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The faculty at Acacia Academy include certified teachers with bachelor and master degrees. On staff, we are certified and licensed for:

  • Elementary Education
  • High School content areas
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Emotional and Behavior Disabilities
  • Administration
  • School Psychology
  • Clinical Diagnosis/Test and Measurements
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Language Pathology

 

 Kathryn Fouks, Principal, Director & Clinical Diagnostician 

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison / Bachelor of Science 
  • Northern Illinois University - Dekalb 
  • MSEd Specialization in Reading 
  • Illinois Certification: #0755871 Type 3 Elementary Teaching 
  • Illinois Certification: #1391839 Type 75 Administration Grades K-12
  • Illinois Certification: #1474920 Type 10 Learning Disabilities Gr. K-12

 

 Eileen Petzold, Asst. Principal/Asst. Director 

  • Indiana University / BS Elementary Education 
  • Illinois Certification: #1817385
  • Endorsement: LBS1 Learning Behavior Specialist 1
  • Approvals: LBS1 Learning Behavior Specialist 1, Social Emotional Disorders
  • Training: Project Read, The Wilson Reading Program, Crisis Prevention Intervention    

 Jim Shoemaker-Saif, Head of High School 

  • Northern Central College / Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Sociology/Anthropology 
  • Lewis University / Secondary Teaching Certification 
  • Lewis University / Master of Arts in Special Education LBS1 

 Lana Fouks McConnell, Administration, Clinical Diagnostician 

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison / Bachelor of Arts Degree - Dual Major in Communications & Art History 
  • University of Illinois-Chicago / Masters in Special Education - Learning & Behavior Specialist LBS 1 Type 10
  • Endorsement - Visual Arts 
  • Lewis University / Certification in Administration and Supervision Type 75 

 Melissa Burns, Administration  

  • Concordia University / Bachelor in Special Education - Learning & Behavior Specialist (LBS1) Type 10 
  • Endorsement - regular education 
  • Lewis University / M.ED. Educational Leadership 
  • Certification in Administration and Supervision Type 75 

 Phyllis Chaffer, Business Office 

  • Indiana University 
  • College of Dupage 
  • Business and Accounting
  • H&R Block - Tax Courses 

 Kacey Bourdage, Administration 

  • Indiana University / Bachelor in Special Education - Learning & Behavior Specialist (LBS1) Type 10 
  • Lewis University / M.ED. Educational Leadership 
  • Principal Endorsement 








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