Dr. Laurie Klomhaus
My name is Laurie Klomhaus and I feel honored and privileged to be the principal of the Early Childhood Academy. I am a life-long resident of Aurora.
I began my teaching career in ESL pull-out instruction in Carpentersville, IL. I eventually received my Bilingual endorsement in the Spanish language and Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University. During this time I taught for 9 years in Elgin in a second grade bilingual classroom. After teaching in Elgin, I stayed home a few years to take care of my small children. Eventually I went back to teaching half time on the East side of Aurora as a Title 1 pull-out reading teacher.
After East Aurora, In 2006, I moved to West Aurora as a Reading First Reading Coach for 3 years. This was an exciting time for me as I learned a tremendous amount about student learning in the area of reading. The Reading First initiative came to an end and I received the position of Assistant Principal at Greenman Elementary in West Aurora. During my tenure as Assistant Principal, I went back to school and received my doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Aurora University. In 2011 I became the principal of Todd Early Childhood Center now known as the Early Childhood Academy in West Aurora.
I look forward to working with all of you this year!
Mrs. Kelly Person
Dear Early Learning Academy Families,
I began my career in education in 2004, when I served as an early childhood special education teacher for ten years. It was in 2014 that I came to West Aurora School District 129. I started as an early childhood special education coordinator, and I now hold the position of Assistant Principal for the Early Childhood Academy as well as the parents as teachers (P.A.T.) program administrator.
Preschool is such an important part of a child’s education, as early intervention is the best predictor of future success. I am very pleased to be part of Early Learning Academy and look forward to meeting and working with you and the students!