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Our faculty, administration, and other staff are all dedicated to nurturing and protecting our children.

Teachers & Administration

Meet Our Faculty

Terry Felt

Primary Educator


Mrs. Felt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, with an area of concentration in Child Development. She graduated magna cum laude from Northern Illinois University and has been teaching for more than 26 years. Her nurturing style allows our youngest students to learn at their own pace in a warm, hands-on, and inviting environment. Mrs. Felt has experience teaching Kindergarten, Early Childhood, and Special Education. This is Mrs. Felt’s seventeenth year at The Einstein Academy. She is married, has two children, and is a proud grandmother.

Megan Black

Primary Educator


Megan Black is a graduate from Roosevelt University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. Megan is ESL certified teacher as well as a learning behavior specialist (LBS1).

Sally Hover

Primary Educator & Assistant Principal


Ms. Hover obtained her Masters of Arts degree from Concordia University in Curriculum and Development and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Sociology and Anthropology from National-Louis University, graduating summa cum laude. She has also received her certification through Fermi Lab for “Beneath the Ashes” and “Particles, Prairies, and Technologies” as well as The Illinois Extension Service certification in “Embryology I and II, as well as studying methods of reaching gifted children under Dr. Sally Walker and Dr. Rima Binder in The Parallel Curriculum. 

She has more than thirty years experience working with students from Pre-K through high school.  As a lifelong learner Ms. Hover hopes to instill a lifetime love of learning in her colleagues, parents, and students.

Terri Anderson

Primary Educator


Mrs. Anderson received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with an endorsement in art, from National-Louis University. As a student, she founded and became president of a National Education Association collegiate chapter that held fundraisers for local charities and workshops for fellow NLU students. Her outstanding grades, dedication, and community service earned her a top scholarship and the prestigious Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award, for which she was honored by the governor. Mrs. Anderson taught four years at Erickson Elementary School in Bloomingdale and is thrilled to be a part of The Einstein Academy for her thirteenth year. If you walk by her room, you can see how her creativity and enthusiasm are evident. Mrs. Anderson believes in creating a classroom where children are engaged, motivated, and encouraged to ask questions and actively learn in a hands-on, child-centered environment. She is married and has three beautiful and talented daughters.

Amy Lasser Baldini

Middle School


Mrs. Baldini graduated from National-Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in Psychology. Mrs. Baldini is a natural when it comes to teaching. Her instant connection with children and genuine affection for them create an eagerness to learn in an atmosphere of openness and trust. Since the age of seven, her dream has been to teach, and she is delighted to be in her 15th year of teaching at The Einstein Academy.

Renae Schlossman

Language Arts Specialist (Middle/High School) & High School Coordinator


Renae Schlossmann teaches English, speech, debate and chorus. She serves as moderator of the creative writing club and directs music for the spring production. She encourages literacy by running an intramural Battle of the Books program. Renae is a member of the Music Teachers’ National Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Daniel Dwyer

Social & Physical Science Specialist (Middle School/High School Specialist)


Daniel is a graduate of The University of Iowa and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Philosophy.  Daniel has received a Master’s degree from DePaul University in middle school and upper school education (6-12 grade). He has worked as a Laboratory Technician at a medical diagnostic laboratory for 8 years.

Savannah Langenstein

Physical Education & Math Specialist (Middle/High School)


Savannah is a graduate of Judson University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and is certified for grades 6-12.

Dr. Peter Horn

AP Biology/ Science Specialist (High School)


Dr. Peter Horn is a visiting instructor, offering specialized instruction in Conceptual Physics. Dr. Horn holds a bachelor of science degree in human biology, a doctoral degree in chiropractic and a certificate of chiropractic sports medicine. He brings over 30 years of professional experience to our students. His passion for health and wellness is only surpassed by his passion to help others achieve their full potential and live their life to the fullest. He enjoys teaching and he leads by example. Dr. Horn has an excellent understanding of the mission and goals of The Einstein Academy, as the youngest of his four children is an alum.

Sandy Misner

Art & Music


Lila Birchfield



Lila has a BA in French and Spanish Secondary Education. She also holds a Professional Educator License from ISBE. She received her MA in Linguistics with an emphasis on second language acquisition. On top of all that, she also has a Language Arts Specialist Certificate from ICCB. 

Brad Savage



Brad Savage teaches Latin and math at The Einstein Academy.   He coaches our volleyball and quiz bowl teams, and he runs an after school test prep class.  In the past, he has also advised a cryptography club. He is ABD in Classics at UCLA, holds a MA in Classics from the University of Washington, and earned 2 BAs from The Ohio State University in Classics and Political Science.  Brad has served as Recruitment Director, Central Region, of Ascanius, and is currently on the Board of the National Latin exam.  In the summer of 2016, Brad was a Goldman Sachs Fellow at the American School in Rome, and he has won a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for the summer of 2018.

Lacee Hudec

Life Skills


Ashley James

PreK Assistant


Cathy Ilani

Principal & Drama Specialist


Cathy Ilani has been a teacher for over 30 years. She received her Bachelor‘s Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her Master’s Degree from National Louis University. Cathy Ilani is one of the few teachers in the state of Illinois that is endorsed in Gifted Education.

A Word

From Our Principal

As an educator and a parent, the quality of education has always been important to me. In looking for the best fit for my children, I found that many private schools focused on various components of the curriculum while ignoring others. My search ended when I founded The Einstein Academy with a mission “to implement an individualized and nurturing program that provides students with skills and knowledge necessary to become productive members of society and lifelong learners.” My goal is to educate the whole child and to make sure that each student is treated with respect, encouragement, and devotion. These are character-building qualities that I expect for my own children.

Our school caters to the academically talented from ages 4 through High School. We strive to teach children the joy of learning which enables them to become lifelong learners. Our curriculum is accelerated, highly enriched and well balanced.  In addition, we prepare our students by building on themes such as community, relationships, responsibility, respect and kindness.

Visit our school and learn more about our Environmental Arts, Life Skills, and Advanced Placement courses.

– Cathy Ilani
Founder / Principal



How To Register Your Child for The Einstein Academy

If you would like to have your child considered for admission to The Einstein Academy for the current or upcoming school year, you can apply online.

See the guidelines to the right to make sure you have everything necessary to complete the application process.

International Applicants visit here

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office:

Call For Inquiry

(847) 697-3836

Mail For Inquiry


Due to our rolling admissions process, we accept applications throughout the year. A non-refundable fee of $50 (or $100 for International) must accompany the application, payable to The Einstein Academy


Each applicant is required to schedule a class visit as part of the admissions process.


To be considered for acceptance by The Einstein Academy the following must be provided by the applicant:

  1. Copy of birth certificate
  2. Copy of report cards or assessment reports
  3. Teacher’s recommendation form
  4. Copy of results from any standardized test taken in the past three years

Get in Touch

Location: 747 Davis Road, Elgin, IL 60123

Telephone: (847) 697 - 3836

Email: info@einsteinacademy.us

School Hours: M-F: 8:00am - 2:30pm

Extended Care: M-F: 7:00am - 6:00pm