The Gardner School
of Lincolnshire

Now Enrolling! The Gardner School is thrilled to join the northern suburban Chicago community of Lincolnshire with our seventh school in the greater Chicago area. More than a traditional preschool or child care facility, The Gardner School of Lincolnshire offers year-round full and part-time child care with early childhood education programs for children 6 weeks old through Pre-K in a stimulating and educationally-engineered new space that is designed to meet the needs of our most important client, the children. Our lead teachers at The Gardner School have four-year degrees in early childhood education, elementary education, or a closely related field. We are excited to bring our award-winning early childhood program to Lincolnshire families.

Lincolnshire Campus Leadership

Christina Sayat
School Director

How long have you been with TGS?
Since February 2014

Roles Served with TGS: 
I began working as a preschool teacher in our Imagination A program at TGS Glenview-Northbrook. After nine incredible months in the classroom, I was promoted to be the Assistant Director. 

In February 2018, I entered a new adventure with The Gardner School as the Executive School Director at TGS Lincolnshire. 

What is your educational background? 
I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Family & Consumer Sciences from Illinois State University, with an emphasis in Human Development and Child Life and a minor in Sociology.

What made you decide to have a career in education?
I chose a career in education because I have a love for teaching children and creating an environment that will stimulate the young mind. The reward of seeing children develop is exciting and priceless. I love inspiring students and watching the smile on their face, as they achieve an accomplishment.

What makes you laugh about kids?
What makes me laugh most about children is their curiosity, honesty, and imagination that is out of this world!

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5?
I love working with these age groups as it is an opportunity for me to watch their development grow leaps and bounds from infancy on. There are no words to explain the proud moment of watching a student take their first steps or the excitement on their face during exploration and sensory stimulation. As educators, these moments make our profession priceless!

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?
My favorite part of the day is in the morning as students love to run up to my desk and tell me all about their evening and what they are doing in class that day. Friday is typically “Show and Tell” day and the excitement that pours through the front door is AMAZING! The students will have their object ready in hand and are prepared to tell me all about it.

What do you love most about TGS?
I love the relationships that are built with our families and the concrete bond between myself and the students. I also love knowing that I work for a company that will 110% support their staff and provide any and every resource to further a child’s education and development. TGS is a company that consistently shows how much they care for not only their students, but staff as well.

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?
My fondest memory at TGS is the annual Spring Fling event where it is a night filled with singing, dancing, and laughs and at the very end an emotion-filled graduation event.

What inspires you?
My family is one of my biggest inspirations as they stand beside me and motivate me with each journey and adventure that comes my way. 

What is your passion or passions?
My passion is simply to be an advocate and resource as I truly enjoy helping and caring for others.

What does the term “Where Learning Begins” mean to you?
The phrase “Where Learning Begins” has everything to do with the most critical time in a child’s development. Early childhood is a vulnerable point where the most development is taking place and because it is such a crucial time, it is of great importance that children are stimulated in every developmental area at this time. The curriculum at TGS is designed to further help a child succeed as they enter school. It is in these stages where we as educators plant the seeds for social, emotional, and academic growth.

How important is early childhood education?
Early education is key in the developmental role of a child’s life because it is the concrete foundation that we as educators lay out for students. At TGS we prepare and create an environment that stimulates the young mind and prepares students for the educational journey they will continue to encounter.

What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time?I would let the parents know the emotions they are experiencing are understandable but to please know that their little one is in nurturing and caring hands. I remind parents that they are free to call and connect with the staff throughout the day and also check their app for status updates. Placing your infant in a program such that TGS offers, promotes physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development in an encouraging and exciting environment.

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Taylor Primrose
Assistant Director

How long have you been with TGS? 
I have been working at TGS since August 2015.

Roles Served with TGS: 
I began working at The Gardner School of Northbrook as a Preschool teacher in the Imagination A classroom and then transitioned to the Pre-Kindergarten teacher in the Acceleration A classroom. I now have the pleasure of being the Assistant Director at The Gardner School of Lincolnshire.  

What is your educational background?
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in Special Education from Illinois State University.

What made you decide to have a career in education? 
I have always had a strong passion for young children. I was inspired by the lovely teachers that I had growing up. I believe a career in education allows me to engage and interact with all of my favorite ages. 

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5?
I love that I get the opportunity to watch the children learn and grow during their time at TGS. The time goes by so fast and it gives me joy to see their little personalities develop over the years. I love how honest and eager they are to learn.  

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?
My favorite part of the day at TGS is in the morning. I love how the children come to the school eager to offer a good morning hug or tell a story about their day.  Their smiles are contagious and they brighten my morning! 

What do you love most about TGS?
I love the positive relationships I have developed with the children and parents. There were many opportunities to get to know all the students in the school in addition to the students in my classroom. As an Assistant Director, I know that I will have that opportunity to be a part of each classroom. 

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?
My fondest memory at TGS was Pre-K graduation night. I loved watching my Pre-K student’s walk across the stage with a smile and a sense of accomplishment. I also loved listening to the students sing their graduation songs for their families. After all the hard work and practice, the final performance was so rewarding to watch. I am so proud of my Kiddos! 

What does the term ‘Where the Learning Begins’ mean to you?
To me, the term ‘Where the Learning Begins’ means that children are eager to start their educational journey. It is our responsibility to foster positive learning experiences. TGS provides a warm and welcoming environment that encourages excitement about learning.  

How important is early childhood education?
Early Childhood education is very important because it sets a foundation for a child’s future. It supports both social and cognitive development. Our objective is to provide children with ongoing opportunities to learn from their teachers and peers while developing healthy social skills.  

What would you tell a new parent who is apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time?
I would tell a new parent that it is normal to be apprehensive about their child’s first day. I would also say their child is in loving hands because the teachers are caring and well trained. I would explain that we have an open door policy that allows the parents to come visit at any time throughout the day. Parents are welcome to call the school and speak to the teacher about how their child’s day is going. The PreciouStatus app is also a great resource because it allows the parents to get frequent updates and pictures throughout the day. 

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