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 17 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 16 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. MCMAHON- PRESCHOOL TEACHER

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I received my Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University with continuing education course work in Early Childhood Education at Elgin Community College. I have also attended many workshops through Illinois’ 4C program and complete 20 hours of continuing education every year.  I am teaching on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday.  I love working with 3, 4, and 5 year olds! There is always something new in their world.  I love that “aha” moment when they grasp a new concept or complete a new task.  I believe in the art of teaching and I know that as children grow, we as teachers grow as well.






MRS. MORES-PRESCHOOL TEACHER


I graduated from NIU with my degree in Elementary Education, and then earned my M.A. in Education from National-Louis University while I was teaching in an elementary school. After 11 years of teaching, I happily stayed home to raise my 3 kids.  In 2011, the first of my three children started at API, and I became a Board member. When my third child started at API, I started as an aide at the school. The next year, I transitioned into teaching in a 3 year old class on Tuesday and Thursdays. I love working with 3 year olds, and seeing them grow both socially and emotionally throughout the year.  Their curiosity and imagination is inspiring! Every year I take 15 hours of continuing education to enrich my early childhood knowledge. API helped shape my children in their early years, and I love being a part of that as a teacher here with my students.



MRS. WENC-PRESCHOOL TEACHER

I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  This year I am a substitute teacher at Algonquin Preschool.  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- Fridays.  I have 18 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!