Phone: 630-551-9610

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Mrs. Barb Garrison

Principal

Welcome to an exciting year at Brokaw Early Learning Center.  I have been in the education field since 1988. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western Illinois University, Macomb, and a master’s degree in educational administration from University of St. Francis, Joliet, Ill. My teaching career started in 1988 as an early childhood teacher. I joined School District 308 in 2000 as part of the Early Bird Early Childhood program and then became a first grade teacher in 2001 at The Wheatlands Elementary School when the building opened. In 2005 I was appointed as the assistant principal of The Wheatlands and was there until 2014. In 2014, I transferred to Lakewood Creek Elementary and served as the assistant principal until 2018.

I am excited to get to know the students and families of Brokaw Early Learning Center and look forward to serving and growing with the community.


Phone: 630-551-9611

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Ms. Nykisha Barefield

Assistant Principal

Nykisha Barefield is the assistant principal at Brokaw Early Learning Center. In that role she provides building leadership. She has worked with the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, ECSD, Joliet, Illinois since 2002 in various roles, with her most recent being that of Assistant Director of Education and Support Services since 2014.  She has also had 18 years of experience in the implementation of services in the Head Start program and was a Head Start Teacher at the Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet for four (4) years.  Her professional affiliations include:  National Head Start Association-Trainer; Illinois Head Start Association-Quality Enrichment Circle (Content Area Expert); Pyramid Model Implementation Trainer; Early Childhood Community Focus Group and Early Childhood Coordinators-StarNet Region VI; National Black Child Development; Head Start Fellow; NAACP (DuPage); Joliet Junior College Alumni Board-Director of Large; Joliet Junior College Early Childhood Education Committee; Joliet Public School District 86 Community Partnership & Literacy Committee; Joliet Regional Chamber of Commerce; and NAEYC/IAEYC.

Ms. Barefield received her bachelor’s of science degree, Individualized Curriculum (Major-ECE) from Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois and her M.A. School Leadership (General Administration, Type 75) from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. She is eager and excited to promote growth and development in the students at Brokaw Early Learning Center.

 

Phone: 630-551-9612

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Miss Cara Chase

Special Education Coordinator

 

Phone: 630-551-9413

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Ms. Maureen Troke

Special Education Program Administrator

Maureen Troke has been with Oswego CUSD 308 since 2013 as a Special Education Program Administrator.  She enjoys collaborating with educational teams, parents, and students to provide a supportive learning experience where children excel.


She earned her educational leadership degree from Loyola University of Chicago, IL, her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Teaching from St. Mary's University of Minnesota.