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Lake Zurich KinderCare

Lila Rivera,
Center Director

550 W. Cuba Rd. Lake Zurich IL 60047
Ph: (847) 438-9330
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: at Cuba & Rand behind Walgreens Cuba and 12

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Sara Adams - Issac Fox - Seph Paine - May Whitney - Saint Anne's - Saint Francis - Arnett Lines - Kildeer Countryside - North Barrington - Roslyn Road- Wauconda Grade School- Robert Crown

Teachers & Staff

Our teaching staff is passionate about your child's happiness and growth by providing a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. They are committed to providing each child with the best social and educational experience by inspiring, engaging and awaken wonder daily.

Lila Rivera, Center Director

""I love being the Center Director because it allows me to help out wherever I am needed and allows me to build relationships with all the families. I am passionate about the children and promising the parents that their children are in the best care aside from home!"
"Me encanta ser Direccion en el centro, ya que me permite ayudar a dondequiera que me necesitaba y me permite construir relaciones con todas las familias. Soy un apasionado de los ninos y prometiendo a los padres que sus hijos estan en la mejor atencion a un lado de casa!""

Lila has been with KinderCare since September of 2008. She worked at the Palatine, Arlington Heights and Wheeling locations prior to coming to the Lake Zurich location as Center Director in January of 2014. She is currently working towards her Associates Degree in Education.

Year Started:
1/1/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Heather Hendrixson, Assistant Director

"Everything happens for a reason."

Ms. Heather received her Associate's Degree in 2013 and is continuing her education to get her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College in Chicago, Illinois. She has had experience working with children for about six years now. Ms. Heather started her career with KinderCare in 2013 as a Prekindergarten teacher. She enjoys being a part of the children's lives and hopes to make an impact on them.

Year Started:
10/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education with continued schooling in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Laurel, Cook

Ms. Laurel has been with KinderCare for over 2 years now, and enjoys cooking for all of the smiling faces each and every day!  She has been in the cooking industry for many years prior to joining us.  Ms. Laurel does not only love cooking for the children, but getting invovled with them as well.  She loves recieving all of their hugs and stories that they have to share with her!

Year Started:
6/18/2012
Tenure:
2 Years

Ms. Desiree, Infant Classroom

"I love my job because of the warm hugs and smiling faces I get to see each day!"

Ms. Desiree received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Carthage College. She has had multiple years of experience caring for children of all ages. Desiree began working in the infant and toddler classrooms at the Lake Zurich KinderCare in March of 2012 and has since become the infant lead teacher. She enjoys coming to work each day knowing she is providing the best care possible along with a solid foundation for future education.

Year Started:
1/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

Ms. Jessica, Infants

Over the past couple of years, Ms. Jessica has worked with many children.  She has nannied for a couple of years, along with teaching in Preschools.  Jessica has joined are team here at KinderCare, and is very excited to help educate the children.  Jessica enjoys making a difference in the children's life and being that positive impact on them!

Year Started:
8/28/2014
Years in ECE industry:
5 years
Education:
Associates in Early Childhood Education

Ashlie, Toddlers

Ms. Ashlie had her Child Development Associate.  She has been working with all ages over the past couple of years, and really enjoys her time she gets to spend with the children.  Ms. Ashlie loves that every day is different, and knowing that there will never be a dull moment!  She also loves hearing when the parents aknowledge their child's growth and development in her classroom.  It makes her love her job that much more!

Year Started:
8/10/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 years
Education:
CDA

Ms. Elena, Toddlers

Ms. Elena has been working in childcare for over 6 years, and loves being an asset to our team.  Elena has worked with all of the age groups over the years and truly enjoys all of the ages.  She loves that each day she comes in she is able to make a difference in the children's lives.

Year Started:
9/17/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 years

Ms. Tarah, Toddler Classroom

Ms. Tarah has been teaching at KinderCare since February 2014.  Tarah has her Bachelor's Degree of Science in Secondary Education.  She just recently started her career working with children, and loves putting her degree to a great use!  She loves watching the joy on the kids faces when they master a newly acquired skill and getting that smile of accomplishment!  She feels inspired by helping the children achieve their goals and working towards them.

Year Started:
2/5/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year
Education:
Bachelor's of Science in Secondary Education

Ms. Lauren, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"I love when I teach a child something new and they come up to me later proud of themselves because they were able to do it all by themselves."

Ms. Lauren started her career at the Lake Zurich KinderCare in 2009. She volunteered part time for about a year being an assistant teacher for the Discovery Preschool and Preschool classrooms. In 2010, she began to work full time and became an assistant teacher for all the classrooms. In February 2013, Ms. Lauren became the lead teacher for the preschool classroom.

Ms. Lauren is attending the College of Lake County her for Associates in Arts Degree. Her focus is on Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology. She has had experience with children by being a nanny for neighbors and family friends since she was sixteen. Ms. Lauren also worked summers at a horse ranch helping and teaching the children how to get ready to ride the horses.

Year Started:
1/1/2010
Tenure:
4 Years

Ms. Natalie, Preschool Classroom

"I look forward to helping the children discover what they are passionate about and then working with them to explore it!"

Ms. Natalie received her Early Childhood Education degree in 2012 from Millikin University. She worked with children in the Barrington school district prior to starting her career with KinderCare. Ms. Natalie  is passionate about teaching and making learning fun. She plays the ukulele and loves bringing it into class to play for the children.

Year Started:
1/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Type 04 Illinois Teaching Certificate

Ms. Catherine, Prekindergarten Classroom

Ms. Catherine started working at KinderCare in 2012, and has her Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education.  She also just completed her second degree in Early Childhood Education.  Catherine loves working wtih children and making an impact on their lives!  She inspired to come to work because she loves seeing their smiling faces everyday.

Year Started:
9/4/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education

Ms. Dorothy, Kindergarten Classroom

"Remember the three F's, Firm, Friendly, Fair."

Ms. Dorothy received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern Illinois University. She has had experience teaching in the private sector with students in a variety of grade levels. Before joining KinderCare, she served as a substitute teacher in the Lake Zurich public school district.
Dorothy began her career with KinderCare in 2002 as the Kindergarten teacher. During her first year she was named, “Teacher of the Year” at the Lake Zurich Center. She loves working with the children and their families to ensure the best educational experience with an emphasis on a hands-on approach. She resides in Lake Zurich with her husband. They have three grown children.

Year Started:
1/1/2002
Tenure:
12 Years
Years in ECE industry:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Tina, School Age Classroom

Ms. Tina is working towards attaining her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University. Prior to Northeastern, Tina received her Associate's Degree of the Arts. She started her career working with kids through being a nanny and tutoring. Following that, she gained experience working in public and private schools with students in a variety of grade levels and abilities. Here she learned how to use a variety of methods to teach and reach each student. Ms. Tina encourages a community of learners and creates class discussions to help build on each child's uniqueness, experiences, and abilities.

Year Started:
1/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Bachelor's in Elementary Education

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