Teachers

Masha Dorozhinets, Director/ Business Manager

Masha graduated from State Pedagogical University “Ion Creanga” in Moldova (former Soviet Union) with Major in Mathematics. She worked as an elementary school teacher before her family moved to the United States over 20 years ago. In the United States, she successfully completed the Early Childhood program and worked as a substitute teacher at Buffalo Grove and Wheeling school districts. Prior to joining Montessori & Music Center, she spent 6 years at Allstate as a Quality Assurance Analyst. She is truly excited to work with children again, and help them with learning and development.

Alisha Bolling, Montessori Coordinator / Primary Lead Teacher

Alisha is originally from South Africa Durban, she came to the USA on a Cultural Exchange program working with young children ages 2-4 in the USA. She returned back home and worked for a Cultural Exchange Program Company, recruiting young girls to the USA and UK, however she missed teaching. Inspired by her 2 year old daughter’s curiosity she pursued Montessori Education and received her credentials from Seton with the age group 3-6 years AMS. She has taught in 3 different Montessori schools as Lead Teacher. Montessori Academy of Chicago in the West Loop where she focused on Cultural Exchange Programs. Little Explorers Christian Montessori in Romeoville, she had the privilege of teaching and being a parent and last but not least three Oaks Montessori in Palatine. Alisha has a natural way of helping build up children’s love for learning in all areas of the classroom. Her focus will be helping parents incorporate Montessori ideas in their homes and daily life. Alisha believes in being a part of a community and helps with children ages 3 years at her local church assisting in their growth and development.

Jessica Tarakanov, Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Jessica is an enthusiastic mother of 2 daughters and devoted teacher. She has been working with children for 11 years, starting when she opened her own home daycare. She received her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development in 2000. Jessica went on to further her education at Trinity International University, where she earned her Bachelor in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. For six years she taught third grade in Gurnee focusing on Special Education, English Language Learners and Gifted Education. Her passion is and will always be working with children of all ages and personalities. She loves dynamics of the classroom and the ability to witness the beautiful growth of the children. Her goal is to obtain her Masters in Special Education and continue growing within education.

Olga Abramstova Primary Teacher

Ms. Olga graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies from Ukraine and then pursued her love for teaching as a History teacher to children from 4th to 10th grade. After a number of years, she moved on and taught in a Daycare Center serving children from 3 to 5 years old. She moved to the United States of America with her family and decided to further pursue early childhood and became a Montessori certified teacher. She completed Montessori Training on September, 2017.  We were lucky enough to have found Ms. Olga and she is now a Lead teacher in one of our two Primary 1 Montessori classrooms. Ms. Olga is creating an environment that instills in the child a love for learning.

Anna Lorenc, Toddler Lead Teacher

Anna is originally from Poland. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a teaching major in Music, and a Master of Arts degree in Education. Her passion is music and working with children. She is convinced that the greatest happiness comes from a child’s smile. In Poland she was employed as a piano teacher and accompanist in Elementary and Music High School. Also she leaded music in preschools. She moved to the United States in 2006. Her working experience continued as a music teacher and lead teacher at the Polish Sunday School.[/su_column]

Magdalena Stapor, Infant and Toddler Lead Teacher/ Toddler Coordinator

Magdalena was born, raised and educated in Poland. She is an experienced teacher who worked with the children of different ages. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education from Rzeszow University of Poland. After Magdalena moved to USA she tried various occupations and professions until she realized that her passion is teaching. So she decided to continue her education by taking Early Childhood Education classes in CLC, Grayslake. Magdalena is Certified Montessori Teacher. She received her Infant and Toddler Credential from Seton Montessori Institute, Clarendon Hills. For over four years she has taught at Buffalo Grove Montessori School, Buffalo Grove. She loves to work with children. Her goal is to help children to find a way of experience things themselves so they can develop a love for learning, awaken curiosity and independent, develop positive relationships, self -reliant, self-esteem, patience and kindness.

Anna Katz, Infant and Toddler Lead Teacher

Before moving to the United States in 2006, Anna received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the State Pedagogical University in Moldova. There she specialized in Preschool Pedagogy and Psychology. She also lived in Israel, where she attended graduate school at the Israeli College of Ahva and became a certified senior teacher for preschool children as well as 1st and 2nd graders. In Israel, Anna was a kindergarten and preschool teacher at the Educational Center of the World Organization of Zion Women. She was also employed as a pedagogical instructor and director at the Park District of Ashdod. Later, Anna taught at the Jewish Early Childhood Educational Center when her family relocated to England for one year. In America, Anna accumulated more experience at the Jewish Community Center of Chicago where she worked with young children. The skill sets she acquired throughout her extensive career translate very well at Montessori & Music Center, as she now works in the infant classroom and loves every moment of it.

Alexander Rubinchyk, Physical Education Teacher

Born in Berdyansk, Ukraine, Alexander is a Martial Arts Master with over 30 years of coaching and teaching experience. He was an Honorary National Coach of Wushu in Ukraine and a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Karate-do Shotokan. Alexander has also judged international martial arts competitions and currently owns a training academy that specializes in Wushu, Karate, Boxing, Weight lifting and Aerobics. At Montessori and Music Center, Alexander teaches his students the importance of physical wellness and activity in the school’s state-of-the-art facility.

Natalie Lysenka, Music and Piano Teacher
Natalie Lysenka is a native of Belarus where she  graduated from the Special School of Music  for gifted children affiliated with Belarussian State Conservatory of Music, receiving her bachelor degree. She earned her Master’s degree, followed by her Doctorate from from Belarussian State Conservatory  in Minsk.
For 16 years Natalie has worked as a teacher  at Belarussian College of Music and Art where she supervised the orchestral department. Also, Natalie was  a part time associate professor of conducting at Belarussian Conservatory. She had assisted in publications of educational programs for Belarussian colleges.
In Chicago, Natalie has been an assistant conductor of The New North Shore Chamber Orchestra and given private lessons.
Over the past 20 years of working with kids, Natalie has strove to expand every student’s capabilities, helping them develop musically and individually.

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