Ana Lía Casadas
Born on February 17, 1950 in La Plata, Argentina, Ana Lía Casadas relocated to the Chicago area with her husband in 1973. She had a passion for education and worked as a bilingual instructional assistant while obtaining her education degree from Loyola University.
Ana Lía was recognized as a dedicated individual who served as a role model and a source of inspiration. She sparked her students’ desire for learning with boundless energy, contagious enthusiasm and limitless patience. She knew each of her students as an individual, enabling her to assist each child reach new personal heights of achievement.
In 1991, she was named the Instructional Aide of the Year by IAMME and Bilingual Instructional Assistant of the Year by the NABE. When accepting the NABE award in Washington D.C. she said, “I cannot think of a more noble cause than to help our children reach their full potential”. It is in that spirit the Ana Lía Foundation has been established to help fund charities and individual projects in her honor.
Ana Lía went on to earn her MA from Roosevelt University and completed her career as an administrator before retiring in 2010. On June 22, 2015 she left us suddenly and unexpectedly while traveling and enjoying life to the fullest. She inspired many to get involved in teaching or child wellness over the years and it is the goal of the foundation to keep her spirit alive by supporting those that help children reach their full potential.