"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."
While parents are the first teachers of their children, we believe that families benefit by having a partner on their education journey. Our goal is to create a central location where parents involved in all types of schooling (public, private and home-based schools) can find support and encouragement to help their children achieve their highest potential.
Attending IEP meetings, advocating for our children's unique needs, designing curriculum for use in the home setting and navigating the waters of special education has given us a world of knowledge. Combined with several years spent as a classroom teacher and program administrator both in private, homeschool, and public schools, we understand the need for assistance when parents are looking for a partner in their children's education.
Meet the Team
Our family has had the unique opportunity to parent several children, of varying needs and abilities, through a variety of educational settings. These experiences have motivated us to share our knowledge and our passion for supporting families in providing their children with the best and most appropriate education possible to meet the individual needs of their family.
Founder & Lead Teacher
Jane Marcoux is a mother of seven children through birth and adoption. She has spent three decades working in private, public and homeschool settings teaching students from pre-K through high school. She has experience in a variety of learning environments, as a parent and as an educator. In her spare time, she can be found reading, traveling and spending time with her family.
ACES Teacher (Wednesdays/Thursdays)
Kathy is the mother of 11, grandmother of 17 and great-grandmother of 3+! Nine of her children are adopted, and together with her husband, Harry, have been foster parents to many. She has held many jobs from the corporate world to substitute teacher to her present part-time role as the librarian at Cross Lutheran School in Yorkville. This is her 2nd year on staff at ACES.
ACES Teaching Assistant Wednesdays
Irene is a former senior banker and manager. She spent 20+ years developing employees and raising two children. She has experience working with children with the challenges of ADHD, anxiety, and executive functioning issues.
ACES ACT Test Prep/Tutoring
Maggie Kinn is a homeschooling mother of 4, who is a former public school teacher and substitute teacher. When Maggie stopped working full time, she started tutoring students and has helped several students succeed in school, as well as on the ACT and SAT tests.
ACES Yoga Teacher
Rita began the study of yoga in 1983 and delved deeper into her yoga practice in 2012 and eventually received her first certification of yoga in 2013, which lead to teaching regularly scheduled classes since 2014. Her love for yoga has grown deeper and she has become passionate about how the body mechanically moves. She believes the practice of yoga is first and foremost a blueprint to the body and mind that has been around for over 5000 years. She is currently continuing her studies in a 500 hour program. In addition to yoga, she has folded in the study of holistic health, including certifications in Health Coaching, Clinical Aromatherapy and Ayurveda Lifestyle. If she is not practicing or teaching yoga movement, you will find her tending chickens, rabbits, gardening, homeschooling her son, sending her daughter off to college, with her husband/partner of 20 years.
ACES Teacher (Tuesdays/Wednesdays)
Alette was a special needs teacher and inclusion specialist teaching students with a variety of physical, emotional, and learning disabilities for several years. She was also a middle school assistant principal. She has children in college, high school, and middle school. She loves reading a good thriller or mystery.
ACES Spanish Teacher/Tuesday Teacher
Heather Scott is a former public school teacher and current home-educator with over 18 years of experience in education. Her study abroad as well as her background in classroom education fuel her passion for engaging students in the study of Spanish language and culture.
ACES Primary Math/Literature
Krissie Brown has a Master's of Arts in Teaching and a Master's of Arts in Teacher Leadership with endorsements in math and science. She brings to her classes 20 years of teaching experience in West and East Aurora.
Ethan Kararo is a homeschooled high school student from Oswego. He has been playing piano for over 10 years and tuba for 2 years. He has also been teaching music lessons to students ages 6-14 for over a year. It brings him great joy to share his knowledge and passion for music with others!
Brianne Kalusniak, LSW
Social Skills Group Leader
Brianne is a Licensed Social Worker and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Michigan State University. Brianne has over 13 years experience working with adolescents in both the individual and group settings.
ACES High School English/ Dance Instructor
Angela Flaherty received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English education with a minor in dance education. She taught for District 308 from Fall 1993-Spring 1999. She has been the owner of Dance With Flair since 2005. In addition, she continues to be a substitute teacher for district 308 as well.
Julie Elzerman is a homeschool mom of two young girls. She has an AA and has always had a passion for art. She has seen that studying artists helps children to appreciate beauty in art, see another point of view, work on focus, have fun experimenting with different materials, and embrace diversity and creativity. When Julie has free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing guitar, and running her home baking business.
ACES Musical Theater
Valerie Anderson is a recent WCC graduate with an AA in Theatre. She has been on and off the stage for over ten years, performing in community theatre, at the high school level, and even participating at the international level as a stage manager. She most recently interned at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora, and serves as an Assistant Theatrical Director at Oswego East High School. Her love for voice, acting, and dance have allowed her to share her passions through education and performance.
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