Welcome to
Oak Lawn Day Nursery
Early Childhood Academy

6343 W 90th Place

Oak Lawn, IL  60453

(708) 599-3315


"Dedicated to children and families since 1965"

Infants (6 Weeks) through Kindergarten

Parents always welcome


Specializing in
Reading Readiness
Differentiated Teaching

  • State Licensed
  • DCFS Certified Teachers
  • Christian Curriculum
  • Hot Lunch Program

Hours: 6:00am - 6:00pm, Monday - Friday

A Ministry of

Meet Our Staff

Lynda Aills - Director

Lynda Aills has been the director of Oak Lawn Day Nursery since 2000.  She has a B.S. Degree in Education with proficiencies in English, Literature, and Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Education. 
From childhood Lynda wanted to be a teacher, and has enjoyed many years as a High School English teacher in public schools in Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky where she has been awarded several Excellence In Teaching and Teacher Of The Year Awards.  Lynda also has been teaching at Olivet Nazarene University for the past seven years and was presented with the Snowbarger Excellence In Teaching Award during the 2009 Graduation Ceremonies at Olivet. 
Lynda is married to Pastor Gary Aills and they have two children, Nathan and Nicholas.  As director of Oak Lawn Day Nursery Early Childhood Academy, she states, "The children that God brings our way are such blessings.  This ministry is all about them, and how God does have a purpose for their lives.  Learning begins here...in Early Childhood.  We want to give our children the best."


Infant/ Infant Toddler

Margarita Tavira - 6 years

Margarita has a degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has experience as a children's director and is very involved with children in her church and community.  She teaches with a loving heart, bringing her real world experience and love for children into the classroom in creative projects and fun activity.  A truly nurturing person, Margarita has a flair for making the Early Preschool room a room of joy and happiness.  In her spare time, Margarita loves spending time with her husband, her teenage boys, and her church family.

Tracy Antosz - 12 years

Tracy began as an assistant before earning her degree in Early Childhood Education with a major in infant and toddler care and instruction.  She continues to pursue her education by keeping updated in areas of infant/toddler growth and by attending workshops and seminars about the latest research in infant and toddler care.  Tracy is also certified to teach two and three year old preschool, so on occasion you may see her in the Early Preschool room.

She enjoys working out, and spending time with her teenage daughter as well as family and friends.   In addition, Tracy enjoys scrap-booking and spending time with her two dogs.

Early Preschool

Susanne Grindle - 6 years

Susanne Grindle is the interim Early Preschool teacher. Sue has over twenty-five years in Early Childhood with certification in preschool, toddlers, and infants. Ms. Sue and her husband Jeff attend Oak Lawn Church of the Nazarene and have five adult children and three grandchildren. Ms. Sue believes her calling is to teach and care for children in their early years and spends her time working on creative lessons so that every day is an adventure! You will see Ms. Sue in the toddler and infant toddler rooms as well.


Michelle Falibene - 14 years

Michelle has a degree in Early Childhood Education and enjoys running, exercising, and spending time with her family. Michelle especially enjoys teaching her preschoolers reading. Her preschool room is a lively center of learning where children can enjoy a reading library, a creative math and science center, and every opportunity to learn in a fun-filled environment.

Mickey Elrod - 13 years

Mickey came to OLDN as a teacher's assistant and earned a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2015.Mickey is known for her ability to create and produce wonderful projects with the children in art and also enjoys working with the children in math.


Jennifer Gaskin - 11 years

Jennifer has earned a degree in Elementary Education with specialties in early childhood and special education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.  She currently teaches full-day Kindergarten and serves as the Assistant Director. She enjoys every moment with her daughter, Devin.

Administrative Assistant

Barb Innis

Barbara Innis is our new Administrative Assistant, but she is no stranger to Oak Lawn First Church of the Nazarene.  Barbara met her husband, Ken, at this church in the 1980’s, they were married in this church, and they both have been an integral part of the church for many years.  Barbara has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University, but found that rather than teaching, she much prefers working behind the scenes, supporting those who are on the “front lines”, getting the job done.  She has been an Office Manager/Administrative Assistant for various companies since 1989, and held a part-time position of Bookkeeper for OLDN from 2001-2004.  Barbara and her husband have two grown children, James & Jessica.


Linda Swecicki - 35 years

Linda has been the cook at OLDN for 35 years, beginning right out of high school. She holds certificates in Food Sanitation, and is known for her "OLDN COOKBOOK" that the children "request" upon graduation from the school. Always willing to make a day happy for the children, Linda can be seen decorating, creating, and making school fun!

Certified Teachers:

Oak Lawn Day Nursery hires quality individuals who first love God and children, and in addition, maintain the professionalism required for dynamic, creative, 21st century teaching of young children. To be employed by Oak Lawn Day Nursery, one must commit to a daily routine of planning, creativity, and high energy that includes all that brain-based education requires. In addition, one must continue learning through highly recognized professional development classes and seminars, and must exhibit, on a daily basis, a willingness to perform as a superior teacher. Oak Lawn Day Nursery is a non-profit ministry of the Oak Lawn First Church of the Nazarene and has served the Oak Lawn community and beyond since 1965 and all teachers are part of the Church of the Nazarene Children's Ministries.


Teacher Assistants at Oak Lawn Day Nursery are individuals who are working on a degree in Education, Nursing, or a similar service. Teacher Assistants may not have a degree in Early Childhood Education, but they continue to work on their education at local community colleges or universities. Teacher Assistants may also be working on their Early Childhood Credentials while serving in the classroom and are also part of the Church of the Nazarene Children's Ministries.