About Us

Launch Enrichment opened its doors in Spring Grove on August 19, 2019 in the former Peppermint Preschool building. Since then we have dedicated ourselves to "Launching Children into a Life of Love and Learning!"

We provide care to children ages 6 weeks through 12 years old in our four classrooms - each named after different space programs.

Launch has partnered with Frog Street Press and has implemented the Frog Street Infant, Toddler and PreK curricula.

Mr. Shawn Tiani, Owner/Director

"Mr. T," as he is known by the students and staff, lives in unincorporated Woodstock with his two sons Josh & Gio, their dogs Pheonix & Nash, 5 chickens, multiple fish, and a Leopard Gecko named "Leo". They also have two Gypsy Vanner horses - Shimmer and Comet.

Shawn Tiani has been an educator for over 20 years, having taught kindergarten, first, second and sixth grades as well as serving as a public school assistant principal, principal, and district curriculum and instruction coordinator. He holds a B.S. in Sociology from Bradley University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University, a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education, and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University. He currently has all his coursework completed towards his doctorate except for his dissertation.

It is those experiences that led him to open Launch Enrichment in 2019 to serve the Spring Grove and Richmond areas. His favorite part of working at Launch is having the opportunity to watch children grow and develop!


Miss Karen Busch, Assistant Director

Karen Busch is a graduate of Spring Grove Elementary School, Nipperink Middle School, and Richmond Burton High School and is currently working towards her Associates in Early Childhood Education from Penn Foster College. She has worked in child care for over 3 years, but her favorite center - by far - is Launch Enrichment! She loves "Launching Children into a Life of Love and Learning" in her hometown!

Miss Karen lives in Trevor, WI with her boyfriend Cody, their dogs, cats, and countless chickens. She loves spending her free time outside in her garden, reading a book, working with classmates online on collaborative projects, and researching fun ideas to bring back to the school-age classroom. It truly feels amazing to be able to talk to the older students about her own experiences in Nippersink District and relate to their fun stories and ideas. After being in other centers and feeling like each one just didn't have that "family" feel, coming to Launch Enrichment gave her that sense of closeness and support she had been searching for, and there is no other place she would rather continue to grow!


Miss Gina Gugala, Teaching Assistant Director

You will find Spring Grove native and experienced preschool teacher Gina Gugala in our Discovery Classroom. She is the Discovery Preschool Teacher, and in the afternoon the combined Atlantis/Discovery Child Care Teacher. She also serves as our closing assistant director from 4-6pm.