Meet Our Staff
Jennifer Bredberg, Director
Jennifer Bredberg has a BA in English and a Masters in Education with Secondary certification in English and Social Science. She took over the director position at WSEA in 2015.
The thing she enjoys best about tutoring is that it’s one-on-one, and she can create a good rapport with her students.
Jennifer’s favorite subject to teach is English. She enjoys reinforcing grammar rules and helping students understand what the rules are and why we use them. This usually helps students become better readers and writers.
When she’s not teaching, she loves to spend time with her friends and family. She also loves reading, cooking, and the outdoors.
Lisa loves tutoring because she really enjoys the one-on-one attention and personalized help she can give to her students.
Lisa takes pleasure in working with High school and Middle school students to help them bolster their skills and knowledge in Study Skills (so important!), Social Studies and English/Reading/Writing.
Lisa Parenti has a BS in Communications, an MBA in Marketing, and a PEL in Secondary Education with a focus on Social Sciences. She has been a substitute teacher in the secondary grades for the past 10 years. Lisa joined the WSEA staff in the fall of 2011 to work with middle school and high school students.
Lisa is fond of reading, traveling and cooking, and delights in spending time with her adult children.
*PEL stands for Professional Educator License. Or could say Teaching Certificate
Karen Zielinski has an M.A. in Elementary Education and has worked at WSEA as an elementary tutor since 2010. She has attended the Wilson Just Words workshop, as well as the Wilson Introductory, Wilson Fundations K, and 1st-grade workshops.
Karen works with elementary students, K-5 in reading, phonics, writing, and comprehension as well as math.
Thomas Trey has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and worked for 24 years at Amoco.
He is retired now but enjoys working with our upper level science and math students at WSEA.
Roxanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education and a Masters degree in Leadership Administration from Benedictine University. She is certified in several reading programs, such as Wilson Reading and SRA. Since joining the WSEA family in 2012, Roxanne works with students in grades 5th-12th. Her specialties include homework help, test prep, executive functioning, and study skills.
In her free time, Roxanne enjoys dancing, running, and spending time with her family.
Julie has her BS in Mathematics and Secondary Education (Grades 6-12) from Eastern Illinois University. She currently is the math tutor at Lake Park High School West Campus where she enjoys assisting students in remediation and retakes for the math department. She has been working at WSEA for over 9 years specializing in high school mathematics of all levels along with standardized test preparation.
Her favorite thing about working at WSEA is the relationships that she is able to build and the confidence in math that her students gain from working with her. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family, board games with friends, and sewing.
Jill has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College and is a certified Wilson Reading System tutor. She had the privilege of home educating her 3 children for 12 years, and she has been tutoring privately for many years now. She finds joy in assisting students in their reading progress! Beside reading, she enjoys biking, hiking, playing piano and being involved in women’s ministries.
Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P.) Certified
Ashley Nisbet has a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Mathematics and a Masters in Business Administration. She spent her years following college working in the finance sector. She has recently made the transition to education, working as a Teacher Aide in Mathematics while completing her second Masters’s Degree in Secondary Education.
Ashley joined the WSEA team in 2016 to work with middle and high school students.
Sandy has a Master’s Degree in Reading from National Louis University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Secondary Education from Southern Illinois University.
She has a Reading Specialist, English as a Second Language, and Physical Education endorsements. Sandy is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and has experience tutoring students using the Wilson Reading Program. Sandy has taught elementary physical education, worked as a substitute teacher, and as an instructional assistant.
She was an education instructor at the Morton Arboretum where she worked with K-5 students and teachers as they fulfilled science curriculum standards. Sandy has experience working with students with learning disabilities including students with attention deficient disorder.
Her interests include reading, movies, piano, and being outdoors in nature.
Ron Hurlbut has a masters degree in Physics and has worked as an optical engineer, geophysicist and computer scientist before working at the Illinois Math and Science Academy and North Central College. He teaches high school and college students specializing in mathematics and science, especially physics and also teaches data analysis and modeling.