Meet Our Teachers



To be valued by his/her teacher in a day care center is not just a nice experience, it is a vital one. Our teachers have extensive child care experience, education, and are approved and certified by the State of Illinois. Equally important for us is that they are warm, caring people. Fairyland Nursery School is dedicated to a multi-cultural environment, rich in diversity both in the student groups and teaching staff.



Mrs. Ewa
Jelesnianska

FAIRYLAND NURSERY SCHOOL DIRECTOR

My name is Ewa Jelesnianska. I have been at Fairyland for approximately eleven years and I love every minute of it.

I earned my degree in Early Childhood Education so Fairyland is the perfect place for me. Currently, I am the Director here at Fairyland and my responsibility is providing the school with effective programs and supervising the day-to-day implementation of the program.

I am a mother of three children. I also love to travel, read and listen to music. I feel lucky to be here at Fairyland.

 

Mrs. Bernarda
Redlinska

FRONT ROOM TEACHER

My name is Bernarda Redlinska. I am an experienced teacher originally from Poland where I received my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education in the Warsaw University in Bialystok, Poland. I also completed post graduate studies in the same field of knowledge.

In Poland I worked for 10 years in an Elementary School and since the year of 2003 I am at Fairyland. I am gaining new exciting experience from working with children 4-5 years old. I am also working at a Polish school on Saturdays.

I love to read and sing. I am a member of Paderewski Symphony Orchestra Choir here in Chicago, together with my husband and daughter. My cat's name is Melody because she also like to "sing". I like to work with children on plays and performances.

 

Mrs. Leny P.
David

KINDERGARTEN ROOM TEACHER
AFTERSCHOOL CAMP TEACHER

My name is Leny P. David, 36 years old and I am from the Philippines. I am a graduate of Bachelor's degree in Education, major in Reading and English. I have also completed the academic requirements in the master of arts in reading at Philippine Normal University. My degrees have a U.S.A equivalency in Early Childhood Education. At present, I am holding a valid Type 04 Certificate registered under the Illinois State Board of Education. I have been in the field of teaching for 17 years.

Coming to America to teach has been one of my great achievements. I was really challenged to apply my expertise in this field I have chosen. I know that I continously grow professionally over the years. Fairyland had given me the opportunity to know and experience what is it like to be a true TEACHER. I am very happy and comfortable with my job.

 

Mrs. Rowena B.
Nidea

MIDDLE ROOM TEACHER

I am a graduate of Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) at Tarlac State University, Philippines. I am a Master of Professional Studies, major in Educational Managment - accademic requirements completed. I am a Certified Teacher in Early Childhood by ISBE (age 0 to 3). I have 10 years in the teaching profession. I have been at Fairyland for 5 years. I love teaching children. I also love singing, reading, and cooking.

 

Mrs. Rachael
Tirado

MIDDLE ROOM TEACHER
AFTERNOON OFFICE MANAGER

I have been working at Fairyland for 11 years. In the morning I am the Teacher Assistant for the 4 year old room. Afternoons I am the Office Manager. Even though you need to have a lot of patience to work with children, I enjoy doing it everyday.

 

Ms. Lina S.
Zaibal

BACK ROOM TEACHER

I finished my Bachelor of Education in Baghdad University in Iraq. I have been teaching for two years. I am a professional teacher in Iraq. I worked in a government organization to teach the refugees, especially the children in Omman, Jordan.

I like to sing, teach, draw, surf the net, play with children, cook, and dance.

 

Ms. Raquel
Samson

BACK ROOM TEACHER

My name is Raquel Samson. I am a graduate of Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) at College of the Holy Spirit Tarlac Philippines. I earned 24 units of masters of Education major in Educational Management at Tarlac State University Philippines.

I have 10 years in the teaching profession. I have been at Fairyland for more than two years. I love cooking and teaching children.

 

Ms. Nikki
Kalinowski

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

My name is Nikki Kalinowski, and I am currently completing a BA in education and multi-cultural studies. I have been working for Fairyland for the past 3 years and enjoy it immensely. In my spare time I am an avid reader and I like to write. I have organized a teen spoken word poetry festival. I also like to travel, and have been to Europe, Africa, and Central America.

 

Ms. Hilda S.
Gimena

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

My name is Hilda S. Gimena. I am a Bachelor of Elementary Education at Holy Angel University in the Philippines. I earned 18 units of Masters of Education with the specialization in Reading at Philippine Normal University, Manila, Phils.

I have been teaching for 12 years at Montessori School. I teach Kindergarten and first graders.

 

Ms. Jessica L.
Hernandez

SUPPORT TEAM

My name is Jessica. I am new at Fairyland. I have been working here now for 8 joyful months. I am also English and Spanish speaking. I have also worked 3 years in babysitting. I love reading, dancing, and working with children.

 

Ms. Maria
Contreras

FAIRYLAND NURSERY SCHOOL KITCHEN COOK

I have been working at Fairyland for 9 years as the cook. The thing that I like the most here is the environment. All the staff gets along and you feel like you are at home. I also enjoy playing with the children.



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