Smart Love Pre-School

 Established 2010 

About Us

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Ms. Kelly Perez holds a BA in applied behavioral science from National-Louis University and holds two American Montessori Society teaching credentials, Infant-Toddler (birth through age three) and Early Childhood (ages two-and-a-half through six). Kelly was nominated for the 2017 Golden Apple Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award. Her professional affiliations include the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health. Since 1987, Kelly has supported all aspects in building and delivering high quality early childhood programs. She has brought her experience as a teacher, teacher educator and consultant, classroom and curriculum developer, parent coach, program administrator and director to Smart Love since 2010.

Preschool Director

Kelly Perez

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Ms. Maggie Dohr received her bachelor’s degree from Dominican University and is a graduate of Windy City Harvest sustainable urban agriculture program. She is one of five co-founders of Nodding Onion Farm, an organic cooperative farm on the south side of Chicago. Maggie has years of experience in child development and education. She is excited to share her passion for growing, community and education to Smart Love’s preschoolers.   

Farmer-in-Residence

Maggie Dohr

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Ms. Sarah Fink is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at National Louis University. She has worked for over four years with infants and toddlers as a daycare teacher and as a caregiver. After a successful career in merchandizing and design, Sarah realized that her passion was with working with parents and young children to foster healthy and happy family connections. At Smart Love, she combines her artistic and early childhood education backgrounds to create fun and engaging experiences.

Preschool Teacher

Sarah Fink

Ms. Amy Knapp completed her Associates degree in early childhood education from Parkland College in Champaign, IL.   She has experience working with young children in an instructional setting and has recently provided swimming lessons for children of all ages.  She has a passion for working with children and is excited to be joining the Smart Love team.

Preschool Teacher

Amy Knapp

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Ms. Amanda McGee received her BS in Sociology from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. She then worked in non-profit program management for several years with organizations like Make-A-Wish and the American Cancer Society. Most recently, she worked as part of the Child Life Services team for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco where she developed a passion for child development. She expanded her early childhood education training in the areas of curriculum development and creativity and in infant, toddler and preschool play and the importance of responsive teaching.   She is thrilled to work with Smart Love toddlers and bring her unique perspective to the community. 

Playschool Teacher

Amanda McGee

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Ms. Rachel Ostrowski received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wheaton College. She has over 10 years of experience working with children through child care, camp counseling, Sunday school classes, and most recently as a Special Education Teaching Assistant. Rachel loves encouraging children and helping excite them about learning. Rachel is delighted to be part of the Smart Love Family.

Preschool Teacher

Rachel Ostrowski

OUR STAFF

 

Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center

 

Smart Love Preschool is now located in the Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center at 2222 N. Kedzie Blvd. in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The gracious prairie style home has recently been completely renovated and features a large outdoor area and a spacious light-filled interior for our highly regarded preschool, parent and child programs and year-round gardening curriculum.

Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center

2222 N. Kedzie Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60647

Rush Medical Office Building

610 S. Maple St., Suite 5601

Oak Park, IL 60304

Preschool: (773) 665.8052 ext. 1

Counseling: (773) 665.8052 ext. 4

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