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Youth Program Instructor Bios

Helen Athanasopoulos

Helen has taught gifted children at Jefferson Middle School for over ten years. Helen has two B.A. degrees (Interdisciplinary Social Science and History) from Barat College, a Master of Arts in Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University and a Master of Arts Educational Leadership from Aurora University. She teaches Advance Your Vocabulary: Greek and Latin Stems, Ready-Set-Grammar and Go and Plan, Study and Excel-Tools for Academic Success camps.

Breanna Atlee

Breanna holds a Bachelor's Degree from Carthage College and is certified to teach in Wisconsin and Illinois. She also holds a Master's Degree in Technology Education from National Louis University. A Grayslake teacher for 12 years, Breanna teaches Introduction to Design Thinking: Inventions and Fast-Paced Shakespeare and provides administrative support for Fast-Paced classes and summer Explore camps.

Tina Baldwin

A K-6 grade art teacher in Zion, Tina received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Art in visual studies from Cardinal Stritch University. Tina is working to co-found the Cre8tory, a non-profit makerspace serving Lake County. She teaches Design, Fabricate and Program with STEAM-Powered Makerspace camp and hopes to enable students to become active members of the Maker Movement.

Riyanti Boyd

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Teaching of Biology from University of Illinois and a M.S in Journalism from Roosevelt University, Riyanti taught high school chemistry for over a decade. She teaches credit math classes for CLC’s Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Division as well as Fast-Paced math and SAT Prep classes.

Jubilee Chang

Jubilee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction and Education Leadership from UIC. Passionate about STEAM education and neuroscience, Jubilee has gained admittance to the Mind, Brain & Education Graduate Program through Johns Hopkins University. With over ten years' experience teaching grades PK-8, Jubilee is now pursuing an additional degree in hospitality and culinary. She will employ her culinary and STEAM skills by teaching STEAM in Kitchen Science.

Kim Christesen

Kim is a certified professional educator with almost 20 years of teaching experience. She has a master’s degree as a Reading Specialist from National Louis University. Kim is a substitute teacher with Big Hollow District 38 and Woodland District 50 where she makes learning fun, often incorporating games and other review assessment activities to engage her learners in their lessons. Kim teaches Fast-Paced verbal classes and Tales from the Short Side: Creating and Writing Short Stories and Plan, Study and Excel-Tools for Academic Success camps.

Jan Edwards

Jan has a Masters of Science in Materials Science Engineering from Michigan Technological University and more than 12 years' experience in actively teaching and organizing STEM-based K-12 student outreach activities. A credit instructor in CLC's Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Department, Jan also teaches Does Form Follow Function? Let's Find Out with 3D Engineering Design.

Emily Erickson

Emily holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Loras College and is certified to teach in both Iowa and Illinois. Emily has volunteered with Explore camps and teaches It's a Bird's Life: Food, Nests, Migration camp. She also provides administrative support for Explore camps.

Jim Hayward

Jim Hayward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from National Louis University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Xavier University. A fifth grade teacher in Oak Park, Jim has been teaching for more than 15 years. He teaches Mastering Math, Conquering Numbers and Unlocking the Mysteries of Math camps and provides administrative support for Fast-Paced classes and summer Explore camps.

Brittany Hyde

Brittany earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education and Mathematics from Augustana College as well as a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. A licensed gifted education teacher, Brittany has more than seven years of teaching experience and has coached academic teams. Currently she works with school districts to provide effective evaluation and assessment. Brittany teaches Fast-Paced math.

Daniel Johnson

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from University of Missouri, St. Louis as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from Dominican University. Daniel has taught in public and private Lake County schools and has extensive experience in writing for print, broadcast and electronic communication. A retired Marine reservist as well as a Civil War reenactor, Daniel teaches journalism, writing and broadcast communication topics.

Bob Kapheim

Bob holds a doctoral degree in education administration and has taught math in Explore camp and the Fast-Paced Program. He is a former principal of the Science and Arts Academy and served as Dean of Math and Science at DeVry University. Bob teaches Fast-Paced math classes.

Bill Kellerhals

Bill holds a Bachelor's degree and a Master's of Engineering Management degree from Northwestern University. A credit instructor for CLC's laser technology program and a teacher at the Lake County High School Technology Campus, Bill teaches Light and Lasers: No Limits and NASA Astronomy Space camps.

Erin Lopez

Erin has taught for the Explore program for over ten years. Erin majored in Television Production at Columbia College Chicago and has a Masters of Arts in Education in Educational Technology, Research and Assessment. Erin has taught digital media-related classes for 14 years. She teaches 3-2-1 Action! Crafting Films with Digital Media and Digital Photography Basics camps.

Julia Matthews

Julia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design from Lewis University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Dominican University. An avid artist since early childhood, Julia has taught art to K-12 students and adults in schools and park districts; she also enjoys coordinating painting parties. With over ten years of teaching experience, she now teaches for the Kenosha School District. Julia teaches Animals in the Wild, Middle School Mixed Media and Working with Mosaic and Stained Glass camps as well as Introduction to Mosaic and Mosaics II for adults.

Kody McCormick

With a Bachelor's degree in Business Entrepreneurship from Liberty University, Kody is a filmmaker, entrepreneur and avid enthusiast for adventure. At the age of 23, he has spoken at TEDx Memphis, been a social media influencer with Southwest Airlines and become sponsored by many of the leading companies in the film and photography industry. Co-founder of The Outbound Life, Kody co-teaches college and career workshops with his brother Kyler.

Kyler McCormick

Kyler's unique educational background includes being homeschooled and mentored by Forbes writers, venture capitalists, CEOs and YouTube and Instagram celebrities. He co-founded The Outbound Life and at the age of 19 presented his first TEDx presentation. Kyler co-teaches college and career workshops with his brother Kody.

Svetlana Pantelic

Svetlana Pantelic holds a master's degree in Law and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Her teaching experience includes gifted programs as well as twelve years in special education, the last four at Grayslake Central High School. Svetlana enjoys helping students succeed. She teaches SAT prep classes, Plan, Study and Excel-Tools for Academic Success camps  and provides administrative support for Fast-Paced classes and summer Explore camps.

Karen Schweiss

Karen Schweiss has a license in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in planning, design, and construction. She has taught numerous courses at CLC over the years and enjoys seeing people explore and learn new things. Karen teaches Introduction to AutoCAD.

Laura Soyke

Laura has a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Concordia University and has 12 years of teaching experience. She has taught academic enrichment courses for three years. Laura teaches The Science of My Senses, Predict, Measure, Compute-Math in Weather and Magic or Physics? You Decide camps.