Meet the Teachers
Sarah is the owner and founder of City Bird Schoolhouse. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts - Drawing and Painting, Sarah moved to Chicago. Knowing that she wanted to become a teacher, Sarah worked as a private nanny and attended graduate school for her Master's of Education.
Sarah believes in the power of play and art integration in early childhood education. In her eyes, every child she works with is an individual with their own set of strengths and weaknesses. Sarah prides herself on her use of differentiation to reach each student she works with, regardless of their level. She believes that the tight bond she holds with the children she teaches, allows the children to feel comfortable, and free to learn. Sarah believes that the arts are an integral part of education. By using art integration, Sarah connects typical learning processes with creative thinking. Sarah is a firm believer that every child has a right to outstanding early childhood education to build a foundation for their educational career.
Sara (Saralynn) Korbecki
Saralynn has been a teacher at City Bird Schoolhouse since July 2013. She earned her Bachelor of the Arts in Early Childhood Education with a minor in photography from Columbia College Chicago. After College and prior to City Bird, Saralynn worked for several years in a CPS Preschool For All Center at Casa Central.
Saralynn pulls from her studies of the Reggio Emilia Approach and art integration to create a learning environment that supports academic development while stimulating creativity, language, and individuality. Throughout her teaching experience, she has learned the value of social emotional development at an early age. She strives to help children develop positive relationships with their peers through ample opportunities to explore, create, and interact with one another throughout the day.
Amanda joined the City Bird Schoolhouse team in October of 2014. She graduated with a bachelors degree in Music Education from Millikin University where she worked with children ranging from preschool through high school. After college, she worked for three years as a nanny and fell in love with the early childhood age.
Amanda’s philosophy is to treat each child with respect as an individual and provide him or her with the proper tools to flourish in the world around them. She believes it is important to provide children with structure, routine, and a general feeling of being cared for while also giving them opportunities to make their own choices, take risks, and explore their creativity. She is a big supporter of using music and the arts as a means of language and social/emotional development and will always try to find a song to help teach a lesson. She strives to provide a warm, safe, and loving environment for every child.