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Your child will have the opportunity to work and engage with different staff members in our classroom this year. Check out our background info!


My name is Kristin Kelly. The 2018-2019 school year will be my seventh year teaching the GSRP Program at Portage. Before taking this position, I worked in Benton Harbor teaching GSRP for one year. Prior to working in Benton Harbor, I taught in Milan, Ohio at Edison Local Schools for nine years. While in Milan, I taught preschool for 4 years, kindergarten for 1 year, second grade for 3 years, and split between first and third grade for 1 year. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Defiance College and have my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Bowling Green State University. I hold an Elementary K-5 Michigan Teaching Certificate with an Early Childhood Endorsement.

My husband KJ and I live about 30 minutes away from Portage.  He is the director of a youth camp for children and typically we are always busy with the many activities that are going on at Camp Kidwell.   KJ and I have three children. Our son, Matthew, started sixth grade this fall, loves to play soccer, enjoys riding his bike, and loves to jump on the trampoline. Our middle child Madelyn started Young Fives this fall. She loves to explore, climb, ride her bike, read books, and loves to dance.  Our newest addition is Jalen and he was born this past June.  He loves to smile, chat, and adores his big brother and sister. My hobbies include: spending time with our families, photography, watching Matthew play soccer, going on bike rides with Madelyn, reading books with Jalen, spending time and spoiling my nieces and nephews, and riding four wheelers at my in-law's farm.




My name is Meredith Havenhill. This school year will be my third year working at Woodland as a parapro, although I have been part of the Woodland family for many years serving as the room parent for various teachers and more recently as PTO co-president. My husband Eric and I live in Portage with our 3 children, Sara, Emily and Nathan, all of whom have attended Woodland since preschool or Young 5’s. They are currently in Second, Fifth, and Seventh grade, respectively.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University where I majored in Elementary Science with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I hold an Elementary K-5 Michigan Teaching Certificate with an Early Childhood Endorsement. I began my teaching career in a preschool program in the Wayne/Westland area, where I taught for almost 2 years. I moved to Kalamazooafter I married and taught for 8 years at Kalamazoo Advantage Academy in downtown Kalamazoo, first as a Kindergarten teacher and then 7 years as the lead teacher of the GSRP program (called MSRP back then).  For 8 years, I was a stay-at- home mom and enjoyed every moment of it!  Once my youngest started Kindergarten, I was able to return to teaching and am very excited to be part of the wonderful GSRP team here at Woodland.