The Gardner School
of Midtown- Nashville

The Gardner School is proud to offer our award-winning services to the children and families that live and work in the downtown/midtown Nashville area. Located at 1811 State Street near the Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, our multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art facility opened in November of 2011. This year, we achieved the highest honor of a 3 Star Rating in Tennessee's Star-Quality Program!

As a private, academically focused Nashville preschool that specializes in early childhood education, we cater to those families that want the best for their child. At our Midtown campus, we offer year-round educational programs for 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


Be Smart Computers

For Ages: 18 Months +


For Ages: 18 Months +


For Ages: 18 Months +


For Ages: 2 Years +

Amazing Athletes

For Ages: 2 Years +

Kid Balanced Karate

For Ages: 3 Years +


For Ages: 3 Years +

Cooking (Seasonal)

For Ages: 3 Years +

Midtown- Nashville Campus Leadership

Lauren McConnell
School Director

How long have you been with TGS? 
Since October 2014

Roles Served with TGS: 
I trained as an Assistant Director at The Gardner School of Midtown in October of 2014 for a few weeks then became the second Assistant Director at The Gardner School of Franklin. In July 2017, I was promoted to the Executive Director role at The Gardner School of Midtown.

What is your educational background?
I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology with a concentration in Child Development and Family Relations through Tennessee Technological University. I’ve also been working with children of various age groups since 2008 including various schools through internships.

What made you decide to have a career in education?
I have always been passionate about teaching children and learning from them as well. I enjoy watching each stage of development as children grow. This started as early as my babysitting years when I was a teenager.

What makes you laugh about kids?
I can always count on their honesty to make me laugh at any time of the day! 

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

I love how each age group reminds us what it’s like to be happy with the simple things in life. I smile when they smile and laugh when they laugh. They are constantly absorbing educational information and applying it in their day to day activities inside and outside of the classroom and it is fascinating to observe. To be able to have a role in their development and become a stepping stone to a brighter future touches my heart.

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?
Actively engaging with the families and children every day.

What do you love most about TGS?
It has become my second home. We are a very strong unit that provides a fun and safe learning environment for the children.

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?
My very first day! Everyone was very warm and welcoming. That’s when I knew I’d found my “home” at TGS.

What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student?
I walked in wearing my TGS Summer Camp shirt and one of our four year olds noticed we were matching and said, “Hey Ms. Lauren, we are in style today”. She was very proud of her shirt and anything that had The Gardner School logo. So funny and so sweet!

What inspires you?
Children inspire me to think outside of the box and to remember that there are endless opportunities to learn every day.

What is your passion or passions?
Working with people, learning from them, being a resource for people, and helping them achieve their goals.

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you?
It’s never too early to begin learning!

How important is early childhood education?
It’s extremely important to build a strong educational foundation early on, so the child becomes increasingly confident in their ability to do anything they set their minds to.

What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time?
This is the first step in building the foundation that is necessary for their child to thrive. Our staff provides all of the love and care to create a positive and warm environment for their children to grow.

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Tip Souksanh
Assistant Director

How long have you been with TGS? 
Since November 2014

Roles Served with TGS:
Twos lead teacher, Pre-K teacher, and Assistant Director

What is your educational background?
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Science from Union University.

What made you decide to have a career in education?
I've always loved learning and working with children. What a better way to continually learn than being a teacher?

What makes you laugh about kids?
The silly things they say sometimes.

What do you love most about TGS?
Getting to know the teachers, children and their families!

What inspires you?
The drive and passion I see in others makes me strive to do more.

What is your passion or passions?
I am passionate about providing children with a warm and welcoming environment where they can learn and grow.

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you? 
Learning begins the moment a child walks into our building. We lay the foundation to their learning as they continue to grow.

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