The Gardner School
of Glenview-Northbrook

The Gardner School offers year-round full and part-time childcare with early childhood education programs for children six weeks old through private Kindergarten at our Northbrook preschool campus. In addition, we will also provide a full suite of enrichment classes and our summer camp, Camp Gardner. All of our lead teachers have four year degrees in early childhood education, elementary education or a closely related field. 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 The Gardner School a very special place for young children.

Enrichment Programs Offered



For Ages: 18 Months +

Wiggles and Giggles

For Ages: 18 Months to 3 Years

Be Smart Computers

For Ages: 2 Years +


For Ages: 2 Years +

Amazing Athletes

For Ages: 2 Years +


For Ages: 2 Years +


For Ages: 3 Years +

Glenview-Northbrook Campus Leadership

Allison Deutsch
School Director

How long have you been with TGS? 
Since December 2013

Roles Served with TGS:
I was given the amazing opportunity of joining the Gardner School in Glenview-Northbrook as its first Executive School Director, and I look forward to many more years of welcoming new families to the school.

What is your educational background? 
I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (K-9th grade) from Northern Illinois University and received a type 03 teaching certificate from the state of Illinois. Upon graduating from Northern, I went on to work for several years in a variety of educational settings, teaching both in elementary schools and community colleges. I returned to NIU and obtained my Master of Science in Education, with an emphasis in reading and literacy, which led to teaching students with limited English proficiency. In 2000, I stepped into the field of Early Childhood Education and just fell in love with introducing little ones to the joy of learning about the world around them.

What made you decide to have a career in education? 
I have always enjoyed the process of learning -- discovering something new and seeing how it relates to what I already know or have experienced. It is exciting to take the risk of stepping beyond the world as I know it and trying something new. I love sharing the sense of joy and discovery. Leading others in that world of discovery and watching as they have that “Ah-ha” moment is very rewarding.

What makes you laugh about kids? 
I love how truthful children are. The things that come out of their mouths are so refreshing and honest. Sometimes they just say the darnedest things.

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5? 
I love watching them grow. Everyday something new is added to their life skills, vocabulary, or understanding of the world around them. The transformation happens so quickly. I also think this is the best time to lay down that foundation of kindness and caring that makes them better people. Acceptance and empathy for others is so difficult to teach if the foundation is not in place.

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS? 
My favorite part of the day at TGS is walking through the classrooms. I love to see the creativity and learning that is taking place in each classroom. I also enjoy lunch in the café. This is a great opportunity for me to sit with the children as they share such wonderful stories about what is happening in their classrooms and in their lives.

What do you love most about TGS? 
I love the feeling of camaraderie amongst the staff and the great relationships that we have with our families. There really is a very strong bond. The parents are supportive and appreciative of how we nurture and teach their children. That is saying a lot, because they are leaving us with their most prized possession, their child.

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far? 
My fondest memory so far is our first Pre-K Graduation.

What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student? 
It is not so much a thing a child said, but an event. It was our Winterfest production in which the students perform winter and holiday songs for the families. One of our two year old students discovered the microphone at the edge of the stage. He bent over and started blowing into the microphone and out came this awesome version of Jinglebells all in wind. The entire audience went wild.

What inspires you? 
My own family inspires me. I have a great husband and two truly remarkable children, who are now adults. I love family dinners when everyone is in town and the entire family shares their amazing experiences, thoughts, and dreams. Who knew that raising your own children could keep you in such a constant state of learning and on your toes. I also love their wicked sense of humor! My mind never goes numb trying to keep up with them.

What is your passion or passions?
I love the arts, especially theater. I also enjoy reading. I can get lost in the world of a really well written book. The problem is I just don’t seem to have the time to get to everything on my list.

How important is early childhood education?
Early childhood education is of the utmost importance. It lays the foundation for success both in school and in the world as a whole -- discovering how to navigate among others, work out differences, share and cooperate. Understanding when to lead and when to follow and having the opportunity to be exposed to the arts, sciences, math, and literature give children the sense of making the world around them meaningful and understandable.

Do you have children who go to TGS or have gone to TGS? 
No, but I would have had The Gardner School been around when my children were little.

What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time? 
Their child will be loved, nurtured, and cherished. Our doors are open, and the teachers accessible and wonderful. We will make sure your child will receive the same type of care here at TGS that you would provide at home. Call as often as you need to. We will send pictures and information throughout the day to keep you abreast of how your child is doing throughout the day. I sometimes call the infant teachers “The Baby Whisperers’ because they are so amazing and in-tune with the children.

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Sarah Smith
Assistant Director

How long have you been with TGS?   
I have been with TGS since January of 2017.
Roles Served with TGS:   
I started as the Enrichment Coordinator at TGS Northbrook and am very excited to step into the Assistant Director position. 
What is your educational background? 
I have my Bachelor's Degree in Child LIfe from The University of Iowa and a Master Degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University Chicago.

What makes you laugh about kids?  
I love how honest kids are. I always joke with parents that I am going to write a book containing all the funny things I hear the children say throughout the day.
What is your favorite part of the day at TGS? 
I love being at the front desk when the children arrive and leave, especially Monday mornings. I love when the children stop to tell me about their weekend or what their favorite part of the school day was. Interacting with the families is one of the main reasons I love working in early childhood education.
What do you love most about TGS?  
I love that TGS is more than just a child care center. It's an actual school for the children and I know they are learning so much each day. I also love getting to interact with the families on a daily basis. 
What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?  
Our Spring Fling and Graduation program in May was one of my favorite memories at TGS so far! 
What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student?  
My first week at TGS I walked into one of the Exploration classrooms in the afternoon and saw a little girl standing at the window with a huge smile on her face. I asked her what she was looking at and she took a huge sniff of the air and told me that she could smell her daddy coming.
What inspires you? 
I love to be a role model for the children I work with. They are the reason that I fell in love with my career in early childhood education. It's wonderful to interact with all the children on a daily basis and hear all about what they are learning in the classroom and enrichment classes. My friends and family also inspire me. They believe I can do anything and have been very supportive and continue to be as I continue to work towards my career goals.
What is your passion or passions?  
I love working with young children and seeing them achieve their developmental milestones. The look on their faces when they achieve those goals is inspiring.
What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you? 
The term 'Where Learning Begins' demonstrates the importance of early childhood education. Early Childhood is one of the times in a child's life that they are learning and developing the most. The children need a place where they can learn at their own pace, learn in their own way, and be respected as an individual while gaining the confidence to be comfortable with themselves. TGS helps the children develop a love for their future schooling and is a place where they can develop self confidence and courage to try new things. 

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