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About Ready, Set, Grow! Preschool

Thank you for expressing an interest in our program. For more than 33 years, Ready, Set, Grow! Preschool has been dedicated to providing an enriching experience for the young child in a safe, enjoyable and loving environment. We are committed to offering our community quality Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten education.

Our website is designed to provide an overview of the programs offered at Ready, Set, Grow! as well as the goals and objectives for each classroom. If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to stop by or call us. The school office is open Monday – Friday from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Our Mission Statement

Ready, Set, Grow! Preschool (RSG) is dedicated to providing for preschool-aged children an enriching experience in a safe, enjoyable and loving environment that prepares them for kindergarten.

Our Purpose

RSG fosters an enthusiasm for learning. Children are lovingly encouraged to develop and grow socially, academically, emotionally and physically, while accounting for each child’s individual needs and abilities. It is a special place where children feel secure and the love of Christ is demonstrated in all aspects of the school.

Our History

RSG began in September 1987 under the direction of Donna Gilbert. There was a class for three-year olds and a class for four-year olds. Today we have eight classes which serve two-year olds, three- and four-year olds, Pre-Kindergarten, and a grant funded Universal Pre-Kindergarten class through the Brockport Central School and Holley Central School districts.

Our Motto

“Kindergarten Readiness is Our Goal.”

Meet Our Director

Lisa Jensen


Mrs. Jensen has a Master’s in Education with a background in Biology. She is NYS certified and taught for four years. She has worked at RSG for the past seven years. Two of her children attended RSG and loved it! She enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family. “Ready, Set, Grow! is special because it fosters the idea of play-based learning. Preschool is supposed to be fun and academic and we are dedicated to meeting the needs of each individual child.”


Our Staff

Jessica Caligiuri

Administrative Assistant

Mrs.Caligiuri is a Holley native, that has worked at RSG for one and a half years. She has a young son who also attended RSG. She is a member of Brockport Free Methodist Church, where she is a Sunday school teacher. She loves working with children and is a huge asset to our staff.

Katrina Tinkous

Chair, Board of Administrators

Mrs. Tinkous is very involved in the RSG and Brockport Free Methodist Church Community. She has a B.A. in Pre-K-6 Elementary Education and 7-12 Social Studies, as well as a Master’s in K-12 Special Ed. She has over four years teaching experience and has been the Director of VBS and Early Childhood Ministries at BFMC for the past four years. She enjoys playing volleyball, softball, and scrapbooking. Her two sons currently attend the school and love it.
“The staff at RSG are some of the most caring, talented and professional people I know. They are constantly finding ways to better my children’s experience at RSG!.”

Tracey Phelps

Lead Teacher for the Sharks (UPK/Pre-Kindergarten Class)

Mrs. Phelps has a B.S. in Elementary Ed. from Houghton College and a Master’s degree in Elementary Ed. from SUNY Brockport. She has NYS permanent Certification in grades Birth-6. She has 10 years experience teaching K-2 grade. She enjoys gardening, decorating and loves to read. Her favorite children’s book is Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock by Eric A.Kimmel. “ Ready, Set, Grow! is so special because the staff really has a passion for teaching young children. I really enjoy designing lessons that make the kids say “WOW!”.

Jennifer Stephens

Teacher’s Aide for the Sharks (UPK/Pre-Kindergarten Class)

Mrs. Stephens has worked as a teacher’s aide at RSG! for the past four years. She has experience working in afterschool programs and is an active volunteer for the children/youth ministries at Brockport Free Methodist Church. She has two children and enjoys bowling, volleyball, and spending time with her family. “I love working with the children during their art center. Even with all of the same materials, their creativity comes out. No two projects are alike.”

Janice Mellott

Lead Teacher for the Goldfish (Three and Four-year old class)

Mrs. Mellott has worked at Ready, Set, Grow! for the past four years. She has studied Religious Education at Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada and has over 10 years experience teaching Sunday school, vacation bible school and childhood ministry programs. She enjoys reading, and taking walks. Her favorite children’s book series is Pete the Cat. “ I love watching the students make new discoveries and grow throughout the year.”

Shelly Kemblowski

Teacher’s Aide for the Goldfish (Three and Four-year old class)

Mrs. Kemblowski is a life-long resident of Brockport. She has been working as an aide at RSG preschool for the past nine years. She also previously taught and assisted preschool at the YMCA for 12 years. She attended SUNY Brockport and has a degree in Advertising with a background in Studio Art. She is very enthusiastic, playful and fun. She loves to cook, listen to music and work in her garden. Both of her two children have attended all three programs at RSG and loved it! “RSG is so special because we are warm and friendly and try hard to accommodate each child’s needs. It is the perfect place to head start your child’s education and social development.”

Kim Rademacher

Teacher's Aide for Guppies (Two-year old Class)

This is Mrs. Rademacher's second year teaching at RSG. She studied early education at Alfred State. She has four children that attended RSG over the past nine years and are currently in the Brockport CSD. She enjoys spending time with her kids, her church family, camping and her three dogs. She loves being a part of the RSG family because as she says, “it’s a family feeling. The kids and my co-workers, we just have so much fun!”

Laura Mayes

Lead Teacher for the Guppies (Two-year old Class)

This is Mrs. Mayes' fourth year working at Ready, Set, Grow. She has an A.A.S. degree from Monroe Community College and has several years experience working in childcare. Mrs. Mayes is energetic and fun. She enjoys watching movies, reading, playing games with her two sons and making people laugh. “My favorite part of working at RSG is that the kids are so sweet and always put a smile on my face. I love their eagerness to learn and play.”

Parent Reviews

My daughter absolutely loves going to school at Ready Set Grow Preschool. The teachers are so kind and fun and truly care about your child. I couldn't be happier we chose Ready Set Grow and would absolutely recommend it to everyone who's looking for a preschool or UPK program. I appreciate all their hard work. Thank you!
Amazing school. The teachers and staff are wonderful!!!
I have 3 children that have attended Ready Set Grow Preschool. 2010 to the present. We have enjoyed the 2/3 yr olds, 3/4 yr olds and my oldest attended the 4yr old UPK program. We love the teachers and office staff! They ALWAYS go above and beyond to make this first encounter with school/ education fun, safe and comfortable for you and your child. Ready Set Grow is a great place to start your child's love for learning!
Both of my children attended Ready, Set, Grow! Preschool for a total of five years. I loved the learning and teaching environment. The teachers loved and cared for each one of the kids. I have so many wonderful memories and continue to display some of the crafts around my house that they made. Lessons were planned with so much fun and learning. My children were always happy to be headed to school. The very best part is the care and time the staff puts into the programs, and the class performances that they put on for the families.
Simply an amazing preschool! The staff are kind and friendly, always greeting with a smile. The teachers are wonderfully loving and fun. When my son first started, he was scared to be away from me and his teacher would just snuggle him. It brought him (and me) comfort and trust. It's not always an easy thing to leave your child with new people but I believe Ready, Set, Grow! Preschool to be a safe place where I know my child is in good hands. He has blossomed and learned so much already. Plus, he LOVES going to school here. And if he is happy then Mama is happy too!
My oldest child is currently in the 3/4s class and absolutely loves it! I was nervous about enrolling her at first, as she has a speech delay and can become easily frustrated when struggling to communicate, but the teachers have been so patient and helpful. You can tell they really care about the kids and take the time to help each and every one. My daughter always comes home happy and with stories about how much fun school is. The office staff is also very nice and easy to work with. I will definitely be signing my younger child up at Ready, Set, Grow in the future.
My kids loved going to school here and really developed a love for learning. Their teachers were great and really cared about the students.
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