My name is Marlena Constant. I have been a Preschool Teacher at UIS Cox Children’s Center on the University of Illinois at Springfield campus for three years where I enjoy observing children’s thought processes and watching them create as their learning experiences unfold. I am active in my community, am constantly finding ways to continue learning, and enjoy working on two early childhood boards. I have been a member of Capital Area Association Education for Young Children for three years where I am a Vice President of Membership and serve on the Illinois Education Association of Young Children currently as Vice President of the Central East Region.

I am a Senior at UIS where I will graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and then on to my Master’s! The education field has inspired me to find ways where I can reach more children and families in order to develop a positive relationship as we work together in the best interest of their child. I plan on continuing to work in the early childhood field where I can be a mentor to those who are beginning their journey in this field.

When I am not volunteering my time, I enjoy gardening, reading, hanging out with my family and rescue dog Buttercup.


My name is Lee Eklund. I am the Executive Director of Malones Early Learning Center in Carterville, Illinois, where I have worked for the last 22 years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and hold a Level II Director’s Credential and a Level V Early Childhood Credential. I currently serve on the SIAEYC Board of Directors in the Treasurer’s position, as well as on the Carbondale Science Center’s Board of Directors. Past positions that I have held are Treasurer of the Carterville Rotary Club and Board Member of Carterville’s Chamber of Commerce. I am currently active in Illinois AEYC serving on the Executive Committee and as the Southern Region Vice President.

Region 15 Delegate

Hello, my name is Glenda Hall. I teach Pre-K at West Side Primary in Harrisburg and online at Southeastern Illinois College. I have a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with endorsements in Special Education, ELL, and English as a Second Language from Concordia University. My career includes eighteen years of experience teaching in a variety of settings, childcare, Head Start, Special Education, and Pre-K. I’m a board member of our local chapter SIAEYC.

I live with my husband Josh and son Ashton in rural Raleigh Illinois. Together we enjoy fishing, walking, and paddle boating around our pond. We also enjoy our large garden with fresh fruit and vegetables.