Founder & Executive Director
Nicole Toalson founded The Green Bean in 2009 with the simple desire to provide her son a loving and intimate environment in which to grow and learn with other children. Starting as a home daycare in Logan Square, the school has grown organically and has since expanded to accommodate the needs of our community and our children.
Nicole earned her B.A in Journalism & Political Science from Indiana University. She also earned her early childhood accreditation through City Colleges of Chicago. Before her career change to involve her son, she previously worked in the arts, communication and media world. From her first internship at Weber Shandwick PR, to her Sales position at Thrill Jockey Records, to producing television at NBC she has always stayed in the creative lane. Bringing her love of learning to children and other educators is her passion. Promoting education through her love of design and art can be seen all throughout our school. Traveling to Reggio Emilia, Italy with other educators for professional development was a career highlight and one she hopes to do again.
She lives in Logan Square with her husband and two children. Her family has been renovating a farmhouse in Wisconsin where she keeps chickens and runs a small flower farm.
director of admissions
Lindsey started at Green Bean in 2013. She has worked professionally in childcare since 2008. She started at Green Bean as a lead teacher in the Older Toddler room and has worked as a nanny, special education camp counselor, and educational coordinator. She attended the University of Iowa with a major in education and Kendall College for early childhood education with a focus in special education.
As the Assistant Director, she spent much of her time in classrooms working with staff on classroom management, areas of investigation, behavioral or developmental concerns, and therapeutic referrals. She works closely with our consultant in the Reggio Emilia approach and aims to integrate that experience in staff training and her work with the children throughout the year. She recently moved to Riverside with her husband and energetic dog. Baby Loucks will be joining the Green Bean team in the summer of 2019.
director of operations
Callie was born and raised in Chicago. She graduated from UIC in 2013 with a degree in Urban Elementary Education. After graduation, she spent a summer working at an art based preschool where she quickly realized her passion for working with younger children. Callie began working at the Green Bean in 2015 as an Assistant Teacher in the Older Toddler 2 classroom. From there, she went on to become a Lead Teacher in the Younger Toddler 2 classroom where she worked for three years before moving into her most recent position as Assistant Director. She is currently pursuing an MA in Early Childhood Education. When she's not hanging out with the kiddos at Green Bean, Callie loves to travel, explore Chicago, and spend time at home with her kitties and hedgehog.