The Gan Yeladim Early Learning Center maintains a staff of two - four preschool teachers and aides, all of whom have a college degree and bring years of experience in child development and education to the classroom. Every staff member takes fifteen hours of professional development training annually, as required by DCFS and all are certified in CPR and First Aid.
We know that a warm and trusting relationship between our teachers and staff and students is crucial to a successful preschool experience. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have such caring and dedicated teachers who have made a long-term commitment to our program.
Robin Frisch, Early Learning Center Director
Robin holds a Master's of Science degree in Child Development with a specialization in Administrative Leadership from Erikson Institute in Chicago, a renowned graduate school in child development. She also holds a B.S. degree in psychology from Illinois State University.
Robin is committed to creating an Early Learning Center environment that provides young children with opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual growth as they play, grow, and learn about their world. She - like all of our teachers - is dedicated to creating environments where children experience joy and respect as they learn and grow physically, socially, cognitively, and spiritually.
Robin and her husband Gary live in Yorkville. They have two wonderful grown children, Mara and Zach, an adorable Yorkshire Terrier, and a precious and very curious cat!
Peggy lives in Naperville with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. She is a volunteer at the Naperville Area Humane Society which is a great outlet for her love of animals. Through the years she has been an active volunteer at her children's schools. Peggy also enjoys nature and the outdoors. Most importantly, she loves watching the miraculous transformation of two year old "toddlers" into three year old "children" during the course of the Honey Bear program.
Lisa was employed as a social worker for the Cook County Adult Probation Department for 15 years and holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Indiana University.
Lisa and her husband Larry live in Naperville with their two children Courtney and Brent. Courtney attends Illinois State University and Brent attends Neuqua Valley High School. They also have a Welsh Corgi puppy named "Murphy".
Cindy resides in Naperville with her husband, Rich. Her daughter, Laura, attends the University of Iowa. Other residents include Daisy, a cherished poodle, Chili and Beans, chinchillas, and Feather, beta fish. Cindy enjoys scrapbooking, walks, has a passion for knitting, and deeply loves summer!
Since moving to Naperville eight years ago with husband Jerry and sons Drew and Ryan, Melissa has stayed busy by volunteering at her sons' elementary school, being a Cub Scout Den Leader, and serving as her homeowner's association's social director. Becoming a teacher at the ELC was a dream opportunity to work with children in a fantastic, caring learning environment.