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Meet our staff:

Maryellen Waters

 Maryellen Waters

Director 1976 - Present    

Masters of Education and Bachelor of Science in           Elementary Education 

 

Certifications:
  • Birth to five 
  • Kindergarten to 9th Grade
  • High School 9-12th Grade
  • Special Education  8 hours
  • Chicago Public Schools - Kdg, 1st, 2nd Grades
  • National Administrator Credential
  • Illinois Director Credential Level III 2005-present
  • CPR & First Aid
  • Food & Sanitation
Experience:
  • Founder, Director Teacher Park Ridge Park District Preschool, Arts & Craftas, Summer Camp: February 1969 - May 1976
  • Past Chairperson Maine Township Vocational 
  • Ed. Sub-Advisory 4 years - Member and Mentor 25 years
  • Founder, Owner, Director, Teacher at Sugar Plum since September 1976 - presdent
  • Former NAEYC -National Association for the Education of Young Children Validator and Accreditation Mentor 
  • Program Chairman for Preschool Owners-Illinois Child Care Association 1993-present 
  • Inclusion Trainer - Special Education
  • Parents Partnership Facilitator,  Lt. Gov. Robert Kustra project

Mrs. Lynn 

 Co-Director 1990 - Present

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education 

  • Early Childhood Certification
  • Sugar Plum Tree 1990 - present
  • CPR & First Aid
  • Food & Sanitation

 

CPR & First Aid Early Childhood Certified
Food & Sanitation Sugar Plum Tree 1990-present

 

 

 


 Miss Brittany

 Office Manager

  • Associate in Arts- Oakton Community College
  • Bachelors in Human Resource Management- Depaul University
  • 12 ECE Credits
  • Sugar Plum Tree 2014- Present
  • CPR & First Aid


Miss Jennifer K.

Subsitute Teacher

  • Associates Degree- Early Childhood Education
  • 27 ECE Credits
  • Sugar Plum Tree 2004- Present
  • CPR & First Aid

      Mrs. Jennifer G

        Acorn Teacher

        18 months - 2 ½ year olds        

  • 21 hours toward Early Childhood Associate
  • 18 years of experience in Early Childhood
  • Working towards Infant Toddler Credential
  • Sugar Plum Tree 2011 - present
  • CPR & First Aid

         Ms. Maria

             Acorn Teacher

             18 months - 2 1/2 year olds

  • Bachelor's in Business Administration from University of the East
  • Certificate in Child Care Management from Stratford University
  • ECE Credits
  • Sugar Plum Tree 2016- Present
  • CPR & First Aid

Miss Mary

Acorn Teacher 

18 months - 2 1/2 years old

  • Bachelors of Arts in International Ministries-Moody Bible Institute
  • 7 ECE Credits
  • Sugar Plum Tree 2017- Present
  • CPR & First Aid


         Mrs. Michelle 

            Sprout Teacher

             2 1/2 year olds - 3 1/2 year olds

  • Ashworth University & Truman College with Hours in Early Childhood Education
  • 28 Years of experience in early childhood education
  • Sugar Plum Tree 2012 - present
  • CPR & First Aid  
Ashworth University & Truman 
CPR & First Aid             College with Hours in ECE
  •  2 ½ & 3 year olds         Sugar Plum Tree 2012-pres

 


  Mrs. Olga 

   Sprout Teacher 

   2 1/2 - 3 1/2 years old

  • A.A.S in Early Childhood Education and Special Education Paraprofessional Certificate from St. Augustine College
  • 16 years of experience in ECE
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Sugar Plum Tree 2017- Present
  • CPR & First Aid

      Miss Sarah

         Discovery Teacher

         3 - 4 years old

 

Associates in Arts-Triton College      
CPR & First Aid      Pursuing Bachelors in Elem. Ed.          
18 mths -2 ½ yrs with a minor in History.                       
                                Sugar Plum Tree 2012-present
  • Associates Degree in Arts from Triton Community College            
  • 20 ECE Credits
  • Sugar Plum Tree 2009 - Present
  • CPR & First Aid

    Mrs. Renata 

      Discovery Teacher

       3 - 4 years old

  • Bachelors and Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Sugar Plum Tree 1998-2002
  • St. Ladisleus School, Chicago
  • Sugar Plum Tree 2004 - present
  • CPR & First Aid 
Bachelors and Masters in Early 
CPR & First Aid             Education
3- & 4 year olds Sugar Plum Tree 1998-2002
                          St. Ladisleus School, Chicago
      Sugar Plum Tree 2004-present

 

 


  Mrs. Dranka

   Koala Teacher

   4-5 year olds

  • Bachelor's in Social Work from Northeastern University
  • CDA in Early Childhood Education 
  • Sugar Plum Tree 1986 - 2009
  • Glendale Elementary School District 2011-2016
  • Returned to Sugar Plum Tree 2016- Present
  • CPR & First Aid       
Associate Degree in Early Childhood      
Assistant Director   Education From Triton College  
CPR & First Aid       Pursuing a Bachelors Degree 
 4 & 5 year olds    in ECE @ Roosevelt Univ.
 Sugar Plum Tree 2004-present

 

 


 Mrs. Pompilio

  Koala Teacher

  4-5 Years Old           

  • 20 hours in Early Childhood 
    Education
  • 15 years of Teaching
  • Sugar Plum Tree 1981-1986
  • Returned to Sugar Plum Tree 2014- Present
  • CPR & First Aid