Mama Cilla's

Mama Cilla's

2 employees
17 years in business

About this pro

I am constantly learning as well as teaching! I also make sure inclusion is practiced. I will make sure its fun and I will listen to what you wish to accomplish with class :) I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am cpr, first aide and add certified. I am also shallow water lifeguard certified. Anything you are interested in? Let me know! 

I love teaching! I love the look on people's faces, and the happy feeling when they learn something new!  

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Downers Grove, IL 60516
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Getting to know their likes and dislikes, going over safety and rules, and assessing their level. Discussion on what they want to accomplish.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have 20+ yrs of experience. My training has came from various ymca's, public schools, Catholic schools, swim school, and home daycares. 

I am 1st aide, CPR, and AED certified ( infant, child, adult) 

I am shallow water lifeguard certified

I have also taught in the Neuro divergent population, (down syndrome, autism, adhd sensory disorders, and many more. Infant through adults ) in swim lessons,  sports and arts. 

I am currently taking accredited classes in sensory activities for infant through toddler.

I am always looking for new hobbies to master and teach as well!!! 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Anywhere from $30/hr to $300/hr. 



Special circumstances 

Child age/skill

How did you get started teaching?

When I was 12, I would, instead of recess, teach a 20 min arts and crafts class (1st grade) once a week. I lead the whole craft and captured the childrens attention for the entire time.  I planned the crafts on my own, gave the teacher a supply list the week before the class, and before the class I would portion everything into individual containers to pass out.  One of the 1st graders entered a bunny necklace ( which was one of my lessons) in an art fair that won him 1st prize, thanked me for helping him with art and making it fun. Since then I knew this is my life's calling!

What types of students have you worked with?

Students who are eager to learn

Students with down syndrome

Students with autism

Students with ADHD

Students with fear of water

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of my most recent classes, a little girl who is 2 1/2. She started classes a month ago and was terrified of the pool. Once a week,  for 30 minutes she came. On the 4th class she came in smiling, as opposed to looking unsure, and participated gleefully in all her skills. I hadn't forced her to put her face in, just her chin. The last five minutes of games, we attempted a dive toy, her choice. She went underwater and got the dive toy at 2 ft. YAY!  Then she wanted to try 4 feet. YAY!! She did it again! She pushed off the bottom of the pool and resurfaced with a huge smile. Moments like this is why I love my job. :)

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask what their safety protocol is, and give them a scenario to answer. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Are they terrified? 

Do they have any medical conditions?

What goals do you have?

Lessons offered

Soccer Trainers Spanish Classes Swimming Lessons Craft Classes Ballet Classes Gymnastics Classes Tumbling Classes Bowling Lessons Photography Classes Candle Making Classes Crocheting Classes Embroidery Classes Jewelry Design Classes Paper Crafts Lessons Weaving Classes Cooking Classes Fitness Classes Meditation Classes Parenting Classes ESL Classes