Our Smart Start teaching staff is passionate about caring for and educating children and have made it their priority to empower the children and families at Smart Start.
Gina Anderson, Owner:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse
Although I am a registered nurse and a small business owner, I think it's important to share that my most important role in life is a mother. The search for childcare suitable for my children has driven me to create Smart Start and focus every effort on quality. As a testament to our daily mission, vision and goals, we are beginning to see other childcare centers attempt to replicate some form of what we do. We strive every day to provide a safe, happy and healthy learning environment because we know it's important for every child.
At Smart Start, the teachers and I are all very passionate about children, safety, education and health and wellness. We have had the fortune of building strong relationships with our current families all while creating a genuinely unique and purposeful experience. Throughout all the years of nursing, all the research and education along the way and all the planning and preparing done to create this authentic childcare center, it is my privilege to get to know the families and community we serve.
I'd love the opportunity to demonstrate how Smart Start is different. Additionally, our current families have offered to speak on behalf of their experience at Smart Start. They are an excellent source of information and they are more than happy to answer questions pertaining to current and past experiences.
Thank you so much for visiting Smart Start Childcare and Learning Center's website and I especially thank you for your interest.
Gina Anderson, RN, BSN
Child Development Associate Accreditation through the National Credentialing Program
Children are my passion in life and seeing them grow each and every day is a blessing. I couldn't be happier with my job and the families at Smart Start. I love being able to teach the children new things and help them explore.
I am currently pursuing my degrees in Spanish, Biology, and Elementary Education. I have a passion for teaching and I hope I will be able to use my education to make a difference in a classroom setting. Before working at Smart Start I had spent time as a tutor and mentor to elementary aged students at the Mahtomedi elementary school, which was the district that I also happened to graduate from. I also have had experience working with children when babysitting. I started working at Smart Start in June 2017 and have loved every moment of it. I love working with the children, families, and my coworkers. It is amazing watching all of the children grow, learn and develop into such wonderful individuals. It is so much fun helping and watching the children learn new skills.
Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family Science
I began working with children when I was 15 years old while coaching an all-day hockey camp and have since fallen in love with teaching. Early childhood is a crucial time in children's development. Building their self-esteem and confidence in learning is very important to me and one of my favorite things about educating children.
Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Management
I graduated from UW River Falls with my Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Wellness Management and I want to go back for Child Development. My goal as an educator is to help encourage and teach young children about healthy living. I love watching children learn, grow, smile and accomplish so much over the years.
I am working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and have taken several courses towards this goal. I have been working with children since 2009, and have experience in all ages from 6 weeks until 12-years-old. My favorite part about working with children is watching them grow and the "AH-HA" moment when they get something they have been working really hard on. I also love that every day is different and no two days are the same.
Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
I was a volunteer cheerleading coach for a number of years in high school, working with 5th-8th graders, which is how I became interested in working with children. My favorite thing about working in early childhood is how much children absorb at each stage. I love seeing how kids' minds work, develop and grow and I love playing a part in that.
Ever since elementary school, I've wanted to be a teacher. I love everything about spending time with, looking after and teaching children and hope to be a Kindergarten teacher.