Train up a child in the way that he should go;
and when he is old he will not depart from it” – Proverbs 22:6
Experienced, caring and dedicated professionals, our teachers have been selected specifically to reflect our goal of providing the very best early childhood care and education experience for every child in our program. All of our staff meet or exceed state regulations for early childhood care and education providers. In addition, all staff expand and enhance their professional skills through continuing education on a yearly basis.
Infant and Child CPR-certified staff are in every classroom! Every month each classroom conducts safety drills to practice evacuation of the building in case of an emergency (i.e. Fire). Tornado/Severe Weather drills are held twice a year. In the case of inclement weather, procedures are in place and are posted.
Miss Doris joined the Growing Place team as our Director this school year. She has been working with children and families for over 25 years as an elementary school teacher, preschool teacher and a center director. Miss Doris has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and is so excited to be a part of our school! She loves spending time with her son, daugher-in-law and her two grandchildren.
Assistant Director/Lead Pre-K Teacher
Miss Laurie joined The Growing Place Preschool as Assistant Director 15 years ago when her children were students here and she has been teaching for a total of 17 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and decided to pursue her love of working with young children by continuing her studies in Early Childhood Education. Miss Laurie says that being a preschool teacher makes her heart happy because she loves to discover the qualities that make each child unique and special! She lives in Lombard with her husband Brian, their children Jack and Kendall, and their dog Wrigley.
Financial Manager/Pre-K Teacher
Miss Debbie has been with The Growing Place Preschool for twelve years and her love of our preschool began when her children attended here. Miss Debbie has a Bachelor's of Science degree and says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile when the kids share funny stories about their families. She lives in Villa Park with her husband Tony and her children Tyler and Dani. They have two dogs named Beau and Reagan.
Three Year Old Lead Teacher
Mrs. Reynolds has joined our preschool as a lead teacher in our three year old program. She has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching for 15 years. Mrs. Reynold's says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile when they can converse about a topic that the children really enjoy. She lives in Villa Park with her husband Chris, her children Hendrix and Vada and their dog Ivy.
Three Year Old & Pre-K Assistant Teacher
Miss Sue joined The Growing Place Preschool 8 years ago and has a Bachelor of Arts degree. She says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile when the kids come into the classroom at the beginning of each day. Miss Sue lives in Villa Park with her husband Mark and her children Jacob, Grace and Josh. The family is completed by their 3 dogs Payton, Cameron and Mitchell.
Three Year Old Teacher
Mrs. Graczyk started teaching at The Growing Place Preschool 42 years ago when her daughter was a student. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and has been teaching for over 50 years. Mrs. Graczyk says that she loves being a preschool teacher because she enjoys interacting with the children. She lives in Carol Stream with her husband Alan and she loves spending time with her daughter Julianne, her son-in-law Matt and her grandsons Peter and Mitchell.
Miss Connie first came to our school as a parent when her two sons were in preschool here. She returned to our school 5 years ago and joined our teaching staff. Miss Connie says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile because she loves when the children tell her about their life and family. She lives in Lombard with her sons Brendan and Aidan and their two dogs Shelby and Raven.
Miss Diane first experienced our school as a grandparent and now has joined our team as an assistant teacher. She has been teaching and working with children for over 20 years. Miss Diane says that being a preschool teacher makes her smile because she loves seeing the children get excited when they make something. She lives in Lombard with her husband Dan and she loves spending time with her 4 children and 12 grandchildren.