Teacher Feature! Meet Susie from Gymboree Play & Music, Chandler, AZ

Name: Susie C.

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How long have you been at Gymboree? 20 years!!!!

Where did you grow-up? Havre, Montana

Favorite Gymboree Song? “Wiggle your Bones” by Parachute Express!

Do you have any pets? Tucker, our fluffy white puppy!

Some favorites… Favorite Children’s Book? “Press Here” by Tullet

Favorite Color? Green

Favorite Sport? FootballĀ šŸˆ

Favorite Food? TacosĀ šŸŒ®

Favorite Drink? Cherry CokeĀ šŸ’

Do you have any hobbies? Listening to ALL types of music, going to concerts and playing games with my family and friends!

Teacher Feature! Meet Amanda from Gymboree Play & Music, Westside Pavilion

Meet Amanda. She’s a Music Programming Specialist at the Gymboree Play & Music, Westside Pavilion location.

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What is your Gymboree Play & Music story? Share how you started as a teacher.
I had just moved to California and was looking to utilize my recent Music Education degree. I had only previously heard of Gymboree after one of my preschool students in Idaho participated in a photo shoot. Walking into the initial group interview at the Westside Pavilion Gymboree in Los Angeles, I looked up to see a poster on the wall with the little boy from my preschool in Idaho! It seemed like I was just where I was meant to be.

What is your favorite part about teaching at Gymboree Play & Music?
I love that I get to build long-standing relationships with families. I get to see children learn and grow! I get to share with them the joy of learning! In some cases, I am their first introduction to a world outside of the home and family, and I get to ensure that the child’s experience is a positive one. I have the privilege of helping parents recognize what developmental milestones their child has reached. Gymboree taught me how important the first five years of life are, so I am proud of what I do.

What makes Gymboree Play & Music special for you?
Gymboree has become a huge part of my life. I have made some of my best friends here, both parents and other teachers. I have children who come back to visit me even after they are 9, 10, 11 years old. I have met teachers from around the world who share a similar love for early childhood education. While I teach at one location, I have a global community with whom to share ideas, stories, triumphs and troubles. I don’t think I could have any other job that brings me this much joy and fulfillment!