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West Chicago KinderCare

Jennifer Robertson,
Center Director

2044 Franciscan Way West Chicago IL 60185
Ph: (630) 562-3904
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: at Rt. 59 & North Ave

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Wegner School, Gary School, Indian Knoll School, Currier School, Turner School, Pioneer School

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers are dedicated to providing a warm and enriching environment for your child to learn and grow. The teachers here at West Chicago KinderCare strive to meet the individualized needs of each child. They are here for you and the well being of all children in their care. Each teacher looks forward to meeting your family and sharing what they have to offer your child.

Jennifer Robertson, Center Director

""I believe that every child deserves the very best. Education is what we do, what we love, and what we provide. We are changing the world one child at a time.""

Jennifer has been with KinderCare since December 2006. She has always had a love of learning and jumped at the opportunity to pass her knowledge onto others. During her journey with KinderCare, Jennifer has had the opportunity to fill many different roles with in the center. One of her notable roles was as a Preschool Teacher where she helped her center achieve NAEYC accreditation! As you can see, education has always been her number one priority. Jennifer has three children of her own, so she knows that being an advocate for children's needs is the most important thing we can do as adults. Jennifer has been blessed to have found a home with KinderCare.

Previous Experience:

Jennifer has been an Assistant Teacher for various age groups, a Lead Teacher in a preschool classroom, an After School Specialist, and an Assistant Center Director.

Year Started:
12/1/2006
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8 Years

DeAnna Sherpan, Assistant Director

"Anything can happen child, anything can be. - Shel Silverstien"

Ever since DeAnna was a child, she wanted to become a teacher. Her younger sister even knew how to read and write before her peers due to the countless hours they would play pretend school. As a result of her passion, she pursued her degree in Elementary Education and graduated in 2008 with plans of pursuing a career with an elementary school.

However, shortly after graduation she had her first son and decided to give early childhood Education a try. In July of 2008 she took a position with KinderCare as a Prekindergarten Teacher. This was an opportunity for her to be near her son while also allowing her to fulfill her passion of teaching. Her experience caused her to fall in love with Early Childhood Education at KinderCare and has pursued higher roles with us. Now that she is our Assistant Director, DeAnna looks forward to welcoming you into our KinderCare family.

Year Started:
7/28/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education

Toni Williams, Assistant Director

""LET US REMEBER: one book, one pen, one, child, and one TEACHER can change the world."  Malala Yousafzai"

Toni grew up being known as a "Mother Hen" by all her teachers.  She would help other children put on and zip up their coats, tie shoes and other daily tasks before even doing her own.  Although this was a learning process for Toni, she never dreamed it would be her foundation to a lifetime in Education.  Toni alway knew that she wanted to make a difference in the lifes of chldren; and joining the Kindercare family in 2003 she has done just that.  Taking on the new role as Program Specialist Toni is able to not only share her Knowledge of Education with children, but also with the teachers in her center.

Previous Experience:

Toni has been an Assistant Teacher for various age groups ranging in ages from 6 weeks to 12 years old. She was also the lead teacher of a Preschool classroom for 10 years.

Years in ECE industry:
14

Ms. Cherea, Support Staff

Ms. Tanja, Infant Classroom

"A person is a person, no matter how small. - Dr. Suess, Horton Hears a Who"

Ms. Tanja has been with KinderCare for over fourteen years and joined the West Chicago team in 2002, when the center opened. She obtained her Child Development Associate's Credential in 2002 and took over as the lead teacher in the infant classroom. Ms. Tanja really enjoys seeing the smiles on the children's faces each day. In her free time, Ms. Tanja enjoys spending time with her two children.

Year Started:
5/1/2002
Tenure:
12 Years
Years in ECE industry:
15 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Brenda, Infant Classroom

""Think happy thoughts." - Peter Pan"

Ms. Brenda has lived in Illinois her entire life. She is currently enrolled in classes to complete her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education, and will begin working on her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.

Year Started:
5/16/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
4 Years

Ms. Jessica W, Toddler Classroom

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

Ms. Jessica started working with children after graduating High School in 2001.  She began working as a floater with all age groups, but felt a strong connection with Infants and Toddlers.  She became a lead teacher in the Toddler classroom and fell in love with the smiles on their faces when they learned something new.
Ms. Jessica is currently finishing her Bachelors degree in Psychology at Colorado Technical University online.  Ms. Jessica aspires to run her own center one day. 
 

Favorite Children's Book:

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Ms. Naomi, Toddler Classroom


Ms. Naomi has been with KinderCare since August 2008.  She has worked in many classrooms with different ages.  Naomi has been working with children in a variety of settings since 1999 and finds early childhood to be very rewarding.  She enjoys working with children to help them become inquisitive, creative, contributing members of the community. 
Before joining KinderCare Naomi worked as and Assistant Teacher in an Elementary School and a Camp Counselor with the Park District.  She also has her degree in education from Aurora University.
 
Year Started:
9/2/2008
Tenure:
6 Years

Ms. Stephanie, Toddler Classroom

Ms. Stephanie joined the West Chicago KinderCare team in October if 2013. Throughout high school she worked in the Preschool program with children ages two through five. Outside of school, Ms. Stephanie has volunteered in several park district programs and has worked as a camp counselor.

Favorite Children's Book:

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstien

Year Started:
10/8/2014
Years in ECE industry:
4 Years

Ms. Daisy S., Woddler Classroom

"I'm glad I have this chance to be a part of KinderCare and work with children. I wouldn't give it up for anything in the world, because it is a great feeling watching children learn and grow."

Ms. Daisy started babysitting at a young age and she helped her grandma care for her infant cousins. While she was in high school she taught first communion class and would teach Sunday school at church. Ms. Daisy feels like teaching is just the best thing in the world.

Favorite Children's Book:

I Love you Daddy

Year Started:
4/21/2014

Ms. Jackie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. Dreams are forever. - Tinkerbell"

Ms. Jackie has been with KinderCare for over ten years. Helping each child reach milestones and become successful in her class is what makes this job very rewarding for her! Ms. Jackie is the oldest of four children and has fourteen nieces and nephews!

Favorite Children's Book:

Monster at the End of This Book

Year Started:
2/2/2004
Tenure:
10 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Marisol, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out? - Dr. Seuss"

Ms. Marisol was born in Mexico and came to the United States in 1995. She has been married for almost eight years and she has three beautiful girls. She loves teaching her early preschoolers something new every day and loves being a part of their earliest learning experiences!

Favorite Children's Book:

Los 3 Cochinitos

Year Started:
4/23/2007
Tenure:
7 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Toya, Discovery Preschool

Ms. Toya has a blended family with a total of 4 children.  Ms. Toya has always loved caring for and teaching children.  At the age of 13 she began babysitting as a summer job.  This is where she began teaching children how to count and spell their names.  In 2007 Ms. Toya began her journey at KinderCare.  She has worked with children of all age groups from Infants to Schoolage.  In 2009 she found her home with the two year olds in Discovery Preschool.  Since 2009 she has received her CDA credential for Infants- Two year olds and Preschool.  Ms. Toya has always wanted to help change the world, and early childhood education was the best way to start.  She enjoys making a difference in the world one child at a time or 8.  She looks forward to working with each of your families.
 

Favorite Children's Book:

Where The Wild Things Are

Ms. Elsa R., Preschoool Classroom

""Children learn more from who you are than what you teach.""

Favorite Children's Book:

"I'll Love You Forever" and "Oh the Places You Will Go"

Year Started:
11/4/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Child Development Associates

Ms. Cyndi, Prekindergarten Classroom

"You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way. - Dr. Suess"

Ms. Cyndi has been with KinderCare since 1994! During that time she has taught Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten classes. She has also taught some of our Learning Adventures classes. In addition to teaching at KinderCare, Ms. Cyndi has worked within her own community as a youth soccer coach and teaching classes on the weekends at her church. She currently lives in Glendale Heights with her husband and sons.

Year Started:
1/1/1994
Tenure:
20 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Lori, Kindergarten

"I believe "positive thinking leads to positive outcomes" failure is a stepping stone to success."

Lori believes each child is unique.  She also believes in treating each child as an individual, and seeing them succeed in their own way. Her job here is to be a good role model, along with getting them ready for real life experiences. She looks forward to teaching your child this year and seeing them grow.
Lori lives in Elgin, Illinois with her husband and their 2 children, Joshua and Kayla. Lori enjoys spending time with her family and going to places like Wisconsin Dells!
Lori attended Harper College for 2 years, where she received her Associates in Arts degree.  She also attended Wisconsin Parkside University in Kenosha, for 2 ½ years.  Lori has worked for Knowledge Universe since 1992 and teaching Kindergarten since 1995.
 

Favorite Children's Book:

Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crocket Johnson

Ms. Teresa, School Age Classroom

"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our heart. - Winnie the Pooh"

Ms. Teresa began her journey with KinderCare in 1991 and has loved each and every day. She is our full time School Age teacher and bus driver. Ms. Teresa is thankful that she continues to learn and grow along with her students.

Year Started:
8/26/1991
Tenure:
23 Years
Years in ECE industry:
25 Years
Education:
Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development

Ms. Jessica G., School Age Classroom

"

I'll eat you up, I love you so. - Max from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

"

Ever since Ms. Jessica was a little girl, she aspired to be a teacher. Her desire was greatly reinforced after she was presented with the opportunity to teach in Thailand. The passion and fervor those children showed toward learning English was something she will never forget. Becoming a member of the KinderCare family was one of the best decisions of her life. Ms. Jessica adores the excitement the children show when they are about to embark on a new project or activity.

Year Started:
6/9/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year

Ms. Corrie, Support Staff

"If you are good, life is good. - Roald Dahl from Matilda"

Ms. Corrie began her career with KinderCare in 2012 and was excited to enter a field that has been a dream of hers for several years. During her time at KinderCare, Ms. Corrie has been able to further her education and learn about herself in the process. Her greatest joy is seeing a child light up with excitement as they begin something new.

Favorite Children's Book:

The Giver

Year Started:
9/20/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years

Ms. Annie, Preschool Classroom

"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. - Christopher Robin"

Ms. Annie has always loved working with children! While in high school, she taught three and four-year-old children safety classes including bike riding, stranger awareness and railroad safety. Ms. Annie loves incorporating fun and educational games into her classroom. She loves seeing a child's face light up when they understand something for the very first time and loves teaching and helping children grow as well as laughing and having fun with them!

Ms. Tammy, Support Staff

Ms. Tammy has worked with children for the past 36 years.  Her interest in children began during a high school Child Development Class.  Ms. Tammy started out working with Preschoolers and has worked with every age group from Infants up to Schoolage.  Until recently Ms. Tammy has been working with Infants and Toddlers, but Ms. Tammy is very excited to once again be working with Schoolage children.  She enjoys watching them grow and learn.  I am passionate about coming to work everyday, because I can help children reach for the impossible, write stories that others want to read, and conquer math facts.
 

Mr. Manny, Support Staff

Year Started:
9/1/2014

Ms. Rubi, Support Staff

Year Started:
7/1/2014

Ms. Jimena

Year Started:
11/24/2014

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