The Gardner School
of Herndon

The Gardner School of Herndon preschool and daycare offers year-round full and part-time childcare with early childhood education programs for children six weeks old through private Pre-K. In addition, we 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. Schedule a tour to visit our preschool campus in Herndon, VA today! 

Enrichment Programs Offered

music-drama

Music & Movement

For Ages: 18 Months +
computer

Be Smart Computers

For Ages: 2 Years +
cooking

Cooking

For Ages: 2 Years +
dance

Dance

For Ages: 2 Years +
gymnastics

Gymnastics

For Ages: 2 Years +
soccer

Soccer

For Ages: 2 Years +
language

Spanish

For Ages: 2 Years +
karate

Karate

For Ages: 3 Years +

Herndon Campus Leadership

Sara Shoulars
School Director

How long have you been with TGS? Since February 2017
 
Role with TGS: Executive Director
 
What is your educational background? 
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education 
 
What made you decide to have a career in education? 
I have always had a passion for setting a strong foundation for our children to be successful and confident as they go through their journey of life. 
 
What makes you laugh about kids? 
Their genuine feedback and hearing them laugh. 
 
What is your favorite part of the day at TGS? 
My favorite part of the day is engaging with the children, families and teachers.
 
What is your passion or passions? 
To inspire, lead, and develop a strong teaching team to ensure they are giving the best experience for the children in their class, and meeting the needs of each individual family are educational passions of mine. 
 
What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you?
At The Gardner School, we will set the foundation of your child's educational experience ensuring they will have an academic lead amongst their peers.  
 
What do you love most about TGS? 
The curriculum and that we teach philanthropy to ensure our children are very well rounded. 

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Marilynn Cooke
Assistant Director

How long have you been with TGS? Since October 2014

Role with TGS: Enrichment Coordinator 

What is your educational background? 
Bachelor’s Degree: Interdisciplinary Studies (Education)
Minor: Community Based Education at Virginia State Univ. 2012

What made you decide to have a career in education?
Ever since I was young, I had a passion to help others. When I was a teenager, I began volunteering at daycare facilitates in my last years of high school. I knew this was the path for me. 

What makes you laugh about kids? 
Most kids are usually funny because of their honesty. Sometimes you just never know what they are going to say next!

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS? 
My favorite part of the day is to greet the families in the morning during drop-off time. Sitting at the front desk, you have the opportunity to change a person’s mood by smiling and giving them well-wishes for the day. 

What is your passion or passions? 
My passion is to affect children’s lives daily in a positive way. I also have a passion to be a leader and role model for others I interact with daily. 

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you? 
To me “Where Learning Begins” means children can learn in any environment daily. The learning abilities for children are endless and start as young as infants. 

What do you love most about TGS?
I love the close knit family that we are here at TGS Herndon. Everyone here is loving and very supportive. 

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