Meet Our Teachers

Liz Kearney

"Her life's journey" is how Liz has described the process of teaching proper reading strategies and techniques to people of all ages. She received her undergraduate degree in Education from Loyola University in Chicago and went on to obtain master’s degrees from both Loyola and National Louis University. As she completes her PhD, she teaches reading in the Chicago Public Schools and instructs masters level education classes at National Louis and Concordia University.

In the course of her 25 years of education experience, Liz has written and published several children's books. She has also written and taught a preparatory course for the ISAT test given to junior high school students.

And now her journey has her taking aim at the ACT.

Liz has always stressed the value of comprehension over speed when it comes to reading. She felt, however, if speed could be substantially increased while comprehension was maintained, the value would be limitless. So she wrote a new curriculum: one that will have students reading much faster while maintaining comprehension. A curriculum, she feels, that can change their success going forward on every test they take. The ACT is only the beginning.....

Tony Petraitis

Tony earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a master’s of urban education from National Louis University, and holds a Professional Educator License in Secondary Education. Currently working as a high school teacher, his professional experience has taken him from San Diego State University to the Illinois Math and Science Academy where he worked as Resident Counselor and Student Council Advisor.

 

Sara Stobart

An Illinois State University graduate, Sara received a degree in education with a Spanish minor. She also holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in English as a second language and bilingual education. She and her husband recently celebrated the birth of their first child to whom she hopes to pass on her passions: reading, learning, and teaching.

 

Greg Fairbank

Greg obtained his education degree from Illinois State University in 2011. Currently teaching at the junior high level, Greg has endorsements in Spanish, language arts and social science. He has given TED Talks and serves on the Kanoon School Anti-Bullying Committee. Greg hopes that his experience as a speed reading teacher will be a major stepping stone in his quest to win that ever-elusive Emmy Award!

 

Carol Mammoser

Carol is currently a middle school teacher in Bartlett, Illinois. She has extensive experience teaching English, reading, reading interventions, science and history in both the middle school and high school systems in Arlington Heights, Prospect Heights and Elgin, Illinois. Carol holds two master’s degrees in Education from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois.

Outside of the classroom, Carol has served as the lead gifted teacher in her district and currently leads her district's Student Mentoring Program. It should come as no surprise to learn that when she is not teaching and leading her current students, Carol is a voracious reader!

Rae Ellen Hopkins

Rae Ellen is a 25-year teaching veteran with a breadth of experience. She has credentials in both elementary and secondary education with endorsements in language arts, social studies, middle school business, and civics. Rae Ellen has created several different teaching curricula, including sign language, remedial reading, and social studies. Her social studies curriculum was recognized by the National Council for Social Studies Teachers for its excellence. As a leader in her school district's various professional activities, she facilitated the new teacher-mentoring program and served as the Education Association President.

 

Wendy Kelly

Wendy holds a degree in English education from Northeastern Illinois University. She has worked at both the middle school and high school levels since 2005. Currently a high school English teacher, Wendy created the curriculum for the creative writing, debate and argumentation courses being utilized today by her students and others. When not teaching Wendy has coached highly successful basketball and volleyball teams, and in the fall of 2011, formed the first ever debate team at her school.

 

Ann Vatch

As a National Board Certified Teacher, Ann has a Masters degree in curriculum and instruction.

She has held the position of adjunct professor for Concordia University and has been teaching in the Palatine school district since 1996. Ann has served as her school's representative for the Superintendents Communication Council and the District Literacy Committee.