L&L Lakeview West - MAIN

Our Philosophy

Please be advised that infant and toddler spots typically fill up quickly thus we encourage parents to tour as soon as possible for this age group.  Please inquire about a tour and learn more about our RIE philosophy.  We look forward to meeting you soon! 


Dear Prospective Parents and Guardians, 

My name is Shelby Wirtz and I am pleased to introduce myself as the Center Director of L&L Academy and Preschool- Lakeview West!  

Experience and Education

I have always had an extraordinarily strong passion for guiding and teaching young children through their first years of life. I have been working with children for many years. I graduated from Illinois State University in May of 2015 where I majored in Speech-Language Pathology and also took courses in Early Childhood Education. In college, I enjoyed volunteering in preschool through fifth-grade classrooms where I had the wonderful opportunity to truly learn what it is like to be an early childhood educator.   

After graduating, I accepted a full-time nannying position where I even more so realized the importance of teaching and caring for children. In the Spring of 2016, I accepted my first teaching position as the lead teacher in a two-year-old classroom and that is when I knew I had found my passion. Starting my teaching career leading a two-year-old classroom has taught me more than I ever thought I could learn! In December 2017, I accepted a position with L&L Academy as the Lead Toddler Teacher at our Lakeview East location and shortly thereafter I transferred to our Infant and Toddler Center where I held the position of Center Director and Lead Toddler Teacher for two years. It has been such a rewarding experience working amongst such wonderful teachers and creating such strong relationships with all families at L&L.  

Our Teaching Team

As the Director at Lakeview West, I will strive to guide all teachers to be the best they can be and provide wonderful care and education in a safe and loving environment. I look forward to getting to know all families while keeping an open line of communication and to being a part of so many milestones during our children’s first years of life! It is wonderful to wake up every day and love what you do.

A Safe and Loving Environment

At L&L Lakeview West, we prioritize creating a safe and loving environment for your child. We believe that children thrive when they feel secure and nurtured. Our dedicated team of teachers is committed to providing a caring atmosphere where your child can learn and grow.

Open Communication

We value open communication with parents and understand the importance of involving families in their child’s development. We keep you informed about your child’s progress and welcome your feedback and input.

Milestones in Early Years

Every child reaches important milestones in their early years, and we are honored to be a part of these special moments. From their first steps to their first words, we celebrate and support your child’s growth, ensuring they have a strong foundation for their future.

Schedule a Tour

We invite you to schedule a tour of our facility to see firsthand the enriching environment we provide for our students. Contact us today to book your visit and learn more about our programs.

Enroll with Us

If you’re ready to embark on this educational journey with us, we have a straightforward enrollment process. Secure a spot for your child at L&L Lakeview West and join our community of passionate educators and caring families.

L&L Academy and Preschool WEST

Contact Us


1154 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657, United States

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