1700 West Cortland Street, Suite 101
Chicago, IL 60622


The Nicholson School is fortunate to have wonderful, nurturing early childhood educators on staff.  The teachers bring a combination of practical preschool teaching experience along with early childhood development expertise to create a stimulating yet nurturing classroom environment.  Educators work as a team, planning and evaluating the curriculum.  Modifications are developed as needed to suit children's needs.   

​    ​​​The Nicholson School



Joanna Taylor

​Founder/Executive Director


Joanna is a Chicago native, Bucktown resident, and mother of an 11-year-old.  The Nicholson School is named after Joanna’s grandmother, Novella, a woman who loved education and always wanted to be a teacher. While Novella was never fortunate enough to teach in a formal setting she shared a great deal of wisdom with her three children. Joanna’s passion for early childhood education blossomed while attending mommy and me classes with her daughter.  Joanna is pleased to be a member of The Nicholson School community; “watching our teachers work with your children and seeing our student’s progress is a joy.”

Angela George

Director and Teacher


Angela developed a heart and passion for teaching city kids in Chicago where she was was born and raised. Angela graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Elementary Education and she received her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Erikson Institute. Angela brings  over fifteen years of Pre-K - 2nd grade teaching experience to The Nicholson School; most recently she taught kindergarten for six years at Andrew Jackson Language Academy. Angela is excited to be part of the Nicholson team for the third year and looks forward to helping our children develop a love of learning.

Garden Room Teachers

Angela George
Director and Teacher

Micah Rossini

Lead and Assistant Teacher


Micah Rossini recently moved to Chicago from Dallas and is so excited to make an impact on the lives of young learners in her own neighborhood! Micah graduated from the University of Dallas with a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies. Micah brings 6 years of teaching experience to The Nicholson School and most recently served as the Kindergarten through 5th grade Reading Specialist at Uplift Education in Dallas. Micah is looking forward to facilitating creativity, purposeful play, and building strong relationships among her new students and families at The Nicholson School.

Brittany Wolfe   
Assistant Teacher

Brittany is so excited to be apart of The Nicholson School family.  This will be her seventh year working in a preschool! She has been working with children ranging from 15 months to 5 years old.  She truly enjoy working with this age, it is so fun to watch children grow, learn and become independent.  Outside of The Nicholson School, Brittany enjoys traveling, doing yoga, and cooking. 

Meg Reilly

Assistant Teacher 

Meg recently graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BA in Psychology and has over five years of experience working with young children, in school settings and as a nanny. Meg is (newly) local to the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood. She is excited to join The Nicholson School family as an Assistant Teacher in the Caterpillar Class!

Cloud Room Teachers

Maria Macnab

Lead Teacher


Maria is excited to join the team at The Nicholson School.  She is coming from a Chicago Public School where she was the Director of Early Childhood Programs for preschool to 1st grade for the past 9 years.  Maria holds her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Type 04 teaching certification from Erikson Institute as well as an ESL endorsement. Maria is also a Certified Yoga Instructor for Children/Families/Adults and has founded her own company, Yureka Yoga.

Maria believes in providing an educational environment that supports a child’s learning and development through developmentally appropriate teaching practices. She has always been an advocate for educating the whole child.  She incorporates yoga & mindfulness each week with the goal of fostering stronger attention, focus, and self-regulation skills. Most importantly, she strives to foster a strong home/school connection and values building relationships with students, parents, and her co-workers.

Maria spends most of her spare time teaching, practicing, and learning about yoga & meditation. Her hobbies include traveling, spending time outdoors, reading, and going to brunch.  Maria is thrilled to join The Nicholson School family.

Caren Jurina
Assistant Teacher 

Caren has an Associates Degree in Art and spent many years working as a freelance artist for Learning Resources and working in the exhibits department at The Chicago Academy of Sciences, a children’s museum dedicated to science and natural history. Her passion for using her art to help children to learn led her to working as an “artsitter” with Sitters Studio, where for the last eight years she has used her artistic creativity to engage children in art, music, and dramatic play. Inspired by her artsitting experiences Caren earned her BA in Early Childhood Education at Chicago’s Kendall College. Caren is very excited to embark on her third year of teaching with The Nicholson School; she’s looking forward to sharing her love for artistic expression, science exploration, and creative play with our young learners.

Bianca Lopez
Assistant Teacher

Bianca is thrilled to be apart of The Nicholson School. She has over six years of experience working with young children and most recently she worked as lead for a kindergarten and 1st grade after school program. Bianca loves watching kids discover the world around them and become more confident in themselves. Outside of work Bianca enjoys reading, baking, and learning how to crochet.