Early Childhood Development

School Spotlight: The Gardner School of Naperville

Early Childhood Development | October 8, 2018

The Gardner School of Naperville is nestled in a western suburban area, just 28 miles from downtown Chicago. Not only is the school located in one of the top-ranked school districts in the country, but its nearby communities are also consistently ranked at the top in the country for raising young children. Conveniently located close to Highway 88 between the Route 59 and Winfield Road exits, the school is an ideal choice for commuting families and those who live in several surrounding communities, including Naperville, Warrenville, and Wheaton, Illinois.

The school is strategically built on a less congestive street, while still providing families easy access to all major highways and commuter routes. In addition to being located approximately 10 minutes from the Naperville train station, you’ll find a variety of family-friendly activities within reach of The Gardner School of Naperville, including the Naperville Riverwalk, Morton Arboretum, Cantigny Park, Centennial Beach, DuPage Children’s Museum, Cosley Zoo, Main Event Bowling & Laser Tag, Monkey Joe’s, and Kelly Park.

The Gardner School of Naperville is one of our eight Chicago-area schools. Our academically-focused preschool offers families more than a traditional preschool or childcare facility approach to early childhood education. Here’s a look at some of The Gardner School of Naperville’s offerings, as well as an introduction to the school’s leadership team.

What The Gardner School of Naperville Offers

Families who choose The Gardner School benefit from year-round educational programs and research-based curriculums. Through full and part-time childcare for children 6 weeks old through private Kindergarten, The Gardner School also provides a full suite of enrichment classes, including gymnastics, music/drama, dance, karate, Spanish, and more. During the summer months, students at The Gardner School get to experience our summer camp program, Camp Gardner.

Attention to detail, both inside and outside the classroom, is what makes The Gardner School stand out from other preschools in Naperville. With children’s and families’ needs at the forefront, our school’s stimulating, creative, and educationally-engineered school features indoor and outdoor play spaces and is designed with security features to ensure a safe and secure environment with convenient hours and locations. The school’s highly-praised curriculums and STEAM-focused learning delivered by four-year degree lead teachers in each classroom help students enrolled at The Gardner School of Naperville to be prepared for kindergarten and equipped to make the world a better place.

Meet The Gardner School of Naperville’s Leadership Team

The Gardner School of Naperville is led by Director Meghan Martin and Assistant Director Natalie Sipka. Meghan joined our team in January of 2013 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a type 03 K-9 Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Language Arts and Social Science from Western Illinois University. Meghan knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was eight years old, and she was involved in everything from coaching to tutoring to teaching swim lessons to volunteering at summer camps growing up. As a senior in high school, Meghan even had the opportunity to be a part of the TAP Program, which allowed high school students to be aides in an elementary school classroom. “That experience was what truly sealed the deal for me and helped me make the decision to further my education and obtain a degree in education,” says Meghan. In her role as director at our Naperville school, Megan’s favorite part of the job is the sense of community she experiences with The Gardner School of Naperville family.

Natalie Sipka joined our team in September of 2014 and previously served as the Enrichment Coordinator at The Gardner School of Oak Brook. Natalie has Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College in Chicago, with a major in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Women’s Literature, and she attributes her career in teaching to the great teachers who inspired her along the way to grow and learn. She says, “There’s no better feeling than having the opportunity to touch a child’s life. It is priceless and very meaningful.” Above all, Natalie loves establishing meaningful relationships with children, families, and her coworkers. “Together, we’re all involved in The Gardner School community,” she affirms.

Searching for a Preschool in Naperville?

If you already live close to The Gardner School of Naperville, are considering a move to one of its nearby communities in the future, or know other area families on the search for the best Chicago-area preschool for their children, we hope you’ll see for yourself why families love The Gardner School. Schedule a tour today to see our stunning, state-of-the-art school and meet our enthusiastic team.