Meet Our Staff
I really enjoyed teaching in high school, but I decided to stay home and take care of my children. I guess you can say I’m a mom by day, and a WSEA tutor by night! Tutoring offered the perfect opportunty to work with students in the evening. I really enjoy teaching one-on-one or in small groups. It is great to hear students tell you that they “get it” because of a mnemonic, a diagram, or an idea that I’ve shared with them in our tutoring sessions.
In tutoring, you get to really zone in on what the student does not understand about the subject. As a tutor, you get to think of unique ways to help that student learn and understand why he is learning the material.
I have my bachelors in chemical engineering, but I received my masters in teaching in 2015. I have taught high school chemistry and biology, and I have teaching certification for grades 6-12.
I work with students in 6th grade all the up to 12th grade. I tutor students in their math and science courses as well as tutor high school test preparation and ACT and SAT preparation.
My husband and I have three children, and they keep us on our toes everyday. We go up to Devils Lake, WI for part of the summer and camp, swim, and hike. My husband and I also climb up the steps of the Willis Tower every year for a fundraiser, and hopefully our 6 year old will be joining us in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P.) Certified
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.
She enjoys tutoring because she’s able to give her students one on one attention and fully address their needs within the subject matter.
When Elyse is not tutoring or teaching, she enjoys spending time with friends & family, playing sports, seeing movies, and practicing speaking with native Spanish speakers.
Are you a native Spanish speaker?
“I am not a native speaker. I’m also the only person in my family who speaks a second language. Blending in is quite a feat, I don’t believe I do because there are so many differences in language from country to country and region as well. However, I have had many native speakers tell me that I do not have an American accent when I speak Spanish and once, while studying in Oaxaca, my instructor asked if I had family from Mexico.”
I became a tutor to help students understand math and make it not so scary. I enjoy working one on one with students which is something you rarely get to do as a teacher. I also fell like I develop a deeper relationship with my tutoring students and they trust me more with personal problems as well as academic struggles.
I have a BS of Mathematics from Eastern Illinois with a secondary certification. Currently I work at Glenbard East HS in Algebra and Geometry. I am also involved in a tutoring program at the school.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, scuba diving, and skiing. I am also a huge nerd; all of my students know how obsessed I am with Star Wars.
Julie joined WSEA in the fall of 2012 to work with middle school and high school 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.
Karen has an M.A. with a teaching certificate for grades K-9. Her B.A. is in Communication and Psychology. In 2015, Karen participated in Wilson Training, a specialized approach to phonics and reading for children who are having trouble encoding and decoding words. She really enjoys helping elementary students with reading skills as well as math.
Karen Zielinski worked in Naperville District 203 and was an active parent volunteer for many years.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, volunteering, gardening and exercising, as well as frequent trips to Michigan. Karen joined the WSEA staff in 2010 to work with elementary students.
Lisa loves tutoring because she really enjoys the one-on-one attention and personalized help she can give to her students.
Lisa really enjoys working with High school and Middle school students with Study Skills (so important!), Social Studies and English/Reading/Writing.
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 8 years. Lisa joined the WSEA staff in the fall of 2011 to work with middle school and high school students.
Lisa really enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time with my children.
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.
Jennifer Bredberg, 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 Bredberg decided to begin tutoring after she had her first child. Jennifer wanted to remain an educator but also wanted the ability to spend more time with her son. Now that she has two children, she loves tutoring because it allows her the freedom to spend time with both of her children during the day and to do what she loves in the evenings.
The thing she enjoys best about tutoring is that it’s one on one, and she can create a good rapport with her students. It’s not easy to build a 1 on 1 relationship with students in a classroom setting.
Jennifer’s favorite subject to teach is English. She enjoys reinforcing grammar rules and helping students understand what the rules are and why we use them. This usually help students become better readers and writers.
On the weekends, when she’s not teaching, she loves to spend time with her friends and family. She also loves reading, cooking and being outdoors.
Diane Nelson, Elementary Director
I started tutoring when all three of my children were in school full time. I was longing for interaction with students, because I enjoyed and missed teaching so much!
One thing that I love about tutoring over in-classroom teaching is the ability to work one-on-one with students. This gives me an opportunity to tailor lessons to fit their unique learning style and incorporate multi-sensory techniques when applicable. More importantly, it gives me the chance to get to know the students on a more personal level and develop a safer learning environment where they feel that it’s okay to take chances and make mistakes…As I always tell my students, “Mistakes are good, as long as you learn from them & how to correct them. We learn best from our mistakes!” I feel that it is so important to boost students’ confidence, empowering them to believe that they can succeed!
I enjoy working with Elementary students in all subjects. No matter what subject we are working on, I always emphasize organization and incorporate study skills techniques. Those are skills which will assist them in every subject for years to come. The bulk of my students are those needing phonics support. I am a Wilson trained instructor, a multi-sensory method which helps struggling readers decode (read) & encode (spell) words, breaking the guessing habit.
When I am not tutoring I enjoy the outdoors (hiking, biking & gardening), spending time with my family, reading and cooking.
Camille Jones, Advisor
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