The Gardner School
of Blue Ash

From the moment you enter our multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art facility, you realize that The Gardner School of Blue Ash, OH is significantly more than a traditional, educational preschool or childcare facility in the Cinncinati area. Established in 2008, we are proud to offer our award-winning services to the children and families of Cincinnati. 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 Blue Ash Business Park near the corner of Reed Hartman and Cooper Road, At our Blue Ash 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 summer camp, Camp Gardner.

Enrichment Programs Offered

music-drama

ABC, Music and Me

For Ages: 18 Months +
dance

Stretch-N-Grow

For Ages: 18 Months +
computer

Be Smart Computers

For Ages: 18 Months +
dance

Tippi Toes Dance

For Ages: 2 Years +
soccer

Happy Feet Soccer

For Ages: 2 Years +
piano

Piano

For Ages: 2 Years +
language

Spanish

For Ages: 2 Years +
computer

STEM Class

For Ages: 3 Years +
dance

TaeKwonDo

For Ages: 3 Years +
yoga

Yoga

For Ages: 2 Years +

Blue Ash Campus Leadership

Erica Sager
School Director

How long have you been with TGS? 
Since August 2008

Roles Served with TGS: 
Lead Pre-K teacher, Curriculum Director, Assistant Director, Executive Director

What is your educational background? Please list degree, certifications, etc. 
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I am certified to teach Pre-K through 9th grade in Illinois and Ohio.  

What made you decide to have a career in education? 
I have never wanted to do anything other than work with children. When I was child, I always came home after school to teach my imaginary students what I learned during the day. Working with children is just so much fun! 

What makes you laugh about kids? 
I always have to laugh when children outsmart me. 

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5? 
I absolutely love to watch how every child’s personality grows from infancy to the preschool age. I have officially seen two classes of pre-k students graduate and it’s been so much fun to watch them grow into mini adults. 

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?
While naptime is quite peaceful, I really love walking around to the different classrooms during the morning curriculum time. During this time I get to see children’s imagination and creativity shine, while the teacher’s passion for education grow!

What do you love most about TGS? 
The teachers and families I work with every day is what I love most about working at TGS. 

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far? 
During my second year as a Pre-K teacher here, I received a "Thank You" note from a family. Inside it said, “Thank you for helping me learn to write my name,” and the child signed it with their name written beautifully. 

What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student? 
We always collect gifts for the Salvation Army during the holidays for a family in need. A child asked if he could open one of the gifts that we had in the office. I explained the gifts were for other people to open. He looked at my very sweetly and innocently said “Well, I’m other people.”

What inspires you? 
There are a lot of ideas and events that inspire me to live life and work in this profession.  However, so far in my professional journey I am always inspired by traveling to the director’s meetings TGS holds ever year. At these meetings, I always come back with new ideas and a new inspiration for my position within the company. This allows me to grow professionally, but also to learn from my peers that hold the same position, allowing me to enhance the program at TGS Blue Ash.

What is your passion or passions? 
My passion is education and development. 

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you? 
"Where Learning Begins" is exactly what early childhood education is about. Learning truly begins at infancy. Everything a child learns and develops in each classroom is carried with them into each stage of his or her life. 

How important is early childhood education? 
Early childhood education is the most valuable part of everyone’s journey to success. There is so much research that has shown that the foundation received in early childhood is an indication of future success later in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.   

Do you have children who go to TGS or have gone to TGS? 
My husband and I had our first child in June 2015, and he began attending in September 2015.  

What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time? 
Leaving your infant for the first time will be undeniably hard. My biggest suggestion is to develop a relationship with your child’s teacher weeks before your first day, by visiting the classroom with your baby several times. Having the ability to see what an infant classroom is like allows you to have a good picture of what it will be like when you go back to work. This also allows you to see what loving, caring experts we have working in the infant room.

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Sonnia Richards
Assistant Director

How long have you been with TGS? 
Since March 2015

Roles served with TGS: 
Assistant Director, Staff and Office Support Specialist

What is your educational background? 
I have a degree in Early Childhood Education as well as Business Management.

What made you decide to have a career in education?
When I was little, my parents bought me a used chalkboard and textbooks at a yard sale. I immediately began to play school with my little sister and grew up knowing that education would always be a part of who I am.

What makes you laugh about kids?
It always makes me laugh when they are amazed that I have a Mom and Dad and that I do not actually live at the school.

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5?
I am astonished just how much a child will learn and grow in the first five years of life. The quality care that we provide the children during their first years is incredibly important. I love being a part of the team that is responsible for laying out the foundation of learning for each child.

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?
My favorite part of the day by far is greeting the families as they enter the building. I enjoy the smiles and the “good mornings” that I receive. It’s also a great time for them to fill me in on the fun they had the evening before or to show me their special item that they brought in for show and share.

What do you love most about TGS?
The teachers and the families are very important to me. 

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?
It’s hard to narrow it down to just one memory. I do enjoy listening to the conversation between children and their parents at the end of the day. They are so excited to tell them about all of the fun things they did at school and about all of the new things that they learned. A great example of the wonderful impact the teachers have on them!

What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student?
We recently had a little girl put a chocolate chip in her ear.  When asked why she did that, she said so she could “power up.”

What inspires you? 
I’m constantly being inspired by the wonderful ideas that the staff bring to the school. I also enjoy participating in trainings and workshops. Pinterest also provides some great ideas!

What is your passion or passions?
My passion is to help individuals be the best they can be.

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you?
By the time children start preschool, the most important building blocks for learning have been put in place.  Early experiences provide the base for the brains functioning throughout life.

How important is early childhood education? 
Optimizing the early years of children’s lives is the greatest thing we can do to ensure their future success. Early childhood education enhances development and learning.

Do you have children who go to TGS or have gone to TGS?
I currently do not have children. If I did, however, they would most definitely join the TGS family!

What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time?
Leaving your little one for the first time can be very hard.  Rest assured our staff members are trained and ready to help you ease into this momentous occasion! I recommend visiting the classroom several times before the big first day. Bring supplies ahead of time so you are not overwhelmed. Ask questions! The teachers are trained to support parents and children during this adjustment period.

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