Our Academic Coaches

Cheryl Koslosky

ACT/SAT Tutor, Director of The Center for Lifelong Learning. Private academic coach (all subject areas) for over two decades. ACT/SAT Academic Coach. Teaches the ACT/SAT Group Class. Meets in The Center.

Lisa Kainer
Lisa Kainer

Full-time Academic Coach, Executive Functioning Coach, English, College Essays, Writing Skills. Former English teacher at Wheaton Christian Grammar School and former English and Study Lab teacher at Wheaton Academy. Lisa loves to help students learn how to write well. Meets in The Center.

Holly Taritas

Executive Function Coach.   Former high school teacher and administrator at Wheaton North High School.  Currently teaches student teachers at Grand Canyon University.  She has a BS in Child Development and a MS in Education.  Executive Functioning is her passion as she reminds her students that we are always learning, growing and improving. Meets in The Center with the Unlimited Access students.

Kristen Rusthoven

English/Language Arts, Reading/Writing, ACT/SAT, Study Skills and History. Graduate of WCGS, Wheaton Academy, Trinity Christian College (B.A) and Olivet University (M.A.E. Reading Specialist). Certified teacher endorsed to teach History, English/Language Arts, and is a certified Reading Specialist. Has experience working with all ability levels. 9 years of teaching experience. Has experience teaching study skills classes and literacy intervention classes. Meets in The Center.

Stacey Krohn

Spanish Language/Literature. Graduate of Linfield University (B.A Spanish) and Cairn University (M.S. Education). Has experience working with international students and all ability levels in Spanish and/or English. A classroom teacher for 13 years, 8 of those years in International Schools in Peru and Ethiopia. Meets in The Center

Addie Fritz

Addie Fritz—Basic Math, Geometry, Algebra 1 and 2, English, and Study Skills Former Middle School/High School Resource Teacher at Westminster Christian School. Wheaton Academy graduate (2012). Moody Bible Institute graduate. Meets in The Center.

Val Gregersen
Valerie Gregersen

Middle School through High School Math (Algebra, Precalculus, Precalculus Advanced, ACT/SAT Math Preparation) Graduated from Northwestern College, IA with a BA in secondary education and mathematics.  Valerie has taught high school and middle school math for 25 years. Her first 11 years were in Houston, TX and with the last 14 years at Wheaton Academy.  Valerie truly believes that all students can learn math and reach their full God-given potential.  Meets in The Center.

Kyra Patterson

International Student Small Group Academic Coach Graduated from Judson University in 2019 with a BA in Secondary Education and Mathematics. After graduating from Judson, Kyra taught in the Madison, WI area. She is now grateful to be teaching at Wheaton Academy where she can freely share her passion for mathematics and her love for Christ with her students. Meets in The Center.

Grace Flitsch

Middle School through High School Math (Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus AB and BC, Stats) Grace is from the Seattle area and is currently a junior at Wheaton College. She is majoring in Math with Statistics and minoring in Computer Science. She is enthusiastic about math and is excited to work with students. Meets in The Center and Wheaton Christian Grammar School.

Liz Reid

Elementary Academic Coach:( Pre-K through 8th grade) Reading Skills, Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking Skills, Study Skills,  Writing Process and Techniques, Spelling, and Grammar. Graduate of St. Mary’s University (MN) (BA) in Elementary education and Masters in Reading from Concordia College (IL). Liz has taught 1st, 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th grades for the last 25 years.   More recently, her teaching experience has been with a local homeschool co-op and is currently teaching preschool in Wheaton. Liz creates a fun, positive learning experience to help meet personal goals and has enjoyed tutoring for the last 25 years. Meets at Wheaton Christian Grammar School after school or Monday and Tuesday mornings at The Center.  

Anne Camille Hardy

(Grades 1-5) All subjects.  Graduated from Wheaton Academy in 2019 and Taylor University in 2022 with a BS in Elementary Education. She is looking forward to helping young students find joy in learning through tutoring and teaching locally in the area this fall.  Meets at Wheaton Christian Grammar School.

Alyssa Strzalka
Alyssa Strzalka

College Essay Writing, English/Language Arts, Paragraph/Essay Writing. Elementary through High School. Wheaton Academy grad (2015). Graduated from Baylor University in 2019 with a B.S. in Education and minor in Creative Writing and completed her first year of teaching at Harvest Christian Academy before joining the Wheaton Academy English Department in 2020. Meets in The Center.

Dick Clancy

Middle School and High School Math (Algebra and Geometry) and High School Science (Physics; Chemistry; Biology; and A. P. Environmental Science).  Graduated from Boston College, B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics and the University of Illinois, Masters Degree (Ed.M) in Continuing and Secondary Education.  Dick has taught high school and junior high school students for twenty-four years (currently teaching Chemistry at Wheaton Academy) and enjoys helping students reach their learning goals for the Lord.  

Dane Bothun

Middle School through High School Math (Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus) Dane is a senior applied Math major at Wheaton College. He is from Rochester, Minnesota. He loves studying mathematics, especially as it relates to what we can learn about creation and the Creator. Meets in The Center.

Lars Cassel

Middle School through High School Math (Algebra 1 and 2,
Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus)
Lars is a Wheaton Academy graduate and a junior Math/ Secondary Education major at Wheaton  College. He loves learning about math and seeing how the material he learns in the classroom is played out in the real world. Meets at The Center.

  Luke Bothun

ACT, SAT, and Science (Anatomy and Biology). Luke is a sophomore at Wheaton College and is studying for a Business Economics major and a Biology minor. He is from Rochester, Minnesota and runs cross country and track for Wheaton. Luke is looking forward to meeting students to discuss testing strategies, the human body, and cellular respiration! Meets in The Center.

Kenzie LeBrun

Middle School through High School Math (Pre Algebra, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus). Kenzie is a senior at Wheaton College. She is studying
psychology and is in the Humanitarian Disaster Leadership Masters program. She is from Columbus, Ohio. She
has been a math tutor all throughout high school and loves the ability to teach kids! Meets in
The Center and WCGS.