Staff & Administrators
Adrienne has been in early childhood education for over 20 years. She has a degree in Elementary Education from DePauw University and a masters degree in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy from National Louis University. After 9 years teaching in District 70, she turned her focus to preschool. LCNS holds a special place in her heart, as she is a graduate, former LCNS parent and board member, teacher and now our director. She is proud to be part of an early childhood program that fosters exploring and learning through play. Adrienne comes from a whole family of educators and currently has two children that attend school in District 128.
Brooke Adams is our MWThF 4/5s teacher. She grew up in Libertyville from the age of 8 and attended Butterfield, Highland, and LHS. Brooke attended Eastern Illinois University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After college, she was a second grade teacher for five years at Woodland Elementary School and she was the poms coach at Libertyville High School for 6 years. Her favorite thing about teaching: the kids! She now lives with her husband and twin son and daughter in Libertyville.
Jackie Axelson is one of our MWF 3s teachers. She has an Elementary Education degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana and a Masters in Reading from Benedictine University. Jackie has 2 sons and a daughter that attend school in District 70. In addition to spending time with her family, she loves to travel and read.
Sandy has been a teacher at LCNS for over 40 years! She has an art education degree from Southern Illinois University and an early childhood degree from CLC. Sandy teacher the MWF 4s program. She believes children learn best by the "hands on" method. Both of her sons attended LCNS and she loves spending time with her grandchildren and riding her bike.
Jori Gebert enjoys teaching the MWF 4s Extended Day program at LCNS. She has a BA in Elementary Education from National Louis University, and previously taught elementary school. Her teaching approach includes learning through movement and play, and educating the whole child. Jori lives in Libertyville with her husband and two sons. She loves to spend time with her family at their cabin in northern Wisconsin and can be seen around town walking her dogs.
Tammy Hansen is returning to LCNS as an aide in the Kindergarten Readiness 4/5s and 3s programs. Previously, she taught a Kaleidoscope Class and has substituted for our aides and teachers on occasion. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University. Tammy has a daughter at Xavier University and a son at Libertyville High School. In addition to spending time with her family, Tammy enjoys working in the garden, walking and reading books.
Molly Kalsch is coming to LCNS as an Aide in the MWF 4s program. She has been a preschool teacher in Vernon Hills for the past 15 years and has a BA in Marketing/Communications from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Molly says, the energy and enthusiasm of the children is why she loves to teach! In her free time she enjoys golfing, sporting events and traveling with her husband and four children.
Jan O'Brien is happy to return to LCNS as a staff member, assisting in our Extended 4s program. Two of her daughters attended the preschool and she previously served on the Board of Directors. After providing nanny services, home daycare, and raising her three girls, Jan couldn't wait to get back to working with young children. She enjoys traveling with her husband Jim and showing her daughters the world! Jan also loves to spend time entertaining family and friends at their lake house in Wisconsin.
Lisa Sefton has been the Treasurer for over 10 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. Both of her children attended LCNS and she served on the Board. In her free time she enjoys crafts and looks forward to her family vacations along the beach.
Stacey Weier is in her 6th year as a lead teacher in our MWF 3s classroom. Stacey has her Associates in Arts with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from the College of Lake County. Stacey believes that each child is unique and strives to create an environment where her students can learn from many different learning styles. She believes wholeheartedly in play based learning and can't wait to create exciting learning opportunities for her students. Stacey lives in Antioch IL with her husband Doug and 2 daughters, Josie & Lucy.
Courtney is our new Tu/Th 3s teacher. She graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign with a degree in Speech and Hearing Science. She also has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Dominican University. She previously worked in special education and with at-risk programs. She has three children in District 70 and has been an LCNS student, parent, and board member. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and being outdoors with her family.
Maggie Barrett is our lead teacher in the MWF 2s class. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and her Master of Arts degree in Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University. She taught for 10 years at Butterfield School in District 70, where she taught both third grade and kindergarten. Maggie is a firm believer that learning should be fun and hands-on. She loves seeing her students learn through the power of play. Maggie lives in Libertyville with her husband, 2 sons and daughter. All three of her children attended LCNS and are now students in District 70. Outside of school, Maggie loves to spend time with family and friends, read and travel.
Becky Lester is thrilled to be joining the staff at LCNS as the teacher for the Tu/Th 2s and the aide in the MWF 2s classes. Becky is no stranger to the halls of LCNS; all four of her children attended and flourished there. Her kids range from an LHS junior down to a kindergartner at Adler. Becky graduated from Winona State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She was an elementary teacher for 7 years before having children and staying home until they were all in school. Now she is ready to get back into the classroom. Becky loves kids and is looking forward to watching them grow and learn through play and socialization. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and experiencing new places.
Amy is returning as an aide in the MWF 3s classroom. She has a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and worked as a pharmacist for over ten years before taking time off to raise a family. She relocated to Libertyville in 2013 with her husband and four children. She was a previous LCNS parent, as her youngest son attended when she first moved here. Having taught several years of religious education, Amy is excited to be back in the classroom.
Robin Sherman is an aide in Miss Stacey's MWF 3s class. This is her third year with LCNS. Robin has a bachelors degree in journalism from Ohio State, and had a 27 year career as a flight attendant. She lives in Libertyville with her husband and 3 children. In her free time Robin enjoys traveling, and attending her children's sporting events.
Nicole Sesi is a teacher aide in the TTh 2's classroom. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Wayne State University. Nicole worked as a nurse in Michigan for 13 years before moving to Libertyville with her family in 2010. Both of her children attended LCNS. Nicole has previously served as a board member substitute classroom aide and aide in both the 3s and 4s programs at LCNS. Outside of LCNS, Nicole loves spending time with her family, traveling, reading and baking.