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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:
9 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8 years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Danielle Mangels, Assistant Director

""I feel that the following quote best describes what I strive for. 'Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible.'""

Danielle started with KinderCare as an Infant teacher and then moved to the Prekindergarten classroom. She did so well that she was promoted to an Assistant Director for the Winfield KinderCare. After a while, Danielle chose to go back to where she was most happy and transferred to the Bloomingdale Stratford KinderCare as the Prekindergarten and School Age teacher. She believes that each child learns at their own pace so Danielle tries to give one-on-one attention so that the children get the most out of their learning. She recently became our center's Assistant Director.

Year Started:
1/1/2001
Tenure:
13 Years
Years in ECE industry:
12 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

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:
23 Years
Years in ECE industry:
32 years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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 has 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:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5 years
Education:
Currently pursuing her Child Development Associate's credential

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:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
1 year
Education:
Associate's Degree

Ms. Joelis, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"I enjoy my job. I feel that it defines me as a person. I love that my position give me joy each and every day."

Ms. Joelis is an outgoing person. She is passionate about her job and the work she does. Ms. Joelis puts so much effort into her classroom. Although she has only been in childcare for a year, she has already received our Rookie of the Year award for 2012. Her creativity and love for the children is seen and felt by all that is around her.

Year Started:
3/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
1 year
Education:
Currently pursuing her Child Development Associate's credential

Ms. Leslie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"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!"

Ms. Leslie has enjoyed teaching at the Bloomingdale Stratford KinderCare. When 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 that she works will. Ms. Leslie was chosen to get the "Inspire and Lead" award because of her passion and teamwork.

Previous Experience:

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

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

Ms. Zee, Toddler Classroom

"I'm passionate about my job because I walk into my classroom each day promoting my kindness and love to each child. I enjoy knowing that I make a difference in their lives and as they accomplish new milestones."

Ms. Zee has been in the educations field since 2009. She runs a clean, organized, and creative classroom. Ms. Zee works daily to develop a daily routine and stability. She is a kid at heart and loves to have fun with the children in the classroom.

Previous Experience:

Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Zee worked at Schaumburg Community High School.

Year Started:
5/1/2010
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
3 years
Education:
Currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree

Ms. Lilian, Preschool and Prekindergarten Classrooms

"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:
9 Years
Years in ECE industry:
18 years

Ms. Melanie, Preschool 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:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8 years
Education:
Bachelor of Science Degree

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. Erin, School Age Classroom

"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:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
1 year
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

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