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Glen Ellyn KinderCare

Jill Jannece,
Center Director

2 South 726 Route 53 Glen Ellyn IL 60137
Ph: (630) 858-9333
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: at Rt 53 & Butterfield Rd

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Butterfield, Park View, Arborview, Briar Glen, Westfield, Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln

Teachers & Staff

At this center our teachers have over 100 years of combined experience in Education!  We are also proud to announce that our School Age teacher Ms. Maria, won the 2014 Knowledge Universe 'Early Childhood Educator of the Year' award! Take a moment to meet everyone!

Jill Jannece, Center Director

"I love being able to work with children every day. As a Center Director, I am lucky enough to be able to interact with children in each classroom on a daily basis. I love seeing the children reaching new milestones and developing from their learning experiences here at the center. Education is one of the only professions where you can have a long lasting, positive impact on someone's life and I can't imagine working in any other field!"

Jill has been living in the Glen Ellyn area since she was a young child. She attended school within the local Glen Ellyn School District and has a passion for her work in this community. Jill started her career in Education as a Two-year-old teacher, while attending College. She also worked as a Prekindergarten teacher before being promoted to an Assistant Director position. In 2010, a few months after she completed her coursework at Northern Illinois University and received her Bachelors Degree, she was promoted to a Center Director position at this KinderCare location. As a Center Director, Jill works hard to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for new and currently enrolled families in her center.

Previous Experience:

Before joining KinderCare Jill had experience with Student Teaching in Elementary schools.

Favorite Children's Book:

Amelia Bedeila by Herman Parish

Year Started:
4/2/2007
Tenure:
8 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Tanya Mertes, Assistant Director

"The amount of learning that goes into the first years of life is profound. Everyone should do all they can to ensure that those years are jam-packed with engaging, fun and developmentally appropriate curriculum to help create a healthy and fulfilling future for all children!"

Tanya began working with KinderCare in November of 2011 after graduating from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Child Cognition and Development. She began working here as a Discovery Preschool teacher and then as an Infant Teacher before being promoted to an Assistant Director position in October 2012. Tanya enjoys working for a company whose goal is to develop the whole child and one that provides a curriculum that supports the social, physical, emotional and intellectual development of every child, all while having fun and building self esteem! Tanya believes a strong educational foundation is the key to having a successful academic career. If a child has fun while learning, growing and exploring at a young age, they will begin to love learning forever! Tanya has built strong relationships with the children, their families and the staff here at KinderCare Glen Ellyn and she looks forward to working with your family as well!

Previous Experience:

Tanya has more than ten years of experience working with children of all ages. In high school she was chosen to help run a Preschool program. She has worked as a teacher's aide in the Palatine School District and as a camp counselor in Des Plaines for children ages three to thirteen years. She also has experience teaching swim lessons to children five and under.

Favorite Children's Book:

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Year Started:
11/28/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Child Cognition and Development

Kayla Kopp, Assistant Director

"I'm excited to be a part of a child's growth and development during this important time in their lives! I am so happy when I walk into the center each morning and all the kids say 'Hi' with big smiles on their faces!
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Ms. Kayla started at KinderCare Glen Ellyn as the Lead Toddler teacher, after earning her Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the Lead for 3 years! She loved working with this age group and watching the children as they learned and developed. Ms. Kayla enjoyed doing different art projects and activities that aligned with each month's curriculum theme. She also loved watching the children learn by interacting with each other while in her classroom. Ms. Kayla was promoted to the Assistant Director position in June of 2015. She believes in learning through play and developing academic skills at an early age. She has developed strong relationships with many of the families at the center during her position as a Toddler teacher and she looks forward to developing great relationships with all of the children and families at the center!
 

Favorite Children's Book:

Moondance by Frank Asch

Year Started:
2/17/2012
Tenure:
3 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies

Ms. Brittany, Infant Classroom

"I love seeing the amazing growth that occurs every day in each child at this age and I am grateful to be a part of it!"

Ms. Brittany joined our KinderCare Glen Ellyn team in August of 2013 after graduating with a Bachelors Degree from Valley State University in Michigan. She discovered her passion for Early Childhood development during the ten years of experience she has had working with children of all ages. When Ms. Brittany joined our team, she quickly found her home away from home in the Infant Room. She loves working with the Infants and helping them to develop their basic life skills.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Brittany has over ten years of experience working with children. She has worked as a teacher and caregiver at a church in her hometown for children of various age groups. She also has experience as a nanny, a tutor, student teaching in College and she has even taught an after school art program for a group of students at an Elementary School.

Favorite Children's Book:

The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone

Year Started:
8/27/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Holly, Infant Classroom

"I find it amazing how individual the babies all are! They all have their own little personalities, feelings, giggles and most adorable expressions!"

Ms. Holly has been a lead teacher in the Infant room for eleven years now! She started working at KinderCare Glen Ellyn after earning her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Holly loves working with the Infants each day! She strongly believes in having ongoing communication to help create strong relationships with the parents in her room.

Favorite Children's Book:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Year Started:
5/14/2003
Tenure:
12 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Stacy, Infant Classroom

"I look forward to coming in every morning to care for the little ones! I love being a part of their learning and growing experience."

For five years, Ms. Stacy has been a part of the KinderCare Glen Ellyn team. With over a decade of devoted experience in the Education field, she's passionate about the well-being of the children under her care. Acknowledging the importance of adolescent brain development, she's committed to promoting and delivering the educational curriculum KinderCare has to offer.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Stacy has ten years of experience working with Children who have Special Needs

Favorite Children's Book:

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Year Started:
4/27/2010
Tenure:
5 Years

Ms. Emily, Toddlers

"Getting a big hug from a child is the best feeling in the world! I am lucky enough to work at a place where I get millions of hugs every day!"

Ms. Emily joined our KinderCare Glen Ellyn team in November of 2014 as an Infant co-teacher, after graduating with her Bachelor's from Illinois State University. In just a few short months, Ms. Emily moved on to become the Lead Teacher of the Toddler classroom! It was a seemless transition since Ms. Emily was already working so closely with all of the children and families while they were in the Infant classroom! She is very excited to work with the new curriculum and help the children in her room learn at such an important developmental stage of their young lives!

Favorite Children's Book:

Pickle Things by Marc Brown

Year Started:
11/3/2014
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Sociology

Ms. Stephanie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"I am so happy to be working in a classroom where I can be a consistent part of each child's growth and development at such an exciting stage in their life. I am also so grateful to have a job that allows me to have fun and see so many smiling faces every day!"

Ms. Stephanie has been a part of the KinderCare Glen Ellyn team since 2011, after receiving her Bachelors Degree from Northern Illinois University. Ms. Stephanie has previous experience working in after school programs and she has also worked as a Nanny. She started out teaching in a few different classrooms here at KinderCare before finally settling into the Discovery Preschool classroom in late 2011.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Stephanie has worked in several after school programs and has experience working with two families as a long term Nanny.

Favorite Children's Book:

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Year Started:
4/11/2011
Tenure:
4 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

Ms. Elaina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"Sometimes you have to sit down and talk to a child to understand life again."

Ms. Elaina joined the KinderCare Glen Ellyn team in May 2015 as a teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom! Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Elaina worked at the local YMCA for many years, in various positions. She started there in 2006 in the before and after school program and in 2012 she became a Lead Teacher for the half day Kindergarten program. During her time at the YWCA she also co-directed Summer Camp for the 4th and 5th graders. In December 2014, Ms. Elaina graduated from College of DuPage with her Associate's in Early Childhood. She became interested in working at KinderCare to develop in her Early Childhood Career and to gain more experience with younger age groups.Ms. Elaina is excited to work with the fun and energetic 2 year old class every day!
 

Previous Experience:

Ms. Elaina worked at the local YMCA for 9 years before joining the KinderCare Glen Ellyn team!

Favorite Children's Book:

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Year Started:
5/26/2015
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood

Ms. Alyssa, Preschool Classroom

"What better way is there to spend a work day than with a class full of smiling, happy faces. I love knowing that every day I get to teach and share my love of learning with them!"

Ms. Alyssa has been working with young children since she was in High School. When she wasn't babysitting, she was tutoring  children during the summer months or working with her Church's Vacation Bible School. Ms. Alyssa attended Aurora University where she earned her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She has worked in a few other smaller centers and with all age groups, but she really feels at home with the Preschool children!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Alyssa has experience tutoring children during the summer months and she has worked in smaller child care education centers.

Favorite Children's Book:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

Year Started:
10/24/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Sonia, Preschool Classroom

"I am beyond happy seeing all of the wonderful kids everyday and knowing that I am changing their lives makes me smile!"

Ms. Sonia has been a part of the KinderCare team since 2013. She has prior experience working as a babysitter in High School and has also worked in an Elementary School setting. She is currently pursuing her Child Development Associates Credential.  Ms. Sonia started working in the Infant and Toddler classrooms at this center but now she works full time in the Preschool classroom with Ms. Alyssa. Since starting in the Preschool room, Ms. Sonia has found that she is most passionate about working with the 3 year old age group!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Sonia has experience working with young children since High School, when she worked as a babysitter. She also has previous experience assisting in an Elementary School.

Favorite Children's Book:

Are you my Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Year Started:
9/26/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Tammy, PreKindergarten

"I cannot imagine a more thrilling and satisfying way to spend my day than with a child that is eager to learn. I am blessed to have the opportunity to have a positive impact in children's lives on a daily basis."

Ms. Tammy joined KinderCare in 2007 at the West Chicago center, after earning her Early Childhood Education Certificate. She was a Preschool teacher and then became a Prekindergarten teacher at that center for 6 years! Ms. Tammy joined the Glen Ellyn team in February of 2014. Since then she has worked in all classrooms, driven the School Agers to and from school and also went along on Field Trips! Ms. Tammy took over as the Lead Prekindergarten teacher in June 2015 and she has loved every minute of it! She's excited to have her own classroom again and to be able to work with her children on a daily basis.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Tammy worked at the West Chicago KinderCare for 7 years before joining the Glen Ellyn KinderCare team. She has also worked at a local Elementary school as a lunchroom supervisor.

Favorite Children's Book:

Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton

Year Started:
8/17/2007
Tenure:
7 Years
Education:
Certificate in Early Childhood Education & Care

Ms. Maria, School Age Classroom

"I truly enjoy balancing learning experiences with a caring and nurturing environment for each child. When the children and their families go home happy and satisfied… DITTO! I sincerely aim to please and yes I adore my job, as I truly treasure the children."

Ms. Maria has been devotedly working as a teacher in this area for more than 30 years! She has been engaged in teaching and nurturing children ever since she was a young adult. After receiving her Degree with honors, Ms. Maria was offered a teaching position in the public schools for seven years, as a Speech and Language Pathologist. After nearly a decade of teaching, Ms. Maria stayed at home to raise her son until it was time for him to begin his Preschool adventures here in Glen Ellyn. In a very short time, she became a teacher on staff and has been passionate about her job here ever since. Ms. Maria forms close relationships and a great rapport with the children and their families. She thoroughly works with the curriculum and modifies it to meet each child's individual needs. She believes each child learns in their own unique way. Ms. Maria feels inspired for each new day that she is able to watch children grow, learn, experience self-worth, confidence and joy! Ms. Maria was recently honored with the 2014 Knowledge Universe 'Early Childhood Educator of the Year' Award!

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Maria spent seven years as a Speech correctionist in Public Schools.

Favorite Children's Book:

Persimmony by Stephen Cosgrove

Year Started:
1/7/1982
Tenure:
33 Years
Education:
Bachelors Degree in Speech and Language Pathology and Special 10 Certification

Ms. Nicole, Floater

"There is no greater feeling than being able to see the children grow and develop and being able to watch their progress as it occurs."

Ms. Nicole joined the KinderCare Glen Ellyn team in June 2013 while attending Northern Illinois University. She recently graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Family and Child Studies in May 2015. She has experience working in all of the classrooms here at KinderCare and has recently been a co-teacher in the School Age classroom for Summer Camp. Ms. Nicole is dedicated to working with the children in every classroom. She's excited to come to work each day to enjoy the different experiences and interactions each room has to offer!

Favorite Children's Book:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

Year Started:
6/25/2013
Tenure:
2 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor's Family & Child Studies

Ms. Ariel, Floater

"I am excited to watch the kids grow and develop into smart individuals. I think that making the learning process fun is the key to success in education. I also love that the kids think of me as 'Ariel from The Little Mermaid'!"

Ms. Ariel joined our KinderCare Glen Ellyn team in April of 2015. She worked for years as a nanny and she also worked at an Early Childhood center in Warrenville before starting at KinderCare.She loves the opportunity to work in all of the classrooms and to develop relationships with all of the kids in the center. She is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate's Certificate to advance in her Early Childhood career.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Glen Ellyn, Ms. Ariel worked as a nanny and also worked at another Early Childhood center in Warrenville.

Favorite Children's Book:

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Year Started:
4/27/2015
Education:
Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Donna, Cook & Floater

"A dirty child is a happy child! Watching children explore and figure out how something works is amazing and knowing I had a part in that makes me smile!"

Ms. Donna joined the KinderCare Glen Ellyn team in March 2014 as a cook and as an Assistant Teacher in all classrooms. She recently earned her Childhood Development Associate's Certificate in May 2015. Ms. Donna enjoys working with all age groups especially the Discovery Preschool classroom! Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Donna worked at an Early Childhood Center in Iowa. She has over 15 years experience in Early Childhood Development. Ms. Donna loves working with children of all ages, watching them learn and develop their skills. Ms. Donna hopes to have a classroom of her own one day!

Previous Experience:

Before joining KinderCare Glen Ellyn, Ms. Donna worked at an Early Childhood center in Iowa for over 15 years!

Favorite Children's Book:

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Year Started:
3/17/2014
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Childhood Development Associate Certificate

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