OUR STAFF

"The best teachers are those who show you where to look
but don’t tell you what to see."


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Virgie Berry

I am a life-long Chicagoan who grew up in Lincoln Park. I graduated from Lewis University (Romeoville, IL) with a B.A. in Elementary Education with a focus in Reading and Social Studies. After graduation I was an aide in a preschool room for two years and then a Kindergarten teacher for three. One of the greatest joys is seeing a child read for the first time! For the past two years I was  a preschool-4 teacher and have worked hard to prepare my students for Kindergarten. I earned my Masters in Education from Loyola University Chicago in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies where I focused on the sociology of schools. I have tutored in early reading skills for several years. I currently live in Roscoe Village with my dog, August. 
I am very excited to create a wonderful learning environment for you and your child.

 

 

 

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Erin fitzgerald

Born and raised in Metro Detroit, I come from a big family with 3 sisters and 2 brothers. At the age of 10, I started babysitting and immediately became fascinated with how people develop through their early years. I came to Chicago after falling in love with DePaul University and graduated from there with a B.A. in Psychology and a concentration in Human Development. During my time there, I worked as a tutor through the America Reads program for children in grades K-12 and I also volunteered as an adult tutor at the Howard Area
Community Center. Since then, I’ve become a mother to three wonderful boys. I also worked as a teacher for 1st and 2nd graders in a summer program called H.O.P.E. (Hamtramck Odyssey Program for Excellence). I continue to work with children at the High Ridge YMCA. I've provided childcare there since 2010 for ages 6 weeks to 9 years old. I love working with kids, they bring me so much happiness. For me, there is no greater joy than seeing a smile on a child’s face, especially as he/she overcomes an obstacle or learns something new. It is my pleasure to get to know your Little Lights child and have the chance to offer them a loving, nurturing, and positive environment for them to thrive.

 

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Mary Campbell

My name is Mary Campbell and I am the teacher's assistant in the three year old classroom. I had the chance to substitute at Little Lights last year and I was so grateful to be offered the opportunity to work with Little Lights full time.

I live in Lincoln Park with my husband, David, and my two children who are 17 and 20. Our family moved to Chicago 5 years ago from Marietta, Georgia. In addition to working at Little Lights, I have been a registered nurse for 20 years. I have worked in mother/baby nursing and am currently working for a local healthcare company doing health screenings. In my free time, I enjoy watching sports, especially football, reading and traveling.

I enjoy working with the wonderful children at Little Lights! It is so fun watching the kids grow and learn. They never fail to teach me something new every day and bring a smile to my face. I hope that my parenting and nursing experience can help kids have a fun, safe and happy learning experience.

 
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Emily

I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts, and I made my way west to attend Northwestern University. After graduating, I moved to Hamburg, Germany, where I was an au pair for the better part of a year. It was a very cool experience! I've always loved children, but my time in Germany sparked a real interest in early childhood education. I came back to Chicago and started working at a daycare full time. Now, I split my time between working at Little Lights and teaching theater to high schoolers in an after school program. I love working at Little Lights, because I really value the gentle and attentive approach to childcare. So happy to be a part of the Little Lights team!


 
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Danielle

My Name is Danielle Mayfield. This is my first year teaching at Little Lights, and I truly have loved it! I did have the pleasure of substituting for the two year old class last year, and I have also been a caregiver for the church prayer group. I am a Chicago native, born and raised in Bucktown. After graduating from a community high school, I attended The Art Institute of Chicago. For the last 10 years, I have taught and aided in different settings.  During my free time I spend my time with family and friends, enjoying the city, and everything it has to offer. My fiancé, Anthony and I are raising two amazing young men, Erik 13 and Andy 9. I look forward to watching our Little Lights grow and learn as we become a family.