The Gardner School
of Louisville

From the moment you enter our multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art academic facility, you realize that The Gardner School of Louisville is significantly more than a traditional, educational child care or preschool. Established in 2006, we are proud to offer our award-winning services to the children and families of Louisville. This year, we achieved the honor of national accreditation through the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs!

As a private, academically focused preschool that specializes in early childhood education, we cater to those families that want the best for their child. Our school is conveniently located in the Hurstbourne Green office park directly across from the YMCA. At our Louisville campus, we offer year-round education programs of full and part-time childcare for children six weeks old through private Pre-Kindergarten. In addition, we provide a full suite of enrichment classes and our summer camp, Camp Gardner.

Enrichment Programs Offered

computer

Be Smart Computers

For Ages: 2 Years +
dance

Dance

For Ages: 2 Years +
cooking

Cooking

For Ages: 2 Years +
gym

Gymnastics

For Ages: 18 Months +

Louisville Campus Leadership

Jennifer McNickle
School Director

Jeni McNickle    

Years with TGS: Since June 2006

Roles Served with TGS:  Executive School Director.

What is your educational background? 

BA in Elementary Education

What made you decide to have a career in education? 

I love children and have a passion for seeing children learn.

What makes you laugh about kids? 

Their laughs are contagious, the silly faces and noises they make, watching a child imitate their parent.

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5? 

I love seeing children experience and learn something for the first time. During the early childhood years, they learn and change so much. If you watch closely enough, you can see the light bulbs turning on over and over again.  

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS? 

Small Groups Activities/Center Rotations - I love seeing small groups of children working together and helping each other.

What do you love most about TGS? 

TGS Families and Staff – I have met some of the most wonderful parents over the last 8 ½ years.  

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far? 

Holiday and End of the Year Programs – seeing children perform in front of 200+ people without reservation is amazing. I love that we teach children to feel confident and comfortable in front of a group of people. Seeing the Pre-K class graduate is pretty amazing as well -- the sense of accomplishment they have and their excitement for Kindergarten. 

What inspires you? 

I am inspired by people doing what they are passionate about and making a difference in other's lives.  

What is your passion or passions? 

I am passionate about coming along side people/children to help them be the best they can. When you take time to invest in people/children, they know they are valued and you believe in them. Everyone is capable of being great at something and making a difference!

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you? 

Learning begins at any developmental stage or age. You meet children where they are and challenge them to grow and learn from that point.  

How important is early childhood education?

Early childhood education is an essential for children and sets the groundwork for their educational journey and success.  

Do you have children who go to TGS or have gone to TGS? 

My daughter, Sophie, went TGS from 7 weeks old – Pre-K.  She graduated in 2013.

What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time? 

Leaving your child for the first time is one of the hardest things you will do. TGS doesn’t want to replace the care a parent gives to their child, but rather wants to partner with them to enhance the opportunity to meet not only the child’s physical needs, but also developmental needs. When you leave your child at TGS you can rest assured that your child will get the best care from our trained and qualified staff, be in an environment where safety comes first, and our classroom activities are age appropriate and child focused.

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Amber Osmer
Assistant Director

Amber Osmer

Years with TGS: Since August 2014

Roles Served with TGS: 

Administrative Assistant Director

What is your educational background?

Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Kentucky

Master of Science in Counseling from Campbellsville University

What made you decide to have a career in education? 

I have always been drawn to working with young children. There is something very fulfilling about watching children grow, learn, and experience new things. It is a great feeling to know you are playing a vital role in their early development, while also serving as a role model. 

What makes you laugh about kids? 

A child’s laughter, creativity, and imagination make me laugh. It is contagious. 

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5? 

I have worked with infants to the elderly. There is something special about working with children -- watching them grow and develop over the first years, experiencing milestones, and watching their personalities develop.    

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS? 

My favorite part of the day is interacting with children and their families. It is rewarding to walk throughout the hallways and catch glimpses of the classrooms during circle time, or when enrichment classes are taking place, and to see the love and attention the children are given.  

What do you love most about TGS? 

I love the welcoming environment, as both an employee and as a parent. The teachers are genuine, and their love for the classroom is shown throughout. I also love the academic focus and that all Lead Teachers have four year degrees, which sets us apart from other centers. 

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far? 

The Holiday Program was so special. Watching the children perform for their families and showcase the hard work they had put into the program was priceless. 

What inspires you? 

My family inspires me: to be a better person, to be more patient, to be creative, and to step out of my comfort zone.

What is your passion or passions? 

My passions include working with young children and animals. The two are similar in a way, they both need love, nurturing, support, and guidance.

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you? 

I feel that this sets The Gardner School apart from other centers -- being an academically focused preschool. This sets the standard for our children and teachers. The Gardner School values education and promotes lifelong learning, which in turn prepares children for Kindergarten and beyond.

How important is early childhood education?

Early childhood education helps to shape children and the way they feel about learning. If there is a strong foundation surrounding how learning can be fun at an early age, our children will learn to see the value in it as well. 

Do you have children who go to TGS or have gone to TGS? 

I have a 2 ½ year old little boy who came to TGS when I began my career here. He loves it as much as I do! 

What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time? 

The way you feel is normal! We strive to make this an easy transition for everyone. With the new PreciouStatus system, we are able to provide live updates for each child so the parents don’t feel like they are missing out. Our teachers do a great job of communicating with parents and are available at any time during the day to answer questions and ease your worries. We are able to follow your baby’s schedule entirely, and work with you as a partner in maintaining that parallel between home and preschool.

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