The Mission of KLA Schools is to provide a safe, innovative environment and high quality education for the students of our communities inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education.
Vision & Values
All children are honored as individuals who are intrinsically motivated and are an integral participant in their own learning.
A school is a community which involves families, educators and children as partners in the learning process.
The school environment is designed to be safe, nurturing, and to promote experiences that invite children and adults to enter into meaningful dialogues that foster children’s innate curiosity, creativity, and thinking.
Relationships are at the core of our educational approach and are built with our surroundings: they are the interactions between people, materials, and environments.
Through documentation, the learning process of teachers and children is made visible for furthering understanding, expanding on concepts, and celebrating ideas.
A Letter from the Director
Hello and welcome to the KLA Schools of Hillsboro website!
At KLA School of Hillsboro, we believe each child has a right to learn in an environment specifically designed to reflect the way a child learns best. Children are natural researchers who are born with the innate ability to look at their world through curious eyes. The children in our center learn in an environment in which possibilities for growth and development are rich. Our classrooms are designed to nurture the competencies of children’s natural talents and abilities. Our educators place an emphasis on learning and the process of how a child thinks.
Our school is inspired by the renowned philosophy of Loris Malaguzzi, who founded the Reggio Emilia approach to education after World War II. The Reggio Emilia approach to education is founded on the principle that children learn best when they have some control over the path of their learning and have endless ways to demonstrate what they have learned. Therefore, our school follows the idea of an emergent curriculum. We teach children based on their interests and give them opportunities to construct their own knowledge through experiences set forth by our teachers. Our curriculum is child-initiated and child-led. Our educators act as facilitators to guide children to learn through their own theories, investigations, and conclusions.
It is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to explore our website and learn what our school has to offer the children of Hillsboro and its surrounding communities.
I personally invite you to schedule a tour to see our beautiful, state of the art school and our approach to learning for yourself.
KLA Schools of Hillsboro
Our Leadership Team
Our Leadership Team
Jennifer Lawler, Director
Jennifer has over twelve years of experience as an early education teacher and school director. She has worked with kids from preschool to third grade.
Her experience includes developing lesson plans, leading a team of teachers and incorporating different teaching techniques to find the best fit for the children and the school.
She has instructed a diverse population of students as a teacher in public schools, worked with military communities and in private preschools and day care centers in New Jersey and Oregon.
Shlomit Engel, Operations Manager & Acting Assistant Director
Shlomit has over twenty years of experience in operations and HR management.
In 2012, Shlomit and Michael Engel decided to move their family to Hillsboro, OR to start their own child care center. As parents of four young children, and experience with special needs integration, they decided to focus on early education.
KLA Schools are staffed with caring, fun, and dedicated professionals. Participating regularly in professional development experiences, our teachers are constantly looking for ways to learn more about the best ways to teach our students. Observations of each child are taken throughout the day in addition to notes reflecting on weekly projections. Our educators are continually analyzing which ways children learn best as well as which teaching styles are most effective.
Facilitators in their interactions with children, our educators work to align children interests with the learning domains in loving, nurturing, and positive ways which support students in feeling safe, loved, and valued. Our curriculum addresses the whole child including academic, physical, social and emotional domains.
We encourage them to think deeper and ask questions as they research different theories. It is of utmost importance that teachers and children alike invest in researching and collaborating together in order to be a part of each other’s learning process.
Parents as Our Partners
Parents are a crucial factor in our program. In fact, parents are our partners. Our teachers understand and respect that parents are their children’s first teacher. Their involvement in the school gives their children a sense of security and is deeply appreciated. We recognize that stable, quality relationships during the early years are fundamental for later developmental outcomes.
Collaboration between teachers, parents and the children is an integral part of the educational experience at KLA Schools. Our goal is not simply to build a strong, warm and nurturing connection with each child, but to extend that connection to our community of parents. By working in a collaborative group setting, children learn critical life skills such as compromise, reasoning, respect for others’ opinions and enhancement of their sense of community. Through these partnerships, children benefit from experiencing many of the same principles at home that they do in school and thrive with this consistency. Teachers also offer frequent support our families and our communities through transparency and by being a source of information about educating a whole child and the various aspects of development.
Safety and Security
KLA Schools are safe and secure by design. We work diligently to maintain the cleanliness of our facility as well as the safety of our furnishings and overall health of our children and their environment.
Parents log their children in at the reception area, where no outsiders are allowed. All doors leading outside of the KLA Schools grounds are kept locked and only able to be opened through sophisticated technology. Our schools include an outdoor play area designed with age appropriate materials, protective fences, and well-maintained grounds to ensure the children’s safety.
The entire school is continually monitored utilizing closed caption cameras in all classrooms as well as hallways and outdoor spaces.
Staff members qualified to respond to life-threatening emergencies are always in attendance. Trained in pediatric first aid and CPR, staff members are always available to respond to a variety of emergency medical situations. In addition to our regularly instituted health and safety plan, emergency care producers are also put in place for both minor and major incidents.
Whatever the situation, our staff is confident and qualified to keep your most prized possession safe at all times.
As part of our philosophy and educational approach, we believe it is essential to make visible the fact that each child knows and understands that we are all different and can co-exist peacefully. We have different ways of thinking, a fact we embrace. In fulfilling this vision, KLA Schools of Hillsboro has formed relationships with several organizations within the Hillsboro community.