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Edwardsville KinderCare

DeLisa Smith,
Center Director

500 Goshen Rd. Edwardsville IL 62025
Ph: (618) 656-0268
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: Behind Home Depot on Goshen Rd & Rt 159

NEIGHBORHOOD: Edwardsville

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Edwardsville public shools, Goshen, Leclaire, Glen Carbon, Nelson, Woodland

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center, the premiere early childhood learning center. We provide a high quality educational environment for your child through enriched daily activities, safe classroom environments, and quality staff members. As a staff we are dedicated to both the education and the safety of your child. If you at any point have any questions for us, feel free to stop in the office, call or e-mail with the contact information provided. We feel privileged and honored that you have chosen our establishment for your child. Thank you for trusting your loved one with us.

DeLisa Smith, Center Director

""I believe that children are our future and we as teachers set the foundation for a lifetime of learning.""

DeLisa has been at KinderCare since 2001. She feels that each child is unique, individual in their own way and loves to see their smiles on their faces whenever she walks into a classroom. After completing degrees in Business, DeLisa feels that her calling and her passion is working with children. DeLisa feels as a caregiver, she is given the opportunity to set the foundation for development, growth and learning.

Previous Experience:

Prior to working for KinderCare DeLisa was a Day Camp Counselor and Church nursery care worker.

Year Started:
8/21/2001
Tenure:
12 Years
Years in ECE industry:
11 Years
Education:
Master's Degree in Human Resource Management, Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Sara, Toddler Classroom

""I feel that in childcare one has to follow the phrase, 'don't worry, be happy!'""

After completing her degree in Early Childhood Education and working at another childcare center, Ms.Sara decided to join the KinderCare family. Ms. Sara loves to work with the toddlers, she feels that they learn and grow so much each day that they are in her care. Ms. Sara also loves to see the happy faces on the children and that is one of the main reasons that she comes to work each day. Also she feels that it is very rewarding to know that she can make a difference in a child's life.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Sara has childcare experience from another center which she brought to KinderCare.

Year Started:
7/27/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Amy, Preschool

""My goal is to ignite a love for learning in every child I am privileged to have in class.""

I came to KinderCare as a student teacher. I fell in love with the families, children and the staff. Upon graduation, I was fired as a full time teacher. I love thinking outside the box and creating projects in the classroom that explore the love for learning. KinderCare is my home!!!!

Year Started:
12/20/2012
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
1 1/2
Education:
Associate's in Child Development

Ms. Jeannie, Preschool Classroom

"I love watching as a child finally "gets it" when they have been trying to accomplish something. Seeing their eyes light up and the excitement is contagious."

Ms. Jeannie loves coming to work because she loves all of the hugs and smiles that she receives. Plus she loves the fact that she gets paid to play. Ms. Jeannie joined the KinderCare family in 2012 as the lead Preschool Teacher after moving to Illinois from New Mexico. She has been in the early childhood field for the last 18 years.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Jeannie previously worked for Discovery Childcare Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, as the threes and fours Lead Teacher.

Year Started:
3/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
18 years
Education:
45 hour Certification

Ms. Melissa, Prekindergarten Classroom

""A person's a person, no matter how small.""

After Ms. Melissa completed her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, she worked at another childcare facility before joining KinderCare in 2005. Not only is she the Catch the Wave teacher, she is also a prekindergarten teacher during the school-year. Ms. Melissa loves seeing the children's faces when they accomplish a new skill. Ms. Melissa also feels that everyday is a new and exciting adventure that is waiting for her.

Previous Experience:

Prior to working for KinderCare Ms. Melissa was a teacher at Kaleidoscope of Kids in Collinsville.

Year Started:
9/5/2005
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Tori, Prekindergarten

""I am commited to working with parents as partners in setting the foundation for a positive and fun educational career!""

My and husband I chose KinderCare as brand new parents in 2007.We found a family for our daughter and have wathced her flourish. As our family grew to three children, our love for the teachers and program only grew morw. I am honored to join the teaching team!

Previous Experience:

Special Education Teacher in the Public School District

Year Started:
1/7/2014
Years in ECE industry:
12
Education:
Bachelor's in Learning and Behavior Specialist 1

Ms. Jerri, School-Age Classroom

"I love the moment a child learns a new concept. They are so proud and excited to show me."

Ms. Jerri worked at two other childcare centers before joining the KinderCare family in 2007. While completing her degree and also working at KinderCare at the same time, she felt that she has been given a great opportunity to teach. She feels that every time that she walks in to her classroom, all the children give her a bright smile and all of the children are so happy to see her!

Year Started:
4/20/2007
Tenure:
7 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5 years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Child Development

Ms. Wendy, Learning Adventures Classroom

"You have to remember to always try, it is the only way to know."

Ms. Wendy has worn many different hats over the years at KinderCare. She has been a Director, Assistant Director, Classroom teacher, a cook and is now the Phonics and Math Learning Adventures Instructor. Ms. Wendy feels that everyone should try their best because without trying, you would never know what you can do!

Previous Experience:

After finishing her degree in Early Childhood Education, Ms. Wendy worked at another child care center and a home day care before she joined the KinderCare family in 1992.

Year Started:
9/1/1992
Tenure:
21 Years
Years in ECE industry:
25 years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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