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6th Grade

Teacher Bios


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.

¡Hola!  My name is  Jenny Lucas and I teach 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Spanish.  I earned my Bachelor's degree at the University of Iowa where my major was Communications Studies.  I earned my Master's of Arts and Instruction at Saint Mary's University, and I earned finished my degree in Spanish in Sevilla, Spain.  I began my career at Oak Grove in the year 2000.  I left in 2002 to raise my children, Olivia and Evan, but returned to my Oak Grove family in  2006.

My name is Matt Oesch, and I have been working at Oak Grove School for many moons.  I was originally hired as a teacher's aide as I worked my way through college, since my acting/comedy career did not pan out.  I teach 6th grade General Science and the 7th grade "Science By Design" rotation.  I have a Master's Degree in Educational Technology.  I live happily with my wife and our two children, August and Violet, in an undisclosed location.

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.

My name is Dan Henneberry, I have worked at Oak Grove School since 2005. I moved to Libertyville in 6th grade, I am graduate of Highland Middle School and Libertyville High School. My wife Lindsay and I live in Libertyville with our two girls, Harper and Paige. I am a graduate of Trinity International University in Deerfield with a BA in education and am currently pursuing a Masters in Instructional Design and Technology from Western Illinois University. I currently coach two sports at LHS, football in the fall and wrestling in the winter. Oak Grove is a great place to learn and I consider it an honor to work with the students of this district. When I am not teaching, coaching or dading I enjoying practicing with my band.

My name is Nicole Barmantje, and I'm one of the 5th & 6th grade resource teachers. I have been working at Oak Grove School since 2008. I love getting to know my students as individuals, and helping them to learn. I earned my bachelor's degree in Behavioral Psychology from Western Michigan University. I also earned my master's degree from Roosevelt University in Special Education. I live in Palatine with my husband and our son, Hunter. We love to spend time at our family home in Lake Geneva, go to sporting events, and hang out with our family.