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TEC Instructors

Mrs. Margaret Bazzoli

Margaret Bazzoli has really appreciated her ten years of being involved as a teacher at
TEC. Although her main job is being a nurse/caregiver at a senior shared living home,
she still enjoys sharing her love for history with the girls in her American Girls class.
Margaret is married and has three daughters, the youngest having been home
schooled.

Mrs. Kim Brackett

My husband Mike and I have been married for 36 years. We live in North Aurora with the youngest three of our six children and our labradoodle, Bentley. Our oldest three children are grown and married and have children of their own.

All of our children were entirely homeschooled from preschool through high school, so the 2019-2020 school year will be my 29th year of homeschooling! (Our youngest daughter attends TEC.)  Before we had children, I was a teacher in the East Aurora school district. I’ve also taught children’s classes at church for many years and I was the Kids Min director for 8 years.

We own Pedal & Spoke Bicycles in North Aurora, and attend MorningStar Community Church in Aurora. We were foster parents for many years and now we serve as a host home with Safe Families.

Besides teaching, I love spending time with my grandchildren, sewing, doing Pilates, and traveling with my husband.
I love being part of TEC and I’m excited about the coming school year!
 

Heidi Casburn

 

Matt Gruel

Matt Gruel grew up in a small town in Indiana and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition (with an emphasis in Piano) from Butler University. He owns an entertainment company calledNostalgia Entertainment which allows him to perform (piano and sing) to numerous venues throughout Chicagoland.

For the past twenty years, he has been on staff at churches as Minister of Music, where he has sung, played piano, directed and arranged music. Currently, he is the Worship Pastor at Living Hope Church in North Aurora.

He has also been seen playing piano at Tommy Guns Garage Dinner Theatre and aboard the Spirit of Chicago Cruise Lines.

He has music directed theatre productions in the area. Some of his favorites were The Spitfire Grill and Ordinary Days at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles along with Carrie: The Musical  and Les Miserables at the School of Performing Arts in Naperville.

As a music teacher, his goal is to help his students develop a love and passion for music. To that end, his piano lessons will enable aspiring pianists to play with joy and expressiveness, with an ear to the beauty of the music. He aims to expose his students to a broad variety of pieces in order for them to appreciate the many genres of piano music available.

His hope is that no matter what path his students pursue, they will have gained a lasting enjoyment of music and an ability to play long after the lessons have ended.

Mrs. Lisa Holzl

Lisa is married to her best friend and together they have 3 children. She has been home schooling for over 12 years. Her oldest graduated, she has one in high school and her last one in elementary. She is looking forward to sharing her excitement for learning with TEC families. Lisa is a mixed-media artist with a studio in Batavia and also has twenty year experience in graphic design.

Aidan Isaacs

Jan May

Jan May is a home education veteran and has over fifteen years of creative writing instruction experience. She enjoys igniting creativity and believes that given the right tools and encouragement, any student can write and love it! Jan believes in the group dynamic and promotes an interactive learning style.

Jan has a college background in Biblical Studies, Psychology and Education from North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is also a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature.

She is the author and publisher of ten books including New Millennium Girl Books: Christian mid-grade novels for girls and interactive creative writing curriculum for boys and girls that hook even the most reluctant writers! Jan is a freelance writer contributing to The Old Schoolhouse, Thriving Family and Clubhouse Jr. Magazines.

As a pastor’s wife, Jan enjoys inspiring faith in women, teens and children, encouraging them to dream big with a faithful God. She loves to garden, write, and play with her loveable lab, Hunter.

 

Jill Olson

Jill has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and has experience tutoring in one-on-one and large group settings. She loves seeing God’s character displayed in creation through the study of science (Romans 1:20) and His hand at work throughout history. As a life-long learner, she loves teaching a variety of subjects.

Jill has been married to her best friend, Doug, for 19 years. Together they have 3 children who attend TEC and are entering their 12th year of homeschooling.