Meet our Family
Every staff member at Open Space strives to develop a positive and meaningful relationship with the families. Our staff always makes the extra effort to ensure that each family member feels respected and valued at Open Space. By selecting us as your primary childcare provider, we are your extended Family!
Ms. Kanwal has been working in the education field for over 10 years and has worked with children ranging from infants up to school-aged, but has found her passion to be in Early Childhood. During her time in the early childhood field, Ms. Kanwal has worked as a classroom teacher for various age groups as well as on the Leadership team as an Assistant Director managing not only day to day operations but also focusing on overall center programming and teacher development. Ms. Kanwal has a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing in Early Childhood Education from Stephen F Austin State University and has recently obtained her Master’s Degree from Erikson Institute in Child Development specializing in Administration. In her free time, Ms. Kanwal enjoys volunteering for youth programs, reading, yoga and Zumba!
Hi! I am Ms. Sweta. I’ve been in early childhood education for almost 8 years and it is absolutely my life’s passion. I’ve had many roles in education–volunteer, floater, assistant, teacher, program manager, developmental therapist. I’ve loved them all and have learned so much along the way. In 2017, I completed my Master’s degree in early childhood education with the unyielding knowledge that this is the work I was meant to do. I love learning alongside my kiddos and helping to untangle questions about the world and all the amazing things in it. I look forward to being your partner in the care and education of your little ones and I thank you for trusting me and this school I believe so much in.
Hello, my name is Patricia. I have been working with children for over 17 years. The children who I have worked with range in age from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. After working with various age groups, I found my passion to be working with infants. I am excited to start my journey at Open Space Early Learning Center as a teacher in the infant program. I am originally from Greenville, Mississippi, where I was born but I moved to Chicago in 1989. I am a very reliable, responsible person and have great patience with children. I cannot wait to meet each of you and your children. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Hello, My name is Yeselle but you can call me Ms. Yesi. I am very excited to join the Open Space team. I have been working with children for the last 10 years. I have my Associates in Early Childhood Education and I am currently I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree, also in early childhood education. I have always loved working with children and it being me great joy to be able to help guide and shape the minds of our little ones. I am excited to begin to get to know everyone and have fun while learning!
Hi my name is Ms Mia. I have been working in early childhood centers for 6 years, however, I started working with children when I was 15 years old. I have an Associates in Early Childhood along with my CDA Credential and strive to be a life-long learner. I believe that children are our future and they need a positive and loving place and caregivers to help them grow and learn. It is such a rewarding experience watching a child learn how to talk, walk, run, express themselves using words and emotions, and play independently and with their peers. My favorite things to do in my free time are watching moving and spending time with my family and friends.
Hello, my name is Ms. Jessica and I am super excited to join Open Space Early Learning Center. I have been working with children for over 7 years as a babysitter and in the classroom. I graduated from St. Augustine College with my Associates in Early Childhood Education and I am currently pursuing my bachelor’s in Psychology. My teaching philosophy is to provide a safe, fun and engaging learning environment by encouraging exploration to allow for physical, mental and emotional growth. I have a wonderful 3-year-old son whom I love to spend time with. I am currently expecting my second child and I am very excited to meet him/her and for my family to grow.
Hey, there! My name is Dani. I have been working with kiddos since I began interning 8 years ago. I have taught kids from infants to high schoolers in classroom settings, performing arts programs and extracurricular camps. I graduated in May of 2019 from Oklahoma City University, 3rd in my class with my major being in Theatre. I am an actress and a singer and I am always finding ways to create that – or eating quesadillas! I believe curiosity and creativity should be encouraged and supported so kiddos can feel confident exploring and learning about the world and themselves. I am grateful to be here at Open Space and I cannot wait to learn and grow alongside your children.
Hello all, my name is Ms. Christine also known as Ms “Steen” by children I’ve worked within the past. I’ve been working with children throughout the last ten years. My experiences range from being an Assistant Teacher to being a nanny and also as a one to one companion with children with different abilities in inclusive settings. I believe strongly in the importance of creating a compassionate, safe and healthy space for children to learn, grow and explore their days together. When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my dog, making art and showing up for my friends! I am very excited to be joining the Open Space family and cannot wait to get to know everyone better!
Hi, my name is Crystal. I have a 9-year-old daughter and another baby girl on the way. I have been working with children for about 5 years now and have grown both personally and professionally throughout my time around the young ones. I recently obtained my Associates in Applied Science within the Child Development field, focusing on birth through preschool. I believe children need hands-on experiences that can help foster and help them develop their discovery skills as well as their cognitive and emotional abilities. I enjoy creating new and fun activities for children to help them continue to discover the world around them. In my free time, I like to paint, go to the movies and spend time with my daughter. I am looking forward to my new journey with Open Space and meeting all of the children and families!
Hello, my name is Ms. Kristyna. I am originally from Czech Republic and recently moved to the Chicago area and am very excited to be here. I have been working with children for the last two years and have had experience with children in various age groups, nationalities and cultures. I graduated from the college of Social and Pre-school Pedagogy and love being able to work with young children. They always give off so much positive energy to everyone around them. In my free time, I love cooking, traveling and riding bicycles. I am very excited to join the Open Space family and to get to know all of the children here.
Hello! My name is Giovanni Johnson or Mr. Gio for short and I am very excited to be joining the Open Space team! I attended North Eastern Illinois University and studied Early Childhood for my bachelors, along with completing a minor in psychology. I have been working with young children and in early childhood settings for the last 10 years. I feel that children should play and explore and that our role as teachers is to guide them through their explorations. When I am not teaching, I enjoy gaming or watching wrestling.