Kanimoshi Shanmugam – Assistant

Kanimoshi (affectionately known as "Ms Kani") is an Assistant Teacher for Early Childhood. She grew up in India and completed her Engineering degree in 2000. After working in the IT field, for five years, she moved to the U.S. in 2005. She now lives in Naperville with her husband and two lovely children. In her spare time, she enjoys family trips, biking, and gardening. Ms. Kani earned her certificate of completion, as an Early Childhood Paraprofessional, from Seton Montessori Institute in 2017. Her educational experience began as a room parent and substitute in the classroom. She is very passionate about Montessori philosophy and enjoys working with young children to foster their growth. Ms. Kani happily joined the Casa Dei Bambini family in 2017.

Alessandra Barreto – Assistant

My name is Alessandra Barreto. I grew up in Brazil where I got my Bachelor's degree in Biology in 1994. I worked as a Science Teacher, teaching fourth and fifth grade, from 1995 until I moved to Chicago area in 1999.

I've been working with children in the U.S. since 2000. I received my Paraprofessional Certificate from Seton Montessori Institute in 2011. For the past six years my experience was working with and teaching toddlers in a Montessori environment. Proud mother of two girls, I have dedicated a lot of my time taking care of children. My passion is my family, friendship, and the best age group - toddlers! I also speak Spanish fluently.

I am very happy to join the Casa dei Bambini family and watching students discover and learn new things every day.

"The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn." Maria Montessori

Lavanya Chittaluri – Assistant

Lavanya Chittaluri is an Assistant Teacher at the CDBM Aurora Illinois campus.She is from India and taught children there, in kindergarten, before coming to the United States. She has been in the U.S. since 2006. Ms. Lavanya completed her Associate's Degree in Math and Computer Science in 2004. She completed the certification course in Early Childhood Education from College of Dupage and has been working as Assistant Teacher since 2014. She has two young boys in elementary school and she believes a child's education is the most valuable thing in the world . When Ms. Lavanya is working with students, her favorite thing to observe is the spontaneous joy children have when they accomplish and discover something new.

Rudina Hyskolli – Assistant

Rudina Hyskolli is Teacher Assistant at CDBM Aurora Campus. She grew up in Albad Aleksander Xhuvani University. After the completion of her Bachelor's Degree with a major in Albanian Language and Literature in 2002, she worked as an elementary and high school teacher in her native country until 2006. She moved to the USA in 2010 and she worked as a teacher’s assistant in a Montessori school until 2014. With years of experience in teaching, working with children, and raising two kids, she is happy to join the Casa Dei Bambini family. She is looking forward to being a part of the children's development and helping them grow by learning.