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Phillip Road KinderCare

Michelle Piacenza,
Center Director

5 E. Phillip Rd. Vernon Hills IL 60061
Ph: (847) 680-7771
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: "Off Rte. 60 and Deerpath Rd." across from Condell Acute Center

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: We currently bus to and from: Hawthorn South and North Townline Fairhaven Freemont- NO PM PICK UP Rockland Willow Grove Country Meadows Diamond Lake Ivy Hall Aspen Sprauge East Lake Academy Washington

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

""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.""

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.

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

""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.""

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.

Year Started:
9/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
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

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

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.

Year Started:
5/1/2010
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education

Ms. Dora, Infant Classroom

"I love seeing all the kids laugh and smile throughout the day!"

Ms. Dora began working at KinderCare in 2010. She took a short break from work to stay home with her children Valeria and Emiliano, and returned to our Infant room Ms. Dora is attending Rasumussen College earning her Child Development Associate. She loves spending time with her children and her fiancé, Milton.
 
Year Started:
5/1/2010
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
4
Education:
Currently working on her CDA

Ms. Kiana, Toddler Classroom

"I love being able to see the children learn something new everyday!"

Ms. Kiana just started here at KinderCare as our toddler teacher. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Donald, and her son, Donald Jr. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Kiana has worked in Early Childhood Education for several years. She has worked as an Assistant Director and a teacher in several different rooms.

Year Started:
6/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
7
Education:
Currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree

Ms. Lindsey, Toddler Classroom

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

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.

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

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

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

Year Started:
2/1/2009
Tenure:
5 Years
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate Credential

Ms. Paola, Multi Age Classroom

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

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.

Year Started:
1/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Early Childhood Education Credits

Ms. Emily, PreSchool Classroom

""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""

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.

Year Started:
9/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
3 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Alexia, Multi Age Classroom

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

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.

Year Started:
8/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
4 Years
Education:
Pursuing Associate's Degree

Ms. Megha, Prekindergarten Classroom

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

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!

Year Started:
1/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Family & Child Studies

Ms. Jaclyn, School Age Classroom

"Working with my school agers is so rewarding. I enjoy being able to just spend time with them and watch them grow."

Ms. Jaclyn began working at KinderCare in our School Age room in 2014. Ms. Jaclyn is currently working towards finishing her Associates Degree with a focus in Special Education. She enjoys spending time with fiancé, Mike. She also enjoys reading and crafting, but stays very busy planning her wedding on Pinterest.

Year Started:
6/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1
Education:
Currently working on Associates Degree

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