Meet Our Staff


Cheri Ryndak ~ Director

Cheri studied Early Childhood Education at Waubonsee Community College and continued her education at Northern Illinois University where she obtained her Elementary Education Degree. She loves to encourage learning through various methods that stimulate the students’ social, emotional, physical, and academic growth. As Cheri’s daughter, Grace, attended KCCC for two years, she has enjoyed being a member of the KCCC school board as well as the Parent Advisory Council. She and her family have a small farm in Waterman where they raise an array of animals and grow a variety of vegetables. When she isn’t immersed in play with her daughter she enjoys spending time with friends and family. She is looking forward to this school year and continuing her own education in early childhood administration.

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Cathy Kovach ~ Administrative Assistant/Music Teacher

Cathy Kovach has been a member of the KCCC family for 18 years! She studied Music Education at Illinois State University and specialized in violin.  She is the mother of three boys and lives right in Kaneville. Her two younger boys attended KCCC in the Daycare and Preschool/Pre-K programs.  Cathy’s favorite part about working at KCCC is its family feel! She loves the staff and children just as she does her own family and loves watching the children’s faces light up when they learn something new! A fun fact about Cathy is that she is a firefighter and an EMT-B. She also has a Beagle named Lucy!

Teaching Staff


Michelle Rissman ~ Lead Teacher

We have had the pleasure of having Michelle with KCCC for over 29 years!  She grew up in Kaneville and currently resides there. After attending Kaneland High School, she studied Early Childhood Education at Waubonsee Community College. Michelle has earned a CDA (Child Development Associate). While at WCC, she earned specialized certificates of achievement in Basic Nurse Assistant Training, Early Childhood Aide, and Infant and Toddler Care.  Michelle’s words:  “It has been such a wonderful experience to work at a loving and caring daycare center.  I have been truly blessed to be a part of it and such an outstanding community.”  The kids call her Shell, for short!

Julie Knazur ~ Lead Teacher

After growing up in Lansing, IL and living in Highland, IN, Julie moved to Sugar Grove in 2005. She attended Illinois State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Julie has always loved working with kids, and her passion lies in both raising her own kids and teaching your little ones! She has five children and says that her house is “crazy, busy, loud, and full of love.” Julie loves KCCC’s family feel and calls it her home away from home.

Christy Rossi ~ Lead Teacher

Christy has her associates degree in early childhood education and has recently become director qualified. Christy is a pro classroom teacher as she has been in a preschool/daycare setting for over 16 years. She loves creating challenging activities, lessons and centers to engage the children daily. Christy lives in Yorkville with her husband, 2 teenage daughters, 3 crazy dogs and a cat. We are so blessed to have Christy as part of our KCCC staff family!