"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
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 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
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.
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 Dance Instructor/High School English
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