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Westover Lane KinderCare

Ashley Hansen,
Center Director

1122 Westover Lane Schaumburg IL 60193
Ph: (847) 524-8787
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

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Teachers & Staff

When parents ask what sets us apart from our competition, my answer is always the teachers. Choosing a school for your child is an incredibly important decision and in choosing teachers, my thoughts always go to what I would want as a parent. Our teachers have an incredible balance between the care giving role and that of an educator. This school becomes a second home for many children, and the teaching team becomes a second family. We pride ourselves on our relationships and knowing the importance of our roles in each child's life.
 

Ashley Hansen, Center Director

""I am thrilled to be the Center Director of the Westover Lane KinderCare. Each day I get to see children learning and growing first hand.""

Ashley started her relationship with KinderCare four years ago when she enrolled her son, Reid, in the Infant program at the West Roselle KinderCare. He now loves being a part of our Preschool program. Even though her family and her are not originally from the Chicagoland area, her husband Jake, Reid and her have been living in Elk Grove Village for the past five years. They love the community and are happy to call this place their home. As KinderCare does, she values early learning and is dedicated to providing the best quality programs for children's growing minds and bodies. She knows there are many choices in early learning options and she hopes you will choose KinderCare as she did.

Previous Experience:

Ashley has more then ten years experience working with youth development, with the most recent experience at the Leaning Tower YMCA, where she was their Youth and Family Director for six-and-a-half years. She worked on program development for children ages Infants to Teens, maintained quality programs and managed a team of over 40 staff.

Year Started:
9/3/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Recreation

Misela Pejic, Assistant Director

""I am thrilled to be the new Assistant Director for the Westover Lane KinderCare. I am most excited to further build my relationships with the teachers and to help them develop and grow so they can better service the children of our center.""

Misela moved to the United States with her family in 1997 from Ex-Yugoslavia. She currently lives in Schaumburg with her puppy Moxie. Her passion for education came from her mother and teachers, espescially her 6th grade teacher who influced her to persue a degree in teaching. She obtained her Bacholor Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois in Chicago and her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola Univeristy.  She is excited for this new role in her career, and looks forward to continuing to build relationships with teachers and new and existing families.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare, Misela taught 6th and 7th grade Language Arts and Science in Chicago Public Schools and taught the Summer Advantage Math program for middle schoolers.

Year Started:
4/30/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
4 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

Ms. Sarah, Program Specialist

""I love watching the Ah-Ha moments especially with Kindergarteners, where they come in at the beginning of the school year not able to write their name and leave being able to read""

Ms. Sarah grew up in Indiana, went to college in Iowa and currenlty lives in Carol Stream with her husband and three children. She obtained her Bacholar's of Science in Elementary Eduction for the Drake University with endorsements in Early Childhood and Reading with a minor in General Business. She loves being able to work at KinderCare part-time and still be able to stay at home with her children.

Previous Experience:

Taught 4th grade in Bellwood and 8th grade in Addison. 3 year of YMCA Summer Camp programs.

Year Started:
7/19/2004
Tenure:
10 Years
Years in ECE industry:
16
Education:
Bacholar's of Science Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Sapana, Infant Classroom

""I was inspired to work with children by observing my uncle and aunt as they are teachers and professors.""

Ms. Sapana was born in India and raised in Chicago. She graduated from Harper Community College in 2008 with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She began to work for KinderCare Learning Center in June 2012. Ms. Sapana speaks seven different languages and enjoys educating children.

Year Started:
6/4/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5 years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Lindsay, Infant/School Age Classroom

""It is rewarding to work with children everyday because I witness something new each day.""

Ms. Lindsay was born and raised in Streamwood. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in December of 2010. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Studies. She has wanted to work with children and their families as far back as she can remember. Lindsay began to work for KinderCare Learning Center in March of 2010.

Year Started:
3/21/2010
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
4 years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Studies

Ms. Brandi, Toddler Classroom

""I love working with young children by observing them grow and develop. I look forward to teaching them in the toddler room everyday.""

Ms. Brandi was born and raised in a very small town, and moved to Schaumburg in 2005. She has an Associate's Degree from Craven College in North Carolina. She has been with KinderCare since 2006 and returned in 2010. She has been working with children since 2000. Ms. Brandi enjoys reading books during her free time.

Previous Experience:

Prior to working at KinderCare Ms. Brandi was a nanny.

Year Started:
11/2/2010
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
3 years
Education:
Associate's Degree

Ms. Jaime, Discovery Preschool Classroom

""I really enjoy working in the discovery preschool classroom because everyday is something new.""

Ms. Jaime was born and raised in the Chicago area. She lives with her son Austin, boyfriend and dog. During her spare time she likes to relax and read a good book. She currently has a Child Degree Associate's specializing in infants, toddlers and 2 year old children. She has been teaching at KinderCare since April of 2009. She loves watching them grow, learn, and evolve in their own!

Year Started:
5/6/2009
Tenure:
5 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5 years
Education:
Child Development Associate's degree

Ms. Jennifer, Infant/Toddler/Discovery Preschool Classroom

""I love seeing all the little children I spend time with grow and change! ""

Ms.Jen has been married for 15 and half years and she has two daughters. One of her daughers is 15 years old and the second one is 10 years old. Ms. Jen loves dogs and she owns four herself! Ms.Jen loves to spend time with her family and their favorite thing to do together is to go camping! We have had the pleasure of having Ms.Jen with us at KinderCare for 18 years. We are very appreciative of her dedication to children and the excellent service she provides each and every day!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Jen has been working with KinderCare for 18 years !

Year Started:
9/4/1996
Tenure:
18 Years
Years in ECE industry:
18 years
Education:
Child Development Associates Degree

Ms. Wendy, Preschool Classroom

""I cannot be happier than I am now that I have the opportunity to live out my dream.""

Ms. Wendy was born in Chicago and raised in Glendale Heights. She has been with KinderCare since July of 2007. She started out as a Lead Infant Teacher at Glendale Heights. Ms. Wendy transferred to Schaumburg in November of 2008 to become our Lead Preschool Teacher. She attended College of DuPage to receive her Early Childhood Education Certificate.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Wendy was previously an infant teacher.

Year Started:
7/24/2007
Tenure:
7 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 years
Education:
Early Childhood Certificate

Ms. Katie, Prekindergarten Classroom

""I love children. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in Elementary School. My favorite part of teaching is witnessing the honest way the children interact with the world around them.""

Ms. Katie was born in 1988 in Elgin. She was raised in Streamwood. She lives with her mom, sister, and dog Prancer. She attended Streamwood High School and Elgin Community College.

Previous Experience:

Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Katie was a respite caregiver for five years.

Year Started:
5/26/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 years
Education:
Associate's Degree

Ms. Beverly, Enrichment Instructor and Afternoon Preschool/PreK Teacher

""Though the world has seen many changes in the past four decades, the wonder and pleasure of watching children develop from tiny infants to fascinating preteens has remained constant.""

Ms. Beverly has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Iowa with eighteen hours in early childhood education plus over 40 years of experience in the field. Presently she is teaching our phonics, reading and math programs offered by Kelsey's Learning Adventures. She is also our afternoon Kindergarten teacher. Beverly has raised two children who have rewarded her with eight terrific grandchildren. She thoroughly enjoys the time she spends with our children and is thankful for the opportunity.

Previous Experience:

Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Beverly taught high school English and was also a Center Director.

Year Started:
8/20/2000
Tenure:
14 Years
Years in ECE industry:
40 years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Education

Ms. Cecy, Cook/Toddler Classroom

"" I enjoy bringing my daughter with me to KinderCare and knowing she is developing and growing everyday.""

Cecy was born and raised in Chicago. She moved to Schaumburg in November 2013 with her Husband, Ed, son, Xavier, and daughter, Lilia, and their two cats Uno and Sora. Moving to Schaumburg was the best dicision for their family. With having a son with autism, they knew moving to Schaumburg would give their family more benefits and opportunities for their son and daughter to grow and develop especially at Nathan Hale Elementray School where they attend. She loves working at KinderCare because it has given her the opportunity to work and be a stay-at-home mom!

Previous Experience:

staff at Bally total Fitness in KidCenter and a teacher in the Toddler room at Dawntown Children's Learning Place.

Year Started:
1/8/2014
Years in ECE industry:
4
Education:
Certificate in Emergency Dispatch

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