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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, and Beach

Teachers & Staff

Our Round Lake 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 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:

Kelli has worked as an Infant, toddler, preschool and Pre-Kindergarten teacher. She 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 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ashlee Wieber, Assistant Director

"Children have so much potential and I enjoying watching their minds grow and develop."

Ashlee has worked in Early Childhood Education since she was 18 years old. She has worked in an elementary school as a long term substitute teacher. When she moved to Illionis, she started as the Toddler teacher. Ashlee really enjoyed working in the classroom with those little ones, and watching as their faces lit up when they developed a new skill. She always knew she wanted to help other teachers enjoy everyday working with those little minds, therefore, she was promoted to Assistant Director. Being an Assistant Director was the perfect spot for her. She was still able to work in the classrooms as well as assist other teachers when it was needed.

Previous Experience:

Ashlee previously worked in various classrooms before moving to Illinois. She became the lead Toddler teacher with KinderCare. Ashlee was then promoted to Assistant Director at Round Lake Beach.

Year Started:
3/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
10 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education/ Elementary Education with a math specialization

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:

Krista has worked in early education for the past 10 years and babysat in her spare time.

Year Started:
3/3/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
12 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:
24 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Michelle, Toddler Teacher

"Every child is an artist, and they are our future."

Michelle is our new toddler teacher. She enjoys arts and crafts, music and learning. She believes every child is a hands-on learner. Her favorite hobby is spending time with her nephew and niece. She does not have any children at this time, but is planning to in the future! She has her associates degree in psychology and one day wants to obtain her masters degree. Michelle has worked at KinderCare previously, then went on the be a nanny for five years. She is very excited to be back! 

Previous Experience:

I worked at KinderCare previously, then was a nanny for 5 years.

Year Started:
9/15/2014
Education:
Associates in Psychology

Ms. Karen, Discovery Preschool

""Being a role model for the children and helping them grow into ladies and gentlemen while educating them and showing them I care for them.""

Becoming an aunt is what made Karen decide to work with children, She has been babysitting for different families since she was 14 years old. Karen finished her Associates Degree in Arts with Early Childhood Education credits, and will continue her education. Receiving a Bachelor's is her next goal. She believes teaching should be hands-on in the classroom, as well as keeping things fun while learning something new so the children will stay engaged. When Karen is not at work, she likes to ride her bike and play tennis, then go out for some ice cream.

Previous Experience:

I would babysit for families with children who were 8 months and older.

Year Started:
6/13/2014
Years in ECE industry:
8 Years
Education:
Associates in Arts and School Age specialist certificate in child care

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:
3 Year
Education:
Certified in Early Childhood Education

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:
14 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Chasity, Learning Adventures

""Being a teacher gives me the chance to give back to my community through interactions with families as I support their childrens' development.""

Chasity is excited to join KinderCare. She is ready to start up our Learning Adventures program with a sincere passion for phonics and cooking as well as knowledge of math and music, She has been teaching for four years with prior experience in childrens' gymnastics., babysitting, and nannying. She has studied Early Childhod Education at the College of Lake County and Kendall College in Chicago. She is dedicated to being a part of the team while she pursues her Bachelors in Health Information Management at UW-Parkside. Chasity lives in Zion where she enjoys playing with her dog, trying new recipes, and working on DIY projects.

Previous Experience:

I have 2 years in childrens' gymnastics, babysitting and nannying, and 4 years of teaching early childhood education.

Year Started:
10/20/2014
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
Associates Degree from College of Lake County

Ms. Kim, Bus Driver

""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:
25 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

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