Brittany started working with young students at The Kids Place in LaSalle starting in 2006. This is when she really figured out that working with young children was where her purpose is. It was during this time she started going to college for Early Childhood Education at Kendall College. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in special education, she got her Master’s through Ashford University for working with bilingual students. On a personal note, she loves dogs and the band Pearl Jam. Reading, writing, and thinking of ideas for children's books are often on her leisure list.
Hi! my name is Karli! I am a mother of two. I have a four-year old son and a nine-year-old daughter. I live in Dazell with my husband, kids, and a small petting zoo of rescued pets. I am looking forward to great year with all of our amazing kids!
Before working at Lighted Way, April was a nanny for twins. April has worked for Lighted Way for 10+ years. She has three boys. She enjoys cooking, art, and crafts. Much of her life has been dedicated to educating young students! April is also a talented artist and enjoys making crafts.
Rachel has been a paraprofessional for over 18 years. When her children were young, she taught Bible School and Sunday School. Rachel has worked retail, fast food, and at a grocery store. She worked for Valley Flowers and continues a hobby of making florals.
Hello! My name is Angel. I live in Streator and it is my second year as a paraprofessional at Lighted Way. I went to IVCC to get my Associates in Early Childhood and I have worked with children for about four years, excluding my time caring for my younger siblings, one of which has special needs. I love music, reading, photography, nature, Marvel, Disney. I am so excited for the school year and to get to know the students!
Hello! My name is Selene. I grew up in McNabb, IL. I graduated from Putnam County. My favorite color is red.
Hello! My name is Stephanie. I have been with Lighted Way since May. I live in Earlville with my husband of three years. We have three dogs and a rabbit. I am so excited to learn and grow with students this year.
Hi! My name is Audra! I just moved back to the Illinois Valley and have a lot of experience with students with special needs. I am excited to learn and grow with our students!!
Hi! I am Kim, and I am expecting a granddaughter in November 2022! I worked at Head Start for a lot of years. I live in Spring Valley. I love owls and spending time with our students.
About Mary Jo
Mary Jo has been at Lighted Way for 5 years. I love music, dancing, reading, and going for walks in my spare time. My favorite season is summer. I love to be in my pool, gardening and yard work.
Hi! I am Becca! I am a new mom and enjoy working at Lighted Way! I am so excited to be a part of the Lighted Way family!