Peggy Kiefer, PAT Supervisor

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Peggy Kiefer, PAT Supervisor

Peggy Kiefer is Supervisor for the Parents as Teachers (PAT) infant and toddler home visiting program in NCUSD #203. Peggy has been empowering parents for over 25 years through her work as a parent educator and mentor.  She has a B.S. in Elementary/Special Education (as well as endorsements in Early Childhood and English Language Learners), with a M.A. in Parenting Education and Support, along with a post graduate certificate in Infant Mental Health.  In 2016, she was credentialed through the Illinois Infant Mental Health Association as an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health consultant (I/ECMH-C).

Peggy is a strong believer in the power of parenting as a way to help children succeed in school and their life journey.  She values parents and supports them in recognizing their innate ability to guide their children down a successful path.  She is passionate about spreading her knowledge of the lifelong benefits and or harm of a child’s earliest experiences and how significant it is to their overall well-being.

 Bonnie Farmer, Lead Parent Educator

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Bonnie Farmer, Lead Parent Educator

Bonnie is the Lead Parent Educator for Parents as Teachers, joining the team in March 2020.  She has over 20 years of experience working in early childhood, mental health, education, community networking and outreach, training and advocacy. She has previously worked with the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and the DuPage Regional Office of Education. She enjoys working with children and families and supporting parents in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.

 Usha Nalluri, Support Coordinator

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Usha Nalluri, Support Coordinator

Usha Nalluri has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a MBA in Human Resource Management. Having worked in multinational corporations in India as well as a startup in New York City, she decided to take a break from her career to be a stay at home mom. After completing her Library Sciences Certification she went on to work in elementary and high school libraries in Hong Kong. She joined Ann Reid as a Library Assistant and later joined Parents as Teachers as a Support Coordinator. She loves working with the PAT families and the team. In addition to English, she speaks Telugu, Hindi and Bengali fluently.

 Mary Gil (Marisa), Parent Educator

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Mary Gil (Marisa), Parent Educator

Mary Gil (Marisa) has over 10 years of experience working in the areas of early childhood. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with specialization in biomedical sciences in Colombia, South America. After many years of working in the science field, she decided to change her professional career towards early childhood education. She began at Ann Reid in the bilingual program and subsequently joined the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program as one of the home visitors for Hispanic families. She continues with her education in the field of infant mental health with the purpose of facilitating the tools to maintain the wellbeing of the families that participate in the PAT program. 

 Lubna Hamid, Parent Educator

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Lubna Hamid, Parent Educator

Lubna Hamid has been a Parent Educator with the Parents as Teachers program at Ann Reid for 3 years.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She has previously worked as a 3rd grade teacher and a Developmental Therapist. She has been a Parent Educator for 5 years and counting.  She loves working with families and watching children play and learn!  Lubna recognizes that a parent is a child’s first teacher and she loves working with families and seeing how families make connections with their child/ren. 

 Sara Kuehnric, Parent Educator

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Sara Kuehnric, Parent Educator

Sara Kuehnrich brings a variety of professional experience to the Parents as Teachers program.  She has over 12 years of experience working with children and families in homes, schools and communities.  Sara earned a Masters of Social Work with a focus on working in schools as well as a Masters of Linguistics, specializing in teaching English as a second language.  In addition to English, she is a fluent Spanish and German speaker.

 Marcela Perez, Parent Educator

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Marcela Perez, Parent Educator

Marcela Perez has been in the educational field for the last 22 years. Upon graduating from the University of Rosario in Bogota, Colombia with a degree in Occupational Therapy, she has gone on to expand her skills and knowledge working at Montessori schools and now in Naperville CUSD #203 in her role as a Parent Educator. Her experience and passion for education and community building drives her commitment to continuously support and help her families within the district. Marcela constantly looks to improve her work and keep up to date with any new educational practices. 

 

 Katie Russell

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Katie Russell

Katie Russell graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development.  She has spent most of her career working with children and families in some capacity.  Most recently, before she came to Ann Reid, she taught 2-3 year olds and 4-5 year olds in a private preschool setting.  What she enjoys most about being a Parent Educator is the opportunity to work with the entire family unit.  Katie’s goal as a Parent Educator is to provide support, encouragement, and resources to help on the journey of parenthood.

 Thais Veselik, Parent Educator

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Thais Veselik, Parent Educator

Thais Veselik has been a student, parent, and/or educator in Naperville School District #203 for the last 40 years. After earning her degree in Special Education from Benedictine University, she began her work in NCUSD #203 in 2004, in the capacity of special education teacher and assistant. Since December 2016, she has had the privilege of working as a parent educator/home visitor. This position combines her passion for education and supporting families.

 

 Lauren Wren, Parent Educator

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Lauren Wren, Parent Educator

Lauren Wren has 7 years of experience working with children and families in multiple capacities. She attended college at Illinois State University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been working with the Parents as Teachers program since 2018.