Our Staff

Train up a child in the way that he should go;
and when he is old he will not depart from it” – Proverbs 22:6

Experienced, caring and dedicated professionals, our teachers have been selected specifically to reflect our goal of providing the very best early childhood care and education experience for every child in our program. All of our staff meet or exceed state regulations for early childhood care and education providers. In addition, all staff expand and enhance their professional skills through continuing education on a yearly basis.

Infant and Child CPR-certified staff are in every classroom! Every month each classroom conducts safety drills to practice evacuation of the building in case of an emergency (i.e. Fire). Tornado/Severe Weather drills are held twice a year.  In the case of inclement weather, procedures are in place and are posted.

MRS. COLLEEN

DIrector

Miss Colleen manages the preschool’s daily and yearly operations to drive both constituent and community-based prioritization and desired education. She excels in supporting colleagues as she helps in defining the problem statements, understand institutional value, and educate on the importance an ideal team player in order to initiate a high-quality profitable preschool program.

MISS DEBBIE

FINANCIAL MANAGER / GPC TEACHER

Miss Debbie has been with The Growing Place Preschool for ten years and her love of our school began when her children attended here.  Miss Debbie has a Bachelor of Science degree and says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile when the kids share funny stories about their families.  She lives in Villa Park with her husband Tony and her children Tyler and Dani.   They have three dogs named Teddy, Hannity, and Beau.

MISS JENNIFER

THREE YEAR OLD LEAD TEACHER

Miss Jennifer has been the Lead Three Year Old Teacher for two years.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree and has been teaching for six years.  Miss Jennifer says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile when the children discover something new.  She lives in Woodridge with her husband Michael and her children Raegan, Joshua, and Elleanor.

MISS NOEMI

THREE YEAR OLD ASSISTANT TEACHER

Miss Noemi joined our three year old teaching staff this year.  She has been teaching for over 25 years and has a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Miss Noemi lives in Woodridge with her husband Daniel and their children Daniel Jr., Samuel Elijah and Sofia.  She says that the only pets they have are dust bunnies.

MISS SUE

THREE YEAR OLD ASSISTANT TEACHER /GPC ASSISTANT TEACHER

Miss Sue joined The Growing Place Preschool six years ago and has a Bachelor of Arts degree.  She says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile when the kids come into the classroom at the beginning of each day.  Miss Sue lives in Villa Park with her husband Mark and her children Jacob, Grace, and Josh.  Their family is completed by their two dogs Payton and Cameron.

MRS. GRACZYK

THREE YEAR OLD LETTER LAB TEACHER

Mrs. Graczyk started teaching at The Growing Place Preschool forty-one years ago when her daughter was a student.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree and has been teaching for a total of forty-nine years.  Mrs. Graczyk says that she loves being a preschool teacher because she enjoys interacting with the children.  She lives in Carol Stream with her husband Alan and she loves spending time with her daughter Julianne, her son-in-law Matt, and her two grandsons Peter and Mitchell.

MISS KATHLEEN

THREE YEAR OLD ASSISTANT TEACHER

This is Miss Kathleen's first year as a teacher at our school but she has actually been here for many years.  First as a parent whose children attended The Growing Place and then as a wonderful substitute and office assistant.  She has been teaching for five years and has both a Bachelors of Arts and a Masters of Arts degree.  Miss Kathleen says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile because she gets to be a part of a child's learning and development journey and have fun!  Plato once said "The beginning is the most important part of the work."  She lives in Lombard with her husband Nathan and her three children Henry, Claire and Phoebe. 

MRS. SELBY

SPECIAL PROGRAMS TEACHER (BIBLE STORY, SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL, CREATIVE ART)

Mrs. Selby has been with The Growing Place Preschool for eight years.  She studied Early Childhood Education at The College of DuPage and has been teaching for thirty-nine years.  Mrs. Selby says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile when children creatively think and use materials in ways that have not occurred to her!  She lives in Villa Park and enjoys spending time with her children Laura and Scott.

VINCENT NICHOLS

FACILITY COORDINATOR

Vinnie has been with The Growing Place for over two years.  He coordinates the changing over of the classroom furniture.  Vinnie graduated from Willowbrook High School and one of his hobbies is to listen to music.  Dominick's Pizza is his favorite restaurant and he loves the color kelly green.  Vinnie lives in Villa Park with his parents, two brothers and his nephew. 

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MISS LAURIE

ASSISITANT DIRECTOR | LEAD PRE-K TEACHER

Miss Laurie joined The Growing Place Preschool as Assistant Director twelve years ago when her children were students here and she has been teaching for a total of fourteen years.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree and decided to pursue her love of working with young children by continuing her studies in Early Childhood Education.  Miss Laurie says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile because she loves to discover the qualities that make each child unique and special!  She lives in Lombard with her husband Brian, her children Jack and Kendall, and their dog Wrigley.

MISS MARILYN

PRE-K TEACHER

Miss Marilyn was first introduced to The Growing Place Preschool when her son was a student here.  She later joined our teaching staff and has been here for nine years.  Miss Marilyn has a Bachelor of Arts degree and has been teaching for a total of twenty years.  She says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile when a child gets it and the light bulb goes off.  Miss Marilyn lives in Villa Park with her husband Gregg, her sons Zac and Max, and their dog Duke.

MISS ERIN

PRE-K ASSISTANT TEACHER

Miss Erin has joined our staff this year as a teacher in our Pre-K program.  She has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  This is Miss Erin's ninth year teaching and she is a wonderful addition to our staff.  She says that the joy and enthusiasm of seeing students experiencing new things makes her smile!  Erin lives in Downers Grove with her husband Michael, her children Brennan and Ruby, and their dogs Miles and Lily.

MISS KRISTY

PRE-K LETTER LAB TEACHER / GPC LEAD TEACHER

Miss Kristy joined The Growing Place Preschool six years ago after her last child graduated from our school.  She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Secondary Education and has been a teacher for twenty-five years.  Miss Kristy says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile because she loves the energy and enthusiasm that the children bring to school with them everyday.  She lives in Elmhurst with her husband Paul and her children Haley, Luke, and Jamie.  Their family is completed with their dog Toby.

MISS CONNIE

TWO YEAR OLD ASSISTANT TEACHER / GPC ASSISTANT TEACHER

Miss Connie first came to our school as a parent when her two sons were in preschool here.  She returned to our school three years ago and joined our teaching staff.  Miss Connie says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile because she loves when the children tell her about their life and family.  She lives in Lombard with her sons Brendan and Aidan and their two dogs Shelby and Raven.

MISS ALICIA

TWO YEAR OLD LEAD TEACHER

Miss Alicia joined our teaching staff seven years ago after her children graduated from The Growing Place Preschool.  She has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters Degree in Education and has been a teacher for twelve years.  Miss Alicia says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile when the kids love coming to school.  She lives in Lombard with her husband Sean and their daughters Brianna and Ashley.

MISS MARTHA

TWO YEAR OLD ASSISTANT TEACHER

Miss Martha sent all three of her children to The Growing Place Preschool.  She had such a wonderful experience that she joined our teaching staff seven years ago.  Miss Martha has a Bachelor of Science degree and has been a teacher for eight years.  She says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile when the children make new friends and learn to play together as opposed to side by side.  Miss Martha lives in Lombard with her husband Greg and her children Nathan, Lauren, and Alyssa.  Their family is completed by their dog Lola.

MISS SHEILA

TWO YEAR OLD LEAD TEACHER

Miss Sheila joined The Growing Place staff last year.  She was introduced to our school when her children began attending our program.  Miss Sheila has a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction.  She has been teaching young children for over sixteen years.  She says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile when the kids are so eager to share with their parents the projects and activities that they worked on throughout their day.  Miss Sheila lives in Lombard with her husband Marco and their three children Mia, Marco,  Dominic and their pet fish Rubble.

MISS NICOLE

PRE-K ASSISTANT TEACHER/TWO YEAR OLD ASSISTANT TEACHER

Miss Nicole loved our school so much when her son was in our Pre-K program that she decided to join our staff as an assistant teacher.   Miss Nicole has a Bachelors of Arts degree and is a wonderful addition to the Growing Place.  She says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile when she sees a child make a connection and learn to do something new on their own.  Miss Nicole lives in Villa Park with her husband Cormac and their son Cillian.

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