KINDERHAVEN PRESCHOOL ACADEMY
The KINDERHAVEN DIRECTOR, Dr. Penny Robbins, is responsible for the day to day operations of the school, maintaining licensing and accreditation standards and supervision of staff. The director also serves as an educational advisor, trainer and support for the teaching staff.
The FACULTY AND DIRECTOR have degrees in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, and/or related fields. Classroom assistants have some early childhood education and/or experience working with young children. Volunteers and student teachers may augment the teaching staff.
The staff to child ratio is 3 to a maximum of 20 children in the oldest group (3 to 16 for the youngest). The teaching staff and director alike support Early Childhood Education and its relationship to the greater community. All faculty participates in on-going training and education, including research and trends in child development and teaching methods, as well as CPR and safety procedures.
DR. PENNY ROBBINS: Dr. Robbins holds a BA in English, Education, and Physical Education from Eureka College, a M.Div. in Feminist Theology and Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University, and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. She has worked with children in a variety of capacities, including as a director of Specialized Foster Care and Independent Living, a director of HIV/AIDS services, a lecturer and workshop leader, a pastor and a tutor, life coach and mentor. Dr. Robbins has been a part of Kinderhaven for 12 years as the teacher of the Red Class, and this is her sixth year as the director. She is also the President of Achievement through Creative Education, Inc., an academic tutoring and life coaching company. She knows that this school year will be a wonderful and exciting year for everyone!
MS. KELLY SINDT: Ms. Sindt is returning for her sixth year at Kinderhaven Preschool Academy. She will be teaching the Red Class and will be fulfilling the role for the third year as director of art education for the entire school. She holds her certificate in Early Childhood Education, has worked in various preschools, and was employed as a professional nanny for 15 years. Ms. Sindt is currently pursuing a degree in education and art history. She has extensive art experience and has her own online art store called “Funky Egg Art.” She excited about the art projects that each class will be pursuing this year! “She is also the proud parent of two adorable Chihuahuas, Clementine and Tallulah.”
MRS. JANICE PRICE: Mrs. Price is returning for year number fourteen, and we are so happy to continue to have her experience, kindness, and enthusiasm! After having served in a variety of roles over her 15 years, Mrs. Price will be teaching the Blue Class this year. Mrs. Price holds a BA in Education and Special Education from Bradley University. She is a life-long resident of the Lake Forest area, and has raised three children. Mrs. Price is a “priceless” addition to our teaching team!
Mrs. Amy Struck: Mrs. Struck is the mom of three children, one is entering the world of preschool this year. This is her third year with Kinderhaven, she has been working with children and families for nearly 20 years. She has a master's in psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. In her free time (what's that?!), she enjoys crafting, reading, and spending time with friends. Mrs. Struck looks forward to partnering with you, the parent, in helping to make this year an exciting and enriching educational experience
Mrs. Zarah McGuire: Mrs. McGuire is very excited to be back with you at Kinderhaven for her third year! She has worked with young children since she was 12, babysitting and camp counseling. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching preschool and nannying for the past 6 years. She will be teaching Reggio Baby, Kinderhaven Take Two, Mini Explorers, Lunch Sack Attack and subbing in all of the classes. Her newest endeavor is her baby, Milo, who joins her son Rowan, husband, Pat and adopted greyhound Pop. She enjoys web-surfing, cross-stitching, and playing wii. Her goal is to adopt a family dog, so our entire family will be up and moving more!
Mrs. Lisa Orsini: Mrs. Orsini currently lives in Libertyville with her husband, Andy, and three children. She grew up in Highland Park. She was a stay-at-home mom, but she 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. After the bookstore closed, she started working at the Lake Forest Fitness Center's Kids Cottage. Mrs. Orsini has a great deal of experience working with children, and thoroughly enjoys it. She is looking forward to being an aide for her third year at Kinderhaven in the Purple, Blue and Red classes!
Ms. Heather Faudel: She is very excited to join the Kinderhaven team. She has a total of six years of experience as a preschool teacher and toddler teacher. She has worked for the Lake Forest Recreation Center for two years as a summer camp counselor for Hurray for Summer. She will be assisting in the Red Class, and floating in the Purple and Blue Classes. She is currently pursuing her CDA to continue her education in Early Childhood. She is looking forward to the school year, assisting the children and watching them grow.
Ms. Lauren Dunkleman: She is very excited to join the Kinderhaven team! Ms. Dunkleman has a degree in Early Childhood Education and a certificate in American Sign Language. She has a vast experience in a few different preschool classrooms. She has worked with many ages from ten months up through preschool, along with being a nanny for children from preschool to junior high. Her family is from Gurnee, where she grew up and moved back to after college. Ms. Dunkleman will be teaching the Blue Class and the Purple Class as well as the Lunch Sack Attack.