Marla Garstka, M.A.

Director, Children’s Programs, Chicago Lighthouse North

Marla has taught in the Birth-to-Three Early Intervention program for 31 years. As its head teacher and director, she helps set its priorities, goals and performance standards, working with parents and service coordinators to provide intake and assessments for children participating in the program. Marla earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts at Northeastern Illinois University and was awarded the Kohl-McCormick Early Childhood Education Award in 2006. She holds a Type 10 certificate for teachers of blind and partially-sighted children.