& Support Staff
Ms. Ellen Solis-Harris
My name is Mrs. Ellen Solis-Harris. I started 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 eventually my 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. In the 2013-2014 school year, I returned to teaching in Kindergarten, where I taught for two more years. I
switched back to Room Cc to teach the preschoolers in 2015. Before I changed 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. I can be found assisting in the office a few afternoons a week.
Ms. Melissa Doser
My name is Ms. Melissa Doser, and I have been a member of the All Aboard…Learning Express, Inc. team since July of 2000. 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 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. I occasionally visit other classrooms with my puppet friends Trixie, Bruno, and Felix.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to the movies, and swimming! I am 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 fifth 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. Before All Aboard…Learning Express, Inc., I taught 4th grade and substituted in various grades for one year. Two years ago, I married to the love of my life, Jerry,
and in May we had our first baby! We are the proud parents of our beautiful baby girl, Roma! Being a mother is the greatest gift in the world, and I truly feel so blessed. 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 Alumni, and also an Assistant teacher since 2017. I am currently an undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago, studying Biology, on the Pre-Med track. This experience with the children has been nothing but eye opening. I adore working with all the staff and have assisted in Room Bb as well as helping run the Senior Campers summer program. Outside of AALE and Loyola, I absolutely love traveling with my family and friends. This year, I can be found assisting in the office.
Ms. Mary Chierici
My name is Ms. Mary Chierici. I have an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a paraprofessional certification. I was pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Education when my husband became ill and passed away from A.L.S. I took some time off to spend with my family, but now I am happy to be back at All Aboard…Learning Express, Inc, even if it is just part time. I also work for CPS in the cafeteria. I am the mother of three grown sons, and have four beautiful grandchildren: Dante, Vivianna, Antonietta, and Alessia. I enjoy reading, working out, and spending time with my kids and grandkids. I truly enjoy being with the children!
Mr. Jesus Gonzalez
My name is Jesus Gonzalez and I joined All Aboard…Learning Express, Inc. in Summer 2019 at the age of 17. I am a senior in high school and the eldest son of Ms. Tecla. This school year, I can be found assisting in Rooms Kk, Bb, and Aa.
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 and Room Aa 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 all classrooms. 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 alumni, 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!