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Meet the Team


Drs. Naveeda &
Tayya Athar

Drs. Naveeda and Tayya Athar are a mother-daughter duo like none other you’ve ever met. With a background in medicine, psychology and education, their love for children has blossomed into a passion. Combined, they have over 40 years of experience raising children.

Ms. Naveeda grew up in Pakistan and moved to the Chicago area in 1970. She completed her studies at Northern Illinois University with a Doctorate in Education. While raising her own children, she developed an awareness of the importance of child development and education. Her interests include a dynamic curriculum and assessment techniques. Her philosophy is one with a broad approach that includes, family, community and other providers. In her free time, Ms. Naveeda likes to stay active and loves to cook!

Ms. Tayya grew up just down the street from the center. She completed her studies here in Illinois and still lives in the area. Her background is in Biology and dentistry but she’s always had a love for children and pediatric development. Her philosophy on early childhood education includes learning while playing and a unique approach based on individual needs. Ms. Tayya loves to spend time with her dog, Buddy and volunteer in the community with friends and family.


Ms. Tammy

Hello my name is Tammy Moore. I work with all age groups. I graduated in 2012 with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Rasmussen College. Throughout my life I have dedicate a lot of my time to taking care of children and I must say I enjoy every minute of it. I was an owner of a family daycare for 10 years. I am passionate about helping children learn and grow by exploring nature and the community around them. things in enjoy outside of work are spending time with my 3 grandsons, bowling, skating and playing softball. I have been with SSECC since the beginning! I feel so fortunate to be teaching at a school that has a nurturing, loving environment where children are encouraged to explore and experience new challenges that will help build their confidence while learning at the same time. I look forward to continuing teaching in a classroom and I hope that I will continue to have a positive impact on the grown and development of the children.


Ms. Ahmed

Hi my name is Qudsia Ahmed. I came to the United States about 30 years ago. I did my bachelor’s in education and Masters in Sociology in Pakistan. When I migrated here, I continued my education in elementary teaching while working as a substitute teacher in public school for 12 years. I also took some early childhood courses and began working as a daycare teacher. I love working with young children. I, myself have five kids and 4 grandkids.


Ms. Alyssa

My name is Alyssa Quinn, I’m 20 years old and I’m a staff member at Stepping Stones. I live with my mom, dad and grandparents. In my free time, I love to read, listen to music and spend time with my loved ones! I love working with kids! My best friend just had a son and he’s my whole world! I’m so happy to be working here at Stepping Stones and I hope I can make your child’s experience here a great one!


Ms. Demi

I’ve been working in the field for three years. I am unmarried with no children, but I love working with kids. I enjoy playing with them. I also have two cats and a horse and take Tae Kwon Do. I hope to make a difference in children’s lives.


Ms. Jamese

I have been working in the childcare field for 15 years. I have no children of my own but I love to make kids smile. I enjoy hearing their voices and never get tired. When the children are happy, I’m happy. I love working with all age groups expecially toddlers and threes. My motto is make a child’s dream come true.

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