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Brewster Creek KinderCare

Amanda Heinz,
Center Director

795 South Route 59 Bartlett IL 60103
Ph: (630) 289-0499
Ages:
6 Weeks to 10 YEAR-OLDS
Open:
6:15 AM to 6:15 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: behind McDonald's in the Brewster Creek Shopping Center

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Nature Ridge, Liberty, Bartlett, Centennial, Prairie View, Sycamore Trail, Norton Creek, Heritage, Horizon, Wayne.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Brewster Creek KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The majority of our teachers have their Childhood Development Associate's credential (CDA) or Bachelor's Degree in the education field. The Brewster Creek KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

Amanda Heinz, Center Director

"My role as Center Director is to build a strong relationship with families to ensure that we can work together with the teachers to provide the best care and education for the children. Being able to gain the trust of families to care for and advocate for their children is very important in my career. I want my center to be a place where children will receive not only a quality education, but be able to feel at home while they are here."

Amanda has her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and has been in the education field for 10 years in many different roles. However, she has found her home here as Center Director. She also has a family with two children of her own, both of whom spend their days at KinderCare also. She loves being able to bring the knowledge from both of those experiences to the center each day. Amanda believes that the first five years of a child’s life is a very crucial time for education to be taught. This will help lay a foundation for a lifelong love of learning and give them the tools to succeed as an adult. She enjoys watching children grow from infancy to school age because she gets to see them develop into who they will become as an adult as well as play an important part in that process. Amanda also loves working with such a great team of teachers and enjoys developing their careers as well.

Year Started:
8/2/2010
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
4 years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Angela Scott, Assistant Director

""I enjoy my role as Assistant Director because I get the chance to form strong relationships with the children, families and staff. I love watching the children grow and develop into young adults and feel privileged to be able to provide them with a loving and nurturing environment.""

Angela began her career in child care in 2004 as a lead Preschool teacher. She has since been a lead teacher in Prekindergarten classrooms as well as Private Kindergarten. Angela began her career with KinderCare in 2013. She has her Bachelor's of Science degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University and plans to work towards her Master's Degree in Child and Family Studies in the near future. Angela enjoys working in the child care field because she recognizes that we are the first step in a child's educational future.

Year Started:
7/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
10 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child Development

Ms. Shehnaz, Infant Classroom

""I love their innocent hugs and beautiful smiles! I also love the challenge of teaching them something new each day!""

Starting in 1988, Ms. Shehnaz started working at Elgin Community College in their infant classroom. Ever since then, she has worked with infants and could not imagine working with any other age group. She loves teaching them each and every day and also learning through them.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Shehnaz has previous experience working in the infant room at Elgin Community College.

Year Started:
5/1/2005
Tenure:
9 Years
Years in ECE industry:
25 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Terese, Infant Classroom

Ms. Terese has worked in the Infant Classroom since she started working for KinderCare. She has helped out in other classrooms when needed but her heart belongs with infants. She loves this classroom because she gets to see children experience things for the very first time, from taking their first step, to saying their first words. They come in as infants, completely dependent upon adults for their every need, and leave as little toddlers walking, talking and sitting at a table with their peers for meals. She feels her classroom and this age proves to be the most rewarding and is privileged to be a part of it all.

Year Started:
9/1/2004
Tenure:
9 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8 years

Ms. Robin, Toddler Classroom

""I am passionate about enriching the lives of children. There is no better feeling than watching them develop and grow and knowing that I was a part of it.""

Ms. Robin joined the KinderCare family in 2007 as an Infant/ Toddler teacher. She majored in Elementary Education at Eastern Illinois University. While raising her two children, she became a dedicated Teacher's Assistant and Girl Scout Leader. When her children were grown, Ms. Robin decided to bring her love of working with young children and creativity to KinderCare. In her current role as Toddler Lead Teacher, Ms. Robin guides her students in learning the simple self-help skills and language, which allow them to gain independence and confidence. She encourages her students to explore through art and sensory activities, stimulating their imagination and making learning fun.

Year Started:
9/1/2007
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 years

Ms. Lisa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

""I love to see how much development happens in such a short amount of time.""

Ms. Lisa has been with KinderCare since August of 2013. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and seven years experience with two and three-year-old children. With this experience comes understanding of all areas of development with this age group, such as potty training. Ms. Lisa especially enjoys these age groups because she helps them in developing their independence skills and also works with them on table manners. Teaching them how to be active students in their classrooms is important to her and loves helping them socially and academically.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Lisa has worked at other childcare centers and also a Child Life internship at Rockford Memorial College.

Year Started:
8/1/2013
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Child Development

Ms. Laura S., Preschool Classroom

""What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it." Whether at work or at home, I often think of this quote from my grandfather's business card. It's a simple reminder to take joy in the little things and use each day to do something you are proud of.""

Ms. Laura has been working at our center since 2008. After teaching our Discovery Preschool program for five years, she made the move to our Preschool classroom for the 2013-2014 school year and is very excited to share the year with you! After spending two years at Eastern Illinois University, Ms. Laura received her Child Development Associate’s Credential and works extremely hard to provide her students with a unique and encouraging learning environment. She encourages a home to school connection by sending home an activity with each theme – these outside activities will bring the world into the classroom for the children to talk about and explore! Ms. Laura also loves to provide messy, hands-on fun science experiments and art projects that the children can’t wait to share!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Laura was previously part of a teacher's aide program in high school, as well as working at a local elementary school. She also worked at KinderCare from 2002 to 2003 in the Discovery Preschool Classroom.

Year Started:
8/1/2008
Tenure:
5 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Kayla, Prekindergarten Classroom

""In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn." - Phil Collins"

Ms. Kayla has been working at KinderCare since August of 2013 as the Prekindergarten teacher. She enjoys working with the children in getting them ready for reading by introducing them to sight words, both in English and Spanish. The children also practice their writing skills and working on letter formation. Ms. Kayla started in child care in 2006 working for her church's nursery. She then received her Associate's of Arts Degree from Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois and continued her education at Rockford University. Prior coming to KinderCare, Ms. Kayla held a lead teacher position in a two year-old classroom. She is excited to bring this prior knowledge to her classroom and getting her students ready for Kindergarten!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Kayla has worked previously as a lead teacher for two-year-old children and as a nursery supervisor.

Year Started:
8/1/2013
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Associate's of Arts Degree

Ms. Mary, Private Kindergarten Classroom

""Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll understand." - Chinese proverb"

Ms. Mary began her experience in Early Childhood Education in 2009 by working as a lead teacher for two-year-old children. Since then, Ms. Mary graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. While studying at Northern, she worked at Walnut Street Daycare as a substitute for all grade levels and also student taught for Kindergarten. Ms. Mary loves teaching because she loves helping children learn and being able to get them to reach the "light bulb" stage. She feels this is the greatest reward of teaching. Ms. Mary also enjoys exploring nature on the weekends with her family by visiting the state's forest preserves. She is very excited to be the Kindergarten teacher at KinderCare and to have the opportunity to touch so many children's lives.

Year Started:
8/1/2013
Years in ECE industry:
4 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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