DIRECTOR

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Ms. Jennifer Eggert, Director/Teacher, has been working in early childhood education for over ten years and is excited to continue her journey here at Kinderhaven Preschool Academy! Jen completed her B.A. in Family Consumer Sciences with a focus in Human Development. Soon after graduation, Jen began her career in education working as a preschool teacher in the northern suburbs. Prior to joining Kinderhaven, Jen worked as both the Assistant Director and Director at an eco-friendly preschool in Chicago. She is excited to combine her background with KPA's Reggio Emilia inspired pedagogy. In her free time, Jen enjoys spending time outside, working on DIY projects around her house and spending time with family and friends.


RED CLASS


----LindseyDeRose1.jpg Mrs. Lindsey DeRose, Teacher/Assistant Director, earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and a Masters in Education from National Louis as a Learning Behavior Specialist. Before coming to KPA, she taught in special education at a therapeutic school for several years. Mrs. DeRose lives in Lake Forest with her son, husband and chocolate lab. Her favorite thing to do outside of school is to watch her son play baseball. Her other passions include baking, running, and especially reading!



Mrs. Penny Strang has taught preschool for 16 years and she enjoys it very much. She loves working with this age group, and finds the children's curiosity and enthusiasm contagious! She is originally from Concord, MA and ventured to the Midwest to attend college. Mrs. Strang graduated from Lake Forest College with a BA in Psychology. She has been married to her college sweetheart for 29 years, and has lived in Lake Forest for 21 years with their two adult sons and beloved rescue dog. In her free time Mrs. Strang enjoys walking, running, photography, nature and travel.


Blue Class

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Mrs. Monica Krzeminski or "Mrs. K", Teacher/Pedagogista, has enthusiastically been teaching at Kinderhaven for many years. She holds a BFA in theater from University of Illinois and a MAT in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University. She also has several years of experience teaching in Montessori environments. While attending National Louis University, she taught Kindergarten in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. In this position, she was a finalist for the Kohl McCormick Teaching Award. Aside from her passion in education, she has a passion for her family, which includes, her husband, and three sons. Mrs. K embraces the Reggio Emilia approach, and she has attended many trainings with the Kinderhaven staff, including a spring 2017 intensive study trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy!


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Mrs. Lindsey DeRose, Teacher/Assistant Director, earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and a Masters in Education from National Louis as a Learning Behavior Specialist. Before coming to KPA, she taught in special education at a therapeutic school for several years. Mrs. DeRose lives in Lake Forest with her son, husband and chocolate lab. Her favorite thing to do outside of school is to watch her son play baseball. Her other passions include baking, running, and especially reading!

----Angela_Alatzakis.jpg Mrs. Angela Alatzakis is new to Kinderhaven this year. She lives in Lake Forest with her husband, son, and husky name Herman. "Mrs. A." graduated from Hellenic College with an undergraduate degree in Human Development, a Masters in Theological Studies from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from the University of Massachusetts. She taught preschool for many years in Boston at a Reggio inspired preschool. After moving to Minneapolis, she took a small break from teaching to work on writing children's picture books. She is excited to be teaching again and is looking forward to this wonderful year!


GREEN CLASS

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Mrs. Judy Nusinow is a teacher in the Green Class. After subbing last year, this is her first year as a lead teacher at Kinderhaven but was a part of the Kinderhaven community as a parent with both her boys. She earned her Bachelors at the University of Kansas and has previously taught 2, 3 and 4 year olds before staying home with young children. She's thrilled to be back in the classroom teaching again. She enjoys the both the outdoors- camping and learning about nature, and being indoors with a good book.


----Penny-Strang Mrs. Penny Strang has taught preschool for 16 years and she enjoys it very much. She loves working with this age group, and finds the children's curiosity and enthusiasm contagious! She is originally from Concord, MA and ventured to the Midwest to attend college. Mrs. Strang graduated from Lake Forest College with a BA in Psychology. She has been married to her college sweetheart for 29 years, and has lived in Lake Forest for 21 years with their two adult sons and beloved rescue dog. In her free time Mrs. Strang enjoys walking, running, photography, nature and travel.


Purple Class

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Mrs. Monica Krzeminski or "Mrs. K", Teacher/Pedagogista, has enthusiastically been teaching at Kinderhaven for many years. She holds a BFA in theater from University of Illinois and a MAT in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University. She also has several years of experience teaching in Montessori environments. While attending National Louis University, she taught Kindergarten in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. In this position, she was a finalist for the Kohl McCormick Teaching Award. Aside from her passion in education, she has a passion for her family, which includes, her husband, and three sons. Mrs. K embraces the Reggio Emilia approach, and she has attended many trainings with the Kinderhaven staff, including a spring 2017 intensive study trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy!


Class Aides

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Mrs. Lisa Orsini, Purple & Blue Class Assistant Teacher, has been teaching at Kinderhaven for over 10 years and we feel fortunate every day to have her on our staff. During this time she has been an aide in every one of our classrooms. Mrs. Orsini lives in Libertyville with her husband and has three grown children as well as two adorable grandchildren. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years, but also did some work at her children's elementary school. As her children got older, she began working at Crocodile Pie, a children's bookstore in Libertyville. She continues to attend continuing educational events with the Kinderhaven staff learning all she can about the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Her creativity and organization are critical to our schools success!


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Mrs. Janice Price, Blue Class Assistant Teacher, has been teaching at Kinderhaven for more than 20 years, and we are so happy to continue to have her experience, kindness, patience, and enthusiasm! After serving in a variety of teaching roles over these many years, Mrs. Price has settled into an assistant teacher role in the Blue Class. She holds a BA in Education and Special Education from Bradley University. Mrs. Price is a life-long Lake Forest resident, has raised three children and is also a proud grandparent. Mrs. Price is "priceless" to our teaching team!

Ms. Meredith Gregory, Red, Purple & Blue Class Assistant Teacher, is excited to join the Kinderhaven community and work with the Red Class team! She has worked at McCormick Day Camp, as a counselor-in-training through the Rec Center, and has also been a babysitter for local families. She is a Lake Forest Resident and also a current student at College of Lake County. In her free time, Ms. Gregory likes to play with her dog, Tanner and her two cats, Opal and Garnet. She also enjoys knitting and going for walks and bike rides when the weather is nice.

SUE PETERSEN - BLUE CLASS TEACHER

Mrs. Peterson has many years of teaching experience in a variety of early childhood environments and classrooms. She graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Ed. She also holds a three to six-year-old Montessori Certificate from Seton Montessori in Clarendon Hills and additionally completed a 30 hour comprehensive K-2 Orton Gillingham Training from the Institute or Multi-Sensory Education. Mrs. Petersen has taught both in a play-based preschool as well as full-time in a Montessori preschool in Libertyville. In 2017 Mrs. Petersen was nominated for the Golden Apple Award. She has always had an interest in the Reggio Emilia approach and looks forward to working in this project-based early childhood environment. Mrs. Petersen spends her free time with her husband, three grown children and beautiful baby granddaughter. She loves reading, knitting and spending time in nature.