Meet the Principal: Alice Spingola of Kiva Elementary School

Name: Alice Spingola

Town/Neighborhood: Peoria

What I’m excited about and why: I’m excited to be part of the Kiva community. I am looking forward to bringing new and exciting experiences to the students and staff at Kiva while honoring the tradition that makes Kiva home to so many people.

Kiva Elementary School Principal Alice Spingola.

What I like most about being an educator here: The people at Kiva believe in giving back to the community. They want to continue to support the Kiva students in their journey to becoming productive and successful citizens.

Changes I’d like to see in public education: I believe that if the legislatures really spent time in the schools today they would see the demands staff and students face and be able to make well informed decisions regarding education. In addition, we need to put more support and focus on social emotional learning so our students can be more available to learning.

Favorite community cause and why: I enjoy spending time with the elderly who live in assisted living centers. Their stories are so interesting and I know they can get lonely. I began this when my father was in an assisted living facility and I saw so many residents living each day without a visitor.

When and why I moved here: I moved here in June of 2018 to escape the cold Chicago winters.

Where I lived before and why I left: Evergreen Park, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). My husband and I brought my father here for the wonderful climate!

My family: Husband Hank, and two boys Henry (29) and Michael (25)

What I like most about what I do: Since I began my career in education, I end each day reflecting on my decisions and actions. If I can say that everything I did was in the best interest of the students, then I consider my day a wonderful day!

Previous occupations and why I left: I’ve been in education since I graduated from college. Before that I was an assistant in a dental office and a bank teller.

If I had picked a different occupation, it might have been: I would have chosen to go into law.

My interests and hobbies: Taking day trips to new places, reading, shopping

The best and/or worst time in my life: Every day I spend with my husband and children are the best times of my life.

My best and/or worst habits: I constantly check my email.

The trait(s) I admire in others: Organization

My guiding philosophy: Make each day better than the day before.

My advice to today’s youth: Be true to who you are. Determine the non-negotiables in your life and you will lead your life with purpose and focus.

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