From left to right:  

Sandy Perkins, Itri Papanikolla, Joan Treland, Rick Klimas, De Popolis, Joe Chmill


Joan Treland

Founder and Consultant

Joan Treland has earned two special education degrees — an M.A. in Learning Disabilities and a 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 experiennow consults for Treland Education in testing, teaching, therapeutic remediation, supervision, administration, and counseling.  She brings her substantial experience to mentoring for various subjects, course credit, and District #200 requirements for graduation fromTreland Education's Homeschool program.


Seth Stevenson

Director and Mentor-Tutor

Seth Stevenson graduated with honors from Benedictine University where he earned a B.S. Science in Biology and a minor in secondary science education.  Fully expecting to teach honors and AP science at the high school and college level, he instead detoured into teaching science and social studies at the middle school level in high needs and low-income public schools for the past twelve years.  During that time, he also earned a B.S. in Business Administration for Accounting, a Master's of Arts in Biological Science Education, and a Masters of Arts in Mathematics Education.  At this time he maintains endorsements in general science, biology, chemistry, physics, earth and space science, social science, and business.   He currently teaches computer aided design, robotics and programming in a full time position in the western suburbs.  In his spare time he is the primary caretaker for his two children Rose (4) and Rex (2).  He enjoys cooking, reading, testing to earn more endorsements, accounting and marketing. 


De Popolis


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


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


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.


Joe Chmill


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.


Sandy Perkins


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.


Julie Gonzales

Office Manager and Assistant Director

Julie is the indispensable organizing genius at the heart of Treland Education.  When not being awesome at work, she specializes in being a princess.


Karen Evensen

Management Consultant



Gary Evensen

Accounting Consultant