Chrissy, Managing Director
Chrissy is a highly qualified educator with seven years of experience as a first-grade teacher, following eight years as a K-5 Reading Specialist in a northwest Illinois public school. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree to be certified as a Reading Specialist. She co-wrote the Prek Heggerty Phonemic Awareness program and has consulted and performed training for many educators and districts. She has been trained in Orton Gillingham and Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI) to help all students succeed as readers, writers, and spellers. She has a strong Science of Reading background, uses various strategies and programs during tutoring sessions, and is currently a local Title 1 Reading/Math Interventionist. She enjoys spending her free time teaching everyone how to READ, and traveling with her husband Justin and her son Jake and daughter Alexa. Chrissy will be managing the Little Foxes of Learning Ascent location.
Kori began her career in education in high school when she had the opportunity to tutor elementary students as well as work as a teacher’s assistant in a kindergarten classroom. Those opportunities led Kori to study Elementary Education at Augustana College. She later obtained her Masters in Education in Special Education/Teaching English as a Second Language from National Louis University. Kori has worked as an EL Resource teacher and Special Education teacher for the past 10 years. She enjoys helping students to reach their goals and watching their confidence grow inside and outside of the classroom. When she is not teaching, Kori loves dancing (especially tap), crafting, and spending time with her family.
Alyssa has always had a passion for, and worked with, kids of all ages through babysitting when she was younger. This prompted her to want to study elementary education to become a teacher. Alyssa went to Northern Illinois university to get her Bachelor’s degree in education. Alyssa taught first grade in Orland Park for 13 years and loved every minute of it. While teaching, she earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on English as a Second Language from Concordia University. She worked towards a second Master’s degree in Literacy from Northern Illinois University and is a certified reading specialist. Alyssa has chosen to pause her full-time teaching career to be more present for her family. When not teaching, Alyssa enjoys reading, staying active, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her family.
Megan started with Learning Ascent in August 2022. She has been a public school educator for 14 years, including teaching 8th grade Science, Social Studies, and ELA, 5th grade and leading her building as an Instructional Support Coach. Her career also included leading at the district level as the Instructional Technology Coordinator and as an Assistant Director of Curriculum. Most recently, Megan has left the public school sector to open her own bake shop in St. Charles, but couldn’t leave educating students completely behind.
Allie previously taught kindergarten through fifth grade students in the West Aurora School District 129 as a Title 1 Interventionist with a focus in math. She also participated in West Aurora’s Literacy Booster program where she supported first and second grade students in the development of reading skills. Prior to becoming licensed in elementary education, Allie taught three- and four-year-old preschool at Kensington School where she taught foundational concepts and supported students’ physical, academic, and social development through project-based learning. When she’s not tutoring students at Little Foxes, Allie works at Elgin Community College where she supports students pursuing degrees and credentials in Early Childhood Education. Outside of teaching, Allie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching documentaries, and visiting local shops and restaurants.
Angela has been working at Learning Ascent since September 2022. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where she earned her degree in Special Education. She recently earned her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Behavioral Management from the American College of Education. She has been teaching high school in D303 for the past five years. She currently co-teaches history and teaches a reading, writing, and executive functioning intervention class. She has worked with a variety of different students with different disabilities including Specific Learning Disabilities (reading, math, writing), Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, Autism, ADHD, Hearing Impairment, Speech Impairment, and many more. Angela has a passion for being a strong advocate for her students and their families. When Angela is not teaching or working with students she loves being outside, skiing, cooking, house projects, and spending time with family and friends.