Please note: Before care and Extended Day are offered on a five-day per week basis. We are unable to accommodate fewer than five days per week except for emergencies.
Extracurriculars: Intercultural hosts a selection of extracurricular activities that take place during Extended Day. Take a look at our current offerings here.
(presented in alphabetical order by last name)
Erika AvilaElementary Teacher
Ms. Erika has been teaching at Intercultural since 2007 where she has worked as an assistant teacher for primary and elementary classrooms in addition to working in the Extended Day program. Ms. Erika has also worked as a bilingual teacher in Mexico for students 9 to 12 years old. She hopes that every child she works with feels comfortable to approach her at any given time to share any thought or idea. Ms. Erika's goal is to acquire Montessori teaching certification. She feels proud of her two daughters who were enrolled in Intercultural from preschool through 6th grade in the Japanese community.
Ana Karina BrionesExtended Day Teacher
Ms. Ana has been with Intercultural since 2015 working as an Extended Day teacher. She is originally from San Luis Potosi, Mexico and has been living in Chicago for 15 years. She graduated with a BAchelor's degree from St. Augustine College. Ms. Ana Karina enjoys her time working with all the wonderful children she has met.
Laura CazaresExtended Day Teacher
Ms. Laura started at Intercultural in 2016.She attended Benito Juarez High School in Chicago and studied Education at Harold Washington College. She grew up very nearby in our West Loop neighborhood and is happy to be working at a neighborhood school. When not at Intercultural Laura is a busy mother of five children.
Rosalia CazaresExtended Day Teacher
Ms. Rosalia has been working as an Extended Day teacher at Intercultural since 2015. She is originally from Michaocan, Mexico and has been living in the United States since 1998. She attended Benito Juarez High School in Chicago. She enjoys seeing the children every day.
Ms. Bethany has been at Intercultural Montessori since 2014 as an Extended Day Teacher. She earned a BA in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. She has taught in CPS as a Title 1 teacher and for the University Of Chicago Lab School as a primary substitute teacher. Ms. Bethany is very active in her community and thinks community work is exceedingly important. She also believes there is no job better than teaching. Each day is different, and every day is an adventure! Ms. Bethany finds watching her students learn and grow extremely rewarding. Ms. Bethany also appreciates the opportunity to work with parents; she believes that as partners in your child’s education, we can collaborate to help them succeed!
Odalis GonzalezExtended Day Teacher
Ms. Odalis has been living in the Chicago all her life. She is currently working on her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Harold Washington College. After obtaining her degree in Early Childhood Education, she plans to complete the Montessori certification for children 3-6 years through Seton Montessori Institute. I joined Intercultural Montessori as an Extended Care teacher in March 2017. As a Primary Extended Care teacher, she strives to help her students with daily challenges by guiding, teaching, and enforcing each child’s strengths to help them succeed. “Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.” - Maria Montessori
Pin-Wen LinExtended Day Teacher
Ms. Pin-Wen Lin is originally from Tainan, Taiwan. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpretation in Taiwan, and just received a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College in 2018.Ms. Pin-Wen holds a Chinese Teaching Certificate in Taiwan, besides Intercultural Montessori Language School. She also works as a Chinese teacher in Naperville on the weekends. Ms. Pin-Wen has a passion for culture and language. She highly values and respects cultural diversity and enjoys learning from different cultures. She served as a chairwoman of a youth ministry in a Taiwanese church for three years . She perceives herself as having a listening ear and understanding heart for her students. Ms. Pin-Wen believes children learn best when they trust in the environment, people and the relationship, and she loves to create these elements for children.
Bella PanjaliExtended Day Teacher
Ms. Bella Patanjali is originally from Azerbaijan, Baku, and has been living in the United States for 26 years in New York and then Chicago. Ms. Bella received her Bachelor degree in Music and Piano Teaching, from Romanos Melikyan College in Yerevan, Armenia. Ms. Bella has been teaching piano to children and adults for over 35 years. She worked in public schools as a teacher's assistant, including after-school care and worked with special needs children who needed extra help and special attention. She also has two years’ experience working in a daycare with preschool-aged children. Ms. Bella started at Intercultural in 2015 and is very proud to work in such a unique multicultural environment. She loves her profession, and from her youngest age was inspired by a wonderful teacher she had, to become a teacher herself.
Andrea ReyesExtended Day Teacher
Ms. Andrea started working at Intercultural in 2017 as an Extended Day teacher. She was raised in the west suburbs of Chicago and is now a proud mother of two teenagers. When not working, Ms. Andrea's dedication is to her children! Ms. Andrea graduated from Morton East High School and attended Morton College for two years. She also studied Medical Administration at The College of Office Technology and worked for many years as an office assistant at an Optometrist practice. As an Extended Day teacher, Ms. Andrea hopes to nurture and provide encouragement to the children.
Blance SotoExtended Day Teacher
Ms. Blance recently moved back to Chicago. She had lived in Shorewood, Il for eleven years where she was a stay-at-home mom, raising three children, Esteban Jr., Victoria, and Caroline. Ms. Blanca volunteered at her children's school, helping in the classrooms and in the library. Ms. Blanca graduated from Morton East High School and spent some time at Olympic college, studying to be a medical assistant. She worked in the medical field for four years. In her spare time, Ms. Blanca plans and teaches cooking lessons to the children in her daughter's afterschool program.
Karen WeissExtended Day Teacher
Ms. Karen is originally from the Philippines and has been living in the United States for almost 32 years. She received her education in both the public and private schools system at William H. Ray School, the University of Chicago Lab Schools and Boston University upon moving to the United States. Before working at Intercultural Montessori School, Ms. Karen had a career as a research lab assistant where she researched Nanotechnology at Northwestern University through collaboration with City Colleges of Chicago. Also, she worked in large retailers where she volunteered her time with Chicago youths through outreach and educational programs. In 2016, Ms. Karen joined Intercultural as an Extended Day Teacher where she worked in both the primary and elementary communities. Based on her education and professional experiences, Ms. Karen sees the power in learning and tries to encourage an environment that emphasizes the exploration of new ideas and builds excitement for learning. During her free time, she focuses on photography, reading and traveling.
William Brandon WrightPhysical Education Teacher
Hello, my name is William Brandon Wright. I prefer to be called Brandon. I graduated from De La Salle Institute in 2012. I am currently enrolled at Malcolm X College pursuing an associates in education. Prior to completing high school I obtained a 3rd degree black belt in Hapkido and Taekwondo. With those degrees I would teach martial arts through high school and with that experience my passion for teaching was ignited. I plan to continue to grow as a teacher and as an individual while passing down my knowledge and experiences I have gained through out my life.