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. Rebecca Bellonci, our  Head of School, is an AMI trained Montessori teacher, who has worked with children ages 1-12 for 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.

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

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

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)

Mary Lou Parsons
Children’s House 1 Lead Teacher

Mary Lou Parsons is an AMS 3-6 certified Montessori Directress. She has been teaching children in a Montessori classroom for 32 years. Her Bachelor’s Degree is from the University of Illinois at Chicago in art history and architecture, with a minor in communication design and Italian. She has taken courses towards a MAT from National Lewis University.

Mary Lou began her early childhood journey in Chicago’s western suburbs, where she was born and raised as the lead teacher in the All Day program at Creative World Montessori in LaGrange, Illinois, for nearly ten years. This program included a morning class, kindergarten enrichment, an afternoon home environment, and summer camp. In the year 1999, she joined Southwest Suburban Montessori in Palos Park, Illinois. There she taught a morning session, kindergarten enrichment, and art classes.  Mary Lou and her husband of 28 years reside in historic Orland Park with their beautiful lab mix, Jazzy Girl. Mary Lou enjoys art, antique shops, interior design, cooking, and gardening. She holds a special place in her heart for the developmentally disabled, all creatures and children.

Shauntell Grimes
Children’s House 1 – Assistant 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.

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.



Shemeal Kemper

Miss Shemeal received her Bachelors of Science in Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently enrolled in Early Childhood Education classes. Shemeal has a total of 6 years of experience working with children, 3 of those years she worked in a home daycare with 15 kids ranging from infants to 6 year olds. She also tutored kids from 3-10 years of age in an after school setting and worked as a teacher assistant at CPS with grammar school kids. Shemeal has 2 years of experience with youth and outreach for teens.


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.


Rebecca Bellonci
Head of School 


Rebecca Bellonci is an AMI trained Montessori teacher, who has worked with children ages 1-12 for 20 years.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and moved to
the Chicago area in 2018 with her husband Peter and teenage daughter Victoria.  She has been a classroom assistant, after-school teacher, 3-6 teacher, elementary teacher’s aid, Spanish teacher, PE teacher, toddler teacher, recess supervisor, curriculum coordinator, preschool director. Her goal is to provide a space for children, teachers, and parents to grow and thrive.  She has developed a way of talking to children that provides social emotional support, empowering conflict resolution, teaching skills, and promotes self awareness. Rebecca conducts Positive Discipline parenting workshops and has shared her passion for early childhood education in California, North Carolina, Iowa and now Illinois.  In her free time she may spend time at the beach, biking, baking, museums, sewing, knitting, reading, or exploring Chicago with Peter and Victoria.

Tanisha Ammons-Lampley
Assistant 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

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.