***Now Accepting Applications for our New 4 year old afternoon class!***
Our teachers are the heart of Hinsdale Community Preschool! They foster a sense of community among our families, build strong relationships, and provide rich learning experiences for our students. Our teachers possess degrees in Early Childhood Education and many have obtained a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Our staff has longevity, as many teachers have been with our school for over 20 years!

Our teachers and administration participate in fifteen hours or more of professional development on an annual basis and all are certified in CPR and First Aid.

We consider the experience, talent and dedication of our teachers to be our greatest asset.

Director: Hinsdale Community Preschool employs a full time director who holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education with graduate work in Training and Development. She has over 30 years of Early Childhood Educational experience. Our director is a member of The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Preschool Classes and Teachers

Preschool Enrichment Classes and Teachers


We still have spaces available for our Preschool Enrichment classes if you would like to register your child. Please e-mail Ms. Lynn our registrar at [email protected]. Children must be 4 by January 1st to participate in enrichment classes.

Kindergarten Enrichment Classes and Teachers

Meet Our Teaching Staff

Director: Ann Marie Berlino
Ms. Ann Marie has held the Director position at Hinsdale Community Preschool since June of 2008. She received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey, Trenton, New Jersey and a B.S. in Special Education from The College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J. She has additional graduate course work in Training and Development from Montclair State College, Montclair, N.J.

Ms. Ann Marie taught kindergarten, second and third grade in New Jersey as well as Title One reading and math to kindergarten through six. Prior to coming to HCP, Ann Marie taught preschool blended age classes, as well as literacy enrichment classes, at Little Blessings Preschool in Naperville for nine years. Four of those years she was the Assistant Director of the preschool, as well as the Director of the Enrichment Program. She has over 30 years of Early Childhood Educational experience.

Ms. Wendy Carter (Just for Me Two Lead Teacher, Junior Class Lead Teacher and BookWorms Kindergarten Lead Teacher-Tuesdays, Food Manager) has over 18 years of experience in education. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Development from Concordia University. Ms. Wendy has 18 years of classroom and educational consulting experience. She has been a Lead Teacher in our Just for Me Two class and our Junior preschool class. Both of Ms. Wendy’s children have attended HCP! She also has been a past board President and is an HCP Advisory Board Member!

Ms. Cathy Hribar (Junior Class Teacher and BookWorms Preschool Lead Teacher) joined us in 2016 as Junior class teacher. She earned her Associate Degree in Early Childhood from Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL. Ms. Cathy has been a Lead teacher in our preschool BookWorms class as well as a teacher in our Kindergarten BookWorms . Prior to joining HCP Ms. Cathy taught five year olds at Penny Lane Preschool in Oak Lawn and she was the lead teacher in the toddler classroom at the YMCA Child Development Center in Burr Ridge. Ms. Cathy has a good deal of knowledge of our NAEYC standards as both of her prior schools were also NAEYC accredited.

Ms. Susan Kuhnert(Senior Class teacher) comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from North Central College with Early Childhood Certificate from The College of DuPage. Ms. Sue has been a teacher in our Junior class for the past 5 years and has been the Lead teacher in our LaPetite Master’s Art class. This is Ms. Sue’s fifth year teaching at HCP! She has over 30 years of early childhood teaching experience with her prior experience teaching at Little People Learning Center, Inc. in Downers Grove. Ms. Sue was also the Director/Teacher at Little Lambs Preschool at Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bolingbrook, IL.

Ms. Kathy Lander(Just for Me Two teacher) has been a teacher in the Senior class for the past 5 years. She has also been a teacher in our Discovery America preschool enrichment class as well as our Discovery STEAM preschool enrichment class. Prior to that she was a Lead teacher in our Junior class. Ms. Kathy has been teaching at HCP for 32 years! She has over 30 years of experience in the early childhood field. Prior to joining HCP, Ms. Kathy taught at the Downers Grove Montessori School for 4 years. She was also a permanent substitute teacher at the College of DuPage Lab School. Ms. Kathy has an Associate of Applied Science in Child Development Degree.

Ms. Lynn Mayer(Just for Me Two Class teacher, HCP Registrar) This is Ms. Lynn’s fifth year teaching in the Just for Me Two class. She is also an Alumni Parent of HCP and has served as past Newsletter Chair, Secretary and Registrar! She has completed extensive work on HCP’s NAEYC Accreditation and is an active member of HCP’s Advisory Board. Ms. Lynn holds a Paraprofessional Education Endorsement (ELS-PARA) from the Illinois State Board of Education. She is an Educator for Food Allergy Safety In Schools where she educates staff and administration on food allergy safety for children. She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Ms. Stephanie De Bear(Senior AM and PM Lead teacher, Discovery Kids America Explorers Lead teacher) comes to us with an Associates of Science in Early Childhood Education from The State University of New York (SUNY) Farmingdale in Farmingdale, NY along with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education Birth-21 from Dowling College of Education in Oakdale, NY. She is also working on her Master’s in Reading and Literacy from Long Island University. Prior to moving to Illinois Stephanie taught Pre-Kindergarten at Dell Pickett Elementary school in Georgetown, TX and was a Special Education Pre-K teacher at Just Kids Early Learning Center in Lindenhurst NY.


Upcoming Events

August

Week of Aug 24th
Garden Visits - Meet the Teacher

M-Th August 31 - Sept 4
Teacher Orientation & Room Set-up

September

Tuesday, Sep. 8, 6:30-8:30pm
Mandatory Parent Orientation & Curriculum Night for Just for Me Two parents and Junior's parents
6:30-7pm JFMT in Kettering Hall (1st floor)
7-8pm Parent Orientation, Kettering Hall (1st floor)
8-8:30pm Juniors in Kettering Hall (1st floor)

Wednesday, Sep. 9, 6:30-8:00pm
Mandatory Parent Orientation & Curriculum Night for Senior AM and Senior PM parents
6:30-7pm Seniors in Kettering Hall (1st floor)
7-8pm Parent Orientation, Kettering Hall (1st floor)

See additional events in the
For Parents
section.






In the News

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Newzgroup


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DCFS Website
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