Meet Our Team

Brittany Kowalik

Teacher

Brittany comes to ICA from LEEP Forward where she was a Lead Therapist to a classroom of children with a focus of gaining social, emotional, and acade

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bkowalik@imaginationca.com

Ariel Hartman

Operations Director

Ariel is thrilled to officially join ICA's administrative team as the resident "office guru". Since obtaining her BA in Theatre Production and Marketi

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ahartman@imaginationca.com

Julie Ricile

External Affairs

  Hello! My name is Julie. Among my administrative duties (including morning check in procedures and responding to general inquiries), I will

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jricile@imaginationca.com

Emily Pinas

Arts Director

Emily is a graduate of the Erikson Institute and holds a M.S. in Child Development with a Specialization in Infancy and Program Administration. Prior

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epinas@imaginationca.com

Lucy Lunsford

Art Teacher

Lucy holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. While at Sarah Lawrence, she concentrated on child development and literature. It was dur

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Janice Brown

Kitchen Manager

Hello, my name is Janice brown. I run and operate the kitchen at Imagination Children's Academy! I've been part of the daycare environment over for 15

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Lisa Johnson

Infant Teacher

Lisa comes to ICA with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Early Childhood field and a heart wide open with love.  Lisa began her career as a

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Tenisha Earls

Infant Teacher

My  name is Tenisha and I have been working with children since 2010. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Il

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Gemise Jackson

Infant Teacher

Hi my name is Gemise Jackson! I have over 12 years of experience working with children. I attended Robert Morris college where I studied Early Childho

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Drucilla Felton

Infant Teacher

Drucilla has been working with children for the last two decades in private schools and day care centers. She is a graduate of Grambling State Univers

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RebeKah Green

Infant Teacher

More about RebeKah is coming soon

Donisha Coleman

Infant Teacher

Learning and teaching have always been Donisha's passions, especially when it comes to early childhood. Donisha studied Early Childhood Education at M

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Darlena Starnes

Infant Teacher

Hi my name is Darlena Starnes. I enjoy reading books and writing short stories. I studied Child Development at Richard Daley College and plan on conti

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Paulina Ortiz

Infant/Toddler Teacher

Hi! My name is Paulina Ortiz, I completed my Fine Arts & Art Education Degree from Chicago City Colleges. I specialize in Ceramics, Silkscreening,

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Paloma Saavedra

Infant/Toddler Teacher

My name is Paloma Saavedra. I gained my passion to work with children from the YMCA, where I had attended as an child. I have experience working as

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Tiffany Mitchell

Infant/Toddler Teacher

Hello, my name is Tiffany. I was born and raised on the North side of Chicago where my love of early childhood education began. Over the years of nurt

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Vikky Perez

Infant/Toddler Teacher

Hi! My name is Vikky Perez. My dream has always been to teach in this beautiful city I call home. I am currently working towards getting a bachelor’

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Antoinette Williams

Toddler Teacher

Hello Everyone! My name is Antoinette Williams.I have been a teacher/educator for six years; four years as a preschool teacher for Kids R First and

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Jeanetta Anderson

Infant Teacher

Hello, my name is Ms. Jeanetta. I have over 10 years of experience working with children of all ages. I attended Kendall College where I studied Early

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Jorie Moore

Master Toddler/Two's Teacher

Jorie attended Roosevelt University's M.S. Program in Early Childhood Education and has a BA in Theatre Design. She loves working with children becaus

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Sydney Cortez

Preschool Prep Teacher

My name is Sydney Malone and I am  so excited to be part of the ICA team. And THRILLED to work with you and your child! I am looking forward to all o

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Jessica Scott

Floater Teacher

Hello, my name is Jessica. I'm new to teaching and am loving the experience. I love working with kids because it warms my heart to know I am making a

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Alejandra Yacuta

Preschool Teacher

Hello! My name is Alejandra Yacuta and I am very excited and grateful to be your children’s teacher at Imagination Children’s Academy. My mission

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Sarah Nibbio

Preschool Teacher

Hi, my name is Sarah! I have 3 years of experience working with children. I'm studying Early Childhood at Harold Washington. I enjoy working with chil

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