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Stratford KinderCare

Nicole Tessler,
Center Director

290 Knollwood Dr. Bloomingdale IL 60108
Ph: (630) 351-4511
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: Knollwood Drive and Army Trail Rd. Behind the Red Lobster

NEIGHBORHOOD: Behind Red Lobster Army Trail & Knollwood

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Western Trails, Roy De Shane, Cloverdale, St. Isidore, Erikson,

Teachers & Staff

Our center teachers and staff are known for providing a loving and warm environment. It is often said by current families that we are an extension of their family. We take pride in not only being a part of your child's education and growth, but also being a part of your family. Our teachers and staff combined have over 100 years of Kindercare experience and use that experience to provide the best education and care to your child. Please call and schedule a tour to meet our wonderful staff of educators.

Nicole Tessler, Center Director

"I have always loved working with children! I love seeing them grow each and every day. Being a center director has allowed me to watch the children grow but also has given me the opportunity to get to know the families of our center."

Nicole started with a KinderCare in Addison as a teacher of the Toddler Classroom. After three years, she decided to be a Prekindergarten teacher in that same center. Nicole then received a promotion to be the Assistant Director at the Lombard KinderCare. She continued her experience by moving to the Carol Stream KinderCare as the Assistant Director. After two years of being an Assistant Director, Nicole received another promotion to be the Center Director here at the Stratford Bloomingdale KinderCare and has been here since January 2010.

Year Started:
10/18/2004
Tenure:
10 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8 years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Leslie Solis, Assistant Director

"I love watching each child grow into their own individual person. I enjoy knowing that I am a part in that growth! Sometime people think that we do all the teaching but really, the children teach us!"

Leslie has enjoyed teaching at the Bloomingdale Stratford KinderCare.  She has played a major role in all the classrooms and she has learned a lot and has grown as a teacher and as a mother. She is a positive person which rubs off on all the children and staff that she works with. Leslie was chosen to get the "Inspire and Lead" award because of her passion and teamwork to make the center what it is today.

Previous Experience:

Prior to starting at KinderCare Leslie volunteered at the Park District.

Year Started:
4/1/2011
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5 years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Alana, Infant Classroom

"The first year of life is such an important development for each child. It is a joy to be able to be a part of their growing process. Each Day brings new learning experiences."

Ms. Alana has been with the KinderCare family for over 20 years and has worked with a variety of age groups and in management. She loves her home in the infant room. A typical day in the infant room will include books, singing, working on manipulatives, art work, and sign language. Every day is unique and filled with love and laughter.

Previous Experience:

Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Alana worked for 10 years in a preschool program at the Part District.

Year Started:
9/1/1990
Tenure:
24 Years
Years in ECE industry:
32 years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Melanie, Infant Classroom

""The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.""

Melanie went to Illinois State University and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She loves watching the children learn new things each day. Melanie loves singing songs to the children as well as working on creative projects with them. She believes that her students always help her grow as a teacher each and every day.

Previous Experience:

Prior to her current role, Ms. Melanie was a special education assistant.

Year Started:
4/1/2011
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8 years
Education:
Bachelor of Science Degree

Ms. Sara, Infant Classroom

"I love that when I come to work planning to teach, I find that I usually end up being taught."

Ms. Sara has been with KinderCare since 2011. She spent her first year at Judson University and then transferred to Elgin Community College to pursue her degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Sara is most known in the center as having such a caring heart with the children and a great deal of patience.

Previous Experience:

Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Sara was a nanny for four years and worked at the Kumon Math and Reading Center for two years.

Year Started:
10/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5 years
Education:
Currently pursuing her Child Development Associate's credential

Ms. Dalia, Toddler

"I love teaching something new to the children everyday and seeing the smiles on their faces."

Dalia is a mother who enrolled her son at a KinderCare years ago and felt herself wanting to learn more and more about our wonderful classrooms.  Dalia joined our center as an assistant teacher and has never been happier.  She is now the 3rd teacher in our toddler room.

Year Started:
1/28/2015

Ms. Irene, Toddler Classroom

"I love being with the children and watcching them grow.  Seeing the smiles on the children's faces inspires me to come to work each day."

Irene has worked for KinderCare for many years.  She has had experience in different centers in other states which allows her to get more ideas of how to run a well rounded classroom.

Year Started:
9/18/2000
Tenure:
14 Years
Education:
Child Development Associalte

Ms. Kristin, Toddler Classroom

"I love working with children and knowing that I've made an individual difference in their path of learning and social development. When I see that, then I know I have completed my passion and my daily job."

Ms. Kristin has been with Kindercare for one year but transferred to this center in June of 2012. She has two daughters that are now in college. Ms. Kristin works everyday to meet each child's individual needs. She also does a lot of art projects to keep the children busy. Ms. Kristin makes sure that the children have a great experience each and every day.

Previous Experience:

Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Kristen was a School District 93 reading aide.

Year Started:
9/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
1 year
Education:
Associate's Degree

Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"I love watching the kids become who they are.  Each day holds smiling hello's and the surprises of what the day will hold."

Amanda has been a nanny for the last 11 years.  She started when the 3 children were just babies.  When the children got a little older, Amanada decided to work at a childcare facility while attending Elgin Community College.  Once at that facility, she felt like she wanted more.  Amanada applied to KinderCare and was hired as a co-teacher to our discovery preschool classroom.

Year Started:
11/3/2014
Years in ECE industry:
3
Education:
Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Carmen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

Carmen is a mother of 3 who has worked in the Early Childhood field for years.  She started with our company as a teacher and shortly after, got promoted to Assistant Director.  Carmen then had the opportunity to become a site director for our Champions Brand.  We are lucky to have Carmen begin full time with us as our Discovery Preschool Teacher.

Years in ECE industry:
5+

Ms. Jessica, Preschool Classroom

Jessica has had in interest in working with children since she was young.  She comes from a big family and has always been the go-to person for babysitting.  She currently attends College of Dupage and is our co-teacher in our Preschool Classroom.

Year Started:
10/15/2014

Ms. Lilian, Preschool Classroom

"I love working with children. They make each day different and you never know what challenges you may face tomorrow. I love watching the children grow into happy and healthy school ager's."

Ms. Lilian has been with Kindercare since 2004. Prior to KinderCare, she worked for an early childhood classroom in the Palatine School District. She excels in teaching the children in the classroom environment and allowing the children to become unique individuals.

Previous Experience:

Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Lilian worked in an early childhood classroom in the Palatine School District.

Year Started:
12/1/2004
Tenure:
10 Years
Years in ECE industry:
18 years

Ms. Agnes, Prekindergarten Classroom

"I love seeing the children accomplish different things throughout the year.  The excitemnt of the kids sharing their daily stories the moment I walk in makes me want to come to work each day."

Ms. Agnes attended Northeastern University where she recieved her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.  While attending school, Agnes worked at the Mount Prospect Park District working with children.  After graduation, Agnes started with KinderCare and has been here since.  She is the co-teacher in the Pre-K classroom and is an amazing addition to our center.

Previous Experience:

7 years at the Mount Prospect Park District

Year Started:
6/7/2012
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10 years
Education:
Bachelors Degree in Sociology

Ms. Jenny, Prekindergarten Classroom

"I enjoy being a part of a child's growth and development. Seeing the children achieve milestones is truly priceless."

Ms. Jenny has worked in a variety of positions within our corporation. She was a Director for our Champions Branch for three years. Ms. Jenny then moved into management for the KinderCare Branch. She was in the management role for about 10 years. After her 10 years of management, Ms. Jenny chose to be an administrative assistant for two different districts within our company. Ms. Jenny is now a floating teacher at the Bloomingdale KinderCare and is offering all her years experience in all our different classrooms.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Jenny has worked in different divisions of Knowledge Universe including Director of various KinderCare centers and an administrative assistant to the district

Year Started:
8/1/1993
Tenure:
21 Years
Years in ECE industry:
20 years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Mary, Schoolage Classroom

"I love fostering strong characters and values fro life success.  I get inspired each day by watching children thrive when they have a compassionate hand guiding them in the right direction."

Year Started:
11/11/2014

Ms. Erin, Floating Teacher

"Teaching is the most difficult of all arts and the profoundest of all sciences. I feel that teaching is not about the income, but about the outcome."

Ms. Erin has been with KinderCare since May 2012. She wanted to work for KinderCare since she was a young girl. Ms. Erin has always loved working with children. She brings a lot of energy and creative ideas to our two year old children. She has great teamwork with the parents and her co-teachers.

Previous Experience:

Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Erin was a nanny and tutor.

Year Started:
5/1/2012
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
1 year
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Julianne, Floating Teacher

Julianne has worked with young children for years as a dance instructor.  She has always had a passion for young children and wanted to do more for them.  Julianne currently attends Miami University and she will be working in our discovery preschool classroom during breaks and the summer.

Year Started:
5/18/2015
Years in ECE industry:
2

Ms. Teresa, Floating Teacher

Teresa has received her master's degree from Elmhurst College in Nursing.  She is currently a school nurse for a therapeutic day school.  Teresa loves children so much that she decided to work at our center part time as a floating teacher.

Year Started:
3/2/2015

Ms. Veronica, Floating Teacher

Veronica is currently enrolled at College of Dupage working towards her degree in Elementary Education.  While in school, Veronica took a class in early childhood that sparked her to get a position in a childcare facility.  She volunteered a few hours a week for that class and upon completion, applied for the assistant teacher position at our center.

Year Started:
4/13/2015

Ms. Ashley, Infants/Toddler Classroom

"I love seeing the children learn something new each and every day.  I go to work each day to see the the children's smiling faces."

Ashley grew up in the KinderCare family.  Not only did she attend a KinderCare when she was young, but her mother is also a Center Director.  As soon as Ashley graduated high school, she knew she wanted to work at a KinderCare.  Ashley is currently going to nursing school and works at our center during breaks and the summer.

Year Started:
6/3/2014
Tenure:
1 Year

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