Our teachers come from various backgrounds and each contributes unique qualities to the Day School community. All our teachers hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and meet licensing requirements. Many of our teachers have advanced degrees and certifications.

3AM PRESCHOOL Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Molly Corrigan

Molly began her teaching career at Brooks Junior High in Oak Park, IL. Teaching 7th and 8th grade children prepared her for the next adventure, raising three boys! Before joining Fourth Church Day School, Molly was a substitute teacher at St …

Lisa De Lisle

Lisa has taught children in preschool through middle school in both traditional and special needs environments. She enjoys working with young children and their families and received her M.Ed. from the University of Illinois Chicago and her B.S. in Education …

TWOS TUESDAY/THURSDAY

Allison Wadleigh

Allison loves bringing the arts and a developmental perspective into diverse educational and mental health settings with children, youth, and families. She has previously worked as a music and drama instructor, religious educator, program coordinator, special education teacher, child mental …

Kathy Hager, Director

Kathy began her teaching career teaching in Chicago, focusing on Early Childhood Special Education, and feels fortunate to have spent the last two decades at the Day School teaching in various capacities. In 2016, Kathy began serving as director and …

5AM PRESCHOOL

Lisa Ahmad

Lisa taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades in CPS and in the Charter Schools. After teaching 6 years, she became an assistant principal. She then followed her husband to Philadelphia and New York where she taught and ran an Honors Program …

Jillian Gillespie

As a teacher at the Day School, Jillian loves creating a fun atmosphere conducive to learning. She believes getting messy is good for you and you can never have too many friends! Jillian earned her B.S.W. in Social Work from …

Kathy Harrington

Kathy began teaching music at the Day School in 1998 and assistant teaching in 2006. Studying acoustic guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music enhances her ability to engage young children in favorite old songs as well as …

Barbara Tracy

Barbara has been teaching preschool for twenty years, eleven of those years at the Day School and nine years at Duchesne Preschool in Omaha, Nebraska. Barbara loves teaching and learning with young children. She believes that early childhood is a …

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Josie Phelps

Josie lived in Brooklyn for eight years where she used her degree in English from the University of Texas working in the communications departments of the American Museum of Natural History and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Upon relocating to Chicago, …

Penny Applegate

After graduating from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Education, Penny taught in elementary schools in both the Chicago suburbs and city. She then spent more than a decade teaching adults in the business world before moving to Asia with …

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