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.
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.