Anita Speck

2-Day AM, 3-Day AM & 3-Day PM Teacher

When I came to Park West as a student teacher, in 1983, it was inspiring to have deep, lengthy discussions about how kids learn, and to realize how seriously staff at Park West took their commitment to supporting children’s learning. I was thrilled to be hired and taught part-time while my daughter and three sons were young, and full-time once my youngest started kindergarten.  I feel very fortunate to have collaborated and learned with such serious-minded professionals over the years, with the support of parents who so generously contribute to our program with their active participation. We’ve always had diverse ages and genders on staff, providing various perspectives and points of view, and I’m proud now that my own daughter Amanda has become my colleague. Young children are all so unique that despite teaching for three decades, every day feels new. I never know just what they’ll say, or what they might be thinking, and I’m honored to be privy to their fresh and unaffected ideas. They always make me think, and smile, and sometimes even laugh out loud.

Credentials: DePaul University: Early Childhood Education
Certificates: Early Childhood Education, NAECY Icon Member
Anita's book pick: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Quotes from Our Park West Family

"They say 'we take children and their ideas seriously,' and they really do."

—Aileen S., former parent