Meet Our Staff
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
Sandy has a Master’s Degree in Reading from National Louis University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Secondary Education from Southern Illinois University.
She has a Reading Specialist, English as a Second Language, and Physical Education endorsements. Sandy is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and has experience tutoring students using the Wilson Reading Program. Sandy has taught elementary physical education, worked as a substitute teacher, and as an instructional assistant.
She was an education instructor at the Morton Arboretum where she worked with K-5 students and teachers as they fulfilled science curriculum standards. Sandy has experience working with students with learning disabilities including students with attention deficient disorder. Her interests include reading, movies, piano, and being outdoors in nature.
Laura has 25 years of teaching experience in both the classroom and as a tutor. She has a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelors’s degree in computer science. She previously worked as a computer programmer and system designer. She enjoys working directly with students helping them master math. She likes working one-on-one in order to help build a student’s confidence and foster a love of math.
Ron Hurlbut has a masters degree in Physics and has worked as an optical engineer, geophysicist and computer scientist before working at the Illinois Math and Science Academy and North Central College. He teaches high school and college students specializing in mathematics and science, especially physics and also teaches data analysis and modeling.
Katie has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Bradley University. She is currently working as an instructional assistant at an elementary school in a 4th-grade classroom.
Katie loves tutoring because she enjoys really getting to know students while working with students one-on-one to help them strengthen their academic skills and build their confidence!
In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends and family.