~Mrs. Amanda~ Mrs. Amanda lives in Batavia with her husband, 3.5 year old son, 2 cats, 2 dogs, a parrot, a hamster, a rabbit, iguana… I think we covered them all! She has her degree in elementary education, but found herself enjoying working with younger children and it shows! Mrs. Amanda has been with Mill Creek ECP since the fall of 2017 and has been a vital part of our transition to our Batavia location. ~Mrs. Hsiao~ Mrs. Hsiao has been with Mill Creek ECP since the summer of 2017 and has also been a key part of our transition to Batavia. She lives in DeKalb with her husband and 3 young children. With a degree in early childhood education and over 30 hours of business classes she brings a wealth of knowledge to Mill Creek ECP. ~Mrs. Karina~ Mrs. Karina is currently a senior at Geneva High School. She has been working with Mill Creek ECP since 2016 and will continue to do so until she leaves for college this spring to pursue a degree in art therapy. Although she will be away at college, we know she will be back during her breaks! Mrs. Karina is a vegetarian and plays on the girl’s lacrosse team! ~Mrs. Leslie~ Mrs. Leslie came to Mill Creek ECP with a desire and passion to get children outdoors, and that she does! Here kindergartners are climbing trees, walking though creeks, and discovering all that Batavia and its beauty has to offer their young minds. She lives in Naperville with her husband and 3 children whom are in college and enjoys cooking at home (and often shares her sweet treats with us) and with the children. She has her Masters in elementary education and has taught in public and private settings before joining Mill Creek ECP this summer. ~Mrs. Silvia~ We are very excited to share that Mrs. Silvia just received her CDA in early childhood education in addition to her early childhood certificate. She started with us this summer after her interview turned into a three hour field trip! We knew right then and there that she would, and still is an amazing addition to our program. Mrs. Silvia lives in Aurora and has three children, all of whom inspired her to switch careers and become a teacher. ~Mrs. Julie~ Mrs. Julie commented how she loves the Reggio inspired approach to education on a Facebook post of ours and the rest was history! She has taught preschool prior to becoming mom to her 4 children and helping run her husband’s business, Hart Chiropractic. Her youngest is in 1st grade and oldest in High School. She has a degree in sociology with several ECE classes and grew up watching her mom teach . ~Mrs. Sara~ Mrs. Sara has two young children and lives in North Aurora with her husband who is a firefighter. She has her Masters in elementary education with a Spanish endorsement and a Masters in curriculum and instruction. She just joined our Mill Creek ECP family this year as we continue to grow and we are happy to have her with us. Besides teaching and being mom she also makes children’s clothes! ~Mrs. Yaz~ Mrs. Yaz has been with Mill Creek ECP since it opened in 2015! She brings an amazing positive energy to any room, especially when it comes to music! She loves dancing and getting the children moving…she also teaches ballroom too! She lives in Geneva with her husband and two children in middle school and high school. She is currently considering going back to school for her CDA, which would make her teacher qualified. ~Mrs. Katie~ Mrs. Katie is the newest member of our Mill Creek ECP family. She has a degree in general education with a focus on special education and early childhood. She has worked with children in multiple settings, her most recent (and still current) being a Tinkerarten teacher. She too feels strongly that children deserve rich outdoor experiences and we hope to coordinate some of her classes for our working families in the evening or weekends soon! ~Mrs. Mimi~ If it were not for Mrs. Mimi (a.k.a. Bubbie) Mill Creek ECP may not be what it is today as Ilana grew up watching Mimi (her mom) teach and run an early childhood program. She currently lives in Buffalo Grove with her husband and two birds, but spends a great deal of time in the city or Geneva with her grandchildren. She has a degree in education, originally teaching inner city high school students until having children. She then discovered her passion for teaching younger children when helping in her daughter’s classroom and decided to go back to school to receive her early childhood certification. She currently helps out in the office to be sure Ilana is not falling to behind in paperwork! ~Mrs. Ilana~ Mrs. Ilana lives in Geneva with her husband and two daughters. She started Mill Creek ECP on June 9th, 2015. She is currently studying to become a Kane County Certified Naturalist, has a degree in early childhood education, an Illinois Director Credential, and has several classes towards her masters in curriculum and instruction. She will never turn down a sweet treat (anything chocolate) and is known to jump into an activity or event full speed ahead, rain or shine. She strives to be sure Mill Creek ECP is a place everyone feels welcomed, safe, and free to explore and discover while reflecting on their experiences to better themselves and the children enrolled at Mill Creek ECP.
Certifications: Type 04 Early Childhood Teaching Certificate Illinois Director Credential, Level II CPR & First Aid Certified Food Sanitation Manager 20+ years of experience