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6th Grade

Teacher Bios

My name is Lori Colclasure and I started teaching at Oak Grove in August 2006. My first seven years was spent as a PE teacher and now I am enjoying my new role as the 6th grade Social Studies teacher. I graduated from Illinois State University in 2005 and majored in Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Coaching and an endorsement in Social Studies. Once I started at Oak Grove, I began working on and finished my masters in Teaching and Leadership from Saint Xavier University in 2009. In my free time, I enjoy being with my husband Chris and daughter Erin. We are an active family, we are always on the go!! I like to bowl and play sand volleyball.


My name is Ashley Evans, and I have worked at Oak Grove School since 1997, teaching a variety of subjects and grade levels. For many years, I have taught sixth grade language arts and literature and love being part of the team. After moving to Libertyville from West Virginia, I attended Highland Middle School and Libertyville High School. I earned a BA in English from Barat College and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from DePaul University.  I live here in Green Oaks with my family and enjoy reading, movies, listening to music, hiking, and most of all, teaching!


Bonjour! Je m'appelle Madame Grambo, et je suis le prof de Français! I have been teaching French at OGS for several years and have loved every minute of it!  Teaching French is my dream job.  I graduated from Florida State University with a degree in French.  I did my Junior year abroad in Paris and vowed that I would return to France to live and work.  And I did! I got a job at a tourist office in a small town in the South of France.  After that I moved to New York City and had several different jobs, all of them using my language skills.  But, I was never quite happy.  I began volunteering in New York City Public Schools. And, Voilà, I found the career I was meant for.  I went to NYU and got a double Master's Degree in Foreign Language Education, teaching French, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  I am truly lucky to be able to use both of my degrees here at Oak Grove.  In addition to teaching Middle School French, I also teach English to our small, yet growing, population of non-native English speakers here at OGS.  I live right here in Green Oaks with my husband, my pug, and three young sons who attend school at Oak Grove! Besides being of lover of languages, I also  enjoy tennis and college football.


My name is Lynn Klunder. I grew up in Libertyville from the age of 4. I attended Copeland Manor school, Highland and Libertyville Highschool. I went to Elmhurst College for my undergraduate degree in teaching Kindergarten through 9th grade. I have been working at Oak Grove School since the Fall of 1997 in the area of mathematics. Over the years I have worked in many different grade levels at different positions and enjoyed each of the opportunities to grow. During the first 15 years of my career I was focused on the area of Gifted Education and worked with so many of the best in our state, such as Mary Christiansen, Andy Mahoney, and many others. I attended many IAGC conferences as well as NAGC conferences and during the first 5 years of my career I earned 18 hours of masters credit in the area of gifted. I earned my Masters in Curriculum and Leadership in May of 2006 from St. Xavier University. I am so glad to have spent the past two years on the 6th grade team teaching math to all the 6th grade students. Math is a love of mine and my own personal goal is to help each of my students find the fun in math as well as know they can be successful. When I am not at school, I am a wife to my high school sweetheart and a proud mom of three girls and our family loves to go on camping adventures. I am so glad to be here at Oak Grove School each day!


My name is Matt Oesch, and I have been working at Oak Grove School for many years.  I was originally hired as a teacher's aide as I worked my way through college.  I've been teaching 6th grade Science and the 7th grade "Science By Design" rotation for several years.  I live in Gurnee, Il with my wife, Meg, and our son, August.
 


My name is Katie Riley, and I teach 6th grade resource and have been working at Oak Grove School since 2006.  I earned my bachelor's degree from Loras College in elementary and special education.  I also earned a master's degree from Concordia University in administration.  My love for working with children started at an early age, and for as long as I can remember I wanted to be a teacher!  Working one on one with students gives me the opportunity to understand their way of learning and work with each child to help ensure their success .  I couldn't think of a more rewarding job.   When I'm not teaching, I love to read, run, and spend time with my family. 


My name is Karyn Thompson.  I spent the first three years of my life in Cicero, Illinois. At the end of 1966 my father was drafted to Vietnam and we moved to Aberdeen, Maryland, Army Proving Grounds. Two years later we moved back to Illinois and built a house in Addison. My life long dream, since the age of five, was to become a teacher. I did my undergraduate at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, earning a B.S. degree in literature, with a double minor in art history and Spanish. In 1994/95 I received my masters in education at Roosevelt University in Chicago. I have been at Oak Grove School since 1995 teaching literature, language arts, and social studies. I am very fortunate to be a part of Oak Grove.