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Our Teachers

  • Sheri Plotke

    Sheri has been at Care-A-Lot since 1987. She has been a teacher of every classroom and was promoted to Director about 20 years ago. Sheri helped open the Toddler Program at Central Avenue in 2005.

    Sheri is certified in First Aid/CPR, Mildly Infectious Disease, Children and Disabilities, Food Management and Sanitation, Airborne Disease and Asthma in Children, to name a few. Sheri has also earned Early Childhood Certification Level 1. Sheri completes at least 20 hours of Early Childhood training classes each year.

    Her favorite teaching moment: When a child graduates out of our center and returns to visit us - the growth, development and emergent personality all visible. It is rewarding to know we had a hand in the strong, confident formation of skills and self.

  • Cheryl Pullia

    Cheryl has been teaching at Care-A-Lot since 2002. Cheryl is the Toddler Teacher and Assistant Director. She enjoys reading and dancing with the children and spends many hours searching out age appropriate art activities that the children can enjoy.

    Cheryl is certified in First Aid/CPR, Mildly Infectious Disease, Children and Disabilities, Food Manager and Sanitation and has an Early Childhood Certification Level 1. Cheryl also earns 20 training hours in Early Childhood each year.

  • Sara Peterson

    Sara is in the unique position of having once been a student at Care-A-Lot many, many years ago. She has been working at Care-A-Lot since 2010, and now co-teaches in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom.

    Sara loves teaching the children something new every day and strives to make learning fun. The most rewarding part of her job is watching the children grow and witnessing their ‘I cant’s’ become ‘I can’s’.

    Sara is certified in First Aid/CPR and has earned Early Childhood Certification Level 1. Sara is currently furthering her Early Childhood Education with night classes. Sara also completes at least 20 hours of Early Childhood training hours each year.

  • Crystal Harvey

    Crystal has been a Toddler Co-Teacher since 2011. Crystal enjoys story time and learning games with the younger children. She uses the backyard playground as a learning opportunity with bubbles, balls, parachutes, sand, and water play.

    Crystal is certified in First Aid/CPR, Food Manager and Sanitation and Children and Disabilities. She has also earned the Early Childhood Certification Level 1. Crystal completes at least 20 hours of Early Childhood training hours each year.

  • Shantalla Arroyo

    Shanti has been the Preschool Teacher at Care-A-Lot since 2013. Shanti strives to offer planned activities that will excite the children as they discover new concepts and ideas. Her favorite aspect of teaching is making a difference in the children’s lives and watching them grow into curious little human beings.

    At college Shanti studied the Arts and Early Childhood Education. She also completed several Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) classes.

    Shanti is certified in First Aid/CPR, Food Management and Sanitation, Caring for Children with Special Needs and Illinois Poison Prevention. Shanti has also earned Early Childhood Certification Level 1. Shanti completes at least 20 hours of Early Childhood training hours each year.

  • Cynthia Hlavic

    Cindy has been at Care-A-Lot since 1997, and has taught in all the classrooms. She is currently a Co-Teacher in the Toddler room. Cindy enjoys circle times with stories, music, puppets and felt boards.

    Cindy is certified in First Aid/CPR, Poison Prevention and Food Management and Sanitation. She is working toward her Early Childhood Credential and has a myriad background of Early Childhood classes as well as Medical Assistant training. Cindy completes at least 20 hours of Early Childhood training hours each year.

  • Anna Kozikowski

    Anna has been at Care-A-Lot from 2015, and is now a Teacher Aide in the Toddler room. She is currently finishing college classes to earn her Early Childhood Degree and become a Teacher. Anna believes that children flourish when they are engaged and enjoying the learning process. She strives to keep the Toddler room a fun place where the children feel safe and accepted.

    Anna is certified in First Aid/CPR, Poison Control, Food Manager and Sanitation and completes at least 20 hours of Early Childhood training hours each year.