Thank you for your interest in Chalkboard. Due to the retirement of the current owner/director, all inquiries for the 2019-2020 school year should be directed to or 773.255.7352.

Retirement Letter from Sherry:

Dear Chalkboard Families & Friends,

Forty-one years ago I answered an ad for a preschool teacher and that is when my incredible journey began. After teaching/directing the program for a year and being young and naïve I purchased Chalkboard.

During the past 40 years I have made friends for a lifetime, many of which are more like family. I raised a daughter and survived life-changing events with the never-ending support of the “Chalkboard family”. That is what we are…not just a preschool but a family supporting one another through everyday life.

In these past 40 years I’ve had the privilege to touch the lives of thousands of children and watch many of them grow into adults. Several have come back with their children, which makes my heart so full and is the true definition of “we have come full circle”. I was fortunate to have my daughter with me during her preschool years and then back to teach with me. As if that wasn’t enough, I was also able to have my grandchildren with me during their preschool years.

Enough cannot be said for the staff I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years. Without them none of this would have been possible. Again, we are not just co-workers we are family.

I have always hoped the year would come along that I didn’t feel a commitment to past and present families…that simply isn’t going to happen. Numerous sleepless nights, hours of conversation with family and friends and lots of “Nama, can you come to my game tonight?” or “Nama, can you come watch me at gymnastics?” have lead me to the decision to retire at the end of this school year.

The next step in my journey will take me to my farm in Central Wisconsin. This will put me closer to my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren and fulfill a dream that began over 20 years ago.

I look forward to making this last year one of my best…I’ll savor every moment.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be part of your children’s lives.