Warm. Empathetic. Dedicated. Highly Qualified.
Lincoln Park Co-op's educators are the heart of the school. They set the tone for close relationships with families, create classroom communities, and carefully plan and execute enriching learning experiences that challenge and excite young children. All our teachers are degreed in early childhood education and have extensive experience working with young children and their families. Beyond that, teachers and administrative staff engage in at least fifteen hours of professional development on an annual basis. Teacher's commitment to their craft is overshadowed only by their dedication to the young children in their care.
Shannon Nagy, Director
Shannon holds a Master of Education in Early Childhood Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She has worked in the field of early children education since 1999. Her experiences include classroom teaching, school administration, college instruction, and program consultation. Shannon has presented for the National Association for the Education of Young Children at both their annual conference and affiliate chapter local conference, as well as internationally. She highly values the contributions of the parent community and enjoys partnering with families. Shannon joined the Co-op community in 2009.
Jamie Barron, Child Development Coordinator
Jamie holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education with an approval in Special Education. She began her work in the early childhood field in college, and continued to work in preschool settings while completing her graduate studies. In 2010, Jamie began working as a Developmental Therapist in group and individual settings. As an educator and developmental therapist, Jamie has worked with a number of children and families with with a range of developmental needs. She is a strong believer that play is essential in the development of young children. Jamie joined the Co-op in 2016.
Angie Butler, Teacher
Angie earned her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education from the Erikson Institute and has an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Elmhurst College. Angie is a true mentor teacher who has touched the lives of many children and families over her twenty plus years of teaching at the Co-op and has also influenced the practice of many of her fellow staff members. Angie joined the Co-op community in 1987.
Emily Cresswell, Teacher
Emily holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in visual art from Columbia College Chicago and the Erikson Institute. Emily has also taught in the children's art program at the Old Town School of Folk Music and spent four years in an administrative role in an early childhood center. Emily first joined the Co-op community from 2001-2006 and returned to the school in 2010.
Merritt Kanan, Teacher
Merritt has done graduate work in Educational Psychology and Early Childhood at the University of Colorado at Denver. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Kenyon College. Merritt has taught elementary school and preschool in Denver and Minneapolis. She has also cared for infants and young children as a nanny, and she enjoys supporting all the ways that children learn at home and at school. Merritt joined the Co-op community in 2016.
Jenny Morrissey, Teacher
Jenny holds a Master's of Education in Early Childhood Education from St. Patrick's College, Dublin, Ireland. Jenny taught in Ireland at St. Sylvester's from 2004-2010, before moving to Chicago. Jenny has a keen interest in teaching and the promotion of a hands-on and activity based child-centered curriculum. She joined the Co-op community in 2012.
Dianna Rodriguez, Teacher
Dianna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Science degree In Family and Individual Development from Northern Illinois University. She is also a certified Early Childhood Educator in Illinois, a certificate she earned at The University of Illinois, where she is midway to completing her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Dianna spent seven years in the Financial Industry, working in Trust Administration, before pursuing her love of teaching. She has experience working with infants through preschool-aged children. Dianna joined the Co-op community in 2011.
Rosalia Scholle, Teacher
Rosalia earned her Master's Degree in Reading Instruction from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Northeastern University. In over twenty years of service to Co-op community, Rosalia has influenced the development of many children and their parents. Rosalia joined the Co-op community in 1990.
Barbara Swem, Teacher
Barbara earned her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Erikson Institute and has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. Barbara is a thoughtful curriculum planner with a keen interest in constructing scientific knowledge with young children. She has also worked in education at Brookfield Zoo and the Illinois State Museum. Barbara joined the Co-op community in 2007.
Mary Flis, Office Manager
Mary is our Office Manager. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Michigan State University. She had the pleasure of teaching ballet and early childhood dance for many years before managing a dance studio in Chicago. Mary joined the Co-op community in 2014.