Our Staff

Each room is staffed by a certified teacher with early childhood education.  Our lead teachers have Montessori certification or the opportunity to acquire the certification through AMS.  Currently Cyndi Williams, our Business Manager, is our  Interim Head of School   Mrs. Cyndi Williams, has been with All Day Montessori since 2016.  A graduate of the University of Illinois, Chicago, Cyndi taught in both the private and public sectors for 15 years .  She has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Gifted Education, and ESL.    ADM will welcome Rebecca Bellonci, our new Head of School, on August 21st, 2019.  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.

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 range from 1:5 (Young Toddler) to 1:12 (Children’s House and Kindergarten). All 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)

Sabrina Bankssabrina
Young Toddler House Lead Teacher

Sabrina has been working with children for over twenty years.  Although she has spent time in both the office and the classroom, she prefers working with children and is vital to the Young Toddler’s classroom community.  Sabrina has an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences from Kennedy King College and has thirty hours in Early Childhood Education.  When she is not at work, she enjoys going to the movies with her grandchildren, having dinner with family, and spending time at the Morton Arboretum.

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.

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

 

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.

 

 

Assistants

 

Khalia Milon

After Care

More information to come!

 

Delaney Smith
After Care

More information to come!

 

Amil Moore
After Care

More information to come!

 

 

 

Elizabeth Martinez
Floating Assistant, YT, CH2, CH1

 

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

Interim Head of School until 8/21/2019

Cyndi joined the ADM staff in the Spring of 2016.  She received her BA from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a Masters 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.