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Mundelein KinderCare

Nicole Robin,
Center Director

695 S. IL Route 83 Mundelein IL 60060
Ph: (847) 970-9554
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: at Rt 83 & Midlothian Road behind the Harris Bank

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: We transport to Fremont, Mechanics Grove, Washington, Fairhaven, Spencer Loomis, May Whitney, Lincoln, Cotton Creek, Robert Crown and other area schools.

Teachers & Staff

Our team is made up of teachers who are dedicated to education, giving children the best possible start on a lifetime of learning, and taking care of your greatest asset, your child.  Our school is proud of our very qualified teachers, their educations, and the classroom experiences that we provide on a daily basis. Together our team has over 130 years of teaching experience!  We are committed to enhancing the lives of children through compassion, understanding, and a genuine interest in every opportunity that will positively impact their lives.

Nicole Robin, Center Director

"I have the best job in the world! I am able to utilize my education while building incredible relationships with each and every family within my KinderCare community. I am passionate about children and love that so many children are fortunate enough to begin their path of education and development here at Mundelein."

Nicole has been part of the KinderCare family since 2006. She completed her Master's Degree from National Louis University in 2004. Nicole has worked with children ever since she was old enough to work. She has been a camp counselor, Nanny, Preschool Teacher, Private Kindergarten Teacher, Personal Aide to a child with special needs, and lastly her current position as Center Director. This is the perfect position for Nicole, as she is able to use many aspects of her education in her day-to-day activities. She is dedicated to creating the best environment possible for the children who participate in her school's programs and is fortunate enough to be able to see the benefits of each classroom both as a director and as a mom. She strives to build relationships with each family and with the surrounding community.

Favorite Children's Book:

The Giving Tree

Year Started:
7/1/2007
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 years
Education:
Master Degree in Elementary Education

Colleen Fanella, Assistant Director

Colleen has such passion in her role as Assistant Director and Program Specialist. She has over 25 years of experience working with young children and she enjoys classroom programming. Interacting with her children and families is her favorite part of her responsibilities. She is a proud mother of triplets and on the weekends enjoys helping her family owned restaurant.

Favorite Children's Book:

Goodnight Moon

Year Started:
10/1/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
20 years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood

Ms. Jessica, Infant Classroom

""I love knowing that each day will be different. I love seeing the babies smile and the new things they will accomplish.""

Previous Experience:

Ms. Jessica started working with KinderCare in 1999.

Favorite Children's Book:

I Love You Stinky Face

Year Started:
9/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Associate's of Applied Sciences Degree

Ms. Glenda, Infant Classroom

""I love being part of every Infant's life. It is rewarding to watch them grow and develop into young Toddlers. I also enjoy having them come back to visit as they continue to grow up.""

Previous Experience:

Ms. Glenda spent two years studing Early Childhood Education.

Favorite Children's Book:

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Year Started:
8/1/1999
Tenure:
15 Years
Years in ECE industry:
16 Years

Ms. Danielle, Infant Classroom

Ms.Danielle has added a new addition to her family, Micah. He was born on February 2015. She loves to scrapbook in her free time. Ms. Danielle has worked in our Toddler room, PreK room and Infant Room.

Favorite Children's Book:

The Giving Tree

Year Started:
1/2/2012
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
4

Ms. Sharon, Toddlers

""I love all of the smiles and hugs that greet you everyday. Each day is a new learning experience whether it is learning the alphabet, counting, singing a song, or the first time a child writes their name.   I enjoy seeing the excitement that children have when they accomplish something new!""

Ms. Sharon has been married for almost 40 years and has two grown children. She became a grandma in 2011.  Ms. Sharon enjoys all aspects of teaching but, her favorite parts are being outside, counting to 100 while exercising, making up stories, painting, and she LOVES to dance!

Previous Experience:

2 year old teacher, 7 years Preschool Teacher, 3 years

Favorite Children's Book:

How do Dinosaurs Know Their Colors?

Year Started:
1/4/2012
Tenure:
3 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate (CDA)

Ms. Maria, Toddler Classroom

Ms. Maria enjoys the experiences that she shares with the children each day.  She enjoys teaching them new things and the smiles on their faces that she sees everyday!

Favorite Children's Book:

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

Year Started:
8/4/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
2

Ms. Anne, Discovery Preschool

Ms. Anne is a teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom. She has been working at Kindercare since 2014.  She has a BA in History.  Ms. Anne is known as a "top" potty trainer and can easily contribute to your potty training advancements.  In her classroom, she focuses on KinderCares terrific curriculum which includes number recognition, story listening, and incredible monthly themes. Anne also teaches fine and gross motor skills as well as letter recognition!  She is also a fabulous artist. It is very likely that if you come and visit our Discovery Preschool room, you will find Ms. Anne dancing and singing as this is one of her favorite things to do!

Previous Experience:

nanny for 2 1/2 years 2's teacher

Year Started:
8/4/2014
Years in ECE industry:
5
Education:
University of Depaul, 2006

Ms. Elaine, PreKindergarten

""I believe that children are the future. Teach them well and let them lead the way." - Whitney Houston"

Ms. Elaine loves working in the Discovery Preschool classroom!  She believes that chldren learn best in an enviroment that is clean, fun, and safe.  Ms. Elaine enjoys to workout in her free time.  She finished in the top 5% in the Tough Mudder race last year. Ms. Elaine is the youngest of 7 children and values time spent with her family. She loves working with children and enjoys the chance to enrich their lives and help them grow.

Previous Experience:

Childcare Center, 7 years

Favorite Children's Book:

Are you my Mother?

Year Started:
1/1/2013
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
4
Education:
5

Ms. Michelle, Preschool

""Play is our brain's favorite way of learning." - Diane Ackerman  "Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way." - George Evans"

I am inspired each day knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of children. My favorite part of Early Childhood Education is that I am able to watch the children learn and grow.

Previous Experience:

Preschool Lead Teacher from 2008 to 2011 Prekindergarten Special Education Teacher 2004-2008

Favorite Children's Book:

The Kissing Hand

Year Started:
9/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5
Education:
BA of Science with major in Early Childhood Education, MA in Education with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies Curriculum and Instruction

Ms. Barb, School Age Classroom

""I enjoy being part of the School Age children's every day lives. It is rewarding to see them grow into hard working, curious, happy, secure children who enjoy learning and feel a great sense of pride in their day to day accomplishments.""

Ms. Barb works at a local elementary school during the day. She then comes to KinderCare every afternoon to run our School Age program. Ms. Barb assists children with their homework and provides an extended learning program for the children when they return after school.

Favorite Children's Book:

Cat in the Hat

Year Started:
10/1/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
25
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Alex, Assistant Teacher in 2's

""Teaching children has given me vast experience and has prepared me to be a great mom to my child!""

I am currenly enjoying my classes at the College of Lake County.  I began working at KinderCare in February of 2013 and have enjoyed every day of my employment.  It gives me great pleasure to read books, sing songs and teach the children new and exciting things each day.

Favorite Children's Book:

Press Here

Year Started:
2/18/2013
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year

Ms. Monica, Co-Teacher Preschool

""I enjoy working with children of all ages. I enjoy watching them grow and mature year after year. You are easily attached and it's hard to see them move on. It is fun to pick up children from school and hear all about how their day was.""

Previous Experience:

Ms. Monica has previous experience being a Kindergarten Aide and certified bus driver for over nine years.

Favorite Children's Book:

Are You My Mother

Year Started:
9/1/2010
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13 Years
Education:
Pursuing Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Vanessa, Assistant Teacher

MS.Vanessa attends CLC and then spends her afternoons with our KinderCare Family. She loves watching the children grow since she has started.

Favorite Children's Book:

Horton Hears a Who

Years in ECE industry:
1

Ms. Kasey, Kindergarten

Favorite Children's Book:

Oh, The Places You Will Go

Year Started:
7/21/2014
Years in ECE industry:
2
Education:
BA Elementry Education

Ms. Morgan, Assistant Teacher

Ms.Morgan attends CLC currently. She loves to shop in her spare time. She helps out in all of our rooms and is a great addition to our KinderCare family.

Favorite Children's Book:

Rainbow Fish

Year Started:
1/29/2015
Years in ECE industry:
1

Mr. Manny, Cook

Mr.Manny has worked in childcare centers as the main cook. Mr.Manny and his wife have 3 children and he is the proud grandpa to a granddaughter and a grandson.

Previous Experience:

Mr.Manny has worked at JFH Academy, Fremont School and Mundelein High School prior to joining our team.

Favorite Children's Book:

Green Eggs and Ham

Year Started:
4/27/2015
Years in ECE industry:
10
Education:
Culinary Degree at Cooking Academy of Chicago

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