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Preschool Staff

Meet The Preschool Coordinator!

Krista Casanovas

Krista has been at the Oswegoland Park District since 2011 and in the education field for 20 years. She started at the Park District as a preschool teacher before accepting the Preschool Coordinator position. Her passion is mentoring teachers and helping students begin their education with a love of learning in the classroom. She graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and holds a Montessori diploma in early childhood. She is looking forward to working with the families in our preschool and helping nurture the whole child.

Meet Your Teachers!

Anita Scheidecker

Anita joined the As We Grow Preschool team in 1995. Anita has completed 51 semester hours of Early Childhood Education at Waubonsee Community College and attends annual training conferences.

Ashley Leo

Ashley has worked for the Oswegoland Park District since 2004 and began teaching for As We Grow Preschool in 2006. Ashley received her Associates Degree from Waubonsee Community College majoring in education. Watching the children grow over the school year is a part of the position she treasures.

Heather Eberle

Heather is one of the nature-based preschool teachers. She has an Elementary Certificate from Trinity College and a BA from Augustana College with a biology major.  Heather had been with the Oswegoland Park District since 2012.  During this time, Heather has been a preschool teacher, substitute teacher, and teacher for a variety of enrichment classes.

Jen McAleer

Jen has been with the Park District since 2011. In addition to teaching preschool, Jen has been a preschool teaching assistant, a teacher for enrichment classes and also teaches classes for the 2’s program.


Kris Hunter

We are thrilled to have Kris Hunter teaching at Oswegoland Park District. Her teaching career spans over twelve years with two years in a Pre-K classroom and 10 years in all-day Kindergarten. Kris received her Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in Elementary Education with an extra focus on Early Childhood. Kris enjoys working with preschool children and is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm of learning.

Karen Allen

Karen is one of the nature-based preschool teachers. She has a BA degree in Elementary Education with an art concentration and has worked with the Oswegoland Park District since 2010. She is eager to watch the children grow throughout the course of the year



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