Our Staff

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Jane Marcoux

ACES Founder

Director, PreK-8 Programs and Summer Camps

 

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 educator.  She holds degrees in both Elementary Education and Psychology as well as a Master IEP Coach certificate. Outside her work at ACES, Jane serves on the Oswego School Community Resource Collaborative and is on the board of directors for the Children’s Research Triangle. In her spare time, she can be found reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Tricia Dunn

Sun Raise Academy Founder

Director, High School Programs and Tutoring

Tricia Dunn holds a dual degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. She has over 20 years of  educational experience  as a classroom teacher, remedial teacher, tutor, and home educator. She has the honor of being mom and teacher to her own 6 amazing children ages 13-23 years old as well as a support home educator to other students. She lives in Aurora, Illinois with her kids, 2 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, and 1 crested gecko. Tricia is also a Certified Parent Coach and Life Empowerment Coach. In her spare time, you can find Tricia enjoying family time, hanging out with friends, and living her best life! 

Dawn Kararo 

Client Care/Business Operations

 

 

 

Dawn Kararo is a homeschool mom to 9 children ranging in age from 7-23.  Prior to starting a family, Dawn held various positions in the field of HR and Benefits Administration. Now, in her 15th year of homeschooling, she is excited to be a part of ACES Education/Sun Raise and to work with our amazing families and teachers! In her rare moments of free time, Dawn enjoys camping, taking long walks, reading non-fiction, and baking.

 

Kathy Marcoux

ACES Client Care/Onsite Coordinator

 

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 librarian at Cross Lutheran School in Yorkville.  This is her 2nd year on staff at ACES.

Irene Wilkinson

ACES Special Events Support

 

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.

Jackie Rowe

ACES Teacher

 

Mrs. Rowe taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th for 14 years. In the past five years, she tutored and subbed in District 308, and did some reading coaching at National Louis University. This summer she found ACES along her journey and couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to learn, grow, and teach alongside your children!

Krissie Brown

ACES Teacher

 

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.

Maggie Kinn

ACES Teacher

 

Maggie Kinn is a homeschooling mother of five, 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.

Angela Flaherty

ACES  Teacher

 

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. 

Julie Elzerman

ACES  Teacher

 

Julie Elzerman is a homeschool mom of two girls. She has an associates degree and has always had a passion for art. She has seen that studying artists helps children to appreciate the 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.

Melissa Wolski, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBS1

Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Learning Behavior Specialist

Melissa earned her undergraduate degree at Eastern Illinois University where she majored in Special Education and Early Childhood Special Education. She earned her graduate degree from Northern Illinois University in Advanced Special Education specializing in Behavior Analysis. Melissa has four years of experience working with individuals ages 5 through 22 in a school setting as well as experience working with children with behavior challenges in the home environment. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys practicing agility with her dog, spending time with family and friends, and playing board games.

Veronica Weir

ACES Teacher

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Megan Derven

Music Therapist 

Megan finished her education, attaining her Bachelors and Master’s degree in Music Therapy at Colorado State University. She has 20 years of experience leading music therapy groups and teaching private lessons for violin, viola, piano and guitar. She has played for the Cheyenne Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Danville Symphony and the summer festival opera orchestra in Munich Germany. She plays violin, viola, guitar, piano and African Drums. She is currently the music therapist for District 308 working with children ages 3 to 18 years old with special needs.

Amber Ruland

ACES Teacher

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Samantha Patterson

ACES Teaching Assistant 

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Bex Rizo

Student Assistant

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Francesca Cabrera

ACES Teaching Assistant

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Colleen Williams 

ACES Teacher

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Nichole Urbaniak 

Tutor

Nichole Urbaniak has a Bachelors Degree in both Speech Pathology and Audiology. She carries a Masters Certification in Montessori Education and has taught students for over twenty years. Nichole focuses on using concrete materials to serve each child’s individual needs while encouraging growth and development socially, emotionally, academically, and physically.

 

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