Administrative and Support Staff

Director 

Email: c-hidaka@neiu.edu

Christina Hidaka is the director of the NEIU Child Care Center. She has worked at the Center since 1993. Christina has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: ECE level 4

Office Staff

Email: h-ham@neiu.edu

Hee Ham is the office staff. Hee has worked at the Center since 1994. Hee has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: ECE level 4

Culinary Worker

Guillermina "Gigi" Aguilar

Teddy Bear Room Staff 

Email: kathyneiu@aol.com

 Kathy Rodriguez

Kathy Rodriguez is the lead teacher for the Teddy Bear Room and a Child Development Supervisor. She has worked at the Center since 1990. Kathy has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 4

 Mubarika Pirzada

Mubarika Pirzada is a Child Development Associate. She has worked at the Center since 1995. Mubarika has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: ECE level 4

 Tanisha Philips 

Tanisha Philips is a Child Development Assistant in the Teddy Bear Room. She has worked at the Center since 2004. Tanisha has a CDA in Professional Childcare from the Professional Career Development Institute. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5

Dolphin Room Staff

 Email: neiudolphin@yahoo.com

Boriana "Bobbie" Tzanova

Boriana "Bobbie" Tzanova is a Child Development Associate in our Dolphin Room. She has worked at the Center since 2007. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood. Bobbie has worked with children since 1981. Illinois Gateways Credentials ECE Level 5

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Kylie Lusting is a Child Development Associate in the Dolphin Room. She has worked at the Center since May 2019. She has a bachelor's degree in Human and Education Services from  Illinois State University. Illinois Gateways Credentials ECE Level 4

Butterfly Room Staff

Email: neiubutterfly@gamil.com

 Rebecca Shin 

Rebecca Shin is the lead teacher in the Butterfly Room and a Child Development Supervisor. She has worked at the Center since 1991. Rebecca has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Northeastern Illinois University. She also has a Type 4 Certification. Illinois Gateways Credentials ECE Level 4

Rosa Arevalo

Rosa Arevalo is a Child Development Associate. She has a bachelor's degree in Spanish. She is looking forward to pursuing a master's in Spanish and Early Childhood Education. Illinois Gateways Credentials ECE Level 5

Penguin Room Staff

Email: penguin.room@yahoo.com

 Ada Miranda 

Ada Miranda is the lead teacher in the Penguin Room and a Child Development Supervisor. She has worked at the Center since 1999. Ada has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Art from Northeastern Illinois University. She also has an endorsement in Bilingual Education from Erikson Institute of Chicago and possesses a Type 4 Certification. Illinois Gateways Credentials ECE Level 4

Busy Bee Room Staff

Email: neiubusybee@yahoo.com

 Heather Markham 

Heather Markham is the lead teacher in the Busy Bee Room and a Child Development Supervisor. She has worked at the Center since 1999. Heather has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern Illinois University and possesses a Type 4 Certification. Illinois Gateways Credentials ECE Level 4

  Lucia Ocampo

Lucia Ocampo is a Child Development Associate in the Busy Bee Room. She has worked at the Center since 1999. Lucia has a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Northeastern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials ECE Level 5