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.”
Cabooses Assistant Teacher
Miss Ariana worked with children of all ages as an educator for over three years for Right at School, the CPS aftercare program. This is where her passion for working with kids started. She enjoys spending time and helping children learn and explore their creativity. She is passionate about education and is eager to learn new teaching methods as well as further her knowledge in the field. Ariana is currently pursuing her Associate Degree in Biology, while, in her spare time, she loves to keep active in the gym, read books, or bike ride with her eight-year-old son. We are excited to welcome her to our ChooChoo family.
Cabooses Lead Teacher
Ms. Dominique holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University accompanied by 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. Ms. D recently graduated with a 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.
Cabooses Lead Teacher
Miss Jordan was born and raised on the South side of Chicago, and recently graduated from Kennedy King College with an Associate Degree in Education. Her involvement in the community and role as youth president at her church fostered her passion for working with children. To be a part of a child’s life as they experience pivotal moments and milestones is an exciting and rewarding experience for Miss Jordan. She genuinely believes that the children we teach and empower today will be our leaders in the future. In her downtime she enjoys organizing and facilitating community events for her nonprofit organization, practicing the piano, and spending time with family.
Mr. Ted received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre from Columbia College Chicago. He has been working in education and childcare for the past six years in various settings. Most recently as a swim instructor for the youngest ones, and an actor in children’s productions throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. He is excited to incorporate his love of performing into the classroom to help kids develop their social skills and come out of their shells. In his free time, Mr. Ted enjoys making music, playing board games, and watching movies with friends. Mr. Ted marks a great addition to ChooChoo Chicago team.
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.
Hoppers Lead Teacher
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 Girls club. Currently, he is pursuing his credentials to become a lead teacher. 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.
Boxcars Lead Teacher
Ms. Emily holds a BA in Elementary Education from Cal Poly Humboldt in Northern California. Before relocating to Chicago, she was a preschool teacher for 2 years in California. In her work with children, Ms. Emily especially enjoys observing how they think and process the world around them. Ms. Emily loves to make learning fun through movement, arts, and music. She believes in building a strong foundation for each child that will support their educational and human journey throughout their life. Her goal for her classroom is to bring love and laughter into it each day. Ms. Emily is still getting aquatinted with Chicago so in her spare time, she enjoys exploring the city, discovering new places, and walking around the lake. She is super excited to join the team at ChooChoo!
Hoppers Assistant Teacher
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.
Ms. Hannah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Movement and Sports Science from Purdue University and is currently finishing up her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis. She has worked with kids of all ages and abilities, assisting with dance class and teaching equestrian camps during the summers. Before recently moving back to Chicago, she spent 4 months working in the Caribbean at a Pediatric clinic to fulfill her fieldwork requirements. Ms. Hannah brings her unique emphasis on child development and functional play into the classroom. In her free time, she loves to spend time near the lake with her friends and her dog, Zola.