My name is Amy Belloli and I work with the 3 year olds. I have been a resident of Geneva since 1997. I am married to Dave and we have 3 teenage boys. Two attend Geneva High School and one is away at college. I have a degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I have enjoyed volunteering at the schools in our district over the years, and love working with the preschoolers!
My name is Kari Bracey. I am the afternoon teacher’s aide for Mrs. Stuewe. I live in Geneva with my husband, teen-aged daughter, and preteen son. Both my children attended Friendship Station and, after being a parent helper, it became my dream to work at the preschool. After 3 years at another preschool, my opportunity arrived in 2016. I love my job, and am amazed every day at how much fun I get to have. I am currently working on my Early Childhood Education associate degree. My favorite things to do, outside of preschool, are enjoying our wonderful town with my family, reading, knitting, and gardening.
My name is Angie Carlson and I have been with Friendship Station since 2002. I teach both the four’s and three’s preschool programs. I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education from Aurora University, Il. and have worked with children of all ages. I have had the opportunity to work as the Camp Director with the park district camp programs, and have taught several Super Saturday Holiday classes.
Cindy has been a proud resident of Geneva for 24 years, and is married with two grown sons. Before becoming to the Geneva Park District, Cindy wore many hats. She worked as a lunchroom helper at Harrison St. School for seven years and became the building secretary for one year. The following year, she became a Special Education Inclusion Assistant in the 3-4 year old classroom at Harrison for eight years. Cindy has been with the Geneva Park District for 13 years working with Friendship Station Preschool, the Kids Zone Before- and After-School Program, and summer camp programs. Cindy enjoys gardening and crafting in her spare time. She really loves teaching and working with children, and is very excited for another year with such a wonderful preschool program.
My name is Carrie Hollman and I have been a resident of Geneva for 22 years. I live with my husband, Steve, and their three children: Melanie, Joe and Thomas. I began to work for the Geneva Park District as an instructor/teacher in the Toddler Program for 12 years. During this time, I taught several classes for the 2-5 year olds. Currently, I teach the 4-year olds at Friendship Station. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and graduated in 1986 with a double degree in Elementary Education (K-8) and Library Science. I also took continuing credits in Early Childhood at Waubonsee Community College in 1999. In my spare time, I love to scrapbook, walk the family dog-Missie, volunteer for Fox Valley Special Recreation and Special Olympics, and relax reading a good book. It is a joy to come to work everyday. The children in Geneva (and surrounding communities) are creative, inspirational, and all-around FUN!
Wendy Kent Krampitz has been a Geneva resident for over twenty years. She is married, has two children, and is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Wendy LOVES kids and enjoys teaching. She believes that each child is special and should be appreciated for exactly who they are!
My name is Kathy Kusek and I am the Registrar at Friendship Station Preschool. I am married and blessed with 2 wonderful daughters and a dog. I lived in Missouri, California, Kansas, and Arizona before finally calling Illinois home, and have a BA in Communications from Arizona State University and an MBA from Aurora University. I worked for a variety of both For-Profit and Nonprofit companies, including the Geneva Park District, before joining the staff at Friendship Station. I also loved volunteering in the Geneva schools; for religious education classes; and in Mrs. Stuewe’s class as a parent helper. One of my daughters attended Friendship Station, and I still keep in touch with the kids and the Moms I met back then. In fact, we still get together and have “Friendship Station Moms’ Nights out!” It is great to be a part of this wonderful school again!
My name is Jan Parcell and I am the teacher for the 4-5yr old class. I have a BS in Speech Pathology from Eastern Kentucky University, and have more than 12 years of experience as a speech therapist in both public and private school settings. Four of those years I was a part of Early Childhood teams in Plano and Oswego. I also was a part of the staff that began Geneva Park District’s Kid Zone before and after school program. After two years I was asked to develop the KinderZone program, focusing on after school activities exclusively for the 5 year old. Two of my favorite things are language development and learning through play. I am so excited to be a part of the wonderful world of the four-five year old! I have lived in Geneva for thirty years and have four grown sons…who also attended Friendship Station!
Jodeen Rogers helped found the Geneva Park District preschool program in 1975 and has been involved in its growth from one class with two teachers to a joint venture with the Geneva School District with more than 275 students and a faculty of about 25. She has a B.S. in Education from Northern Illinois University. Jodeen is married with two grown children and four grandchildren.
My name is Sherry Rogers and I will be assisting Jan Parcell in the the 4-5yr old class. I grew up in Glen Ellyn and attended the College of DuPage where I received my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I am married to my husband Paul and have lived in Geneva for many years. I truly enjoy teaching and working with children, before coming to Friendship Station I taught Preschool for over 20 years. When I’m not working I enjoy traveling, spending time in my yard, reading and catching a Cubs game.
My name is Nikki Spitzer and I am excited to join Friendship Station this year! I look forward to getting to know you and your children. My husband and I grew up in southwest Michigan. We lived downtown in Chicago after we were married and we have now lived in Geneva with our two teenage girls for 20 years. I attended Lake Forest College and earned a BS in German Studies. After some time in international business, I realized that all along my passion was working with children. I entered graduate school at National Louis University and earned my MAT in Early Childhood Education. My experience in teaching began at St. Mark’s Preschool where I student-taught, spent a lot of time subbing in the PreK classroom, and eventually created and taught a 2s/3s program. I then spent time subbing in Geneva and Kaneland school districts and became a Para at one of the elementary schools. Outside of school, my favorite thing to do is travel. I was lucky to spend a college semester in Salzburg, Austria and traveled all over Europe. Since then, my family and I have been on many adventures in and outside of the country. Making fun and lasting memories with my family is priceless to me.
My name is Cindy Stuewe and I grew up in Rockford, IL. I went to Ripon College and graduated with a BA in English and Certification in Education for kindergarten through 8th grade. I received my Early Childhood Certification from Nicolet College in Rhinelander, WI. Friendship Station was being established when my youngest was 4 and I was lucky enough to be hired as one of the first 3-year-old teachers in our program. I added the 4-year-old classes to my schedule a couple of years later. I truly enjoy the excitement and energy that preschoolers bring to their school environment and love being their first teacher. I try to instill the love of learning new things, not being afraid to try, and a positive attitude about themselves and others in all my students. When I am not at school I enjoy gardening and canning, knitting and crafting, and reading.
Emily Wolf has been a Geneva resident for more than 10 years. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Journalism and earned her Master’s degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University. Emily is married with two children who both attended Friendship Station. She has worked in childcare for Geneva Park District and is an active volunteer in Geneva Public Schools. Emily enjoys traveling and reading.