Meet Our Staff
At WSEA we match students with an instructor that best fits their needs and learning style. Our staff members are experienced, certified teachers and/or experts in their fields. Many have advanced degrees. A number of our teachers have training and experience working with students with special needs such as A.D.D., dyslexia, and other learning differences. Many are trained to use multisensory teaching techniques based on the Orton Gillingham method. All of our instructors are dedicated to providing quality instruction to students.
Becky Bewersdorf, Elementary Director
Becky has classroom experience teaching Kindergarten through 4th grade and many years tutoring experience. She has been the Director of the Elementary Programs of W.S.E.A. since 1986.
Certification: K-9 Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Degree: Masters in Education
Camille Jones, Secondary 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Socall has a Bachelors Degree in Music Ed. and a Masters of Education in Reading. She is a K-12 Certified Reading Specialist and certified K-12 Music teacher. Her experience includes 10 years as a teacher of Reading and English. She has experience with curriculum development in education-to-career literacy as well as training literacy volunteers. Her “Footsteps to your Destiny” Literacy Curriculum won an Award of Distinction in 2000 by the Illinois State Board of Education. She is a “gifted dreamer,” and her mission is to see this generation “define, develop, and share their God-gifts with the world.”
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 3 years. Lisa joined the WSEA staff in the fall of 2011 to work with middle school and high school teachers.
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.
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.
Bridgett Smith has a degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Language Arts and Social Sciences. She has experience working with young autistic children and substituting in grades K-5. Bridgett joined the WSEA staff in 2011 to work with secondary students and sometimes works 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.
Mary Wilson has a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a Secondary Teacher Certification in Grades 6-12 to teach Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Space Sciences. She has taught Jr High and High School sciences including Animal Laboratory Studies and currently teaches at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park. Mary joined our staff in 2012 to work with secondary science and math students.
Phyllis Bentley has a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Learning Disabilities. She has several years experience teaching elementary and middle school general and special education in both resource and self-contained settings. She is a part-time Resource Teacher in East Aurora and has training in multi-sensory and direct instruction approaches for students with learning disabilities. Phyllis joined the WSEA staff in fall of 2012 to work with middle school students.
Leslie Mueller has a B.A. in Education with Special Education endorsements, a Masters in Reading with Certification as a Reading Specialist, and years of experience teaching elementary and middle school students in Special Education. During the past few years, she has worked as a substitute teacher and tutor for students in Kindergarten to 8th grade. Leslie joined the WSEA staff in fall of 2012 to work with secondary students, particularly with those who have special needs.
Moises Nadal has a degree in Elementary Education for K-9 and has several years teaching experience in the elementary grades and also in the 9th grade. He has worked with students in the ESL program as well. Moises is a native of the Dominican Republic and speaks fluent Spanish. In 2010, he joined the WSEA staff to tutor Spanish to secondary students on an as needed basis.
Sandy Strong has a BS degree in Secondary Math from Univ. of Ill at Champaign-Urbana and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis Univ. She has taught math for more than 20 years, with several of those at Yorkville High School. Sandy has taught everything from 6th grade math through Pre-Calculus. She joined our staff in 2007 to work with secondary math 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.
Rita McGarry has a B.A. in Elementary Education, Secondary Education and English Language & Literature. She has 18 years experience teaching Kindergarten through fifth grades, as well as homebound tutoring. She is certified to teach K-12th grades. She has been on our staff since 2007 working with elementary students.