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.
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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.
"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 is currently working on her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University. She 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 adults. 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.
""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.
"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart."
Ms. Casey started with KinderCare in January of 2015 as a co-teacher in our infant room. She is currently working towards her Bachelor's Degree in ECE and has completed her Associates in Liberal Arts at Elgin Community College. Casey likes to spend one on one time with each child and help them hit developmental milestones. She loves to see when they start walking, saying syllables and eventually works. She also loves group time to be able to get all the children interacting together!
Teacher in a 3-5 year old classroom as well as 6 weeks-15 months old.
""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.
Ms. Shehnaz has previous experience working in the infant room at Elgin Community College.
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.
""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.
"I love coming to work every day and seeing the big smiles on the children's faces!"
Heather has been working at KinderCare since September 2014. She has taken classes in Elementary education and Child Psychology. She is currently enrolled in the Child Development Associate program in early childhood classes. Some unique things that Ms. Heather does in her classroom are the activity "Who Is Here Today" and they practice spelling their name each day!
Ms. Heather worked at other child care centers, YMCA, Special Olympics Pediatric Center for Kids, full time nanny, and also has experience as a mom.
I Love You Forever, Chica Chica Boom Boom, and Steam Train, Dream Train
"I love watching the children interact with each other and especially seeing how much they are learning when they interact!"
Ms. Kristin has been working with KinderCare since June of 2014. She is currently teacher certified and working towards her Associate's in Arts with a specialization in child development. Ms. Kristin loves to talk with the children about their emotions and what they are feeling each day. This helps them understand how to express themselves with each emotion!
Ms. Kristin has experience babysitting as well as volunteering at her church in the childcare program.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
""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!
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.
""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!
Ms. Kayla has worked previously as a lead teacher for two-year-old children and as a nursery supervisor.
"Seeing the kids smile and laugh warms my heart!"
Ms. Jennifer started with KinderCare in March of 2015. She loves to challenge each child to their best ability and this shows her what they excel in. Ms. Jennifer loves working with the five year olds and seeing what new and exciting ideas they come up with each day!
Teaching Assistant for kids with Autism and program assistant for 7th and 8th graders in District 15.
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
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