The Gardner School
of Brentwood

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.

Enrichment Programs Offered

gymnastics

Gymnastics

For Ages: 18 Months +
music-drama

Music/Drama

For Ages: 18 Months +
computer

Be Smart Computers

For Ages: 18 Months +
language

Spanish

For Ages: 2 Years +
dance

Dance

For Ages: 2 Years +
runner

Amazing Athletes

For Ages: 2 Years +
basketball

Basketball (TOT)

For Ages: 3 Years +
karate

Karate

For Ages: 3 Years +
piano

Piano

For Ages: 3 Years +

Brentwood Campus Leadership

Rachel McCormick
School Director

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! 

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Laura Veloz
Assistant Director

How long have you been with TGS?
I have worked for The Gardner School since October 2018.
 
Roles Served with TGS: 
I am the Assistant Director at the Brentwood location.
 
What is your educational background? 

I have a Bachelor’s of Arts/Science in Early Childhood Education/Development from The University of Massachusetts.
 
What makes you laugh about kids?  
Kids make me laugh when they say or do something silly without even realizing it.
 
What is your favorite part of the day at TGS? 
My favorite part of the day at TGS is all day, especially during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up when I get to greet families and say goodbye.
 
What do you love most about TGS?  
I love the professionalism, the care that is provided to each child, and the personal relationships that the teachers build with all families.
 
What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?  
My fondest memory about TGS is on my first day. I greeted an infant on the way in, and she smiled at me with the biggest smile and pointed at me like she already knew who I was. I love the everyday interactions with all students in the school.
 
What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student?  
The funniest thing that has happened was when a pre-K student walked up to my desk, stared at a picture of my husband and me then told me I was married!
 
What inspires you? 
The feeling of satisfaction from the staff and the positive demeanor and smiling faces on each child as well as their families gives me inspiration.   
 
What is your passion? 
I am passionate about crafts, creating new ideas and implementing them, children’s education, and experiences.
 
What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you?

It means everything a person experiences from birth is learning. It is up to the caregiver to make sure that from the moment a child opens their eyes, they have a positive environment to experience and learn from. This will build a love and passion for learning throughout life.  

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