Dena Spadavecchia


Hi! I am originally from NJ and relocated to the Sunshine State just over 10 years ago. I am proud to be the Director of KLA Schools of Boynton Beach since July 2022 and previously held the role of director at the Ft. Lauderdale location. I have over 20 years of experience in varying levels of early childhood education, a degree in Business Management, and a degree in Early Childhood Education. Throughout my time as an early childhood educator, I have learned so much about building relationships and connections with others. My focus and dedication to KLA Schools is aimed at meeting the needs of all the children, families, teachers, and staff. I believe strongly that all children have the right to be valued and respected and my core beliefs about early childhood education align strongly with the Reggio Emilia approach to learning.

Michelle Pernas

Michelle Pernas

Pedagogical Coordinator

My name is Michelle Pernas. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I have a Masters in preschool and elementary education. After many years working as a teacher, I moved to Miami and became part of the KLA Family. This is when I fell in love with a philosophy that would change my approach to education forever. At KLA schools, I was introduced and learned the Reggio Emilia Philosophy and became passionate about creating environments and opportunities that value and respect the image of the child. I have attended several trainings and conferences throughout the US and I also had the amazing opportunity to visit the city of Reggio Emilia and be part of a wonderful Study Group.

As a Pedagogical Coordinator, I enjoy supporting and guiding teachers in their everyday journey of finding ways to offer children endless opportunities to develop their abilities so they can become well rounded human beings. Children are our future and I feel blessed to be a part of their development. Through inspirations from Reggio Emilia and working with teachers, I strive to support children to develop into independent and passionate learners.

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