. I look forward to getting to know each and every child as we learn and grow together.
Older Infant Teacher
Hello, my name is Sabrina P. I always loved children and working with them. I am 26 years old and a Virgo. I do believe that they are the future. I have over 10 years on experience in child care. I lived in Chicago my whole life. I have glad to be at CCH to teach the young minds and help them be all that they can be. Bring your babies to CCH and they will get all the love and care we have to offer.
Hello, my name is Chloe Williams and I am very excited to be a part of this CCH journey. I am 30 years old and have been working with children since I was 16. I have a passion and recently received my Child Development Associates as an infant/ toddler teacher. I am currently still in school to receive my degree in Education. Outside of work, I am a dance instructor at my church and teach the youth praise dancers.
My name is Destiny Hubbert and I graduated from George W. Collins High School. I then attended Bradley University for two years, majoring in PreK-12th grade Education. My Associate of Arts degree in education came later from Richard J. Daley community college. My plan is to return to school and earn a Bachelor's in Education. Babysitting has allowed me to work with children as young as 3 months up to 13 years old. My church appointed me Director of the Children's Ministry which began in June 2020. As such, I have to plan events, lessons, activities, and church services. Overall, I'm very excited to be joining CCH's community and I'm looking forward to getting to know the students, parents and staff.
Hello everyone, my name is Britney and I am 21 years old. I was born on September 14, 1999, in Chicago, Illinois. I take a passion for singing, drawing, and caring for children. My whole life, I’ve been the type of person that loved to make everyone smile. I love to care for people in general but more specifically, children. My love for teaching started at a community church where I served as a summer camp counselor. The connections I experienced were like love at first sight. I went to Simeon Career Academy Highschool majoring in Early Childhood Education and graduated in 2018 of June. I feel honored to now be a part of an amazing community in which CCH has brought together and I hope to experience many more years with you all. To parents and staff of CCH, thank you for allowing me to introduce myself and entrusting me with your children. I plan to make many wonderful memories with everyone
Hello! My name's Brittany and I'm excited to be a part of the CCH family! Before CCH, I was working on corporate audio/visual productions, but my joy from working with children predates my tech background. Ever since I spent five summers taking care of children at my local summer camp, I developed this drive to work with children. Little did I know I would come full circle from those summers. In my spare time, I love to learn new things and work on artwork. I'm delighted to bring my great love of art into the classroom!
Hello Chicago Children’s House, my name is Tania Pamela and I can’t express how truly grateful and excited I am to work with all of your children. I am born and raised in Chicago and I’m 21 years old. During high school & college when I wasn’t playing Softball I was working as a Nanny or working at other daycare settings as well.
I’ve been working with children’s all ages from newborns to teens for 3 almost 4 years. My passion for working with children has only grown ever since I started my position here at CCH.
I have been working with all of your children for the past couple of months and I love getting to know them more and more each day and exploring new things with them as well. I can’t wait to spend the next year learning and growing with you.
Hi, my name is Lily Stankiewicz. I'm very excited to be apart of Chicago Children’s House!! I was born and raised in the southside of Chicago. I'm a very caring, loving, and patient person. In high school worked in the nursery at the church I attended for years. I also spent my summers with the little ones in my family. I plan on getting my bachelors in Early Childhood Education to become a lead Pre-K
teacher. In my free time I love to watch movies with my family, read, and spend time with my fur babies. I'm excited to learn with and from all the children of CCH.
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Hey you guys! My name is Asia Adams. I am from the South side of Chicago and I am 24 years old. I graduated from Harold Washington College in 2018 with a degree in Arts. I am currently in school majoring in Applied Behavioral Science at Ashford University. I have been working with kids since I was 15 but never did I think I would be here today. Applying for this job was honestly a blessing. I have learned so much about myself being here and showed me how much I truly love to work with kids. I’m hoping to someday become a Social Worker and own a Youth center of my very own.
Hi There! My name is Kate and I am very excited to be a substitute teacher for CCH! I have been working in the child care industry for eight years in a variety of roles, including being a dance teaching, music teacher, nanny, babysitter, camp counselor, residential care provider, and tutor. I love developmental psychology and try to embrace Montessori approaches in my childcare. I moved to Old Town from Southern California where I earned my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, with an emphasis in music. I moved to Chicago to attend Adler University and earn my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a special focus on children and adolescents. I look forward to spending time with your children and encouraging them to be the very best versions of themselves.