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

gymnastics

Gymnastics

For Ages: 18 Months +
music-drama

Music/Drama

For Ages: 18 Months +
computer

Be Smart Computers

For Ages: 2 Years +
dance

Dance

For Ages: 2 Years +
language

Spanish

For Ages: 2 Years +
runner

Amazing Athletes

For Ages: 3 Years +
karate

Kid Balanced Karate

For Ages: 3 Years +
computer

Advanced Computer

For Ages: 4 Years +

Nashville Campus Leadership

Vernise Wilson
School Director

How long have you been with TGS? 
Since September 2008

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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Lauren Glasson
Assistant Director

How long have you been with TGS?   
I have been with The Gardner School since June of 2018!
 
Roles Served with TGS:  
I began as a Lead Teacher in our Exploration A room, and now I am the Assistant Director for the Nashville location.
 
What is your educational background?
In 2014, I graduated Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts. My major was Family Studies, and my minor was Child Development.
 
What makes you laugh about kids? 
I would have to say their honesty and innocence makes me laugh the most. They always say or do something to make me laugh or to bring a smile on my face!
 
What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?
My favorite part of the day at TGS is in the morning at drop-off. Students are always excited to see you and are bursting to share what they had for dinner when they went home or what toy they played with!
 
What do you love most about TGS?
What I love most about TGS is how welcoming and comforting it is! As a new mother, I was nervous to start my son in school, but when I saw the school and the love the teachers at TGS had for their students, I was put to ease! TGS is more than a school; it’s a family.
 
What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?  

I would have to say I am a big fan of all of our dress up days! I love dressing up with the students and seeing how excited they get when they see I am participating as well! It’s definitely a tie between Frozen day, Wacky Wednesday, and Pajama day! 
 
What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student?
Oh my gosh, I’m not sure I could pick just one! I’ll have to just go with the most recent funny comment! I was making a hat for our classroom door, and I asked a student what he thought it looked like, and he shook his head said, “I don’t even know” with the most serious tone and look! Needless to say, the hat had some more work done! 
 
What inspires you? 
Honestly, the students inspire me. Seeing their faces when they learn a new skill or get excited about something they see in a book always brings me joy. They inspire me to try new methods and to be more creative! 
 
What is your passion or passions?  
My passion is teaching. I love nothing more than to see a child master a new skill. I love being their support when they are struggling and to see the excitement on their faces when they get it! 
 
What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you?
 “Where Learning Begins” means that we are the foundation for our students - emotionally, physically, socially, and cognitively. We have a responsibility to guide these children and start them on their road to success.

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