Teaching Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of dedicated, talented, and caring educators. Each of our Lead Teachers holds a Montessori Certification and a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, with many holding advanced degrees. As master teachers, the Seton Montessori teaching faculty serve as mentors for student teachers, lecturers and advisors for the Seton Montessori Institute teacher certification programs.

INFANT-TODDLER COMMUNITY

Kathy Robertaccio joined the Infant-Toddler staff in 2011 and co-teaches in the Infant Program as well as serving as a co-coordinator for the Infant-Toddler programs. Kathy has been working with children for over thirty years, first volunteering with elementary and high school students, and then as a Montessori Directress for Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood. Kathy has a B.S. in Biology and Montessori Credentials in Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood Education. She loves sports, dancing, gardening, water sports, needlepoint, ballet, and music. Kathy is married and has a daughter at Millikin University.

Ms. Sandhya is a co-teacher in the Infant Program. She has been with Seton since 1996 and previously ran her own in-home Montessori Early Childhood Program for six years. She is AMS certified in both Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood Education. Prior to Seton, Sandhya coordinated and taught Sathya Sai Spiritual Education for ages 6-16. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from India. Sandhya and her husband, Vithal, have two grown children who are both Seton alumni. Sandhya says she “loves working with infants because their desire to feel and experience the world keeps her interested and wanting to learn more herself.” Her personal interests include volunteering, reading, taking long walks and spending time with extended family.

 

Ms. Jeanne joins the Toddler House as an Assistant after learning of Seton through her grandsons. Jeanne took the Seton Paraprofessional Course and has previously worked with two and three year olds as a preschool teacher. Jeanne loves watching the children master the smallest of tasks and appreciates the joy they bring to all situations.

 

Ms. Claire is an Assistant in the Infant Program. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood, holds an AMS Certificate in Early Childhood Education, and has worked with young children for several years during her studies. Most recently Claire was a personal tutor for a child with special needs. In her free time, Claire enjoys knitting, crocheting, and cycling. What Claire enjoys most about working with children of this age is sitting on the floor with them and watching them discover their world.

Ms. Tayyaba has been working at Seton since 1997. She is presently the Head Teacher of the Young Toddler Classroom. Tayyaba holds an AMS credential in Infant-Toddler Education, as well as a B.A. in Education from the Punjab University. She is married and has one son, Ahsan, who is 21 years old. Tayyaba loves to see progressive development in children; it brings her great joy to be a part of a child’s early life. Her hobbies include reading books, cooking, gardening and watching movies.

Ms. Georgy co-teaches in the Young Toddler class, and loves it. She joined Seton as the Admissions Coordinator in 2011, and this summer moved to educating in the Toddler House. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in English & American Literature from University of California-Los Angeles. Before coming to Seton, Georgy served for four years as an Infant and Toddler Teacher. She has an AMI Classroom Assistant Certificate, and has completed her coursework for Infant-Toddler Certification at Seton. She is married and has three children at Seton. Her interests lie in dance, poetry, and music. Georgy loves interpreting children’s needs, in all of their simplicity and complexity.

Ms. Cruz is an  Assistant in the Toddler House, currently working with Young Toddlers and Infants. She has been a member of the Seton Montessori community since 1983. Cruz has assisted in Early Childhood classrooms and in the Spanish Immersion program as well as in the Infant and Toddler programs. In her free time, Cruz enjoys cooking, riding her bicycle and dancing.

 

Carol Florez is Head Teacher in our All Day 2s and 3s class and also is co-coordinator for the Infant-Toddler Programs. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and an AMS Certificate in Infant-Toddler Education. She has been at Seton since 2009 and has a total of nine years of teaching experience working with infants, toddlers and kindergarteners. Carol enjoys “being able to witness the children’s great accomplishments as they develop – and their smiles.” Carol is married and enjoys reading, cooking and listening to music.

Ms. Ambreen is student teaching in the All Day 2s and 3s class as part of her Infant-Toddler Certification. She has a B.S. in Education. Ambreen, who is married and has three young sons, comes originally from Pakistan. There she volunteered at a school for low-income families. In her work, Ambreen cherishes the unconditional love of children.

 

Ms. Heidi co-teaches in the Half Day 2s and 3s class. Heidi has a B.S. in Education from the Franciscan University of Steubenville as well as AMS Infant-Toddler, Elementary One, and Elementary Two Education Credentials. Heidi is also trained as a Personal Health Coach from the Integrative Institute of Nutrition. Her hobbies include ballroom dancing, biking, frisbee, and preparing raw and living foods. When asked what she loves working with the children, she says, “I love seeing their big personalities shine through a little body!”

Ms. Lindsey co-teaches in the Half Day 2s and 3s class. Lindsey completed her AMS Infant-Toddler Certification while working in the All Day 2s and 3s classroom and has been with Seton since 2008. Lindsey holds a B.A. in International Studies from Kenyon College, and in the past she has worked with Elementary age children teaching Model United Nations and Chinese. Happily married, she loves “being able to witness children’s joy when they first discover they can complete an activity on their own.”

 

Ms. Jolanta is a native of Lithuania and serves as an after school Assistant and regular substitute in the Infant Program, sharing her warmth and care with Seton’s youngest students. Jolanta’s daughter, Barbara, is a freshman in high school. When not at Seton, Jolanta enjoys working with her hands making crafts and is an enthusiast of the cultural arts including drama and dance.

 

 

HALF DAY 3-6 PROGRAM

Jennifer Nolan serves as the Half Day 3-6 Program as Coordinator. See her full bio on the administration page.

Ms. Gwen has been at Seton since 2008 and is the Lead Teacher in the Blue Room. She has been teaching in Montessori Early Childhood classrooms since 2006, and she has begun her Elementary (6-12) Montessori certification as well. Gwen spends her afternoons assisting in Seton’s Elementary Program and has been called the “Curator of the Living Lab”. Along with her AMS Certification in Early Childhood Education, she holds a B.A. in Humanities. Gwen has provided individualized instruction for a one-room schoolhouse of 6-12 year olds and home-schooled her own children and others for nine years. Gwen loves gardening and teaches Seton’s After School Gardening Class. She also appreciates interacting with animals, enjoys nature, reading, writing, cooking & preserving food, and listening to Classical, Jazz, and Folk music. Gwen is married with two children. She enjoys working with children because of the wonder in their eyes and the love in their hearts, both so willingly shared.

Ms. Ceci is an Assistant in the Blue Room in the morning class and in the Spanish Immersion Program in the afternoon. She knew she had found her calling many years ago when she observed a Montessori classroom and was inspired by the freedom of choice, the focus given to children as individuals, and the positive environment. Ceci began her training at Seton in 2004 and has been building on her experience each year since. Born in Iowa and raised in Chicago, Ceci enjoys running, cooking and spending time with her four beautiful children. Her favorite part about working with the children is their innocence and their curiosity about the world.

Ms. Melissa is a student teacher in the Blue Room. Her first love of dance eventually led her to Seton. Melissa has been involved in dance since age three. She studied and trained all over Northern Illinois as well as at Boston Ballet School. Melissa holds a B.F.A. in Theatre and Dance. Melissa taught dance and acting as well as directed children’s theatre to students of all ages for over ten years. Working with children in the arts deepened her new love of teaching and motivated her to seek out the Montessori method. Further intrigued by her daughter’s love of learning in a Montessori environment, Melissa followed her new path to Seton. Melissa is married and has a young daughter. She enjoys sharing the joy of discovery and accomplishment with the children. Melissa loves seeing their faces light up when they exclaim “I did it all by myself!”

Ms. May is a the Lead Teacher in the Purple Room, both AM and PM classes, and has been at Seton since 2000. May has two beautiful daughters, one at DePaul University and the other at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  May holds an AMS Certificate in Early Childhood Education as well as an Associate’s Degree in Office Technology Information. May loves working with children because of their innocence. She finds it wonderful to teach them and watch them grow. She finds that children need our love, patience and sense of humor. May also enjoys cooking, spending time with family, and traveling with her daughters.

Ms. Joy is a Co-Teacher in the Purple Room for the morning class. She began working with children at a Boys and Girls Club while in college. Shortly before graduating with a B.A. in Communication and Culture she decided she wanted to teach and was able to teach English in South Korea for a year. Upon returning home she worked at a daycare. After observing the children’s frustration with a traditional educational approach, Joy pursued her Early Childhood Montessori credential. Joy completed her Practicum at Seton as the student teacher in the Green Room and went on to teach in a 3-6 Montessori program in Chicago. Joy and her husband have a son who is in Seton’s Young Toddler Program. They love to travel, hike, listen to music, read, cook and eat. Joy loves learning from the children and is filled with gratitude to be able to see and experience wonder through their eyes.

Ms. Claire is a student teacher in the Purple room for the morning and afternoon classes. She was introduced to Seton in 2009 thanks to an invitation from Eva Parrucci to participate in a Parent-Child class. Claire began her Early Childhood coursework last year. Previous to this Claire earned her B.A. in Art and Anthropology. She and her partner have a three year old son who is in Seton’s All Day program. In her spare time Claire enjoys music, dance, observing animals (especially horses!), being in nature and working with clay. Working with the children is her constant reminder that life is fundamentally beautiful, joyful and exciting. Watching a struggle turn a corner towards mastery and the smiles that come upon success…and all the other things the children teach her!

Ms. Olivia is teaching the Spanish Immersion Program this year and has been a part of the Seton Community since 2007.  She previously taught in both the All Day and Half Day Programs and before that at a traditional Elementary school in Mexico. Olivia has a B.A. in Elementary Education, an AMS Certificate in Early Childhood Education, and is presently working on her Elementary One Montessori certification. She and her husband have a son in Seton’s Infant Program. Olivia loves to read, take walks, go to the beach on vacations and spend time with her husband and friends. She loves to be with children because they teach us so much-children are instinctively accepting of you the way you are, and they do not judge people. Olivia feels that she learns something from the children every day!

ALL DAY 3-6 PROGRAM

Sue Buntrock is the Head Teacher of the Green Room and is the Program Coordinator of the All Day Preprimary Program. She has been at Seton since 1976. Previously Sue taught special needs children, and she holds a B.S. in Applied Behavioral Science, and an AMS Certificate in Early Childhood Education. Sue is married and has one daughter, Ashley, who is Seton’s Lower Elementary Head Teacher. Sue loves to read when given the time, and also enjoys attending the theater with her husband. The spontaneous joy children have in all that they see and discover is what she likes best about working with children.

 

Ms. Legna co-teaches in the Green Room. Legna studied and majored as a Social Worker at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, Legna was a member of the Symphonic Orchestra of Bayamon for many years. When she moved to Chicago, she volunteered within the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese in Chicago and then worked in the Montessori community as a music and Spanish teacher for six years. Legna decided to pursue a path in education through Montessori and earned an AMS Certificate in Early Childhood Education. Before coming to Seton, Legna ran her own Montessori school in her home.

Ms. Hilda is an Assistant Teacher in the Green Room, and has worked at Seton since 1985. She is married, has four children between the ages of 20 and 30, and two grandchildren. She attended the Paraprofessional Course at Seton. Hilda loves to take walks with her husband and she most enjoys seeing the smiles on her student’s faces each day.

 

 

Ms. Maribel is a an Assistant in the Preprimary All Day Program. She joined Seton in 2011, and is inspired by the smiles of the children each morning. Maribel is married and has a young son. She loves to read, shop, and spend time with her family. Maribel enjoys working at Seton cherishes her experiences learning from the children and teachers.

Ms. Tricia co-teaches in the Yellow Room and has been at Seton since 2008. Before working at Seton Tricia worked with children teaching cooking classes, Sunday School, and running a Montessori play group. Married with two young sons, Tricia holds an B.S. in Chemistry, an M.S. in Food Science, and an AMS Credential in Early Childhood Education. Tricia enjoys cooking, sewing, and music. She is interested in working with children with special needs, and makes a hobby of aviation! Tricia loves to see the thrill in children’s faces when they accomplish something they have been working on so diligently.

Ms. Husnara co-teaches in the Yellow Room and has been a member of the Seton community since 2007. She has worked previously as a teacher and coordinator for Kindergarten through third grade in a British International School. Husnara has a diploma in CMI-Early Childhood Study and Teaching, and took her Early Childhood coursework at Seton. She is married and has two sons, one attending the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and the other studies at DePaul. Her special interests lie in cooking, watching movies, cleaning up and then appreciating a good cup of tea. Husnara loves to work in a ordered way, and her answer to what she likes best about working with children? “Everything!”

 

Ms. Riffat is an Assistant Teacher in the All Day Preprimary Program who was been with Seton since 1992.  She holds AMS Certifications in Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood Education, as well as a Master’s Degree. She is married and has three children, and cares for her dad. Her special interests are reading, and “wishing for writing”. Riffat loves observing, helping and being hugged by the children.

 

Ms. Mary Carol is an afternoon Assistant in the Green Room and has been working at Seton since 2001. She has completed her teacher training in Suzuki Method for Piano and has authored a book, “The Importance of Nature and Animals in a Montessori Environment and at Home,” for the children of Seton Montessori. Mary Carol holds a B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in Cultural History & Literature from DePaul University, June 2006. Mary Carol was married this summer.

Ms. Cristina is a Seton alumna and is the Art Specialist on campus. Cristina holds AMS Credentials in both Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood Education.  She also earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Beloit College and a M.A. in Education from Xavier University. Cristina has inspired young artists throughout her years in the classroom and works with children at all program levels. Last summer opened the Summer Camp Art Studio, a summer camp favorite! In her free time, Cristina enjoys doing origami and spending time with her dogs, Nicky and Rita.

 

Elementary Program

Rosemary Quaranta is the Coordinator of the Elementary Program and the Head Teacher of the Upper Elementary Classroom. Investing her talents at Seton since 2005, she has been teaching children in Montessori classrooms for over thirty years. She has an M.A. in Education and is 3-12 AMI trained. Rosemary was a faculty member for Xavier University’s AMS Teacher Education Program before she joined the faculty at Seton Montessori Institute. Rosemary is passionate about teaching, art, cooking, and baseball. She is married and has and one son, Dean, who attends Emory University in Atlanta. She finds that every day is new, always enlightening, always joyful, when working with children.

Ms. Cortney is the Assistant in the Upper Elementary Class. She joined Seton after observing the 6-9 Elementary Class in 2011 to get ideas for her own classroom and fell in love with the program.  Seeing the outdoor and indoor environments and Montessori philosophy being followed so genuinely, Cortney knew she wanted to be a part of Seton’s staff. Cortney has a B.S. in Integrative Biology. She grew up in Lisle as the oldest of three and lives in Woodridge. Cortney loves that every day is different when working with the children and she delights in learning from them.

Ms. Ashley is the Head Teacher of the Lower Elementary Classroom and has been a  teacher at Seton since 2007. A Seton graduate herself, Ashley holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Xavier University, her Illinois state license in PreK-3rd grade, as well as AMS Early Childhood and Elementary One credentials. Currently she is pursuing her Elementary Two  certification. Ashley is the daughter of Sue Buntrock, Head teacher in the Green Room. Teaching in the Seton Elementary Program since its inception, Ashley loves the children’s joy of learning and that every day is new. In her free time she loves the opportunity to read a good book.

Mr. David is a student teacher in the 6-9 Elementary class. He found Seton in 2012 after being urged to become a certified Montessori teacher by the faculty of Denali Montessori in Alaska where he was an aide and substitute for seven years. Previous to that, David graduated with a B.A. in English and Sociology from Augustana College. David is engaged and he and his fiancée enjoy time with his German Shepherd Husky mix dog. In his spare time, David likes to fish, hike, bike, mountain climb and climb trees. David loves seeing the growth in the children from the first day to the end of the year. He loves witnessing each child’s individual strengths and loves helping find solutions to any weaknesses.

Ms. Divina is a student teacher in the Lower Elementary Class. After earning her B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy she went to law school and decided it was best to follow her passion: working with children. Upon leaving law school, Divina came to Seton to learn more about Montessori, where she completed her Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood Montessori certifications and is currently completing her Elementary One certification. Divina was a Lead Teacher in a 3-6 classroom for many years. Divina is married and has two children of her own. They all love to sing and dance together. Divina says the best part about working with the children in the class is watching their joy when they learn a new skill or concept.

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