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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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.

Kelly Herndon

I recently moved to Lakeview from the suburbs. I was a first grade teacher until I began having children and made the decision to stay at home with them. Once my last child left for college, I went back to school. I started as a para educator in a third grade class and then I was offered a position in a preschool. I fell in love with preschoolers and immediately knew I had found my people. I have a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Illinois and I have my Illinois teaching Certification. I am also a cycling and yoga instructor. I am truly excited to be joining the Little Lights team and looking forward to working with the three year olds.

 

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Rae Robeson

Hi my name is Rae Robeson and I am delighted to be working with the Little Lights 4 year old class. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, I graduated with a B.S. in Media Communications and minors in both Theatre and Dance from Middle Tennessee State University in 2015. I moved to Chicago shortly after. During my time in Chicago, I have taught many different styles of dance all around the city for ages 18 months to high school. All the while, also working in the Visuals Department at American Girl Place Chicago. My passions are with the arts and arts education, especially for little ones. I love active classrooms and I am moved by moving others. I am extremely excited to start this new journey with Little Lights.

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Caroline Easom

My name is Caroline and I’m thrilled to be an assistant teacher for the 3 year old class. I was born and raised in a small town outside of Charlotte, North Carolina and got my B.A. in Dramatic Arts and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I graduated in 2016 and immediately moved to Chicago.  For the last 2 years I worked as an assistant teacher aand club leader at the British International School. While there, I developed an after school program called “Comedy Kids” where I teach children to work together, trust themselves and take risks all through improvisation. I have grown my program steadily and now teach ages 5 and up 4 nights a week. When I’m not teaching, I’m performing improv and sketch comedy all over Chicago. I adore kids and think they have so much to teach us about being present and enjoying life. I truly cannot think of a more fulfilling and energizing way to spend my mornings than teaching 3 year olds about the exciting world around them. I can’t wait to watch how they grow this year.

 
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Aimee Holper

This will be my first year teaching four year old Junior Kindergarten at Little Lights. I am so excited for the new school year and am looking forward to helping your little ones learn and grow! I have been working with children for more than twenty years in various roles and capacities. I earned my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004 and my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from DePaul University in 1997. I hold a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education as well as a Developmental Specialist credential in Early Intervention. When I began my first job after college as an assistant in a home daycare, I realized how much I truly enjoyed working with children. Since then I have worked as an inclusion teacher in Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms, have taught Third Grade, and have been a substitute teacher for all grade levels from Preschool through Eighth Grade. Most of my experience has been focused on teaching all ages of preschool; all while utilizing my play based, family centered approach to learning. For the past two years I have also been working as a Developmental Therapist and Evaluator where I provide play based therapy and assessments for children in the Illinois Early Intervention Program. This role has given me the opportunity to learn so much about all domains of child development and to understand how to help children navigate their way through school and life. When I’m not teaching, I love to spend time with my husband, our two sons and our dog, Maisie. I enjoy cooking, reading, gardening, music, and watching our very sporty boys play baseball and basketball.

 
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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.