Our Staff

Each room is staffed by a certified teacher with an early childhood education degree.  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.    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

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 House

Terry Battistella 
Toddler House – Lead Teacher

Terry has been involved in childcare since 2015 with in home experience and as a private nanny.  She is a mom of four amazing kids, loves to volunteer at her church as a religious education teacher, for a Cub Scout pack as a leader and mentor, as well as a volunteer with her daughter’s dance team.  Terry has a Bachelors of Arts from Northern Illinois University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Special Education from Grand Canyon University.  She enjoys reading, cooking and helping children grow.

Shemeal Kemper
Toddler House – Assistant

Miss Shemeal received her Bachelors of Science in Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

Nevel Kasiner   
Assistant, Toddler House

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

 

Shauntell Grimes
Assistant, Children’s House, YT/TH Aftercare, CH floater for the summer

Ms Shauntell is the assistant teacher in CH1 having worked at ADM since 2013. She has a four year old daughter in Children’s House 2 and continues to work on completing her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education.

 

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.

Tanisha Ammons
Assistant, Children’s House 2,   Summer Camp  Aftercare  Coordinator

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.

 

Betsy Sosabetsy
Summer: Children’s House 2 Lead Teacher
Academic Year: 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.

Laverne Baileylavern
Lead Teacher CH1 Summer Camp
Academic Year:  Assistant Teacher Children’s House 2

Ms. Laverne has a very playful personality and loves being around children. Making a difference in a child’s life means a lot to Laverne so she joined the ADM team. She has five children and loves being with her family.

 

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!

 

 

Elvira Ruiz
Elementary Summer Camp Lead 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.

 

Elizabeth Martinez
Assistant teacher, Summer Camp, CH1

More information to come!

 

Administration

Quinn McAvoy
Head of School

Ms McAvoy received her BA in early childhood education from St. Xavier University, Chicago, and is Montessori certified for teaching two and three year olds. She spends part of her day as Head of School where she administrates teacher training and development, new family tours and orientation and oversight of classroom dynamics. Ms McAvoy has been with ADM since 1999 and has two daughters.

Almarie Wagner
Interim Executive Director

Almarie has more than forty years of experience in all phases of nonprofit management, including fundraising, financial management, strategic planning, program development, board relations, human resources, and marketing and communications. She also has significant experience in leading organizational change, coaching executives to higher performance, and managing successful mergers.

 

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 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.