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Naperville KinderCare

Michelle Polivka,
Center Director

1550 West Diehl Rd. Naperville IL 60563
Ph: (630) 983-9988
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:15 AM to 6:15 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: at Diehl Rd & Rt 59

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Brookdale Longwood Bower ODonnell

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at the Naperville KinderCare on Diehl road are dedicated to helping children learn and grow. They are passionate about children and educating them. Our teachers all meet the DCFS requirements for education, many of them have their Child Development Associate's Credential, Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related fields. All teachers attend educational state required training twice a year as well as First Aid and CPR training. Our teachers strive for excellence and are very excited to watch your children learn and grow with us.

Michelle Polivka, Center Director

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.- Nelson Mandela"

Previous Experience:

Michelle has previous experience working as a Lead Infant teacher, Program Specialist, Season Lead, Cook, Bus Driver, Health and Safety Coordinator and Learning Adventures teacher.

Year Started:
9/1/2001
Tenure:
13 Years
Years in ECE industry:
14 Years
Education:
Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care

Aneta Ponicki, Assistant Director

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.-Benjamin Franklin"

Aneta has over eleven years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She is currently working towards a Master's degree in special education. Aneta looks forward to working with your children to help them grow and develop.

Previous Experience:

Aneta has previous experience working as a Kindergarten teacher and a camp counselor.

Year Started:
10/5/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
11 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education with LBS1 Endorsement

Ms. Judy, Infant Classroom

"Reach for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars!"

Ms. Judy has worked for KinderCare since October of 2012. She has taught math to Kindergarten children that needed help learning number sense, as well as teaching phonics to students to improve their fluency. Ms. Judy has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in International Finance and French.

Previous Experience:

Ms Judy spent thirteen years working as a paraprofessional with special needs children for District 204 prior to joining KinderCare.

Year Started:
10/22/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in International Finance and French

Ms. Liliana, Infant Classroom

"Every child is a different kind of flower and all together, make this world a beautiful garden."

Ms. Liliana lives in Aurora together with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending her free time reading books, watching cartoons and taking long nature walks. Ms. Liliana loves to work on massy art projects.

Previous Experience:

Before joining our Naperville KinderCare Ms. Liliana worked at a different learning center for one year. She also enjoys babysitting her friends’ children and volunteering at the local library.

Year Started:
4/24/2014
Years in ECE industry:
8 years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Kara, Infant Classroom

"It is easy to lose confidence in our natural ability to raise children. The true techniques for raising children are simple: Be with them, play with them, talk to them. You are not squandering their time no matter what the latest child development books say about 'purposeful play' and 'cognitive learning skills.' - Neil Kurshan"

Ms. Kara has been in the field for twelve years. She has experience with all ages. During this time she has completed the Child Development Associate's program, and is taking classes towards her degree. Ms. Kara is a strong supporter of the 'Safe to Sleep Act'. She also believes in a least restrictive environment for the infants in her care.

Previous Experience:

Before coming to our KinderCare Ms. Kara was the Lead Infant room teacher and Health and Safety Coordinator for a neighboring KinderCare. She worked at her previous center for eleven years.

Year Started:
3/26/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
10 Years
Education:
Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Sarah, Toddler Classroom

"Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever. -Walt Disney"

Ms. Sarah has loved teaching children from an early age. She would teach her younger brother at age five. She has student taught and worked with many age groups and loved it! Ms. Sarah says that children are fun to be around and seeing them smile makes her day!
 

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sarah worked as a nanny, student taught, and volunteered at her local church and an Autistic center.

Year Started:
7/14/2014
Years in ECE industry:
2 years
Education:
Associates Degree in Education and Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Psychology

Ms. Amanda K., Toddler Classroom

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau. -Dan Rather"

Ms. Amanda joined KinderCare in March of 2014. She studied Family and Consumer Sciences in Family Services at Eastern Illinois University. She loves working with children of all ages.

Previous Experience:

Before coming to KinderCare Ms. Amanda worked as a childcare associate for nine years.

Year Started:
3/24/2014
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences in Family Services

Ms. Ashley, Toddler Classroom

"If you love your job, you will never feel like you're working."

Ms. Ashley is currently attending Rasmussen College to pursue her Child Development Associate's Credential. She loves children and working with them every day is just a plus.
 

Previous Experience:

Ms. Ashley worked as a nanny for two years prior to joining KinderCare.

Year Started:
10/10/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
2 years
Education:
Pursuing a Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Shatara, Discovery Pre-School Classroom

Year Started:
7/15/2014

Ms. Janeen, Discovery Pre-School Classroom

Year Started:
7/11/2014

Mr. Rashaud, Pre-School Classroom

"One of the most important things we adults can do for young children is to model the kind of person we would like them to be."

Mr. Rashaud has decided to become an early childhood teacher about six years ago. While helping out at his mother’s learning center a young girl ran up to him and said, ‘Thank you for teaching me something new.' From that moment Mr. Rashaud knew that teaching is his passion.  
 

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Mr. Rashaud worked as a lead teacher at a different learning center as well as a resident dorm parent assistant at a preparatory school for children with learning disabilities.

Year Started:
7/14/2014
Years in ECE industry:
6 years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice, Minor in Child Psychology

Ms. Gianna, Pre-School Classroom

"I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams. -David Vitter"

Ms. Gianna is currently working on her Child Development Associate’s Credential at Rasmussen College. Education has always been her passion and she enjoys teaching. She loves children and working with them is the one thing that helps her wake up in the morning. Their smiling faces fuel her drive to teach.
 

Previous Experience:

Ms. Gianna has worked as a babysitter for the past eight years.

Year Started:
4/18/2014
Years in ECE industry:
8 years
Education:
Pursuing a Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Ashley, Prekindergarten Classroom

"Children learn as they play. Most importantly in play children learn how to learn. -O. Fred Donaldson"

Ms. Ashley started at KinderCare in April of 2012. She took Early Childhood classes throughout high school and loved to babysit for friends and family. She always loves to make the dress up area in each classroom 'pop' so that the children enjoy themselves. Ms. Ashley enjoys working with children and they always come first.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Ashley has taken many classes that have allowed her to gain experience and find her true passion is teaching.

Year Started:
4/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Damaris, School Age Classroom, Bus Driver

"Every cloud has a silver lining."

Ms. Damaris has been with KinderCare since 2001 and is the School Age teacher and bus driver. She loves working with children before and after school as well as being with them during the summer for field trips and special projects.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Damaris has been involved in the Early Education field for many years. Before coming to KinderCare she worked as a summer camp counselor in her community working with children ages 5-12.

Year Started:
9/12/2001
Tenure:
13 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Rebecca, School Age Classroom & Floating Teacher

"Go big, or go home!"

Ms. Rebecca has been with KinderCare since April of 2009. She started out as an assistant teacher in the four year old children classroom. Ms. Rebecca received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with a minor in Health from Aurora University in 2008 and received her Child Development Associate's Credential from Rasmussen College. She loves working with children because there is never a dull moment and seeing them learn is a joy.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Rebecca has been babysitting since she was twelve years old and has worked at three other daycare centers since 2006 before starting at KinderCare in 2009.

Year Started:
8/21/2009
Tenure:
5 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education with a minor in Health, Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Diana, Float

"Play is the only way the highest intelligence of human kind can unfold. -Joseph Pierce"

Ms. Diana has been with KinderCare since September of 2005. She worked as the assistant teacher in the Infant room for five years and is currently the assistant teacher in the two-year-old Discovery Preschool class. Before working at KinderCare she worked at McDonald’s, Buona Beef and Clover’s Garden as a cashier. She loves working with children because it gives her a sense of accomplishment as she helps them discover the world around them.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Diana worked within the youth group at her church before joining our team.

Year Started:
9/1/2005
Tenure:
9 Years
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Linda, Float

"A person’s a person, no matter how small. -Dr. Seuss"

Ms. Linda lives in Naperville with her husband and son, Anthony. She enjoys working with all the different age groups and loves coming to work every day, because it’s always a new adventure. 

Previous Experience:

Before coming to KinderCare Ms. Linda worked for District 204 in Naperville.

Year Started:
2/14/2002
Tenure:
12 Years
Years in ECE industry:
15 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Monya, Float

"A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.
 "

Ms. Monya is a very compassionate, loving, caring, understanding and peaceful person. It makes her happy when she can put a smile on a child’s face and have the love to give back. She loves helping, teaching and caring for children beginning from infants to toddlers and older. Ms. Monya’s desire is to achieve her higher education and complete her studies in Early Childhood Education next year.  
 

Previous Experience:

Ms. Monya worked at a Christian school as a teacher's assistant for six years before joining our Naperville KinderCare. She experienced working with children ages two to five years old. Ms. Monya enjoys teaching, helping and making a difference in every child’s life.

Year Started:
9/8/2014
Years in ECE industry:
8 years
Education:
Early Childhood Education

Ms. Neeti, Float

Ms. Sangeeta, Float

"Learn always, be positive."

Ms. Sangeeta lives in Naperville with her family. She loves to travel, cook and listen to music with her eight-year-old daughter and husband.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Sangeeta worked as a private tutor in India as well as a playschool/daycare teacher.

Year Started:
9/2/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Master's Degree in Literature, Early Childhood Education Credential

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