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West Carol Stream KinderCare

Maia King,
Center Director

1360 West Army Trail Rd. Carol Stream IL 60188
Ph: (630) 213-5900
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
Open:
6:00 AM to 6:15 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: 3/4 mile W of County Farm Rd between Carol Stream & Power Store

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Horizon, Hawk Hollow, Spring Trail, Centennial, Prarie View, Clover Dale,Elsie Johnson, Heritage Lake, Sycamore Trails

Teachers & Staff

At the West Carol Stream KinderCare, our staff has decades of experience in early childhood education. We have teachers that hold degrees from Associates in Early Childhood to Masters in Education. Each of them is dedicated to providing a rich and meaningful experience for the children in their care.

Maia King, Center Director

"Working with children and families is both rewarding and inspirational.  I love what I do and consider each family as a part of my family."

Maia has been involved in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1986. She has touched the lives of thousands of children and their families through years of teaching, leading, and inspiring. As a former teacher, administrator, and parent, Maia is dedicated to the principle that play is an important vehicle for children's social, emotional, and cognitive development.

Previous Experience:

Maia has experience working as a Lead Classroom Teacher, Parent Educator and Director.

Favorite Children's Book:

Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

Year Started:
1/1/2010
Tenure:
5 Years
Years in ECE industry:
30 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education with emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Administration

Valerie Varju, Assistant Director

"Quality early childhood experiences are the foundation of positive development.  There is nothing more rewarding than being a part of this process and watching the children grow."

Valerie is truly passionate about working with children and loves watching them grow. She has experience as a teacher working with various age groups, including Infant through School Age. These experiences, in addition to her educational background and perspective as a parent, allow her to provide the best possible care for the children and their families.

Previous Experience:

Valerie has worked with a variety of age groups as a lead teacher, which includes experience working with special needs children.

Favorite Children's Book:

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Year Started:
4/2/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology, Master's of Arts Degree in Education with a Specialization in Child Development

Ms. Kelly, Program Specialist, Learning Adventures Classroom

""I love coming to work every day and showing the kids that learning new things is fun.""

Kelly has been working with KinderCare since 2006. She transferred to the West Carol Stream KinderCare from the Geneva East Center where she was the lead Infant teacher. Kelly studied Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Carthage College and Monmouth College. In 2011 she was blessed with her daughter who has shown Kelly a deeper appreciation and love for children. She truly loves her job and being able to spark the love of learning.

Previous Experience:

Kelly transfered to us from the KinderCare in Geneva.

Favorite Children's Book:

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Year Started:
5/1/2006
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
College Credits

Ms. Alyssa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"I love to watch children grow and learn.  It is especially rewarding when they ask questions about the workd around them."

Alyssa has previous experience working with children at another early learning facility.  Since joining the West Carol Stream KInderCare team, she has been able to grow and develop as a teacher.  Alyssa truly enjoys working with the children every day.

Favorite Children's Book:

I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow

Year Started:
12/17/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1
Education:
Pursuing a CDA

Ms. Marisa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"I love to watch the children grow and develop into individuals with their own personalities."

Marisa has worked at the West Carol Stream KinderCare for almost a year and has developed so much as a person.  By working with children, Marisa has gained insight into the skills necessary to be a new mom.  In the classroom, she is always actively engaged with the children.  She loves to dance, read books, and put together puzzles with them.  Marisa is lso acurrenltly working towards a BS at Elgin Community College.

Previous Experience:

She has worked as a nanny.

Favorite Children's Book:

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Year Started:
5/17/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1
Education:
Pursing a Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Ms. Petra, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

"Working in the infant room is very rewarding.  I enjoy the one-on-one time I am able to offer them as I cuddle and sit with them."

Ms. Petra joined our team in 2013. She has a passion for teaching children and enjoys watching them grow. She believes that the most rewarding aspect of working with children is helping them meet milestones. In her eyes, a successful classroom is one in which there is a nurturing and caring environment. Ms. Petra is currently enrolled in the College of Dupage.

Favorite Children's Book:

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

Year Started:
11/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year

Ms. Lisa, Infant Classroom

""I love watching the children grow and learn as they develop new skills.""

Ms. Lisa has been an employee with Knowledge Universe since August 1990. She has her Associate's Degree in Child Care and Development. While growing up she enjoyed a lot of babysitting and with it, other fun and challenging experiences working with children. Her favorite thing about working with children is seeing them grow and learn new skills.

Favorite Children's Book:

The Very Hungry Catterpillar by Eric Carle

Year Started:
8/1/1990
Tenure:
24 Years
Years in ECE industry:
25 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Child Care & Development

Ms. Eva, Preschool Classroom

"I'm passionate when it comes to teaching children.  I make it my job to ensure that each child knows they are special."

Eva has enjoyed working with children for the past 15 years.  She has had the opportunity to work as a lead teacher in the Head Start program.  In addtion to completing her CDA, Eva has taken additional early childhood classes through the College of DuPage.  She takes pride in her job and truly cares for each child in her care.

Previous Experience:

Eva transferred to us from the KinderCare in Elgin and has worked with Head Start.

Favorite Children's Book:

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Year Started:
12/16/2014
Years in ECE industry:
15
Education:
CDA and additional college credit from the College of DuPage

Ms. Trista, School Age Classroom

"Live simply.  Give more.  Expect less."

Trista has been working with students with special needs since the late 90's.  She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Special Education degree.  She also attended Eastern Illinois University where she recieved a degree in Recreation Therapy.  In her free time, Trista enjoys spending time with her two girls.

Previous Experience:

She has been teaching in the public school system for the past five years.

Favorite Children's Book:

Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch

Year Started:
12/22/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1
Education:
Bachelors of Arts in Education with a Special Education Endorsement

Ms. Trudy, Toddler Classroom

""I truly value that each child is different and unique and that I can adjust to their needs. I'm passionate about each child's accomplishments and milestones.""

Ms. Trudy has worked for KinderCare for eleven years and has been at the West Carol Stream center for four years. She attended Tri-County College in South Carolina and studied Early Child Development. She recently earned her Child Development Associate's Credential. Ms. Trudy loves small group time, including singing songs and reading books. Watching their facial expressions as they participate in activities make it all worth it.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Trudy worked for eight years at the Developmental Center for Exceptional Children.

Favorite Children's Book:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Year Started:
3/1/2001
Tenure:
14 Years
Years in ECE industry:
29 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Monica, Prekindergarten Classroom

""I enjoy coming to work and being greeted by the children and interacting with them and their families.""

Ms. Monica has been a part of the West Carol Stream KinderCare family for the past seven years. She has two Childhood Development Associate's Credentials and is currently enrolled at Rasmussen College in pursuit of her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development with a Specialization in Child and Family Studies.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Monica taught English at a Preschool in Mexico.

Favorite Children's Book:

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Year Started:
8/1/2006
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Brittany, Prekindergarten Classroom

"I love playing and laughing with the children.  It makes my day to see them smile."

Ms. Brittany is a Preschool teacher who started with the West Carol Stream KinderCare in September of 2012. She is currently attending the College of Dupage and is majoring in Early Childhood Education. Prior to working at KinderCare, she volunteered at her siblings' elementary school. She also took Early Childhood Education classes in high school. These experiences helped shape her interest in teaching. Ms. Brittany can't help but smile every time a child walks into her classroom, ready to learn.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Brittany volunteered at an elementary school prior to joining KinderCare.

Favorite Children's Book:

Cinderella

Year Started:
9/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years

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