Oak Brook carefully selects staff from many applicants by using a two step interview process. References, FBI background checks, and fingerprinting are done prior to hiring. All teachers are required to have current CPR and First Aid certification. Teachers with less than 2 years of previous experience must complete a 24 hour pre-service training. All teachers are required to attend a minimum of 24 hours of additional training each year that is relevant to the age group they teach.
Monica Ivener - Director
Monica has her Texas State Director’s License and is married with two children. She has been working with children for over 20 years. She has worked in as a supervisor in a behavioral program for children with autism for many years. From there she taught preschool and Pre-K classes both in California and Texas, as well as ran her own licensed in-home child care for 3.5 years. Prior to becoming the Director in 2014 she was the Assistant Director at Oak Brook School for 5 years.
Tracie Riebschlager - Assistant Director
Tracie is married with 3 children. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in communication. She has been working in childcare since 2007 and has been at Oak Brook since 2010 in both our 3 and 4 year old programs. She joined our management team as the Office Administrator but is the Assistant Director since Dec 2015. She enjoys the best of both worlds in working in the office and getting to spend time in various classrooms every day.
- Tiny Tots
Ms. Casandra - Tiny Tots
Hello parents and friends! My name is Casandra Sera. I have been with Oak Brook for almost a year. I was previously in Little Tykes and I am excited to begin a new journey with the little ones in Tiny Tots! I have two nephews that inspired me to become a teacher, and I absolutely LOVE it. Outside of work I am very involved in multiple sports including volleyball, soccer and I love to ride my bike on trails around DFW. Before Oak Brook, I studied nursing and was even able to obtain my CNA certification in High School. Although not practicing medicine, I love nurturing and teaching the babies. I look forward to meeting each of you and am so thrilled to help your kids learn and grow!
- Little Tykes
Ms. Melony - Little Tykes
My name is Melony Neal. My family consists of my husband Ricky Sr., my three children Corrissa, Rick Jr, and Brittany, and my first grandchild Aariah. I have been married for 43 years. I enjoy singing with my Mom and sister in a church gospel group. I also love to cook, collect candles, western items, angels, and to take pictures. I love to stay busy!
I have been in childcare for over 28 years and love what I do. I have been teaching toddlers for a long time, they give me lots of love and joy. It has been a blessing to be here at Oak Brook with them for the past 17 years. I look forward to being a role model for your children.
Ms. Veronica - Little Tykes
My name is Veronica Hudson. I moved from San Angelo, Texas to the Dallas Metroplex in June 2015. My mother and I really wanted to be closer to the rest of our family. I have three brothers and two sisters, I also have four nieces and nephews whom I enjoy spending time doing fun things with. I have been in childcare for over 10 years. I have always enjoyed working with children, I especially love to see them blossom. I love to read, watch movies and collect snow globes. I look forward to working with your child.
Ms. Lynette - Little Tykes
Hello parents and students of Little Tykes. My name is Lynette Magill. I am married and have 4 kids, 2 of my own and 2 stepsons. I also have 2 grandchildren!! I love to do puzzles and word searches. I worked in childcare for 20 years before I took some time off. I have been with Oak Brook since early 2018 and am so excited to be working with the Little Tykes. I look forward to working with your child and watching them grow and develop.
- Early Learners
Ms. Tiffany - Early Learners
Hello, my name is Tiffany Keller! I have worked in childcare for almost 4 years, with ages ranging from infant to school age. My passion is to work with young children as I am currently enrolled in college to be a medical assistant. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time at home with my friends and family. I look forward to working with your child in Early Learners.
Ms. Katy - Early Learners
Hi! My name is Katy Williams Hairston or Mrs. Katy. I have 4 wonderful children and one amazing granddaughter. I came to Oak Brook with almost 10 years of experience in childcare. I have worked with infants all the way through Pre-K. This is what I was made to do. I believe that as early educators we are setting the foundation for a lifetime of learning and emotional well-being. I am very excited to share my knowledge and experience with your child and to learn new things from them as well. I look forward to meeting each of you and can’t wait to see what Oak Brook has in store for all of us.
Ms. Robin - Preschool
Hello Preschool parents! My name is Robin Fasulo, Ms. Robin, and I am so excited to be a part of the Oak Brook family. I have been married to my best friend for 16 years and we have three wonderful children; Stephen is 15, Lydia is 5, and Joseph is 2. When I am not playing with and teaching your little ones you can find me camping with my family or trying a new recipe.
I have lived in the Dallas area most of my life and love it! In 2002 I received my Associates in Arts Degree from Dallas County. I have been a preschool teacher for 7 years and am returning to teaching after homeschooling my oldest for 4 years.
I love the excitement and wonder that preschoolers have. It gives me a renewed appreciation for the world around us. I am very honored to be a part of the Oak Brook family and yours.
Ms. Vera - Pre-K
Hello Oak Brook families. My name is Vera Wagner. I have been a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Oak Brook for 15 years. I have been teaching for over 20 years now with all age groups from infants to pre-teens. I have been married for 30 years and have 3 children myself, ranging from 28 years to 19 years old. I enjoy the challenge and joy of teaching young children.
Ms. Britt - Pre-K
Hello students and parents in Pre-K! My name is Britt Cortez and I am happy to be a part of the Oak Brook team as a teacher in your child’s class! I started teaching in 2012 and have enjoyed every moment since!
I am originally from West Texas and moved to the Dallas area 5 years ago. I am married with 2 beautiful kids; Samuel and Audrey and have another miracle on the way. I enjoy spending time with family, or a good book and my favorite color is glitter!
I look forward to working with and getting to know your child and yourself each day!
- Kindergarten Jumpstart
Ms. Keshia - Kindergarten Jumpstart
Hello parents and students starting Kindergarten JumpStart!! My name is LaKeshia Lowe. I am the lead teacher for this wonderful class. I moved from Manassas, VA to the Dallas Metroplex about 15 years ago. I am very family oriented and have two boys, my oldest is 19 and my baby is 12. I have been at Oak Brook for 14 years. I am a fun and loving person and enjoy working with children. I look forward to working with your child and having an excellent year, including a lot of fun in our Kindergarten JumpStart class.
Ms. Candice - Kindergarten Jumpstart
My name is Candice Williams. I was born and raised in a small town called Hollandale, Mississippi. I attended Alcorn State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development. I have been working with children for 11 years and have been at Oak Brook since December of 2014. I enjoy providing an educational, nurturing and safe environment for children to grow. I look forward to exploring new things with your child this year.
- After School
Nathan Gee - After School Coordinator
My name is Nathan Gee. I have had the privilege of working with children for over 20 years. Throughout my 20 plus years I have had the opportunity to work with several different age groups but the school age program is my passion. I have been here at Oak Brook for 3 years as the school age coordinator. Watching students learn new skills, ideas, and being able to be a part of their schooling is a passion of mine. I have been married for 11 years and my wife and I are the proud parents of 5 cats. I consider myself a big kid at heart and enjoy building with Legos and all things Star Wars as well as many other hobbies. Although we don’t yet have any children of our own, I consider all of the children that I work with my own.
Chef Karen - Chef
Ms. Karen has worked in the food/restaurant/retail industry for over 30 years. Before joining Oak Brook School, she worked on the Food Service side at a local college. Chef Karen has a vast experience preparing meals for a large group of people. She also is a pretty awesome pastry chef! Karen has experience in formal and special events catering which is great for when we have celebrations and festivities at the school.
Ms. Karen was awarded The President's Award while working for Marriott Hotels in recognition of outstanding service. Karen is just a high energy, super competent chef who is also a natural with children. We are so blessed to have her as part of our Oak Brook family!