Gahanna Leadership Team

Natalie Krell
Gahanna Director

Hello! My name is Natalie Krell and I’m the Director at SDA Gahanna. I have been working in child care for 12 years. I began as a school age teacher in a before and after school program and was later promoted to Assistant Director of that program. I began my career with Sunny Day Academy in July 2016. I have an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Ohio University. I married my husband Brad in 2006. We have three children, a boy and two girls, named Peyton, Lily, and Mila. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, attending my children’s sporting events, cheering on the Buckeyes, photography, and being outdoors. I’m excited to meet you and show you how amazing SDA is!

Elena Laird
Gahanna Assistant Director

My name is Elena Laird and I am the Assistant Director at SDA Gahanna! I started at SDA in September 2014 as the Lead Pre-K teacher before becoming the Assistant Director in 2015. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University in Education and Human Ecology. I love working with children and feel that they can teach me so much as well! I have an amazing son, Liam, who also attends Sunny Day. When I’m not at the school, I love spending time with my family, traveling, and reading. I also enjoy fall weather, Ohio State Football and Basketball, the Cincinnati Reds, and eating as much Mexican food as I can get! I’m so excited to maintain an educational atmosphere where your child feels safe and loved.