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 a wealth of relevant experience from both the public and private sectors of education. He previously held a senior level management position with the Chicago Public Schools as Assistant to the Board of Trustees and was most recently Vice-President of a consulting firmspecializing in the education sector.
Craig 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:
Kiwanis Club of Glenview-Northbrook, Board Member (Past-President)
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 Civic Awards Planning Committee, Committee Member
Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Legislative Task Force, Committee Member
Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Glenview, First Cohort Member
Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Board Member (January 2018)
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 Kiddie Junction Day Care in Des Plaines for 13 years as a teacher and director.
Jeanne holds a level 5 ECE credential. Jeanne holds a Bachelors of Arts in Child Development from Northern Illinois University. Jeanne has been at Wesley since 1991 starting out as the School-Age Program Director. In 1995 Jeanne became the Preschool Program Director. Jeanne’s past experiences include working as a Child Life Specialist at Children’s Memorial Hospital and being an administrator at other early childhood programs.
AZAM ABOUTORABI is a teacher in the Wesley Preschool Program. Azam has been at Wesley since 1989. Azam holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and has 18 additional hours in early childhood education. Azam has been a presenter for the Association for the Education of Young Children Conference and has been very involved in intergenerational programming. In 2003 Azam received special recognition from the Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for outstanding teaching team in the early childhood field.
MARY LYNN DORNFELD
Mary Lynn has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Oakton Community College and holds a level 4 ECE credential. Before working at Wesley Child Care Center, Mary Lynn worked at Glenview Covenant Childcare for 16 years as a preschool teacher and an administrative assistant.
Bonnie holds a level 4 ECE credential. Bonnie has been at Wesley since 2000. Bonnie holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Oakton Community College as well as a certificate in Intergenerational Studies. Previous to working at Wesley, Bonnie was a Preschool Teacher at Niles Township Community Day Care Center for twelve years.
Darcy holds a level 4 ECE credential and a level 4 infant toddler credential. Darcy has been at Wesley since 1997. Darcy holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Oakton Community College.
Demetra holds a level 4 ECE credential. Demetra has been at Wesley since 1993. Demetra has also worked in our school age programs. Demetra holds a degree in Early Childhood Education. Demetra’s other work experiences include working at the Wellness Center in Arlington Heights as the director for their childcare program.
Kendra holds her ECE Associates Degree equivalent. Kendra has been at Wesley since 2004. Kendra holds an Early Childhood Certificate from Depaul University and is working towards her Early Childhood Degree. Previous to working at Wesley, Kendra was a preschool director and teacher for the Sonshine Lutheran Preschool in Prospect Heights and had sixteen years of early childhood teaching experience.
NARGIS FARISHTA is a teacher the Wesley Preschool Program. Ms. Nargis has her Associates Degree and brings over 18 years of early childhood classroom experience in various settings. Her extensive experience includes: Montessori, Preschool and over 16 years in a NAEYC accredited Head Start program. Ms. Nargis joined our preschool teaching team in September of 2015.
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.
Diana is a Teacher in our pre-kindergarten classroom. Diana has an Associates Degree from The College of Lake County. Diana’s previous experience includes over 10 years of early childhood practice in various early childhood settings and summer camps. Ms. Diana joined our preschool team in the Fall of 2016.
Caitlin is a teacher in our prekindergarten classroom. Caitlin has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Rasmussen College and is new to the Wesley team. Caitlin holds a level 4 ECE credential and has experience working in other NAEYC accredited centers
AnneMarie is a Teacher’s Assistant and has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Moraine Valley Community College. She joins the Wesley team this year.