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Meet our Team

At Kids Academy, our passionate and dedicated team of educators believes in the power of collaboration. Together, we create a vibrant and nurturing learning environment where every child can thrive. Our teachers bring a wealth of experience, creativity, and enthusiasm to the classroom, working seamlessly as a team to provide a holistic and engaging early learning experience. Through shared goals and a commitment to fostering a love for learning, our educators at Kids Academy are united in shaping a brighter future for our young learners.

The Infant Room

Ms. Elham (Ms. Eli)

Lead Teacher

Ms. Elham (Ms. Eli) has been an esteemed member of Kids Academy for the past year, bringing over a decade of invaluable teaching experience with toddlers and infants. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, her passion for working with children is driven by a profound belief in the transformative power of early education. She is currently working towards earning her Infant/Toddler Gateway Level 3 Credential. Ms. Elham finds immense satisfaction in guiding and nurturing young minds because it allows her to be a positive influence during their formative years, fostering a foundation for lifelong learning and curiosity.

Ms. Cheryl

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Cheryl has been an integral part of Kids Academy since 2018, bringing with her a wealth of experience in Early Childhood Education (ECE) through numerous training hours. Currently, she is diligently working towards securing her Infant/Toddler Gateways Level 3 Credential. With the wisdom gained from raising three children and now enjoying the role of a grandparent, Ms. Cheryl finds immense fulfillment in working with children. Her passion lies in being a part of their initial moments and guiding them through their first experiences.

Ms. Maheen

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Maheen became a cherished member of Kids Academy in 2022, drawing on her rich experience of raising three children and delighting in the presence of her five grandchildren. Currently dedicated to earning her Infant/Toddler Gateway Level 3 Credential, Ms. Maheen finds profound joy in working with children because it allows her to play a pivotal role in shaping their early years, fostering growth, and witnessing the boundless potential encapsulated in each child’s journey.

The Toddler Room

Jennifer Kropke

Lead Teacher

Ms. Jen joined Kids Academy in early 2022, bringing over a decade of expertise in teaching dance to a diverse range of students, from as young as 2 to as old as 80. This passion led her to establish her own online dance company, “Twinkle Toes Today.” With more than 35 college credit hours in ECE-related courses and almost 60 hours of Gateway-approved training, Ms. Jen is dedicated to enhancing her skills. In addition to her role at Kids Academy, she contributes to the mission of “Say Yes To Childcare,” a non-profit organization focused on raising awareness about the importance of early childhood education and securing funding in North Cook County, Illinois. Currently pursuing her Infant/Toddler Gateway Level 3 Credential, Ms. Jen finds unparalleled fulfillment in working with children because it allows her to foster their creativity and enthusiasm while contributing to their overall development and well-being.

Ms. Haseen

Assistant Teacher

Haseen Ahmed recently joined Kids Academy as the Assistant Teacher in the Tots room, bringing two years of experience as an assistant teacher in pre-kindergarten at Glenview Park District. Currently pursuing certifications in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Infant-Toddler Level 2 credentials, Haseen is also working towards an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Oakton Community College. Her passion for working with children stems from her deep desire to positively impact their lives and be a part of their journey of growth and learning.

Ms. Steffy

Floater Teacher

Joining Kids Academy in late 2023, Ms. Stefanie brings with her seven years of dedicated experience in Early Childhood Education (ECE). Armed with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Lincoln College and currently pursuing her Infant/Toddler Gateway Level 3 Credential, Ms. Stefanie finds genuine fulfillment in working with children because it allows her to connect with them on a personal level. She cherishes the ability to understand and engage with children in a way that fosters their development.

The 2/3's Room

Ms. Cristal

Lead Teacher

In 2023, Ms. Cristal became a valued member of Kids Academy, bringing with her two years of teaching experience in an early child care setting. Currently navigating her college journey and contemplating her major, she is also dedicated to earning her Infant/Toddler Gateway Level 3 and ECE Gateway Level 4 Credentials. Ms. Cristal finds joy in working with children, cherishing the pure and judgment-free interactions found in the sweet expressions of their little faces.

Ms. Renee

Assistant Teacher

Renee Carter recently joined Kids Academy, bringing with her six years of valuable experience teaching at an at-home daycare. Passionate about Early Childhood Education, she is currently pursuing her Gateway Level 2 Infant-Toddler and ECE credentials to further enhance her skills. Renee’s journey into childcare was deeply influenced by her own upbringing; lacking the opportunity to attend an early learning center, she witnessed the transformative impact of daycare when she enrolled her nephew. This experience fueled her passion for the field, and she dreams of one day opening her own daycare center.

The 3/4's Room

Ms. Sarah

Lead Teacher

In 2023, Ms. Sarah enthusiastically became a part of Kids Academy, bringing with her an impressive track record of over 20 years in early childcare, predominantly focused on children aged five and under. Having dedicated significant time to non-profit organizations, she brings a holistic perspective to her work. Holding a Masters in Early Childhood Education from DePaul, Ms. Sarah is deeply passionate about working with children because it allows her to contribute to their crucial early years, shaping their foundations for learning and growth.

Ms. Nighat

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Nighat has been an integral part of the Kids Academy team since 2020. Currently pursuing her ECE Gateway Level 4 Credential, she brings a wealth of experience and holds a CDA. Ms. Nighat’s genuine passion for working with children is evident in her daily interactions. The joy she finds in working with 3-5 year olds stems from their remarkable understanding and emotional depth, making each day uniquely rewarding. The dynamic nature of her role ensures that no two days are alike, adding to the fulfillment she experiences in brightening the children’s days.

The Pre-K/Kindergarten Room

Ms. Bekah

Lead Teacher

Ms. Bekah enthusiastically became a part of Kids Academy in 2021, bringing with her an impressive 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education (ECE). Her diverse background includes running a wilderness program in New Mexico and teaching figure skating. Holding a BA in English Creative Writing from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and a JD from Ohio State, Ms. Bekah is passionate about working with children because she feels a deep connection to their experiences. Reflecting on her own childhood, she empathizes with their needs and desires, aiming to provide them with everything she can while reveling in the privilege of witnessing their growth right before her eyes.