More than a traditional preschool or child care facility, The Gardner School of Eagan is proud to offer our award-winning, academically-focused early childhood education program to the children and families of Eagan. With its thriving family-friendly community and recreational paradise, The Gardner School meets the early childhood educational needs of Eagan families. We offer year-round educational programs for full and part-time child care for children 6 weeks old through Pre-Kindergarten. In addition, we provide a full suite of enrichment classes, along with our summer camp program, Camp Gardner. Our beautiful, festive, and safe facilities will make you feel right at home upon entering the classroom or walking past our playground areas. Even more, our four-year degree lead teachers in each classroom are equipped to help your child be ready for kindergarten and beyond.
We are open and enrolling!
How long have you been with TGS?
Since July 2017
Roles Served with TGS:
Executive School Director
What is your educational background?
I graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.
What made you decide to have a career in education?
Every opportunity I've had to work with young children has led me to my career in education. I love making a positive impact on children's lives and watching them grow and change while they learn. I understand the value that early learning offers children, and I work hard to provide an environment where they can thrive.
What makes you laugh about kids?
The innocence of their questions and answers! You never know what children will say or do, but they are so pure of heart sometimes that you can't help but just smile and laugh.
What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?
I love seeing the interactions between our teachers and the children. You can see right away how much the teachers care for each child in their class. The teachers learn so much about them so quickly. They are able to help them learn and grow in a unique way that is best for each child. I also love to see how the children light up when they see their teachers in the morning, and how the children begin mimicking the teacher's actions and words within their own play.
What do you love most about TGS?
I love the relationships that are formed between everyone from families, children, teachers, and directors. Everyone becomes a part of the TGS family. We are always working hard to help one another in order to give the best to the children.
What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?
My fondest memory is hearing from parents after we opened that enrolling their child in our school was the best decision they could have made! I love that we were able to make the transitions for our children and families so easy and positive.
What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student?
I always find it funny when a child repeats a phrase or word that only a teacher, parent, or someone close to them uses. It's just a great reminder that they are always listening and learning from their adult role models.
What inspires you?
My students inspire me. I want to be the best for them, and that starts as soon as they walk through the door! We spend so much time with children each day, and every interaction is important. We are working to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond.
What is your passion or passions?
I have a passion for learning. I've always enjoyed school and learning new things. Because of this, I love to get other people excited about learning, too.
What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you?
To me, learning begins in a child's formative years. A child will learn and grow so much in their first years. You want your child to be nurtured, cared for, and taught to love learning from the very beginning.