Birth to 3 Faculty


Jessica returned to MSLF as a Toddler teacher in 2011, having been a Toddler assistant during her college years. Jessica graduated from National-Louis University in June 2002 with a BA in Early Childhood Education and in Psychology/Human Development. Her previous experience includes student teaching at the preschool and the elementary levels; in-home childcare provider and after school childcare provider; Toddler teacher at Alta Vista Montessori School; and Toddler assistant at MSLF. Jessica completed her Assistants to Infancy (Birth to 3) training at The Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado, in 2011.


Originally from Rochester, New York, Kristin attended Trinity Montessori as a Primary student (and has some original word-building and metal insets to prove it). She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in English and double minors in French and Marketing. Kristin completed her Montessori Primary training with Seton Montessori Institute (formerly MECA) in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. She then spent several years with Oakview Montessori Children’s House in Lisle teaching in their Primary environment and conducting a French language enrichment program. After moving to Lake County, her three children attended the Montessori School of Long Grove and it was while she was working in their Toddler Program that Kristin completed her Birth-Three Montessori certification with Seton Montessori Institute. In addition to her work with toddlers, Kristin has also served as a Parent-Infant Directress and is currently a La Leche League leader in Libertyville, providing information and support to area breastfeeding mothers and families. She lives in Prairie Crossing with her three children—Maggie, Jack, and Grace.


Michaela graduated with an Abitur/Baccalaureate from Klettgau-Gymnasium Tiengen in Germany, in 1994. This was followed by a BA in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from National- Louis University in 1999. Michaela has tutored high school students and adults; student taught at both the early elementary and preschool levels; and taught in the preschool and summer camp programs at The Winter Club of Lake Forest. Michaela often worked as a classroom substitute before becoming a primary assistant in 2011. She assisted in Primary classrooms until 2016, when she began her Birth-Three Montessori certification with Seton Montessori Institute. Michaela’s son, Max, and her daughter, Demi, are MSLF alumni.