Lea Apiquian ~ Substitute Teacher
Lea joined our staff in 2017 as the full day closing teacher. She has an associates degree from Lewis University and recently changed her major to Early Childhood. She previously worked at the YMCA as a youth enrichment instructor. Lea enjoys hanging out with friends and family in her spare time. Click HERE for Lea's Favorite Things.
Erica Young~ Full Day (Full Day Pre-K/Closing Director)
Erica has been working in the early childhood field since 1996 . Her experience includes directing a childcare center as well as teaching preschool and pre-kindergarten. Erica graduated from Kaplan University with a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and an Associates Degree in Business Administration. She began teaching at Cornerstone in January 2015. Erica currently lives in Minooka with her husband and their two boys. ClickHERE for Erica's Favorite Things.
Kim Thurlow ~ Part-Time Preschool (Threes)
Kim has 10 years of teaching experience. She previously taught second and fifth grade. Kim also volunteered in the three's classroom at church. She earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Early Childhood from Miami University. She began teaching at Cornerstone in August 2016. She currently resides in Plainfield with her husband and two children. Click HERE for Kim's Favorite Things.
Kelly Harris~ Teacher Aide
Kelly has worked at Cornerstone Early Learning Center since 2010. She previously worked as a three's teacher for three years and a nanny for seven years. She attended Oklahoma State University where she majored in Early Childhood. Kelly currently resides in Plainfield with her husband and three dogs, Pippa, Brandy, and Teddy. Click HERE for Kelly's Favorite Things.
Elise started working at Cornerstone Early Learning Center September 2018. She is our closing Teacher's Aide as she attends college at Waubonsee Community College during the day. She is working towards her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Elise currently resides in Oswego with her family and cat named "Blue". Click HERE for Elise's Favorite Things.
Aimee Buckert ~ Enrichment Teacher / Part-Time Preschool (Pre-K)
Aimee has 7 years of teaching experience. She graduated from Valparaiso University with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She currently works for Thirty-One as a Senior Director. She began teaching at Cornerstone in August 2011. Aimee currently resides in Plainfield with her husband and two sons. ClickHERE for Aimee's Favorite Things.
Lisa Mroz ~ Full Day Preschool (Two's)
Lisa started working at Cornerstone Early Learning Center in 2015. She has over 30 years of Early childhood experience ranging from owning her own home day care for 12 years to teaching toddler -preschool age children at a local center. Lisa currenly resides in Plainfield with her husband, two daughters, and son. Click HERE for Lisa's Favorite Things.
Andrea Numjun ~ Part-Time Preschool (Pre-K)
Andrea has 12 years of early childhood experience including teaching toddlers, three's and pre-kindergarten. She attended Joliet Jr. College earning her associates degree and currently attends Kendall College where she is working toward her bachelor degree in Special Education. She began teaching at Cornerstone in June 2013. Andrea currently resides in Minooka with her family. Click HERE for Andrea's Favorite Things.
Jodi Svoboda ~ Executive Director
Mrs. Jodi has 21 years of early childhood experience that includes teaching and directing a preschool. Jodi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from North Central College in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education from Benedictine University in Special Education. She established Cornerstone in 2006. Jodi currently resides in Yorkville with her husband and two children. Click HERE for Jodi's Favorite Things.
Amber Thompson ~ Executive Director/Accounting
Mrs. Amber has 17 years of early childhood experience that includes teaching and directing a preschool. Amber earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She went on to successfully complete a two-year credentialing program qualifying her for instruction at grade levels PreK-12. She is also a certified teacher in Illinois. She established Cornerstone in 2006. Amber currently resides in Plainfield with her family. Click HERE for Amber's Favorite Things.
Jackie Gustafson ~ Part-Time Preschool ( Threes & Pre-K)
Jackie has been a substitute teacher for Oswego School district since 2010. She graduated from Trinity Christian College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She began teaching at Cornerstone in May 2015. Jackie currently resides in Plainfield with her husband and three children. Click HERE for Jackie's Favorite Things.
Tiffany has 14 years of early childhood experience. She has worked at Cornerstone Early Learning Center since 2010 as our Three's teacher. Tiffany earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College and continued her education in child development at the College of Du Page. Tiffany currently resides in Naperville with her husband and three children. Click HERE for Tiffany's Favorite Things.
Jodie Lee joined our staff in October 2011. She was born and raised in Naperville and currently resides there with her husband and daughter. She previously owned a cleaning business and enjoys volunteering at her daughters School. She enjoys playing golf in her spare time. Click HERE for Jodie Lee's Favorite Things.
Megan graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She student taught second grade. She began teaching at Cornerstone in 2014. Megan currently resides in Minooka with her husband, son and two dogs. Click HERE for Megan's Favorite Things.
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