Betsy Regan

Educational Background:  
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. BA in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Certification in K-9 and Birth-6 years. 

Number of Years Teaching:  
I have been teaching preschool for 34 years. I have taught 16 months through 6 year olds.  Most of my teaching years have been with Twos and Threes. I also taught Early Childhood classes at Kendall College.

Family and Pets:  
My husband Gary and I have been married for 35 years and raised our two children in Wilmette. Our son Chris and his wife Lindsay recently added our 1st grandson, Ryan, to our family and our daughter Courtney just moved back to the Chicago area.

List five values you wish to pass onto children:  

  • Kindness
  • Gratitude
  • Creativity
  • Community
  • A sense of humor

What do you like about yourself?  
I like that I am happy and a good friend. I am resourceful and like to solve problems. Most of all I like that I am close to my family and friends.

What did you want to be when you were little?  
I wanted to be a teacher and a mom! I was always babysitting and working with children. Happily, I became both. 

Why is community important to you?  
Community is important to me because there is a sense of belonging. My family is my first community. My friends, neighbors and co-workers are communities that I enjoy being a part of. It is a good feeling to be in a group where others genuinely care about you and you can support one another. I like building a community with my preschoolers too, so that we can learn to care about one another and support everyone in our group.

How are you an active member of your community?  
When my children were little, I was very involved in their school and sport experiences as a room parent and volunteer. During that time I taught Sunday School and volunteered for Community Alternatives Unlimited. As my children grew up, my involvement in my community changed. I like to be a participant when it comes to volunteer work. I like to work on projects at my job, and help out with family. I spent 6 days in Haiti last summer on a Vision trip with 13 women from my family. It was an unbelievable experience!