At The Gardner School, we have created a rich learning environment that will stimulate your child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth. Our Brentwood preschool offers educational preschool and early childhood programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.
We believe that each child should be provided with experiences of self-esteem, which are essential in the adjusting, exploring and growing stages of child development. This approach ensures that each child’s learning experience at The Gardner School will be nurtured at the proper pace and level, and will provide them with the educational foundation for a bright future.
How long have you been with TGS?
Since July 2010
Roles Served with TGS:
Enrichment Teacher, Lead Teacher, Assistant Director, and Director
What is your educational background?
I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Winthrop University and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University.
What made you decide to have a career in education?
I decided at a very young age that I wanted a career in education. I grew up in a teaching family! My grandmothers and mother were all teachers. Therefore, I was raised in an environment that valued education in young children. I remember playing teacher with my stuffed animals and a chalkboard.
What makes you laugh about kids?
Their imagination and honesty.
What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5?
I love seeing them learn and grow over the course of their time here at TGS. I started as a young toddler teacher in 2010. I watched the toddlers that were in my class graduate as 5-year-olds. It was amazing to see their personalities develop, and to know that we made an impact on their academic achievement and lifelong success.
What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?
My favorite part of the day at TGS is drop-off time! I love seeing all the children walk into school with smiles on their faces, eager to see their friends and teachers, and ready to learn and play!
What do you love most about TGS?
Getting to know the children and families!
What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?
My fondest memory of TGS thus far is dropping my own child off for the very first time. It allowed me to experience the nervousness and excitement that other parents feel on their child’s first day here!
What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student?
While singing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes," a child responded, “That’s not a shoulder, that’s a clavicle.”
What inspires you?
The teachers here at TGS inspire me! They have such a love for children and education. They are passionate about early childhood education, and it is evident as you walk through our school.
How important is early childhood education?
I feel that early childhood education is very important to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development in young children. Children also develop a love for learning at an early age!
Do you have children who go to TGS or have gone to TGS?
Yes! I have a 1 year old son who claps and says “school” when we pull in the parking lot every morning!
What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time?
As a parent and director of a preschool, I know how hard it is to leave an infant in the care of someone else. However, with all of the education and experience floating around the building, TGS is truly an inspiring place to be! It is a nurturing environment where your child will learn and grow! I welcome you to come by and experience all of the wonderful things The Gardner School has to offer your family!