Meet the Team

Jane Marcoux

ACES Founder

Director, PreK-8 Programs

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.

Katurah Mindock

Student Information Systems


Katurah Mindock is a homeschooling mom of 4 children with 16+ years of homeschooling experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics with a minor in Information Systems. Katurah has many years of experience in the corporate world in designing, implementing, and supporting IT systems across a broad range of industries. Katurah loves spending time with her family, cheering and supporting her children’s various sporting activities or just snuggling them on the couch while reading a good book or watching TV together. In her spare time, you will most likely find Katurah in her garden or planning changes to her garden.

Dawn Kararo 

Client Care/Business Operations


Dawn Kararo is a homeschool mom to 9 children ranging in age from 9-25.  Prior to starting a family, Dawn held various positions in the field of HR and Benefits Administration. Now, in her 16th year of homeschooling, she is excited to be a part of ACES Education 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.


Veronica Weir

ACES Teacher/Onsite Coordinator

Veronica Weir is a wife of 37 years, mother of 5 and grandmother to 2 grandchildren and a granddog Harry.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.  She homeschooled her children for 9 years and has taught music and technology in a private school for 11 years. She enjoys learning new things, gardening, traveling and all things music!  She looks forward to fostering the curiosity of your children as we explore and learn together.

Krissie Brown

ACES Teacher


Krissie Brown has a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master 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.

Farheen Rizvi

ACES Teacher/Teaching Assistant


Coming soon!

Amber Ruland

ACES Teacher


Amber Ruland is a mother to 4 kids ranging from college to elementary school and is married to her best friend.   She has been working as an educator for over 20 years in public education, homeschool education, as well as teaching pre service teachers at NIU and Lewis University.  She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education with a special education endorsement , elementary education, as well as a Master’s in Educational Administration. Outside of teaching college courses and teaching at ACES, Amber can be seen at the many various sporting events her children play, volunteering to help with musicals at the local schools, or shuttling children. In her spare time, she can be found reading, traveling and camping in their 1975 Airstream, visiting one of our National Parks, hiking, enjoying her hot tub, and spending time with her family. 

Suzie Weisbrook

ACES Teacher

Suzie Weisbrook graduated from Aurora University with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She is new to the homeschooling community but has been in education for almost ten years teaching grades 1st-5th grade during her pubic school stint. She loves teaching because she gets to see the joy on a student’s face when they finally understand a concept!

She found and joined ACES in 2023 after stepping away from her full time public school teaching career to spend time with her 1 1/2 year old daughter. Her hobbies include: baking, being outdoors, gardening, and reading.”

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.

Candace Kelty

ACES Early Childhood Teacher

Candace Kelty has been married for 30 years and is the mother of 3 children, ages 16 to 25.  Besides her family, her passion is teaching and challenging all children to achieve their fullest potential.  She has experience with developing and implementing new educational programs as well as teaching students in preschool through high school.  Candace holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education, and she is continually seeking out new opportunities to learn and grow as a teacher.  She believes in teaching children how to learn and solve problems through her creative lesson planning.  She is looking forward to her first year at ACES and working with the children, parents, and teachers!


Francesca Cabrera

ACES Teaching Assistant, Onsite Support

Francesca Cabrera is a homeschool mom of her six year old daughter, Gabriella. She has a background in Human Resources Management and has always had a passion for teaching. She has devoted her time and energy into volunteering within the community as a Bible educator and mentor to old and young alike. When Francesca has free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling in their recreational vehicle, and enjoying hobbies such as painting, gardening and reading.

Angela Flaherty

ACES  Teacher


Angela Flaherty has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English education with a minor in dance education. She taught freshman and sophomore English at Oswego High School from 1993-1999.  When her children were young, she decided to quit grading papers full time and pull out her dance shoes. She taught dance at the park district for ten years and owned Dance With Flair studio for 15 years. Angela has also had experience as a substitute teacher for District 308 at all age levels.  In addition to over twenty-five years of teaching, Angela has four adult children, her third child is deaf and on the autism spectrum. He has given her experience with sensory processing strategies and Individual Educational Plans (IEPs). In addition to being an in-person and Zoom writing teacher at Aces, she provides Zoom dance classes which incorporate social studies themes. She also does in -person and Zoom tutoring throughout the year. In her free time, Angela likes to travel and spend time with her family.


Jan Herwaldt

ACES Teacher

Jan Herwaldt earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree and worked in the area of child welfare for 10 years before deciding to homeschool her children. Jan and her husband have five adult children, three in their thirties and two in their twenties.Jan’s husband worked as a Catholic youth minister for twenty-seven years. All of their children have obtained college degrees, despite some having learning challenges. Jan’s homeschooling lifestyle spanned twenty years. During that time Jan took on various leadership roles including being on the board of her homeschool support group, CRECHE,  as well as leadership roles and years on the board with her daughters’ American Heritage Girl Troop. She has experience in event planning and large group organization as well as small group teaching. Jan has a special interest in dyslexia, she enjoys learning and discovering, as well as reading historical fiction.


Sana Legatt-Zaidi

ACES Teaching Assistant, 

Sana Legatt-Zaidi has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Intercultural Communications. Sana has been homeschooling for 19 years. She has 4 children, 1 heading into graduate school, 2 going to college and 1 currently homeschooled. Her favorite things to teach are elementary reading & middle school math. Sana enjoys gardening, traveling, reading non-fiction, spending time in nature & with family.

Colleen Williams

ACES  Teacher


Colleen has been teaching in local homeschool co-ops and co-schools since 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Humanities. Although her professional background is in business and marketing, she has found her passion in teaching young learners in homeschool classes and in teaching her own children at home. Her youngest son was diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD, and an astigmatism/eye tracking disorder at a young age. These diagnoses challenged the methods she had used to teach her older children, and she spent many years working with specialists and tutors to find the right approach to help him develop the learning strategies needed to become the successful high school student he is today. This experience has informed her classroom teaching, helping her understand how to provide specific, individualized alternatives for all of her students with learning differences. Having grown up in a large homeschooling family, Colleen has seen firsthand the value of home education, and she loves supporting her homeschool students and their families. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, creating art, and spending time with her family.

Kaisa Norwood

ACES Substitute Teacher


Kaisa Norwood has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Education, K-9. She has spent the past 28 years teaching, teaching summer school, substitute teaching and tutoring. She also has extensive knowledge about 504 plans. Kaisa and her husband have 3 boys and a dog named Mack. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, traveling and reading.

Jackie Rowe

ACES Tutor


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. In the summer of 2020, she found ACES along her journey and couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to learn, grow, and teach alongside your children!

Nichole Urbaniak 

ACES 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.


Tori Doede

ACES Teacher/Tutor

Tori Doede is a graduate of Trinity International University with degrees in special education and English education. She also holds a masters degree in reading instruction from Olivet Nazarene University. This is Tori’s 4th year in education and she has experience in various educational modalities including public school, tutoring, and leading reading interventions with struggling readers. Her background in special education has given her extensive experience as a case manager, writing IEPs, and leading IEP meetings. 

In her free time, Tori enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, and spending time with her family. She and her husband regularly volunteer at their local church. Tori considers herself a lifelong learner and is very excited to be part of the ACES community. 

Melissa Van Boekel, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBS1

Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Learning Behavior Specialist

Melissa Van Boekel 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.

Irene Wilkinson

ACES Special Events


Irene Wilkinson 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.

Bex Rizo

Student Assistant/Peer Tutor


Bex is a freshman at Aurora University. She is passionate about working with kids from volunteering in club meetings to helping in community events and peer tutoring. In her spare time, you can find her reading a good book (especially if it is about Nikola Tesla) and playing her instruments. She is also on an editorial team for a girl-led magazine called This Girl’s Story.