Sandy Perkins, Itri Papanikolla, Joan Treland, Rick Klimas, De Popolis, Joe Chmill
Joan Treland has earned two special education degrees — M.A. in Learning Disabilities and B.A. in Social/Emotional Disorders. Additionally, she holds State of Illinois teaching certificates in Learning Disabilities, Social/Emotional Disorders, Elementary, and High School (Special). She has had more than forty years of experience in testing, teaching, therapeutic remediation, supervision, administration, and counseling. She and her staff specialize in mentoring for various subjects, course credit, and District #200 requirements for Treland Academy graduation. Individuals include regular and advanced levels with needs in dyslexia and other learning disabilities, as well as in motivational, pragmatic communication/life skills, executive function/organization strategies, critical thinking, attention deficit disorders, mindfulness, self-reliance, social anxiety, and medically related academic support. All programs are planned with explicit attention to provide individualized strategies.
Treland has worked in public schools in both general and special education and directed a private day-care nursery/kindergarten. She liaisons with numerous professionals and schools.
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De Popolis graduated from Loyola University with a B.S. in English and began teaching middle school in a Chicago private school. Several years later she served as assistant principal and principal. While earning her C.A.S. in L.D. and S.E.D. (teaching students with learning disabilities and/or social-emotional disabilities) from National Louis University, De taught at a private school for adult education (adult literacy) and a psychiatric hospital. Until retirement, De taught 6th-12th grade special education students for Indian Prairie school district. Additionally, she was an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University where she had earned an M.A. in teacher leadership. Among the subjects De teaches are ACT/SAT and high school entrance preparation, social sciences (psychology, history); reading, both for comprehension and Wilson; literature; religion; writing; grammar (including diagramming); study skills (test-taking, organizational skills, executive functioning); and writing college applications. De enjoys her grandchildren, gardening and is a Cub fan.
Itri Papanikolla has a Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from University of Illinois at Chicago. He has taught mathematics and science classes for fourteen years and wants to continue his education at a higher level of Abstract Mathematics which gives him the ability to teach his favorite subject. Itri is a Math and Science instructor at College of DuPage. He also is a Math specialist and an ICAPS instructor/navigator. Itri speaks Albanian, Greek, Ancient Greek, and French. Itri has a medal in Mathematical Olympiads and is a member of the Golden Key International High IQ Society. His interests include spending quality time with his wife and two daughters, coaching youth soccer for Lombard Park District, the study of history and economics, painting on canvas, aquarelle, music, and sports. Itri wants to create a new model of how students can observe mathematics and science. He is the author of the book "Math Notes".
Rick Klimas is a graduate of Loyola University and taught school in Chicago for ten years. He tutored mathematics and science in the Blue Gargoyle adult education program. He teaches science, math, history, economics, philosophy, religion, humanities, music and art history, and language arts courses at the high school level, as well as organizational skills and test preparation classes at all levels including Honors and AP. Rick also teaches ACT/SAT/GRE test prep. A book dealer specializing in scholarly volumes, he also enjoys classical music and plays.
Jenna Micko holds a B.A. degree in English education with an endorsement in Journalism from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. She has studied Shakespeare and Art History abroad at Oxford University in Oxford, England. Jenna taught English at the secondary level for 17 years and Special Education. In addition to teaching British Literature, Reading, Literature as Film, American Literature, Study Skills and Humanities, Jenna has tutored in History, Religion, Biology, Earth Science, Psychology, ACT Prep, as well as other content areas. Jenna has also worked as a reporter for local papers in DuPage County covering local high school sports. She enjoys spending free time with her husband and daughter, as well as watching baseball and football, playing softball, acting in community theatre and creative writing.
Joe Chmill graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. He has over 30 years experience in advanced electronic hardware and software design, product management, marketing and sales. For the last several years, he has been a substitute high school teacher and personal tutor, specializing in math, physics, chemistry, and computer programming. He has also worked in special education classrooms. Joe satisfies his lifelong need to learn by taking advantage of new technology with online classes. He also enjoys bicycling, jogging, time with family (including his grandchildren), and is involved in his local community theater.
Maureen Flood has a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University and an M.A. in Special Education from Northeastern Illinois University. She is licensed in many areas including Learning Behavior Specialist, (Learning Disabilities, Social/Emotional Disorders), Standard Secondary Teaching and Standard Elementary Teaching. An Early Childhood endorsement has been added to her license. With her licensing and approvals, she is qualified to teach general and special education students from ages 3-21. Maureen has taught in public schools at the elementary and middle school levels. She has tutored for many years independently and for tutoring centers, working with students of all ages. She has completed training in the Wilson Language System and has taught many struggling students to read using the multi-sensory Wilson program. Maureen has also helped students increase their skills in reading comprehension, math and writing, following the Common Core curriculum. Executive Functioning skills and strategies are stressed during her tutoring sessions. Her interests include traveling, gardening and live theater performances. She has volunteered as an usher and attends concerts and plays in the suburbs and Chicago.
Sandra Wagner completed her undergraduate work at the University of Illinois. Her degree is in Speech and Theatre Education with a minor in English. She earned her MA in Interpersonal Communication at Purdue University. While at Purdue, her work focused mainly on Communication and its significance within Adolescent Psychology. Sandra is qualified to teach English, Speech, Theatre, Spanish, and Psychology. She spent many years teaching high school in Carol Stream. Currently, she is an adjunct Speech Communication professor at the College of DuPage. She has also served as a faculty tutor in the college's student assistance area. These experiences have allowed Sandra the opportunity to further develop her skills as an aid to students in group and individual educational settings. She is dedicated to her role as a teacher and continues her own path as a student to effectively adapt to the ever-changing demands of today's academic environment. Sandra has experience in all aspects of theatre from teaching to directing to acting. She shares an avid interest in music and vocal performance with her teenage daughters.
Sandy Perkins 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 Reading Specialist, English as a Second Language, and Physical Education endorsements. Sandy has taught elementary physical education and has worked as a substitute teacher. She was an education instructor at the Morton Arboretum where she worked with K-5 students and teachers while they fulfilled science curriculum standards. Sandy has experience working with students with learning disabilities and attention deficient disorder. She is certified as a Level I instructor for the Wilson Reading Program. Sandy works as an instructional assistant at a local public school where she provides reading and math intervention instruction for students in grades 3-5. Differentiated instruction is provided as her students come from various social, economic, cultural, and academic backgrounds. Her interests include reading, movies, piano, and being outdoors in nature.
Deborah Kim graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a Masters in Special Education. Her undergraduate degree is from Boston University in Occupational Therapy she is going into her 14th year of teaching and she has taught in high school and middle school settings. Her classroom experiences include teaching self-contained language arts, US history, and reading interventions. She has also co-taught in the general education setting for language arts, math, and US history. Deborah has experience working with students of various needs and has incorporated social skills, pragmatic language skills, and executive functioning skills into lessons. Deborah enjoys attending music concerts, Cubs games, as well as traveling and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as biking and hiking.