Our Teachers

Margarita Shvets

Owner and Director

rita_profileHer education started in Russia as of elementary teacher for 1-3 grades in grade public school; piano, voice, music theory teacher in music school. In USA She first worked as an assistant teacher in the primary level in Montessori school, and simultaneously continued her Montessori Primary Training to become a certified Primary Level Montessori Directress in 1992. With her strong motivation and passion teaching Montessori methods, she continued with introducing a lot of music in the classroom. She was a dedicated directress for many years. She embarked on a new role in 2000, when she opened Vernon Hills Montessori Academy (formerly Montessori and Music Academy ) out of her home in Vernon Hills, managing not only the daily operations but continued as a Directress and
Music teacher.

Sunita Toke

Assistant Director and Directress of afternoon classroom

sunitaSumita brings over 16 years of Montessori teaching experience to Vernon Hills Montessori Academy. She has a bachelor of Arts degree and has taken early childhood courses at College of DuPage in Wheaton. She completed her Montessori training from Meca-Seaton for Primary level Montessori directress in 1999 while working at DuPage Montessori School in Naperville. She joined Vernon Hills Montessori Academy in 2012 when she moved to Long Grove from Naperville. Sunita’s niece and nephew attended Vernon Hills Montessori Academy. Sunita is living in Chicago Area for more than 35 years. She is married and has two grown up daughters. She enjoys teaching at Vernon Hills Montessori Academy and loves being with kids.

Charlene McCloskey

Morning Supervisor and Directress of 3-6 classroom

img2Charlene has resided for over 30 years in IL and has three grown children, not including her youngest that has been with her in Montessori until first grade. She received her Early Childhood Credential from Meca-Seton in 1998. Her experience for twenty years has included yoga training, parenting classes in redirecting children’s behavior, opening and organizing Glenview Montessori School for nine years. The past ten years she has worked as a Montessori Directress with many various responsibilities of different age groups at two locations of Montessori Music Academy. She brings a wide range of experience and
most important, love of children.

Raisa Greyz

Transition Room Teacher


Graduated from university, Teacher of Russian and teacher of Child care in Ukraine.
After moving to USA and worked 15 years as head teacher.
She has two kids, 1 son and 1 daughter. Son is a computer analyst and daughter is a pediatrician. She loves children and is very happy to share all her experience and spending time with children.

Megha Baxi

Transition Room Teacher

meghaMs.Megha Baxi moved to USA from India after getting married. She has completed her Masters degree in Human Development from SM Patel College in India. Over the last 2 years, she has been dedicating her time being around with children in a variety of ways working with 3 & 4 year olds and she has spent considerable time working at Poko Loco childcare in Illinois. Her hobbies include watching movies, keeping fit by exercising and cooking.

Anna Kovalenko

Directress of Transition room and Music Teacher

annaAnna is thrilled to join the family of Vernon Hills Montessori Academy. Her interest in Montessori arose 5 years ago when she was exploring different approaches to childhood education. Currently, she is on her way to becoming a certified Montessori Teacher. Anna earned MFA in Acting from Kyiv National University of Theater, Film and Television in 2009. She has more than ten years of experience in theater, film and performing arts industries. Additionally, Anna has graduated from The School of Music, where she studied piano and voice. In the last three years Anna has been teaching music to children and adults. Her love for children and the diverse and extensive experiences that she has had in music, singing, theater and teaching adds a unique and valuable element to the Vernon Hills Montessori Academy.



Ludmila Yankovsky


imagejpeg_0Ms.Ludmila Yankovsky was born in Crimia in Russia and was educated and graduated in Geography from the University of Uzbekistan in Tashkent. She worked as a Geography teacher too. She moved to USA and initially worked as babysitter for 5 years for a nice Russian Family. She started working as Assistant Teacher at Vernon Hills Montessori from 2011. She loves her Job and and all our little children love her too. Ms.Ludmila is married and her son lives in Dallas with his family.

Vera Florov

Gymnastics teacher

img5Vera Florov is a USAG Certified Coach and Certified Fitness Trainer. She has over 10 years of experience coaching children with special needs in the variety of sports (gymnastics, swimming, ice skating and skiing). She is a member of Professional Ski Instructors of America with over 10 years of coaching experience. Her medical background from Russia and knowledge in biomechanics and kinesiology makes her a valuable member of M&N Gymnastics.