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Meet the Rock 'n' Kids! Staff

 

Jamie Puffpaff

Jamie Puffpaff created the Tot Rock and Kid Rock programs in 1995 as a way to give young children a way to exercise their creativity, their minds and their bodies! Jamie loves meeting new families from all over Chicago-land and helping their children learn to express themselves through music. When she’s not working, Jamie likes to play tennis, read, go to the movies, have fun with her grandchildren and entertain. Read Jamie's recent interview from VoyageChicago.com.

 

Miss Laura

Miss Laura has been teaching for Rock ‘n’ Kids since 2001. She loves her students’ imaginations and senses of humor. She also loves the joy they have when they accomplish something new! Miss Laura sings in three choirs and enjoys reading, doing puzzles and cross stitch, traveling, walking and hiking.

Miss Mari

Miss Mari has been with Rock ‘n’ Kids since 2001. She also teaches belly dancing and is a performer and choreographer. Mari loves watching the Food Network and talent show TV. What she loves most about her students is that they are honest, and love to play and learn!

Miss Susie

Miss Susie has been a Rock ‘n’ Kids instructor since 2008. She loves listening to all the funny things her students say, and that when they walk into her classroom, they make her feel like the most important person in the world! She also loves their innocence and their excitement for life, as well as their willingness to trust and love. Miss Susie enjoys watching her family grow up. She also loves all things Disney, especially Mickey Mouse!

Mr. Dave

Mr. Dave has been with Rock ‘n’ Kids since 2008. When he is not teaching for Rock ‘n’ Kids, Mr. Dave teaches piano lessons at his music studio, and loves playing with his band, “This End Up”. He also enjoys water-based hobbies such as kayaking, skiing, and scuba diving. What Mr. Dave loves about his Tot and Kid Rockers is the enjoyment they have playing with the different instruments and socializing with each other!

Miss Diana

Miss Diana enjoys spending time with her family. She also likes reading, cooking, and baking. An instructor since 2009, Miss Diana loves how curious and eager to learn her students are!

Mr. Rich

Teaching since 2012, Mr. Rich loves seeing how toddlers and preschoolers use their imaginations! He is an avid Star Wars and WWE fan.

Miss Pam

Working in the Rock ‘n’ Kids office since 2013, Miss Pam enjoys reading, puzzle solving and escape rooms, camping, traveling, and cooking. Their curiosity and enthusiasm are what Miss Pam loves most about toddlers and preschoolers!

Miss Nicole

Miss Nicole loves the enthusiasm and energy that toddlers and preschoolers have! She has been an instructor since 2016. She loves spending time with her family, reading, dancing, and making music!

Miss CarrieMiss Carrie

Miss Carrie has a big interest in musical theater, which is why she is a great addition to the 2018 Rock 'n' Kids team! She loves watching how joyful and enthusiastic her students are in class. With her husband and two children, Miss Carrie enjoys playing outside, going to the beach and swimming.

Miss DamitaMiss Damita

Miss Damita was excited to join the Rock 'n' Kids team in late 2018 because she loves the smiles, laughter and endless curiosity of children! Miss Damita loves to write and has 2 blogs, dance (belly dance, Flamenco and Japanese dance) and has a passion for travel, history and singing. She also enjoys time spending time with her 2 children. Damita is motivated by the unbridled joy her students express in everything they do.

Miss MariaMiss Maria

Teaching for Rock 'n' Kids is Miss Maria's dream job! With her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from Northeastern Illinois University where she did research on how music facilitates movement and interactions in young children with special needs, Maria is able to put that in practice in the classroom. Maria is also a vocalist and ukulele performer for Caring Hearts and Voices and sings at hospice centers and homeless shelters. With 15 years of experience in the industry, Miss Maria believes young children's facial expressions are the window to their minds, hearts and souls.

Miss KellyMiss Kelly

Miss Kelly started with Rock 'n' Kids in 2019 because she became interested in the program after attending with her daughter. Miss Kelly enjoys watching children develop their own personalities and take daily leaps and bounds in their development! She loves their enthusiasm for learning and life! Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading books and going to book club.

 Miss Lis Miss Lis

Miss Lis returned to Rock 'n' Kids in the fall of 2019 after a 15-year hiatus! She loves how curious, energetic, and lovable toddlers and preschoolers are, and how eager they are to learn. In her free time, Lis enjoys travelling, spending time with her family, and volunteering with several community organizations.

Miss AmandaMiss Amanda

Music has always been an important part of Miss Amanda’s life. Not only did she join Rock ‘n’ Kids as an instructor in the summer of 2019, she also directs a children’s choir in Naperville. What Amanda enjoys most about working with little ones is their imagination, exploration, and energy!

Miss JanelleMiss Janelle

Miss Janelle loves to listen to music and dance, especially while making dinner with her family! Becoming a Rock ‘n’ Kids instructor in the summer of 2019 was a natural fit for her. She enjoys that every new experience for little ones is an adventure. Janelle is looking forward to singing, dancing and playing with all the littles in her classes!

Miss LanaMiss Lana

Sewing, baking, and arts & crafts are some of Miss Lana’s hobbies when she isn’t teaching Tot Rock and Kid Rock. She loves how young children’s minds work, and that their imaginations have no limit. Miss Lana joined Rock 'n' Kids in the fall of 2019 and loves meeting and working with young families in the community.





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