MEET OUR TEAM

ISABELLE MINVILLE 

Owner

Executive Function, ELA/Literacy/English, French

Isabelle is a native French speaker with twenty years of teaching experience in Canada and the United States. Isabelle was introduced to teaching while enrolled in a Liberal Arts program in Montréal and has worked in education ever since.

For twelve years, Isabelle taught in a small private school in Wheaton, where she provided instruction in a variety of subjects, including executive function and reading remediation. She also assisted with psychoeducational evaluations, developed curriculum, and held a leadership position on the NCA and CITA accreditation renewal teams.

In 2011, Isabelle opened Wheaton French to help students of all levels and ages expand their French skills. In September 2015, she joined forces with Stéphanie Lauraux Mackey to found SAS and provide comprehensive academic support services. Isabelle is currently pursuing professional development in the areas of executive function and LBLDs as well as social emotional learning.

STEPHANIE LAURAUX MACKEY 

Owner

Foreign Langages, Test Preparation,

Organizational Coach

Stéphanie is a native French speaker from Switzerland. During her career in finance and international trading, Stéphanie met her Australian husband and is now the mother of four beautiful children. Stéphanie inherited the love of traveling at a young age and has always enjoyed challenges. Throughout her life, she has studied and learned many languages not only because of the fascination and interest a new language brings, but also because of  the windows languages open into the diverse and colorful world we live in.

Over the years Stéphanie has taught French to different age groups. She is the author of Le Petit Français and Le Grand Français, a comprehensive multisensory method for teaching French to students elementary to high school and beyond. She has also written Pronoms Français, a complete guide to French pronouns, and Conjugaison Française, a workbook on the conjugation of irregular verbs.

 

 

MEGAN BURKE 

Test Preparation: ACT, SAT, HSPT

General Tutoring

Megan is a certified special education teacher with emphasis in social emotional disorders and learning disabilities. She taught full time before having her children, and then began tutoring part time, working with students in many areas, including math, English, study skills, and test prep. Twelve years ago, Megan bought ESGE Tutoring in Glen Ellyn, where she continued to tutor while running the business and developing programs for ACT, SAT, and HSPT prep. She has also been working part time at Wheaton North High School. In December 2018, Megan and her tutors from ESGE joined SAS and are thrilled to be a part of this team.

KAYLA GUSTAFSON 

Wilson Reading, Reading Comprehension,Writing

Spanish; AP Humanities; General Skills 

Kayla Gustafson grew up in southeastern Minnesota. She holds a BS in early childhood education, and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts at Wheaton College. Kayla worked with children ages birth through fifth grade at a private international Montessori school in Minneapolis for eight years, before moving to Wheaton. She taught preschool, kindergarten and Spanish for early learners, tutored elementary students, and worked in school administration. During her teaching career, Kayla was especially interested in ensuring that children of all abilities were given the opportunity to learn, and mentored colleagues in differentiation techniques for student success. She worked closely with students on the autism spectrum, and with ADHD and learning delays. Kayla is trained in the Wilson Reading System.  

YOLANDA KUCHIBHOTLA 

Spanish 

Biography coming soon!

MEGAN McKEE

Educational Therapy

Reading, Writing, Mathematics

Megan earned a BA from SIUC and holds an MA from Lewis University in Special Education with endorsement in Reading and Literacy. In addition, she has an endorsement in ESL from American College of Education. 

Since 2003, Megan has been a special education teacher in both self-contained and inclusion settings. She has specific experience providing instruction to students in ED, Severe, and Profound categories.​ 

She is trained in Wilson Reading and many other intervention programs. She has worked as a private tutor since 2004 and has extensive experience assisting students with LDs, dyslexia, and ADHD.

VANESSA NANSAMBA

Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Vanessa has a Bachelors of Arts in Biological Sciences and a Masters in Biomedical Sciences. Her desire to tutor started at a young age. As a student at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, she co-founded a tutoring and mentoring program for middle school students in underserved areas. Since then, Vanessa has tutored Mathematics and Science for middle school and high school students. After obtaining her Masters degree, she taught Biology and Chemistry courses at Lackawanna College. Vanessa’s experience with unique teaching styles has helped her formulate different ways of helping students getting a better grasp of information. She hopes to help students with their confidence, testing skills, and knowledge in math and sciences. 

WILLIAM PERSON 

Test Preparation: ACT, SAT, HSPT 

English Grammar & Composition

Bill has worked in education for two decades and also works as a legal assistant. He is a native of Georgia who was raised in Mississippi, and he earned his B.S. degree in secondary education from Mississippi State University. Bill has worked as an ACT/SAT instructor for ten years, and he has also assisted students with college essay preparation. He cares about the success of his students and adjusts his teaching strategies to accommodate their learning styles. He is positive, encouraging, and happy to go above and beyond to help his students reach their goals.

NADEEN RUST 

Mathematics, ELA/Literacy 

Test Preparation: ACT, SAT

Nadeen is a licensed Illinois educator with teaching experience at the elementary, middle grades, and collegiate levels. Her specialty includes helping students improve and further their understanding in math, reading, and science. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois and began her career as a fifth grade teacher. She went on to become a lecturer in education at a small, private college, completing twenty years in that capacity teaching primarily elementary and middle school math methods courses. She focuses on the correlation of math anxiety, math perception and performance. She co-founded and co-directed the “Chemistry Connections” program which teaches chemistry concepts through a hands-on lab experience to middle grade students, most of whom are home-schooled. She has presented at the ACCA Pedagogy Teaching Symposium, the Midwestern Symposium on Excellence in Teaching Math and Science, and at PITTCON’s Science Week in both Chicago and Orlando.

PAULA WILLUWEIT

General Skills, Executive Function

Test Preparation: ACT, SAT, Subject SAT

Paula Willuweit began teaching test prep courses while pursuing her Public Policy degree at Michigan State University, and has been leading test prep classes and individualized tutoring for over seven years.  After college, Paula pursued her interest in guiding young people as an elementary school teacher through the Teach For America program.  After teaching, Paula returned to Michigan State where she earned a dual degree in Social Work and Law and continued to assist others in their learning by working as a Teaching Assistant for incoming law students. Paula is now a licensed attorney with a Certificate in Child Advocacy. She is a firm believer that students learn in their own unique way, and she enjoys working with small groups and individual students in order to adapt lessons to meet each child’s needs. 

CAMDEN WOODS 

Mathematics, Science, Spanish

 

Camden is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. Shortly after graduation, he worked at Northwestern University's summer program for gifted students, Center for Talent Development, as a Teaching Assistant for several classes. More recently, he obtained his Mechanical EIT certification from the state of Illinois.

 

His experiences with fostering growth and self-sufficiency coupled with his mathematics, science, and Spanish skills make him well suited to helping students exceed their goals with higher mathematics and language learning. He is excited and looking forward to helping the next generation of students find their footing in a variety of difficult subjects.

KEVIN ZAHROBSKY 

Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry

Test Preparation: ACT and SAT Mathematics

Kevin is a graduate of North Central College in Naperville, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. Kevin works full time as a software engineer in Lisle, IL but enjoys spending the extra time at SAS to personally develop confidence and ability in the students he sees. At an early age, Kevin developed a great passion for programming from dabbling with coding and game engines, which led to an aptitude for logic and problem solving. The determination required to complete a project and the rewarding experience of playing the finished product taught him that it is possible to struggle with a problem while still enjoying the process. Kevin's love for mathematics came in college where he began to appreciate the beauty and insight that mathematics lends to the world. As an instructor, Kevin is relatable and personable. Whether tutoring in math, physics, biology, or chemistry, Kevin enjoys helping his students increase their confidence and their grades, as well as develop their appreciation of the disciplines they are studying.

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