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North Elston KinderCare Center Director Elizabeth Miner’s path to success has been paved with friendships

A portrait of Elizabeth enhanced by young artists at her center.
A portrait of Elizabeth enhanced by young artists at her center.

Elizabeth Miner started her career with KinderCare Education nearly eight years ago when she moved to Chicago. Her career path has been filled with growth, change, and supportive friendships as she worked her way from teacher to Center Director.

In 2008, Elizabeth started as a Discovery Preschool teacher at Northwestern’s CCLC center and quickly – only after about a year – moved into Learning Adventures.

“When our Learning Adventures program morphed into something larger and multifaceted, I became the Enrichment Coordinator,” she said.

Miner’s journey in early childhood education didn’t stop there. In 2012, Elizabeth was presented with an Educator Award and in 2013 and 2014, she presented at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference on community partnerships. Early in 2014, she moved into a management role as program specialist and later as Assistant Director. Later that same year, she served as the Interim Director at CCLC, and in May she heard about the Center Director opportunity at North Elston.

Elizabeth at her Educator Award presentation in 2012 at the CCLC Northwestern center in Chicago.
Elizabeth at her Educator Award presentation in 2012 at the CCLC Northwestern center in Chicago.

“I definitely enjoyed my time with CCLC but felt like it might be time for a change – this opportunity seemed like something I couldn’t resist trying. I crossed over to KinderCare because I felt like I was ready for a new challenge,” said Miner.

“The center is pretty much different in every way but it’s been my new wonderful home since June of 2015,” she said. “I’m excited to come to my center each morning because the children, teachers, and parents are like an extension of my family. I’m so fortunate to have such wonderful people in my center.”

When asked what factors she thinks contributed to her success, Miner credits her colleagues and friends.

“Each year on the Engagement Survey the ‘I have a best friend at work’ statement rings especially true for me… I don’t think I would be where I am today and have had so many wonderful experiences within the company without great mentors and friends. I have been fortunate enough to have ‘grown up’ here with people who truly believe in me and challenge me to continue to evolve as an educator and a leader,” said Miner.