Staff Spotlight

February 24, 2016


Meet our Educational Preschool teaching staff and find out why they love preschool and the Y!"

Meet our talented, loving Educational Preschool teaching staff and find out why they love preschool and the Y!

Ms. Courtney
Education: I have my Elementary Education Degree from North Central College.
Experience: I have 10 years of teaching experience in Early Childhood. The majority of that time has been spent working with 2, 3 & 4’s. I joined the YMCA staff 2 years ago!
Favorite part of preschool: I chose preschool because I can better work with the whole family to create an environment that best fits the needs of each and every child in my class. I recognize the need for balance in each and every one of them.
Fun Facts: I love reading, art and helping my oldest son explore his love for science with fun, messy projects at home!
At home: I have 3 boys ranging in age from kindergarten to junior high and my husband is an accountant. Is tax season over yet?

Ms. Debbie
Education: I have a Bachelor’s degree in Fitness Management from North Central College. I later attended College of Dupage to earn my Early Childhood Education credits.
Experience: I have been working the field of Early Childhood for 18 years. I have been with the YMCA for more than 10 years and part of our preschool team since we opened.
Favorite part of preschool: I love working with children and watching them grow and develop.
Fun Facts: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
At home: I have twin girls who are now 12 and in middle school. I have been married for 20 years!

Ms. Mel
Education: I have a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University with a concentration in early childhood education.
Experience: I have worked with children at the Kroehler Family Y for 8 years and been a part of the preschool staff for 7 years.
Favorite part of preschool: Planning fun, educational and hands on science lessons. I love seeing the wonder of our world through their eyes.
Fun Facts: My oldest daughter worked at the YMCA camps and tod me how much she loved the Y. I joined the staff not long after. In fact, my younger daughter works at the Y too!
At home: I am married to a computer science professor and my 2 daughters are middle school teachers. Teaching and the Y runs in the family!

Ms. Nada
Education: I studied Early Childhood when I lived abroad. My program was taught in French!
Experience: I have been a part of the Kroehler YMCA staff team for more than 10 years and a part of the preschool team since we opened our preschool nearly 10 years ago. Prior to that, I taught early childhood for 7 years while living abroad.
Favorite part of preschool: I love nurturing the potential of all of my students.
Fun Facts: I speak 5 languages - Arabic, French, English, German and Spanish. 
At home: I am a married mom of 2 boys and I now take care of my mom as well. When I am not at the Y, I tutor French and Spanish students ages 3-6! 

We love our preschool staff team and are thankful for all their hardwork and dedication to our youngest Y members!

Need more info about our preschool program or want to schedule a tour? Please contact Sheri Cooper, Preschool Program Director, att 630.420.6270 or