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Elke Miller

Women in Business Interest Group, Co-Chair

Owner, Founder and Executive Director of Kigala Preschool (
Founder and Founding Board President of Goethe International Charter School


Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Elke held positions from Executive Assistant to Operations and Finance Director, assisting in the start-up and operation of government contracting engineering companies.

When Elke looked for an international and multi-lingual school environment with project based learning for her two daughters, she was surprised at the minimal choices available. While working in government contracting, Elke returned to college to expand her skill set in Early Childhood Education. She holds a California State Permit as Master Teacher and Site Supervisor.

Channeling this purpose and drive, Elke began first hand, in person research and observation of American and international immersion schools. This journey lead her to visualize, found and develop Kigala Preschool and Goethe International Charter School.

She is very active within the German-American Community and founded network groups in Los Angeles, such as “German Community LA” (Deutsche Gemeinde LA) and supported event organization for the German-American Club of Santa Monica. As a businesswoman, Elke is a member of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and a member of numerous education organizations, including the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC), North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA), Task Force City of Santa Monica, Early Childhood Education, and the Pedagogical Institute in Santa Monica.

Elke offers consulting services for start-up organizations, start-up and development services in the educational field, operation and development services for entrepreneurs and small businesses, as well as personal coaching.

Elke has received recognition and awards for her contribution to high quality education from the City of Los Angeles, the State of California, the Senate and Congress, the Outdoor Classroom Committee and recently the Cross of Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany.