Our Staff

Andi Carr, Owner 

Andi graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Andi worked in the technology industry for 9 years in various finance and operations roles before deciding to stay home full time with her children. Most recently, she was the head of finance for a startup advertising agency
inChicago. Andi currently lives in Northbrook with her husband Matt and two children, Brady (4.5) and Jordyn (2). Brady attended Little Ones Preschool and Jordyn started in the You and Me class with her favorite teacher, Mrs. Tasman! Jordyn can’t wait to enroll in the 3’s program in the Fall of 2021.

Stephanie Tasman, Owner

Stephanie graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, focused on child development. She received her Master’s in Education from N
ational Louis and brings over 15 years of educational experience, including 9 years as a Kindergarten teacher. Most recently, Stephanie taught the You and Me class at Little Ones Preschool and is thrilled to continue sharing her love for children and teaching with all of the families. As a native of Northbrook, Stephanie is excited to now be raising her family in Northbrook with her husband Shawn. They have two children, Braden (7) and Talia (4.5) who both attended Little Ones Preschool and had exceptional experiences!

The Little Ones Staff

All of the Little Ones’ staff are experienced preschool teachers who participate in conferences, workshops and in-service training to remain informed of current trends and research in the field of Early Childhood Education. Every lead teacher has a four-year degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field.

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All of the teachers are caring individuals who establish close relationships with the children in their classrooms and with their parents. The preschool staff also work together to ensure smooth transitions for the children from classroom to classroom and from program to program.

Meet the Teachers

Nikki Abbott has a been a teacher at Little Ones since September 2019.  Before coming to Little Ones, she was a teacher for an outdoor educational program for children 18 months to 5 years of age, as well as a teacher/tutor for school age children. Nikki has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, with a state teaching certificate in education.  Nikki is currently teaching both the 2 day and 3 day 2’s classes.  She also has two children of her own, one of whom attends Little Ones.

 

Shayli AlterShayli Alter has been a teacher at Little Ones since September 2015.  Before coming to Little Ones, she was teacher in the after kindergarten program at the Northbrook Park District.  Shayli has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development from the University of Kansas, which includes many hours in Early Childhood Education.  Since she has been at Little Ones, Shayli has taught in both the 3 year old and prekindergarten programs.  She is currently a teacher in the 3 day 3’s class.  Shayli also has two children of her own.

 

barrRandy Barr has been a teacher at Little Ones since September 1992.  Before coming to Little Ones, she was a preschool teacher at Temple Beth El and Glencoe Children’s Center.  Randy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois, as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education from Northeastern Illinois University.  Randy is currently working as a substitute teacher at Little Ones.  She also has three children of her own, who are alumni of Little Ones, as well as four grandchildren.

 

Colette Cohen has been a teacher at Little Ones since April 2018. Before coming to Little Ones, she taught both Kindergarten and First Grade.  Colette has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Education as a Reading Specialist from National Louis University.    Since she has been at Little Ones, Colette has been teaching in the prekindergarten program.  She also has two children of her own, who are both alumni of Little Ones.

 

edelsteinKaren Edelstein has been a teacher at Little Ones since January 2003.  Before coming to Little Ones, she worked as a speech pathologist with preschool through junior high school kids.  Karen has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech and Language Development from New York University, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin.  Since she has been at Little Ones, Karen has worked with a variety of ages from 2 through 5.  Karen is currently teaching in the 4 day 3 year old program.  She also has two children of her own.

 

GersteinHeather Gerstein has been a teacher at Little Ones since September 2014.  Before coming to Little Ones, she taught 3 year olds at the Glencoe Park District Early Learning Center.  Heather has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from the University of Illinois, as well as many courses in Early Childhood Education from Oakton Community College.  Since she has been at Little Ones, Heather has been working in the prekindergarten program.  She also has two children of her own, who are both alumni of Little Ones.

 

Sue GottliebSue Gottlieb has been a teacher at Little Ones since September 2010. Before coming to Little Ones, she was a preschool teacher at Deerfield Community Nursery School. Sue has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, which includes many hours in Early Childhood. Sue is currently working as a substitute teacher at Little Ones.  She also has two children of her own, as well as five grandchildren.

 

Lauren Greis has been a teacher at Little Ones Since September 2018.  Before coming to Little Ones, she taught 3 year olds, as well as children with special needs.  Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from National Louis University with many hours in Early Childhood Education.  Lauren is currently working as a substitute teacher at Little Ones.  Lauren also has two children of her own, of whom one is an alumnus of Little Ones.

 

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Lori Heller has been working at Little Ones since October 2010.  Although her degree is in Business, her college coursework includes hours in Early Childhood Education.  Since she has been at Little Ones, Lori has been working as a substitute teacher.  She also has three children of her own, as well as two grandchildren.

 

 

newmanJoanne Newman has been a teacher at Little Ones since September 2004.  Before coming to Little Ones, she worked with children of all ages as a speech pathologist.  Joanne has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech and Language Development from Northwestern University, which includes many hours in Early Childhood Education.  Since she has been at Little Ones, Joanne has taught the 2 and 3-year-olds.  She is currently teaching in the 4 day 3 year old program. Joanne also has two children of her own.

 

norlieSally Norlie has been a teacher at Little Ones since April 2003.  Before coming to Little Ones, she taught children of preschool age for many years.  Sally has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Elmhurst College, which includes many hours in Early Childhood Education. Since she has been at Little Ones, Sally has taught children from 2 through 5 years of age.  Sally is currently working as Assistant Director.  She also has two children of her own, who are both alumni of Little Ones.

 

nudelmanEllyn Nudelman has been a teacher at Little Ones since September 1995.  Before coming to Little Ones, she worked with children from 1st through 6th grade.   Ellyn has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University, with a state teaching certificate for Kindergarten through 9th grade.  Ellyn is currently working as a substitute teacher at Little Ones. She also has three children of her own, as well as two grandchildren.

 

resnickKim Resnick has been a teacher at Little Ones since February 2012.   She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech and Language Development from Michigan State University, with many hours in Early Childhood Development.  Since she has been at Little Ones, Kim has worked with children from 2-5 years of age.  She is currently teaching in the 3 day 3’s program.  Kim has two children of her own, who are both alumni of Little Ones, and Kim previously served as the chair of the Little Ones’ Parent Group.

 

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Therese Rizzo has been a teacher’s aide at Little Ones since February 1999. Since she has been at Little Ones, she has assisted in classes of all ages from 2 through 5 years of age.  Therese is currently working as a substitute teacher.  She also has two children of her own.

 

 

Michelle Sachman has been a teacher at Little Ones since April 2018. Before coming to Little Ones, she taught preschool, 3rd and 4th Grade. Michelle has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Since she has been at Little Ones, Michelle has been teaching in the prekindergarten program.  Michelle also has two children of her own, who are both alumni of Little Ones.

 

LaurieSchnittman-siteLaurie Schnittman has been a teacher at Little Ones since September 2016.  Before coming to Little Ones she worked as a preschool teacher at the JCC of Chicago.  Laurie has a Master of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Iowa, as well as Early Childhood coursework from Oakton Community College.  Since she has been at Little Ones, Laurie has been a teacher in the Prekindergarten program.  She also has two children of her own.

 

Melissa Toff  has been a teacher at Little Ones since September 2019.  Before she came to Little Ones she taught 2- and 3- year-olds, and was a nanny for 3 young children.  Melissa has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northeastern University, as well as an Associates of Arts Degree from Harper College with many hours in Early Childhood Education.  Melissa is currently teaching both the 2 day and 3 day 2’s classes.  She also has one child of her own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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