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Highly Trained Childhood Teachers

It takes a big heart to shape little minds. Our teachers are highly trained in a variety of early childhood development modalities. Just as importantly, we require our teachers and aides to guide with warm, responsive care and total devotion to a secure learning environment. Our teachers understand that relationships experienced during the first five years of a child’s life have an enormous impact on future development; every caregiver, from our teachers to our administrators, honors the privilege to nurture our children with warmth and positivity.



Teaching a child how to think, not what to think



Setting the stage for developing future critical thinking skills



Modeling respect and helping children problem-solve


Our Team Members

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John Sears


John Sears is the founder and Director of Newport Children’s Academy, located in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2008, Sears opened his first preschool, and by 2014, under Sears’ direction, the school grew to accommodate two hundred children. Sears helped to design the school, drawing on an extensive family background that spans over five decades in child-care, preschool, after-school, and summer camp programs.

The Newport Children’s Academy building was carefully scouted and chosen by Sears to provide a solution to many of the issues facing parents in the Chicagoland area, such as long waiting lists for quality care, confined spaces, and unsafe locations. Sears was thrilled to source a self-contained location that offers safety, security, and ample learning space.

Sears is a licensed daycare director, holding certifications that include training programs approved by the Department of Children and Family Services. Sears is an advocate of lifelong learning. He remains current by continuing his education within the evolving field of Early Childcare Development. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Speech Communication.

His main philosophy is that the most important aspect of the preschool experience is a child’s happiness. He hires teachers and staff who are genuinely enthusiastic about helping kids to grow and learn. “If the children light up when their teacher walks into the room, then we’re doing things right.”

Sears has been married since 2004. He and his wife Angela are proud parents of two children, ages seven and nine.

Ashley Funkhouser

Director of Enrollment

Hello, Newport families and friends. My name is Ashley (Harris) Funkhouser, I am the Director of Enrollment at Newport Children’s Academy.  I grew up right here in Chicago. I currently live in Woodridge, IL with my husband Ryan and our sons Collin and Aidan.  I went to National Louis University and studied Early Childhood Education.  I was lucky enough to start working here at Newport before it was even open in 2016.  I began as a teacher, shortly after I became the Assistant Director and then moved to my current position.  As the Director of Enrollment I am looking forward to interacting with all the children and families and getting to know everyone, a little more.  I will work hard to continue to welcome new families and help our Newport family grow.    During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Ryan, our sons and our two yorkies!

Abby Huster

Director of Curriculum & Infant Program Director

Hello! My name is Abby Huster, and I am very excited to be a part of the Newport family. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and have always enjoyed working with kids. I graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Early Childhood education, then moved to Chicago in my final semester of college to be a part of an urban education program. This program allowed me to teach in CPS alongside a mentor teacher. After that, I became an infant teacher in Lincoln Park, I then helped open a two’s classroom and became the lead teacher for that room. I started at Newport June of 2017 and found myself drawn to working with infants once again!

Outside of the classroom, I love to cook and travel. So far I’ve been to Italy, France, Spain, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico! I can’t wait to get to know all of the Newport families and friends!

Raina Bucci

Toddler/Twos Program Director

My name is Raina Bucci. I began working at Newport at the end of 2016 while expecting my first child. Over the years my family has grown and so has our school community. I am delighted and honored to be part of such an amazing school. I earned my B.A. in religious studies at the University of Denver and have taken extensive course-work in Early Childhood Education since I began working in the field in 2014. I love working with toddlers and two year olds because their enthusiasm for new experiences matches my own! Watching children master skills and recognize their accomplishments is so rewarding. I am a certified yoga instructor, avid reader, and excellent tree climber. I enjoy cooking, hiking, dancing, and spending time outdoors with my family.

Christyne Sapp

Preschool Program Director

My name is Christyne Stephenson, and I have a passion for helping kids flourish in multiple domains. I initially set out for a career in mental health, receiving my Bachelor’s in Psychology at Loyola University Chicago, then continuing on for a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Kansas State University. Through my journey, I developed a love and energy for children, which led me to acquire certification in Play Therapy.

After graduation, I realized that I wanted to work with children in a deeper capacity and watch their development beyond the emotional realm. I decided to become a teacher and have loved every moment of connecting with each special child and helping them continue to grow not only intellectually, but emotionally and socially as well.  I am currently getting my Masters in Early Childhood Education/Special Education at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, crafting, playing board games, and hanging out with my husband James, our toddler Eloise, our baby Emerson, and our dog Tucker.

Caitlin Habley

Kindergarten Program Director

Hi, there! My name is Caitlin Habley, and I’ve been teaching preschool-aged children since 2013, when I completed my undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University. Since graduating from WMU, I have taken courses at Kendall College in Early Education. I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago; I moved to the city after my graduation in 2013. I have had the pleasure of working in two different early childcare centers prior to starting at NCA, and I am looking forward to continuing my teaching career here at Newport. Outside of teaching, I am all about being outdoors and in nature. I really enjoy running, playing beach volleyball, and being with my friends and my dog. My family is extremely important to me, and I love to get together with them at our cabin in Door County, Wisconsin as much as I can. I am so excited to meet all the families and children at Newport Children’s Academy!

Jessica Moctezuma

Infant Teacher

Hi, Newport Families! My name is Jessica Moctezuma and I’m from Chicago, IL. I joined Newport Children’s Academy two years ago and it has been a wonderful experience being part of this team. Prior to Newport I was working as a nanny in the suburbs. I began working with children in Chicago during my first semester of college in 2012. Since then, I have worked with infants – 8th grade. I believe that children are our future and I love building relationships with the families to help children reach their full potential. During my free time, I spend most of my time at home with my dog, plants and family. I love photography, traveling, digging through old vinyls and visiting museums.

Please feel free to ask any questions! I look forward to meeting all of you and watching your children reach new milestones!

Rachel McNiel

Infant Assistant Teacher

Hi Newport Families! I am so excited to be a part of the Newport community as an infant teacher. I was raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education & Promotion with a minor in Nutrition. I love traveling and learning about different cultures, and have always loved being around children of all ages, as they all have their own personalities and perspectives themselves. While in my undergrad, I spent a lot of time at the local community center working as a mentor for children in middle and high school. Here, I was able to follow my passion and host weekly sessions with middle school girls, teaching them the importance of their physical, mental, and emotional health. It really does take a village to raise a child, which is why I am so proud to be a part of the Newport community!

Genevieve Swanson

Infant Assistant Teacher

Hello! My name is Genevie and I work in the Infant classroom. I recently graduated from DePaul University and have worked with kids of all ages at day cares, summer camps, and even as a party princess. I value art and creativity both in and out of the classroom and love to incorporate these values even in the tiniest members of our school!

Natalie Labes

Infant Teacher

Hello Newport Children’s Academy families! I am so excited to start this journey with you guys. I moved to Chicago in October 2019 from Michigan and I graduated with my associates in Early Childhood Education. I have over 7 years of experience in the field and I am still learning something new everyday. I enjoy all ages because each age is so fun to learn with. In my free time, I like to travel, ski, and be with my family and friends. I can’t wait to continue and grow with the Newport Children Academy!

Audrey Kaplan

Infant Assistant Teacher

Hi there, my name is Audrey and I have the privilege of teaching in the Infant classroom. Working with children has been a strong passion of mine ever since I aged out of being one! The opportunity to work at Newport has been incredibly valuable, as it has enabled me to connect with families in the community and strengthen my teaching skills. I have truly developed a special bond with each baby in my class, and the value of that will never be lost on me! Your child deserves the utmost love and care and I can’t wait learn all about what makes your family special!

Elizabeth Lagunas

Infant Assistant Teacher

Hello, My name is Elizabeth Lagunas and I’m very happy to be an infant teacher at Newport! I love getting to meet and know new little friends. One of my favorite parts about working with kids is helping infants learn and develop skills in many different ways. Seeing them smile and enjoy themselves warms my heart. Each day they help me grow as an educator and caregiver. I can’t wait to watch your child grow, learn, and reach early milestones!

Monse Munoz

Infant Teacher

Hello Newport families! My name is Monserrath Munoz, but everyone calls me Monse. I am very pleased to be a part of the Newport family as an infant teacher! I was raised in Chicago and most of my life, I assisted my mother as she nannied for other families. In this way, she was able to instill in me a passion of caring for children and teaching them new things.  This passion led me to obtain an associates degree in Early Childhood Development from Harold Washington College and get more hands-on experience with teaching and learning about the mind of little kids. Infants and toddlers are in a critical period in development and I derive great pleasure from being able to watch them grow each and every day!

Outside of the classroom, I love to play soccer, draw, paint, and do DIY projects (which comes in handy in the classroom as well). I am very excited to meet and work with all the Newport families!

Olivia Rule

Infant Assistant Teacher

Hi Newport families!  I am so excited to be a part of the infant team here at Newport Children’s Academy.  I have always loved working with children and have been babysitting and nannying since I turned 12.  I love working with infants and toddlers because I get to help them as they begin to make their own decisions, form their own interests, and figure out who they are.  Every child is unique and has something different that they can teach me.  Outside of the classroom, I love to be outside, spend time with my friends and family, and find ways to be creative.  I am so happy to have joined this beautiful community and I can’t wait to meet you and your little ones!

Jeannette McGinnis

Infant Assistant Teacher

Hello! My name is Jeannette McGinnis I’m very excited to be apart of the Newport family. I’m from Kansas but I’ve lived in Chicago for 4 years now with my wife and our dog. I love it and have had a lot of great opportunities while living here. Before coming to Newport, I worked with children for 2 years as a swim teacher, then before that I did a lot of babysitting. I love working with children especially Infants because it’s amazing to watch them grow and help them figure out the world around them. I’m very excited to meet and work with all the Newport families!

Emily Dehmer

Toddler Teacher

Hello, my name is Emily Dehmer! I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a B.A. in Social Work and a minor is Family, Health, and Disability Studies. I have been teaching toddlers here at Newport Children’s Academy since 2017. I have always loved working with children. I have previously worked in child welfare as a foster care caseworker, and I have also worked with children with Autism in a school setting as a paraprofessional. I enjoy working with toddlers specifically because toddlers are in a stage where they are learning so much. They hit so many milestones at this age. From verbal and social skills, to fine motor and gross motor skills. There is so much to teach them, and it is never boring. I love being able to see how much they’ve grown and learned from the time they enter my room to the time they leave!

Hope Landberg

Toddler Teacher

Hello Newport friends, I’m Hope, or Ms. Landberg! I’m an assistant teacher here, and a student at Harry Truman College where I’m pursuing an Associates Degree in Child Development. Prior to working here, I’ve babysat for various families and age groups for over ten years, starting early with 3 little brothers to help watch! Outside of classes I take care of my cat, spend time with loved ones, brew kombucha, go on runs, and practice an assortment of arts from plant-based cooking to mixed-media painting.

My biggest passion outside of artistic practices and early childhood care is yoga!  Yoga follows me off the mat into everyday life, including Newport. I practice Svādhyāya, or self-reflection, daily; believing every moment’s a learning experience, which I bring to class by helping children learn from their actions in a compassionate way. Patience and kindness are so important to helping kids grow, it lets them know they’re supported! I’m looking forward to integrating both mindfulness and yoga into the school day with your children!

Jailene Recendiz

Toddler Assistant Teacher

Hello Newport families!  I am super excited to be joining the Newport community! I am originally from Naperville but moved to Chicago in late September! I studied law enforcement at Western Illinois University until I realized that it wasn’t the path I wanted to take! I have always loved working with children and watching them grow. I’ve been a nanny for many years and also worked with children at my local park district! Aside from my love for children, I also like to spend my free time hanging out with my friends and family! I love trying new restaurants and finding new places to explore and am big on running and traveling! I am so happy to have joined such a wonderful workplace filled with so many wonderful people! I can’t wait to meet you all!

Kristin Wurm

Toddler Teacher

Hi Newport families! My name is Kristin Wurm and I am thrilled to be joining the Newport community. I have been passionate about working with children since I was young, and have spent most of my life helping young children grow and develop. I spent many years as a nanny throughout high school and college and then worked with families creating and developing nutrition plans that worked for each parent and child. I recently moved to Chicago and have loved exploring the city. I have a knack for adventure and enjoy traveling, hiking, running, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to meeting you all!

Elliona Clarke

Toddler Teacher

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Karla Arroyo

Toddler Assistant Teacher

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Martesia Neal

Assistant Teacher

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Evangeline Rubio

Twos Teacher & Teacher Engagement Coordinator

Hello, my name is Evangeline Rubio! I am appreciative of the opportunity to teach at Newport Children’s Academy! I have a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology from Northern Illinois University. I was a Behavioral Therapist for 2.5 years, am an advocate of all children and individuals with disabilities, and a reading/math tutor. My various academic and professional experiences have contributed to the characteristics I acquire as a teacher. I respect and admire all of the work done at Newport Children’s Academy and I appreciate that we share common professional interests of providing a safe environment for individualized instruction to each student. In my spare time, I enjoy going on walks with my dog, playing softball, cooking new recipes I find on Pinterest, and listening to podcasts!

I am so delighted to meet the Newport families and especially grateful to be part of the momentous journey of your child/children!

Maricela Torres

Twos Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Maricela “Mari” Torres and I am thrilled to join the Newport family! I was born and raised in Chicago and I graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a  B.A. in interdisciplinary studies. I started teaching daycare in 2016 and have enthusiastically pursued this career ever since. I am very passionate about children and can’t wait to have one of my own. I enjoy working out, playing soccer and spending time with my family, including my fraternal twin sister whom I share a very powerful bond with. I wake up excited everyday to spend time with my students. I may never know what to expect but know that they’ll always make me smile. 

Yanira Trejo

Twos Teacher

Hello NCA Families! My name is Yanira Trejo. I graduated from Northern Illinois University with my Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders and Minor in Deaf Rehabilitation. I have been a part of Newport’s incredible staff since 2019 as a toddlers teacher. I enjoy working with this age as everyday is another day to celebrate all the little things in life. I love introducing new and exciting things and see how their faces light up.  My favorite things to do is arts and crafts in the classroom. Apologies in advance for any art stains, we love making masterpieces here.

I am very proud of every single little one that enters my classroom and I feel very lucky to be their teacher. I have loved every second being a part of your child’s journey here at Newport!

Quinese Murphy

Twos Teacher

Hello, Newport Children’s Academy families. I’m so excited to start this new journey. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, and I recently graduated from the University of Dubuque with my B.S. in Psychology. My hobbies are dancing and walking alone on the beach. My favorite quote is by B.F Skinner: “Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.” I am passionate about helping children reach their full potential. I can’t wait to meet each and every one of you. Welcome to the family!

Jennifer Trejo-Muñoz

Twos/Threes Teacher

Hello Newport Families! I am delighted to introduce myself to you, My name is Jennifer Muñoz and I am extremely happy to be part of this wonderful community! I was born and raised in Chicago IL, but currently live in River Grove. I graduated in 2015 from Northeastern Illinois University. I enjoyed every early childhood course taken, preparing me with the knowledge needed to pursue this career that I have always wanted. I worked as a nanny for the past 11 years and enjoyed every second of it. Nothing makes me happier than sharing my knowledge with children and I will guide them every step of the way through their learning experience here. You will not believe how much FUN we will have in our classroom! On my free time I love taking long walks with my husband and attending his soccer games on the weekends. Traveling to El Salvador makes me the happiest as well! See you around, and remember our kids are the future of tomorrow!

Ellen Stang

Twos/Threes Assistant Teacher

Hello! My name is Ellen Stang and I am very excited to teach at Newport! I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Psychology and taught special education prior to joining the Newport family. I have a strong passion for working with children and cannot wait to watch your children learn, develop, and grow to their greatest potential!

I enjoy exploring the city with my dog, running by the lake, and trying out new restaurants! I also love cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends! I look forward to getting to know all of you and am very grateful to be a part of your children’s educational journeys!

Tia Swopes

Assistant Teacher

Hi Newport Families;  I’m excited to join the Newport team!  I grew up in Chicago my whole life and went to school downtown at Harold Washington College to study Early Childhood Education.  I have been working with kids for six years now (which is such a more fulfilling job than retail).  Prior to coming to Newport, I worked in Oak Park at Hepzibah Children’s Association.  Although I enjoyed my time there, it was time for a change.  Newport’s approach in the care and education they provide for every student has really struck me and I can’t wait to learn more about each of the children that attend and grow as a teacher.

Courtney Williams

Assistant Teacher

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Paige Eifert

Assistant Teacher

Hello Newport families, my name is Paige! I am a Chicago native, and I am currently studying to get my Master’s degree in Secondary Education at DePaul University. Teaching at Newport is such a great opportunity for me to follow my passion for education since the culture of Newport aligns with my values as an educator. I am so excited to get to know your little ones and be a part of their growth and learning!

Sammi McWhorter

Preschool Teacher

Hello everybody!  I am stoked to be a part of Newport Children’s Academy!  I am a recent graduate from Ball State University where I received a dual Bachelor of Science degree in both Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education.  I have a wide range of experience with children all the way from toddlers to fifth grade from working as a camp counselor for many years and have always been heavily involved with anything kid-oriented.  It brings me the greatest joy in the world to provide children with a safe, accepting, creative, and inclusive outlet to grow.

I’m an only child who grew up in the suburbs her whole life and it’s been a dream of mine to come back and live in the city.  I’ve always been a huge theatre nerd, performing in various musicals with a Chicago theatre company until I went to college.  Other hobbies of mine include surrounding myself with friends, watching the latest Netflix originals, photography, and eating out as much as possible (guilty pleasure, for sure).  I can’t wait to become a part of your child’s life and learn what makes them, them!

Talia Morris

Preschool Assistant Teacher

Hi everyone! My name is Talia Morris, and I am so excited to be joining the Newport Family.  I was raised in Chicago my entire life and went to Saint Louis University where I obtained a degree in Education.  I focused mostly on early childhood and special education where I observed and worked in classrooms throughout Saint Louis to gain as much experience as possible.  I have worked with children for almost seven years-from nannying to being an inclusion companion for children who have special needs.  I believe every child has wonderful capabilities that are shown every single day both in and out of school.

I currently live in the Edgewater area with my two cats, Delilah and Mango.  Some hobbies of mine include hiking, long distance running, and spending time with family and friends. I cannot wait to become a part of your child’s life, and learn what makes them so special and unique!

Jessica Althouse

Preschool Teacher

Hello, my name is Jessica Althouse! I am very happy to be a part of the team here at Newport Children’s Academy. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Classics and a minor in English. I have been working with children for many years, in the past as a City Year Americops member, as substitute teacher, and as a paraprofessional aide for a child with autism. I am a strong believer in the importance of helping children develop a love of learning and I believe that making the school environment a fun and engaging place to be is one of the best ways to do so.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family

Juliet Montelongo

Preschool Teacher

Hi all!  I’m Juliet Montelongo and I am excited to be a part of the Newport community!  For the past ten years, I hav worked with youth of all ages from infants to preschoolers, and from Elementary aged kiddos to teens.  I studied Elementary Education at DePaul and am currently working towards a B.A.  To say the least, I am lucky to have had these great opportunities and feel that I am exceptionally experienced in the social-emotional growth and progressive learning of children, which is what I hope to bring with me at Newport.  Some of my interests include nature walks, picnics, traveling, and art!

Jasmine Neri

PreK Teacher

Hi Newport Families! My name is Jasmine Neri and I couldn’t be happier to be joining Newport Children’s Academy. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. I graduated in 2018 with my Bachelors in Early Childhood, Special Education and English as a Second Language. Since then I have been working in preschool classrooms. I have always had a passion for education, early education especially. Outside of education, I love spending time with my family and 2 dogs. I also love baking, going running, and reading. 

Kelly Nugent

PreK Assistant Teacher

Hello Everyone!  My name is Kelly Nugent and I couldn’t be happier to begin 2019 as a member of the Newport Children’s Academy team. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work in such an amazing and supportive environment. As long as I can remember my greatest desire has been to work with children. My experience caring for children started in my teens and includes teaching Sunday school, being a camp counselor, and assisting a newborn photographer. I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being a part of a child’s growth and education. It is a special feeling to invest in the life of a child and watch “the light go on.”  I look forward to continuing my education and earning certifications that will better equip me to serve the children here at Newport Children’s Academy. When I’m not at NCA, I enjoy camping and spending time with friends and family.  I am also an animal lover and enjoy the attentions of my best kitty, Nora.

Felicia Seeburg


Hello Newport Families. My name is Felicia Seeburg. I am thrilled to be part of the Newport team. I am a Florida International University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I previously worked as a Registered Behavior Technician and loved working with children of all ages. My love for children came from volunteering throughout high school at various schools and daycare centers. I hope to help facilitate your children’s learning and strengthen their young minds. I am excited to have the amazing opportunity to learn with and from your amazing children.

Taylor Baker

PreK Teacher

Hello! My name is Taylor Baker and I am very excited to be part of Newport Children’s Academy. In 2016, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and a Certification in Education and Education Services. In college, I worked at a care facility as an Assistant and Co-Lead Teacher for two summers and was a long-term nanny for a wonderful family. I have worked with children of various ages for many years, and one of my favorite experiences was being able to use my degree internationally in another country working with children from 3-18 many of whom had difficult personal lives. Recently I’ve worked as a Lead Teacher here at Newport for 3 years now and love the community that Newport Children’s Academy brings to its school. It has been a wonderful experience to watch children grow academically, socially and behavioral in my classroom each year. I am always excited to start a new school year and watch new students develop.


What I enjoy doing personally is cooking, reading, working out and I love many different music genres so concerts and shows are some of my favorite things to do. I also am a sports fan and love to watch Wisconsin football! I’m an avid traveler as well and have been to many countries in Europe.  I hope to continue to travel to more countries and experience more amazing adventures.

QuaVyana Frazier

PreK Assistant Teacher

Hello Newport families. My name is Qua’Vyana Frazier.  I am thrilled to be working in the toddler-twos program at Newport. I am currently enrolled at National Louis University working towards my bachelor’s in early childhood education to be a licensed teacher. I have worked with children since I was 13 years of age as a sitter, summer counselor, after school counselor for CPS, and a teacher assistant. I hold a certification for teaching English to speakers of foreign languages, TEFL. My motto is RESPECT. I teach and share my respect for children’s emotions, body, and voice and I strive to validate their words, choices, and feelings. In my spare time, I enjoy drawing, learning new languages, playing the guitar and piano, and taking long drives. I’m looking forward to helping all the children at Newport shine brightly as the unique gems that they are.

Gianna Creanza

Assistant Teacher

Hello Newport! My name is Gianna Creanza; I am currently a student at Roosevelt University pursuing my master’s degree in Elementary Education. In the past, I have worked with children as a Kindergarten teacher, an AmeriCorps member, and a summer school teacher. I will be helping at Newport as a floater for the upstairs classrooms, and I am excited to meet everyone! I believe that every child has a natural passion for learning, and it is a teacher’s job to find ways to help their children shine and have fun while learning! I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and am a passionate animal lover; I live with my dog, my guinea pig, and my tarantula! I also am an avid reader and love to do arts and crafts in my free time.

Olivia Camel

Assistant Teacher

Hello everyone! My name is Olivia Camel, and I’m proud to be a part of the Newport team. I am a Louisiana State University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. I have previously worked in Pre-K classes, and I work with the 3-5 year olds here at Newport. A fun fact about me is that I was raised by a Kindergarten teacher. I moved to Chicago in 2021, so I am looking forward to a new chapter. I love cooking, crafting, and watching cheesy movies from the 90s.

Maya Bassin

Assistant Teacher

Bio Coming Soon…

Mattie Foley

Kindergarten Teacher

Hi my name is Miss. Foley! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Dayton and have been working in Early Childhood Education for the past few years, which I absolutely love. It’s amazing to watch the children learn and grow every day and I believe in facilitating that through genuine interactions and meaningful exploration and by providing the children with positive encouragement and support to explore the world around them. I can’t wait to watch your children flourish and please feel free to ask me any questions you might have!

Ali Wolfe

Kindergarten Teacher

Hi Newport families! My name is Miss Wolfe and I am super excited to officially join the team! I am a 2020 graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Elementary Education. I have a deep love for teaching and helping little minds expand and grow! In my free time, I love trying new restaurants and walking around the lakefront. I can’t wait to meet you all!

Consuelo Flores

Spanish Teacher

¡Hola! My name is Consuelo Flores. I am very excited to join the Newport family. I was born and raised in Chile where I attended University of La Serena, Chile and got my Bachelor’s degree in Education and Teaching a Foreign Language. I moved to Chicago in 2021 after meeting my husband.

I’ve taught children a second language in many settings; as a Camp Monitor, Spanish-English tutor, and teacher.

My passion is working with kids and I am beyond happy to share a part of my culture, the Spanish language, to children. I believe that one of the most important things in life is happiness during childhood, and learning a new language is always fun!

Besides teaching, what I love to do most is arts & crafts and gluten free baking. I really enjoy to working creatively.