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Meet the Teachers and Staff.

The teacher, or directress, is a part of the child's environment, as well as the person who prepares it. As the preparer, she organizes the environment by grouping materials according to subject, sequence and complexity. As part of the environment, the teacher provides consistency, encouragement and knowledge. She respects each child as a human being and as a special, unique individual.


My name is Irina Heyer. I was born in Yaroslavl, Russia and lived in this city/province all my life. In March of 2007, I moved to the USA and got married shortly after. Almost as soon as I arrived in America, I began taking English classes because I knew that I wanted to work, and needed good language skills to do that. Then, I had to put my career on hold for a while because on February 14, 2008 my daughter Elsa Anastasia was born. 

While raising my daughter, I continued my academic English studies at the College of Lake County and sat for the rigorous Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination required for entrance into universities here in the USA. After graduating from high school, I attended Yaroslavl State University for 4 1/2 years, earning a Bachelors degree in Childhood Psychology and Teaching. I was employed for over 7 years in the Day Care/ Kindergarten industry instructing children ages 2-7 years old. During my 3rd year of teaching, I developed a special program in Ecology and Science where I helped children learn about all the flora and fauna and stressed the importance of conserving Nature. Because of this special Earth and Animal Science program, after 5 years of teaching I had earned the highest level of certified teacher. Teaching children is one of my favorite things to do because I like all children, and love watching them learn and develop, and I like seeing how exciting it is for them to learn new things…. and this exciting for me too. 

Unfortunately, in the late 90s during big changes in Russia there was economic crisis, and I had to make a career change. So, I went back to the university and completed a program in financial management and accounting. Immediately, I started working as a staff accountant, and after 7 years achieved the status of Chief Accountant. During this period I managed several different accounting departments with as many as 10 people directly reporting to me, and created all the financial/tax documents required by management to operate a large corporation.

My name is Lubov Mozolev (Mrs. Luba). I started my teaching career at the age of four when my little sister was born. Since that year (1954) I have studied and taught everywhere and every possible body. I graduated from State University of Odessa in Ukraine. I have two Master Degrees (education and philology which is the study of language, arts and literature. English is my fifth language.

I have been a high school teacher in Ukraine, a social worker and interpreter in Israel, I also taught Russian and Ukrainian languages in Canada. All my life I have loved kids and I am a mother of two girls (14 and 11) and a happy wife.

I like to cook, bake, and knit. Also, I like to read, especially poetry but now my favorite literature is every book about Montessori. I am lucky to be a student of such experienced professional as Mrs. Voros and I enjoy working with kids and teachers of Children's House.

My name is Vladyslava Teslenko. I was born in Kiev, Ukraine. After I finished High School in 1984, I attended the Kiev City Pedagogic College #1 after the name of N.C. Krupskaya. In 1988 I finished college with excellence. From 1988, I worked as an elementary school teacher, in my home town. From 1995 to 1999 I continued my education at the Interregional Academy of Personnel Administration. I'm married to a wonderful husband, Gene, and we have three lovely children: Alina, Anastasiya, and Anthony.

My family and I moved to the United States, in the year 2000. As a child, I always wanted to be a teacher. I love working with kids because they are open to try new things and act themselves in any situation. Being a teacher, it's very important for me to understand what a child wants and needs. I love to read, listen to Russian classical music and spend time with my family.

My name is Tetyana Grudakova. I came here from Rivne, Ukraine. I am 36 years old, married, and I have two children. I have one son, Sergiy, and one daughter, Alina. In my home country, I finished Rivne secondary school in the year 1989. After the completion of my school, for many years I've worked at an early children's educational center as a teacher's assistant. When I came to the United States, for many years I have worked as a babysitter. In any situation, I'd be happy to help take care of your child. Thank you all, dear parents of our children, for your trust.

My name is Rosie Carrasco and I work in the blue room. In the 12 years that I have been here I've been lucky to work in , the yellow and the green room as well. I have got to work with all the children and really enjoy working with all ages. I have a four and a half year old daughter named Bianca Elise which she also attends here. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and babysitting. I'm currently finished studying to be a Montessori teacher at the NAMC.

My name is Viktoria. I was born in Far East of Russia in the city of Komsomolsk-na-Amure. I came to the United States in 2003. I have Masters of Art degree in Russian and Russian Literature. I worked in public school in Russia with kids 6-12 years old for 3 years. Here at The Children’s House I work in Yellow Room. I am so happy to take care of little kids, play with them, and read books with them. We spend great time just by simply talking. They all are such smart kids! I have a little daughter Angela. She is 3 years old. I love her so much.


The last, but not least, part of your child's preschool environment is YOU. No matter how many hours a day your child spends with us, you are still the most important person in your child's life - and you are still his primary educator. Your child looks to you to reinforce and supplement the consistency, stimulation and encouragement he receives from his preschool environment. But more importantly, he brings to us what you have passed on to him. Whether it is your native language or customs, the celebration of your religious holidays, your recipe for ethnic foods, or your talent at woodworking or music, we encourage you to share your time with us as your schedule permits.

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