Our Staff


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 6 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.

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 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.She also 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.

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 is currently completing his final year of medical school, and her youngest son is in dental school. She joined the Casa Dei Bambini family in 2017 and looks forward to continuing to serve the local community.

Madhavi Battula


Madhavi Battula has worked in Montessori environments the past five years. Her Paraprofessional certificate was earned at Seton Montessori in 2014 where she worked for two years. Ms Madhavi is especially fond of the toddler age group. She loves to observe their curious nature. Toddlers begin communicating and exploding with excitement about all they’re learning so quickly. Ms Madhavi lives locally with her family and has two children in middle school.

Shara Stephens


Shara Stephens is a Montessori Directress for ages 3-6 at CDBM, Aurora, IL. 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 28 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. She is very excited to be part of the CDBM family and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience in this nurturing and holistic environment.

Ms. Rachelle Kates


Ms. Rachelle Kates is our Music Teacher at CDBM Aurora. She lives in Naperville Illinois with her wonderful husband and young 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. Ginger Elder


 Ms. Ginger Elder has been a Primary Montessori teacher for 18 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.

Ms. Karthee Suresh Kumar


Mrs. Karthee Suresh Kumar grew up in a small town in India. She did her Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. She also pursued Montessori education in 2013. She lives in Illinois with her amazing husband and 2 lovely children. Her passion for Montessori philosophy started from her search for a good school for her own kids while they lived in Singapore. After which she pursued a Montessori program at the Indian Montessori institute in Bangalore. She truly believes that the Montessori philosophy is the way to nurture young minds and build an amazing platform preparing them for what lies ahead of them in life.

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