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Our Staff

 

 

 

Cassie Darmody

Cassie has over 24 years of experience dedicated to working in the field of early childhood education. Her passion grew out of an experience volunteering with children for a class project in high school; since then, she knew she was destined to work in the early education field. Her goals are to bring a new level of professionalism and respect to the field, and to raise the bar in parents expectations of what a quality childcare facility and its' teaching team truly are. She believes that early exposure to a quality learning environment and age appropriate social settings set a child up for future success. Her extensive work history has been a personal journey to learn everything she can about the field in order to someday open a high quality child care center, like Chicago Children's House. Cassie holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Minnesota, in Child Psychology.  Additionally, she has a professional Director's Credential from the nationally recognized organization NAEYC, The National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has been recognized by Chicago local Nursing Consultants for pioneering a training program for early childhood teachers.

Owner

Jessica Marino

Growing up, Jessica always knew that she wanted to work with children and help make an impact in their daily lives. She believes in developmentally, individually and culturally appropriate practices. She approaches each child and family with sensitivity and respect, honoring and appreciating the diversity that each child brings. She believes children are competent, self-initiators who, with the proper support and guidance, learn and grow. Jessica has over 10 years of direct classroom experience working with children, from directing Day Camps and youth programs, to teaching infants to preschool aged children, and working as a child care center Director. She pioneered a Teacher Mentor Program at a previous school and is implementing the same invaluable program at CCH. Jessica attended Kendall College to obtain her degree in Early Childhood Education and has applied to finish her Master's Degree next.

Owner

Ashley Citchens

Hello, my name is Ashley Citchens and I am super excited to be apart of the CCH family. I am originally from Peoria, IL but transition to Chicago a few months back! I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for a little over 14 years! I absolutely love building strong and lasting relationships with all the children and families! A little about me, my husband and I have been married for ten years and we have 4 beautiful children; Kamrin, Bradley, Payton and Kennedy. I last attended Rasmussen College to obtain my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Leadership and Management. Children deserve our very best and it’s part of my job to see that they receive it! In addition to my degree, I also have my license in Cosmetology! Outside of children, I’m about all things healthy hair care! My husband and I also has a business called Britton’s Kitchen where we cater for private dinners and special events. If that wasn’t enough, my hubby and I both serve in Ministry at our local church. Children are at the center of my core, they are our tomorrow and we must lead them well.  I am super elated to be here and to be apart of the family! Let’s go make a difference!! 

Director

Ashley Stokes

Ashley is thrilled to join the wonderful people at Chicago Children's House. She started teaching 0-5 year olds about 5 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 just completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Classical Acting from the University of Houston where she helped build curriculum for a local Children's Museum. She loves little ones for their large imaginations and their ever-growing curiosity about the world around them. Children have the capacity to remind us of the little joys everyday. She's continuing her education and in the process of obtaining a Masters in Early Childhood with a concentration in Infancy and  Administration from the Erikson Institute. 

Assistant Director, with CCH since 2015

Teresa Aguilar

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 by 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! 

Infant Teacher since 2017

Laura Austin

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 who I love hanging out with when I am not working. I started working for 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 attending 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 know all the parents and their children.

Older Infant Teacher since 2019

Asia Bronson

Asia is extremely exhilarated to join CCH's amazing staff! She is a Columbia College graduate, who majored in Creative Writing with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Although ECE her minor, she took extra courses to further expand her knowledge on how children develop and learn through the arts. In her last 2 years of high school and throughout college, she nannied part and full-time for a total of 6 years which rewarded her with the opportunity to put what she learned to practice. She believes that each student is unique and as teachers, we should do everything we can to help them become their authentic self. Her passions lie between many hobbies such as writing, reading, spending time in nature, and finding creative ways to make the world a more mindful place. Asia is currently working on a series of conscious children books which spread ideas on mindfulness and kindness in the everyday world. She believes that children have the capacity to change the world when they grow up if fed love and kindness from caregivers and parents. Asia is also always creating new and engaging activities for students to open their minds to question and become aware of the world around them. She's looking forward to being a great addition to CCH's team!

South Preschool Teacher since 2019

Taylor Fleeman

Hello Everyone – My name is Taylor Fleeman and I am from Dallas, Texas but, have called the Midwest home now for awhile. There’s been Minnesota, Indiana and now I call Chicago my home. I have a Bachelors Degree in Photography and am inspired by all different kinds of art and creative things as well as people. I was an Art Teacher at Magical Minds Studio in Oak Park and before that was a nanny for 3 years. I am a big fan of all things that shine, all things that are kind, and all things fun. Can’t wait to meet and inspire and have fun.

Infant Teacher since 2019

Tijuana Finney

Picture and Bio coming soon

North Preschool Teacher since 2019

Tessa Hartl

Hello, my name is Tessa Hartl and I am excited to be apart of the CCH family! I am originally from Fargo, ND where I attained my B.S. in Human Development and Family Science with a focus on Child and Adolescent Development and a minor in Psychology. I most recently was a 2-3 year old Assistant Teacher for about a year at a preschool in Minnesota. I just recently relocated to Chicago and have been enjoying getting to know this beautiful city. I cannot wait to meet the children and families of CCH!

South Preschool CCH Teacher since 2019

Lenise Jackson

Hello my name is Lenise and I have been working with children for over 4 years. I started working with children in 2015 and am currently working with the infants. I enjoy every aspect of teaching and have realized in my years that they can teach us as much as we teach them. I am very proud of my little ones every day and am very happy to be their teacher and to be given the opportunity to watch them grow.

North Infant CCH Teacher since 2019

Inya Kimp

 Bio coming soon!

Older Infant Teacher since 2019

Suani Leiva

I have had over 6 years of experience working with infants of 6 weeks through children of 13 years of age. I was intrigued with working with kids after I started volunteering as a tutor, and sometimes I would work as an after school sitter. I found it very rewarding every time I was able teach them something new. I feel the impact that we have in each and every child is important.  I love to see children grow, learn, and discover. I'm so excited to pursue a career working with them! I have gained extensive experience through working at a daycare as an assistant teacher, a summer camp counselor, nanny,  swimming instructor, and babysitter.  

I would say on my personal days I really enjoy just being with family and being able to go out and find new activities to explore with my two year old son! 

Infant Teacher since 2020

Kamille Mills

Bio coming soon!

Older Infant CCH Teacher since 2019

Nicole Morales

Nicole is from the Southside of Chicago. She is a loving mother of 3 kids. She loves to travel and  spend as much time as she can with her friends and family. She has been working in the field of early childhood for 13 years. She has a degree in Early Childhood Development. She has had the pleasure of meeting many different families from different backgrounds and cultures. She has worked with all ages from 2 years old to school age. She loves seeing the kids progress and transition as the get older. Her favorite thing about teaching is watching the kids doing activities and being excited to learn new things. She is so happy to be working here at CCH!

South Toddler Teacher since 2018

Jigisha Patel

Hi there! My name is Jigisha and I am very excited to be joining the CCH team! I was born and raised in Richmond, Kentucky, but I have lived in Chicago for about 2 years now. I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Biology and I am continuing my education in order to receive a Masters in Occupational Therapy. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, practicing yoga, and spending time outdoors. I have always had a passion for working with kids - watching them grow and become independent is always inspiring! I look forward to meeting the families and little ones of CCH!

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

Nayeli Reynosa

Hello! My name is Nayeli Reynosa! Born and raised in Chicago. I attended North Park University where I graduated with a Bachelors in Science in Nursing. When I first started working at a daycare I realized I wanted to work with children especially through teaching. I have 3 years of working with children through daycares and babysitting. When I’m not working at CCH, I like to study nursing materials and love going to the gym! I’m excited to meet everyone! 

South Toddler Teacher since 2019

Kairi Roberson

 My name is Kairi J. Roberson and I am happy to be an Early Childhood Educator here at CCH. I went to high school at Evanston Township in Evanston, IL. I attended college in Schaumburg, IL at the Art Institute and am continuing my education for Business Marketing Management and Media Arts at Harold Washington College in the spring. I’ve been teaching and working with children since 2013 when I started at The Children’s McGaw YMCA as an Assistant Teacher and then continued as Lead. I love basketball and music. I draw on my leisure time.

Preschool 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 apart of the CCH Family.

CCH Teacher since 2019

Laura Taylor

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 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.

East Infant Teacher since 2019

Yaneliz Velez

My name is Yaneliz or Yani for short. I am Puerto Rican and Mexican. I was born in Chicago. I lived in Georgia for a period of time and came back home. I have been working in a daycare setting for the past 5 years. I have experience with ages 6 weeks to preschool. I am currently in school for my Bachelor’s in ECE. During my spare time, I like to eat tacos at my favorite places, read, watch anime and hang out with my family and friends.

South Toddler Teacher since 2019

Erin Vogel

Erin is excited to start a new early childhood journey at Chicago Children's House! Erin has been working with children most of her life, especially if you count being the oldest of five siblings. She has worked as a children's swim instructor, an early childhood teacher at Gymboree Play & Music, an assistant teacher at St. Joseph at School, a nanny, and a date night babysitter. Most recently Erin spent the last two and a half years as an assistant teacher in the Twos and Pre-K rooms at Little Marvels Early Childhood School. She received her Bachelor's degree in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago but recently completed three classes in early childhood education at Truman College. In her free time, Erin enjoys riding her bike around the city, reading, and writing songs with her guitar.

North Preschool Teacher since 2019

Chloe Williams

 Hello, my name is Chloe Williams and I am very excited to be a part of this CCH journey. I am 28 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.

South Toddler Teacher since 2019

Kenya Williams

Hello, my name is Kenya Williams and I am looking forward to being apart of The Chi Children’s House! I was born and raised on the South side of Chicago. In 2018, I graduated with my Bachelors in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Psychology from The University of Illinois at Springfield. In high school and college I was a mentor. I also spent my summers volunteering at day camps working with pre K through 8th grade. I’m also involved with the children’s ministry at my church. I am a very creative, caring, loving, and patient person. I have a very large family and we enjoy spending time with one another. I enjoy spending time and playing games with my little cousins. In my free time I play video games, learn DIY projects on YouTube, spend time with my pets (I have 2 cats and 1 dog.) I am excited to work at CCH because I believe that children are important and they are the future. I am also excited to learn from them; we are never too old to be a student.

Older Infant Teacher since 2019

Kyle Wirth

I am Kyle and I’m looking forward to working with all the children and families at CCH.  I know Mr. Luis from a previous teaching job and have heard nothing but great things.  I am looking forward to spending time with everyone here! I am from Springfield but moved to Chicago in 2015.  I have a Master’s in Education and have been working with children as a K-5 summer camp counselor.  I’ve also worked as a substitute and taught everything from Special Ed. to High School German.  I just started working with 3-6 year olds as a Soccer teacher after I leave CCH. In my free time I like to play soccer, watch movies or bingeing Netflix shows, and riding my bike all over the city.

Prek Teacher since 2017

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