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Woodridge South KinderCare

Bridget Van Gelder,
Center Director

7450 N. Woodward Ave. Woodridge IL 60517
Ph: (630) 852-4485
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: Off of 75th and Woodward Avenue Next to Charter One Bank

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Edgewood, Goodrich, Sipley, Meadowview, Murphy, WillowCreek, Elizabeth Ide, Indian Trail, Mark Delay, Kingsley, and Hillcrest Elementary Schools.

Teachers & Staff

The KinderCare Learning Center here at Woodridge South provides each and every program from infancy through school age with highly experienced teachers. We carefully select our team and provide you with teachers that are educated, passionate, creative and value the art of education.

Bridget Van Gelder, Center Director

""I am passionate about early childhood education because I enjoy the day to day joy of watching children learn and grow.""

Ms. Bridget has been with KinderCare Learning Center for 17 years. She has focused most of her work in the northwest and western suburbs where she has a strong reputation for leading her team in the right direction. Her effective management style helps her teachers bring the curriculum to life. She runs an impressive Learning Adventures program on top of her successful curriculum.

Previous Experience:

KinderCare has been Bridget's one and only job her entire life. She was a discovery preschool teacher for several years then she became an assistant director and has currently been a director since 2007

Year Started:
6/1/1996
Tenure:
18 Years
Years in ECE industry:
17 Years
Education:
Early Childhood Education Credential

Bernadette Winkelman, Assistant Director

"“The joy on the children’s face when they accomplish something for the first time is one of the most precious sights on earth.  I love working with children because it’s always something different each day.”"

Ms. Berandette lives in Alsip with her fiance and her puppy Benny. She loves watching sports and spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephew.  Working with children has always been her passion and finding exciting ways to teach simple things in a new and exciting way.

Previous Experience:

Before becoming the Assistant Director, Ms. Bernadette was previously a director for a family owned daycare for four years before becoming a teacher in our Discovery Preschool Classroom, then she became the Assistant Center Director in 2013.

Year Started:
5/10/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Associates Degree In Applied Science- Child Care

Ms. Tris, Nursery

""The best part of teaching is watching the children become independent as they start to accomplishing more difficult tasks individually.  My favorite sentence is Ms. Tris look what I did. ""

Ms. Tris is a mother of a energentic son.  She lives in Lockport and loves baking and sports.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Tris was previously a live in nanny for three children and has one child of her own.

Year Started:
5/7/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Child Development Associate

Ms. Abi, Nursery

""Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.""

Ms. Abi loves spending time with her girls and watching Disney movies.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Abi is a mother of two beautiful girls who are a part of our happy KinderCare family.

Year Started:
4/21/2014

Ms. Laversa, Nursery

""Without my children my house would be clean my wallet would be full, but my HEART would be empty.""

Ms. Laversa's two children have been a part of the KinderCare family for a while now.  She enjoys spending time with the at the park and doing other activities.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Laversa has taken classes in early childhood eductaion and has a son and daughter of her own.

Education:
currently enrolled in Child Development Associate classes

Ms. Diane, Toddler Room

"" A child's hug is like gold.""

Ms. Diane loves walking into the all the classrooms and hearing the children call her name, it makes her feel like she's on Cheers.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Diane has worked with children from infancy to school age during time here at KinderCare. She is currently a teacher in toddler room.

Year Started:
7/16/1985
Tenure:
29 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate

Ms. Theresa, Toddler Room

""In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.""

Ms. Theresa was born and rasied on the south side of Chicago, and attended Richard J. Daley College to pursue her education.  In May of 2013 she graduated with her Associates in E.C.E. and is now a teacher in our Toddler Room.

Previous Experience:

Before joining KinderCare, Theresa was a two year old teacher at a family owned daycare in the city and was also a support staff member at a privately owned daycare in the suburbs.

Year Started:
9/20/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Debbie, Discovery Preschool

""The best way to learn is through play.""

Ms. Debbie was born and raised in New Mexico, and moved to Illinois in 1987.  She has two children of her own.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Debbie spent a majority of her years with two year olds then worked with preschoolers, and is now back in discovery preschool.

Year Started:
6/22/1987
Tenure:
27 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate

Ms. Cassie, Discovery Preschool

"" My favorite part of being around children is yes, I get to educate them but they teach me everyday.""

Being around children throughout the years has inspired Ms. Cassie to serve children through education.  Ms. Cassie is the oldest of eight and was raised to guide children with trust and faith in both her and themselves.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Cassie was around children her whole life and has a very large family.

Year Started:
8/20/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Child Development Associate

Ms. Jen, Discovery Preschool

""Sharing achieved milestones with parents because it makes me so happy to see how proud they are.""

Ms. Jen worked with three and four year olds at her previous daycare and since joining KinderCare in August she has been a nursery teacher, a preschool teacher, and support staff in many other rooms.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Jen previously worked for Bobby Nonnan's child care for a year and a half.

Year Started:
8/29/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Child Development Associate

Ms. Jill, Preschool

""Education is not the filling of the of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."  William Butler Yeats"

In 2011 Ms. Jill recieved her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Olivet Nazarene University.  From there she went on to be an aid in a Kindergarten classroom.  In 2012 she joined the KinderCare team as the 4-5 year teacher.  Ms. Jill says it has been fun watching the kids grow and getting to know the families.  She loves teaching the preschool and pre-kindergarten class because she loves seeing them get excited about learning.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Jill was previously a one on one aid in an elementary school.

Year Started:
9/7/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Education:
Bachelors Degree In Education

Ms. Haley, Preschool

""Use your smile to change the world.  Don't let this world change your smile.""

Ms. Haley lives in Bolingbrook and has one sister who is younger then her.  She enjoys playing sports and watching movies.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Haley taught preschool in highschool and was a cheerleading and volleyball coach.

Education:
working towards Child Development Associate

Ms. Lindsay, Pre-Kindergarten

""I love to help the children achieve new goals, skills, and help them have a love of learning."
 "

Ms. Lindsay is originally from Idaho and moved here in 2001.  She married her husband John in 2002 and they have a cat named Penny.  She likes to spend her free time baking, sewing, and being on pinterest to find ideas for her class.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Lindsay was a nanny for a year and was also a substitute teacher in a high school for two years.

Year Started:
3/3/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate

Ms. Mary, Pre-Kindergarten

""I come to work everyday because I love to watch the children grow.""

Ms. Mary went to chatholic school her whole life.  She has two older sisters, a chinchilla named Lily,  and two dogs Buster and Nala.  She enjoys hanging out with friends and playing video games.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Mary was previously a nanny and a babysitter for many people in her community.

Year Started:
10/7/2014
Education:
HIghschool Graduate

Ms. Lisa, Junior Kindergarten

""I love teaching the children to become critical thinkers and really enjoy creating opportunities for everyone to learn in his or her own way.""

Ms. Lisa has been married to her husband Tim since 2001.  She has two cats and two nephews she absolutely adores.  She also loves Elvis, penguins, and the Cubs.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Lisa has been with KinderCare since 1989. Ms. Lisa also won the educator of the year award in 2009.

Year Started:
9/25/1989
Tenure:
25 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate

Ms. Jeanett, School Age

""Real success is finding your life work in the work you love" " A child's life is a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.""

Ms. Jeanett is the mother of three children who are her life and a part of the KinderCare family as well.  She loves to sing, dance, and spend time with her family.  One thing she loves about work is that no matter how tired she is the reward of the children running up to her and giving her a hug and smile takes all the tiredness away.

Previous Experience:

mother of three

Year Started:
10/9/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Child Development Associate

Ms. Patty, Learning Adventures, Bus driver, Support Staff

""Watching the children learn and grow each and everyday is amazing and I'm thankful to be a part of it.""

Ms. Patty has one son and two daughters.  Both of her daughters are a part of the KinderCare family and her son was a member of the Development Associate.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Patty has worked with children of all ages during her time at KinderCare. She also has 3 children of her own.

Year Started:
1/4/2001
Tenure:
13 Years
Education:
Highschool Graduate

Ms. VIckey, Support Staff

""Putting a smile on a child's face is the most rewarding thing a person can do.""

Ms. Vickey works two jobs and enjoys spending what free time she has going to the movies and spending time with her big family.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Vickey previously worked for a day care in Nebraska as an infant teacher. Since joining KinderCare she has helped in every age group and is now one of the main support teachers for the infant, toddler room, and discovery preschool.

Year Started:
9/23/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
working towards Child Development Associate

Ms. Zainab, Support Staff

Ms. Sonja, Cook

"" Live life to the fullest.""

Ms. Sonja got married in June of 2013 and planning on starting a family of her own.  She has 2 nieces 2 nephews and a grandson.  She enjoys going out with her husband, spending time with family, and cooking.  She LOVES cooking and baking.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Sonja worked as a home health aid and a CNA before she decided to make a career change and get into food service and child care.

Year Started:
10/13/2014
Education:
Food Safety and Sanitation License

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