Leadership

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Erica Koegel

Executive Director

My journey with KLA Schools began in 2013 as the School Principal of the Plainfield location. I am now the Executive Director for all three locations Naperville, Naperville West, and Plainfield, to support the School Principals and team since 2021. I see the children as competent individuals capable of learning through meaningful experiences, thought-provoking, and in-depth, real-life investigations.

Children are curious, and according to Carl Saga, "Every kid starts out a natural scientist." The Reggio Emilia Philosophy allows children to problem solve, think critically, and develop self-confidence. I believe that parents are the most important teachers in a child's life. As educators, we partner with parents and encourage families to be involved in our School.

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Carrie Hemmer

Director of Admissions, Finance & Communications

I first joined the KLA Team in 2017, where I was a Lead Pre-K Teacher and the Assistant Principal at our Plainfield location. In January 2020, I accepted my newest role as Director of Admissions and Finances for all three of our locations: Naperville, Naperville West, and Plainfield.

As the Director of Admissions, I look forward to sharing our beliefs and values with new families as we begin our partnership in laying the foundation for their children. Being one of the first to meet our newest members of the KLA Family, it brings me joy to watch the children find their sense of belonging within our schools and see how much they grow throughout the years.

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Kimberly Hernandez

Kimberly Hernandez

Admissions and Events Coordinator

Hello, I am Kimberly, and I have been on the KLA team since 2018. I formally taught in the class of 3sB and 4sA, and I have truly loved every minute of it. I am now a part of the leadership team for all three schools as the admissions and event coordinator.

I believe that a child’s life is similar to a piece of paper, meaning every person that comes into their life leaves a special mark. I chose Early Childhood Education so that I could leave a positive mark on every one of my students' lives.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have been married to my husband, Ryan, since June 2021. We welcomed our first child, Blake, in July 2022

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Krystal Hall

School Principal

I'm Ms. Krystal, the new School Principal at KLA Schools of Naperville. With a strong background in early childhood education and leadership, I am committed to fostering a positive and inclusive culture that supports every child's unique talents and abilities.

I believe in the Reggio Emilia philosophy's values and principles and will continue to implement them in our school's curriculum. I am passionate about building meaningful relationships with our students, families, and staff, and I'm excited to embark on this new journey.

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring new restaurants.

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Rebecca Baltikas

Administrative Assistant Principal

I was inspired to pursue a career in early childcare after earning my Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University. Through my specialization in Human Development and Family Resources, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals with disabilities, which has taught me the importance of empathy, independent thought, social skills, and positive reinforcement.

When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family, engaging in activities like horseback riding, hiking, and volunteering. I am dedicated to being a valuable partner in your child's early education journey at KLA Schools of Naperville.

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Meghan Zeller

Pedagogical Coordinator

Hi, I'm Ms. Meghan, and I've been with KLA Schools for 4 years, working my way up from summer kindergarten teacher to Pedological Coordinator at the Naperville location. I believe every child has the potential to achieve anything they set their mind to. As educators, it is our responsibility to provide experiences that encourage exploration and questioning. With over 10 years of experience working with children, including 8 years as a nanny, I bring knowledge to the classroom.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, researching my ancestry, and crafting hobbies like sewing, painting, and cooking.

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