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Mundelein Meadows KinderCare

Jessica Hall,
Center Director

800 S. IL Route 83 Mundelein IL 60060
Ph: (847) 970-7060
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: Off Rte. 83 in Mundelein Meadows Plaza by Aldi.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mundelein Meadows Plaza

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Lincoln, Mechanics Grove, Washington, Fremont, Spencer Loomis, May Whitney, Cotton Creek, and Robert Crown

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers have over 190 years of experience caring for children. It is our goal to make a positive difference in every child's life when they are here at KinderCare. Our teachers understand the meaning of education and are able to make learning fun and exciting! At Mundelein Meadows KinderCare, each teacher strives to create a learning environment that stimulates social, emotional, and academic development while creating a lasting love for learning.

Jessica Hall, Center Director

""Tell me, and I'll forget; show me, and I may remember; involve me, and I'll understand." - Chinese Proverb"

Jessica has had many years of experience with children of all ages. She comes from a large family of five younger siblings and has a two-year-old son. In addition to her family life, Jessica previously worked for KinderCare as a lead teacher for two years. After she completed her educational journey, she was a full-time assistant in a third grade classroom and a lead teacher in a first grade classroom. Jessica has reunited with KinderCare and we are happy to have her join our mission to provide children with the best educational experience.

Previous Experience:

Jessica previously worked for Kenilworth Mundelein, and Waukegan school districts.

Year Started:
10/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Jill, Assistant Director

""Every day is a different day. I love seeing the children grow and develop.""

Jill started her 22 year career in Milwaukee as an assistant teacher while she attended Concordia University. She majored in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. Jill was promoted to Lead Teacher and eventually to the Assistant Center Director position. She's also held Center Director positions in Milwaukee and Minneapolis areas as well. Jill has experience working with every age group and loves them all. She loves seeing the children grow up into young adults.

Previous Experience:

General Child Care

Year Started:
1/28/1992
Tenure:
22 Years
Years in ECE industry:
22 Years
Education:
Early Childhood Education Degree

Ms. Jenni, Infant Classroom

""Every day is a new day, and making meaningful moments makes a difference in a child's life.""

Ms. Jenni has been working for KinderCare for three years. She has valued experience with Infants, Toddlers and Two-year-old children. She has been working with children for six years. Ms. Jenni is currently attending college to obtain her Early Childhood Education degree. She is also fluent in Spanish. Ms. Jenni takes pride implementing curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for each child. She is patient and takes her time to make connections with each child.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Jenni was previously a Sunday school teacher and a tech campus Preschool teacher.

Year Started:
5/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Jenna, Toddler Classroom

""It is a great pleasure to be part of a child's educational journey, no matter how big or small.""

Ms. Jenna has been with KinderCare since August of 2012. She has experience with all age groups. In addition, she has experience with Special Education. While Ms. Jenna has no children of her own, she feels a strong attachment to the children in her classroom. She enjoys being able to use art and music to enhance the capabilities of her students. Learning is a constant adventure not only as a child but also as an adult. Ms. Jenna often feels that the children not only learn from her but she is still learning from them on her own educational journey.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Jenna was previously a special education aide and a paraprofessional.

Year Started:
8/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
3 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree, Paraprofessional Certification

Ms. Joanna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

""A word of praise is a verbal trophy for a child.""

Ms. Joanna has been with KinderCare since August 2008. She has worked in the Early Childhood Education Field for over 10 years. She is currently working on her Child Development Associate's credential. Ms. Joanna is a wonderful Discovery Preschool teacher and has been an asset to this program since the beginning of her KinderCare career. She is dedicated to capturing every child's developmental milestones and has created an incredible learning environment that is rich in pictures of the children learning and playing. Ms. Joanna has a very unique and special way of displaying the children's work in her classroom for parents and children to see. She focuses on the process the children have gone through with pictures, actual work, detailed explanations of the activities and displays the learning on her incredibly detailed bulletin boards. In addition to being a wonderful teacher, Ms. Joanna is fluent in Spanish. She is able to lend her compassion and knowledge to families who may have a language barrier and make them feel comfortable and secure by having their questions answered in their native language. This also is very special when she is able to comfort children and increase their understanding of situations in the language spoken at home. Ms. Joanna is very passionate about making a positive difference for all the children who are fortunate enough to have her as their teacher.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Joanna was previously a private childcare provider.

Year Started:
8/1/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10 years
Education:
Pursuing Child Development Associate's credential

Ms. Ashley, Preschool Classroom

""When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts." - Dalai Lama
"The 3 C's of Life: Choices, chances, and changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change." - Unknown"

Ms. Ashley joined KinderCare on March 21st 2013. She worked with children prior to starting with KinderCare. Ms. Ashley has experience in working with all age groups throughout her eight years in child care. Working with children inspired her to obtain her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early childhood Education from Kendall College. Children are Ms. Ashley's pride and joy day in and out. She strives every day to better the lives of your children!

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Ashley worked in other daycare centers and worked as a nanny.

Year Started:
3/21/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
8 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Infant & Toddler Development

Ms. Erin, Prekindergarten Classroom

""Teachers come and go, but every once in a while, one comes along that will touch your heart and stay with you forever.""

Ms. Erin has been a prekindergarten teacher at the Mundelein Meadows KinderCare since October 2011. She has s Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and is certified to teach birth through ninth grade. She was an assistant teacher for four years in two school districts before teaching prekindergarten with Head Start and private childcare. Ms. Erin is very passionate about teaching and providing children opportunities to be successful in their learning. Ms. Erin takes pride in seeing each child meet and exceed educational milestones.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Erin spent four years teaching Prekindergarten with Head Start and private childcare.

Year Started:
10/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Type 03 and 04 Certifcation

Ms. Linda, Floating Teacher, Bus Driver

""Get down to the children's level and communicate and listen to their needs. Sometimes you have to go out of the box and let their imagination guide the children to answers. There is no right or wrong, each child is brilliant in their own creative way.""

Ms. Linda has been with KinderCare since August of 1991. She worked with children prior to her present position for four years as an aide in the public schools. In addition to working with children at KinderCare, Ms. Linda enjoys teaching piano lessons to both children and adults. Initially, she was hired as a School Age teacher where she would strive to bring out creative thinking in the children. Ms. Linda believes that it is so important for children to realize how to speak for themselves and not be afraid to express their feelings. Her goal was for the children to be able to express themselves through words, imagination and thinking. Throughout the years, she's had many opportunities to teach in various classrooms at KinderCare. Ms. Linda found that she greatly enjoys having an impact on the lives of children at any age. Currently, she loves driving the bus to all of our local public schools. She is amazed at all the fun they have while she is safely getting children to and from school. The inside of her bus is decorated by artwork from children from years past to the present. Ms. Linda takes great pride in knowing that she is a part of our School Age children's daily lives!

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Linda worked as a Public School Teacher's Aide for four years.

Year Started:
8/1/1991
Tenure:
23 Years
Years in ECE industry:
25 Years

Ms. Alex, School Age and Learning Adventures

"Knowing I've participated in a child's developmental growth brings real meaning to my day."

Ms. Alex began as assistant teacher in our Discovery Preschool room. She recently become our Lead School Age Teacher. In addition, she also teaches our Learning Adventures program. Ms. Alex is currently taking classes at College of Lake County to gain an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. She believes that learning is a life-long process and that being able to encourage children to expand their knowledge about the world around them is a privilege. She has given children the ability to blossom as individuals.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Alex has experience as a children's swim instructor.

Year Started:
11/1/2012
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Pursuing Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Kathy, Support Staff

""Teaching is about interactions with your students. If you let them, they will always tell you a story. Let them…""

Ms. Kathy has been working for KinderCare since September of 2013. She has been working towards her dream of becoming a classroom teacher. She is currently working on her Associate's Degree for Early Childhood Education. Previously, Ms. Kathy worked as a nanny where she discovered her joy in working with young children. She is very passionate and understanding with her students. Seeing a smiling face on a child brings joy to her! Ms. Kathy is also fluent in Spanish.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kathy worked as a nanny.

Year Started:
9/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year
Education:
Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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