About our instructors…

Amy Duckhorn taught first and second grades for 13 years in the Downers Grove, Elgin, Streamwood, and Hanover Park, Illinois school districts. In addition, she taught kindergarten for one year, during which she created and directed an after school gifted program for the primary grades in Elgin. Mrs. Duckhorn  served as the administrator of a federally funded after school tutoring program with 30 teachers and 300 students in Cicero, Illinois. She received her B.S. in Education from Northern Illinois University and  pursued her Masters in Foundations in Education from the same university.   Mrs. Duckhorn is state certified in elementary education (K – 9), joining the staff at WSEA in 2010. She became the director of WSEA in the Spring of 2019.

Mary Seiferth has been the Director of the Hinsdale Covenant Church Pre-School for the last seventeen years. She taught three-year-old and four-year-old classes at the pre-school as well. Prior to staying home with three children, she worked in the “corporate world” in catalogue advertising. Mrs. Seiferth received her B.S. in Elementary Education fsrom Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She has continued her educational studies by taking graduate courses, classes and seminars. She holds state certification in elementary education (K – 9) and has served as instructor at WSEA since 2007.

Andrea Tomaselli joined WSEA’s staff in 2014 with experience in teaching first, second and third grades. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Marquette University, with a K – 12 Spanish certificate, a K – 8 regular education certificate, a transitional bilingual certificate and an English As a Second Language Endorsement. She has extensive experience working with the RTI model in Lyons District 103. Miss Tomaselli’s flexibility and variety of teaching skills lend themselves well to the many students at WSEA of Hinsdale.

Kathy Brush joins our staff with a strong background in upper grade math. She has worked as a teacher in both elementary schools and middle schools as a technology and math teacher in Riverside, Berwyn and the City of Chicago. Mrs. Brush has prepared students for the ACT, SAT and GMAT courses through her work as a test prep tutor. She holds a Type 09 Secondary Mathematics certificate and is endorsed in computer science and Swedish. Mrs. Brush earned her Master of Arts degree in School Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University and holds a Type 73 School Counselor certificate in the state of Illinois. Mrs. Brush’s love of math is a welcome addition to our programs.

Jacqueline Rowe joins our staff for the 2015/2016 school year. She brings with her a wide array of teaching experience including 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. She earned her Masters in Reading and her Reading Specialist title from National Louis University in Lisle and her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education as a Dean’s List student from North Central College in Naperville. She spent the last 14 years as a teacher in Willowbrook in District 180. Mrs. Rowe has experience administering MAP tests and how to implement lessons to increase success. She has worked with members of our team in the past and will bring intermediate grade knowledge and strategies to WSEA of Hinsdale. We are glad to have her.

Theresa Wilkie joins our staff for the 2015/2016 school year. Ms. Wilkie taught at Hinsdale Middle School for over 30 years and is known for her demanding and successful guidance of middle school students and their language and literature areas of study. She brings an expansive base of knowledge and experience in the areas of language arts, literature, test taking skills, speech and debate, reading, study skills and writing. She has prepped students for high school placement tests as well as prepared older students for the ACT. Ms. Wilkie and her years of experience in the area schools will be a resource for students and teachers alike. We welcome her to WSEA of Hinsdale.

Jodi Brubaker has been an integral part of WSEA of Hinsdale’s substitute teacher staff for the past two sessions of learning. She joins our school year staff with her own schedule for the 2015-2016 school year. Mrs. Brubaker has children of her own in District 181 and is also a state certified teacher. She has a B.S. from California Polytechnic University San Obispo and her teaching credentials from Chapman University. She has a primary background in both California and Illinois. She has been a member of the pre-school staff of Hinsdale Covenant Church and we are happy to have her as a part of the staff of WSEA of Hinsdale.