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The Children’s School operates with two directors and a part-time bookkeeper. The Director of Curriculum and Instruction oversees all teaching and learning. Our Director of Administration oversees all of the school’s administrative needs. Together, this team works closely with faculty to keep the school pedagogically and financially sound.

Daniel RyanDaniel Ryan,  Founder
Ed.D., Educational Administration, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.Ed., Educational Administration, Harvard University
B.A., Education, University of Michigan
Principal, Hubbard Woods School, Winnetka, IL

  "As the Founder of The Children's School, I am pleased that we have created a learning community that honors the voices of children.  Through projects, academic discourse, and democratic processes, children are fully engaged in their own learning. Since our first year in 2004, children have built castles, covered wagons, organic gardens and more. With expert guidance from teachers, these projects evolve from the the ideas and interests of the children. Using progressive educational practices, The Children's School is a community of children, teachers, and parents that celebrate and nurture the unique learning needs of each child."


C.Martin_2015Christy Martin, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
B.A., Humanities, Yale College
J.D., University of Chicago

“I love being around children. Most children like to be silly, but they’re very earnest about the things that are important to them. I’m the same way. I love learning and am curious about just about every topic. At the Children’s School I get to explore with the children. I never knew anything about mummification or Ancient Japan or hatching chicks until I studied them with my class.”


Pamela FreesePamela Freese, Director of Administration
B.A., American Studies and German, Grinnell College
M.S., Public Services, De Paul University
Ph.D., Public Policy - University of Illinois at Chicago

“It is such a privilege to work with and around bright, happy children. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and their smiles are always genuine. No two days at the Children’s School are ever alike. It’s exciting to try new approaches to projects, to investigate new ideas, and to work each and every day to make the school stronger.”


Tracy Litsey, Communications Coordinator
B.A., Political Science, Wheaton College

“It's exciting to work with an educational community that honors the mind, spirit, dignity and innate potential of each and every child. Progressive education speaks to the whole intelligence of the student, giving them a framework where their natural creativity and brilliance can shine.”


Admin_KZKathy Zmich, Assistant to the Directors
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Christiane BroihierVesna Nikolic, Bookkeeper

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Jerome Bruner, The Culture of Education

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