AALE Teaching Staff
We are so thrilled you have chosen our school and staff to enrich your child’s education with progressive curriculum and fun filled learning activities. As we get to know or get reacquainted with your children and your families, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you where we can be found throughout the school
Ms. Candace Mayr
I am the owner of All Aboard…Learning Express, Inc. I am director and teacher qualified having earned a degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Child Psychology. I started teaching preschool students in 1985. I have been a member and/or board member of the Preschool Owners Association for Illinois Child Care for over 25 years. My goal is to see that all students are given the opportunity to receive a safe and nurturing education that follows set state standards. That is why, in 2004, I assisted my school in the pursuit of successfully attaining National Accreditation status. All Aboard…Learning Express, Inc. was established in 1993 and continues to be a major love in my life. When I am not at school, my husband and I have our hands full at home with our twin children, Ashley and Kyle. Our children received a wonderful start in school while attending All Aboard...Learning Express, Inc. They graduated from Immaculate Conception Grade School with Presidential Honors. I cannot even believe they are freshman in High School, this year. They are attending Immaculate Conception College Prep High School. We are enjoying the new experiences and friends at our school. Due to location and family commitments my office hours are limited, but I am in contact with the school daily. In my administrative role I can be found in the office, doing classroom observations, running teacher meetings, and reviewing curriculum plans with Ms. Antonella and Ms. Michelle S.
Ms. Michelle Strlek
My name is Mrs. Michelle Strlek and I have been with All Aboard…Learning Express, Inc. for 17 years. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Carthage College in 2002. I started teaching at AALE just after graduation. I have had the pleasure to teach in classrooms, as well as, working in the office as Assistant Director and then Director, leading field trips, and organizing our Annual Silent Auction. Teaching Kindergarten is my passion. When I am not at work, I may be found on the baseball field with my son, volunteering for his scout troop and as well as Religious Education. Connor is 9 years old, he is in 4th grade and is active in sports and other after school activities. His passion is learning about history. Connor is an Alumnus to AALE and returns every summer for Senior Campers. My husband and I just celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary in June. I am thrilled to continue to be a part of the he is going into 4th grade this school year. My husband and I just celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary in June. I am thrilled to continue to be part of the AALE family and look forward to another successful year. I can be found teaching in Kindergarten with Ms. Jill and Ms. Melissa and working in the office as Director alongside Ms. Candace and Ms. Antonella.
Ms. Antonella Colatorti
This is my fifth year at All Aboard…Learning Express, Inc. I am the school’s Co-Director. 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. In my administrative role I can be found in the office, doing classroom observations, interacting with children, guiding/instructing teachers, implementing new curriculum strategies, applying common core values, and planning with Ms. Candace and Ms. Michelle S.