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

computer

Be Smart Computers

For Ages: 18 Months +
language

Spanish

For Ages: 18 Months +
gymnastics

Gymnastics

For Ages: 18 Months +
dance

Dance

For Ages: 2 Years +
runner

Amazing Athletes

For Ages: 2 Years +
karate

Kid Balanced Karate

For Ages: 3 Years +
music-drama

Music/Drama

For Ages: 3 Years +
cooking

Cooking (Seasonal)

For Ages: 3 Years +

Midtown- Nashville Campus Leadership

Erika Cole
School Director

How long have you been with TGS?

Since January 2012.  I spent time working at Brentwood, Franklin, and Nashville schools, and now TGS Midtown-Nashville.​

Roles served with TGS:

My roles with TGS have included everything from Teacher/Floater, Enrichment Coordinator, BeSmart Computers/Cooking Teacher, Music/Drama Teacher/Contractor, Key Holder/Office Support, and Assistant Director. I now serve as Director of our Midtown school.

What is your educational background?

I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music. My major was Vocal Performance, and my minor was English; Creative Writing. I graduated in May of 2011.

What do you love most about working with kids?

Kids are the BEST. They make me laugh and smile multiple times a day. My favorite thing about kids that makes me laugh is their honest facial expressions when trying new foods (infants), and when toddlers through Pre-K students break out in random dance parties.

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?

My favorite part of the day at TGS is in the morning when the children are dropped off. I love when they are so eager to share a story with you, show you their new shoes, or give you a big hug! There’s truly nothing like our TGS family and sharing these special moments with each of our students and their families.

What do you love most about TGS?

I love that TGS is a place for kids to feel safe, happy, and to learn to grow in their confidence. I have seen so many students grow from 6-weeks-old to incredible 5-year-old children. Watching them grow is a gift that I feel truly blessed to be a part of.

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?

My fondest memory—how do I choose? I always love the spring musicals. Sharing the stage with the music students who work so hard to prepare a show is always a proud moment. They accomplish so much, and they are so proud. I love watching them beam in front of an audience! I also have a fond memory of a child giving me a hug, telling me my hands were cold, and offering to “hold my hands to keep them warm.” It was such a genuine, simple, and sweet reaction.

What is the funniest thing you’ve heard come out of the mouth of a TGS student?

The funniest thing I’ve ever heard come out of a child’s mouth was when the child accomplished writing his name for the first time and stated, “Wow! I am SO great. Anyone need help writing? I GOT THIS!”

What inspires you?

Being with coworkers who share the same drive to take care of children inspires me. I work with “superhumans” who have big hearts! 

What is your passion or passions?

My passion is sharing my positivity with children and adults in life. Whether it’s a song, sharing a laugh, offering advice, or an extra hand…if I can give a smile, it makes my heart grow…in size and pride.

What does our motto “Where Learning Begins” mean to you?

"Where Learning Begins" means that we, The Gardner School, have the job of planting seeds in children that will be the foundation for the rest of their lives. We have the responsibility to create interests, invest in young friendships, and share in happy memories!

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