Nashville, TennesseeTGS of Nashville

601 Marriott Drive, Nashville, TN 37214 | 615-882-0440 |

The Gardner School of Nashville is significantly more than a traditional preschool or child care facility. Established in 2005, we are proud to offer our award-winning services to the children and families of Nashville. 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 in the Century City Business Park off of Elm Hill Pike and directly across from The University of Phoenix. At our Nashville campus, we offer year-round educational programs for full and part-time childcare for children six weeks old through private Pre-Kindergarten. In addition, we provide a full suite of enrichment classes and our summer camp, Camp Gardner.

TGS of Nashville Leadership

School Director Assistant Director

Vernise Wilson

Vernise Wilson

Years with TGS:  6 years

Roles Served with TGS:  

Teacher Floater, Assistant Teacher, Trainer, Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Director, Executive School Director

What is your educational background? 

Majored in Education at Murray State University in Murray, KY.

What made you decide to have a career in education? 

I have always believed that educators have one of the most important jobs that exist, because they are preparing children for the world of learning. The greatest thing I can do is help someone’s life by teaching them how to learn effectively and enjoy it!

What makes you laugh about kids?

Just sitting and having a conversation with the kids about their day or what they did over the weekend always provides me with some good laughs.

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?  

There are a couple of parts of the day that I really enjoy!!! Morning arrival time is that part of the day that you get to see the kids really excited about coming to school and what they are going to experience when they walk through the door.  Center Time it is always enlightening to listen to them play and learn from each other. Then there is the end of the day when they have that same excited look when they are sharing the day’s events with their parents.

What do you love most about TGS? 

The close relationships we have with each child under our care and their families. We see each child as a unique individual with a great capacity to learn. We have an environment where children and families from different cultural backgrounds feel welcomed and accepted. 

What inspires you? 

That we are providing children a rich environment where they feel safe to explore, initiate learning, and feel free to express themselves.

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

The building blocks of learning are developed in the early stages of life and education is a lifelong process.  We are setting a strong learning foundation for our kids here.

How important is early childhood education? 

Early childhood education is very important! Preparation from early childhood education will follow these kids for years to come. When they are older students, they will still be incorporating these skills with their learning process.

Enrichment Programs Offered

  • Gymnastics
  • skills, body awareness & discipline
  • 18 mos & up
  • Music & Drama
  • music fundamentals & theatre
  • 18 mos & up
  • Be Smart Computers
  • a phonics- and math-based program
  • 18 mos & up
  • Happy Feet Soccer
  • fundamentals & hand-eye coordination
  • 2 years & up
  • Lil Sluggers Baseball
  • fundamentals & hand-eye coordination
  • 2 years & up
  • Dance
  • ballet & tap skills and vocabulary
  • 2 years & up