Our Staff

Each room is staffed by a Lead teacher with early childhood education.  Our lead teachers have Montessori certification, Montessori professional development training or the opportunity to acquire the certification through AMS. All professional staff meet yearly requirements for continuing education with additional trainings.

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 are 1:5 (Young Toddler), 1:8 (Toddler House) and 1:12 (Children’s House and Kindergarten). Lead 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.

Teacher Training

  • All Day Montessori teachers are Montessori certified or are in the process of completing their certification.
  • All lead teachers have bachelors degrees in education or comparable student teaching experience.
  • Assistants are strongly encouraged to complete their undergraduate degrees.
  • All Day Montessori requires all lead teachers to complete their Montessori certification and provides financial assistance for this purpose.

Young Toddler House (15 months through 30 months)

LaRoya Nash
Lead 

ADM welcomes LaRoya to its teaching staff.   She has an Associates Degree in Arts and is currently finishing her Bachelor’s degree at Nat’l Louis University.  She has been working as an early childhood educator for nine years with children ages birth to 5 years old.  She loves working with children and watching their faces as they learn something new.

 


Melinda Hermanek-Smith
Assistant

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.


Nevel Kasiner   
Assistant, Young 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.


Young Toddler House (2 – 3.5 years)


Keonna Mercer
Lead Teacher and Toddler Program Director

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.


Khalia Milon – Assistant, Toddler House

Bio/Photo coming soon


Children’s Houses (36 months through Kindergarten)

CHILDREN’S  HOUSE 1 (Annex Building)


Shauntell Grimes
Children’s House 1 – Co-Lead 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.

 

 

 

 

 


Shannon O’Keefe-Anderson 
Children’s House 1 – Co-Lead Teacher

Hello my name is Ms. Shannon. I have recently joined All Day Montessori, but it already has my heart. I started off as a substitute teacher, working with all ages at the school. I am now co-teaching in CH1 with three to six year olds. I have known for years that I wanted to make a career out of working with children because they really light up my life. I started my career working at daycares. I pursued my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, which led me to working in DCFS as a caseworker. After leaving DCFS, I returned to my previous daycare and received my Teaching Certificate. I happily worked as the teacher for the infant room for two years. Prior to coming to ADM, I had nearly seven years working professionally with children along with fifteen years of informal experience. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our animals. My goal as a teacher is to provide a complete education to all children with love and fun.


CHILDREN’S HOUSE 2 (Annex Building)

Betsy Sosa
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 House 2 Assistant Teacher

Tamara was raised in Beverly were she attended Sutherland Elementary School. She graduated from Morgan Park High School were she coached tennis with the program Love to Serve. She graduated from Saint Xavier University (Chicago,IL) with a B.S. in Biology. She has taken coursework in early childhood developmental psychology and developmental biology. She loves nature, music,the outdoors, ocean science and working with children.


Floating Assistants:

Angela Franklin
Assistant, Annex

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.

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SUBSTITUTES:

Grace Rakowski

Grace has been working with children since she was able to work. Being a babysitter and nanny she moved to France in 2014 to be an Au Pair. After returning in 2015 she continued to work in childcare. Grace enrolled in Chicago City Colleges and hopes to return to finish her degree in the next year. She enjoys reading, riding her bike, and occasionally playing video games.


Administration

 

Tanisha Ammons-Lampley
Interim Head of School

I have been with All Day Montessori for over 12 years. My passion is teaching, inspiring, and challenging children to love learning. It is gratifying to observe them learn, especially witnessing the lightbulb moments. All Day Montessori is my home away from home. I believe the children learn their best when given the opportunities to explore, create, and imagine with a hands-on approach. Outside of my time at All Day Montessori, I volunteer for a children’s outreach program. During my volunteer time, I’ve helped 1000’s of families across the Chicagoland area. I find it very rewarding to watch all children flourish into bright learners. When I’m not at work, I enjoy listening to music, reading, and writing poetry. In my new position as Assistant Head of School, my goal is to continue to see All Day Montessori thrive and to work with the children as a positive influence in their lives.


Cyndi Williams
Business Manager
cwilliams@alldaymontessori.org

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

Laticia Mitchell, RN, BSN
School Nurse

Laticia is on staff for the University of Chicago Hospitals specializing in pediatric hematology-oncology.  She has been a nurse for 18 years.  Laticia is the mom of two beautiful girls.  She will make sure that all health records at ADM are current and will provide educational sessions for staff.