Kathy Hardy

Kathy Hardy

I have always enjoyed working with young children. I find their spontaneity, curiosity, honesty and integrality enlightening. Wonder and creativity are a natural part of childhood. Picasso said that every child is an artist and I agree. Working with children and engaging them in the possibilities that the world holds for them selfishly helps me to reconnect with my younger self and to remain open to new possibilities. My goal is to provide all children with engaging and intriguing materials that allows for whole body and self expression.

–Kathy Hardy

Kathy Hardy has worked in the field of early childhood for over 30 years, holding positions as director, preschool teacher, elementary teacher, college instructor, mentor and trainer, specializing in documentation of children’s work, environments for children, families and staff and the creative arts.

She has been an active participant in the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership mentoring directors across the United States and serving on the Advisory Board. She is a frequent presenter at The Leadership Connection Conference, The NAEYC Conference and Chicago organizations and early care and early childhood centers in the Chicago area. Kathy retired from her position as Executive Director of Winnetka Community Nursery School in 2016 and is now our studi art teacher. She comes with a passion for children, creativity, art and lots of experience in all of these areas. Kathy acted as the art therapist for Chicago Easter Seals, a program serving low income and special needs children. She serves on the Board of the Alliance for Early Childhood and The McCormick Tribune Board for Early Childhood Administration. Kathy holds a master’s degree in early childhood administration and curriculum from National-Louis University and an Illinois Director Credential.

Kathy has visited the schools in Reggio Emilia twice in the past 5 years. Once, as part of a five state administrative tour, representing Illinois and the second time in a focus group on the role of art in children’s lives and society. She brings her creative outlook into all does and inspires us to see the extraordinary in everything ordinary.

Kathy lives in Evanston with her husband Kent and two pugs. She has three adult children Cole, Lauren and Peter who live in Chicago, North Carolina and San Francisco.