Round Lake Beach, IL (847) 223-1299

Reviews

“The staff is very loving and does a wonderful job taking care of and teaching the kids. Both of my children love going to school there. I love the curriculum and the fact that my 2 1/2 year old can count to 10 in Spanish and 13 in English, idenitify all of his colors and shapes, and can identify over half of his letters“

- trulia.com

Meet the Team

Ashely Carey

Position: Pre-K teacher                                                          
Explain your experience in Early Childhood Education: I have been working at First Steps for almost two years. I enjoy growing and learning from the other teachers and students. It is a lot of fun watching the children grow and build their knowledge.
Favorite Children’s Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear         

Barbara Kozlowski

Position: Infant Teacher                                                                    
Explain your experience in Early Childhood Education: I have been working with children of ages 6 weeks to 18 years old for almost 50 years now. 25 years in an ECE program and 15 years with infants. Working with children has been my passion from a very early age.
Favorite Children’s Book: The Hungry Caterpillar
                                                    

Brittany Hartman

Position: Teachers Assistant                                                              
Explain your experience in Early Childhood Education: I started working here about a week ago. I love it here. Everybody is very friendly. I love the people I work with. I enjoy the experience with the kids.
Favorite Children’s Book: One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish
                                                    

Emily Smith

Position: Young Investigator
Explain your experience in Early Childhood Education: I have been working for First Steps since 2008 and have enjoyed every year since. The children and staff have taught me so much and I look forward to many more years of learning, fun and love.
Favorite Children’s Book: Pout Pout Fish

Erin Kriz

Director

Explain your experience in Early Childhood Education: I have been working in this field since 1998. I have been Director Qualified since 2005. I have enjoyed every moment working with young children.
Favorite Children's Book: My many colored days by Dr. Suess

Helen Gary


Position: School Age Teacher
Experience in Early Childhood Education: I worked for YMCA and was a lead teacher of the school age program for 6 years. I was also the program assistant for Childserv before and after school for 6 years. I worked with wards of the state in residential care for 5 years.
Favorite Children's Book: Caps for Sale 

Jamie Dorsey

Assistant Director


                                                          
Explain your experience in Early Childhood Education: I first started working at First Steps as an assistant teacher 14 years ago. I have been furthering my education at CLC. I am working towards my associate’s degree.
Favorite Children’s Book: Row row row your boat
                                                    
 

Jana Hyde

Position: Preschool Teacher                                                                           
Explain your experience in Early Childhood Education: I am a licensed para professional and am continuing my education at CLC. I have always loved teaching and collecting children’s literature.
Favorite Children’s Book: Sylvester and the magic pebble by William Steig       

Joy Root

Position: Infant teacher                                                                                  
Explain your experience in Early Childhood Education: I have been working with children of all ages for 15 years and have been working with infants for 9 years. I have my associate’s degree in Early Childhood education.
Favorite Children’s Book: Cat in the hat by Dr. Seuss    
 

Katie Conklin

Position: Teacher       
Explain your experience in Early Childhood Education: I have a lot of experience with children from babysitting and working for over a year here at First Steps. I love working with children and am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in elementary education at northern Illinois University.
Favorite Children’s Book: The Polar Express         

Sandy Milligan

Position: Assistant Teacher                                                                
Explain your experience in Early Childhood Education: I have a bachelor’s degree in Business management along with Early Childhood Education, EC1+ EC2, and 12 years of experience in a prior HeadStart program. Children are my passion.
Favorite Children’s Book: Tickle monster​

Terry Breitzman

Position: Two’s and toddler’s teachers                                                                                  
Explain your experience in Early Childhood Education: I’ve been working at First Steps for a few months now and I love it. Everyone welcomes me with open arms and I love what I do.
Favorite Children’s Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar     

Viviana Trujillo

Position: Teacher
Explain your experience in Early Childhood Education: I have been working with children between the ages of 6 weeks to 7 years old and it’s an amazing passion I have. I have my associate’s degree in Applied Science for early childhood education and two credentials. I am working towards my bachelor’s degree.
Favorite Children’s Book: Pete the cat in my white shoes
  
 
 
Monday June 18, 2018