Meet our Educators
Ms. Allison joined Mill Creek ECP family in August 2022! She graduated from Concordia University Chicago with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and an endorsement in English as a second language. After teaching she spends the rest of her day coaching a swim team. In the fall she works at Sonny Acres Farm as a character in the Haunted Hayride. She always does a TON of fun activities with her class and is always looking for new adventures or places to go with them. Fun fact: Ms. Allison loves pretty much anything water related: swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, etc.
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Ms. Anna joined the Mill Creek ECP team in December of 2022. She has been working with young children since she was ten years old. What began as a babysitting job led to her working in childcare with children between the ages of three months to five years old. Ms. Anna enjoys focusing on the emotional needs of the toddlers here at Mill Creek ECP. She also enjoys singing, dancing, crocheting, being silly, and just being active and having fun with kids! Fun fact: Ms. Anna lived in Ireland for two years with her family during her middle school years.
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Ms. Anna joined us in November of 2022. She has over twelve years of experience working in the Early Childhood Field. Most recently, she has been working in an in-home setting. The family feel and small class sizes is what drew her in to our program. Ms. Anna has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as over 30 hours of early childhood classes. She currently lives in Naperville with her partner and Irish Wolfhound, Buddy. During her free time, she enjoys reading a good book, going to the gym, shopping, and working on art projects. She also loves to cook and is a big coffee lover.
Ms. Brooke started her early childhood experience in Indiana where she received her Bachelors in Child and Family Development. She joined our Mill Creek ECP family in October of 2022 and works with our infants. She enjoys doing yoga and hanging out with her family during her free time.
Ms. Christina started with us in September of 2022. She enjoys working with the preschoolers because she loves their creativity and curiosity. Fun fact: Ms. Christina has a twin brother! She also has a big passion for music and singing.
Ms. Courtney joined Mill Creek ECP in March of 2023. She has been working in Early Childhood Education for three years. She loves the small class sizes and family feel of Mill Creek ECP. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and game nights with her family and friends. She loves dogs and is getting married this fall! Fun Fact: Ms. Courtney has been a licensed cosmetologist for over a decade and still does this as well!
Mr. Dan is Mrs. Ilana's husband. He has a Bachelors in Communication, has over 15+ years as a Regional Director in Human Resources and just last year received his CDA to become teacher qualified! Although he is not a teacher in any specific room the children love when he stops by to say hi (often fixing, collecting logs for the playground or hanging something for the teachers). In his spare time... he manages a law firm, practices real estate in several states and oversees all of the human resources, maintenance and I.T. at Mill Creek ECP! He is an amazing father to his two daughters and helps Mrs. Ilana with many of the behind the scenes projects around the school.
Ms. Emma just graduated Iowa State University with her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. She started with us the summer of 2019 and has returned during her college breaks and over the summer. We love having her with us!
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Ms. Elizabeth joined our team in August of 2021. She enjoys working with infants and toddlers as she gets to know them and their needs interests. During her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family.
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Mrs. Elizabeth came to Illinois from Florida to help her daughter raise her twins! She is not only feeding them, but also feeding all of your children! Mrs. Elizabeth is our Mill Creek ECP Chef! If you thought shopping and planning meals for your family was hard, Mrs. Elizabeth does it for all of the children! She is very conscious of what she purchases and is always looking for new ways to present a wide variety of foods to the children. Mrs. Elizabeth LOVES being outside. She enjoys gardening, fishing, walking, reading...anything outdoors is great. Fun fact: her favorite food is anything BBQ!
Mrs. Ilana lives in Geneva with her husband and two daughters. She started Mill Creek ECP on June 9th, 2015. Mrs. Ilana is a Kane County Certified Naturalist, has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, an Illinois Director Credential Level 2, 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.
Ms. Jenny joined us in May of 2023 and is currently a student at College of Dupage where she is completing her Early Childhood Education degree! She has enjoyed working with kids ever since she took her first class and fell in love with it. During her free time she enjoys reading and hanging out with friends. She is always willing to do something new.
Ms. Jessica began working in early childhood education in 2006 as a teacher's assistant while pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education. She was a lead teacher of a two-year-old classroom for several years and was fortunate to stay with them through their time at the school. She then had the opportunity to step into a management role within the preschool for a few years. During covid she stepped away to homeschool her older children and is grateful for that time together. Outside of Mill Creek ECP Ms. Jessica has been, and is, the director of a youth cheer program for the past 7 years. She is very involved in her small-town community and enjoys working with her neighbors to make our community stronger. Her family loves to go camping and spends a lot of their free time outdoors with their golden retriever, Duke.
Ms. Kara works with our toddlers. She joined us in January of 2023 and has her Associates in Early Childhood Education. She has been teaching for 14 years, with various ages (infants to 14 years of age). Ms. Kara lives in Batavia with her 3.5 year old son, Wyatt. Her favorite activities outside of working with children include creating home decor and gifts such as candles, dream catchers, jewelry, etc using natural materials. She also enjoys staying mentally and physically well by taking barre workout classes in Geneva.
Ms. Lauren joined us in February of 2023. Ms. Lauren's first experience working with young children started eight years ago, when she first started babysitting. She has also nannied for a year and has most recently worked as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) technician working with special needs children of various ages. She truly enjoys working with children but is excited about working with her favorite age group - infants!
Ms. Kyla started our team in October of 2022. She came from a more corporate program and Mill Creek ECP caught her eye because of the low ratios. She works with our two-year-old classroom and is excited that the kids are able to receive more individualized attention and care. She loves working with young children because she likes watching how they learn and how they grow. Ms. Kyla loves self-teaching herself various things like cooking, crafting, and art. She also loves mastering crafts and then learning new ones.
Ms. Kim started with us in January of 2023. She has always worked with children in her line of work (a children's librarian) and has brought that passion right into her classroom! Her passion for literacy and reading is always apparent in her classroom as there is always a new story being read! She has two older children, a dog and enjoys her time outdoors. Fun fact; you might spot her riding her bike to work.
Ms. Kim joined our Mill Creek ECP family in September of 2022. She has been working with children for a long time as it is her passion. She currently works with our preschoolers and love to see how independent they are enjoys engaging with them and following their interests. She has two grown children and one grandson she is always talking about...who wouldn't! Fun fact: Ms. Kim has visited forty of the Unities States and plans on visiting the rest!
Ms. Mandy started with us in March of 2020. She worked with three-year-olds in her previous job for 12 years! She enjoys working with preschoolers because of all of the fun discussions she can have with them. She loves being outside and insects! Yup, don't be surprised to see Mrs. Mandy holding an insect and talking to the children about them. During her free time, she enjoys crocheting, gardening, and reading. Fun fact: Mrs. Mandy collects Alice in Wonderland books from all of the world and has over 200 different copies!
Ms. Maryann did research on agriculture (corn, soil, etc) at Bayer prior to joining our Mill Creek ECP team. She also worked at Primrose Farm and led classes with the Farm Program with various age groups. Her favorite part about working with young children is that she loves how they view everything with new, inquisitive eyes. Fun fact: Ms. Maryann was born in Hawaii!
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 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 is currently helping out remotely to make sure Ilana is not falling to behind in paperwork!
Ms. Nevaeh joined us in January of 2023. She previously worked with special needs individuals. She has worked children since she was young and missed it. She is currently in the process of obtaining her CDA. Ms. Nevaeh lives in Mill Creek Geneva for over seven years. She enjoys sewing, crocheting, crafts, TV, and spending time with her family and friends. Fun fact: she loves dying her hair different colors.
Ms. Sadie joined us in February 2023. Her early education experience started in high school. She fell in love with creating activities that spark the kids' interests. She really enjoyed watching as their eyes were opened to new and exciting experiences. Fun fact: Ms. Sadie is the oldest of five kids so she has always been surrounded by little ones. She has travelled to England and France and she has also done an Outward Bound expedition in Ely, MN. There, she traveled by canoe and by foot, learned about plants and animals, learned about how to build shelters, and acquired many wilderness survival skills (a true outdoor lover and a great fit to all the outdoor fun we have here at Mill Creek ECP)! She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and Chihuahua (Munchkin).
Mrs. Silvia has her CDA in Early Childhood Education in addition to her early childhood certificate. She started with us the summer of 2019 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. She enjoys reading during her free time and her favorite author is Miquel Ruiz. Fun fact: she doesn't have a favorite food, but she is not a fan of pizza.
Mrs. Sophie began working at Mill Creek January ‘23. Previously she was the Lead Outdoor Guide at a Montessori/Nature preschool program located in Chicago, was an Assistant Teacher at Hobson Co-op in Naperville and spent two and a half years (‘18-’20) at Little Sunshines, a Reggio Emilia inspired program in Willowbrook. During High school she tool college level Early Childhood classes at Technology Center of DuPage (TCD). Currently, she is attending classes to finish her Early Childhood Degree at College of DuPage in Wheaton. She has a cat named Honey who she adores, enjoys spending time out in nature, practicing yoga and meditation, photography and reading.
Mrs. Valerie joined us during the summer of 2020 and has her Bachelors in Elementary Education and a minor in Art. She has had the role of educator and administrator over the course of her educational career. She is an avid runner (you might see her running between the two buildings in the blink of an eye) and animal lover; giving a lot of her free time to volunteer at local shelters. Mrs. Valerie is our schools Pedagogista, working to support our educators as they build their curriculum around the children. Her favorite treats include sour candy and Graham's coffee.