Our Staff

Alessandra Barreto


Alessandra Barreto grew up in Brazil where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1994. She worked as a Science Teacher in 4th and 5th grade from 1995 until she moved to Chicago in 1999. She’s been working with younger children, in the U.S., since 2000. She received her Paraprofessional Certificate from Seton Montessori Institute in 2011. For the past nine years her teaching experience was working with toddlers in a Montessori environment. She is a proud mother of two girls and her passion is her family and friendships. Ms Alessandra also speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently.

She joined the CDBM family in January 2018 and she enjoy watching students discover and learn new things every day. Ms. Alessandra has also taught in the Nido Infant Class and also has taught Spanish in the afternoon Primary Classes. 

Ana Avila 

Ana Avila grew up in Guatemala City, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science, with a Major in Psychology in 2011. Since childhood, she always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She enjoys being around children and watching how they develop in every area. She has been working with students since she graduated from a prestigious Teacher’s Institute back home and earned her Early Childhood Profession  in 2001. She came to the U.S. in 2012 and started working in a Language Academy teaching Spanish to children from 18 Months to 10 years. She has two daughters (Karissa 6, Dessiré 3) and she loves to make memories, create adventures, and have fun with them. Ms. Ana is passionate about reading, outdoor activities, arts & crafts, learning about the world, and traveling! Ms. Ana joined CDBM in February 2021.

Anila Ali


Anila Ali has been married since 2007 and she has 2 children, a boy and a girl. She has been working in the field of Early Childhood for 9 years. She received her Associate’s Degree in Child Development in 2013. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Leadership – Child Development Specialization from Rasmussen College. Although her previous years of experience was in traditional teaching, her passion has always been to learn Montessori philosophy. Therefore, she completed her Montessori training in 2016 and received her Montessori 3-6 Credential with American Montessori Society (AMS) in 2017.

Anmol Nijhawan


Anmol Nijhawan is a Teacher at CDBM Aurora Campus in the Nido Infant Class. She grew up in Calcutta, India where she completed her Bachelor’s in Commerce from the University Of Calcutta in 1997. She has been in the USA since 1997 and she received her Early Childhood Education and Care certificate from the College of Dupage in 2003. She has worked in various preschool teaching roles since 2001. Her family comprises of her husband, her daughter, and a son. In addition, has has an adorable Cavapoo puppy who really is the master of the house. Ms Anmol is a very outgoing person who enjoys meeting new people and travelling around the world with family. She is most passionate about helping children learn and grow. She gets very excited when children are able to achieve goals of her curriculum.

Ms. Anmol has been working in the Nido Class since October 2019.

Ginger Elder


 Ms. Ginger Elder has been a Primary Montessori teacher for 20+ years. She began her Montessori certification program in 2000 at Seton. She is American Montessori Society certified for Early Childhood. She loves working with children and watching them grow.

Ginger has lived in the area for most of her life. She has two sons, both of which have a Montessori education. Ms. Ginger rescues animals. She currently has a dog, a cat and a Russian Tortoise. She loves traveling, gardening, outdoor activities and spending quality family time with her boys.

Monica Perez


 Monica has many years of experience working with children, from public schools, to private, to teaching Spanish as a second language.  She also has experience in a Montessori setting. She is currently taking classes at Waubonsee Community College working towards majoring in Early Childhood Education. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher and always enjoyed helping others. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter Naomi. She loves reading books, being outdoors, watching movies, exploring, learning, and having lots of fun.

Ms. Monica joined our school family as a Teacher’s Assistant in February 2020.

Neelam Walia


Ms. Neelam Walia is a highly qualified Montessori teacher with more than 20 years of experience. She grew up in New Delhi, India where she attended New Delhi University and received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in political science. She obtained a preschool and kindergarten certification through North American Montessori Center in 2006 and an Early Childhood certification through American Montessori School in 2009. She has taught in several schools in the Naperville area and is highly praised by both her colleagues and her students’ parents. She has two sons who both attended Northwestern University for their undergraduate education. Her oldest son has completed medical school training and her youngest son completed dental school.  Neelam joined the Casa Dei Bambini family in 2017 and looks forward to continuing to serve the local community.

Rachelle Kates


Ms. Rachelle Kates is the Music Teacher at CDBM Aurora. She lives in Naperville Illinois with her wonderful husband and son. She has over 20 years of experience in music. Rachelle attended College of Dupage for a degree in Fine Art. She then aggressively pursued a career in Musical Theatre; Most recently and notably starring as Mary in Mary Poppins, Maria in The Sound of Music, Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

Working with children and watching them be inspired and overcome with a love for music became her greatest passion. Seeing a child light up in her classroom is more important to her now then her being lit up on stage. After discovering this newfound passion, Ms. Rachelle plans to continue her education and receive her degree in Early Childhood Education. She is so excited to explore and make beautiful music with your children. Ms Rachelle also assists in the aftercare program.

Rose Baranyk


Rose Baranyk was born and raised in Chicago. She earned a BS degree from Loyola University and worked as a registered dietitian for many years. She and her husband moved to Naperville in 2004 and raised two daughters. While raising her children, she spent many hours volunteering in the classrooms and chairing fundraising activities for the schools. Rose’s love of helping children learn and grow is what led to her current role as a teaching assistant in a District 204 middle school for the past five years. In her free time, Rose enjoys reading, yoga, and visiting her daughters at college to see them perform in the marching band and choral/band music programs.

Ms. Rose happily joined our school family as an Aftercare Teacher in November 2019.

Sailaja Sappa


Sailaja Sappa has a Master’s in International Montessori education from India. Teaching in Montessori education is her passion. She worked with children, between ages from 2 to 6 using Montessori methodology. She is both Teacher qualified and Director qualified. She has Montessori teaching experience in both India and the USA. She worked in Greenwood Montessori, Bangalore India for 4 years. She has also worked at Arlington Montessori, Arlington Heights, IL as a teacher for 3 years. Sailaja does voluntary work to teach Indian language (Telugu) for small children on Saturday’s at local church in Aurora area. She is a proud mother of Surya, whom is a Biology major at Loyola University and Chandra, whom is a Finance major at University of Illinois (UIC) at Chicago.

Sathya Kandula


Sathya is a Teacher in the Transitional Toddler class. She is a mother of two beautiful boys and they live in Aurora.  She has her post graduate degree in Business Management. She is currently working towards her Early Childhood program at C.O.D. 

She has been working with preschoolers since 2012 and she has 5 years of experience in Montessori teaching and has worked at other local Montessori schools. Her passion is teaching, inspiring, and challenging children to love learning. She considers herself a life-long learner. Her hobbies enjoy spending time with her family and music.
She is very happy to join the Casa School Family in January 2020 and her youngest son also attends school at CDBM.

Shara Stephens


Shara Stephens is a Montessori Directress for ages 3-6 at CDBM. She grew up in South Dakota and Minnesota, and moved to Chicago at age 19. She has 3 adult children. She has been in the Montessori field for 30+ years, teaching for 23 and an administrator for 15. She received her Montessori certification from Meca-Seton in 1994 and is currently working on her degree in Psychology. She is an avid animal lover with 2 horses, 2 goats, a dog, and 2 cats. She is also a certified equine massage therapist and volunteers at an equine rescue in Elburn. Shara was very excited to join the CDBM school family in 2018 and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience in this nurturing and holistic environment.

Swetha Vangala


Swetha Vangala is a Teacher in the Toddler class at CDBM and joined our school family in December 2018. She completed her Engineering Degree in 2012. Her childhood and formal education occured in India. She currently lives with her husband in Aurora with two lovely children, a boy and a girl. Ms Swetha completed the Paraprofessional certification from Seton Montessori in 2018. She enjoys every aspect of teaching and this philosophy is her favorite. She is very proud and happy to be a teacher and to be given the opportunity to take care of little ones and watch them grow.

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