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The Maple Bear Tempe Team

Maureen Gills (Director, Right) and Lori Green (Assistant Director, Left) at Maple Bear Tempe Early Learning Center.


Maureen Gills, Director Maple Bear Tempe

Mrs. Gills graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Prior to becoming the director of Maple Bear Tempe, Mrs. Gills gained her extensive knowledge and experience in early childhood education over almost three decades in the Arizona pre-school sector. Beginning work with Tots Unlimited in 1987, she has held a variety of managerial positions over the years. This has included work with the College of Education Preschool, Children's World Learning Centers and Copper Sun Child Development Center. In 2013, she served as Child Development Manager for Head Start in Phoenix.

Mrs. Gills is also a veteran of the US Navy, serving four years as an Air Traffic Controller.


Lori Green - Assistant Director, Maple Bear Tempe

Prior to becoming Assistant Director Maple Bear Tempe, Mrs. Green worked in several child care centers in both Washington and Arizona in a variety of functions, including cook, caregiver, school age coordinator and Summer Program specialist.  Her work with Woodland Community schools after school program was later implemented into their elementary schools.

From 1998 until 2014 she worked for Summa Associates/Bright Horizons, as the Infant/Toddler program coordinator, as well as Assistant Director.

Mrs. Green studied Early Childhood Education at both Clark Community College and Maricopa Community College.

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Director's Message

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Maple Bear Tempe.

As you will quickly learn, we are not just another child care center opening in Arizona.

Maple Bear takes the responsibility of providing quality care and education for your child very seriously. We have created a safe, warm, and caring environment in a brand new, high quality, state of the art facility.

We also bring a number of major firsts to the early childhood learning landscape in the Phoenix area.

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Maple Bear Global Schools

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November 9th, 2015

Maple Bear Tempe Staff: Working together for more than a decade!

Maple Bear Tempe Director Maureen Gills had a distinct plan in mind when she began hiring staff for the new learning center over a year ago.

December 1st, 2014

Maple Bear Tempe, Arizona has Opened its Doors!

The doors are now open and we are ready to welcome students to Maple Bear Tempe, Arizona. We invite you to tour the facility and meet our School Director, Maureen Gills. We are located in the Costco Plaza at the junction of Elliot and Priest.

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