Infant (Purple) Room

Ms. Anna

Ms. Helena - Originally from Ethiopia, Helena spent much of her childhood in a small town of Dayton, ME. She has been living in Oak Park, IL for several months as she continues her study of graphic design. She enjoys being creative. She has worked at Michaels and enjoyed being in an environment where “creativity happens.” Outside of work, she likes to make cards, draw, play soccer, knit, and bake. She enjoys spending time with her two nephews and is a karaoke queen. Her love for children has afforded her opportunities to volunteer at summer camps and church nurseries, as well as babysitting for many families. She is excited to begin work at Oak Park Friends School in 2018.

Green Room (4-5yr)

Ms. Marisol has been working with Talley for over 5 years and has been part OPFS since the beginning. She likes to help the children explore their environment in fun messy ways. The messier the better! She is a big animal lover and always teaches the children about respecting all living creatures big and small. She is excited to be a part of each child’s journey and loves to see them grow. 

Mr. Joel - Mr. Joel was born & raised in Chicago, a former foster parent for children with special needs, he has over 28 years of education background from ages birth -12 years old, hobbies include grilling, cooking playing wii games and entertaining family & friends! Mr. Joel also shares in our Director responsibilities.

After School Crew 

Ms. Amanda has been with OPFS since they were a home daycare and we are lucky enough to have her oversee the kitchen and help in the different classrooms! Amanda, a mother of two, is very patient and always interacting with the children. Amanda has a background in creative writing, as this is one of her greatest hobbies.

Ms. Emma - Emma is a wonderful addition to the Blue Room.  We'll be adding her information soon.

Blue Room (2-3 yr)

Mr. Spencer - Spencer is the new after school director and he is awesome.  More info coming soon.

Ms. Kelly – Ms. Kelly is teacher qualified but is mostly here in the afternoons through pick up.  She has worked in childcare since 2008 as a nanny and substitute teacher at previous daycare centers.  She has also babysat for family and friends.  She is a Triton College alum and work another job from home.  She is from the northwest side of Chicago and currently resides there with my husband and our dog.  Kelly believes that working with children is a huge responsibility and a wonderful honor at the same time.  Guiding young minds to be confident, independent and fully believe they can accomplish anything is an amazing feeling!

Orange Preschool Room (3 - 4 yr)

Ms. Christine - Christine was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and moved to the Chicago area in 2004. Coming from a big family, she has always taken care of babies and kids since she can remember.  She's currently studying early childhood development and psychology. She loves to listen to music in Spanish, reading, writing, doing crafts, watching movies and series and organizing!!!  She loves baseball and is also a huge wrestling fan. Her favorite team is the New York Yankees. She loves to work with kids and see how they grow and learn. 

Ms. Jackie- Jackie has been working with OPFS after school program since April 2018. She's enjoyed getting to know all the kids and learning plenty from them. She is also currently a senior as Psychology major, at Northeastern Illinois University. Her plan for the future is to become a high school counselor and work with young adults from my community. Jackie wants to motivate and advise students to reach their goals, and become successful! In her free time, she enjoys art and photography, as well as trying new food around Chicago. She also enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Milo! 

Ms. Lauren has been with OPFS for almost 5 years now, and this is her third year as a teacher in the Green Room. She has been working with children since the age of 11, starting as a babysitter, and has worked with all ages from babies to middle schoolers. She has worked as a nanny, teacher assistant, one-on-one aide, substitute teacher, and has found her calling working with the preschoolers! 

Ms. Sunchy - Asuncion was an elementary school teacher for 37 years in Puerto Rico.  She has a Bachelors degree in elementary education and Spanish.  She moved to Chicago in 2004 and has been working with toddlers since then.  She loves spending time with her family and reading. Her daughter is Ms. Christine!  She loves to work with kids because she enjoys seeing how the children change and grow.

Ms. Drakyla - Drakyla was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and currently resides in Bellwood, IL.  She recently graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Family
Services. She is currently pursing my Master’s degree in Human Services and Community Leadership.  She's been working with children for five years ranging in ages from birth to 16 years. Working with kids has been such an inspiring and rewarding experience for Drakyla.  She enjoys spending time with my family, reading, and traveling. She looks forward to working, learning, and growing with each family and the child.

Ms. Maribel – Maribel has been working as a Teacher Assistant for 5 years. She has worked with children ages 2-12 and has enjoyed working with all with them. She has her associates degree in early childhood and is looking forward to going back to school for her Bachelors. She is excited to meet all the families and children.

Ms. Justine is excited to be part of the green room this year.  She started working as a teacher assistant in preschool. She enjoys working with children and being part of their learning adventure. She has been in the field for 8 years and discovered her passion for children at a very young age. Ms. Justine continues to seek her passion in teaching and hopes to make a difference in the lives of children.

Alissa taught preschool in the Star Room (2 & 3 year old classroom) at Pilgrim Community Nursery School in Oak Park from 2010 to 2017. She has a Masters in Social Work and previously worked in an early intervention program with children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. Alissa believes in a play-based approach to early childhood education and values creating strong partnerships with the important adults in her students' lives. She lives in Oak Park with her husband and 3 children. All 3 of Alissa's kids went to Irving School where she co-led the Parent Outreach and Support Group for 10 years.

Chloe Cunningham and Talley Hann

Co-owners/Directors

Ms. Sunchy - Asuncion was an elementary school teacher for 37 years in Puerto Rico.  She has a Bachelors degree in elementary education and Spanish.  She moved to Chicago in 2004 and has been working with toddlers since then.  She loves spending time with her family and reading. Her daughter is Ms. Christine!  She loves to work with kids because she enjoys seeing how the children change and grow.

Mr. Morgan has been with OPFS since Sept 2016. He lives in Berwyn, IL with his wife and three kids, where he also has his own business dealing in antique and vintage furniture. Morgan loves playing and taking care of babies and toddlers.

Mr. Owen!

Ms. Bria - Bria is a student at DePaul University where she studies psychology. She currently volunteers at her church every Sunday as a "Youth Small Group Leader." She loves working with children and families, walking alongside them, mentoring and learning from them. Her favorite color is pink and she is currently learning sign language. She is very laid back, introverted, and often time shy until she gets to know you. She enjoys hanging out with family/friends, watching movies, and pumpkin spice latte's. 

Karen taught at Pilgrim Community Nursery School for four years in the 4-year-old classroom and recently, three years in the 2-year-old classroom.  She has an Elementary Education degree, has done coursework in Early Childhood Educations, and attends continuing education workshops and seminars.  She and her husband have lived in Oak Park since 1999 and have two adult daughters.  Karen is an avid quilter and geocacher, and loves to travel and read.

Ms. Amanda

Mr. Lucas!

Ms. Robin - Ms. Robin joined OPFS as a substitute teacher in Spring 2015.
She loves working in the Purple Room and helping each child grow, learn and have fun. Robin worked for ten years in informal education settings like Brookfield Zoo before staying home to raise her children. She lives in Oak Park with her husband, 2 children, 2 cats and dog. She spends her free time with family and friends and also loves to play tennis.

Mr. Chris - Mr. Chris joined the OPFS team in the summer of 2015 as a part of the Orange and Green room team! A father of 2, Chris approached OPFS because he was excited about the approach and the atmosphere where his own children were being educated and cared for. He comes from a background in music, performance and composition and also works as a voice teacher at the Oak Park School Of Rock, his hobbies are playing and listening to music and reading.

Ms. Jessie - Jessie is currently a student at Lewis University working towards a degree in Education and Special Education and has been working with children in and out of the classroom for three years. Most recently, he worked at a summer sports camp at DePaul University as a senior counselor. He was also a Registered Behavior Therapist for children with autism for a year. His hobbies include always listening to and finding new music and just being active with friends.

Ms. Allison - has been in child care for over 8 years and has a college background in early childhood education. She has two beautiful boys at home (Patrick 7 yrs. and Baby Mando) and loves to spend her extra time with them. Her philosophy for her kids in the classroom is the same as the philosophy She has for her sons. She strives to help guide the children to be independent and confident in everything they do. She is big on open communication so please feel free to stop in and chat with her whenever you need.

Mr. Jeremy!

Mr. Matt - Mr. Matt joined OPFS in 2017 and is now the assistant director for the after-school program.  He's a student at Concordia.  He's a super athlete and often bikes to work.  He's great with kids and a wonderful addition to the staff.  

Talley has worked with kids since she can remember.  First babysitting, then teaching everything from early childhood through university.  As Chloe, she is currently seeking her masters in Early Childhood administration.  Talley has lived in Oak Park since 1998, and Chicago since 1991, moving here from the East Coast to attend Northwestern and then never leaving.  She lives with her supportive Husband Rob, and three sons Greg, Elliot and Thomas just up the street from OP Friends.

Ms. Montserrat - Montserrat is a very passionate person and deeply cares for children.  She has been working with children for about 4 years now. She started off working at a daycare center as lead teacher for school age children, and also helped out in the infant, toddler and preschool rooms. She recently worked as a Montessori teacher.  She wouldn’t trade this career for anything in the world! Besides being passionate about her career, she enjoy natures and is a fitness enthusiast.  She enjoys doing 5ks in her spare time and anything that involves being active. She is excited to be at Oak Park Friends School and looks forward to this new path with the staff and the children. 

Ms. Danielle - Ms. Dani started at OPFS as a lead teacher in the Blue Room in the fall of 2015. She has a bachelor's degree in studio art and many years of nannying under her belt. In early 2018 Dani stepped into a substitute teacher role and she and her husband began foster parenting. Dani loves living in the moment with kids and catering planned activities to their unique interests and needs. She's grateful for and inspired by the loving and supportive community of learners at OPFS.

Ms. Jessica - Jessica has been part of the Oak Park Friends community since 2013 - first as a parent and now as part of our staff.  Her son attends the afterschool program and her daughter is in the Green Room.  Jessica has a Masters in Elementary Education and a Masters in Non-Profit Administration from DePaul University.  This job is a perfect fit for her love of children, Pinterest, and spreadsheets.  Jessica lives up the street from OPFS with her husband, 3 kids, and their perfect dog, Perry the Perro.  She enjoys spending time with her family and neighbors, yoga, and baking.

Our Staff

Ms. Amy - Amy has been involved in the field of teaching young children for more than ten years. She started her career as a teacher’s assistant in a small daycare center and found that she wanted to foster her knowledge of the field in order to better serve the children’s needs. She attended Triton College for early childhood and later on in life decided to further her education at Kendall College and received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood. Amy's experience with special needs in my family and in my career in influenced my decision to minor in special education and shaped my views on in importance of early intervention. In her spare time, Amy and her family tend to their garden and learn new techniques for preserving what we have harvested. She also loves to spend time camping and hiking with her son and husband. Her hobbies also include reading, baking and studying art and history. She looks forward to working with you and learning more about your children!


Chloe has raised her family in Oak Park (around the corner from OPFS) for the past 13 years. She began working with Talley in 2013 and together, they officially established OP Friends School in the Spring of 2014. Chloe has a background in fine art and is currently pursuing her Masters in Early Childhood studies . She has three children-- Josie (8), Fiona (11), and Owen (13)--one husband, one rabbit, one goldfish, and one scruffy dog named Gertie.  Chloe enjoys books, film, yoga, art, and travel. She used to play roller derby. She does not like balloons. 

AM/PM Preschool

Mr. Elliot - Elliot is a sophomore at Oak Park River Forest High School. He's worked with the summer camp for two years. This is his first year working in After School. He likes hanging out with friends and playing video games.

Substitute Teachers