Our Staff


The staff at Algonquin Preschool strives to provide your child with numerous daily activities that encourage them to become more self reliant and independent.  We provide a continuous connection to your home with a monthly classroom calendar and newsletter informing you of the happenings in our preschool day.  This will help you and your child talk about their day.


MRS. COTUGNO - PRESCHOOL TEACHER/CO-DIRECTOR

Hi! I have been working at API for 15 years now. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of DuPage. I teach 4 year olds on Monday -  Friday mornings. Every year I take the CPR/First Aid class and earn 15 hours of Early Childhood in-service hours.  I have so much fun working with 3 & 4 year olds.  It is so amazing watching them grow and learn over the year.







MRS. HEDMARK- PRESCHOOL TEACHER/CO-DIRECTOR

I currently teach the four/five year olds on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.  On Tuesday and Thursday mornings I work three year olds. I have an associates degree from Harper College and a B.S. degree in education from Winona State University. I continue to attend educational workshops and seminars that specialize in early childhood education.  After working here for 14 years, I still love getting a new class each year and being able to watch them learn and grow.



MRS. FINKLER- PRESCHOOL TEACHER

 I started teaching at Algonquin Preschool in 2001.  I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for 20+ years (oh-oh, my age is showing!). My formal education has included courses at College of DuPage and Elgin Community College, as well as many conferences, seminars and classes in Early Childhood Education. While I consider this education invaluable, the most exciting education that I have received is from the many years of working with young children! There is nothing that can be compared to seeing a world through a child's eyes!  I truly believe in the Algonquin Preschool, I am proud to be associated with Algonquin preschool and look forward to a long relationship with the staff, parents and the children here at the school.



MRS. JEFFS- PRESCHOOL TEACHER

I am so excited to be back teaching here at Algonquin Preschool.  I was the first director here at Algonquin Preschool. To keep current in teaching I always taught a class while I was director.  I took a break from teaching and directing to care for my grandchildren.  I am so glad to be back at Algonquin Preschool doing what I love to do- teaching children.










MRS. O'BOYLE- SCHOOL AIDE


I started helping out and volunteering at Algonquin Preschool in 2013, while both of my daughters were enrolled here. I served on the Algonquin Preschool Board for four years before becoming a Teacher's Aide in 2016. I work on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. I am certified in CPR and First Aid. I truly love the interactions I have with children and their families while watching the children learn and grow. I am honored to be a part of the Algonquin Preschool family!









MRS. WENC-PRESCHOOL TEACHER

I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I teach the 4's on Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings.  I am CPR and First Aid certified and attend 15 hours of classes each year.  I have a passion for teaching and love meeting my new class and parents each year.  It's so fun to see how much they have grown in just 8 months of preschool.







MRS. YOUNG- PRESCHOOL TEACHER


I am currently teaching four year olds on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays.  I have 16 years experience in early childhood education.  I have taught 3, 4, & 5 year olds.  I have my Associates Degree from Elgin Community College.  I continue to attend seminars and workshops in early childhood education.  I am CPR/First Aid certified.  I am excited to be a part of Algonquin Preschool.




Parent Testimonial- "Thank you for working with not only the children so nicely but also with us parents.  You have always worked with  me and helped me out. Thank you!