Meet our TLE® Center team

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Ms. Shamekia Owens

Infant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Phoebe Phonics

Hi I'm Ms. Shamekia! I never thought that I would love working with infants but I do!! I started as a Preschool teacher and have been in the Early Childhood field for over 21 years. After all this time I still have the passion for helping each student learn. Over the past 8 years I have been and infant teacher and in my classroom I give the babies lots of love while helping them to reach their next milestones. I love communicating with parents and being on the same page as we work as a team to help their baby grow and develop.

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Ms. Kiara Kitchen

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Grace Charity

Hi, I am Ms. Kiara! I have worked with children for over 5 years now and received a Child Development Associate credential in Preschool Education. My classroom goal is to inspire children to bring out their creativity and help them develop a passion for learning through exciting activities. During my free time I enjoy writing poetry and visiting the nail salon.

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Ms. Jackie Willie-Eashmond

Designated Director/Additional Teacher Support

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Hello, I'm Ms. Jackie! Early Childhood Education is my passion. I have been working with young children for over 30 years! I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education Degree from Rasmussen College and an Associates in Applied Science from Olive-Harvey College. My classroom goal is to provide a nurturing and caring atmosphere through learn and play. During my free time I enjoy crafting, running, shopping, traveling, and spending time with my children.

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Ms. Candace

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Hi I'm Ms. Candace! I have my Child Development Associates degree and love to put what I learned into action. I have been working with children for ten years now and I love it. Children just bring such a joy to the world and I am so happy to see each one of them grow and learn with me.

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Ms. Natasha Wright

Infant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Grace Charity

Hi! My name is Ms. Natasha and I have been in the Early Childhood field for over 25 years! I have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and hold three Illinois Gateway Credentials and an Illinois Director Credential. My classroom goal is to work with each family to ensure a beautiful beginning of education and development for each child in my care. During my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

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Ms. Asia Wilson

Infant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Hi! I'm Ms. Asia and I have been working with children for most of my life. From being a nanny to working in a center I love to create bonds with each child while showering them with lots of love and hugs.

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Ms. Patty Garcia

Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Grace Charity

Hola! I'm Ms. Patty and I am so happy to be a part of The Learning Experience team. I love working with children and studied Early Childhood Education to receive my Bachelor's degree in 2015. I have worked with children of all ages over the past 9 years and look forward to getting to know the children at TLE too!

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Ms. Makaya

Toddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Miss Chievous

Hi, I am Ms. Makaya. As a mom my classroom goal is to keep every child safe and make sure that they are learning while getting love and attention. I have been working with kids for 6 years and love what I do!

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Ms. Paola Sotelo

Toddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Hola! I am Ms. Paola. I have an Associate’s Degree in Child Development and am currently studying to Special Education to help children with learning disabilities. My classroom goal is to provide a safe learning environment for all children and help them to grow in all areas of their development. During my free time I like to listen to music, go on walks with my dog, travel, and talk on the phone to my family in Mexico.

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Ms. Maria Garcia

Toddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Miss Chievous

Hello, I'm Ms. Maria. As a mom I know how important it is to make each child feel loved in an environment that is not home. In my classroom I strive to make a personal connection with each toddler so they feel safe and secure at school.

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Ms. Maria Morales

Twaddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Flexi Flamingo

Hi I’m Ms. Maria! Although I studied Web graphic Design I found my true passion is in working with children. I have been working with children for over 3 years now and every day I hope to make my classroom a fun learning place. In my free time I love to spend time with family and friends.

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Ms. Nataly Reyes-Chavez

Twaddler Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Grace Charity

Hi, I’m Ms. Nataly. I have an Associate’s Degree from Malcolm X college where I studied Child Development. My classroom is warm and inviting and my goal is to always build a good relationship with each child in my care. During my free time I like to try new restaurants and spend time with friends.

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Ms. Paloma Saavedra

Prepper Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Lionstein

Hi! My name is Ms. Paloma and I have been teaching for over 3 years. My classroom goal is to help the children learn new skills while having fun and staying safe. During my free time I enjoy listening to music, taking walks and going to the movies.

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Ms. Tabitha

Preschool 1 Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Hi, I'm Ms. Tabitha. Although I studied Psychology I found my true passion is in helping to develop the mind of a young child. I have been teaching for 6 years and love to see my students absorb all of the lessons we implement as we prepare them for Kindergarten!

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Ms. Dawn Collins

Preschool Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Hi, I'm Ms. Dawn and I am a passionate educator. I began teaching over 12 years ago and I just love to help each child grow as an individual, expressing themselves creatively in a safe environment.

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Ms. Latricia Samson

Preschool 2 Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Hello, my name is Ms. Latricia and I am so excited to be a Preschool 2 teacher. I have over 20 years of experience in teaching and look forward to helping your child reach his/her full academic potential while being creative and expressing themselves.

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Ms. Brendy Hernandez

Preschool 1 Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Hello, I am Ms. Brendy. Working with children is my passion so although I already have my Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, I am looking to continue my higher education and study Child Psychology. I was born and raised in Mexico then moved to Chicago in 2009. In my classroom I enjoy teaching the children in both English and Spanish as well as helping them learn through play. In my free time I enjoy playing with my new puppy, singing, painting and dancing.

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Ms. Salina Barnes

Preschool 2 Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Miss Chievous

Hi! I'm Ms. Salina and I have been joyfully teaching for nine years. I have an Associate’s Degree in Child Development and I am currently pursing my Bachelor of Arts in Special Education. My classroom goals are to help my students build self-confidence and independence while preparing them academically for the next steps in their educational journey. During my free time I enjoy family events, bowling, and being a sports mom.