About Us

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Kelly Perez

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.

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Sandie Gonzalez

Ms. Sandie Gonzalez has been an early childhood teacher since 2013. She received her BA in early childhood education from National Louis University and she is also a certified children’s yoga instructor. As an experienced educator, Sandie was drawn to Smart Love’ focus on social and emotional well-being as the foundation of successful early learning. Sandie is so happy to be a part of the Smart Love teaching team.

Jordan Hicks

Ms. Jordan Hicks received her BA in psychology from the Arizona State University with a minor in family and human development and received her Master’s Degree in social work from University of Chicago. Since 2013, Jordan has worked with children ages birth through six years old as a gymnastics teacher, preschool teacher and play therapist. She is excited to bring her enthusiasm and years of experience to the Smart Love community.

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Madelyn Perez

Ms. Madelyn Perez received her bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in early childhood education from Roosevelt University.  Madelyn interned and taught summer camp at Smart Love Preschool in 2017 and has been available as a substitute while pursuing her degree.  Madelyn’s passion for young children and Smart Love felt like a perfect match. She feels it’s a privilege to work with the children and their families and is so happy to be a part of the Smart Love teaching team.  

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Daisy Rojas

Ms. Daisy Rojas received her BA in Communication from DePaul University and received her early childhood education teaching certificate from Harold Washington College. Since 2016, she has taught in early childhood settings and is so looking forward to sharing her love of working with children with the families at Smart Love.

Our Teachers


Preschool Director

Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center



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Mike Conway

Mr. Mike Conway earned his BA in political science and history from Illinois State University. He has over 20 years of experience working with a variety of businesses in client service and experience as an assistant teacher in kindergarten. 

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.