Meet the Team

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Jennifer Picquet

Director

BS, Elementary Education
​MS, Reading
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2008


jpicquet@northbrookumc.com

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Liz Meinhardt

Assistant Director

BFA, Photography
​*CDA
Joined Northbrook Staff in 2017


lmeinhardt@northbrookumc.com

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Lori Purcell

Pedagogista

BFA, Interior Design
​*CDA
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2000


​​lpurcell@northbrookumc.com

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Alden Reding

1's Lead Teacher

BA, Sociology
*CDA
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2016

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Christi Voigt

1's Assistant Teacher

BA, Finance
Joined Northbrook Staff in 2020

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Stacie Haynes

2's Lead & 2's Assistant Teacher

BS, Finance
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2020

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Jennifer Davis

2's Assistant Teacher

BA, English
​Teaching Endorsements in Early Childhood, Middle School and High School Education
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2018

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Corey Smith

2's Lead Teacher

BS, Biotechnology​
Joined Northbrook Staff in 2022

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Maggie Browning

2's Lead Teacher

BS, Business Administration
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2022

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Bridget Molle

2's Assistant

*CDA

​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2017

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Wendie Hardnock

2's Assistant Teacher

BS, Business Communications
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2021

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Bonnie Bemister

2's Assistant Teacher

BA, Journalism
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2022

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Allie Argo

2's Lead Teacher

BS, Retail Merchandising and Product Development
Joined Northbrook Staff in 2022

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Ashley Baughman

2's Lead Teacher

BA, Business Administration & Psychology
Joined Northbrook Staff in 2022

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Cheyenne Land-Requiz

2's Lead Teacher

BS, Human Development

Joined Northbrook Staff in 2022

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Allison Liguori

3's Lead Teacher

BA, Elementary Education
Joined Northbrook Staff in 2016

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Jennifer Davis

3's CoTeacher

BA, English
​Teaching Endorsements in Early Childhood, Middle School and High School Education
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2018

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Stacey Jones

3's Assistant Teacher

BA, MS Early Childhood Education

Joined Northbrook Staff in 2016

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Sara Almstedt

3s Co-Teacher

BA, Elementary Education
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2011

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Libby Davenport

3s Co-Teacher

BS Rec & Parks
Joined Northbrook Staff in 2017

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Kristi Gillam

3s Assistant

BS, Hotel and Restaurant Management

*CDA
Joined Northbrook Staff in 2011

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Stacey Jones

3s Co-Teacher

BA, MS Early Childhood Education​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2016

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Stephanie Pool

3s Assistant Teacher

BS, Child Life
Joined Northbrook Staff in 2019

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Rupa Desai

3s Assistant Teacher

BS, Communications

LLB

*CDA
Joined Northbrook Staff in 2003

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Megan Klein

3s Lead Teacher

BA, Hospitality
Joined Northbrook Staff in 2022

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Logan D'Eramo

3s Lead Teacher

BS, Child and Family Development
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2021

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Kassie Blocker

Pre-K Co-Teacher

BS, Education
​MS, Early Childhood Education
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2012

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Kris Konieczny

Pre-K Co-Teacher

BS, Sociology
MS, Early Childhood
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​*CDA
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2008

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Megan Browne

Pre-K Lead Teacher

BS, Early Childhood/Special Education
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2019

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Lisa Marino

Pre-K Assistant Teacher

BS, MS Civil Engineering
*CDA
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2009

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Brenda Burr

Pre-K Lead Teacher

BS, Early Childhood Education
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2009

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Lori Vertz

Pre-K Assistant Teacher

BS, Early Childhood Education
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2015

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Sami Poppel

Pre-K Lead Teacher

BA, Early Childhood Education
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2017

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Hillary Harris

Pre-K AssistantTeacher

​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2021

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Monica Williamson

Kindergarten Readiness Lead Teacher

BFA, Theater; MS, Biology

​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2022

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Carly Beers

Kindergarten Readiness  Assistant Teacher

BA, English

​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2022

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Julie Ferris

Kindergarten Teacher

BS, Early Childhood Education
​ MS, Education
Joined Northbrook Staff in 2010

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Laura Hensley

Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

BA, English
Joined Northbrook Staff in 2017

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Karen Hughes

Music Lead Teacher

BA, Music Therapy
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2001

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Jennifer Smith

Music Assistant

BA, Advertising

*CDA

​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2016

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Anne Moore

Book Nook Specialist

BA, Social Psychology
MS, Education
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2014

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Marianne Borden

Art Teacher

BFA, Fabric Design
​Joined Northbrook Staff in 2009

*CDA-denotes that the teacher has earned a Child Development Associate credential