& Support Staff
Ms. Ellen Solis-Harris
My name is Mrs. Ellen Solis-Harris. I began teaching at All Aboard…Learning Express, Inc. in Feb. 1996. I started teaching preschool and then taught Kindergarten for 6 years. I began working part time in 2002 so I would have time to take care of my granddaughter and grandson. I taught summer Kindergarten, and during the school year I put together the KEEP program (Kids Educational Enrichment Program) for children pre-K to 2nd grade. I returned to teaching full time in the fall of 2013, and continued for several years in Kindergarten and in Room Cc.
Prior to early childhood, I taught cosmetology at Truman College. I went to North Eastern University to continue my education in early childhood and my latest studies were to receive my CDA (Child Development Associate Credential). I ran a holiday bazaar for many years and then our yearly silent auction. When I am not at AALE, I enjoy reading, working with miniatures, cooking, and spending time with my grandchildren. This year I will be assisting the office on Saturdays and from home during the week.
Ms. Melissa Doser
My name is Ms. Melissa Doser, and All Aboard…Learning Express, Inc. has been my home for 20 years! I have a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Oakton Community College. I have worn many “hats” in our school, spending time as both assistant and head teacher, and assisting the office staff. This past spring, I began working from home on our website. This school year, I can be found in Kindergarten working alongside Ms. Michelle and Ms. Jill. I will also be teaching Kindergarten’s weekly art class, often using books or classic works of art as inspiration
for our lessons. My lifelong love of books and stories is what inspires me most as a teacher, and I adore reading to the children. My puppet family (Trixie, Bruno, Felix and others) frequently join me in the classroom, bringing silliness and laughter whenever they visit! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to the movies, and swimming! I love animals, and I'm the proud mommy of a cocker spaniel named Piper. I love spending time with my family and friends, especially my niece and nephews.
Ms. Antonella Colatorti
This is my seventh year at All Aboard…Learning Express, Inc. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dominican University, where I double majored in English Literature and Elementary Education, and received my Type 03 teaching certification. I was Vice President of Dominican’s English National Honor Society (Sigma Tau Delta), a proud member of several university social clubs, and various honors programs. Four years ago, I married to the love of my life, Jerry, and we are the proud parents of
two children, Roma (2) and Peter (7 months). When I am not here, you can find me enjoying time with our family and friends. One can also always find me baking or curled up with a good book! I look forward to watching your children flourish as they embark on their educational journeys to life-long learning at All Aboard...Learning Express, Inc. This year I can be found in the office, assisting Ms. Candace and Ms. Michelle.
Ms. Tatiana Kojo
My name is Ms. Tatiana Kojo, I am an All Aboard…Learning Express alum as well as an Assistant Teacher since 2017! I am currently a graduate student at Roosevelt University studying Biomedical Sciences on the Pre-Med track. My experience working with the children has been extremely eye opening and rewarding. I have assisted in all classrooms these past few years, but you can now find me assisting Ms. Candace, Ms. Michelle, and Ms. Antonella in the office. Outside of AALE and Roosevelt, I absolutely love traveling with my family and friends.
Mr. Jesus Gonzalez
My name is Jesus Gonzalez and I joined All Aboard…Learning Express, Inc. in Summer 2019. I am a freshman at Wright College, and the eldest son of Ms. Tecla. I have a adorable Shih Tzu puppy named Blue. I enjoy drawing, and use my talents to create coloring sheets for the classroom. In my spare time I enjoy playing volleyball. This school year, I can be found assisting in Room Bb.
Ms. Karina Espinoza
My name is Karina Espinoza and I have been working at AALE for 1 year. I am currently a student at Truman College and am taking courses in Early Childhood Education. My previous experience is nannying for children birth through 5 years. I enjoy teaching children in a creative way. I believe creativity is one of the best ways for children to learn. My goal is to become a pre-k teacher and to be a supporting tool for children. I am excited for this school year! You will find me in Room Cc this school year.
Ms. Shannon Dorband
My name is Shannon Dorband and I joined All Aboard…Learning Express, Inc. in the Summer of 2019. I have loved kids since I was very young. I attend Taft high school where I am beginning my senior year. I love AALE! This school year, I can be found assisting in Room Bb. I am thrilled to be part of the team.
Ms. Sydney Polanco
My name is Ms. Sydney Polanco, and I have been working at All Aboard since June 2017. I am an All Aboard alum, Class of 2004, and have had the privilege of working with many of my own teachers from my preschool days. I have a Bachelor’s of Science-Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and my teaching experience has ranged from ages 6 months to 9 years. Both my parents are paramedics with the Chicago Fire Department, and I have two French bulldog puppies. You can find me in Room Cc playing tea parties and dinosaurs!
Ms. Fasiha Asad
My name is Ms. Fasiha Asad. I recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a concentration in Early Childhood Development and a degree in Psychology. I have many years of experience with children as I’ve worked in Montessori childcare, as well as babysitting and nannying for children aged newborn-13 years old. I joined the All Aboard… Learning Express team in Fall 2019. Outside of AALE and school, you can find me hopping on a plane to a new city, or spending quality time with friends and family! You can find me assisting with drop-off several days a week!