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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:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
4 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

Ms. Danielle, Infant Room

"The secret of educations is respecting the student."

I started teaching in 2001 at a Montessori school. I learned many different teaching techniques and I was there for six years. After that, I wanted to learn a different approach at teaching, so I went to another child care center and educated myself with them for five years. After my stay there, I continued my Early Childhood Education career as a nanny for a four month old girl and now she is two years old! It was a wonderful experience. I started working at KinderCare in 2013 and just loved everything about it! During the past couple of years, I attended college and went on to Roosevelt University. I received my Associates in Arts degree and also became teacher certified.

Previous Experience:

I have had my journey in Early Childhood education starting with six years teaching at a Montessori School, five years at a previous child care center, two years as a nanny, and am currently a Sunday School teacher.

Favorite Children's Book:

How Much is That Doggie in the Window?

Year Started:
12/5/2014
Years in ECE industry:
14 years
Education:
Associates in Art

Ms. Sarah, Infant Room and 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.

Favorite Children's Book:

Where the Wild Things Are

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

Ms. Stela, Toddlers

"I love children! I love their sense of curiosity and seeing them become more independent each day!!"

Ms. Stela was born in Bulgaria in 1968. After four years in University, Ms. Stela graduated and became and elementary school teacher. Ms. Stela was an elementary school teacher for 19 years in Bulgaria! In 2008, Ms. Stela moved to the United States with her family. Ms. Stela has two children, one 14 years old son and a 12 year old daughter. Today Ms. Stela is happy to teacher her adorable Toddlers and enjoys on the weekend teaching third grade at the Bulgarian School in Chicago.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Stela was an elementary school teacher in Bulgaria at John Atanasoff Elementary School. When she was ready, she moved to America and continued her career in education working as a Waddler Teacher in Chicago at an Early Childhood Learning Center.

Favorite Children's Book:

Good Night Moon, Ten in the Bed, Jamberry, and How much is that Doggy in the Window?

Year Started:
11/10/2014
Years in ECE industry:
24
Education:
Masters Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Ms. Katie, Discovery Preschool

""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.

Favorite Children's Book:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?

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

Ms. Kathy, Discovery Preschool Teacher

"Every student can learn just not on the same day or in the same way."

Ms. Kathy lives in Bertlett with her husband. She has two children who are in their early 20's. For 10 years Ms. Kathy was licensed to have her own Child Care center in her home with five children enrolled. Ms. Kathy worked for U46 School District as a lead lunch supervisor. Although Ms.Kathy is not new to the field of Early Childhood Education, working for KindCare has been unique and a rewarding experience!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Kathy worked for KinderCare in 1983-1985. Ms. Kathy's educational career also includes her working in U46 School District and was a First Grade teacher at St. John's in Streamwood, IL.

Favorite Children's Book:

Rainbow Fish

Year Started:
12/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
10 years
Education:
Becoming CDA certified

Ms. Abroza, Assistant Teacher Discovery Preschool and Bus Driver

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."

Ms. Abroza loves working in the Early Childhood field! She is excited every day to work with her Discovery Preschool friends and watch them learn while they play. Ms. Abroza live in Hanover Park, IL with her two daughters and husband. They enjoy going out together and have family time!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Abroza's Early Childhood experience has been full of growth and being amazed as she has first hand, been watching children learn for the past 15 years!

Favorite Children's Book:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Five Little Monkeys

Year Started:
1/7/2012
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
15
Education:
High School Diploma

Miss Suzanna, Preschool

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

Miss Suzanna has spent her life and built her career in Early Childhood Education on the east coast, mainly around Boston, Massachusetts. Miss Suzanna moved to Woodstock, IL a year and a half ago and has been teaching and mentoring here. She has has one daughter who is finishing up her first year of college. Miss Suzanna has always followed her heart and her desire to be of service, in her life and career.

Previous Experience:

Miss Suzanna has experience with elementary schools and corporate child care in Massachusetts and with KinderCare in Illinois totaling her teaching career to 35 wonderful years!

Favorite Children's Book:

On the Day You Were Born

Year Started:
9/22/2014
Years in ECE industry:
35
Education:
Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education

Miss Michelle, Assistant Preschool Teacher

"One hundred years from now.... it will not matter what job I had, or what kind of car I drove, or how much money was in my bank account, but that I made a difference in the life of a child."

Miss Michelle lives in Roselle and was born in the area in 1995. She has had a love for children ever since she could remember. Miss Michelle's passion for education came from her mom who is a preschool teacher. Being in a classroom and working with children is something that makes Miss Michelle very happy and fulfilled. She can not wait to continue her college education to gain her degree in Early Childhood Education. Miss Michelle thinks that KinderCare is an amazing job for her and provides her with tons of learning experience each and every day!

Previous Experience:

Miss Michelle has babysat for about five years, volunteered at District 20 in their summer school program for three years, and participated in her high school's preschool program.

Favorite Children's Book:

Are You My Mother?

Year Started:
12/2/2014
Years in ECE industry:
4
Education:
Currently at Elmhurst College studying for her Early Childhood Degree

Ms. Megan, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

"Intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education."

Ms. Megan received her Associates Degree in Applied Science and in Early Childhood Development from Morain Valley College. She is currently looking into schools to go for her Bachelor's degree. Ms. Megan's love for children started with her family. She loves helping to teach her your brothers how to crawl, stand, walk, etc. The love for teaching grew when she started her own family and teaching them everything they know now. Just seeing a child's face when they can finally do something they have been working on is wonderful. Ms. Megan's love for children continues to grow each and every day!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Megan worked at the Moraine Valley Community College Preschool program. Then she continued her career to Penny Lane school and also tutored elementary school children.

Favorite Children's Book:

But Not the Hippopotamus and Good Night Moon

Year Started:
1/14/2013
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6
Education:
Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development

Ms. Miriam, Assistant Teacher in Pre-Kindergarten

"Do not prepare the path for the child. Let the child prepare his/her own path."

Ms. Miriam loves her life in her Pre-Kindergarten classroom! She enjoys working at KinderCare and learning the curriculum as well as growing as a teacher. Ms. Miriam lives in Streamwood, IL with her fiance. Ms. Miriam appreciates the good in everything and teaches that to her students each and every day by having a positive attitude and a smile and her face.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Miriam has had experience babysitting and also working in childcare facilities in the local area of Schaumburg, IL. Ms. Miriam is also a teacher at her community church helping second grade children to receive their first communion.

Favorite Children's Book:

Good Night Moon and Where the Wild Things Are

Year Started:
1/3/2015
Years in ECE industry:
2 years
Education:
In the process receiving her CDA

Ms. Jennifer, Bus Driver and School Age Classroom

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

Ms. Jen has been married for 16 years and she has two daughters. One of her daughers is 16 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!

Favorite Children's Book:

Ten in the Bed!

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

Mr. Piotr, School Age Teacher

"An apple a day keeps the teacher away!"

Mr. Piotr is very excited to be the School Age Teacher here at Westover Lane KinderCare! Since 2006 Mr. Piotr has studied and worked within a school setting, where he has fostered his skills as an educator and child-care provider. in his time in the classroom, he has developed the philosophy: learning is life long. Mr. Piotr is always appreciative of what the children he works with teach him just as much as what he can teach his children. 

Previous Experience:

Mr. Piotr's previous experience with children is working as a high school student volunteering at fundraising events and being a camp counselor throughout his summers.

Favorite Children's Book:

Where the Wild Things Are

Year Started:
10/6/2014
Years in ECE industry:
5
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Cecy, Cook

"" 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.

Favorite Children's Book:

The Seasame Street Collection

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

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