Our Teachers

Ms. Maggie


This year will be Maggie Wilson’s 4th year teaching at the Farm and Nature School. Maggie loves working with the children, especially surrounded by animals and nature! Maggie graduated from Concordia University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Education in 2017. She grew up in Frankfort and is the youngest of 4. Maggie is very excited to start the school year!

Ms. Sabrina


Sabrina LaFlame received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Governors State University. This year will be her fourth year at the Farm and Nature School. She is very excited to teach kindergarten this year exclusively and has a passion for sparking the educational interest of young minds. She enjoys spending time outdoors with not only her students but her family as well. She is happily married to her husband Bryan and has a thirteen-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son. Her objective is to create a fun and safe learning environment so that each child can become the best version of themselves while learning about the world around them.

Ms. Kelly


Kelly Smetana received her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, in 2012. This upcoming school year will be Kelly’s second year teaching our 4-year-olds at the Farm and Nature school. She grew up in Palos Park and spent her summers working with children as a water ski instructor at Culver Military Academy on Lake Maxinkuckee. She is passionate about the outdoors and working with our young learners in this fantastic school setting.

Ms. Karen

3 & 4-year olds

This will be Karen’s second year with Farm and Nature School. She teaches the 3- and 4-year-olds. Karen has always loved working with children. Karen graduated from Augustana College in 2002 with a biology degree and worked as a microbiologist until she had an opportunity to begin working with children again. She has worked as a Sunday school teacher, camp counselor, and kid’s activities supervisor. Karen’s science background is a perfect fit for our nature-based curriculum.