Dublin, OH

From the moment you enter our multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art facility, you realize that The Gardner School of Dublin is significantly more than a traditional, educational preschool or child care facility. Established in 2008, we are proud to offer our award-winning services to the children and families of Columbus. As a private, academically focused preschool that specializes in early childhood education, we cater to those families that want the best for their child. Our school is conveniently located off of Emerald Parkway directly across from Quest. At our Dublin campus, we offer year-round educational programs for full and part-time childcare for children six weeks old through private Kindergarten. In addition, we provide a full suite of enrichment classes and our summmer camp, Camp Gardner.

Enrichment Programs Offered

Music & Drama

music fundamentals & theatre
For ages: 2 years & up

Dance

ballet & tap skills and vocabulary
For ages: 2 years & up

Dance for Tots

introductory ballet skills
For ages: 14 mos to 2 years

English as a Second Language

vocabulary, speaking & understanding
For ages: 2 years & up

Gymnastics

skills, body awareness & discipline
For ages: 2 years & up

Gymnastics for Tots

introductory tumbling skills
For ages: 14 mos to 2 years

Sports Skills

fundamentals & hand-eye coordination
For ages: 2 years & up

Sports for Tots

non-competitive physical fitness
For ages: 14 mos to 2 years

Be Smart Computers

a phonics- & math-based program
For ages: 2 years & up

Dublin Campus Leadership

Monica Zins
Monica Zins | School Director

Monica Zins

Years with TGS: 7

Roles Served with TGS: 

Kindergarten Teacher, Director of Curriculum and Training, Assistant Director ,Director

What is your educational background?

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Toledo; Licensed to teach PreK – Third Grade 

What made you decide to have a career in education? 

I have always had a strong passion for working with kids.

What makes you laugh about kids? 

That they are just beginning to learn about life and you never know what they are going to say or do. Everyday there is something new to make you laugh.

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5? 

I love watching kids explore and learn, making connections and draw their own conclusions through different experiences. 

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS? 

I love drop off and pick up time where I not only have the chance to say ‘good morning/evening’ to students as they come and go, but it also gives me opportunities to talk with our families and build my relationship with them and vice versa.  

What do you love most about TGS? 

I love the strong foundation that TGS has and the desire to always be a highly-qualified school with the close-knit feeling of support from other schools and our corporate office.

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far? 

My fondest memory is one that has and will continue -- the people, staff and families, which I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know.

What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student? There are so many to choose from, but one of my favorites came when I was teaching Kindergarten and one morning one of my students animatedly opened our classroom door and loudly announced “We have babies! Oreo’s a boy!” in reference to her family’s’ guinea pigs. She then went on to explain to me that she planned on giving them out as her birthdays’ party favor. 

What inspires you? 

Watching children learn and grow inspire me to try new things and to continue my career path in working with children.  

What is your passion or passions? 

I am passionate about my family, children, and cooking.

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you? 

To provide children with the building blocks necessary to help prepare them for their futures.  

How important is early childhood education?

Early childhood education is important because it gives children opportunities to grow educationally, socially, and emotionally that they may not get otherwise. 

Do you have children who go to TGS or have gone to TGS? 

Yes, I have a son and another baby on the way! ☺

What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time? 

It is always a hard decision to make for who is going to be looking after, caring for, and teaching your child. It is important to feel comfortable and to have opportunities to build a relationship, not only with myself as an administrator, but with the teachers caring for your child.  At TGS, we stand by our open door policy and encourage families to stop in for multiple tours and visits with the classroom teachers. 

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Dana Mees
Dana Mees | Assistant Director

Dana Mees

Years with TGS: Since September 2011

Roles Served with TGS: 

Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, Assistant Director

What is your educational background? 

I studied Early Childhood Education before moving to Kentucky for my husband’s job. While in Kentucky, I became a Certified Personal Trainer.

What made you decide to have a career in education? 

For as long as I can remember I have loved children – as a child, my family called me the “baby magnet.” I started my first job as a preschool teacher at the age of 20 and fell in love with the children and everything the early childhood industry has to offer.  

What makes you laugh about kids? 

I love that kids say exactly what is on their mind. Some of my favorite things to do with kids this age is just to sit and have a conversation. 

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5? 

Children grow and change so much in the first 5 years of life. It’s so exciting watching them grow and achieve milestones. 

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS? 

My favorite part of the day is at the end of the day as the kids are stopping by my desk on their way out. They are so excited to tell and show me what they did that day. I love seeing their excitement about what they’ve done in their class and their pride over the work they’ve done. 

What do you love most about TGS? 

After working at The Gardner School of Louisville, KY and transitioning to The Gardner School of Dublin, OH, I love the consistency between schools. I love that the same standards and quality of care is consistent regardless of what school you’re in. I think this can be important to parents that may relocate and as we introduce more schools I think we’ll see more of that happening. 

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far? 

One of my favorite memories of TGS was watching my first TGS group that I potty trained graduate from Pre-K.

What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student? 

A few months ago, I was in with a Pre-K class and I referred to myself as a “teacher” and one of the students said “You’re not a teacher!! You’re an office!!”

What inspires you? 

I am inspired by people who want to make the world a better place and who strive to make a positive impact in the lives of others. 

What is your passion or passions?

I am passionate about my family, my husband, and my dog. My husband, Todd, and I enjoy various forms of cycling together. 

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you?  

To me, the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ refers to the very early stepping stones of education. The Gardner School plays an integral part in the foundation of education – children are not only learning through their daily curriculum, but they are learning how to be a part of a group, how to transition from one activity to another, how do be independent and how to work and play with others. They begin to learn how to follow basic instructions, how to communicate their needs, and so much more!!

How important is early childhood education? 

I believe early childhood education is essential before a child enters grade school – for the reasons listed above. 

What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time? 

In Dublin, we really stress our open door policy to all parents, but particularly to first time parents. We make sure they understand they are more than welcome to visit as many times as they like prior to starting with us to get to know us and the teachers a little better. Once their child starts we encourage them to visit as often as they like. We make sure they know they are welcome to come in during the day for visits or just to take a peak using our camera system. We also ensure they know they are welcome to call at any point throughout the day to check in.

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