Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Heather Kleinsasser

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I am excited to be returning to the Abounding Love Preschool team this year!  This year I will be the Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher in the Part-Day Program.  I have been with Ms. Stephanie for the past two years and know the curriculum well.  Ms. Stephanie and I will continue to collaborate together as she has not left Abounding Love Preschool, but moved to the Full-Day Pre-K Class and has also been promoted to Assistant Director!

I was born and raised in Pierre, South Dakota. I attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development, Child and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood and a minor in Sociology. My degree has allowed me to work in a variety of settings. Initially, I worked as a Child Care Counselor in a residential treatment center’s assessment and short-term care unit. Our team evaluated and cared for children with emotional disorders and behavioral issues. When my husband’s education path relocated us to Chicago, I was hired by TeacherCare. TeacherCare places teachers and child care specialists with families to provide care and education in their home. I was fortunate to be with the same family for four years. We shared such a bond that we are still very close friends today! Following my husband’s graduation, he accepted a fellowship in the Kansas City area, so we made our home in Olathe. We fell in love with Kansas City and decided to stay! I was a Lead Teacher at Olathe Head Start for two years before becoming a stay at home mother. While raising our children, I enjoyed volunteering in their classrooms and being a member of the PTA.

My husband, Kelsey, and I have lived in Lee’s Summit for 17 years. Our sons, Aidan (18) and Cullen (15), keep us very busy with all of their sports and activities.  This fall, Aidan will be a freshman at Marquette University and Cullen with be a sophmore at Lee's Summit West. Stella Luna, our black Lab, completes our family! We enjoy cooking together, trying new restaurants, watching movies, fishing and traveling!

I look forward to creating a fun and exciting learning environment and making this a wonderful year at Abounding Love Preschool!