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S Arlington Heights KinderCare

Jaimee Rygel,
Center Director

1003 South Arlington Heights Rd. Arlington Heights IL 60005
Ph: (847) 593-7510
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: Corner of Arlington Hts and Central Next to Good Year

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Forestview, Julietelow, Robert Frost, Kimball Hill, Dry Den, Central Road

Teachers & Staff

At the South Arlington Heights KinderCare, we believe our teachers and staff make the difference. The majority of our teachers have completed a Child Development Associate, a Bachelor's Degree, or a Master's Degree. Continuing education for our teachers is an important part of ensuring our students receive the best education. Many of our teachers are enrolled in additional college coursework, and all of our teachers attend additional training and development each year. KinderCare devotes more time and resources to teacher training than any other childcare provider. Twice a year we host the largest early childhood teacher training program in the country. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs.

Jaimee Rygel, Center Director

Jaimee Rygel started with KinderCare in 1997. In her time with KinderCare, she has worked in many roles including Assistant Teacher, Teacher, Assistant Director, and Center Director. In her current role as Center Director, Jaimee supports and encourages the development of her teachers. She believes that the continuing education and training of our teachers is essential in enabling us provide the highest quality of education for our students. Jaimee strives to further develop herself as well. She completed her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Program Administration. Outside of KinderCare, Jaimee and her husband of nine years are dedicated to raising their three-year-old son and seven-month-old twin daughters. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family.

Previous Experience:

Jaimee has two years of experience working as a Teacher's Aide.

Year Started:
8/25/1997
Tenure:
16 Years
Years in ECE industry:
17 years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Pamela Mayer, Assistant Director

Pamela Mayer has been working with children for over 15 years and has been employed by KinderCare since June of 1998. She began as an assistant teacher working in the toddler classroom, and has since moved up to fill the roles of teacher, and then Assistant Director in 2002. Pam has her Associate's Degree in Applied Science from William Rainey Harper College, which she received in May of 2002. She also has completed a certificate program in assisting children with special needs, and is currently enrolled in coursework related to Early Childhood Administration. It has always been her passion to work with young children and educate them. In her free time, she enjoys shopping, making crafts, and spending time with her 2 year old son, 2 month old son, and her husband.

Year Started:
6/6/1998
Tenure:
16 Years
Years in ECE industry:
15 years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Gracie, Nursery

""I love making a difference in a child's life. It brings me great happiness.""

Ms. Gracie is very passionate about her work, especially when it comes to providing the best care for the infants in her class. She loves learning new things about the children in her classroom and watching them reach educational milestones. She looks forward to the children's acomplishments as they grow and is excited to watch them transition to the next classroom!

Year Started:
6/1/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5
Education:
Child Development Associate

Ms. Maria, Waddlers

""I love knowing that I'm making a difference in each one of my kids. I love to hear them start talking and begin putting words together. That inspires me to do more each and every day.""

Ms. Maria has been part of the KinderCare team since 2005, and has been working in our Waddler classroom. She has been in this field for the past 13 years working with children ages 2 and up. She really enjoys working with the waddlers and teaching them something new every day. She is very outgoing, and extremely organized in the classroom! Ms. Maria teaches a variety of things like sitting at a table and eating with a spoon, sleeping on cots for the first time, matching, colors, sensory activities, recognizing and naming different pictures and much more, to prepare them for the next classroom!

Year Started:
8/22/2005
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13
Education:
Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Shannon, Toddlers

""If you open your eyes and your heart, you can learn something new every day...even from a toddler.""

Ms. Shannon is a wife, mother of one daughter and is from Chicago, IL. In 2003, she moved to Arlington Heights and in 2005 she joined the KinderCare team. She is currently enrolled in classes to obtain her Assicates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and holds a Child Development Associates as well. Ms. Shannon not only teachers her toddlers colors and shapes, she also teaches them ownership, pride and confidence.

Year Started:
5/5/2005
Tenure:
9 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8
Education:
Child Development Associates

Ms. Katerina, Discovery Preschool

""Every star is different, and so is every child.""

Ms. Katerina was born in Pelhrimov, Czech Republic. She comes from a large family with a younger sister and two older brothers. She was a volunteer as a gymnasticas trainer and taught children ages 3 to 6 years old. Ms. Katerina spent the summer of 2008 as an au pair to a family in Germany. She and her husband, along with their dog Trigger moved to Illinois in the fall of 2011. She joined the KinderCare team shortly after and has been helping her studends grow and develop ever since.

Year Started:
11/1/2011
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5
Education:
Child Development Associate

Ms. Stephanie, Preschool

""I love seeing the joy in a child's face after they've mastered a new skill and I feel so proud knowing that I helped!""

Ms. Stephanie has been with KinderCare for 4 years. She is married and has 3 children who attend the center with her! She graduated from Kaplan University in 2011 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working towards finishing another degree in Early Childhood Administration. Ms. Stephanie loves baking with her class and giving her students the opportunity to try new things.

Year Started:
6/1/2010
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
4
Education:
Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Heidi, Prekindergarten

""Everyday, I am blessed with smiling faces when I walk into the classroom. Teaching is a dream, and a passion that fills my heart with joy!""

Ms. Heidi prepares her students for a life-long adventure in learning. Through math and literacy activities, her students are prepared with simple addition, subtraction and reading skills that will carry them into kindergarten. With support and guidance, Ms. Heidi builds confidence and self-esteem in her students and teaches them to make life-long friends.

Year Started:
10/23/2000
Tenure:
13 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13
Education:
Child Development Associates

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