JESS DINKELMAN

INTERIM Director

Ms. Jessy Dinkelman has been at Open Arms for the past 4.5 years. She started as an assistant in the Baby Rosebuds and the Daisy Threes room before taking a lead teacher position in the summer of 2017 in the Tiger Lily Twos classroom. Ms. Jessy graduated from Concordia University Chicago with a Special Education Degree and a Psychology Minor. Ms. Jessy enjoys singing and dancing with the children. Her favorite classroom time is Jesus Time where she loves to translate Bible themes and stories into child friendly versions where the messages of love and kindness are always present. Her biggest hope this upcoming school year is to assist, to the best of her abilities, Open Arms as the interim director.


Natalie Kryjanovskaia

Lead Teacher, Baby Rosebuds

Natalie has been with us since the first year we opened Open Arms. She is our original baby teacher. She finds great joy in helping the little babies and their families as they begin their journey at Open Arms. She loves to play, rock, sing and love on our little ones. She also appreciates being able to help our new moms and dads as they navigate the waters of being first time parents, or second, third or fourth. Natalie enjoys being mom to her adult daughter.

Debbie Johnson

lead teacher, baby begonias

Greetings! I have been working at Open Arms since August of 2012 starting in the Toddler Tulips and then moving into the Begonia room where I am now the leader of the Begonia team. Prior to coming to Open Arms I was an elementary teacher in a Lutheran school, and graduated with my teaching credentials in 1985 from Concordia Chicago. As part of my education, I learned to play the organ and will occasionally play for Lutheran churches in the area on Sunday mornings. My daughter, Hannah, works in the Tiger Lily Two classroom, and my granddaughter, Caylee, graduated from Open Arms and is now in 5th grade.

When I do have free time I enjoy relaxing in front of the tv with my cats. I also enjoy counted cross stitch projects and sewing. 

 

Carol Endres

lead teacher, Toddler Tulips

Carol has been with us since the day Open Arms opened its doors. She has 15 years of experience in education. The halls are filled with her singing as she transitions her class from activity to activity with a song. Carol is mom to three and the proud grandma of one.

hannah johnson

Lead teacher, tiger lily twos

Hannah Johnson here and I am so happy to guide your children. I have my degree from Concordia University Chicago. This will be my 5th year at Open Arms. I love moving and grooving. You will always find me playing and singing away. I am really excited for this upcoming year, to be able to teach your children about Jesus and how to love and care for each other. 

Leslie Christiansen

Lead teacher, daisy threes

I am a current graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin where I earned my bachelors in Early Childhood Education. This is my first year as a lead teacher, but have had plenty of classroom experience. I have worked and lead the summer camp here at Open Arms for the previous 5 years, so this will be my 6th year working here. I have also been baptized and confirmed here at Immanuel, and I incorporate my faith into my classroom. I love to play and have fun doing hands on activities. If you see the Daisy 3's making a mess, we are just having fun and learning! 

Megan Gerken

lead teacher, daisy fours

Megan earned her Bachelor's degree in Education from Illinois State University. This will be her third year as the lead teacher in the 4's room. Megan's goal is to have her class engaged in hands-on activities as much as possible, so coming up with new ideas and lessons is very important. 

April Driscoll

lead teacher, wildflower Pre-k and kindergarten

Mrs. Driscoll has been teaching for eleven years. She has taught all grades from kindergarten to fifth grade, but has most recently discovered that kindergarten is her favorite grade.  She received her B.A. in elementary education from Northeastern Illinois University and her Masters in Reading from Concordia University. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and hanging out with her two nephews.  

Open Arms

1850 Chestnut Avenue

Glenview, IL  60025

847.724.6092