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Round Lake Beach KinderCare

Kelli Figurski,
Center Director

1512 North IL Route 83 Round Lake Beach IL 60073
Ph: (847) 543-7910
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: just one block south of Rollins Rd across from Grayslake High School

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Avon, Meadowview, Woodview, Prairieview, Frederick, Thompson, Pleviak, Early Education Center, Village, Murphy, Beach, and Indian Hill

Teachers & Staff

Our Roundlake Beach Kindercare is a family oriented environment that fosters an atmosphere for learning. We are an accredited program by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We take pride in providing quality services to the families in our community. We have a wonderful long standing staff of teachers who are dedicated to children and helping them grow and develop.

Kelli Figurski, Center Director

""I am passionate about my career and my center because every day I get the oppourtunity to make a difference in a child's life. I am so fortunate to watch children learn and grow to be their best.""

Shari began her career with our company in 1986 as a preschool teacher. Over her tenure she has worked with all classroom age groups, making her a great resource to her teachers. At this center she has lead teams though many challenges, including opening a brand new location, and achieving NAEYC accreditation for the third time. Shari is very excited to be here to share her many talents with the Round Lake Beach community.
Year Started:
1/1/1986
Tenure:
28 Years
Years in ECE industry:
28 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Kelli Figurski, Assistant Director

""I love knowing that I can go into work and help make a difference in a child's life. It is the best to see their smiling faces everyday.""

Kelli has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2002. She started as an Infant teacher then moved up in age groups and ended up working with the Pre-Kindergarten classroom. She really enjoyed being in the classroom and helping the children learn something new and seeing their faces light up. Then she was promoted to Assistant Director and knew that was were she wanted to be. Once she became Center Director she couldn't be happier. She enjoys being able to share all of her knowledge with the teachers everyday. She also loves spending time in the classrooms with the children and talking with the families. She is very excited to be a part of the KinderCare family.

Previous Experience:

I have worked as an Infant, toddler, preschool and Pre-Kindergarten teacher. I also was an Assistant Director and then became Center Director before joining the KinderCare family as a Director in Training.

Year Started:
9/16/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
7
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Child Development

Ms. Krista, Infant Classroom

"I love watching the children grow!"

Ms. Krista has been working at KinderCare since March 2008. In her infant classroom, she enjoys an active learning environment. Ms. Krista gives her infants and young toddlers many opportunities to explore and develop during the day.  She understands that all children develop in their own way and sets them up for success.

Previous Experience:

I have worked in early education for the past 10 years and babysat in my spare time.

Year Started:
3/3/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. April, Discovery Preschool Classroom

""I love coming to work every day and seeing all the children.""

Ms. April has been working with KinderCare for over seven years. She says each and every day is an adventure. She also enjoys working with all of her coworkers because she learns new things and different ways to teach. In 2010 April stepped up her teaching level and received her CDA to become teacher qualified. She enjoys having more responsibility and education.

Previous Experience:

I worked in other childcare settings and cared for children at home.

Year Started:
9/15/2006
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
16 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Terri, Teacher, Bus Driver, Health and Safety Coordinater

""I love being greeted by the children every morning and seeing the smiles on their faces.""

Ms. Terri has worked at our center since 2001. Since then she has received her CDA and continues to further her education to benefit her as a teacher in the classroom. Ms. Terri is also our Health and Safety coordinator and makes sure our center is following all polices and procedures given by corporate and state licensing.  She also enjoys driving the schoolagers on the bus to school and field trips during the summer.

Previous Experience:

Ms Terri has been with our organization since 2001, she has been an asset to several centers in the area over the years.

Year Started:
8/27/2001
Tenure:
13 Years
Years in ECE industry:
22 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Erica, Toddler Classroom

"I enjoy teaching at KinderCare because I get to watch kids grow and develop new milestones and that is inspiring to be here everyday."

Ms. Erica has worked for KinderCare for about seven years. She works with all age groups but is currently working with the Toddlers. Ms. Erica is currently attending the College of Lake County. She just received her Associates Degree in Arts in 2011 and is continuing her education to get her Bachelors Degree in Business Healthcare Administration. While in the classroom, Ms. Erica enjoys interacting with the children and teaching them new subjects. She also loves to watch the children develop new skills like learning the alphabet, numbers and colors.

Previous Experience:

Before KinderCare I was a teen leader for a youth ministry.

Year Started:
7/23/2007
Tenure:
7 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Associate's of Arts Degree

Ms. Esmie, Prekindergarten Classroom

""In the last 9 years working with KinderCare I have loved watching the children grow up and excel in Kindergarten because they attended my class.""

Ms. Esmie has worked with young children for over 12 years. She has received her CDA and become teacher qualified since starting here in 2004 and also attends courses at the College of Lake County to further her education. Ms. Esmie enjoys teaching here at KinderCare and her goal for each child is to help them learn prekindergarten skills like math, pre-reading, social skills, and language.

Previous Experience:

I started my love for teaching when I took a class in high school called Intro to Child Development. After that I worked in the early education field and then came to KinderCare.

Year Started:
8/11/2004
Tenure:
10 Years
Years in ECE industry:
12 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Kim, School Age Classroom

""I love seeing the kids smile when I walk in the room and the look on their face when they discover something new.""

Ms. Kim has been working in the School age room at our center since 2002. She graduated from the Round Lake High School and received her Child Development Associate Credential. Ms. Kim enjoys driving the children to school and field trips.  Summer Camp is her favorite time of year and gets her classroom involved in the planning.

Previous Experience:

Before KinderCare Ms. Kim worked with children at a young age. She has been with our organization for many years and is a vital part of our center.

Year Started:
6/1/1992
Tenure:
22 Years
Years in ECE industry:
22
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Mayra, Assistant Teacher

"I love giving the children help as they learn. I also enjoy seeing their excitement when they have made a new discovery. Their face lights up."

Ms. Mayra has seven years of working in classrooms and kitchen here at KinderCare. She helps out wherever she is needed and enjoys being around the children. She is also certified in food service, CPR, and first aid. Ms. Mayra follows all of the policies and procedures to promote happy and healthy children here at our center.

Previous Experience:

Previously I was a stay at home mom for my two sons.

Year Started:
8/18/2006
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5 Years
Education:
Certified in Food Service

Ms. Courtney, Preschool

""I love coming in everyday and watching the children learn and grow.""

Courtney attended Illinois State University for secondary education. Winter of 2013 she made the change to early childhood education and is attending Kendall College. Courtney enjoys having the children learn through play and guided activities. She also enjoys having close relationships with the children and their families.

Previous Experience:

Previously Courtney was a private nanny and a college mentor for children.

Year Started:
2/7/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1
Education:
Certified in Early Childhood Education

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