Toddler Faculty

Catalina Nechifor, Directress

8+ years in Montessori

New Toddler Directress, Catalina Nechifor, is thrilled to be a lead teacher at Brickton Montessori School. When she started to search for a preschool for her son, she discovered the Maria Montessori method and became a strong supporter. For seven years, Catalina has enjoyed her experience working at Lincoln Square Montessori School, where she accomplished many career goals. This summer, she finished her Infant-Toddler training coursework at Seton Montessori Institute. She is looking forward to bringing her teaching experience and love of the Montessori philosophy to Brickton Montessori School.


Music Specialist

Kathy Hummel

KHummel_optKathy Hummel began teaching Music at Brickton in 1996. An accomplished musician, Kathy earned her Master’s Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University, her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University and Orff Schulwerk certification from De Paul University. She has taught music in Montessori schools for over twenty years. Kathy provides music instruction using the Orff Schulwerk method for Toddlers, Children’s House and Elementary students. She also instructs the Elementary students in chorus and band. Kathy teaches flute and plays in the Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra.