OPEN WINGS LEARNING - TEACHING STAFF
Dr. Kim Hufferd-Ackles - Director and Math Coordinator
Kimberly Hufferd-Ackles was most recently a school administrator at The Skokie School in Winnetka, Illinois. Kim received her PhD from Northwestern University in 1999. Her research interests focused on mathematics teaching and learning and the role of discourse in the implementation of mathematics educational reforms. Her dissertation work appears in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. She enjoys working with teachers and helping them apply current research in education to their classes. She teaches mathematics methods at Northwestern to preservice teachers in the Master’s of Science in Education program. Dr. Hufferd-Ackles graduated with a BA in neurobiology and physiology, Phi Beta Kappa, from Northwestern University. Her MEd was completed at Auburn University. In addition to being the mother to four children, she is currently combining her passions for strong educational opportunities and school leadership with her experiences raising a daughter on the autism spectrum to found and direct Open Wings Learning Community.
Tom Eber - Literacy Coordinator
Thomas G. Eber is a retired school administrator with 28 years of administrative experience. Most recently, he was principal of The Skokie School in Winnetka. During those 13 years, the school was routinely recognized for excellence. His school received two special awards from The Northern Suburban Special Education District for inclusion and the development of a program for students with autism. The Skokie School was identified by The Chicago Magazine as a premier public school. Prior to working for the Winnetka Public Schools, he served as principal in a K-6 building in Des Plaines, Illinois and for seven years and a K-8 Catholic School in Chicago. Tom has presented at numerous conferences including ASCD, NCTE, and The Midwest Principal’s Association. He helped develop a staff development program with NCTE and continues to attend workshops at The Teachers College in New York to enhance his skills in the teaching of literacy skills. He has helped develop social emotional skills programs concentrating of developing problem solving skills.
Karry Hill - Business and Development
Karry has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business - Economics from BGSU and a MBA in Finance from Marquette University. After working in the finance field for many years and helping build her husband's physical therapy business, she stayed home with her 3 boys to help them grow! Recently, Karry joined Open Wings to now help expand Open Wings's mission, support the vision and to reach more families throughout the community.
Bill Sneeberger - Teacher
Bill holds a Masters degree in special education, cross-categorical, and is certified to teach in Wisconsin K-12. He has been with special education departments in Door County and worked for three years in the Wisconsin Early Autism Project. He began as a regular education teacher in middle and high school English. He was with Open Wings our first three years, took a year to work in another district, and is now back. He has always felt that Open Wings is where he was meant to be and is proud to be part of such a talented and dedicated staff in a progressive school.
Alicia Johnson - Teacher
Alicia holds a Bachelors degree in Special Education with an emphasis in behavioral disorders from University of Wisconsin Whitewater. She taught at an alternative high school for two years before taking time off to raise a family. She has continued to teach in a variety of environments during this time including various ages in the church, youth theater classes and homeschooling. Alicia is excited to be working with the team at Open Wings to provide hands on, individualized instruction to our students and is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn alongside them.
Terri Campanile - Sensory Specialist
Terri has over 30 years experience working in home and school environments with individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities including autism, Fragile X, Down Syndrome, learning disabilities, and behavioral disorders.
She has extensive experience in developing and implementing programs for the specific needs of each individual. Terri is trained in Applied Behavior Analysis, Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT), Prompt Response, Handwriting Without Tears, and Therapeutic Listening. Terri holds a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in neurological psychology.
Debra Pullen -Teaching Associate
Debbie has over 33 years experience working in home and school environments in three different States. She has taught both children and adults on the autism spectrum, those with Down Syndrome, and those with various cognitive and physical disabilities and behavioral disorders. She is trained in Applied Behavior Analysis and is a certified nursing assistant. Debbie attended classes in special education at Western Michigan University.
MaryBeth Kent - Teaching Associate
MaryBeth has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University. After working for 15 years she stayed home to raise her 2 children. She has worked extensively with her own special needs child. She is versed in ABA, speech and occupational therapies, augmentative communication, as well as diet and biomedical interventions. She brings a true love and compassion to help those in need.
Michelle Wright - Counselor
Michelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and specializes in working with children. She graduated from the University of Parkside in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and in 2008 from Argosy University in Illinois with a Masters degree in community counseling. Michelle began her journey working with children in 2001 when she began doing in-home therapy with young children diagnosed with autism. She continued working in the helping profession during the past 13 years and had had additional training in working with individuals with ADHD, trauma, anger and more. She is currently doing in-home therapy with children and families on the long term children's support waiver with Impact child and family therapies. She is a mother herself and very compassionate, nurturing and passionate about helping those in need. Michelle is very excited to be joining the team at Open Wings!
Sharon Daszcuk - Music
Mrs. Daszczuk (Mrs.D) is very excited to be a part of the team here at Open Wings Learning Community. She did her undergrad studies at UW Parkside, including a BS in Psychology with an emphasis in learning; as well as Music and Vocal performance. She did her graduate level studies at Concordia University of Wisconsin in Music Education and in Curriculum and Planning. She has taught for over ten years in Kenosha area Catholic schools. She believes that all children can learn many aspects of music and music basics, while having fun and loving music. She loves to see her “kids” smiling when learning new songs, singing and/or dancing. She feels that music is more than an art; it is a tool that can be implemented for many areas of learning and can often reach within students and aid in learning success.
Naomi Petravich-Classroom Associate
Naomi was a California native before getting married and moving to the great lakes area near her husband’s family. She studied Child Development at Point Loma Nazarene University and Gateway Technical College and received an Associate degree in Human Services. She spent two years as an ABA line therapist and worked for nearly 10 years at a large Kenosha church as a volunteer 1-on-1 aide for children diagnosed with ASD. In 2013 her family expanded when two children from the foster care system came to live in her home and were eventually adopted. In fall 2015 she will be continuing her education by pursuing an Autism Specialist Certificate through UW Whitewater and her Bachelors degree in Human Services.