The Marion Center Director is Kris Hale. Kris has been with Kids Inc. since June of 2017. Prior to coming to Kids Inc, Kris was the Director of My Iman Montessori and Academy in Cedar Rapids. She also taught at Summit Schools in CR and subbed throughout the metro area, since moving to Iowa in 2005. Kris holds a BA in Elementary Education, with an Early Childhood emphasis from the University of Iowa, and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from AIU Online. When not working, Kris loves spending time with her two grown children and her beagle. She has Hawkeye football season tickets and is a huge Hawkeye fan. Kris's favorite thing about Kids Inc is the family atmosphere with wonderful staff and families....she loves going in the Toddlers or Big Twos room and having all of the kids say "bye bye" repeatedly as she leaves, as she said it makes her feel like Glinda the Good Witch leaving the Munchkins in the land of Oz.
The Marion Center Assistant Director is Elisabeth Cardoso. Elisabeth has been with Kids Inc since August of 2017. Elisabeth has a BA in Elementary Ed from Golden State in California. She has varied experiences at several child care centers - ranging from being the cook to teaching and directing. Elisabeth and her husband, Jonathan, were married in July and they make their home in Marion with their dog Taco. Elisabeth's favorite things about Kids Inc are the parents, the children and the staff who make an all around great team!
Hello! My name is Kari, I am the lead teacher in the School Age room at the Marion Center. I have worked for Kids Inc. for six years. I have had the pleasure of working in every room and getting to know the kids as they grow. My husband and I live in Marion with our two daughters, Anistyn and Finley, and son Max. I am excited to spend the year getting to know the kiddos more and help them grow and learn.