Phone: 815-886-7581


Degrees and Certifications:

BA Aurora University, LBS1 RBT

Ms. Alexa Kalata

Hello, and welcome to my page!

My name is Lexa Kalata and I am one of five teachers in the self-contained Structured Teaching Learning Room (STLR) Autism program. While my collegiate career spans from Western Illinois to Illinois State, I completed my undergraduate degree from Aurora University in 2014 with a Bachelors in Special Education, Learning Behavior Specialist 1. I started higher education thinking I wanted to be a photo-journalist who travels the world reporting breaking news stories. But in the summer of 2009, I was hired as an early childhood paraprofessional and fell in love with working in the classroom. During my time in University, I worked as a caregiver for a family of medically fragile triplets, and held a long-term part-time position at a group home for Deaf adults where I began my training in American Sign Language. Throughout my student career, I volunteered teaching English to non-native speaking adults, and worked many summers as a teaching assistant during extended school year programs. Throughout my 8 years in Valley View, I have taught a spectrum of students, ranging from first through fifth grade! I have been an instructor in the STLR program since 2014, and obtained my Registered Behavioral Technician certificate in 2015 while working respite care under an ABA therapist.

Since 2017, I have held a position on the Union Executive Board of the Valley View Council as the Safety Chair collaborating with the VVSD Safety Committee, and added Education Chair in 2019. This term, I am the representative for the STLR program on Hermansen's building leadership team. In 2019, I joined several of my fellow STLR teammates as a coach for Hermansen's Girls on the Run program. And while teaching remotely this past semester, I trained to became a Seesaw "Pioneer" to better serve our students with specialized needs, and was just invited to become a Seesaw leader in the "Ambassador" program for Hermansen!

When I am not at school, I am either spending down time with my STLR cohort or spending quality time with my beloved nieces. I come from a large family who loves to vacation on Lake Michigan in the summers and I love traveling the world with my journal and my camera. I am a big believer of self-care, which I practice with art, crafts, and DIY projects, and am currently learning calligraphy and honing my canvas painting skills.

You can always reach me via email and when school is in session, by telephone to the main office at (815)886-7581.

Go Huskies!