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

Natalie Monterastelli, Executive Director

Natalie Monterastelli's creative path has taken her on quite the ride from her hometown of Champaign, Illinois to New York City, London, Dublin, San Juan and beyond performing and teaching creative drama and improv. She is thrilled to h... 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, 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 University of ... To read more >>>

Bethany Schreck, Communications Manager

Bethany, a native of Pittsburgh, is a 2011 Ohio Northern University graduate, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising Design and Organizational Communication. Bethany delighted in her role as Klondike the Polar Bear, the University m... 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 >>>

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 >>>

Hanh Pham, Events Coordinator

Growing up in a large family that loved to celebrate birthdays and have lots of get-togethers, Hanh is excited to be an Events Coordinator. Hanh’s diverse career includes: San Francisco Environment’s first volunteer coordinator, G... 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.