Dance 2

Bright Beginnings Preschool quality is measured by the quality of our staff.  Each teacher brings her own special skill and diverse background to the preschool program.  Each class has a lead teacher an assistant.  By maintaining teacher to child ratio our staff is able to provide children with a safe and stimulating environment.  Our preschool staff must maintain 15 hours of in-service in early childhood every year, and are certified in CPR, AED & First Aid.

Diane Zajac
Diane is the lead teacher for the Monday/Wednesday/Friday Morning and Afternoon 3 year old program.  She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught preschool for over 25 years.  She has been instructing classes at Niles Park District for 16 years.

Mary Fleck
Mary is an assistant in the 3 year old classroom on Monday/Wednesday/Friday Morning at Howard Leisure Center.  She has 3 children and has always been active in their schools.  Mary enjoys working with children.

Natasha Kuffel
Natasha is the lead teacher in the Monday/Wednesday/Friday Morning 4 year old program.  She resides in Niles with her husband and 3 children.  Natasha has a BA in psychology and an MS in counseling.  She has over 10 years of experience working in preschool and kindergarten classrooms.  She truly enjoys working with children and is looking forward to a great year!

Heather Tarjan
Heather is the lead teacher for the Monday-Friday morning 3 year old class.  She holds a Bachelor of Science and teaching certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Heather has lived in Niles the past 12 years with her husband and three children.  Having sent all three of her children through the Bright Beginnings Preschool program, Heather watched them thrive.  She is excited to have the opportunity to work with young children and guide their learning and growth within a loving and safe school environment.

Carmelina Yoshioka
Carmelina has degrees in both Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education.  She has been teaching children from preschool to 8th Grade for over 25 years.  Carmelina is excited to be teaching for the Niles Park District and is looking forward to a great year!

Mary Cozzi
Mary is the teacher assistant in the 4 year program Monday Wednesday & Friday mornings at Howard Leisure Center.

Julie Bartoli
Julie is the lead teacher for the Tuesday/Thursday Morning 3 year old program.  She also teaches the Monday/Wednesday/Friday Morning & Afternoon 4 year old classes.  She has an Early Childhood & Development Degree from the University of Illinois, and has taken classes towards her Masters.

Cheryl Schreiman
Cheryl is an assistant on Monday/Wednesday/Friday Mornings & Afternoons for the 4 year old program.  She has worked for the Niles Park District Preschool Program for 20 years.  She has also taught early childhood classes and is the birthday party coordinator.

Laura Sanchez
Laura Sanchez has a Bachelor of Science Degree in early education.  She has taught preschool, kindergarten, first & second grades.  Laura is excited and anxious to meet your children.  She will strive to create a happy, positive and safe learning environment as the children learn thorough play.  She is looking forward to being part of the Niles Park District Preschool team and part of your child's education this year.

Roseann Smiegowski
Roseann is the teacher assistant Monday thru Friday mornings.

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