Meet Our Staff

Director: Kelly Aurand

Ms. Kelly has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a Pre-Primary focus.  She started as our school-age summer teacher in 2001 and has never left!   Ms. Kelly has been our Director since 2006 and continues to help the center grow.  She enjoys spending time with her family, spoiling her 3 year old daughter and bargain shopping.

Assistant Director: Amanda Richoz

Ms. Amanda has worked at CDC for 22 years.  She is currently the Assistant Director as well as the lead teacher in the Infant/Toddler Room.  She is fortunate to have been able to watch us grow, as she started right after the center opened!  She is proud to be apart of this warm establishment. 

Young Two's Teacher: Debbie Weiman

Ms. Debbie has been a registered nurse for the last 40 years starting in pediatric care and ending in critical care nursing.  She likes to stay busy and joined our team 16 years ago.  She is a perfect fit for our active 2 year olds!   Ms. Debbie enjoys cooking for her family and the CDC staff, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her three grandchildren!

2's/3's Teacher: Theresa Michniewicz

Ms. Theresa has been working at CDC for 13 years. Most of those years were spent with the infants.  However, she recently decided to try something new and took a teaching position teaching our 2 and 3 year olds.  She's really enjoying the change and welcomes the challenge.  Every day is a new adventure! Ms. Theresa's greatest joy is her daughter, Aidan and spending time with her.  One of her favorite pastimes is to settle down with a good book...especially during a thunderstorm!

Three's Teacher: Cheri Schneff

Ms. Cheri began working at CDC as a teacher's aide 19 years ago.  Shortly after starting, she decided she would like a classroom of her own and got her Child Development Associate.  She has since been our lead teacher for a 3 and  4 year olds.  Ms. Cheri is a proud mother of two-ages 21 and 15.  In fact, her oldest daughter is now on staff here at CDC!  In her free time, Ms. Cheri enjoys spending time with her girls, camping, reading, walks, the warm summer weather, Green Bay Packers, road trips and is an avid Elvis fan/collector.

Pre-K Teacher: Atiyya Akram

Ms. Atiyya joined our CDC team in 1998 and has been a teacher at our center for almost 20 years.  Ms. Atiyya has genuine a love for all ages, but loves teaching Pre-K!   She enjoys preparing the children for Kindergarten and loves incorporating resources from the local library into her teaching.  Ms. Atiyya is very family oriented and takes pride in her three grown son's accomplishments. She also enjoys animals and loves to eat spicy food.  

Kindergarten Teacher: Jill Olson

Ms. Jill graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Upon graduating, she worked in a parochial school for five years, teaching grades 6-8 and 3-4. Ms. Jill took 10 years off to raise her family, but was called back to the workforce when the Pastor recruited her to teach preschool when CDC opened in 1995.  Ms. Jill has been our Kindergarten teacher since it has opened.  In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and eagle watching along the Mississippi River.

Substitute Teacher: Kylie Pattermann

Ms. Kylie actually started at CDC when she was just 2 years old, but as a student!  While attending college, Ms. Kylie serves as our school age teacher during the summer and our substitute teacher during the school year.  When Ms. Kylie is not working or at school, she loves traveling and appreciates spending  time outdoors, camping and boating.   She loves summer, but hates Chicago winters!  She enjoys cheering for the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bulls.

Infant/Toddler Aide: Alisia Composano

Ms. Alisia is one of our newest team members and has been a teacher's aide in our Infant/Toddler Classroom since June of 2017.  Formerly she had worked with school-age children in District U-46 SAFE program.  Ms. Alisia takes pride in each child she works with and couldn't be enjoying her new job any more!  In her spare time she enjoys relaxing and watching shows such as The Office and Parks and Rec.  However, her favorite pastime is cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks!

Floating Teacher's Aide: Shannon Okland

Ms. Shannon graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelors degree in Communication Science and Disorders.  Although, Ms. Shannon is newer to our team, she has worked with children of all ages and abilities.  In her spare time she loves to read and listen to podcasts.  Even though she has only been here a short time, the CDC staff and students already feel like family to her.

Floating Teacher's Aide/Cook: Pam Stein

Ms. Pam's sons had been attending our daycare program, when she had been recruited to work as our center's cook.  She has been employed at our facility since March of 2000 and currently prepares our lunches and snacks, but also serves as a floating aide in the afternoon.  Ms. Pam enjoys spending time with family, trying out new recipes and shopping!


Pastor: Carol Book

Pastor Carol began her career teaching high school math for 12 years and worked in the computer field for 10 years, before hearing her calling into ministry.  She became the Lead Pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in 2015.  Pastor Carol strongly supports the Child Development Center as the church's mission and is very active with our CDC families.  Pastor Carol enjoys biking the Fox River Trail, dancing West Coast Swing and is currently fostering for Anderson Animal Shelter.