Our teachers, the cornerstone of our program, are warm, creative, enthusiastic, and love children.
Most have their master’s degree in education or a related field, and their qualifications exceed the standards set by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
We’re dedicated to continuing the professional development of each of our teachers, who must complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education a year on topics including brain research, health and safety, special needs, and developmentally appropriate practices.
Meet our Director: Cassie Cerniglia, affectionately known as Mrs. C, has been an outstanding teacher at our school since 2003. She has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University, and has served as adjunct professor at Oakton Community College in early childhood. Prior to teaching at GJK Cassie has taught in an at-risk preschool in Chicago and was Director of a parent-child playgroup. She has over 30 years experience working in early childhood education and believes in providing a developmentally appropriate environment where child-centered learning and independent exploration occur.
"Our goal should not be to protect them from the world, but to teach them about it."