They are Brilliant!

The Young Scholars Child Care Center appreciates our Educators.
They make our educational programs a success!

Please submit a nomination for a teacher you have witnessed doing an outstanding job!
Nominations are tallied monthly and the employee with the most nominations is recognized throughout
the center and rewarded with the “Employee of the Month” parking spot!

Meet Our Wonderful Staff:

Miss Ana

Since 2017

Mozart Classroom

Bachelor Degree Information Management, ECE Level I

Miss Cheyenne

Since 2018

Mozart Classroom

Associates Degree in Science, ECE Level I, Pursuing Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education

Hello, I am Miss Cheyenne. I have an Associates in Science from McHenry County College and I am currently enrolled in the University of Phoenix to get my Bachelors in Elementary Education. I have worked with children of all ages since I was in 8th grade while being a cheerleading coach for 5 years. I then worked as a summer camp counselor at Biltmore Country Club in Barrington for 3 years so I have a lot of experience with children of all ages. I have a very large family and I am very close with them and we love to spend time together. I am going to be an aunt for the first time in May and I cannot wait to meet my nephew. My hobbies include photography, greeting card making, and really anything that involves being in nature and being creative. I spend a lot of time swimming, fishing, and playing with my dogs in the summer. I hope to be able to travel in my life and go to Greece, the Bahamas, Italy, Spain, and hopefully many more. I took 4 years of Spanish in high school so I have knowledge of the Spanish language and would love to experience the culture. My goals are to graduate with my Bachelors and become an Elementary teacher and to overall grow as a teacher at Young Scholars.   

Miss Ellie O.

Since 2018

Picasso Classroom

ECE Level I

Miss Ellie P.

Since 2019

Mozart Classroom

Bachelors Degree in Exercise Sports Science, ECE Level I

My degree is from Carthage College. I am Gurnee born and raised. New to the McHenry area and newly engaged. 
In all my years of working I have always worked with children. I enjoy having a part in shaping the minds of our future. New to the day care center and looking forward to working with you and your children here at Young Scholars for years to come.

Miss Jamie

Since 2019

Mozart Classroom

ECE Level I

Miss Jeannine

Since 2001

Shakespeare Classroom, Book Fair Coordinator

CDA Certificate, Inf/Todd Level II, ECE Level II

My name is Miss Jeannine.  I have been working at Young Scholars since January of 2001 and I look forward to many more years.  Before I came to work at Young Scholars I worked as a Camp counselor and I was the lead teacher at a before and after school program in Wauconda for 3 years.

When I first started working at Young Scholars, I was in the Infant room for 14 years and in 2015 I wanted a little more of a challenge so I am now working in the two-year-old and it is has been the best experience ever!!

I currently have my CDA in Infant and Toddlers. I reside in Ingleside IL with my husband, my two boys and our dog, Athena.

As a family we really enjoy bowling. My boys are on a bowling league and on a traveling bowling team and my oldest son bowls on a team for his high school so bowling is a very big part of our lives! I never thought that I would be a bowling mom and work at an amazing daycare for so many years.

The best part of my job is knowing that you have made such a big impact on someone’s life.

Miss Jennifer

Since 2013

Mozart Classroom

Associates Degree in Arts, ECE Level I

She studied Elementary Education at Western Illinois University for 2 years before realizing she wanted to work in the Early Childhood field.

Jennifer began working with children in 2000 when she worked at a summer day camp as a swim instructor. She then worked at the Central Lake YMCA in Vernon Hills for about 12 years in the infant room.

She loves working with the babies, but enjoys the toddlers as well. She is always researching ways to keep the babies busy by art projects, activities and hitting developmental milestones.

Jennifer has two boys of her own who she enjoys doing fun things with on the weekends.  

Miss Jo

Since 2012

Picasso Classroom

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Early Childhood
Education, ECE Level 5, Inf/Todd Level 5, SAYD Level I

Hi! My name is Jo and I graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with a specialization in Early Childhood. I have been working in child care for 7 years, all of them at Young Scholars. I have spent time learning and teaching in several classrooms and finally settled down with the Toddlers in the Picasso Room for the last 4 years. In my free time I enjoy Zumba dance classes, playing volleyball, and traveling with my family and friends. My favorite thing to do is sing with the children in my class. 

Miss Julie

Since 2019

Picasso Classroom

ECE Level I, Currently Pursuing Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education

Miss Larren

Since 2018

Einstein Classroom

Associates Degree General Education, ECE Level I

Miss Marcie

Since 2003

Galileo Classroom

ECE Level I

Hello my name is Miss. Marcie I have worked at Young Scholars for about 19 years. I currently work in the Shakespeare Room with the 2-year old’s. I have lived in Island Lake for 25 years and I attended Wauconda High School. I went to MCC and took Classes in ECE and also took the Tech class the Wauconda has to offer their Jr and Seniors.

I still live in the house that I grew up in. I live there with my Husband of 19 years and our 2 boys.  I have two fur babies a block lab named Hachiand a chocolate lab named Maddux.

I look forward to working with you and your children here at Young Scholars for years to come.


Ms Kristen since 2001 Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms Chrys since 2011 Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Education

Ms Jennifer since 2013 Associates Degree in Arts, ECE Level I

Ms Kora since 1997 Associates in Applied Science; Illinois Registered Nurse

Substitute Teachers:

Ms Alyssa

Ms Ana since 2017

Ms Skyler

Technology Staff:

Ms Jennifer since 2013 Associates Degree in Arts, ECE Level I

Maintenance Staff:

Mr Greg since 2006

Kora Smith

Owner, Director of Finance, and Registered Nurse