Our expertise is rooted in early childhood education & the arts! Meet our dynamic team …

Natalie Monterastelli, Executive Director

Natalie Monterastelli feels beyond lucky to have found such a magical place that weaves together so many of her passions and nurtures children and families during the critical first 5 years of development! Natalie's creative path has ta... To read more >>>

Kirsten Uttich, Director of Operations

Kirsten Uttich brings a unique variety of expertise to Bubbles Academy — especially her tremendous service skills and a love for delighting an audience. She has been smiling wide and tapping her feet since the age of three, when she be... To read more >>>

Megan Lowndes, Human Resources Manager

Megan Lowndes, a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, leads our human resources initiatives in order to create a truly vibrant work culture at Bubbles Academy. She studied communications, journalism and sociology at her alma mater, The Un... To read more >>>

Bethany Schreck, Communications Manager

Bethany Schreck’s expertise in branding and love for youth-oriented organizations makes Bubbles Academy the perfect platform to message for as a designer, writer and a firm believer in the power of the imagination. Bethany adored gr... To read more >>>

Dani Brown, Events Manager

A creative soul from southern Illinois, Dani Brown's journey began five hours south of Chicago. After receiving her BA in Studio Art Education from Southern Illinois University, she spread her creative wings by heading to the big city. ... To read more >>>

Lina Chambers, Teacher

Lina grew up in Boise, Idaho where one only has to drive 15 minutes to be completely surrounded by the foothills, reservoirs or lush forests. However, she craved the faster pace of an urban landscape and decided to trade the mountains fo... To read more >>>

Brittny Congleton, Teacher

Brittny, a sassy Southern gal from Midway, Kentucky, is thrilled to be a part of Bubbles Academy — a place where she feels joyful, goofy and full of life! Studying Drama and Gender Studies at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentu... To read more >>>

Veronica Garza, Teacher

Veronica is a Pennsylvania State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She recently moved to Chicago from Pittsburgh to pursue a career in performance —bringing with her a bright history of acting in musicals, plays a... To read more >>>

David Kornfeld, Teacher

Born and raised in California, David Kornfeld grew up playing outdoors and communing with nature, and from infancy was drawn to music, both in listening to and creating it. Now, with a degree in music from Carleton College, he is very ex... To read more >>>

Monica Lani, Teacher & Events Coordinator

Monica Lani is a Chicago native, born in Hyde Park and raised in the south suburbs. Working with kids is, and has always been, her greatest joy. As a braces-wearing-high schooler at Homewood Flossmoor (she would later become their su... To read more >>>

Katie Banks McBride, Teacher

Katie Banks McBride loves helping students ages two years to adult find their unique voices and express themselves, whether it be through acting, dance, or writing.  A Michigan native, Miss Katie began teaching dance when she was fo... To read more >>>

Matt Beard, Teacher

Matt comes from the mountains of Colorado where he studied Creative Writing and Theatre at the University of Colorado, as well as studied being an adventurer out in the hills and creeks. Music runs deep in Matt's family. His mother has a... To read more >>>

Alexis Pontidoro, Teacher

Madison, Wisconsin native Alexis first fell in love with music when she began taking Suzuki piano lessons at the age of four. Since then, she has added voice, guitar, bass, drums and ukulele to her repertoire. She studied Art and English... To read more >>>

Our Team
"The teachers are awesome — super spirited and talented. They pay attention to each child and make the class fun for the kids and the adults.” — Yelp.