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Mission Statement:

At Open Space Early Learning Center, we encourage the development of the whole child by creating both a stimulating and nurturing environment. We provide not only hands on materials but also engaging experiences that encourage the children to explore, learn, discover and play.

Meet our team of Education Specialists

Every staff member at Open Space strives to develop a positive and meaningful relationship with the families. Our staff always makes the extra effort to ensure that each family member feels respected and valued at Open Space.  By selecting us as your primary childcare provider, we are your extended Family!

Kanwal Lalani

Founder & Curriculum Director

Ms. Kanwal has been working in the education field for over 10 years and has worked with children ranging from infants up to school-aged, but has found her passion to be in Early Childhood. During her time in the early childhood field, Ms. Kanwal has worked as a classroom teacher for various age groups as well as on the Leadership team as an Assistant Director managing not only day to day operations but also focusing on overall center programming and teacher development. Ms. Kanwal has a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing in Early Childhood Education from Stephen F Austin State University and has recently obtained her Master’s Degree from Erikson Institute in Child Development specializing in Administration. In her free time, Ms. Kanwal enjoys volunteering for youth programs, reading, yoga and zumba!

 

Mia Diaz

Teacher

Hi my name is Ms Mia. I have been working in early childhood centers for 6 years, however I started working with children when I was 15 years old. I believe that children are our future and they need a positive and loving place and caregivers to help them grow and learn. It is such a rewarding experience watching a child learn how to talk, walk, run, express themselves using words and emotions, and play independently and with their peers. My favorite things to do in my free time are watching moving and spending time with my family and friends.

Morgan Ritchie

Teacher

Hi, I am Ms. Morgan and I am very excited to join the Open Space Learning Center team of teachers and staff. I look forward to a year of fun, learning, and adventures. I can’t wait to learn all about you and your family. I received my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. I worked as a nanny and Infant/Toddler teacher during college and decided to accept early childhood education as my career. My hope is for our continued communication to help your child learn and grow. I look forward to all the fun we are going to have and all the new things we are going to learn. If you have any questions or would like to tell me anything that would help me better serve your child’s needs, feel free to let me know!

Patricia Mosby

Teacher

Hello, my name is Patricia Mosby.  I have been working with children for over 17 years.  The children who I have worked with range in age from 6 weeks to 12 years of age.  After working with various age groups, I found my passion to be working with infants.  I am excited to start my journey at Open Space Early Learning Center as a teacher in the infant program.  I am originally from Greenville, Mississippi, where I was born but I moved to Chicago in 1989.  I am a very reliable, responsible person and have great patience with children.  I cannot wait to meet each of you and your children.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Carson Fritz

Assistant Teacher

Hello, My name is Mr. Carson.  I am originally from Portland, OR, and I am so excited to join you and your kids at Open Space!  I just recently finished my undergraduate studies in Colorado and I followed my girlfriend out here to Chicago, and so far I am in love with it.  In the past, I have worked with kids of varied ages, ranging from elementary school to high school, usually on their own artistic projects.  Every time I have had one of these opportunities, I have enjoyed spending time with the kids. I am thrilled to bring this energy to Open Space and to learn more about early childhood.  I am looking forward to meeting you and your lovely children.

 

Yeselle Martinez

Teacher

Hello, My name is Yeselle Martinez but you can call me Ms. Yesi.  I am very excited to join the Open Space team as a Infant teacher.  I have been working with children for the last 10 years.  I have an associates in early childhood education and I am currently am pursuing a bachelors degree, also in early chlidhood education.   I have always loved working with children and it being me great joy to be able to help guide and shaape the minds of our little ones.  I am excited to begin to get to know everyone and have fun while learning!