Summer School Staff 2018

2018 Summer School Principal - Monica Miller

My name is Monica L. Miller. I am the Summer Explorers Program Principal at Wagoner. I would like to welcome you to the 2018 Summer Explorers Program. Previously, I worked for the Chicago Public School system as a Math Specialist Teacher. I taught High School math for ten years. In addition, I held the position of Dean at an all-girl Charter School as an Assistant Principal at a CPS High School.

We will have six weeks of fun filled instruction that will focus on building your child's skills. This program will also keep your child working during the summer so they will not lose the skills they acquired during the school year. The program will focus on mathematics, reading, and character education. We have wonderful faculty who are excited about working the program.

On behalf of the 2018 Summer School Explorers, we thank you for allowing us the opportunity to enhance your child's learning and we look forward to working with you and your child this summer!!

2018 Summer Explorer Program Coordinator - Inez Jenkins

I have a strong business engineering acumen. As a proud educator with Consolidated School District 168.My present assignment is Math Intervention for the Elevate K-12 program. It is Live Online Group Instruction Classes (L.O.G.I.C.).The instruction classes are delivered in schools for intervention, acceleration and enrichment. It helps at-risk, gifted, talented and all students in between achieve success My business experience has taught me that a strong educational and business acumen by themselves can't guarantee the success of any student. Our goal is to Inspire, Challenge and Support Every Child Every Day to reach their greatest Academic, Personal and Social potential. I am educating the whole child. As an educator in this public school, I will give the student of the future, the American Dream.

2018 Summer School Secretary - Denise Crum

I have a 20 year background in Clerical and Customer Service fields; with such positions as Police Records Clerk, Church Secretary, Receptionist and Customer Service Rep. This type of background allows me to know what it's like to both give and receive service. I always put myself in the other person's shoes and go above and beyond to help them as best I can; as well as treat them in the way I would want to be treated. My goal is to always give each person I help, be it parent, student or staff; the individual attention they need and deserve.

Instructors - Reading

Brianna Sublett

Hello fabulous kindergarteners and parents! My name is Brianna Sublett and I will be your child's Kindergarten Reading teacher for summer school. I have a Bachelors of Science in Education from Chicago State University. I was born in Mount Prospect, IL and moved to Lansing, IL for high school. My favorite things to do when I am not teaching are shopping, traveling, and playing sports. I look forward to working with you and your child this summer. This summer will be full of new learning experiences and discoveries.

Tanya Gambill

I have been a Reading Specialist at Wagoner for the past 10 years. Prior to that, I was a Reading Specialist at Strassburg for 4 years. I started out as a classroom teacher at Strassburg. I am currently working on my administration degree and will finish in August. I enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with my niece and nephew.

Linda Ross

It is with great honor to introduce myself as Ms. Linda Ross, Title 1 Reading Specialist of Rickover Junior High School. I am happy to inform you that I have been identified as a highly qualified teacher based on ISBE's NCLB criteria. I am entering into my eighteenth year of teaching. I began my teaching career at Copernicus Elementary in January of 1999. My first position was in a Cross Category 7th /8th grade Special Education classroom. Over the course of my career, I have taught all elementary grade levels. I have also taught an undergraduate reading course at Malcom X College for one semester. My college experience began immediately after graduating from high school in 1979. I attended Northern Illinois University located in DeKalb, IL for one year. My education includes a Bachelor's of Science degree in Education from Chicago State University and a Master's Degree in Reading from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. I have also taken a few summer courses at Northeastern University and the University of Illinois in Chicago. My promise to the students and parents of Community Consolidated School District 168 is to provide an environment to inspire, challenge, and support every child, every day!

Linda Robinson

I have been a Reading Specialist at Wagoner for the past 11 years. I am the current president of the South Suburban Reading Council and the Regional Director for Region 5. In my free time I enjoy my teenage daughters, walking our dog, yoga and finding new and exciting picture books at the library.

Candace Johnson

My name is Candace Johnson. I have worked in District 168 since 2007. I have had the pleasure of working summer school for the last three years. I believe that summer school provides an additional opportunity that is unique because it provides students a smaller learning environment . This smaller environment allows your student chances for additional positive social and academic engagement. I believe this is a learning opportunity for myself and the students. The partnership developed between your child, you and I will successfully prepare them for their entry into fifth grade!

LaTanya Flynn

It is my pleasure to introduce myself as Ms. LaTanya Flynn. I am a committed and caring teacher, beginning my sixteenth year in education as an eighth grade Language Arts instructor. I have taught grades sixth through eighth for the past eleven years because I love working with the upper class students and preparing them for the next phase of their academic career.

I received my Bachelor' s of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago with an emphasis in writing; a teaching certificate from Governor's State University including a middle school language arts endorsement; and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.

The strength of my family comes from my resilient (and youthful looking) parents who taught us to value education at an early age; two sisters along with their spouses and children; an array of nieces and nephews and a set of twin god-daughters and two god-sons. We understand the importance of congregating as often as possible to celebrate life's most memorable moments.

My love for all things language arts was fostered in my youth, evident through my participation in spelling bees and creativity with poetry. I seek to inspire my students (just as much) with word play and discovery of new vocabulary in their everyday life. Your child will gain a new affinity for English and writing through our exploration of the 6+ Traits of Writing and the four types of writing. I'm sure they'll gain confidence in their ability to express themselves on paper, as well as before an audience by the end of the school year.

I truly believe that all children can succeed! As an educator, I know I have a gift for reaching our children and have a call to this profession. If we, as a "village" can join forces to provide a united front with high expectations, a standard of moral excellence and enforce student accountability, I'm sure we will produce future leaders in our society that can contribute to making tomorrow a better place for us all. Thank you in advance for the privilege of sharing this journey with me.

Cynthia Dabney

My name is Cynthia Dabney, and I teach 6th grade reading and language arts at Rickover Junior High. I love nature, and my favorite hobby is walking in the community and parks.

Instructor - Math

Margaret Sharkey

I teach computers at Wagoner School. Iv'e been in District #168 for 14 years. I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. I think of my students that I teach as an extension of my family. I love being a part of District #168 family.

Laura Bebout

Greetings, My name is Mrs. Laura Bebout. I am going to be sharing time with your child this summer. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I live in the Bourbonnais area with my husband and daughter. I am a graduate of Illinois State University, University of Phoenix, and Olivet Nazarene University. I have three master degrees in the education field.
I am a special education teacher at Rickover Junior High School. I do have experience teaching the younger grades. I taught middle school and higher for over 8 years, grades 1 through 4 for over 5 years and Kindergarten and below for well over 15 years.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading with my daughter, walking the area, and coloring pictures with my cool color pencils. I am excited to spend time with this wonderful group of children this summer.


Amanda Sulski


Ollie Gill

Ollie Gill is excited about completing her first year as a 6th Grade Social Studies and Reading Teacher at Rickover Junior High School and is also excited about the opportunity to teach in the Summer Explorers Program. She has over 10 years' experience teaching students from elementary through adults. Ms. Gill has a Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education with endorsements in Language Arts, Social Science, and General Science. She has also been an Adjunct Instructor at South Suburban College since 2004. In her spare time, she loves traveling and hanging out with family and friends.

Andrea Grant

My name is Andrea Grant, and I have been working in Community Consolidated School District 168 since 2006. I started as a paraprofessional at Wagoner Elementary School. However, I have been a fourth grade teacher at Strassburg Elementary School for the past 10 years. I enjoy spending time with my husband and 16 year old daughter. I also love to spend time reading a good book and relaxing at home. I am currently back in school to earn a Master's degree in reading.


Monica Tyler


Everett Coburn


I am Dr. Coburn (Son, Bro./Uncle, and Father). I view myself as a strong advocate for academic progress, culturally responsive teaching, and restorative justice. In my opinion, there is no greater service than educating young and seasoned minds. My education is as follows: B.S. in Elementary Ed., M.A. in Special Ed., M.A. in Ed. Leadership & Curriculum Foundations, and a D.M. in Christian Ed.: Crisis Intervention, Assertive Discipline, and Communications Reform.

On a personal note, I am a great cook, dancer, and I absolutely love NASCAR. My mottos, in life, are: "Treat others the way that you want to be treated" and "If you fail to Plan then you Plan to fail". In sum, I look forward to providing epic instruction and guidance, for all of the enrolled Summer School students (2018) of CCSD 168!

Frederick Lindsay

My name is Mr. Lindsay. I am thrilled to be teaching Summer School for District 168! Although my teaching career started at the high school level, my experience coaching 11-14 year olds inspired my pursuit of teaching at the junior high level. I love developing positive attitudes, building confidence and inspiring a sense of accomplishment in this age range, as it can have lasting effects on their futures. My goal is to have students surpass their own personal expectations and make their transition to high school seamless and successful. I received my Bachelor of Arts from Governors State University.

I served in the United States Marines Corps which strengthened the discipline, work ethic, and importance of team work that was initially instilled in me as a child through participation in athletics. I played baseball, basketball, and football through high school, and played just about any other sport for fun. I am also an enthusiastic Chicago sports fan.

In my free time, I love spending time with my girlfriend, Linsey, who has also been my best friend since we were 8 years old; if she ever marries me, she will be Linsey Lindsay, a joke our friends have made since we were little. We enjoy walking our 4 dogs, Hazel, Nick, Mia, and Lola, along with traveling, seeing movies, listening to music, and reading a good book. I am also a proud father of a grown son, Freddy, who is attending college at Prairie State Community College. He is a talented musician and artist with a heart of gold. I hope to have a fantastic summer with all of my colleagues and students!


Jeanaya Holman

“Teaching children is an accomplishment; getting children excited about learning is an achievement.”-Robert John Meehan

Hello District 168! My name is Mrs. Jeanaya Holman. I have been married for 4 years to Wesley Adams. We have 3 beautiful children, Alaya (8), Wesley (6) and Westyn (2). I am a paraprofessional here at Rickover Junior High School. I received my Bachelors of Art in Education from Governor’s State University. Currently, I am working on my Masters’ at GSU. My concentration is Language Arts and Special Education. This is my 6th year in the field of education.

I believe our students are our future. Each of our students has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. Teaching is an important and honorable occupation that demands commitment. There are miracles, learning, healing, laughter, sharing and love every day in classrooms all around the world. A teacher has the opportunity to impact students’ lives in a positive way; this is a huge privilege that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Carla McCall

Carla McCall has been a Special Education Paraprofessional for 15 years, and a substitute teacher for 9 years. Ms. McCall also has her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. She has also been with the District 168 for 5 years. Ms. McCall is also a veteran of the United States Army she served her country for 8 years. She has a daughter, and loves dogs. Ms. McCall considers herself to be an advocate for children as well as a life long learner. Ms. McCall is looking forward to learning from this years summer school Kindergarten class.

Maria Quintero

I'm a friendly person who likes to interact with people. I like to help people when they need some help, that is why I love to work with the students. I especially like to work with the Bilingual students since I'm Bilingual. It has been a nice experience for me to work with the 1st graders during Summer School, because I normally work with students in 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade.
My main hobby is to exercise at the gym, especially doing Zumba. I really enjoy it since is a good way to release stress.
I love to travel and experience new things and new places. I enjoy visiting historical sites and learning about traditional customs and food.
I love the ocean, this is another way of relaxation from the regular routine. I try to go on my getaway trips once a year to enjoy the warm weather in my home born country, Mexico!

Yasmine Tolbert

My education: I am currently in school working towards my associates degree in Biological Science at Prairie State College. I plan on receiving my bachelors degree in Natural Science at Governors State University.

My family I live in two different cities, both Hazel Crest and Harvey. I have both of my parents, a little sister, and a God son.

My teaching goal is to show each students that learning is FUN. Individual challenges we face are not barriers, they characteristics to show how awesomely different we are!

How to contact me: Phone: 708-758-1900 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cherise McLaurin

I am a paraprofessional currently working in cooperation with the reading specialists at Strassburg School. I enjoy working with the children, helping them to learn to enjoy reading and thereby improving reading fluency and comprehension skills. I love to read and I look forward to meeting many new students this summer, with whom I can share my love of reading.

Other Staff


Larry Huyser

The "Tech Guy" at Summer School. Fifth Grade teacher at Strassburg, just completing his tenth year. Earned a Master's degree in Educational Technology. Married, with three sons, Mr Huyser enjoys fishing and cooking, and is a lifelong Cubs fan.

Lisa Zehme

My name is Lisa Zehme, and I'm your summer school nurse. I've been a registered nurse for 8 years. I'm going on my 5th year working for district 168. I also work in an acute care setting during my off time. I'm looking forward to another successful summer. "The character of a nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses." - Carolyn Jarvis


Tricia Walton

Mrs. Tricia Walton is the Early Childhood Summer Instructional Leader. She currently holds a Bachelors in Education from Chicago State, a Masters in Early Childhood from Governors State, and a Masters in Administration and Supervision from St. Xavier. Mrs. Walton is passionate about "the early learning" years and believes that having a great foundation is the key to success. Mrs. Walton loves to read in her spare time and travel with her family.

Courtney Bertram

I have been working for school district 168 for 16 years. For 10 years I was a Parent Educator, and for the past 6 years I've been a Pre-k Teacher. I'm married with 2 kids who are 15 and 13 years old.


Mary Morris

Hi my name is Mary Morris. I have always had a love for teaching. I have two boys at home. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending my time watching them learn and grow. This will be my second year teaching preschool in District 168. I look forward to teaching Kamp Kindergarten this summer.


Mary Murdock


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