The Gardner School
of Dublin

From the moment you enter our multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art facility, you realize that The Gardner School of Dublin is significantly more than other traditional, child care facility or educational preschools near you. Established in 2008, we are proud to offer our award-winning services to the children and families of Columbus. 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 off of Emerald Parkway directly across from Quest. At our Dublin 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

gymnastics

Gymnastics

For Ages: 18 Months +
computer

Be Smart Computers

For Ages: 2 Years +
music-drama

Music/Drama

For Ages: 2 Years +
dance

Dance

For Ages: 2 Years +
dance

TaeKwonDo

For Ages: 3 Years +

Dublin Campus Leadership

Monica Zins
School Director

How long have you been with TGS?
June 2008

Roles Served with TGS: 
Kindergarten Teacher, Director of Curriculum and Training, Assistant Director, Director

What is your educational background?
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Toledo; Licensed to teach PreK – Third Grade 

What made you decide to have a career in education? 
I have always had a strong passion for working with kids.

What makes you laugh about kids? 
That they are just beginning to learn about life and you never know what they are going to say or do. Everyday there is something new to make you laugh.

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5? 
I love watching kids explore and learn, making connections and drawing their own conclusions through different experiences. 

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS? 
I love drop off and pick up time where I not only have the chance to say ‘good morning/evening’ to students as they come and go, but it also gives me opportunities to talk with our families and build my relationship with them and vice versa.  

What do you love most about TGS? 
I love the strong foundation that TGS has and the desire to always be a highly-qualified school with the close-knit feeling of support from other schools and our corporate office.

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far? 
My fondest memory is one that has and will continue -- the people, staff and families, which I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know.

What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student? 
There are so many to choose from, but one of my favorites came when I was teaching Kindergarten and one morning one of my students animatedly opened our classroom door and loudly announced “We have babies! Oreo’s a boy!” in reference to her family’s’ guinea pigs. She then went on to explain to me that she planned on giving them out as her birthdays’ party favor. 

What inspires you? 
Watching children learn and grow inspire me to try new things and to continue my career path in working with children.  

What is your passion or passions? 
I am passionate about my family, children, and cooking.

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you? 
To provide children with the building blocks necessary to help prepare them for their futures.  

How important is early childhood education?
Early childhood education is important because it gives children opportunities to grow educationally, socially, and emotionally that they may not get otherwise. 

Do you have children who go to TGS or have gone to TGS? 
Yes, I have a son and another baby on the way! 

What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time? 
It is always a hard decision to make for who is going to be looking after, caring for, and teaching your child. It is important to feel comfortable and to have opportunities to build a relationship, not only with myself as an administrator, but with the teachers caring for your child.  At TGS, we stand by our open door policy and encourage families to stop in for multiple tours and visits with the classroom teachers. 

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Betsy Ericson
Assistant Director

How long have you been with TGS? 
I have been with TGS since March of 2017. This company gives such a warm welcome, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed joining this family!

Roles Served with TGS: 
I joined TGS as the Staff and Office Support Administrator. In June 2017, I happily accepted the role of Assistant Director. I’m so excited to serve the families and staff here in Dublin.

What is your educational background? 
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Multi-Media, Theatre, and Studio Arts from Cedarville University in 2006. I received my Teaching License for K-12th grade arts in 2007.

What made you decide to have a career in education? 
I want to make school a place where children actually want to be, and I want to make children feel just a little bit happier for being here.

What makes you laugh about kids? 
I love the way that children see the world! They’re frank, honest, and genuinely in love with everyday things.

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS? 
This one is a tie for me! I love drop-off and pick-up time as the children walk through the lobby with sleepy “good morning” and bouncy “see ya later” greetings! They have sweet hugs and exciting news from the day to share. I also love walking through the halls at nap time, peeking in on all of those happy sleepers cuddled up with their favorite blankets and stuffed animals. They’re precious!

What do you love most about TGS? 
My favorite thing about TGS is how we genuinely have the children’s best interest in mind at all times. Curriculum and instruction, safety, nutrition, staffing, communications, and relationships are all designed to ensure that the children receive the best possible care.

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far? 
If I had to pick just one memory, I would say our visit from the petting zoo earlier this summer. It was endearing to see the children so enchanted by the animals. 

What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student? 
One day I had stopped into a Pre-K classroom and the children were chatting about what they would like to be when they grow up. One sweet little girl announced that she was going to be a “Mommy Princess Dentist and I’m going to marry my Nina (grandma) and drive a rainbow Jeep!” Kids are the best! The sky is the limit!

What inspires you? 
I’m inspired by building learning environments. I enjoy collaborating with teachers to create fun themes that are engaging to our young learners while functioning in an organized, clean way throughout their classrooms.

What is your passion or passions?
I have two “pet passions” here at TGS: Enriching our already-awesome curriculum with the arts and fun extra activities to mix up the day-to-day, and also “nurturing the whole child.” By that I mean, it’s very important to me that these children are cared for like family. I want to do everything I can to keep our kiddos safe and healthy, while taking the time to get to know them and build their self-esteem by pointing out the good in each one of them as often as possible.

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you?  
To me, “Where Learning Begins” references our passion as a school family. We are passionate about growing and serving all aspects of a child’s development: physically, emotionally, socially, and academically. We are always seeking to help children grow in fun, innovative, and challenging ways. 

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