Cassandra Sund - Center Director
Graduated from Aurora University with B.A. in English Literature along with her CDA Credential (Child Development Associate) of Early Childhood Education. She was born and raised here in Illinois now living with her husband, daughter, step-daughter, and cat in Naperville. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she is active in the launch team of Trinity South Naperville. Mrs. Sund enjoys writing, reading, and a lot of family time!
Katherine Ashby - Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Ashby is thankful to be celebrating her two year anniversary with Trinity Early Childhood Center in February. Mrs. Ashby has lived with her husband in Naperville for the past 16 years. She has four children and they are members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. In her free time Mrs. Ashby enjoys walking her dog, reading, and spending time with her family.
Miranda Whitford - Lead Teacher - Infant Room
Graduated from Northern Illinois University with B.A. in Family and Child Studies with an emphasis in Child Development. Mrs. Whitford has worked in child care with infants and toddlers for five years and has completed her practicum in a Preschool classroom. Mrs. Whitford attends Parkview Christian Church in Homer Glen and serves with their children ministry. Mrs. Whitford lives with her husband and two kittens. Outside of the classroom she enjoys needlepoint, board games, comedy movies, and shooting pool.
Mrs. Whitford has a passion for teaching young children, intentionally scaffolding their development, creating new sensory experiences, and maintaining a safe and fun learning environment.
Toni Kuhel - Lead Teacher - Toddler Room
Mrs. Kuhel has her Masters Degree from Northern Illinois University in Speech-Language Pathology with her studies focusing on family based treatment for children from ages 0-5 years with significant speech and language disorders. Mrs. Kuhel and her husband have been married for 22 years and have adult twin boys attending college and a daughter leaving for college in the fall. Mrs. Kuhel was born and raised in the Catholic Church and attended St. Raphael Church in Naperville and now attends Wheatland Salem Methodist Church. Mrs. Kuhel and her husband enjoy seeing movies, exploring the city of Chicago visiting with friends and family.
Mrs. Kuhel believes that the toddler room is a place where children learn to transition from being an infant to being a more independent little person. She believes learning happens through play, many sensory experiences, an introduction to fine motor table work as well as beginning to sit and learn in small group settings. A variety of music is played throughout the day to set the tone for each activity.
Beth Chalkey - Teacher Aide - Two Year Old Room
Mrs. Chalkey has been in Early Childhood for over 10 years. She has contributed skills and competence necessary to contribute to the growth and development of children. She has the ability to provide an environment in which children feel comfortable, relaxed, and happy while meeting the needs of each child spiritually and academically. Mrs. Chalkey lives in Naperville with her husband and four children.
Mrs. Chalkey has frequent interaction with the children which helps her understand the sensitivity and patience that is needed for the responsiveness to children.
Laura Smeltzer - Lead Teacher - Three Year Old Room
Mrs. Smeltzer has over ten years of teaching experience. She has held a teaching certificate with the Department of Education in VA, MD and PA. She has a B.S. in Special Education and Masters Degree in Behavioral Disorders. Her family attends Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where she is active in the middle school program and teaching in VBS. Mrs. Smeltzer has been married for 20 years and has two children in middle school and a lab named Steeler. She enjoys her time with her family and vacationing on the East Coast.
Mrs. Smeltzer values each child's individuality and teaches the whole child, including good manners. Her students love her enthusiasm!
Candice Kramer - Teacher's Aide - Three Year Old Room
Mrs. Kramer was a stay-at-home Mom for fifteen years prior to coming to us. She earned her Associates Degree from College of Dupage, with her main focus in Early Childhood Education. She attends Trinity Lutheran Church, where her two daughters are helpers with the KidStreet program on Sundays. She has been married for 17 years.
Marcia McKee - Lead Teacher - Four Year Old Room
Graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Science/Engineering Cum Laude. Her education background includes teaching preschool for the past thirteen years and earning a certificate in Administration of Early Childhood Education. Connection to church, community, and volunteering is very important to her. She lives in Naperville with her husband and daughter.
Mrs. McKee is committed to her education and director qualifications. She makes sure to provide a nurturing environment for the children's spiritual, intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth and development.
Addie Dvorak - Floater
Mrs. Dvorak is a Purdue University graduate with a degree in Hospitality Tourism Management. While working as an Event Planner, Mrs. Dvorak decided to follow her heart and make a career change. She went back to school and earned a Masters in Elementary Education from National Louis University. She moved to Naperville with her husband and three sons two years ago.
Mrs. Dvorak was innitially part of the Trinity family as a parent. All three sons have been or are currently students at Trinity Early Childhood Center. Mrs. Dvorak enjoys working out, reading and cooking with her family.
Mike Curtis - Site Pastor - Trinity South Naperville
Pastor Mike is super excited about everything God is doing at Trinity Early Childhood Center, where the smallest of children get to know Jesus in real ways every day during the week! Mike has served in ministry over 30 years in a variety of roles, including small group leader, keyboard and guitar player, worship leader, director of education and discipleship, and most recently site pastor for Trinity's new South Naperville location. Mike lives with his wife Heather and three kids, Gabe, Maddie and Caleb in Naperville. He enjoys hanging out with his tuxedo cats Sox and Mittens, making his family watch Southside baseball and taking the occasional ride on hs 2005 Road King Custom. Mike also enjoys hanging out with people over favorite beverages and talking all things "Kingdom".
Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!