Nikki Beechy

  • Gym Class

Hi! My name is Nikki Beechy, Aunt of Wayde, Macy, and Mila Beechy. I am currently a nurse at a pediatricians office & love spending time with kids! I am so excited to teach gym class this semester & help kids get moving & have fun. 

Emily Bianchi

  • LEGO Robotics Team

I am a homeschooling mom of three boys. My husband, Joe, and I decided that homeschooling would be the best option for our family when our oldest son entered 2nd grade . I have a Bachelor of Science and an Master's degree in Elementary Education and am continually learning new things as I homeschool my boys. I am very happy to be a part of Roots and Wings. I am thankful for what it has offered for my family and for all of the homeschoolers in our community.  

Angela Bougher

  • Elements of Art, Inspired by Nature

Angela graduated from Christ for the Nations Institute in 2000. She has co-pastored alongside her husband for 20 years and has experience in administration, leadership, teaching, & public speaking. She currently assists in pastoring and leading at Thrive Church in Lockport, IL. Over the years, she has worked with children and youth of all ages, teaching dance, drama, history, and the arts, with an emphasis on God's creativity and love for us. Angela, a mom of 5 energetic, passionate children, has been homeschooling for 18+ years and believes wholeheartedly in the values that non-traditional education can provide!

Katie Brauer

  • Little Seeds Playschool

Katie Brauer is a homeschooling mama of two kids who taught English and Reading at Lincoln-Way for 10 years before beginning her homeschool journey. She has also privately tutored kids in literacy and writing since she graduated with her degree in English and Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University Chicago. Her belief that every child deserves to learn and grow at their own pace with loving, supportive guidance pointing them toward God has fueled her desire to homeschool, tutor, and teach.

Emily Franz

  • Creative Drawing

  • Adventures in Collage

Emily is an artist and owner of Bloom Art Studio in Mokena. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Columbia College Chicago and has been instructing people in art for over 7 years. She is a mother of 5 adult children, a wife of 37 years, a dog lover and an avid reader.

Heather Giertuga

  • Sign Language   1, 2 and 3

Miss Heather had a passion for sign language since she was in grade school. A certified teacher in both elementary & special education, she worked as a sign language interpreter for deaf & hard of hearing students in many different schools. After deciding to stay home and raise a family, she missed teaching and created virtual sign language classes and now teaches families across America.
Miss Heather recently opened another kid- friendly business in Tinley Park in which sign language is interjected as well!
When she's not working, her most favorite time is spent with her children at home!

Morgan Grutzius

  • Music Lessons: piano, flute & harp

Morgan is a 21-year piano veteran as well as 18 years in harp performance and flute. She is a 2015 graduate of the Chicago Conservatory of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Harp, Piano, and Flute performance. She has been mentored by the prestigious Lillian Lau, principal harpist of the Lyre Bird Ensemble, and Kathy Hoster, founder of Hoster Piano Studio. Morgan is also a Certified Clinical Musician and received her Master’s in Therapeutic Harp Music in December of 2020. She has been teaching professionally for 9 years and is a member in good and regular standing of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association. Apart from teaching, Morgan performs music at corporate events, weddings, and community concerts through the family music business, Heavenly Harps.

Julie Hansen

  • Spanish 1

¡Hola! I am a former Spanish and bilingual, English as a Second Language teacher. I have taught children as young as 3 all the way to adults. I live in New Lenox with my husband, two sons, my daughter, a couple fur babies and a flock of chickens. Reading, writing, playing pickleball and traveling are some of my favorite things to do. I am very excited to be returning to Roots and Wings as a Spanish teacher. 

Liz Hetue

  • Rhythm & Rhyme

  • Science Soup

Liz Hetue is a former 1st and 2nd grade teacher with a preK-3 Elementary Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Reading Specialist certificate K-12 from Lewis University. She taught for 7+ years before staying home with her own children, tutoring and teaching classes in between visits to the zoo, parks, and going to the lake with her family. This will be her 5th semester at Roots and Wings, where she has taught literacy, art, musical theater and science classes. She loves teaching and getting to know families at Roots and Wings and is excited to start a new semester! 

Chef Jessica Jackson-Nyarko

  • Intro to Pastry Arts

  • Kids Baking Academy

  • Cooking Around the World

Chef Jess of Kidinary Cooking is a pediatric nutritionist with a Masters in Culinary Nutrition that has taught students about nutrition and the culinary arts for over 4 years. 

Alisha Kaplan

  • Storybook Dance

  • Who Was...?

Alisha Kaplan has a BS of Psychology, and a background in teaching and dancing several partner dances. Homeschooling has allowed her to share the joy of learning through play, dance, nature, and life experiences . She believes the best learning is done while having fun and being active. 

Brad Kleine

  • Human Anatomy & Body Systems

Brad Kleine, ATC, PES, CKTP, GTS is a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist, certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner, Graston Technique Specialist. Mr. Kleine has worked for Athletico Physical Therapy for over 20 years and is the head athletic trainer at Homewood Flossmoor High School. As an athletic trainer, he provides health care to the student athletes at HF that are injured while participating in sports including emergency medical management and injury evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation.

Rachel Klode

  • Beauty of Nature: Introduction to Ecology & Conservation

I am currently a stay at home mom to my two young daughters. I taught middle school science for 9 years and attended the University of Saint Francis for my Bachelors (Biology), Teaching Certificate (Middle & Secondary), and Northern Illinois University for an additional Masters (Curriculum and Instruction). I have a passion for sharing science with young people and exploring the wonders and complexities of God's creation!

Kristin Lord

  • LEGO Robotics Team

I am a mom to 2 high schoolers and live with them along with my husband and dog in Frankfort. My youngest will be returning to the public school full time this year and still homeschool my oldest. I am a previous elementary teacher and accountant. I have been home with my kids for the last 10 years and recently took a job at a Christian non-profit ministry serving children. I love to craft, organize and be creative in my spare time. 

Liz Majerczyk

  • Math Plays Preschool 

  • The 4 Operations and Decimals 

  • Intro to Fractions 

  • Integers and the 4 Operations 

After spending a few years teaching a variety of grades and ages, I decided to open up Math Plays. At Math Plays, I strive to help kiddos have a more positive attitude toward math. When not teaching, I enjoy traveling, hiking/walking, and reading.

Katie McClain

  • Once Upon a Fairy Tale

Hi! My name is Katie McClain and I was a first grade teacher before staying home with my four wonderful daughters. I love to read, teach early readers, and dig into amazing books with awesome kiddos! I am so excited to be in the classroom with you this year!!

Carly Mitrovic

  • The Secret to Reading

I am married to Mark, a special education teacher and we have two beautiful kids, Emmet and Hayden. We love dogs and have an Australian Shepherd and two Goldendoodles! I was an elementary special education teacher for nine years and I have been tutoring full time for one year and absolutely love it! I really enjoy learning new reading techniques and have studied the science of reading approach throughly. My husband and I love to spend our free time with family, traveling, or learning new things! 

Dana Rangel

  • Bible Memory Masters

  • Pottery

I am a licensed behavior therapist and teacher as well as a homeschool mom. I currently work with children with autism and behavior challenges teaching them social emotional skills and strategies. I have a bachelors degree in communication sciences and disorders and a masters degree in early childhood special education. In my free time, I love to read, do art, and play board games. 

Kelly Siebert

  • Coping, Anxiety, and Bettering Your Brain

Hi, my name is Kelly Siebert. Our family loves God and loves people! We have 3 children and are a licensed foster family so that number is subject to change from time to time! We really enjoy homeschooling and I have found teaching to be a particular passion for me. I also enjoy working with design clients as my Bachelor's degree is in Interior Design, raising my chickens, and gardening. I love seeing minds expand and grow!

Mia Snowley

  • NaNoWriMo

Mia Snowley has always desired to create Christ-centered fiction that displays culturally diverse characters, stirs hope in a faithless world, and most importantly, challenges the heart. She has written two self-published books, A Kardia Surrendered and Slow to Speak and is currently working on getting her third manuscript published. She graduated from Life Pacific University in California with a Bachelors in Biblical Studies. When not writing, Mia is busy homeschooling her four children and her desire is to raise a generation of writers who will flood the market with stories that bring light to our dark world. 

Annemarie Stone

  • Red Berries White Clouds Blue Sky – WWII Novel Study

I am a wife, mom, and Reading Specialist. My hope and focus, as a mom and an educator, has always been to cultivate a love for learning and the joy that can be found in reading into the children I work and volunteer with. I have taught and tutored kids with many different ability levels ranging in grades pre-K through high school. I believe in teaching to each individual child and being sure he/she has what they need to grow academically and functionally, including the confidence to realize they can succeed. I try to see the world through the eyes of children as I plan lessons and activities to be sure they are not only learning, but having fun. 

Gina Tanke

  • Be The Light - Part 2

  • Creative Writing

  • Imagine Me

I am a homeschooling Boy Mom of 3 + 4 furbabies. I have a passion for teaching & formerly taught Elementary Education, but have stayed home with my own kiddos for the last few years. I love being outdoors, reading & writing, & time spent with my family. My youngest & I have enjoyed being a part of Roots & Wings for the last couple of years. Though I have enjoyed substitute teaching here at Roots & Wings, I'm looking forward to teaching a class of my own. I can't wait to get to know your children & together use the gifts that God gave us to be the light for those who need it!