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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 (AM- pick-up/PM pick-up ONLY, NO AM DROP OFF AVAILABLE), Prarie View, Clover Dale, LC Johnson, Heritage Lake, Evergreen, Roy Deshane

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

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.

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

Valerie Varju, Assistant Director

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.

Year Started:
4/2/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8 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.

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

Ms. Pam, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

""I love to see the children learn new things and I hope to make a difference in their lives.""

Ms. Pam worked at KinderCare for six years and after a short break returned to work because she missed interacting with young children. In addition to her Child Development Associate's Credential, Ms. Pam has Early Childhood Education credits in college and plans to go back to school to further her education.

Year Started:
8/1/2011
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
16 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Petra, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

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.

Year Started:
11/1/2013
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.

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

Ms. Svetlana, Infant Classroom

""I love kids. I enjoy teaching them everything that is needed at this age. I love to see happy smiling children who can interact with their peers.""

Since moving to the USA, Ms. Lana has worked as an Infant and Toddler specialist for three different KinderCare locations in the Northwest suburbs, winning countless awards and praise from new and old parents. "The exceptional love and care you share with each and every child is truly appreciated." These types of statements are continuously bestowed upon her. Ms. Lana is a true professional and loved by her children and parents.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Lana started teaching before she graduated from University. After she received her Master's Degree she became a Center Director.

Year Started:
1/1/2006
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
29 Years
Education:
Master's Degree in Child Psychology, Bachelor's Degree in Education with a major in Early Educational Psychology

Ms. Amanda, Toddler Classroom

""I have always wanted to be a teacher, ever since I was a little girl. My sister and I used to play school down in our basement. I love being able to teach the children something new every day and seeing their faces light up with excitement.""

Ms. Amanda graduated from Western Illinois University in May with her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education  She started at our center in August. Ms. Amanda is currently one of the lead teachers in our Toddler classroom. She enjoys engaging with the children as they create various art projects and integrating the monthly theme into various activities. Ms. Amanda is willing to do anything in the classroom to help the children grow and learn every day.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Amanda worked as a dance teacher.

Year Started:
8/1/2013
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Linda, Toddler Classroom

""With a lot of love, patience and hard work brings the joy of seeing my children's happy faces when they accomplish something new.""

Ms. Linda has been working at our center for almost two years. Although her degree is in Business Management, she has found her passion in a different area. When trying to figure out what she wanted to do with the second part of her life, she chose to work with children. Her energy and passion for being creative has meant a lot of dancing, singing and art projects for her kids. The days go by fast and she feels there is never enough time to do it all. But then she remembers tomorrow is another day and they will all be there with their smiling faces waiting for her to bring more fun.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Linda worked as a nanny for three years.

Year Started:
4/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Business Management

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.

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

Ms. Kayla, Discovery Preschool Classroom

""I love how children see life. They view a situation very differently than adults.""

Ms. Kayla has been with the West Carol Stream KinderCare for over a year. She started working in our School Age classroom and has recently joined our Discovery Preschool class. She has completed her Child Development Associate's Credential and is continuing to take classes through Rasmussen. Ms. Kayla is a very artistic and hands on teacher. She is always trying to find new ways to enhance learning for the children with her own twist on activities.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kayla worked at a nursing home.

Year Started:
10/1/2012
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Monica, Discovery Preschool 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.

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

Ms. Brittany, Preschool Classroom

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.

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

Ms. Annie, Private Kindergarten Classroom

""I love to see the excitement in a child's face when they 'get' a concept that I taught them for the first time. It brings a smile to my face to know that I am the reason for their learning.""

Ms. Annie has a Master's of Arts Degree with an endorsement in English as a Second Language from Aurora University. She also gained her teaching certificate through Illinois State University and is certified to teach Kindergarten through fifth grade. Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Annie worked in the Early Childhood Special Education Program for the West Chicago public School District. She has been at the West Carol Stream KinderCare since August of 2012 after transferring from her position as a Prekindergarten teacher at the Glen Ellyn KinderCare. Ms. Annie started at the West Carol Stream KinderCare as our Prekindergarten teacher and is now the full-time Private Kindergarten teacher.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Annie worked in the Early Childhood Special Education Program for the West Chicago Public School District.

Year Started:
8/1/2006
Tenure:
7 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Master's of Arts Degree with an English as a Second Language Endorsement

Ms. Maddy, Cook

Ms. Maddy loves the Early Childhood Education field and especially the children. Having the opportunity to help with curriculum activities is a great experience. She loves that the children are learning something new each day and is proud to be a part of that. Ms. Maddy is a mother of five and will soon receive her Associate's Degree in Registered Nursing for Pediatrics. Working with children has always been her passion.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Maddy volunteered at elementary schools and worked as a Medical Assistant at Children's Memorial Hospital.

Year Started:
11/1/2013
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year
Education:
Certified Medical Assistant Credential

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