Our Staff

Each room is staffed by a Lead teacher with early childhood education.  Our lead teachers have Montessori certification, Montessori professional development training or the opportunity to acquire the certification through AMS.   All professional staff meet yearly requirements for continuing education with additional trainings.  Rebecca Bellonci, our new Head of School,  is an AMI trained Montessori teacher, who has worked with children ages 1-12 for 20 years.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.

All staff participate in Professional Development opportunities throughout each school year and are given the opportunity to attend Montessori-based workshops and conferences.

Teacher-student ratios are 1:5 (Young Toddler), 1:8 (Toddler House)  and 1:12 (Children’s House and Kindergarten). Lead teachers have assistants who have completed various levels of certified Montessori training.

Teachers and assistants are assessed each year by the Head of School and the parents so that the staff is continually improving their skills and capabilities.

Young Toddler House (15 months through 30 months)

LaRoya Nash
Young Toddler House Lead Teacher

ADM welcomes LaRoya to its teaching staff.   She has an Associates Degree in Arts and is currently finishing her Bachelor’s degree at Nat’l Louis University.  She has been working as an early childhood educator for nine years with children ages birth to 5 years old.  She loves working with children and watching their faces as they learn something new.

Angela Franklin
Assistant, Young Toddler House

Angela joined the ADM staff in 2017.  She has found much joy in working with children for the previous five years. Before starting to work with the kids, Angela worked with the elderly population in places like Iowa, California, and Hawaii. When she is not at ADM, Angela enjoys cooking and traveling the world.

Melinda Hermanek-Smith
Assistant, Young Toddler House

Melinda is a parent of two Montessori-educated children ages 16 and 12.  One graduated from an 8 year Montessori school, and the other attended until 1st year upper elementary.  Being an active parent and recently a nanny she realized how much being around children meant to her.  She loves having this opportunity to work at All Day Montessori starting in 2017.  She has recently decided to go back to school to get her degree in Music Therapy.

 

Toddler Houses (24 months through 42 months)

Shemeal Kemper
Toddler House 1 -Lead Teacher

Miss Shemeal received her Bachelors of Science in Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently enrolled in Early Childhood Education classes.   Shemeal has a total of 6 years of experience working with children, 3 of those years she worked in a home daycare with 15 kids ranging from infants to 6 year olds. She also tutored kids from 3-10 years of age in an after school setting and worked as a teacher assistant at CPS with grammar school kids.  Shemeal has 2 years of experience with youth and outreach for teens.

 

Shauntell Grimes
Toddler House 1 – Assistant Teacher

Ms Shauntell has worked at ADM since 2013. Her daughter is a Montessori graduate. She continues to work on completing her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education.

 

Keonna Mercer
Toddler House 2 – Lead Teacher

ADM welcomes Keonna to the All Day Montessori family.   Keonna has worked with children of all ages from infants to kindergarten. Keonna has been working in the Early Childhood Education field since 2006.  She has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science,  Child Development &  Preschool Education.  Keonna also has a paraprofessional license that allows her to work one-on-one with children who need extra guided support.  Keonna is currently in school at Rasmussen College pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in in Early Childhood Education Leadership.

Grace Rakowski
Toddler House 2 – Assistant Teacher

Grace has been working with children since she was able to work. Being a babysitter and nanny she moved to France in 2014 to be an Au Pair.  After returning in 2015 she continued to work in childcare.  Grace enrolled in Chicago City Colleges and hopes to return to finish her degree in the next year. She enjoys reading, riding her bike, and occasionally playing video games.

Nevel Kasiner   
Toddler House 2 – Assistant Teacher

Ms Kasiner has been working with young children for over 20 years, with emphasis on children with special needs. Her background includes integrated learning programs, early childhood training and special needs adult services.

 

 

Children’s Houses (36 months through Kindergarten)

CHILDREN’S  HOUSE 1 (Main Building)

Judy Faber
Children’s House 1 Lead Teacher

Ms Judy joined the ADM staff in 2014 as the lead teacher in CH2, with over 20 years of Montessori teaching experience. She is married with a daughter and two sons, and enjoys gardening, crochet and working with children.

 

Elvira Ruiz
Children’s House 1 Assistant Teacher

Elvira has her Associates of Arts with a concentration in Paraprofessional Education.  She has worked as a Lead Teacher.  She enjoys creating age appropriate curriculum materials.

 

CHILDREN’s HOUSE 2 (Annex Building)

Betsy Sosabetsy
Children’s House 2 Lead Teacher

Ms. Betsy is a AMS certified Montessori Directress with an early childhood background.  She joined the ADM staff in 2016.  She had been working in a Montessori Environment for the previous ten years. In her free time she enjoys sewing, painting with watercolors, cooking, and being with her cat Marce. While here at ADM she has been teaching Spanish to all the students and enjoys getting to spend time with each and everyone of them.

Tamara Byas
Children’s House2 Assistant Teacher

 

Floating Assistants:

Tanisha Ammons
Aftercare  Coordinator, Floating Assistant, YT and TH

Ms Ammons has been with ADM since 2012.  She has two children and has worked on a pediatrics floor in a hospital before coming to ADM. Her love for children and gentle firmness with them are much appreciated by the staff and parents.

 

Elizabeth Martinez
Floating Assistant, YT, CH2, CH1

Elizabeth graduated from Curie High School and attends Richard J. Daley College.  She is very creative and loves artistic projects.  She loves working with the ADM children.

Assistants

Khalia Milon

After Care

Khalia has been working since 2018 as an aftercare worker.  She has a history of working with children in after school and summer programs with tumbling  and roller skating as well as babysitting her niece and nephew. She enjoys roller skating and traveling in her free time. She will soon be attending a Chicago City College a degree in Early Childhood Education.

 

Delaney Smith
After Care

Delaney is a senior in high school where she is taking many AP courses, and is on the high honor roll. Her end goal is to go into the field of pediatric physical therapy. Currently some of her classes include an education course where she gets to go on-sight and help children with special needs, as well as a medical explorers course where she gets to go on-sight and intern at a hospital. She loves working with young children. She has attended a Montessori school from
preschool through 8th grade. When she is not at ADM or in school she is interning as an Athletic trainer at her school, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Amil Moore
After Care

More information to come!

 

 

Meaghan Hoskin
After Care

Meaghan is a twin.  She graduated from Eisenhower High School and has been working with children since she was 12!
In her spare time she enjoys styling hair.

Michaela Hoskin
After Care

Michaela is a dedicated worker, who has a bright personality.   She enjoys working with a diverse amount of children. Her mission is to keep a safe  and educational learning environment for all.

Administration

Rebecca Bellonci
Head of School 

Rebecca Bellonci is an AMI trained Montessori teacher, who has worked with children ages 1-12 for 20 years.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and moved to
the Chicago area in 2018 with her husband Peter and teenage daughter Victoria.  She has been a classroom assistant, after-school teacher, 3-6 teacher, elementary teacher’s aid, Spanish teacher, PE teacher, toddler teacher, recess supervisor, curriculum coordinator, preschool director. Her goal is to provide a space for children, teachers, and parents to grow and thrive.  She has developed a way of talking to children that provides social emotional support, empowering conflict resolution, teaching skills, and promotes self awareness. Rebecca conducts Positive Discipline parenting workshops and has shared her passion for early childhood education in California, North Carolina, Iowa and now Illinois.  In her free time she may spend time at the beach, biking, baking, museums, sewing, knitting, reading, or exploring Chicago with Peter and Victoria.

 

Cyndi Williamscyndi
Business Manager

Cyndi joined the ADM staff in the Spring of 2016.  She received her BA from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a Masters  in Curriculum & Instruction from the American College of Education.  A former 6-12 Language Arts and Social Studies teacher with years of office management and accounting experience, Cyndi is married with three children and enjoys the theater, reading and travel.

Support Staff

Dorothy and Leo Price
Kitchen and Custodial Staff

Ms. Dorothy, a member of the ADM staff for three years, was formerly a Manager at the Palmer House Hilton and Mr. Leo was a Computer Tech.  They’ve celebrated 54 years of marriage.

 

Laticia Mitchell, RN, BSN
School Nurse

Laticia is on staff for the University of Chicago Hospitals specializing in pediatric hematology-oncology.  She has been a nurse for 18 years.  Laticia is the mom of two beautiful girls.  She will make sure that all health records at ADM are current and will provide educational sessions for staff.