The Chicago school’s lead teacher is David Ladon (to the left of the tree below).

2018 School Picture

David Ladon (pronounced with a long “A”) has been working as an educator and musician for over a decade, developing and implementing curriculum across a range of spaces and subject areas, including after school programming, private and group music classes, Jewish learning, social justice education, cooking, drama, STEM, and visual arts.

From 2008 to 2013, he was a member of Boston Workmen’s Circle, teaching in the Sunday school and volunteering with adult programming. Since moving to Chicago in 2013, David has worked as a teaching artist at Hyde Park Art Center, the Oak Park Education Foundation, Columbia College, Ravinia, and Oak Park School of Rock.  In spring 2018, he completed his M.A. in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education at DePaul University.

David lives in Avondale with his wife, Zean, and their cat, Angus.  When not playing music or teaching, he loves working in the garden, cooking big meals, and exploring Chicago.

Corrina DemmaCorrina Demma, a Chicago native, has been an educator in one form or another for over 15 years. You might say she’s a born teacher (peers and family do). Her experience covers a wide range of instruction, from inspired curriculum and program development for national nonprofits to passionately teaching children, ages 3 months to 18 years.

Most recently, in 2015, Corrina founded Best Nest Daycare in an effort to carry on her love of teaching. In doing so, she’s been blessed to find the opportunity to have a direct hand in raising her children. Previously, she was a middle school math and science teacher for Chicago Public Schools. One of her favorite parts of the job was mobilizing a community garden alongside her students, seeing avid participation, and incorporating daily lessons using the garden as an interactive aid. She simultaneously implemented robotics programming for Upward Bound Math and Science at Northeastern Illinois University.

She is thrilled to have the opportunity to join her skills as an educator with her personal convictions as they align with the greater Workmen’s Circle organization.

Corrina lives in Roscoe Village with her husband Evan and their two daughters, Althea and Frances.