Staff

Ms Amanda Cosby, Director

Miss Amanda received her Bachelor of Arts in Lutheran Early Childhood Education from Concordia University, River Forest, IL. Prior to coming to ABBA in August of 2006, she worked for a year at Christian NE Hospital’s Child Development center in St. Louis.

Miss Amanda became the Director in October of 2012 after serving as the lead teacher in the toddler room for five years and the Assistant Director for one year. Being able to help ABBA grow and thrive and supporting ABBA families are her main priorities.

In her spare time, Miss Amanda enjoys reading and photography. She married her husband, Malcolm, in 2010. Her daughter, Emma, currently attends ABBA.

Ms Carole Fiesman, Assistant Director

Ms Carole graduated with 18 people in her high school class in Shelby, Iowa. After leaving the small town, she was ready for a big adventure. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a BA in Sociology and a Business minor.

Carole began starting working as a teacher’s aide for Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Dundee, IL.  It was there she found her calling. In 2009, she went back to school and received her teaching certificate from Judson University. She has an Early Childhood Education Degree and is currently working on her Special Education Endorsement.

Prior to becoming the Assistant Director at ABBA, Carole worked in preschools for over 13 years at various age levels. She wants to inspire a passion for learning and reading in young children.

Carole is married and has 2 children. They live in her husband’s childhood home in East Dundee, IL.

Miss Sandra, Lead Teacher, Infants

Miss Sandra holds a Bachelors degree in Preschool Education from Monterrey Nuevo Leon Mexico. Before coming to ABBA in September of 2007, she taught kindergarten and junior high school for more than 12 years.

When working with the infants, Miss Sandra spends lots of time on the floor with them. She talks to them and sings to them and plays peek-a-boo and other games. Miss Sandra is an invaluable resource to us in our service to the Hispanic community and has translated many of our documents into Spanish. She lives in Glendale Heights with her sons, Kevin and Danny (a former ABBA student). Miss Sandra is an excellent cook and frequently shares some of her dishes with us.

Miss Ashley, Lead Teacher, Toddlers

Miss Ashley began working at ABBA in 2008. She attended Glenbard North High School, and has received her Child Development Associate certification from College of DuPage.

Miss Ashley started here as our jack of all trades assistant. She now works as the lead teacher in the toddler room. Her flexibility is a major asset as a staff member. She, her son Dashaun, and daughter Kylee live in Carol Stream. Dashaun is a former ABBA student and Kylee is a current student.

Miss Kathy S, Lead Teacher, Twos and Threes Room

Miss Kathy has been teaching at ABBA since 1998. She received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of DuPage. Prior to working at ABBA she taught at Stepping Stone, Early Years and Pioneer Child Care.

Miss Kathy loves to incorporate music and the flannelgraph in her teaching. She also likes to tell stories. She is an avid reader and enjoys taking vacations with her siblings and their families.

Miss Mary. Lead Teacher, Fours/Fives Room

Miss Mary has been teaching at ABBA since February 2014. She graduated from St. Xavier University in 2008 with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and a minor in art. Mary worked at PennyLane Early Childhood School and the Goddard School before coming to ABBA.

Miss Mary lives in Glendale Heights with her husband, Matt, and twin boys, Raymond and Landon who attended ABBA. Mary enjoys shopping and spending time with her family.

Miss Mariel, Assistant Teacher

Miss Mariel joined our staff in September 2010. She is a vital part of our center. While she is currently in the Three’s room most days, Mariel helps out in various classrooms wherever she is needed. We appreciate her flexibility in being in different classrooms. Miss Mariel is bi-lingual and helps with translating for our Hispanic families and students.

Miss Kathy K, Teacher

Miss Jamyra, Assistant Teacher

Miss Angie, Kitchen Assistant