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Our Team

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.

Emily Darrell, Executive Director

A native of the Chicagoland area, Emily received her B.A. from DePaul University and her M.S. in Child Development from Erikson Institute. Previously, she has been the Assistant Director of a birth to 5 year-old Early Head Start program in Evanston and most recently a Junior Kindergarten teacher at a progressive school in Chicago. Emily has a breadth of experience in working with children of all abilities and is passionate about facilitating the development of lifelong learners. Emily began teaching at the Co-op in September of 2018. 


Emily Cresswell, Assistant Director

Emily holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in visual art from Columbia College Chicago and the Erikson Institute. In addition to her time with LPCNS, Emily taught in the children's art program at the Old Town School of Folk Music and spent four years as an Assistant Director/Interim Director in an early childhood partnership site with Chicago Public Schools. This background, married with her knowledge of child development and ongoing studies, allows Emily to be a support for children, staff and families as they identify and implement strategies for all students to be successful in the classrooms.  Emily has been involved with LPCNS since 1998. 


Meredith Boese, Teacher

Meredith Boese holds a Master of Education in Language, Literacy and Specialized Instruction from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami University, Ohio. She is currently pursuing her Special Education Endorsement from DePaul. She has extensive preschool teaching experience. Meredith is a past presenter at the Concordia Early Childhood Conference. In 2017, she was presented the Educator of the Year award from the Sheffield Neighborhood Association. Meredith joined the Co-op in 2017.

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.

Abigail Dye, Teacher

Abby Dye holds a Master of Arts in Child Development from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education from Denison University. In addition to her nursery school teaching experience, Abby has experience as a behavioral therapist.  She most recently served as the Early Education Programs Specialist at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, supporting and leading professional development for preschool and elementary teachers. Abby joined the Co-op in 2017.

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.