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Buffalo Grove KinderCare

Lisa Spewak,
Center Director

651 Deerfield Pkwy Buffalo Grove IL 60089
Ph: (847) 459-6995
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: Intersection of Rte 83 and Deerfield Pkwy

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Willow Grove, Prairie, Pritchett, Tripp, Woodlawn. Kilmer, Ivy Hall Middler School, and Longfellow, Poe & Tarkington

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at our Buffalo Grove KinderCare family are dedicated to providing an environment for your child that supports their overall well-being. We treat each child as our own to instill your confidence with the kind of care we provide. The teachers at our center are here for you and will spend each day fully engaging your child while meeting their individual needs.

Lisa Spewak, Center Director

""The opportunity to see your children grow every day is an amazing!  Thank you for sharing your most valued possession!""

Lisa graduated from Nation-Louis University with an Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She currently hold an Illinois State Early Childhood Standard 04 license.  She has had experience both in the classroom as well in roles as an administrator.  Lisa is a Buffalo Grove resident who is honored to have the opportunity to reach out to the community as the Director of a reputable Center.

Previous Experience:

I have been a teacher in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past 25 years. I have had the opportunity to serve as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher for 18 of those years and directed for the past 7 years.

Favorite Children's Book:

I have many childre's books that are my favorites! I love The Stinky Cheese Man, The Napping House, and Oh the Places You'll go!

Year Started:
10/11/2014
Years in ECE industry:
25 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Emily Ayers, Assistant Director

""I am very excited to watch your children grow and learn each day!""

Emily graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Emily has been working with the Buffalo Grove KinderCare since September of 2010. When she first started with KinderCare she was the Toddler teacher. Emily then took over the Private Kindergarten Program before she was promoted in February of 2012 to the Assistant Director position. Emily has been married to her husband, Brian, since June of 2012.

Year Started:
9/7/2010
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Mr. Arnie

""I love seeing how excited the children get when I bring them food.""

Mr. Arnie is fantastic with children of all ages.  He knows every child in our Center and every child wants a high five from Mr. Arnie!  Mr. Arnie is not only our cook, but drives our buses as well.  We couldn't have a day without Mr. Arnie!

Year Started:
8/5/2013
Tenure:
1 Year

Ms. Lisa, Discovery PreSchool

Ms. Lisa has an energy like no other!  And she sure can keep up with the children in our Discovery PreSchool classroom.  Ms. Lisa has a fantastic relationship with every child in her care.  She is fantastic at engaging children into any activity that is planned.

Miss Becky, Discovery Pre-School

Miss Becky brings a weslth of knowledge into her classroom every day.  She has an insight to the children that allows her to fully engage them.  Miss Becky truly cares about each and every unique child in her class and this shows in her relationships with them.

Year Started:
12/22/2014
Education:
BA in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Renee, Infant Classroom

""I love knowing that I make a difference in the children's lives every day.""

Ms. Renee has a passion for being with and loving infants. Ms. Renee is always patient and understanding while caring for infants. She always has fun activities going on in the classroom and loves watching them explore new things.

Year Started:
1/6/2014
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
32 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Masters Degree in Business Administration

Ms. Stephanie, Infants

""I LOVE babies!""

Ms. Stephanie has worked for the past 3 years with Infants.  It is her true passion.  Her kind and gentle manner with these young children is what makes the room special.

Year Started:
11/10/2014
Years in ECE industry:
4

Miss Gina, Language Arts, Phonics, Math and Science

Miss Gina has been at the Buffalo Grove KinderCare for 20 years.  She knows so many families, she would have a hard time counting.  Miss Gina teaches our Language Arts, Phonics, Science, Cooking and Math classes.  She is fantastic at finding just the right way to reach your child and bring out their maximum potential.

Year Started:
5/1/1995
Tenure:
20 Years

Ms. Faby, Pre-Kindergarten

""I love to see the children transition and grow throughout the year.""

Faby is an asset to our Pre-Kindergarten program.  She strives to enhance the program every day.

Year Started:
9/12/2014

Mr. Jim, Pre-Kindergarten

""I LOVE working with 4 year olds every day!  They're learning so many tings that I love to teach.  They're eager and want to learn!""

Mr. Jim has works every day to prepare our Pre-Kindergarten class to move ahead and be ready for all of the challenges of Kindergarten.  He is careful in his planning to instill and foster a true love for learning. 

Year Started:
12/20/2013
Tenure:
1 Year

Miss Lorena, Toddler Classroom

""Lorena loves being part of the development and growth in the children she works with.  She loves to see them achieve thier developmental milestones!""

Lorena has worked with children for the past 1 1/2 years.

Year Started:
3/24/2014
Tenure:
1 Year

Ms. Amber, Toddler Classroom

""I love helping and watching children grow and do things for the first time!""

Ms. Amber has been working with small children for over seven years. She has an Associate's Degree in Arts and is currently working on getting her Director's Certificate. She then plans on getting her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Amber enjoys spending one-on-one time with each child to find out their unique needs and interests. She loves to encourage children to feel special about themselves as individuals.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Amber spent six years working as a nanny.

Year Started:
8/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Associate's of Arts Degree

Ms. Susan, Preschool Classroom

""Children are the future and I've always enjoyed helping them reach their full potential.""

Ms. Susan has been with KinderCare since February 2013. She has an Elementary Degree and has been teaching for over ten years. Ms. Susan loves reading theme-based books to the children each day. She also enjoys spending time at the library each weekend searching for the perfect books to accompany her curriculum.

Year Started:
2/1/2013
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
14 Years
Education:
Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Janene, Preschool Classroom

""I love my job because I love seeing the kids' smiles and hearing them giggle!""

Ms. Janene has been at the Buffalo Grove center for over five years and loves it here! She has had tons of hands-on experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She loves to get messy and have a great time in her classroom.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Janene worked as a camp counselor in a kids area at a health club and at another day care center.

Year Started:
4/1/2008
Tenure:
7 Years
Years in ECE industry:
20 Years

Ms. Ariel, Kindergarten and School Age Classroom

""I love working with the children and watching them learn new things. Being with them day to day and knowing you are a part of their growing and learning is very rewarding.""

Year Started:
6/1/2011
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
4 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

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