Meet the Penguin Room Teachers

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Ms. Sydney, Classroom Educator

Hi! My name is Sydney Neal.

I graduated from Lindenwood University, and am thrilled to be working at KECC! I have my BA in Early Childhood Education and have worked with students for several years in different roles.

Growing up in Illinois, I have loved exploring what Missouri has to offer since moving here.  In my free time, I love being in nature, hanging out with my family, or trying new restaurants!

I am so excited about getting to know all of the KECC families and look forward to becoming a part of
the community!

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Ms. Christina, Classroom Educator

Hi, my name is Christina Russell and I am so happy to be in the Penguin Room. I have been at KECC since 2006. 

I previously taught in the Lion Room before coming to teach in the Panda Room. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

In my free time I love gardening, baking, and riding bikes with my husband, Robert and teenager daughter, Jillian. 

I am ready for a great year in the Penguin Room!

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Mr. AJ, Classroom Educator

Hello! My name is Mr. AJ. I have spent the past year getting to know the amazing team here at KECC.
 
My goal is to help students build confidence with creative play and art. I love collaborating with the students and teaching them how to better our community. 
 
On the weekends, I love to explore local parks, paint, and discover new authors to read.
 
I look forward to meeting more KECC families! 

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Ms. Maria, Flexible Classroom Educator

I graduated from SEMO in 1986 with a degree in Child Care and Guidance. During my early years of teaching I served 3 years on the Board of the St. Louis Association for the Education of Young Children and was a speaker at many of our local conferences.

In 2003, I joined the KECC team and have been a teacher in the Penguin, Turtle, Elephant, Bear and Honeybee Rooms.

My husband and I were married in 2004 and are proud parents of 2 fur babies, a German Shepard mix and a Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix.

In my free time, I love traveling and spending time with my family and friends.

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