Kelly Hantak has been involved in the fields of early childhood education and early childhood special education as a teacher and supervisor in nonprofit, inclusive early childhood programs for over 20 years. She is an assistant Professor and program chair for the early childhood and special education programs at Lindenwood University. Kelly is also a special instructor for the Missouri First Steps program, in which students often conduct observations during early intervention home visits.
Kelly holds a bachelor of science in communication disorders from Southwest Missouri State University and a master of education in elementary education with a specialization in early childhood education from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She also holds dual certification in the areas of early childhood education and early childhood special education. Kelly recently obtained a doctorate of education in instructional leadership with an emphasis in andragogy from Lindenwood University.
Kelly was elected to a four-year term as a Governing Board member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 2014. Kelly has coauthored articles in The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning and Young Children. In addition to her involvement with NAEYC nationally, she is active in the Missouri Association for the Education of Young Children (MOAEYC). She is also vice president of the Missouri Association of Early Childhood Teacher Education and a member of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, as well as the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.