At ChooChoo Chicago, your Family Childcare, our teachers make us who we are. We have a team of loving, supportive, and educated caregivers. These teachers are carefully chosen with our ideals and beliefs in mind. They have educational and in-field experience, and they continue to nurture and guide our children every day. They know the ins and outs of child development, but they also know how to spread love and have fun.
Our teachers provide an environment where close personal attention, nurture, and the well-being of each child is the main focus. They spend their days guiding our children play, learn, and grow in their “home away from home.”
Founder/Program Director and Lead Teacher
Lead Cabooses Teacher
Ms. Dominique holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University accompanied with 6 plus years of teaching experience in various age group settings. She fosters special interests in human growth and development and especially favors the infant age group because it brings her absolute joy to see how much they learn and grow within a matter of months. In addition, Ms. Dominique is pursuing her second MA degree in Creative Writing. She is currently a self-published author that loves to express her creativity on paper through words while writing novels in her spare time. Her previous early childhood experience and love for children make her a great addition to our ChooChoo Team.
Lead Hoppers Teacher and Assistant Director
Mr. Justin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ashford University and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University. He holds his teaching license, along with 6+ years of childcare experience. Originally from Milwaukee, he moved to Chicago in 2011 to continue his education. In his free time, he values time spent with loved ones, running by the lake, and traveling. He enjoys watching children grasp new concepts while learning through play. He hopes to inspire children's creativity and believes kindness, compassion, and laughter go a long way in life.
Ms. Mia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Entrepreneurship from City University of New York, accompanied by 10+ years of childcare experience in various settings. In recent years she has achieved Illinois’ Director, ECE, as well as Infant Toddler Credentials through Illinois’ Professional Development System and INCCRRA.
With her entrepreneurial skills, love for education and children as well as specialization in art history and studio arts, Ms. Mia brings her love for arts and crafts as well as her reliable and reputable childcare experience into this family venture.
Mr. Zach, a Springfield native, graduated from LLCC with an Associate Degree in Music, moved to Chicago in 2019 to pursue his love for music and establish a teaching career. Since then he has been working with children in multiple setting such as a dedicated Assistant Preschool Teacher in a local daycare as well as Youth Development Professional in Boys and Grills club. In his free time, and especially on the weekends, he plays music regularly around the city and often finds ways to bring his love for music into his teaching. Mr. Zach is looking forward to making new friends at ChooChoo Chicago.
Miss Raphie is a Chicago native and Master of Public Health candidate at DePaul University. She also holds a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with certificates in Asian-American studies and Global Health. She garnered interest in maternal and child health through volunteering in pediatric hospitals and hopes to bring her knowledge of childhood health and development to foster a positive and healthy learning environment for our friends at ChooChoo Chicago. Miss Raphie also has experience teaching at the high school level, so she is looking forward to learning the teaching methods preschool/daycare setting within the ChooChoo family.