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Administrative and Support Staff

  Elfriede Weber is the director of the Child Care Center and oversees the entire program with assistance from the lead teacher/child development supervisors assigned in each of the five rooms. She also works with the Parent’s Advisory Board, which consists of parents and caregivers of the children attending the Center. She has worked at the Center since 1988 and has been director since 1994. Elfriede has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in counseling, both from Northeastern Illinois University. (773) 442-4540, e-weber1@neiu.edu

  Wilmarie Becerril-Soto is the Office Support Associate of the Child Care Center and has worked as a child development assistant in our Dolphin Room since 2001. She is currently working toward her bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Northeastern Illinois University. (773) 442-4540, w-becerril@neiu.edu    

Ava Thomas is the clerk of the Child Care Center and has been with the University since 1998. She has a A.A. Social Work degree and a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Northeastern Illinois University. You can contact Ava if you have any questions regarding enrollment procedures or to arrange for a morning tour of the center. (773) 442-4540, af-thomas@neiu.edu           

  Helena Carlos is our part-time food server and has worked at the Center since 2007.

Teddy Bear Room Staff

  Kathy Rodriguez is the lead teacher for the Teddy Bear Room and a child development supervisor. She has worked at the Center since 1990. Kathy has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Illinois University.

  Debbie Tims is a child development associate in our Teddy Bear Room. She has worked at the Center since 1989. Debbie has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Illinois University.

  Tanisha Philips is a childcare assistant in our Teddy Bear Room. She has worked at the Center since 2004. Tanisha has a CDA in professional childcare from the Professional Career Development Institute.

Dolphin Room Staff

  Christina Hidaka is the lead teacher in Dolphin Room and a child development supervisor. She has worked at the Center since 1993. Chris has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Illinois University.

  Rosa Arevalo is child development associate. She has a bachelor's degree in Spanish. She is looking forward to pursuing a master's in Spanish and early childhood education.

Butterfly Room Staff

  Rebecca Shin is the lead teacher in the Butterfly Room and a child development supervisor. She has worked at the Center since 1991. Rebecca has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in early childhood special education from Northeastern Illinois University. She also has a Type 4 Certification.

  Lucia Ocampo is child development associate in our Butterfly Room. She has worked at the Center since 1999. Lucia has a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Northeastern Illinois University and is currently pursuing her master's degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Illinois University.

Kangaroo Room Staff

  Ada Miranda is the lead teacher in the Kangaroo Room and a child development supervisor. She has worked at the Center since 1999. Ada has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education with a minor in art from Northeastern Illinois University. She also has an endorsement in bilingual education from Erikson Institute of Chicago and possesses a Type 4 Certification.

 Boriana "Bobbie" Tzanova is a child development associate in our Kangaroo Room. She has worked at the Center since 2007. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a concentration in early childhood. Bobbie has worked with children since 1981.

Busy Bee Room Staff

  Heather Markham is co-lead teacher in the Busy Bee Room and a child development supervisor. She has worked at the Center since 1999. Heather has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Illinois University and possesses a Type 4 Certification. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Illinois University.

  Hee Ham is co-lead teacher in the Busy Bee Room and a child development supervisor. She has worked at the Center since 1991. Hee has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Illinois University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Illinois University.

Celine Villareal is a childcare assistant and an afternoon assistant in the Busy Bee. She has worked at the Center since 2003. Celine has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Northeastern Illinois University.

Full-Time Substitute Teaching Staff

  Mubarika Pirzada is a child development associate and school floater. She has worked at the Center since 1995. Mubarika has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Illinois University.

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