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Lombard KinderCare

Lindsey Forrest,
Center Director

249 West St. Charles Rd. Lombard IL 60148
Ph: (630) 495-6539
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:15 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: at St Charles & Elizabeth next to Lombard Train Station

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Madison, Hammerschmidt, Pleasant Lane, Parkview, Sacred Hart, Ardmore, and Schafer

Teachers & Staff

Mostly residing in Lombard, our staff comes from a varied degree of educational backgrounds and life experiences. Although different in their own ways they all share one thing in common; a love for children. Seeing the smile on a child's face is the reason they come to work each day and it is our hope that your child's smile will soon be one of the many that brighten their days.

Lindsey Forrest, Center Director

Before accepting the position as Center Director here at the Lombard KinderCare, Lindsey spent more than a decade working with children of all ages. She began her career as a Preschool teacher before coming to KinderCare in 2008. During this time Lindsey was working as a two-year-old teacher in DeKalb while pursuing her Bachelor's Degree at Northern Illinois University. Lindsey knew she loved working with children, which is why she chose to pursue a family/children studies degree, as it fell in line with her beliefs and aspirations. While continuing her studies, She spent time, not only working with two-year-old children but also with Infants and School Age children. Once graduated from NIU, Lindsey and her husband decided to buy a house here in Lombard. Her family was from the surrounding area, and with her parents currently residing here, there was no question this was where she wanted to be. Once here it was only a short time before she joined the team at the Lombard KinderCare. From the moment Lindsey joined the team it was apparent that her drive for excellence and passion for the field would take her far. Shortly thereafter she was offered the position of Assistant Director and two years later accepted the Center Director position. With the hopes of one day raising a family, Lindsey has happily planted her roots her in Lombard.

Year Started:
10/20/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Family and Child Studies

Heather Crawford, Assistant Director

Heather has been working in the childcare field for over seven years. With a combination of schooling and experience in a classroom, she has acquired many skills that help her succeed in the childcare field. Heather has been working toward a career in childcare for several years, starting with taking any Early Childhood Education classes that were offered in high school, then continuing her education by acquiring a degree in Early Childhood Education from Waubonsee Community College. Heather does an excellent job working with not only children, but with families as well. Everyone seems to respond well to her warm, caring personality, which allows families to feel comfortable coming to her with anything. To Heather, every family is unique and special and should be treated in such a way. With all these qualities Heather has found her strength in childcare. She is passionate about providing great service, as well as continually growing to reach her full potential.

Year Started:
7/31/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Amber, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

Although newly in the education field Ms. Amber has quickly become an asset to our team.  She is a hardworking, flexible teacher who enjoys working together to ensure the best possible learning environment for all of the children in her class.  Ms. Amber values incorporating a strong line of communication between herself and parents within her classroom as this is the best way to have a consistant learning environmet for all children.

Year Started:
8/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1

Ms. Sandra, Infant Classroom

Ms. San has been with KinderCare for over twenty years and has touched the lives of many children and families. Teaching infants has been a passion of hers since she began her career here. She inspires all those around her and has a way of making families feel right at home. Ms. San is loved by all and we are lucky to have such an amazing person on our team.

Year Started:
5/26/1989
Tenure:
26 Years
Years in ECE industry:
30 Years
Education:
Associate's & Bachelor's of Science Degrees in Health & Physical Education

Ms. Tasha, Infant Classroom

Ms. Tasha's  nurturing personality encourages exploration and discovery in her classroom. She is always looking for new ways to enhance the learning  and create meaningful moments. Ms. Tasha is passionate about Early Childhood Development and focuses on building strong relationships with her families as she believes learning is most succesful when teachers and parents work together.

Year Started:
7/16/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1
Education:
Child Development Associate

Ms. Jen, Pre-Toddler / Toddler Classroom

Ms. Jen has always had a love for young children which makes her a perfect fit for our younger classrooms.  She uses her knowledge in education to implement KinderCares research based curriculum into her classroom using art projects and activities.  Her creative outlook allows her to enhance the learning activities in the classroom to keep the children engaged.  Ms. Jen has a warmth to her that helps all new families feel welcome during this time of transition.

Year Started:
8/26/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
6
Education:
Child Development Associate

Ms. Judy, Pre-Toddler Classroom

Ms. Judy is a mother of four and a grandmother to five. She is kind and loving woman who brings her many life experiences to the classroom. Her sincerity and genuine love for children inspires those around her and creates strong bonds with families. She is always happy to come to work and sad to leave at the end of the day. Her passion for her job is beyond words and she is a treasured member of our team.

Year Started:
10/15/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8 Years

Ms. Lauren, Pre-Toddler Classroom

Ms. Lauren is an outgoing and creative teacher who enhances the curriculum by involving the children in the planning process. Focusing on their individual interests she has created a classroom that inspires both fun and learning. Keeping things new and exciting for the children, Ms. Lauren continuously enriches the classroom with ideas and materials that spark creativity. Her classroom is an exciting place for students of all ages.

Year Started:
4/5/2013
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5 Years
Education:
Pursuing Bachelor's Degree

Ms. Steffanie, Toddler Classroom

Ms. Steffanie's enthusiastic personality brings excitement and fun to learning.  Her willingness and commitment to our center is apparent in her day to day interactions with the children and families.  She enjoys incorporating music and art into the daily curriculum to engage the children in her classroom. 

Year Started:
10/22/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1
Education:
Persuing an Early Childhood Education Degree

Ms. Denise, Discovery Preschool Classroom

Ms. Denise is a strong teacher who is passionate about early childhood development. Her classroom encourages independence and exploration which inspires learning everyday. She strongly believes in working with children on an individual level as they work towards various developmental milestones. Her interactions with the children are filled with warmth and kindness which fosters strong bonds with the children and their families.

Year Started:
3/2/2009
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Physical Education

Ms. Dina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

Ms. Dina's sweet and endearing personality makes her loved by all.  She is passionate about her job and loves coming to work everyday.  Her soft nature makes the children feel safe as they explore the world around them and encourages their curiosity.  She comes into work with a smile on her face that is contagious.

Year Started:
11/7/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1
Education:
Currently persuing a dgree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Marissa, Preschool Classroom

Ms. Marissa's welcoming personality and fun spirited nature brings enjoyment to learning while in a nurturing environment.  Ms. Marissa is always looking for new and exciting ways to enhance the learning activities for the children in her care.  This is evident from the  involvment of the children in her classroom as well as the great relashonships she has with our families.  As she continues her degree in Early Childhood Education she is always working to incorporate her learning into the classroom.

Year Started:
8/20/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Currently persuing a degree in Early Childhood Development

Ms. Rebecca, Preschool Classroom

Ms. Rebecca is outgoing and always has a smile on her face. Every time she walks into her room the children instantly run to give her a hug. Her children are always engaged and evidence of learning can be seen every day. Her warm personality invites families to be a part of her classroom and happy to be a part of the KinderCare family.

Year Started:
11/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
Pursuing Associate's Degree

Ms. Briana, PreKindergarten Classroom

Ms. Bri has always had a passion for teaching young children.  This is why while persuing her Psychology degree she enrolled herself in multiple Elementary Education classes.  She uses the knowledge from these classes as well as her many years of expirience to enhance KinderCare's unique curriculum to assist the children with Kindergarten readiness.  We are proud to have her as a member of our team and am sure that you will be impressed with everything your child will learn from her in the classroom. 

Year Started:
3/15/2013
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8
Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Ms. Melissa, Kindergarten Classroom

Ms. Melissa has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked in the public school system for fifteen years. During that time she found a passion for working with the younger children. This combination of passion and experience has contributed to her success in the preschool classroom. She has received numerous awards and her excellence in the classroom has been recognized by co-workers, parents, mangers and corporate representatives. Ms. Melissa goes above and beyond what is expected of her and as a result the children in her classroom excel in all areas of education.

Year Started:
3/3/2012
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
17 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education, Special Education Endorsement

Ms. Wanda, School Age Classroom

"Ms. Wanda is the perfect fit for our School-age classroom.  With her 10 years of expirience working in the elementary schools she knows just what it takes to run a smooth and structured program.   She consistently involves herself in the classroom activities to keep the children  engaged while learning.  She is loved and respected by all of her students and families.and is an important part of our team."

Year Started:
8/19/2014
Years in ECE industry:
10
Education:
Associates in Early Childhood Education and Human Resources

Ms. Kim, Learning Adventures Classroom

Ms. Kim has been with KinderCare for over twenty years and has an undeniable passion for working with children. Over the years she has spent time working with all ages including Kindergartners. This experience made her the perfect fit for the Learning Adventure classroom as it encompasses curriculum and programs designed for all ages. Her dedication to Early Childhood Education is what drives this program and makes it successful. With a focus on one on one learning, Ms. Kim enriches this research-based curriculum helping each child reach their full potential.

Year Started:
9/2/1994
Tenure:
20 Years
Years in ECE industry:
26 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree

Ms. Rachael, Cook

Year Started:
3/1/2013
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Pursuing Associate's Degree

Ms. Anji, Floater

Ms. Anji's many years of expirience and education shows in the interactions she has with children. Her flexibility and willingness to work in any classroom needed shows the love she has for children.  She has an in depth knowledge for child development and enjoys incorporating what she has learned into the classroom.

Year Started:
2/29/2008
Tenure:
7 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10
Education:
Masters Degree in Special Education

Ms. Melanie, Floater

Ms. Melanie is one of our most flexible and hardworking  teachers.  Always up for anything, she spends her time helping out wherever she is needed.  Her love for children of all ages and her Elementary Education background makes her the perfect fit for a role such as this.

Year Started:
7/31/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
5
Education:
Bachelors in Elementary Education

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