Our Leadership Staff
Eugenie Matula, Executive Director
Eugenie (Jeannie) Matula has been at Educare West DuPage as Executive Director since September 2014. Her most recent position prior to coming to Educare, was as the first Principal of Ann Reid Early Childhood Center in Naperville, an early childhood preschool program that provides a blended environment for students of varying ages and abilities to learn together.
Throughout her career, Jeannie held many different positions, related to special education or early learning, including Early Childhood Assistant Director, Special Education Coordinator, and Special Education Teacher all in Naperville School District 203. Early in her career, she taught at Pritzker Children’s Psychiatric Center and served as adjunct instructor in Psychology for twelve years at College of DuPage.
Jeannie has a Master’s Degree in Special Education (University of Illinois) and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (University of Illinois Chicago). She has multiple teaching certificates and endorsements including an Administrative Certificate from Loyola University.
Jeannie has lived in Glen Ellyn for the past 39 years after growing up in Chicago. She is married and has three adult children who are all involved in successful careers. Jeannie and her husband, Mike Pajor will be first time grandparents in fall 2016.
As Executive Director of Educare West DuPage, Jeannie loves the mission of all Educare schools and conducting tours of the school is her favorite part of the job. She loves the awe expressed by visitors at the beauty and lofty achievements of Educare West DuPage.
Carina Lane, Master Teacher
I have worked in Headstart/Early Headstart programs with children and families from the time I graduated with my undergraduate Degree from the University of Missouri in 2009. I've worked as classroom teacher, parent child educator/homevisitor, family engagement specialist, and now have the privileged to work at Educare as a Master Teacher. During my 3 years at Educare I've also completed a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and an Infant Specialist Certificate both from the Erikson Institute.