Leawood Is Even Better The Second Time Around
You could say Krista and Scott Klaus love living in Leawood. When they first lived here, from 2001 to 2007, they realized it was a special community. But a three-year stint in Florida gave them a new appreciation for this town. Moving back to the area in 2010, there was no question Leawood was the only place for them.
“We’ve lived in two homes in Leawood and each time neighbors greeted us with cakes, platters of cookies and welcome cards,” says Krista. “It was a stark contrast between the more transient Florida and the Midwestern neighborly care and concern. It brought me to tears. This is what we were missing in our lives in Florida.”
Long time news anchor Krista Klaus grew up in south Kansas City, so swimming with friends at Leawood South Country Club, going to movies at Ranch Mart and biking Tomahawk Creek trails were all part of her childhood and teen years.
A career in journalism took her away from the area. After attending KU and Northwestern University, she got her first job at 6 News in Lawrence where future husband, Scott, who had also attended KU, was her co-anchor. Both later took jobs in South Bend, Indiana. Scott had grown up moving every few years for his dad’s job, but Krista was homesick. They returned to Kansas City and eventually settled in Leawood in 2001. About this time, Scott decided to leave broadcast news and entered the medical sales and marketing field. Krista continued as on-air talent until 2005.
With a growing family, the oldest children attended Leawood Elementary and the school lived up to Blue Valley’s world-class reputation, making it hard to move. When the Klaus family returned from Florida, proximity to LES was a driving factor in finding a house.
“When we were house hunting, Scott joked about how I had to be in the Leawood Elementary attendance zone,” Krista explains. “But I stuck to my guns in spite of his ribbing. Today, we are still in the same house across from the school and I wouldn’t change a thing.”
The Klaus family consists of four children and a newly acquired Bichon puppy named Daisy. Mackenzie, 18, is a freshman at K-State majoring in fine arts; Spencer, 15, is a freshman at Blue Valley North, an honor student and football player; Alexander (AK), 12, is a 6th grader at Leawood Middle and plays multiple sports; Georgia (Gigi), 9, is a 4th grader at Leawood Elementary and plays sports and dances.
Today Krista is business editor for 98.1 FM KMBZ and owner of Krista Klaus Consulting, a media consulting firm focused primarily on the development and tech industries. Scott is regional sales manager for DivvyHQ, a start-up software company that offers a platform for content marketing companies.
Krista likes to describe her family as perfectly imperfect.
“Our family is passionate and loud. We don’t try to ‘keep it real’ because it IS real. Every day. With six people running in six directions, the hot water runs out, someone always seems to be running late and the car needs gas!
“It’s hard to keep up with the image of perfection displayed on Facebook,” Krista says. “We’re messy, but in a good way. We laugh a lot. We sometimes fight and we hold each other accountable. But, in spite of the bumps, we love each other and take care of each other.”
Through it all, the Klaus family is grateful to call Leawood “home.”
“We love the friends we’ve met through school, youth sports, church and our careers. There are so many wonderful people in Leawood, and being a part of this community has been a true blessing to our family.”