Our Staff

Each room is staffed by at least one Montessori certified teacher with an early childhood education degree. The Head of School, Mrs. Quinn McAvoy, has been with All Day Montessori since 1999.

Teacher-student ratios range from 1:5 (Young Toddler) to 1:12 (Children’s House and Kindergarten). All teacher 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

Christina Kellychristina
Young Toddler House Lead Teacher

Christina has a very unlikely start to becoming a Montessori teacher.  She joined the ADM family two summers ago to help set up the Annex.  It was from there that she found her love of Montessori and start her certification.  Along with her Montessori certification, she is working on finishing her Bachelors of Music at Elmhurst College.

 

 

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.

 

Sabrina Bankssabrina
Assistant, Young Toddler House

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.  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.

 

Toddler House

Jillian Jurlow
Lead Teacher, Toddler House, CH1 Aftercare

Ms. Jurlow graduated from St. Xavier University with Bachelors of science and majors in Education and Early Childhood.  She has her State of Illinois Type 04 Teaching License.

 

 

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

Caitlyn Solomon
Children’s House 1 Lead Teacher and Assistant Head of School

Ms Solomon received her BA in Early Childhood Education in 2013 from Xavier University, OH where she was also certified for Montessori teaching of 3-6 year old children. Her youth, energy and skills with children are valuable assets as the CH1 lead teacher.

 

Shauntell Grimes
Assistant, Children’s House 1, YT/TH Aftercare

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 2 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, YT Aftercare

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
Children’s House 3 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 my 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
Assistant Teacher Children’s House 3

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

 

Carlee Fabercarlee
Assistant, CH Aftercare

Ms. Carlee has been working with children for three years and is in her first year at ADM.  Her passion for children is greatly accepted.  She enjoys working with children and watching them grow.  In her free time she enjoys playing piano and singing.

 

Jai Jackson 
Assistant, CH

 

 

 

Milan Jackson
YT/TH Aftercare

Milan is a senior at DeLaSalle Academy.  In college, she plans on majoring in Pre-Med and obtaining a minor in Women’s Studies.  She enjoys her puppy, King, who is a Shihtzu-Yorkie mix.  The holidays are very special to her since her birthday is December 26th!

 

Administration

Quinn McAvoy
Toddler House Lead Teacher and 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.

 

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 53 years of marriage.

 

 

Lauren Kelley 
 YT/TH Floater, CH Aftercare

Lauren graduated from Eisenhower High School.  She is exploring the possibility of a career in child or family therapy. Lauren likes to be as adventurous as she can by exploring nature. She loves music and the arts.

She enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

 

Melinda Hermanek-Smith
Substitute teacher, YT/TH Floater

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.

Bianca Arroyo

Substitute teacher