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West Schaumburg KinderCare

Amanda Johnson,
Center Director

2350 Bode Rd. Schaumburg IL 60194
Ph: (847) 884-0810
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: 3 blocks east of Barrington and Bode Rd. intersect

NEIGHBORHOOD: Schaumburg Area

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: For the 2014-2015 school year we transport to: District 54 Schools Blackwell Einstein Macarthur John Muir U-46 Schools Glenbrook Oakhill Hanover Countryside St. John's

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to Schaumburg (Bode Rd) KinderCare! The staff at KinderCare is so excited that you are visiting our site and we hope that you find it helpful, informational and exciting! Our KinderCare is located off of Barrington and Bode Rd and services Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and the surrounding areas. All of us would love for your family to join our family. Give us a call if you have questions and to set up a time to come see our center and meet our great staff.

Amanda Johnson
Center Director

Amanda Johnson, Center Director

""Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

-Thomas Edison
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Amanda has worked for KinderCare for 7 years.  In that time she has worked at several of our locations as a teacher, assistant director and center director.  Amanda has her degree is Psychology and is continuing her education to earn her Master's Degree.

Previous Experience:

Amanda began her career with KinderCare in 2007 as a Preschool teacher in Bolingbrook. She joined our Naperville location in 2013 as an Assistant Director/Acting Center Director. During her time in Naperville she focused on great center engagement both with families and with staff. Amanda also spent two years in the public school system working with special needs children.

Year Started:
10/7/2007
Tenure:
7 Years
Years in ECE industry:
9
Education:
Bachelor in Psychology

Kimberly George, Assistant Director

""I believe all children should be taught the importantance of learning.. I feel that all children need to be given an equal chance to succeed no matter what obstacles may be put before them. As eductors, we should support not only their educational development, but their cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development as well.""

Kimberly has always enjoyed working with children and looks forward to seeing them everyday. Kimberly has grown up in the Chicagoland suburbs and currently resides in Chicago. She earned her B.A from Arizona State University in Theatre. Along with her M.A. from Roosevelt University in Secondary Education. She currently  holds two teaching certifications in both Secondary Education and Early Childhood Education, from Roosevelt University.

Previous Experience:

Kimberly has been working with children since she herself was young. She has exeprience as a cerified ECHD teacher and Secondary Education teacher. She has worked for two YMCA's as well as for schools both in the city of Chcago and the suburbs.

Year Started:
3/10/2014
Years in ECE industry:
10 years
Education:
Early Childhood and Secondary Education Degree

Leah, Infants

""If you love your job you'll never have to work a day in your life.""

Ms. Leah graduated from Triton College 2014 with her Associates in Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Leah is still continuing her education and hopes to complete her degree and work for DCFS in order to continue helping children.

Previous Experience:

Before joining the KinderCare team Ms. Leah was a nanny for 2 years.

Year Started:
11/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
3
Education:
Associates In Early Childhood Education

Ms. Pilar, Assistant Teacher Infants

""I am passionate about teaching and helping children grow and become the best they can become.""

Pilar enjoys bringing art and creativity into a classroom to ignite a child's imagination. She is passionate about giving back to our future, who are our children! She loves being expressive and communicating well with her students through concise and specific instructions. Pilar enjoys making them feel special and boosting up their self-esteem.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Pilar gained experience by teaching English as a second language in Colombia, South America.

Year Started:
10/14/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

Ms. Lidia, Toddler Classroom

""I love when the children start learning what I teach them like finger plays, songs, and movement.""

Ms. Lidia is the toddler teacher. She truly loves being with the toddlers. She has been caring for this age group for over 20 years. Ms. Lidia likes to help the children and watch them as they begin their steps toward learning what this world is all about. Her husband's name is Oscar, and they have been married for 30 years. They have three children: two sons and a daughter. She has a grandson who is a graduate of the preschool and a granddaughter who you might see around the center every once in a while! She loves her job at KinderCare. Every day the kids make her smile.

Year Started:
1/1/1991
Tenure:
23 Years
Years in ECE industry:
22 years
Education:
Child Development Associate's credential

Ms. Adriana, Discovery Preschool Classroom

""I love planning all types of activities and implementing them in our classroom. It is such a joy because I can help track developmental progress as they learn new concepts.""

Ms. Adriana has been working at KinderCare since 2005. She started as the teacher in the Infant Classroom, and until recently taught in Prekindergarten Classroom. She is now our Discovery Preschool teacher. Originally from Slovakia, Europe, she obtained her Master's Degree in Elementary Education in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her further education led her to study the English language at North Park University, Chicago in 2004. Ms. Adriana has two children both attending KinderCare. Her spare time is filled with fun family activities; she loves skiing, skating, biking, reading, shopping, music and more. She can also play the recorder, flute, and violin. She speaks Slovak, Polish, and a little German and Russian. Ms. Adriana's passion is working with children and learning from them; they have so much to share with her and she has much to share with them as well.

Year Started:
1/1/2005
Tenure:
9 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree

Ms. Tawana, Preschool Classroom

""I enjoy showing the children and families here at our center that their children are safe and loved. That makes them love to come to school.""

Ms. Tawana is the preschool teacher. In her class they will learn and have lots of fun. They will have plenty of chances to use stencils to trace letters, numbers and shapes. Ms. Tawana's class also will have pencils, crayons and markers for your child to use in the art area. This will help their fine motor development. Her class can get creative and build towers with the blocks and make homes for their babies. She also loves to make huge train tracks for their trains, and to pretend to cook and feed their babies in the dramatic play area. Sitting at the table and enjoying a tea party while getting all dressed up for a special occasion is also a favorite activity. The front board in Ms. Tawana's room is her Parent Communication Board, which has on it her weekly lesson plan, monthly calendar, and the daily schedule. The board next to it has the classroom daily note, which tells parents what her class has worked on during the day. She looks forward to working with your family.

Year Started:
1/1/1996
Tenure:
18 Years
Years in ECE industry:
18 years
Education:
Child Development Associate's credential

Ms. Siobhan, PreKindergarten Classroom

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.

-Dr. Suess"

Siobahn is currently pursing her degree in education with only one semester left.  She attended Harper College in Palatine for 2 years and then transferred to Illinois State University to major in Secondary English Education.  During her days of coaching children's basketball she developed a passion for working with children that led her to her job at KinderCare.

Previous Experience:

Siobhan has worked as a nanny and has coached various children's sports teams.

Education:
Pursing Degree in Education

Ms. Peggy, Preschool Classroom

""I love the sound of a child’s voice saying, 'Peggy, I did it!' I love to make the children wonder and question the many things around them.""

Ms. Peggy has been working in this center since its opening in September 1983. However, she began her childcare career back in March 1973 working in a Montessori environment. She has taught every age group - except for infants. Currently, she teaches in the Multi-age Preschool classroom. Ms. Peggy also presents teacher-trainings for Knowledge Learning Corporation during KinderCare's in-service days, and for the Children's Home and Aid Society during the year. She enjoys staying informed on the newest early childhood trends, and you can often find her researching new ideas by attending various early childhood trainings. Ms. Peggy has been married to her husband Bob for over 32 years. She has two grown sons- one who is 32 and is married. The other is 28 and just got married this past year after completing his Master's from DePaul University. Both of her children are alumni of this KinderCare! Some of her interests outside work include: embroidery, stamping, calligraphy, and music. She belongs to and volunteers with the Hoffman Estates Citizens Police Academy. Ms. Peggy and her husband participate in a bowling league with Ms. Rhonda and her husband.

Year Started:
1/1/1983
Tenure:
31 Years
Years in ECE industry:
38 years
Education:
Child Development Associate's (CDA) credential

Ms. Barb, Kindergarten Classroom

""My favorite part of teaching is watching children put all of the puzzle pieces together and it's like a light bulb gets turned on in their head and they say 'I can read!'. I also love how the children make me smile everyday!""

Ms. Barb started working at this center right out of college. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education in 1985. Ms. Barb has a son and daughter who attended this center from infancy through School Age. The love and care Ms. Barb's children received from all the staff is a big part of why she works at this center. Barb's hobby is horseback riding which she also teaches on the weekends.

Year Started:
1/1/1985
Tenure:
29 Years
Years in ECE industry:
28 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education

Ms. Raffy, School Age Classroom

""I love when the children say, 'I like you, because you teach us new things and listen to our problems.' I love seeing the younger children learning from the older children.""

Ms. Raffy was born in Italy and moved to New York when she was eight. She started working with children in 1999 as a Bus Driver and Infant Teacher. When she got married, she moved to Chicago with her husband John.  I have a Stepson and a Daughter that go to KinderCare. Ms. Raffy started working with KinderCare in 2006, where she worked in the Infant room and as a Bus Driver.  In her spare time, Ms. Raffy loves to shop, travel, play tennis and spend time with her family.

Year Started:
1/1/2006
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
14 Years

Ms. Kim, Infant/Schoolage Classrooms

""One of my favorite things about working with children is when you see something click when it all comes together!""

Ms. Kim has worked in the childcare industry since 1987.  Ms. Kim and her husband have lived in great places such as Reno, Nevada and Portland, Oregon.  They moved to the Chicagoland area in 2005.  She has three wonderful children that "grew up" attending KinderCare!  She has worked as an infant room teacher, four year old teacher, assistant director and center director during her years with KinderCare.  While living in Portland she taught at a private preschool for four years.  When her family first relocated to Chicago Ms. Kim worked for the school district as an assistant to Special Education for four years.  Ms. Kim enjoys working with all ages of children!

Years in ECE industry:
30 years

Mr. Chris, Kindergarten/Schoolage Classroom

""I live for those 'Ah ha!' moments, where you're not just explaining something, but leading through a full thought process, when suddenly you see that look of total clarity and understanding in a child's face. It's the greatest moment in a teacher's day.""

Mr. Chris is originally from Morton Grove, Illinois, and now lives in Schaumburg with his wife and cat. He's worked with children since his high school days teaching park district swim lessons where he realized he'd have to demonstrate constant enthusiasm and encouragement to be successful. He also lived in Tokyo, Japan where he studied and also traveled to different English language schools as a Teacher's Aide. Today he fills numerous rolls as Phonics Instructor, Bus Driver and Afternoon Teacher in the Kindergarten and School Age classrooms.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Mr. Chris worked as a swimming instructor and as an English instruction assistant in Japan.

Year Started:
1/1/2004
Tenure:
10 Years
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

Ms. Antonette, Cook, Bus Driver

""Cooking for children is quite challenging, especially when dealing with picky eaters. Even the healthiest food is useless if the children don't eat it. I try to find ways to be creative with food and spice up a nutritious meal to nourish and satisfy the children's appetite. There is nothing more gratifying to me after a hard day's work in the kitchen than to see the children happy and satisfied.""

Ms. Antonette gave up her job as an executive assistant after the birth of her first child in 1990. Togther with her husband, she raised three wonderful children. As a stay at home mom, Ms. Antonette developed a passion for cooking. When not in the kitchen, she was in school as a volunteer and a lunch mom. She realized that she was meant to work with children when her friends asked her to watch their children at her home. Ms. Antonette has also worked part time in a Park District Nursery. Originally from the Philippines, Ms. Antonette graduated from Maryknoll college with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts in 1982.

Year Started:
1/1/2007
Tenure:
7 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Communication

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