Continuing Education Instructors

Meet the dedicated, talented instructors teaching Continuing Education courses at Kishwaukee College…

John Boesche is a Kishwaukee College Diesel Power Technology instructor and a certified industrial lift truck trainer since 1993.

Sharon Bergstrom has been teaching ballroom dance at area community colleges since 2003.

Craig Coffman is an innovative instructor who teaches instant guitar and piano throughout the United States and overseas. He has a B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois and a Master of Divinity degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

Star Crouch recently retired from Genoa-Kingston School District and became interested in hula hooping for fitness and fun. She now refers to herself as Hoopnanny.

Michelle Erickson-Goettl graduated from NIU with an M.F.A. in 2003. She has been a member of Kishwaukee College’s faculty since January 1998 and is a ceramics instructor.

Bob Fleury is a former high school golf coach and owner of Coach Fleury’s Golf Center in Kirkland.

Traci Gardner has been dancing since 2000 with Isis Panthea of Downers Grove and teaching since 2003. Traci also teaches at Beth Fowler School of Dance.

Tim Griffin began practicing daily mediation in 1973 and T’ai ChiCh'uan in 1998. He teaches Chi Gung breathing exercises andT'aiChiCh'uan as an aid to the development and maintenance of physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Tim Griffin has also taught numerous classes and workshops on meditative philosophies and techniques at various institutions.

Gary Gullett founded the Photo Safari Network with the idea of combining photography, adventure, and education. The Photo Safari Network now conducts photo safaris in every continent and has become one of the leading providers of digital photography classes, workshops and tours in the nation.

Mary Hallock is a Community Relations Specialist with the Service in the Neighborhood Program of BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. She received her Bachelor’s degree from NIU and has an extensive background in the insurance and healthcare management fields.

Randy Halverson received his B.F.A. from NIU in illustration. He has been a professional artist both locally and across the country since 1993. His mural and sculpture work can be found throughout the area and far beyond.

Cameron Harms is the Director of Programs at Walcamp.

Peggy Jensen is a health enthusiast who has taught all age groups and is certified to teach Body Recall.

Laura Johnson first became interested in the art of glass blowing on a school field trip to the Sofa Show in Chicago. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences. During her time in Champaign, she began taking classes from a glass blower in Farmer City where she learned the art. In 2009, Laura opened Starved Rock Hot Glass in her hometown of Ottawa.

Christy Klein was the owner/operator of Glass Gardens, Inc. in Sycamore. She has skills in stained glass, glass fusing, bead making, and mosaics.

Josh Kubiak is a financial advisor at Edward Jones.

Professor Dimitri Liakos is a recognized scholar of the civilizations of the entire Mediterranean region and has taught for 42 years at Northern Illinois University. He has been teaching courses relating to the art of mosaic decoration and the complexities of technique for over 40 years.

John McIntyre has 35 years of retail wine experience working in and around the Chicago Metro market including teaching wine appreciation for over 10 years.

Leeann Medenhall is has a M.A. in Spanish and a M.S. Ed. in Literacy Instruction with a focus on ESL from NIU. She is currently in employed as on ESL teacher in Genoa Kingston school district.

Carl Mook is an investment advisor representative with Sigma Planning Corporation, a registered investment advisor.

Diane Morlan is co-owner of the publishing company, Cozy Cat Press which uses internet Web sites to print and distribute Cozy Cat mysteries. She is author of Too Dead to Dance and Shake Down Dead.

Pat Olson coordinates the Kishwaukee College Literacy Program. She has taught beginning through advanced ESL classes for Waubonsee and Kishwaukee Colleges—including Pronunciation, Advanced Grammar, and Advanced Expression. She also taught middle school and high school English for the Kaneland and Sterling school districts for five years.

Pamela Palmer has been making hats since 1993. Starting out as a weaver with a fine arts degree, sculpture peaked her interest in hat making. Besides contemporary hats, she specializes in historical hats which she sells to actors and costumers. Her LaPaloma Hats can be seen on her website and at shops throughout the country.

Andy Pemberton a graduate of NIU’s art education program, where he studied drawing, painting and ceramics. He is currently a graphics designer and teaches art classes in the DeKalb and Sycamore area.

Christine Peterson has been line dancing since 1992 and has taught line dancing classes at park districts, churches, corporate parties, and clubs.

Susan Powell is an artist and graphic designer working in DeKalb and the Fox Valley area since 2004. She graduated from NIU with an M.S. in art education and has worked as a commercial photographer.

Debbie Rock of Rock Farms has been making her own soap, household cleaning and personal care products for several years. She sells her high-end goat milk soaps in several local retails shops and through her website.

Barb Retondo is an Illinois certified nursery professional and has taught sessions for over four years at the annual spring Gardeners' Pathway workshop held at Kishwaukee College. She is an experienced gardener and co-owner of The Garden Market in Sycamore.

Natalie Santiago has been practicing henna body art for several years. She has been featured at the Yoga Midwest Conference and Chicago’s Green Festival.

Chef Alex Smith has eight years industry experience currently serving as executive chef of Feed’em Soup Community Project.  He attended culinary school at the Illinois Institute of Art: Chicago.

Christel Springmire is a licensed environmental health practitioner (LEHP) and is employed at the DeKalb County Health Department, Environmental Health Division.

Todd Volker is an experienced musician withtwo years ofukulele instruction and many years of guitar playing in a bluegrass and rock bands. A simple passion for a simple instrument has led him to teach ukulele to others.

Rebecca Wardlow is a social media enthusiast, strategist, speaker and trainer. She is an active participant in several social media platforms and currently handles social media marketing, consulting and strategy targeted for small to medium business and not-for-profits.

Kris Winkler and Lynn Lokken both work with the University of Wisconsin Extension. They have been part of creating barn quilts that now number into the hundreds throughout Green County Wisconsin.

Elizabeth Wolden has been knitting since 2002. During that time she has lead many classes and has taught dozens of people how to knit, or how to be better knitters. Ms. Wolden also has a B.A. in art from NIU.

Abed Zantout is an engineer with many years of experience in computer use and training. He has trained employees and installed hardware and software for various companies.

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