MEET OUR STAFF

WE WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR CHILD!

All staff have a minimum of a four-year college degree, are certified and well experienced in early childhood education. Each student is in a class with a primary teacher. We schedule parent/teacher conferences two times a year. Our teachers are very dedicated to the children and we have very little staff turnover.

We also have special staff to teach our enrichment classes. Parents are amazed at how much their children learn through these classes.

René Grady

René Grady

Interim Director

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FOOD:  Pizza
SPORT: College Basketball
MOVIE:  Up
SUPERHERO: Wonder Woman
BOOKS: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors
ANIMAL: Dogs!
HOBBY: Reading books and watching my kids do what they love! 

Mrs. Grady has been either a parent or a teacher at Learning Is Fun since 2003, with just a few years off here and there.  Both Mrs. Grady and her husband grew up in Naperville and she feels lucky to be have her own children grow up in such a wonderful community.  Mrs. Grady has an undergraduate degree from The University of Kansas and a degree in Elementary Education from National Louis University.

 

Beth Reed

Beth Reed

Assistant Director & Kindergarten Prep Teacher

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Mrs. Reed’s favorites:

FOOD: POPCORN
SPORT: FOOTBALL
MOVIE: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
SUPERHERO: WONDER WOMAN
BOOK: THE LITTLE MOUSE, THE RED RIPE STRAWBERRY, and
THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR
ANIMAL: ELEPHANT
HOBBY: READING

Mrs. Reed has been teaching at Learning is Fun for over 10 years and she loves it so much, she plans on being at LIF for another 10 years! She has a Bachelor of Education Degree from Augustana College and has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 30 years. Mrs. Reed, her husband and two daughters love to travel, hike, kayak, play games, watch football, baseball, and they LOVE to play volleyball!

Carolyn Buckingham

Carolyn Buckingham

Classroom Teacher

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Mrs. Buckingham’s favorites:

FOOD:  Popcorn
SPORT: Soccer (to watch!)
MOVIE: Encanto
SUPERHERO: Wonder Woman
BOOKS: Little Blue Truck, The Book with No Pictures, and Where Happiness Lives
ANIMAL: Koki, our leopard gecko!
HOBBY: Reading books and driving our kids to their activities! 

This is Mrs. Buckingham’s first year teaching at Learning is Fun but her 7th year as part of the LIF family! Her three older children attended Learning is Fun and her youngest is still a student here! She has a Bachelor of Education Degree from Indiana University and a Master Degree in Reading from Concordia University. Mrs. Buckingham, her husband and their four kids love pizza and movie Fridays, reading together, mini golf outings, watching all types of sports, visiting Disney World and cheering on the kids at sporting events/dance competitions!

Angela Hutton

Angela Hutton

Classroom Teacher

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Mrs. Hutton’s favorites:

FOOD: BUTTERED NOODLES
SPORT: TENNIS
MOVIE: SANDLOT
SUPERHERO: SUPER GROVER
BOOKS: “Moo, Baa, La La La”, “I Am a Bunny”, “The Going to Bed BooK”
ANIMAL: COWS
HOBBY: RIDING MY BEACH CRUISER AROUND TOWN

Mrs. Hutton’s daughters both went to Learning is Fun preschool and when it was time for them to move on to Kindergartener, she was too sad to part ways and decided to stay and TEACH at LIF.
Mrs. Hutton has been teaching at LIF for over 8 years. She has a Bachelor of Education Degree from Elmhurst College and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Xavier University  Mrs. Hutton,  her husband, two daughters and sweet goldendoodle live in Naperville -they love to travel and explore the outdoors.

Val Napolitano

Val Napolitano

Classroom Teacher

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Mrs. Napolitano’s Favorites: 

FOOD:                 chicken teriyaki
SPORT:               baseball
MOVIE:                Cinderella
SUPERHERO:     Spiderman
BOOK:                 The Book With No Pictures, My Many Colored Days, and
                             Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
ANIMAL:               Giraffe
HOBBY:                Scrap booking and going to fitness center to work out

Mrs. Napolitano’s daughter and son both went to Learning is Fun.  We all loved the school so much that I knew I wanted to be a teacher at this fantastic school.  She has been teaching at Learning is Fun for over 9 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and has her Masters of Education from National-Louis University. Mrs. Napolitano, her husband, daughter and son love to travel, go to the beach, exercise and watch baseball!  As a family their goal is to visit as many ballparks as they can when they travel to different states.

 
Becki Rea

Becki Rea

Classroom Teacher

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Mrs. Rea’s favorites: 

FOOD: MEXICAN
SPORT: SWIMMING
MOVIE: 101 DALMATIONS
SUPERHERO: THOR
BOOK: THE HARRY POTTER SERIES
ANIMAL: DOG
HOBBIES: READING AND PUZZLES

Mrs. Rea began teaching at Learning is Fun in September 2022. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching in the both the UK and USA. She has a Bachelor Degree in French and German and continued her education to receive Qualified Teacher Status in London. Mrs. Rea has taught various age groups of children, but particularly loves preschool! Mrs Rea and her husband spend most of their free time watching their three children play sports, including football, soccer, swimming and volleyball. They also love family movie nights and travelling.

Donna Andreoni

Donna Andreoni

Enrichment Teacher - Art Appreciation

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Enrichment Teacher - Music

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Enrichment Teacher - Science

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Doris Carrera

Doris Carrera

Enrichment Teacher - Spanish