The Gardner School
of Nashville

The Gardner School of Nashville is significantly more than a traditional preschool or child care facility. Established in 2005, this Nashville preschool is proud to offer our award-winning childcare to the children and families of Music City. 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 Century City Business Park off of Elm Hill Pike and directly across from The University of Phoenix. At our Nashville 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



For Ages: 18 Months +


For Ages: 18 Months +

Be Smart Computers

For Ages: 2 Years +


For Ages: 2 Years +


For Ages: 2 Years +

Amazing Athletes

For Ages: 3 Years +

Kid Balanced Karate

For Ages: 3 Years +

Advanced Computer

For Ages: 4 Years +

Nashville Campus Leadership

Vernise Wilson
School Director

Vernise Wilson

How long have you been with TGS? 6 years

Roles Served with TGS:  Teacher Floater, Assistant Teacher, Trainer, Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Director, Executive School Director

What is your educational background? 

Majored in Education at Murray State University in Murray, KY.

What made you decide to have a career in education? 

I have always believed that educators have one of the most important jobs that exist, because they are preparing children for the world of learning. The greatest thing I can do is help someone’s life by teaching them how to learn effectively and enjoy it!

What makes you laugh about kids?

Just sitting and having a conversation with the kids about their day or what they did over the weekend always provides me with some good laughs.

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?  

There are a couple of parts of the day that I really enjoy!!! Morning arrival time is that part of the day that you get to see the kids really excited about coming to school and what they are going to experience when they walk through the door.  Center Time it is always enlightening to listen to them play and learn from each other. Then there is the end of the day when they have that same excited look when they are sharing the day’s events with their parents.

What do you love most about TGS? 

The close relationships we have with each child under our care and their families. We see each child as a unique individual with a great capacity to learn. We have an environment where children and families from different cultural backgrounds feel welcomed and accepted. 

What inspires you? 

That we are providing children a rich environment where they feel safe to explore, initiate learning, and feel free to express themselves.

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

The building blocks of learning are developed in the early stages of life and education is a lifelong process.  We are setting a strong learning foundation for our kids here.

How important is early childhood education? 

Early childhood education is very important! Preparation from early childhood education will follow these kids for years to come. When they are older students, they will still be incorporating these skills with their learning process.

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Mary Stein
Assistant Director

How long have you been with TGS? Since August 2015

Roles Served with TGS:  Three Year Old Assistant Teacher and Administrative Assistant Director (current)

What is your educational background?  Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Erskine College – Graduate in 2009

What made you decide to have a career in education? For the past 6 years, I worked full time as an Internal Auditor and Legal Analyst for an engineering firm and insurance company in Greenville, South Carolina.  At the same time, I worked part time as an Assistant Director for a preschool.  Every moment I stepped out of the “corporate world” and walked into my role at the preschool as an Assistant Director, it was like taking in a breath of fresh air!  I loved developing relationships between the children, parents and teachers!  And, I very much enjoyed the fact that I had multiple roles as the Assistant Director.  When my husband and I found out we were relocating to Nashville, I knew for a fact I wanted to go back into education field full time.  Witnessing and being part of every child’s development is a fulfilling experience!  

What makes you laugh about kids? Everything they have to say!  Their imaginations are absolutely wild!

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?  Watching the kids in circle time!  It’s amazing to see what they learned and how they use it!

What is your passion or passions? As my grandmother said, there’s nothing like a homemade cookie to warm someone’s heart!  I LOVE baking and cooking, especially for others!  It’s how I relax, express my creativity and give to others!

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you? Learning is happening more unconsciously than it is knowingly.  Learning starts when a child can immediately experience and learn from their surroundings!

 What do you love most about TGS?  All the staff!  They certainly know how to bring a smile to my face!

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