Mission: To be the first choice for families when making the important decision of where to allow their child’s educational journey to begin.
The Holidays may be over, but we are still thinking about the impact we were able to make in each of our communities. Take a look!
During the preschool age, our teachers are the 2nd most influential force in development for children (after their parents). Check out our blog post on how our teachers are impacting these young students every day.
At The Gardner School, we have created a rich learning environment that will stimulate your child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth. We believe that each child should be provided with experiences that enhance self-esteem, which is essential in the adjusting, exploring and growing stages of child development. This approach ensures that each child’s learning experience will be nurtured at the proper pace, and will give them a strong educational foundation for a bright future.
Our unique learning atmosphere incorporates a careful blend of Traditional and Montessori styles of learning through structured play, child-directed activities and curriculum-based lessons. We believe that an environment that fosters creativity, exploration and acceptance will stimulate and nurture children’s growth and development, as well as building self-esteem. This enriched educational experience will provide a strong foundation for future success and a lifelong love of learning.
Our carefully balanced program features a full day of developmentally and age-appropriate activities. Understanding that each child is unique, our teachers create engaging, structured lessons and group activities, while remaining flexible enough to foster self-discovery and independence as each child explores and learns at his or her own pace. With our curricula, every class builds upon the previous age groups’ learning by reviewing and scaffolding concepts, making connections in new ways through hands-on experience. Teachers focus on open communication with parents to encourage their participation and the extension of lessons at home.
We are always looking for talented, qualified teachers! The Gardner School is an academically-focused, state-of-the-art school for ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. We utilize creative curriculum for infants, toddlers, and twos. For our three years and up we use the DLM Early Childhood Express Curriculum. We have locations in Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia. We strongly believe in promoting from within rewarding our amazing teachers with opportunities to grow within our privately owned company.
"At first glance the building is beautiful and then you take a tour and everyone is so nice. The benefits are top notch as well. At TGS there is a real genuine concern for children. The top priority for every person working there is the children and this is a value I also believe in." - Jennifer Avila, The Gardner School of Oak Brook, Assistant Teacher
"For anyone considering working at TGS, I would assure them that there is potential for growth within the company. I began the journey as a Lead Teacher in 2014 and now I am currently an Assistant Director. TGS will nurture and mold you into a successful leader." - Marilynn Cooke, The Gardner School of Herndon, Assistant Director
"TGS offers you a chance to make a difference in the life of a child. Teachers respect one another and the leadership team supports the professional growth of the staff. Give TGS a try, you will not be dissappointed." - Christina Riley, The Gardner School of Brentwood, Lead Teacher
"If you are looking for an early childhood teaching position that offers teacher support, feedback, and growth, this is the place for you! This school gives people chances and wants everyone to succeed." - Mia Boayue, The Gardner School of Lincoln Park, PreK Teacher
I have been working at The Gardner School full-time (Less than a year)
-Coworkers feel like family
-The kids and their families are amazing!
-Fun and positive work environment
-Not always the most organized
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at The Gardner School (Louisville, KY) in June 2012.
I felt that the interview was rushed and I didn't feel like attention was being paid to what I was saying. As I was answering questions she was thumbing through other paperwork not related to the interview or my resume. I should have thought harder before taking the job.
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