A note from Mrs. Kalista: I have spent a lot of time at this preschool, as a parent, a volunteer board member, and now as the director. It is a privilege to be a part of such a magical place. As a parent, I have had the opportunity to watch and help my own children learn and grow, and now that they are all off to grade school I get to focus my attention on ensuring that all of our families and students are welcomed and attended to. Serving as a board member, I was able to better understand and appreciate the energy and enthusiasm that goes into making this preschool program operate at the highest quality standards. And as the director it is an honor to work with our teachers who dedicate so much time, love and thought into each and every lesson and activity in order to meet the individual needs of each student. The Aurora Cooperative Preschool has truly been a blessing to me and my family and I look forward to meeting our new families and continuing to build relationships with our current members.
Years at the Co-op: Alumni since 2008, 2.5 years as Executive Board Treasurer, Director since 2016
Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science, Masters in Public Administration
Experience: Worked for the Cleveland Metropolitan School district for 10 years in the Government Affairs Department and the Office of Institutional Advancement. Consulted with TIES (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM) for 7 years.