The Gardner School
of Franklin

The Gardner School, an academic preschool and daycare in Franklin, TN, is located at 131 Market Exchange Court near the intersection of Baker's Bridge and Carothers Parkway next to Prairie Life Fitness. Our Franklin preschool campus offers year-round full-time and part-time childcare and early childhood education programs for children six weeks old through private Pre-K. In addition, we provide a full suite of enrichment classes and our summer camp, Camp Gardner. 

Our Franklin school is the first in the TGS family of Tennessee schools to adopt the unique "Americana Main Street" theme. The stimulating, creative and educationally engineered school has been designed to meet the needs of our most important client... the children. Attention to detail both inside and outside the classroom is what makes TGS a very special place for young children.

Enrichment Programs Offered

gymnastics

Gymnastics

For Ages: 18 Months +
computer

Be Smart Computers

For Ages: 2 Years +
dance

Dance

For Ages: 2 Years +
music-drama

Music/Drama

For Ages: 2 Years +
basketball

Basketball (TOT)

For Ages: 3 Years +
runner

Amazing Athletes

For Ages: 3 Years +
language

Spanish

For Ages: 3 Years +
computer

Advanced Computer

For Ages: 4 Years +

Franklin Campus Leadership

Christy Wilson
School Director

How long have you been with TGS?
Since October 2010

Roles Served with TGS: 
I began as a Floater Teacher at TGS Franklin and soon after became the Assistant Director. In October of 2011, I was given the wonderful opportunity to open The Gardner School of Midtown as Executive School Director. In the Fall of 2014, I was incredibly grateful to be able to return to TGS Franklin as the head of the leadership team.

What is your educational background? 
I graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development. I have worked with children in a variety of settings over the past twelve years, primarily in preschools.

What made you decide to have a career in education?
It was my mom, a Special Education Teacher, that planted the passion for education in both my sister and myself. She showed us the importance of investing into the lives of children, and how truly rewarding that can be. She’s quite proud now that my sister is a 3rd Grade Teacher and I’m a Director at TGS!

What makes you laugh about kids?
Their imaginations! Every day it is something new… I get to hear a wild story or see some amazing art.

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5?
They learn something new – every single day – and are excited about it! The never-ending hugs are definitely a perk too.

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?
I love when the students are excited to show me their accomplishments. Children are creative without hesitation, and I believe we as adults can really learn from that! There is nothing in the world like a genuine smile from a child, and I am so blessed to be surrounded by those every day.

What do you love most about TGS?
This is my home away from home. Our team is truly a family, and our parents and students are an extension of that. I’m grateful for the relationships I’ve been able to build and I genuinely love coming to work every day. We hold ourselves to a high standard at TGS, and I enjoy our constant effort to be the best we can be for our families.

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?
The special events we do always create the best memories… from our Grandparents Luncheon to our Book Fairs to Teacher Appreciation Week, and everything in between! Having that special time to connect with families and teachers outside of the regular routine is priceless. Graduation always holds a special place in my heart. I am so proud of our little graduates and all that they have accomplished. So many children start with us at a very young age, so we get attached and a little emotional when it’s time for them to move on to Kindergarten!

What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student?
You’d be surprised how many students think I live here! I’ve gotten all sorts of questions like “Where’s your cubby with your pillow and blankie?"; “Where does your dog go when all of the kids are here?”; “Do you sleep on a little cot or an extra big cot?”. It really throws the kids off if I run into them at the store or in the park!  

What inspires you?
Our highly qualified faculty is passionate about early childhood education, and it is evident as you walk through our school. With all of the education and experience floating around the building, TGS is truly an inspiring place to be!

What is your passion or passions?
I want to teach children a true love for learning. Discovering children’s learning styles and applying a variety teaching techniques can truly open that door. Children are naturally excited about learning and my goal is to encourage that passion to last as long as possible.

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you?
We are intentional in our teaching for each and every age group. Our curriculum encourages the children’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development at an age appropriate level. Our teachers write their lesson plans, based on the curriculum, to ignite interest and excitement in the children in their class. Our teachers are constantly coming up with new lessons and activities. Seeing the children’s faces light up when they discover something new at TGS is the essence of “Where Learning Begins.”

How important is early childhood education?
I could go on and on about the research behind early childhood education, but what I love to share even more is what I’m able to hear firsthand from our TGS Graduate Families and their Elementary School Teachers. I’ve been told over and over that our Gardner School Graduates are more than ready for Kindergarten, and that the foundation we’ve laid is influential for many more years thereafter.

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Stephany Peugeot
Assistant Director

How long have you been with TGS? 
Started in August 2013

Roles Served with TGS: 
3A Lead Teacher and Assistant Director

What is your educational background?
Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Psychology. I have taught 3 year olds for 14 years.

What made you decide to have a career in education?
I love working with young children. They are so much fun!

What makes you laugh about kids?
The funny things they say and their honesty.

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5?
They are so sweet and loving. I love all those hugs!

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?
When I open at 7:00 and get to see all the children’s smiling faces. They are so happy to be here!

What do you love most about TGS?
It is a fun and exciting place to work. There is never a dull moment! I love all the families, children, and staff.

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?
I loved graduation. So many of the children had been at TGS since we opened. I loved all the wonderful stories the families shared about their experience at TGS. I also loved when the baby chicks hatched!  The look on the children’s faces was priceless! I could go on and on!  

What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student?
I think last year when one of the children asked me why I was wearing that shirt! And what did I do to my hair!

What inspires you?
The children inspire me to be a better person. The love they give is amazing! They love you for who you are. They see the good in everyone!

What is your passion or passions?
To shape young minds through love and learning.

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you?
Learning begins when a child is born. TGS is where learning begins. 

How important is early childhood education?
Very important. We as educators have the opportunity to shape these young minds and watch them learn and grow. Young children are like sponges!

What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time?
We are a loving and caring school. We love on, talk to, and play with your child. It is our job that they learn and have fun while learning. We strive to make TGS a wonderful place for all children and families. You are a part of our family and want you to know that we love your child and want the best for them. Your child and their safety is very important us. We will do all that we can to make your experience at TGS the best it can be.

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