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Phillip Road KinderCare

Michelle Piacenza, Center Director
5 E. Phillip Rd., Vernon Hills, IL 60061

  • Ph: (847) 680-7771
  • Open: 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F
  • Fax: (847) 680-0151
  • Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at our Vernon Hills KinderCare are so passionate about that they do. They walk in every morning to the children running up to them and giving them BIG hugs. Our teachers are dedicated to their careers and the children.

Michelle Piacenza, Center Director

Bio:

Michelle has been with KinderCare Learning Centers since 2006. She has worked in all classrooms, making her a wonderful resource to her teachers and parents. She has been in her current role since 2011. Michelle is passionate about maintaining her center's high quality for the enrolled children and their parents. She is always available to assist her families and would love to have your child join her program.

Previous Experience:

Prior to becoming the Center Director Michelle worked as an Assistant Center Director and as a lead teacher in various classrooms.

Quote:

"I love coming to work everyday and seeing the smiling faces of all the children. Watching the children learn and grow, as well as getting to know each family through out the years is so enjoyable."

  • Year Started: 1/1/2006
  • Tenure: 8 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 10 Years
  • Education:

    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education & Infant Toddler Specialist

Sierra Ristow, Assistant Director

Bio:

Sierra has worked at the Phillip Road KinderCare since September of 2012, but has been in the Early Childhood Education field much longer. She was recently promoted to the Assistant director position. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education in March of 2013. Sierra hopes to go for a Master's Degree in Administration and Leadership. She has been working in Early Childhood Education and childcare as a nanny, teacher, babysitter and more for the last seven years. She has taught as an Infant, Toddler and Prekindergarten teacher.

Previous Experience:

Sierra has previous experience working as a nanny, an assistant teacher, Toddler, Infant and Prekindergarten teacher.

Quote:

"Working in the Early Childhood Education field is a great pleasure. I love coming into work knowing that my coworkers and I are helping shape the young children of today."

  • Year Started: 9/1/2012
  • Tenure: 1 Year
  • Years in ECE Industry: 8 Years
  • Education:

    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education, New Jersey Certified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a focus on Special Education

Ms. April, Infant Classroom

Bio:

Ms. April has worked at KinderCare since 2010. She started in the Kindergarten classroom and then moved to the Infants. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She loves to spend time on the floor with her children and also gives them lots of one-on-one love.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. April worked at Peppermint Stick Preschool.

Quote:

"I love to see the children's faces when they learn something new."

  • Year Started: 5/1/2010
  • Tenure: 3 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 6 Years
  • Education:

    Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education

Ms. Paola, Infant Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Paola is married and has one son named Caleb who attends KinderCare in our Toddler classroom. She went to College of Lake County for several years to study Early Childhood Education. She has a lot of experience with children and enjoys working with them and making a difference in each child's day.

Previous Experience:

Before working at KinderCare Paola attended school and babysat frequently.

Quote:

"I love coming to work every day and spending quality time with the children."

  • Year Started: 1/1/2013
  • Tenure: 1 Year
  • Years in ECE Industry: 7 Years
  • Education:

    Early Childhood Education Credits

  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Spanish

Ms. Emily, Toddler Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Emily has been with our center since 2011. She has spent time in our Infant Classroom, Waddler Classroom and now calls the Toddler Classroom her home. Ms. Emily received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in May 2011 and is currently working on furthering her education in Early Childhood. In her daily activities Ms. Emily applies engaging, hands on lessons to increase language development as well as social and emotional life skills.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Emily has previous field work experience, as well as student teaching and working as a nanny.

Quote:

"I've always loved working with Toddlers! Everything is new and exciting and I love being a part of that. Teaching the students important skills like language and problem solving is such a fulling way to spend my day"

  • Year Started: 9/1/2011
  • Tenure: 2 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 3 Years
  • Education:

    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Lindsey, Toddler Classroom

Bio:

During high school Ms. Lindsey went to the Technology campus in Grayslake. She then went on to complete her Child Development Associate's Credential. Ms. Lindsey worked for KinderCare years ago and decided to come back after realizing that her passion was working with children. Ms. Lindsey has been working in our Toddler classroom since she started at our center. She enjoys singing songs with the kids and reading stories.

Previous Experience:

Before joining our KinderCare staff, Ms. Lindsey worked at other centers in the area.

Quote:

"Every day I come to work, the children put a smile on my face."

  • Year Started: 11/1/2013
  • Years in ECE Industry: 5 Years
  • Education:

    Early Childhood Education Credits, Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Grisel, Discovery Preschool Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Grisel has been working with KinderCare in Vernon Hills for about 4 years. She has earned her C.D.A throughout that time. Ms. Grisel is our Discovery Preschool Teacher. She enhances potty training, sharing, social and language skills in her everyday curriculum. She also loves to expand her students creativity by letting them explore that cause and effect on everything that they do, as well as creating different fun and educational crafts and activities.

Previous Experience:

5 Seasons Country Club Day Care

Quote:

"The best part about teaching is watching your caterpillars turn into butterflies."

  • Year Started: 2/1/2009
  • Tenure: 5 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 9 Years
  • Education:

    Child Development Associate Credential

  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Spanish

Ms. Jennifer, Discovery Preschool Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Jennifer has been with KinderCare since September 2012. She is currently working as the Assistant Teacher in the Discovery Preschool Classroom. Ms. Jennifer has worked in the Infants and Toddler Classrooms as well. She enjoys children of all ages. She is a great asset to whichever classroom she is in throughout the day.

Previous Experience:

Babysat for 6 years and took care of her own children.

Quote:

"Watching the children learn and grow throughout the stages is so exciting for me to see"

  • Year Started: 9/1/2012
  • Tenure: 1 Year
  • Years in ECE Industry: 1 Year
  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Spanish

Ms. Alexia, Prekindergarten Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Alexia has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2011. She began working at KinderCare in 2011 and has worked in all of our classrooms as a floating assistant teacher. She is currently in school hoping to earn her Associate's Degree very soon. Ms. Alexia loves to read books to the children and play games with them outside.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Alexia has been a babysitter and has experience working at other centers.

Quote:

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

  • Year Started: 8/1/2011
  • Tenure: 2 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 4 Years
  • Education:

    Pursuing Associate's Degree

Ms. Megha, Prekindergarten Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Megha was born in India and came to the United States when she was about eight years old. She has a younger sister who is eighteen years old. Ms. Megha lives with her parents and sister in Gurnee. Most of her family lives in India and Australia and Ms. Megha loves visiting them when she can.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Megha has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for two years. Before joining our staff at KinderCare she worked in a group home for young adults with special needs. She has joined our Prekindergarten room and is having a blast!

Quote:

"I love coming into work every day because the children put a smile on my face."

  • Year Started: 1/1/2013
  • Tenure: 1 Year
  • Years in ECE Industry: 2 Years
  • Education:

    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Family & Child Studies

  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Gujarati, Spanish

Ms. Meghan, Learning Adventures Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Meghan has been working at KinderCare since December 2011. She has almost 5 years of Early Childhood experience. She began her Early Childhood Education career as a part- time floater after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in English and Secondary Education. She then began working as the Toddler teacher and Two's Teacher for several years. Last year she accepted the position of the Learning Adventures Teacher in the Vernon Hills Center. She loves adding her own songs and activities to the already strong curriculum and further enhancing each child's experience in her program. She loves building relationships with the children and parents and looks forward to many more happy years with KinderCare.

Previous Experience:

Lead Teacher at Chesterbrook Academy, Lead Teacher at Goddard School

Quote:

"The relationships I build with the children and parents are so important, and are the foundation for positive learning."

  • Year Started: 12/1/2011
  • Tenure: 2 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 5 Years
  • Education:

    Bachelor's Degree in English/Secondary Education

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