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Benedetti Drive KinderCare

Linda Steele,
Center Director

889 Benedetti Dr. Naperville IL 60563
Ph: (630) 369-3050
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 YEARS
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: "Off Ogden Ave. across street from HS"

NEIGHBORHOOD: Naperville

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Ellsworth, Naper, Beebee, Millstreet, Brookdale, Longwood, Cowlishaw, Maywatts, Elmwood, All Saints We also bus to Jefferson and Hill Jr. High Schools

Teachers & Staff

Naperville Benedetti KinderCare is staffed by dedicated teachers who possess the training, skills and passion to create engaging and cheerful learning environments that help your child reach his or her potential. All the teachers at our center are CPR and First aid certified and every day our staff uses developmentally appropriate activities to encourage children’s math, literature, science, creative arts and social studies learning skills.

Linda Steele, Center Director

""I enjoy seeing the spark and joy that children display as they learn and discover new concepts and skills. It is rewarding to know that you played a part in fostering that love of learning.""

Linda became the Center Director at the Naperville Benedetti KinderCare in January, 2014 after almost 4 years as Center Director at the neighboring KinderCare on Ogden Avenue, 4 years as the Center Director at the Woodridge North KinderCare, and 4 years as the Assistant Director at Knowledge Beginnings in Naperville. She has had many teaching experiences in both the public and private schools. The combination of Linda's Early Childhood experiences encompassing a wide range of age groups and her educational background in the field make her well prepared to lead high-quality programs for children. She is also a Gateways approved trainer and has conducted a variety of trainings and workshops for Early Childhood educators. Linda has been successful in grant writing in her continual pursuit of program improvements. She has 3 grown girls and a toddler grandson who reside in various cities around the midwest.

Previous Experience:

Linda's vast experience in the Early Childhood field includes many summers as a camp counselor for 5-12 year old children, toddler, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teaching experiences, supervising of church nursery programs, and developing and growing a mother's day out program for infants toddlers and two year old children. She has almost 12 years of management experience and has led 4 centers through the accreditation and reaccreditation process.

Year Started:
9/23/2002
Tenure:
12 Years
Years in ECE industry:
32 Years
Education:
Master's of Education Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education

Chris Haas, Assistant Director

"I come to work each day knowing that I am making an impact on a young persons life. It is the best feeling in the world!"

Chris has a long career working in the Early Childhood field. She has held many positions throughout her long career and while even though now working in management, she still enjoys going into the classroom sharing songs and stories with the children.

Previous Experience:

Prior to working in the Early Childhood field Chris had experience working in retail management and worked as a purchasing agent.

Year Started:
2/6/1990
Tenure:
24 Years
Years in ECE industry:
20 Years
Education:
Degree in Early Childhood

Ms. Sandy, Infant Classroom

Meet Ms. Sandy! She has been with KinderCare since 2004 and at the Benedetti site since 2005. She has been working with children for over 20 years and has enjoyed every minute. Sandy has received her CDA in Early Childhood Education, and is CPR and first aid certified.

Year Started:
10/31/2005
Tenure:
9 Years
Years in ECE industry:
20 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Taraneh, Infant Classroom

""I love watching the children get excited when they increase their knowledge and discover new things.""

Ms. Taraneh has been teaching for many years. She has acquired a Bachelor's Degree in Physics and Education. Ms. Taraneh has three children of her own. She really enjoys working with the preschool-aged children."They are like little sponges that absorb so much information."

Previous Experience:

Ms. Taraneh has taught physics for 25 years at the High School level.

Year Started:
1/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
25 years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Physics and Education

Ms. Valerie, Infant Classroom

Meet Ms. Valerie! She has been with KinderCare since 2004 and at the Benedetti center since 2008. She has her Associate’s Degree in Child Development, and she is CPR and First Aid certified.

Year Started:
6/23/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Education:
Associate’s Degree in Child Development

Ms. Eva, Toddler Classroom

""I enjoy meeting the children’s needs and knowing that they recognize that they can trust me and turn to me for help. I’m inspired when I see the children’s spark of curiosity and their joy when they learn new things. It is so wonderful to see them grow and develop every day.""

Ms. Eva has been with KinderCare since 2007 and has her CDA in Early Childhood Education. She is also pursuing a degree in Early Childhood through the College of Dupage. Eva speaks Hungarian fluently and she is CPR and First Aid certified.

Year Started:
8/16/2007
Tenure:
7 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Mariam, Toddler Classroom

""I enjoy seeing the children learn and grow on a daily basis. They change so quickly at this young age and I am proud to be a part of their development.""

Because of Ms. Mariam's years of experience in the care-giving field for both young and old you can see how Ms. Mariam is a very gentle and patient person. She is a very nurturing teacher that has found a great niche in our Toddler classroom. The children love Ms. Mariam's interactions with them. Ms. Mariam is a very confident, self-starting individual.

Previous Experience:

Mariam has prior experience working in elder care.

Year Started:
9/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year
Education:
Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Francisca, Toddler Classroom

Say hello to Ms. Francisca! She joined this KinderCare team in 2010. Francisca enjoys working with children, she is fluent in Spanish, and she is CPR and First Aid certified. Francisca is a new mother to a baby boy, Ian,

Year Started:
8/30/2010
Tenure:
4 Years

Ms. Rita, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"Seeing the look of excitement and joy on a child face when they learn something new. First, I love children. I enjoy teaching them and watching them learn and grow. Also I simply take pride in doing a good job."

Meet Ms. Rita! Rita is a hands on teacher that enjoys enriching her classroom with developmentally appropriate activities. Ms. Rita transferred from our Bolingbrook center where she was a Tutorial Specialist. Rita has a BS degree in Business and is CPR and First Aide certified.

Year Started:
4/28/2009
Tenure:
5 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Business

Ms. Barb, Discovery Preschool Classroom, Health & Safety Coordinator

""I love watching children learn and discover the world around them. It is great to work with other teachers who have fun at what they do!""

Meet Ms. Barb! She has been with KinderCare since 2000 and has fifteen years of experience in the early childhood field. She has worked with a variety of age groups and in various roles within our center. Barbara has many credits in the Early Childhood field, and she is CPR and First Aid certified.

Year Started:
2/21/2000
Tenure:
14 Years
Years in ECE industry:
15 Years

Ms. Samantha, Preschool Classroom

""I LOVE being surrounded by children learning all day!""

Ms. Samantha is the Lead teacher in the Preschool classroom at Naperville Benedetti Drive KinderCare. She has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education as well as a minor in Child Psychology. Samantha has a daughter who also attends our center and she is expecting the arrival of her second child very soon. This is her third year teaching Preschool at KinderCare. Samantha has worked with young learners for over 10 years.

Years in ECE industry:
10 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Lupe, Preschool Classroom

""Children learn best through play. It is my job to make learning fun.""

Ms. Lupe joined our team in February of this year. She was born and raised in Chicago and recently moved to Naperville. She graduated from Harold Washington College in 2013 where she earned an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Preschool Education. Lupe is fluent in Spanish and assists us with our translation needs at the center. Lupe enjoys making learning fun for her class so that children can learn and grow every day.

Year Started:
2/17/2014
Education:
Associate's of Applied Science in Preschool Education

Ms. Mayuri, Prekindergarten Classroom

""I enjoy working with children. I like to see them growing and developing. I love how the children interact with each other to solve a problem.""

Meet Ms. Mayuri! She has been with KinderCare since 2011. She has 7 years experience in the field. She enjoys creative art activities with the children and loves to read stories to her class. In her classroom music and art are always present, as well as independence and problem solving. Mayuri has a Bachelor's degree in Art. She is CPR and First Aid certified.

Year Started:
2/21/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Art

Ms. Asha, School Age Classroom

""I love working on homeowrk with the children! It's great to see them excelling in their school work! I also love seeing their creative side shine through our activities!""

Asha has a background in customer service and management. Every summer for a week, she works as a camp counselor. Her love for children has brought her to KinderCare. She shows her creativity through projects and activities offered in the classroom.

Year Started:
4/3/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior

Ms. Caitlin, Floating Teacher

""I enjoy working with children so that I can see them reach many different milestones and watch them mold into their own individualities.""

Ms. Caitlin became a part of the Naperville Benedetti Drive KinderCare team at the beginning of this year. As a floater, she helps us out in many different classrooms in the morning hours. She has a son, Payton, who also attends our center. Caitlin has a very gentle manner and always takes a positive approach in her interactions with the children.

Year Started:
1/15/2014

Ms. Toni, Bus Driver and Floater

Meet Ms.Toni! She is a mother of three happy children that also attend our center. Ms.Toni safely transports our School Age children to and from school via our KinderCare bus and is a floater at the center in the afternoons when she returns from her driving responsibilities. She is a very fun and loving individual. Health and education for children is a key goal of Ms. Toni's.

Ms. Lupe, Cook

Meet our cook Ms. Lupe! Lupe has a love for cooking and family. Lupe follows all the nutritional guidelines to ensure our children are all getting their proper daily allowances. All of our children love Ms. Lupe and her food.

Year Started:
2/18/2004
Tenure:
10 Years

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