Lead Teachers

Summer Ebs

Earth Science

Ms. Ebs’ areas of expertise are biology and geosciences (earth science). She has also taught math and science for the ACT; foundational, middle-school, pre-algebra, and algebra math classes; general science; and chemistry.

Stefan Trienekens

Earth Science

Mr. Trienekens has extensive experience tutoring small groups of up to four students in biology, college-level remedial math, writing, physics and history.

Shirley Esfandiari

Global History

Ms. Esfandiari specializes in high-school US history and world history, including honors courses in both subjects.

Sharona Eshet-Kohen

Algebra

Ms. Eshet-Cohen holds Bachelor degrees in economics and legal studies, and a Master’s degree in Israel studies with a focus on history.

Rachel Kaufman

Algebra

Ms. Kaufman’s experience includes teaching both mainstream and special needs elementary school students. In addition, she has taught adult education classes and worked as a private piano teacher.

Momeena Garcia

Algebra

Momeena Garcia teaches math (K-12 and college), English language arts (elementary and middle school), special education (K-12), and Spanish, as well as preparation for exams such as the SAT and ACT.

Luisa Frias

ELA

Ms. Frias teaches elementary and high school literature, reading, English and college-level pedagogy and business. She also has training by the AVID organization in how to teach for college readiness.

Michael Golabek

ELA

Mr. Golabek holds an M.A. in teaching and an M.Ed. in educational technology. He holds an Illinois teaching license, and is certified in secondary education (English language arts grades 6-12) and special education.

Alex Lasky

Algebra

Ms. Lasky says her educational philosophy can be summed up in one sentence: “Practice, practice, practice until no numbers can surprise you.”

Bill Litwack

English Language Arts

Mr. Litwack loves to learn as well as teach, and brings his curiosity and knowledge on a wide range of topics into the classroom, such as history, sociology, philosophy, and more.

Edith Castro

Algebra

Ms. Castro teaches middle and high school math up to calculus, with special expertise in algebra at all levels. She uses technology extensively.

Josh McLaurin

Global History

Mr. McLaurin has also been trained by the College Board to teach AP courses, and to teach for the ACT exam.