Our teachers, the cornerstone of our program, are warm, creative, enthusiastic, and love children.
Most have their master’s degree in education or a related field, and their qualifications exceed the standards set by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
We’re dedicated to continuing the professional development of each of our teachers, who must complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education a year on topics including brain research, health and safety, special needs, and developmentally appropriate practices.
Meet our Director: Tammi Adkins has a master’s degree in Elementary Education, specialized course work in administration and her BS in Communications and Advertising. She has over 20 years working in the education field; both in preschool and most recently kindergarten at South School in Glencoe. She has a strong passion for play-based education, extensive early childhood knowledge and a balance of business, classroom and administrative experience. Tammi’s own children attended GJK and she previously worked at GJK in the roles of teacher, curriculum coordinator and assistant director.