TEACHER: MS. ERIKA
Hello! My name is Erika Ortiz. I have been working with children for about four years. I have an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Oakton Community College and I am currently finishing up my Bachelor’s Degree in Human and Educational Services with a focus in Bilingual Education from Illinois State University.
I got into teaching because I have always enjoyed working with children. To me, there is NO BETTER FEELING than knowing that I have helped a child grow and helped expand their minds in many ways. My goal as a teacher is to make a difference in a child’s life!
• Staff Qualifications: Our teachers have a BA or Associate degree in Early Childhood Education or an education related field, or sufficient credits in the field of education and significant work experience. The Program Director with over 10 years of early childhood experience coordinates program planning & implementation.
TEACHER: MS. GRISEL
My name is Grisel Gonzalez. I was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Chicago. I have 2 adult girls and a 15 year old son AND a grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren.
I have worked in the Early Childhood Education field a little over 26 years. I love to work with the early age group 2 to 5, since they are and will always be my motivation. These are precious moments that make my life full of laughter, joy and keep me young at heart!
KITCHEN STAFF: MS. SONIA
I have been at Kids In Harmony since 2007. I love it when the students are learning about this wonderful world (such as their “abc’s”). I also enjoy it when the children talk to me, saying that they love the food that I cook. In my free time, I research for new recipes from the internet or the library.
TEACHER: MS. LATANTHA
Hi, my name is Latantha Winslow. I think that children learn through interacting with each other, and part of my philosophy is to encourage that growth. I have been working with children for the last 21 years plus. I have been with KIH since they began in day ONE! I have an Associates Degree in Billing and Coding along with a C.D.A. (equivalent to an associates in Early Childhood Education.) My personal life is centered around my 3 beautiful children.
DIRECTOR: MS. GENNY
Because adults learn so much more from kids, than the other way around! It is for the love of children that I pursued my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. In my 25 years of working in the field of Education (both Early Childhood and Special Education), there's always new things to learn every day. It is what keeps me inspired to continuously better myself. It is what you see in the eyes of each child that makes everything we do matter! It is in knowing that we made a child feel LOVED! And when we help build a child's self-esteem and educational foundation, what is there ahead of him or her that is impossible to achieve? It isn't enough to teach children their "ABCs" and "123s". It is about aiding them in discovering the world around them and the people they interact with. Moreso, it is about making time to talk about their favorite things to do, the foods they love to eat, the scrapes on their elbows & knees, talk about their siblings, families and friends. To me, that's the "Kids In Harmony's" way!
TEACHER: MS. JANET
Hi! My name is Ms. Janet. I have a family of four. I was born and raised in the city of Chicago. I have taught Early Childhood Education for 20 years. Seeing the children explore, investigate and discover in their unique ways of developing (through their early learning years), inspires me to know that I am changing the world, one day at a time.