CRAIG SOLOMON is the Executive Director at Wesley Child Care Center. Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts in
Elementary Education and Psychology from National-Louis University. Craig brings over three decades of relevant experience from both the public and private sectors of education. He previously held a senior level administrative/management position with the Chicago Public Schools as Assistant to the Board of Trustees and was also Senior Vice-President of a private consulting firm specializing in the education sector focused clients.
Craig first began his career with Wesley Child Care in 1991 working in the school-age programs and from 1996-2001 he served as the Multi-Site School Age Program Director. Craig rejoined Wesley Child Care in April of 2013 as Executive Director to serve Wesley families and the community.
Craig actively represents Wesley Child Care Center on various community committees including:
- Kiwanis Club of Glenview-Northbrook, Board Member (Past-President)
- Kiwanis Club, Luis Amador Medallion Award 2021
- Glenview 4th of July Fundraising Committee, Chairperson
- Glenview Values Project, Committee Member (former Co-Chair)
- Character Counts Working Committee, Committee Member
- Social Service Committee, Committee Member
- Glenbrook Hospital Community Advisory, Advisory Member
- Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Board Vice-President
- Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Business Person of the Year Award 2020
- Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Glenview, 1st Cohort & Design Team
- Glenview District 34, Citizen Task Force Member 2019
BUSINESS SERVICES DIRECTOR
Melissa holds a level 5 ECE credential. She joined Wesley in 2004 starting out as a part-time preschool teacher and part time Accounting Coordinator. Missy began working as the full time Accounting Coordinator in 2009. Missy graduated from Elmhurst College in 2001 with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Before working at Wesley Child Care Center, Missy worked at a licensed child care center tor 13 years as a teacher and director.
is the Preschool Program Director at Wesley Child Care Center. Jeanne holds a Bachelors of Arts in Child Development with a minor in Psychology from Northern Illinois University. Jeanne has been an Administrator with Wesley since 1991. Jeanne began in 1991 as the School-Age Program Director. In 1995 Jeanne became the Preschool Program Director. Jeanne’s previous experiences include working as a Child Life Specialist at Lurie Children’s Hospital and being an Administrator of other Early Childhood Programs and Summer Camps. Jeanne has successfully lead Wesley through several NAEYC Accreditations. NAEYC – The National Association for the Education of Young Children is a formal recognition of attainment of high standards of quality childcare and is a voluntary effort. Wesley was one of the first centers in the state to accomplish and maintain this attainment. Jeanne also leads the program in acquiring and maintaining Gold Level of Quality given by ExceleRate Illinois a statewide quality recognition and improvement system dedicated to making continuous quality improvements an everyday priority among early childhood providers. Jeanne holds a Level 5 Gateways credential for Early Childhood and a Level 2 Director credential.
is The Assistant to Directors at Wesley. Danielle joined the Wesley Administrative Team in 2018. Danielle holds her Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Child Studies from Northern Illinois University. Danielle comes to Wesley with several years of both teaching and administrative experiences. Danielle holds a Level 5 Gateways Early Childhood Credential and a Level 2 Director credential from Gateways.
NARGIS FARISHTA Nargis is a teacher in the Wesley Preschool Program. Nargis has her Associates Degree of Arts with over 18 hours in Early Childhood. Nargis brings over 18 years of early childhood experience in various settings. Her extensive experience includes: Montessori, Preschool and over 16 years in a Head Start program. Nargis joined our preschool teaching team in September 2015.
CAITLIN SANDLASS Caitlin is a Teacher’s Assistant in Wesley’s Preschool program. Caitlin has her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood from Rasmussen College. Caitlin holds a Level 4 Gateways credential in Early Childhood. Caitlin joined the Wesley teaching
Darcy is a Teacher at Wesley. Darcy has been with Wesley since 1997. Darcy holds an Associate’s Degree as well as several certificates in Early Childhood Education from Oakton Community College. Darcy holds a Level 4 Gateways credential for Early Childhood and a Level 4 credential for Infants and Toddlers.
Violet has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Oakton Community College. Violet holds a level 4 ECE credential and a level 4 infant toddler credential . She is completing her Associates Degree in Early Childhood and brings over 10 years experience from an accredited early childhood center. Ms. Violet joined our preschool team in October 2015.
Kendra has been at Wesley since 2004. Kendra holds an Early Childhood Certificate from DePaul University and holds an equivalent to an Early Childhood Degree. Previous to working at Wesley, Kendra was a Preschool Director and Teacher for the Sonshine Lutheran Preschool in Prospect Heights.
Diana is a Teacher in Wesley’s pre-kindergarten classroom. Dianna holds her Associates Degree of Arts from The College of Lake County with several credit hours in Early Childhood. Diana’s previous experience includes 10 years of early childhood teaching practice in various early childhood settings and summer camps. Diana joined the Wesley Preschool team in 2016.
Ms. Dana has been a lead teacher in the Early Childhood classroom setting for over 5 years. Ms. Dana has her Early Childhood Associate Teacher Certification from Sierra College in Rocklin California and has continued her education at Oakton Community College. She holds a Level Two Early Childhood Credential from Gateways. Ms. Dana joined our preschool team in November 2019.
Shabana is a Teacher at Wesley Preschool Program. Shabana joined the Wesley staff in 2014 as a Substitute and Teachers Assistant. Prior to working at Wesley, Shabana had several years of experience as a Teacher’s Assistant for Asian Human Services. Shabana has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts with 18 hours in Early Childhood.
Shirley is a teacher in the Wesley Preschool Program. Shirley holds her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and brings many years of teaching experience to Wesley. Shirley has been a substitute for Wesley over the years and now joins us full time.
Emily joined as Teacher’s Assistant with Wesley in 2019. Emily has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Oakton Community College. Emily has her level 4 Gateways credential in Early Childhood.
Teresa joined Wesley as a Preschool Teacher in 2020. She has several years of experience working as a Teacher in the Early Childhood field. Teresa has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Harper College. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood with National Louis University. Teresa has a level 4 Gateways credential.