Our Staff

  • Robin Ruzella, Head of School

    Robin Ruzella holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Resources, as well as, a Master’s degree in Family and Child studies.  She has a wide range of experience working with children and their families across many environments including the classroom, their homes, the hospital, and a psychology clinic.  Robin has always been intrigued by the Montessori method and is excited to be a part of this great community.  In her free time, She enjoys scrap booking, crafting, and playing with her new puppy.

  • Alejandra Rosantina Chavez, Lead Guide (Childrens House Spanish Immersion)

    Ms. Alejandra earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Universidad Pedagogica de Durango, Mexico and a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature & Culture from University of Granada, Spain. She is a Montessori certified teacher for Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Centro de Estudios de Educación Montessori, Mexico. Prior to joining Guidepost Montessori she has worked in Bilingual Education and Immersion Spanish programs in Washington DC and Greater Chicago area for the last 15 years. She herself was a Montessori student which inspired her to become a Montessori teacher. In addition to her passion for teaching, she has worked as a gymnastic coach for many years in the past. In her free time, Ms. Alejandra loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and her two children.

  • Renee Rizzo, Junior Guide (Children's House)

    Ms. Renee earned a associates degree in Early Childhood Education from College of Dupage and Illinois State University. Ms. Renee started her career in traditional early education but fell in love with the Montessori Method. Currently she is working on her MACTE diploma from our in house training through The Prepared Montessorian. In her free time, Ms. Renee enjoys snowboarding, attending baseball games and spending time with family.

  • Lany Fernandez, Lead Guide (Toddler Spanish Immersion)

    Ms. Lany has a bachelor's degree in Latin American and Latino Studies, with a minor in Spanish and Law and Society. She realized that in order to someday change the world, we needed to focus on the "key to the betterment of society"—children. She first walked into a Montessori classroom in 2015, and has loved it ever since. Currently she is working on her MACTE diploma from our in house training through The Prepared Montessorian. When she's not in the classroom, Ms. Lany enjoys photography, hiking, and the mountains.

  • Rachel Jimenez, Lead Guide (Toddler)

    Ms. Jimenez earned a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Marriage and Family Counseling in pursuit of a career in therapy.  During her studies, she encountered the Montessori method and was excited to be able to apply her education to her love of working with children.  She was profoundly moved by her first experiences in the classroom and decided to obtain her Infant-Toddler certification from the American Montessori Society.  Outside of the classroom, Ms. Jimenez enjoys reading, going to concerts, and being silly her daughter, Etta.

  • Kaley Jewicz, Junior Guide (Toddler)

    Ms. Kaley earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in communications from Elmhurst College. Ms. Kaley started her teaching career 3 years ago in early childhood education. She became interested in the Montessori method when she discovered it in college and brings great passion for the method to her classroom. Currently, she is working on her MACTE diploma from our in house training through The Prepared Montessorian. In her free time Ms. Kaley enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and watching movies.

  • Kennedy Hayes, Lead Guide (Nido)

    Ms. Kennedy earned an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Lewis University. She is currently completing her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Phoenix. Ms. Kennedy started her teaching journey 4 years ago in traditional education but has recently fell in love with the Montessori Method. In her free time, Ms. Kennedy enjoys traveling, finding new restaurants, spending time with family and her true passion is working with children.

  • Carolina Monarrez, Assistant Guide (Children's House)

    Ms. Monarrez is an upcoming Early Childhood teacher, currently enrolled at Governor State University for Elementary Education. She has 3 years of traditional early childhood training as well as volunteer experience at home daycare settings. Ms. Monarrez brings great passion for the Montessori method and can't wait to learn more! In her free time she enjoys watching movies, doing makeup, and trying new coffee blends at coffee shops.

  • Samantha Slanger, Assistant Guide (Toddler)

    Ms. Sam has over 5 years of early childhood experience.  She brings great passion for the Montessori method ever since her first daughter was born.  In her future, Ms. Sam plans on furthering her knowledge in early childhood education.  In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors and cooking and baking with her 2 daughters.

  • Cynthia Ortiz, Assistant Guide (Toddler)

    Ms. Cynthia was born and raised in the city of Chicago. She has always known that childcare is her passion, when she first learned about the Montessori method, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in this environment. She got the opportunity to work in a Montessori classroom 5 years ago, and ever since has fallen more in love with the method. Cynthia is fluent in both English and Spanish. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her fiancé, daughter, and 2 dogs.

  • Catherine Chavez-Reveles, Assistant Guide (Nido)

    Ms. Chavez started her teaching career development at the age of 19 and has grown her skills from there. Through her 5 years of working as an Early Childhood Educator, she has become a trustworthy teacher to coworkers, children and parents. Her skills to be a great communicator, teacher, and leader are some of her best qualities. Ms. Chavez loves the feeling of being that positive influence to children and that helps her continue to grow every day. She is passionate about creating and maintaining a safe, loving, and supportive learning environment where all children learn, grow, and thrive. Ms. Chavez is fluent in both English and Spanish. In her free time, she loves spending time with her fiancé and their 2 year-old daughter.

  • Bindu Joshi, Assistant Guide (Nido)

    Ms. Bindu grew up in West Africa and majored in Business Management, graduating in 1992. She then went on to help out with her family owned electronic business. Ms. Bindu has 6 years experience in Early Childhood Education and is passionate about working with children. She fell in love with Montessori method, which led her to Guidepost Montessori. In her free time she loves to watch movies, read books, learn something new and spend quality time with her family and 2 boys.

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