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
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
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!
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
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!
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.