Emily Bianchi

  • A Look Inside. . . Dissection 101

  • The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Human Body

  • Medieval Times

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.  


Todd Beebe

  • Mr. Todd's Music Studio

Mr. Todd is a full time teacher and performing artist throughout the Chicagoland area. When not teaching, or on stage, he also tours with Brown's Music Bus, teaching the history of modern music throughout the public school system in Indiana. Mr. Todd is also a journalist for the Buddy Guy news letter. Some of his favorite interviews include Charlie Daniels and Peter Frampton.

Brian Bougher

  • Personal Finance (Financial Peace University for Students)

  • World Religions from a Biblical Perspective

Brian is a dedicated homeschooling father of five, who is passionate about Jesus, his family, coffee, and film. He has been a minister for 20 years in local churches where he has spent most of his time leading the next generation. He has taught in Christian private schools, directed a discipleship school for college students, traveled throughout the United States and abroad, ministering through speaking, worship, and the arts. Most recently, he is the founder and lead pastor of Thrive Church in Lockport. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in Professional Studies from Southwestern University and his Master’s Degree in Leadership & Ministry from Liberty University.

John Garcia

  • The PC and me

  • Gym Class

Hi, my name is John Garcia and I am a child of God, a US Navy veteran, the owner/director of G2 Volleyball club in Mokena and also a Senior Technical Analyst at Advocate Aurora Health. I have been coaching/playing different sports since I was in high school and have been involved with computers and information security for about the same amount of time.  I have a Masters degree in Information Security from Lewis University. I always liked to figure out how things worked and that's what got me into computers. Taking them apart, building them back up and learning about how they work.

Heather Giertuga

  • ASL

 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!

Liz Hetue

  • Game On

  • Novel Ideas

  • Rhythm and Rhyme

I taught 1st and 2nd grades for 7+ years before staying home with my own kids. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an Elementary Education degree, pre-K through 3rd grade and received my Reading Specialist-type 10 certificate, K-12 from Lewis University. I have created and taught art, literacy, science and musical theater classes, and I tutor students one-on-one and in small groups.   I have loved teaching and getting to know some of the families at Roots and Wings since 2019 and am excited to start a new semester!

Darrell G. Holmquist

  • How To Think

Grew up on east side of Joliet. Played trombone in championship Joliet Central High School Band. Graduated Mac Murray College 1972 with BA in history, MS Ed from Northern Illinois University in 1976. Taught U. S. History, social studies, and Illinois/Joliet history at Joliet Central 1972-1976. Coached baseball and cross-country. Taught reading, U. S. History, and Western Civilization at Lincoln-Way East and Central 1978-2005. Scouted for Milwaukee Brewers, umpired IHSA softball, official scorekeeper for L-W softball, and chairman of Western Civilization textbook committee. Have sung in several area choirs and performed solos and ensembles. Married to former Suzanne Merrill and have raised children who are now 35, 36, and 41 years of age. Member of Good Shepherd Lutheran in Frankfort. Am grateful for God's gifts, patience, and grace. 

Chef Jessica Jackson

  • Breakfast Club

  • Snack Attack Nutrition Class

  • Kids Culinary Academy

  • Kids Baking Academy

Chef Jessica is a pediatric nutritionist with a Masters in Holistic Nutrition/ Culinary Nutrition teach a variety of cooking technique of all types of cuisines with a healthy twist in her cooking classes. She has a passion for teaching children healthy eating and providing nutritional education, as well as connecting biblical principles to lesson so students are empowered to make their own healthy choices. She is also passionate about teaching students with allergies how to enjoy tasty food that is also safe for them.

Connie Johnson

  • Rising Star Musical Theatre

Ms. Connie Johnson has been teaching music and theatre in the Lincoln-way area and beyond for many years. Although she regularly performs professionally, her first love is introducing students to the magic of the stage and helping develop their budding talents.

Alisha Kaplan

  • Dance and Learn Around the World

  • Learn to Move Move to Learn

Hello! My name is Alisha Kaplan, and I am currently a stay at home mom to my three children. I have degree in Psychology from Saint Xavier University, and a background in teaching, dancing, and preforming several partner dances around the Chicago land area. I truly believe in the power of dance to teach emotional and social awareness, discipline, focus, creativity, and self expression. I look forward to sharing my passion, and nurturing these skills that can be carried over in all areas of life. 

Kristin Lord

  • Legos for Littles

  • Home Design

  • LEGO Challenge

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

  • Time and Money

  • Poetry

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.

Dana Rangel

  • MindUP

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. 

Gina Slager

  • Gina Marie's Singsong and Yoga

  • TruSelf Empowerment

Gina Slager is the force and creator behind TruSelf Empowement, LLC a program I developed for pre-teen and teen girls. TruSelf empowement is designed to inspire kids of all ages, to accept and become the best and truest versions of themselves. TruSelf is a deeply interactive program, recognizing and planting seeds of empowement at an early age to diffuse many of the upcoming issues they will face as adolescents. Gina has been working with children and teaching yoga for twenty years.

Debbie Spano

  • The USA

  • Order In The Court!

I am a homeschool mom of Norah (10), and Ben (8), and a wife of 11 years to Ray. I was blessed to be homeschooled by my parents K-HS, and I am so thankful I get to homeschool my children. I'm a kid at heart, I love being able to spend time learning, playing, and growing with kids of all ages. I am involved in the Parkview Kids ministry, and I love serving God by serving others. I work full time managing the operational and administrative duties of my families restaurant, and I often smell like pizza :)

Annemarie Stone

  • Executive FUNctioning Skills for 👧🏻🧑🏽👩🏻‍🦰

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 1st 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.