The Gardner School
of Schaumburg - Future School

The Gardner School is thrilled to soon join Chicago’s premier suburban business community of Schaumburg—our eighth school in the greater Chicago area. More than a traditional preschool or child care facility, The Gardner School of Schaumburg will offer year-round childcare with early childhood education programs for children 6 weeks old through Pre-Kindergarten in a stimulating and educationally-engineered new space that includes beautiful indoor and outdoor playscapes, state-of-the-art classrooms, a Kids’ Café and Enrichment room, a computer lab, and a private nursing room. With an excellent staff that includes four-year degreed lead teachers in early childhood education, elementary education, or a closely related field, we provide a full suite of enrichment classes and our summer camp program, Camp Gardner. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

We look forward to bringing our award-winning early childhood program to the families of Schaumburg’s vibrant community of corporate offices, retail, and restaurants. For more information, please send us a note or call 847-592-2513. 

Schaumburg - Future School Campus Leadership

Laura Sugrue
School Director

How long have you been with TGS? 
Since August 2013

Roles Served with TGS:
I have been a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Director of Curriculum/Enrichment Coordinator, and now Assistant Director with The Gardner School.

What is your educational background?
I received my Bachelor of Elementary Education from Illinois State University and also have my Illinois State Teaching Certificate.

What made you decide to have a career in education?
I have a passion for helping others, and nothing can compare to helping children grow.  My entire life I have worked with children in different ways, and it only felt natural to go into education as a career.

What makes you laugh about kids? 
Being able to laugh with the kids at school is definitely one of the biggest perks of my job. Their honesty and innocence about life keeps things fun and interesting for sure!

What do you love most about working with infants through the age of 5?
I love being able to watch a child grow throughout their time at our school and see their personalities come out. This is the age where they are curious about everything, and watching them ask and answer their questions about life gives me joy.

What is your favorite part of the day at TGS?
Storytime is one of my favorite times of the day. I love going into the classroom, reading stories with the students, and having conversations of what they think about the story. Having a child read a story to me is even better!

What do you love most about TGS?
One of the things that I have always loved about TGS is the sense of community we have within the school. The staff truly cares about each other and our families, and works hard to make sure each student succeeds.

What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?
During our Let's Investigate theme one week, I was a "Secret Reader" for our Prekindergarten class. During the week, the students had to decode messages I left for them as clues to figure out who the reader was. Every day I would ask them who they thought the secret reader was, or what message they figured out. Finally, on the last day, they figured out the secret reader was me! They were so proud they "cracked the code" and figured out who the secret reader was. Then, I chose two books to read to them, and got to spend time just reading and having fun. I'll never forget leaving at the end of the day and seeing them wave at me out the window saying "Goodbye, secret reader! See you later, secret reader!"

What inspires you?
I grew up with hard working, caring and fun parents, and they inspire me to do the same in my own life. I grew up having my parents teach me how to help others, work hard for what I want, but to have fun with the process. I want to be able to share that inspiration with the students I work with each day.

What is your passion or passions?
My passion is truly helping and caring for others.  I try my hardest to support others, and want to be the reason someone has a smile on their face each day!

What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you?
To me, TGS is the starting point for a child's education that will carry them throughout their entire lives. Our school strives to provide a positive and supportive environment to help your child reach their first milestones and make those first steps towards learning. We want to be the positive role models that help each child begin their learning career in the best way possible for them.

How important is early childhood education?
Having an early childhood education is extremely beneficial for your child for so many reasons. TGS provides a safe and positive environment for your child to start their learning career, it gives them the opportunity to socialize with other children their age, and it also gives them opportunities to explore new experiences and ideas.

What would you tell new parents who are apprehensive about leaving their infant in the care of someone else for the first time?
I always tell new parents that it is normal to feel apprehensive about leaving their child on the first day of school. But I always assure them that our teachers will provide them with the best care possible, and that our doors are always open for them to check in on their child. Once they see how exciting of a day and happy their child is after they have warmed up, that apprehension completely fades away.

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Kaitlyn Rose
Assistant Director

How long have you been with TGS? 
I have been with TGS since April 2018.  
 
Roles Served with TGS:   
I was hired as a Manager in Training for the North Region and now have been promoted to Assistant Director of the Schaumburg location.
 
What is your educational background? 
I attended Illinois State University as a Family Consumer Science major with a minor in Early Childhood Education. 
 
What makes you laugh about kids?  
I think the statement "kids say the darndest things" reigns true with children this age. They never cease to amaze me with the stories of how their weekends went or what they did the night prior.
 
What is your favorite part of the day at TGS? 
My favorite part of the day at TGS is my interaction with the students. I love to sit in on circle times and enrichment courses to observe what the children are learning now and how they are growing from the last time that I was in their class.
 
What do you love most about TGS?  
I love the connections I have made most about TGS. Not only have I made lasting relationships with the students, I have made relationships with their parents as well. TGS makes you feel like one big family!
 
What is your fondest memory of TGS thus far?  
Thus far, my fondest memory of TGS is Pre-K graduation. It is so sweet to see the smiles that beam on the students' faces as they walk across the stage in their caps and gowns to accept their diplomas. 
 
What is the funniest thing you have ever heard come out of the mouth of a TGS Student?  
It wasn't so much what a student said, but more so what a student did. During the Spring Fling performance, the toddlers went on stage to sing their song and some of them were not feeling it. I was sitting in the front to take pictures and help them remember their motions for the song. One student in particular had his eyes locked on me, mimicking all of the moves so he wouldn't mess up - all while he was crying. As soon as he got off stage, the tears stopped, and he carried on with his night like nothing was ever wrong. It was one of the best dramatic performances I had ever seen!
 
What inspires you? 
Seeing children learn new things is my biggest inspiration. There is truly nothing like watching a child learn a new skill or solve a problem on their own. The way their faces light up with pride is indescribable. 
 
What is your passion or passions?  
My passion in life is growth. No matter what I involve myself in, I always want to see an upward move in the right direction. Whether it is teaching myself a new skill or challenging myself in a work setting, I am always striving for that upward climb.
 
What does the term ‘Where Learning Begins’ mean to you?  
The term "Where Learning Begins" instantly makes me think of our school. Since we enroll students starting at 6 weeks old, we are the main foundation when it comes to laying a stable ground for education. We strive to make learning fun and help our students excel not only while they are enrolled with The Gardner School, but after they graduate and move onto their new schools.
 

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