Preschool teacher in Brookfield leaves legacy of innovation
BROOKFIELD – In the past 24 years, Linda Maietta has provided numerous children with an educational foundation.
Maietta has served as the head of the Brookfield Recreation Department’s preschool program for during that, but now she’s moving on. Her co-workers in the village recently held a reception to wish her well on her retirement.
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to be able to develop my own program, the rewards and challenges of working with young children,” Maietta said. “I loved doing art projects, coming up with fun circle times and songs – my motto was always learning through fun, and we sure had a lot of fun.”
Maietta said she first ran the preschool program at the schoolhouse in the water tower. But when the teacher left the recreation house in the late ’90s, Maietta took the program there, she said.
“I always kidded that Linda couldn’t leave before I retire because I could not replace her,” said Mary Pezdek, program coordinator for the Brookfield Recreation Department. “I relied a lot on her. She has always been generous with her time and ideas so we could develop a great program.”
A La Grange Park resident since 1980, Maietta said it’s time to turn the program over to someone who can keep up with the necessary pace. She is confident that the children will be in good hands with their new teacher.
“I have more time now to spend with my mom and to do a little traveling – especially up in North Dakota where we have our family ranch,” Maietta said about her plans for retirement. “I also have a lot of projects that are waiting for me to finish.”
Maietta said she has cherished all the people she has met during her time with the preschool program.
“The phenomenal families I have encountered who entrusted me with their beautiful children,” Maietta said about what she remembers most. “Also working with some wonderful people, especially my aids who have put up with all my crazy ideas and intricate art projects and my good friends in the Recreation Department.”