Meet Our Staff
Ashley Nisbet has a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Mathematics and a Masters in Business Administration. She spent her years following college working in the finance sector. She has recently made the transition to education, working as a Teacher Aide in Mathematics while completing her second Masters Degree in Secondary Education.
Ashley joined the WSEA team in 2016 to work with middle and high school students.
Camille Jones, Director
Camille has experience teaching Special Education on the secondary level as well as experience in counseling and advocacy for students with special needs. She has been Director of Secondary Programs since 1987.
Certification: Special Education K-12, English Language and Literature, Social Studies
Degree: Masters in Teaching, Masters in Counseling/Psychology
Diane Nelson, Elementary Director
Diane Nelson has taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grades with several years experience in nearby Wheaton. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum and Instruction. WSEA welcomed Diane to our staff in 2011 to work with elementary students.
Diane enjoys spending time with her three children, the outdoors, gardening, biking, playing piano & reading in her spare time.
Jennifer Bredberg, Secondary Director
Jennifer Bredberg has a BA in English and a Masters in Education with Secondary certification in English and Social Science. She has several years experience teaching Language Arts in middle school. Jennifer left her teaching position and joined the WSEA staff so that she could spend more time with her new baby. She currently works with middle school students.
Lisa Parenti has a BS in Communications, a MBA in Marketing, and a Type 09 Secondary Education Certificate in the Social Sciences. She has been a substitute teacher in the secondary grades for the past 5 years. Lisa joined the WSEA staff in the fall of 2011 to work with middle school and high school students.
Karen Zielinski has a B.A. in Psychology and Communication Arts, and a Master of Arts with a Teaching Certificate. She has been a School District 203 employee since 2002 working as a classroom assistant with K-ESL, K-Leap, Special Ed. assistant, or as a classroom substitute in grades K-5. Karen also has volunteer school experience as a mom in literacy, school library, ESL and Junior Great Books. She joined the WSEA staff in the summer of 2010 to work with elementary students.
Thomas Trey has a Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering and worked for 24 years at Amoco. He is retired now but enjoys working with our upper level science and math students at W.S.E.A.
Maureen Flood has a B.S. in Psychology and a M.A. in Special Education. She has several years experience teaching Special Education in a self-contained and resource program for children with learning disabilities. She joined the WSEA staff in 2008 to work with elementary students.
Mary Ann Hurlbut
Mary Ann Hurlbut has a Masters in Teaching and has taught children with visual perception learning disabilities from preschool age to high school. She works with secondary students.
Carla Zancha has a BS in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Reading. She has 20 years teaching experience with students in grades K-6. She currently is a part time reading teacher for elementary students in Yorkville. Carla has been a director for children’s ministries and also home schooled her two children adopted from Russia. Carla joined our staff in 2012 to work with elementary students.
Margarita Pomoranska has worked for WSEA for several years on and off. She currently teaches at College of DuPage and Columbia College in Chicago. With her Master’s in Science and ability to speak six foreign languages, Margarita assists secondary students in math and science including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and AP classes. She also works with WSEA students tutoring Spanish, French, and German.
Julie has a Bachelor of Mathematics with teacher certification for Gr. 6-12. She has tutored online classes in Geometry and also has some experience teaching Honors Geometry, Algebra and Consumer Mathematics. Julie joined WSEA in the fall of 2012 to work with middle school and high school students.
Elyse Barron has a BA in Spanish Education and has two years teaching Spanish as a foreign language at the middle school level. She also has her ESL/bilingual endorsement and is currently working as an instructional assistant in a bilingual classroom. Elyse has studied abroad twice in Costa Rica and taken courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico.
Jill has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College and is a certified Wilson Reading System tutor. She had the privilege of home educating her 3 children for 12 years, and she has been tutoring privately for many years now. She finds joy in assisting students in their reading progress! Beside reading, she enjoys biking, hiking, playing piano and being involved in women’s ministries.
Barista by day, Tutor by evening. Katrina studied Math in her under graduate. She majored in Applied Math in her post graduate studies.
From the easiest students to the most difficult, Katrina is very passionate about teaching all types of children. After graduating, she spent some time tutoring inner-city youth of Chicago.
She also enjoys traveling and has been to England and Amsterdam. She hopes that her next trip is to Australia… she’s interested in how different the culture is from the United States.
Robert Lugiai is a certified Secondary Education Social Studies teacher in the State of Illinois. He currently teaches at Naperville North High School and is the Debate Coach at Naperville Central. He has been actively involved as a tutor and mentor with the Boy Scouts of America for over ten years, and operates a Boy Scout Camp in Wisconsin called Camp Napowan.
He tutors both group and 1 on 1, but prefer 1 on 1 tutoring. 1 on 1 tutoring enables a student to study a greater amount of material, it also allows the teacher to understand and utilize the best learning techniques for the students.
He tutor the following: Social Studies, English, Science, HSTP, ACT Prep, SAT Prep, study techniques and specialized subjects at the Junior High and High School level.
My favorite subject to tutor is Social Studies and Science.
When he is not tutoring, Robert likes to go biking, camping and hiking. He also likes to volunteer with several organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and Citizens for Conservation. He also likes to read and cook and stay active in the community.
Kaitlyn became a teacher because she wanted to help kids reach their fullest potential by developing their weaknesses and enhancing their strengths. She loves watching kids get that big light bulb moment when they finally get something they have been working hard on. She loves helping kids unlock their abilities and feel success.
At WSEA Kaitlyn works with students in 2nd grade and 4th grade. In the past she has worked with students of all ages. She holds an elementary education degree and she is able to hold a teaching position for grades ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade. Kaitlyn also has an endorsement and love for math.
When Kaitlyn was in school, her favorite subject was math and science. Outside of school she played basketball, volleyball, and softball. Her favorite sport was basketball and was lucky enough to play a year in college. Kaitlyn volunteered at Special Olympic events which was an amazing experience for her! She got to work with kids of all ages and share an interest in developing as athletes. She loves being able to combine her teaching abilities with her passion for sports.
An interesting fact about Kaitlyn Ernsting is that she come from a large family with six brothers and one sister (so a full family of eight!).