The Keith faculty is recruited nationally and internationally with advanced degrees in their respective fields, recognized success in education, and a commitment to being role models for young people. They are dedicated to life-long learning and continued professional growth. They use a broad repertoire of teaching techniques and technologies, enhancing students’ skills by integrating these approaches throughout the curriculum. Perhaps most importantly, Keith faculty are available to students and parents, before, during and after school. Celebration phone calls and emails, correspondence over weekends and direct access to a students’ daily progress through a NetClassroom application are just a few of the many ways we maintain strong teacher-student-parent relationships.
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B.S. in Elementary Education from Rockford College
M.Ed. in Reading from Northern Illinois University
Carol is the second grade teacher in the lower school. She has 18 years of experience including 15 at Keith where she has also taught first grade and kindergarten. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa and in her spare time loves to read, garden, and travel with her husband and daughter.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x176
B.A. from University of Illinois
M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University
After college, completed USAF pilot training and flew the C-130 aircraft worldwide. Worked for Motorola for two years and then for Sundstrand/Hamilton Sundstrand for 32 years. Retired in 2007. Substitute taught math classes in various school districts, tutored math for RPS205 and tutored all grades at Huntington Learning Center since 2007. Have instructed evening business classes at Rock Valley College for over 20 years. Larry enjoys reading, sports and gardening. Unless his garden is over an acre in size , it is too small.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x121
Mary Ann Anderson
Lower School Strings
Attended Rock Valley College, DePaul University and Triton College
Suzuki strings training at Trinity College in Deerfield
A violinist, Mary Ann played in the Rockford Symphony Orchestra for eight years. She is on the faculty of the Rockford College Music Academy and directs the academy’s string and piano camp. Her family includes five children. Mary Ann enjoys attending performances for many art forms and cooking.
B.S. from George Mason University in Laboratory Science
M.S. from George Mason University in Information Management
M.A.T. from Rockford College in Teaching
Faye Bahmanyar is new to the faculty but she is hardly new to Keith Country Day School. Faye’s son Navid graduated from Keith in 2011 as a National Merit Scholar and her son Alex is a fifth grader in the lower school. Faye will be partnering with Rhonda Hanley in the first grade this year. In addition to bringing high expectations for academic and social learning, she hopes to create an engaged classroom for both students and parents. A graduate from George Mason University with a bachelor’s in Laboratory Science and a master’s in Information Management, Faye earned a second master’s degree in Teaching from Rockford College and has a K-9 teaching certificate. Prior to joining the Keith faculty, her classroom experience included teaching kindergarten through second grade students. Before going into education, she worked as a senior systems analyst for commercial billing systems at MCI Telecommunications Corporation in Arlington, VA and the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. She has also been a systems consultant for different projects at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x190
Elizabeth (Betty) Benoit
Middle and Upper School Resource
B.A. in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University
M.S. in Reading from Northern Illinois University
A veteran teacher with more than 37 years of experience, Betty joined Keith Country Day School from the Harlem School District where she taught fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders. A native of Michigan, Betty earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University and her M.S. from Northern Illinois University. She is currently a resident of Roscoe and has two daughters, Grace and Joy.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x191
B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education from Concordia University
M.A. in Education and Leadership from St. Xavier University
Jan returns to Keith after taking a year off to be with her family. Previously she taught fifth grade but this year she will be the lower school resource teacher and will assist in third grade. Prior to joining the Keith faculty, Jan taught third, fifth, and seventh grades at Immanuel Lutheran School in Belvidere. In 2008, she was the recipient of Keith’s Distinguished Faculty Award and a Golden Apple finalist. Jan enjoys doing special projects involving youth and adult education at her church, and presenting topics at women’s and marriage retreats. Jan also likes boating, gardening, quilting, and spending time with her husband, four children, their applicable spouses, and her four grandchildren all in the area.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x177
Middle and Upper School English Department Chairmen
Seventh and Ninth Grade English, Speech, Yearbook Adviser
B.A. in Psychology and Social Work from Concordia University, River Forest
M.A. in Education and English Certification from Concordia, University River Forest
Christine served as a mental health counselor before pursuing a career in education in 1997. After becoming certified to teach English, Christine taught at both Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, IL and Islamic Foundation School in Villa Park, IL. She has also taught composition for Waubonsee Community College. Currently, she is working on a Ph.D. in English at Northern Illinois University.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x131
Middle School Social Studies
B.A. in History and Anthropology from Marquette University
The energetic Kristin Burns is in her fourth year at Keith. A graduate from Marquette University with degrees in History and Anthropology, Kristin teaches middle school social studies, coaches the middle school scholastic and quiz bowl teams and mentors the middle school student government. Prior to joining the Keith faculty, she worked in both the Harlem and Winnebago school districts. Kristin is a member of Phi Alpha Theta and the League of Women Voters. She is currently working on a master’s degree in Global Politics and World History from the University of Denver. Outside of school, the 2010 Golden Apple nominee enjoys traveling with her husband, hiking, reading and cheering on the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x175
Science Department Chairman
B.S. in Biology-Ecology and B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Geography from Minnesota State University, Mankato
M.A.T. from Rockford College
A 2006 and 2008 Golden Apple nominee, David has extensive professional experience in addition to an impressive teaching resume. Before joining the Keith faculty, David worked on wetland and water quality policy for the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC, as a research assistant/temporary instructor at Iowa State University, as a lab technician for Baxter International, and as an environmental specialist for American Tower Corporation. At Keith, he is the Science Department Chair and teaches middle school science and math. He enjoys cycling, hiking, camping, rugby, and listening to music. David is married to Abigail, has a daughter, Emery, and a son, Tyler, who are both lower school students. To view David’s web site, click here.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x121
B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University
Illinois Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education
M.A. in Reading and Literature from Walden University
Allison joined the Keith lower school faculty in 2010 with more than 10 years of classroom and community education experience. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University and a M.A. in Reading and Literature through Walden University. Throughout her career, Allison has taught several different grade levels and is well-versed in designing creative lesson plans that accommodate multiple intelligences. In addition to working as a classroom teacher, Allison has also worked as an administrator at Argyle Preschool and at the Sylvan Learning Center.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x151
Dr. Debra Dimke
Head of School
M.S. in Educational Administration/Special Education from Northern Illinois
Ph.D in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University
Dr. Debra Dimke was named the 16th Head of School at Keith in July of 2012. An outstanding educator and administrator for more than 34 years, Dr. Dimke oversees Keith’s curriculum, faculty, admissions, finances, development program and communications. She is a graduate from Northern Illinois University with a master’s degree in Educational Administration/Special Education. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University. Dr. Dimke has been an executive administrator for more than 16 years working in the Peoria School District, District U-46 and the Rockford School District. During her public school years, she was instrumental in establishing several new programs such as developing curricula for bilingual, gifted and special education students, implementing instructional management systems for principals and teachers, and improving college readiness initiatives. If the name Dimke sounds familiar, it’s for good reason. Dr. Dimke’s husband (Tim) is the Executive Director of the Rockford Park District. Their son, (Derek), recently finished his collegiate football career with the University of Illinois as the school’s all-time leader in field goal accuracy and in July was signed to a free agent contract with the Detroit Lions.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x115
Middle and Upper School Spanish
B.A. in Spanish and French with Academic Commendation from the Univ. of Hawaii
M.A. and pre-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi
In addition to an extensive teaching background in foreign languages, Apryle has lived and studied in Spain and Mexico. After earning her B.A. in Spanish and French from the University of Hawaii, she worked on pre-doctorial work at the University of Madison, attended Pomona College and received a post-master’s certification in teaching from the Michigan State University. Along with teaching middle and high school students, Apryle has also taught at Rockford College and worked with private businesses on diversity training and English as a Second Language. Apryle’s greatest joy is her family. She also enjoys gardening, reading history, music, entertaining her cats, and writing poetry.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x106
Upper School Mathematics
A.A. from Rock Valley College
B.S. from Northern Illinois University in Mathematics
Brad began teaching after earning a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Northern Illinois University. Prior to joining Keith, he worked for the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) where he helped coach the scholastic bowl team to two consecutive IHSA Class AA Scholastic Bowl State Championships and two top 25 finishes at the national championships. A member of the honors program while attending Rock Valley College, Brad also works as a freelance writer in addition to his teaching career. Most recently, he wrote and edited questions for the National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC for college, middle and upper school students. Brad has experience working with students of all ability levels and excels in a small classroom setting.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x187
Middle and Upper School Spanish
B.S. in Secondary Education with a major in Spanish, Western Carolina University
Emily’s fascination with other cultures and languages started in her middle school German class and continued in college when she studied abroad in Austria and Spain for nearly two years. Prior to joining Keith in 2006, Emily worked in the business sector as a sales and marketing professional, taught Spanish at Pecatonica High School and also taught adult Spanish to professionals through La Voz Latina. In the summer of 2011, through a school grant, Emily lived in Costa Rica with a Costa Rican family while volunteering at a community center teaching English to children. She loves traveling, bicycling, hiking, and getting together with family and friends.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x163
B.A in Elementary Education from University of Illinois
Kelly has been teaching for 16 years with past jobs in Chicago, S. Beloit and Rockford. The Chicago native has taught junior kindergarten, kindergarten, second and fourth grades as well as music for K-5. Kelly has lived in Rockford for 17 years. She and her husband have two children. They enjoy traveling, hiking, the theater and family time.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x109
First Grade and Lower School Coordinator
B.S. from Illinois State University
M.A. in Teaching from Aurora University
M.E.L. in Administration from Aurora University
Rhonda is a veteran teacher with experience educating students ranging from pre-kindergarten to masters-level students. She has worked as a first and second grade teacher, a media specialist, a technology trainer and a coordinator of professional development. Rhonda joined the Keith faculty in 2005. In 2008, she was a Golden Apple Finalist and in 2012 she was the recipient of Keith’s Distinguished Faculty Award. Outside the classroom she enjoys reading, gardening, her grandchildren and traveling with her family.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x110
Middle School Latin
B.A. in Latin from Illinois State University
Medical Transcription Diploma from Rockford Business College
Connie is one of the area’s lone Latin teachers. She splits her time between Keith Country Day School and Swedish American Home Health medical records department. A graduate from Illinois State University, Connie has two children and resides in the Rockford area.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x169
B.S. in Education from Central Michigan University
M.A. in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University
Certifications — (K-5, all subjects), (K-8, self contained classroom), (Grades 6-8, Language Arts – BX)
Kristine joined the Keith faculty in 2010 after spending two years working as the fifth grade teacher at Charlotte Country Day School. Her experience in education is global having worked at the Hong Kong International School from 2005 to 2008 and at the Thai-Chinese International School in Bangkok, Thailand from 2003 to 2005. Kristine started her career in Michigan working in both Kalamoazoo and Mattawan. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, spending time with her family, and pursuing professional development opportunities. In fact, during her 13-year career Heystek has completed more than 40 seminars, courses, and enrichment programs to benefit her work in the classroom.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x104
Lower School Physical Education
Associates of Science from Highland Community College
B.S. in Physical Education from Rockford College
Andrea has a passion for instilling the importance of lifelong health and fitness in her students. A student-athlete in college, Hundertmark played both soccer and softball for the Rockford Regents and was a MacLeish Scholar, Distinguished Scholar and a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society. Hundertmark joined the Keith faculty in 2011. Prior to Keith, she worked at Willowglen Academy, Meehan Elementary School, Winnebago High School and Freeport High School.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x116
Director of Student Development
B.S. from Bowling Green State University in Child and Family Studies
M.A. from Bowling Green State University in College Student Personnel
Anne joins the Keith faculty this year as the Director of Student Development. She earned her bachelor’s in Child and Family Studies and her master’s in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. She began her career in education as an Admissions Coordinator for Loyola University of Chicago. Following her stint with the Ramblers, she joined Indiana University as the Director of Student Activities, supervising student programs and events, training peer leaders for campus orientations and advising student organizations. Later in her tenure, Anne moved into a new position for both IU and Purdue University as an Academic Advisor and Outreach Recruitment Coordinator where she coordinated enrollment initiatives, worked with prospective families and counseled students on future careers. Anne is a long-time supporter of Keith. Her daughter Sarah was a member of the Class of 2010 and her other daughter Grace will be a freshman this year.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x124
Lower School Music
B.M. in Piano Performance and Music Ed. with Honors from Alverno College, Milwaukee
M.M. in Music Ed. from Bowling Green State University, OH
Kodaly Certificate at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
Julie has been at Keith for 16 years and received the Keith Distinguished Faculty Award in 2001. Prior to moving to Rockford she taught undergraduates at Bowling Green University and elementary and middle school music in Milwaukee. She has also directed church choirs and taught private piano students. Outside of school, Julie is the Treasurer for the Chicago Area Kodaly Educators and often attends their state and national conferences. In addition, she enjoys gardening, playing tennis, and following her three daughters to their many club and college gymnastics competitions.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x101
B.S. in Family and Child Studies from Northern Illinois University
M.A.T. in Elementary Education from National Louis University — Wheeling
Stephanie Johnson is entering her second year at Keith. Stephanie grew up in Illinois and started her educational career at Jefferson Elementary before joining the Learning Tree in Huntley, IL as a preschool teacher. She is an expert in developing thematic units for young students and believes in a hands-on learning style through the use of manipulative and sensory exploration. She has a B.S. in Family and Child Studies from Northern Illinois University and a M.A.T. in Elementary Education from National Louis University.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x149
Lou Ann Johnson
Middle and Upper School Science
B.S. in Biology from Wittenberg University, OH
M.A. in Education from Wright State University
Prior to coming to Keith in 1978, Lou Ann taught at Wittenberg University, in Dayton Public Schools and at Kodaikanal International School in India. She enjoys attending development workshops and writing EPA grants for lake monitoring studies. As the EnergyNet Advisor, Lou Ann has been instrumental in helping make the Keith campus more environmentally efficient. In 2000-01 she returned to India to teach I.B. (International Baccalaureate) Biology and seventh grade science at Kodaikanal. A past recipient of Keith’s Distinguished Faculty Award, Lou Ann has been given several special recognition awards for service to the school and in 2007 was nominated for a Golden Apple Award. She is married to Harlan and mother to Jennifer, who graduated from Keith in 2002.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x171
B.A. in Elementary Education from Elmhurst College with graduate hours at Kent State University
Nancy is in her fifth year at Keith. Prior to joining the Keith faculty, she worked in early childhood special education and kindergarten in Skokie, IL, taught hearing impaired students in Ohio, and taught kindergarten in Detroit, MI, and Nekoosa, WI. Nancy and her husband, Fred, moved to Rockford in 2006. The Indianapolis native has two children, Rachel and Matthew.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x140
Dr. Ron Lee
Middle and Upper Head of School, AP History
B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago
Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Boston College
In May of 2009, Dr. Lee was named Head of Middle and Upper School after helping put Keith Country Day School in the national spotlight. In 2006, the College Board indicated Keith had the strongest Advanced Placement U.S. History course in the world among schools its size. In 2007, Ron’s AP European History course was rated #1. Following his promotion to the administration, Ron scaled back his teaching schedule and now only teaches the AP courses within the history department. During the summers, he teaches political science at Rockford College and previously taught at Boston College, Michigan State University, and Kenyon College. Dr. Lee has been published in the political science journal Polity and has edited and been a contributing writer for high school readers on government, the Constitution, American history, and world politics. Dr. Lee enjoys reading, music, sports and has recently become the proud owner of a puppy named RJ.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x174
Dr. Beth Lipton
Middle and Upper School Mathematics and Science
B.A. in Biochemistry from University of Iowa
Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of Iowa
Dr. Lipton has an extensive research background in the areas of diabetes and atherosclerosis. She has tutored students in numerous math and science courses and has taught at Rock Valley College. She and her husband have three children, one of whom is a Keith graduate, and two others currently enrolled in the middle and upper schools. In addition to her classroom work, Beth mentors the upper school scholastic bowl program, which has placed third in the Class 1A state finals for two consecutive years. Beth enjoys reading, playing volleyball, and spending time with her family.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x142
B.A. in Spanish and Liberal Arts from Loras College
Angela started her career as a bilingual teacher in Rockford. After several years of working with fourth grade and kindergarten, she took time off to start a family. She joins the Keith faculty this year as preschool teacher for the three-year-old program. A published children’s author, she has a particular passion for early childhood literacy and is thrilled to be a part of Keith! Currently, she is working on a master’s degree at Rockford College. Angela and her family love Rockford and take advantage of all it has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing and Zumba.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x102
Dr. Sherrilyn Martin
Middle and Upper School Latin and Ancient Greek
Chair of the Foreign Language Department
B.A. in ancient Greek from Wilson College
M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati
A year of Independent study at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Dr. Martin was the Illinois Latin Teacher of the Year in 1993, was a recipient of a Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Foreign Language Teaching in 2001, and was named a Claes Nobel Teacher of Distinction in 2007. She is active in the Rockford Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and enjoys traveling in the Mediterranean, reading murder mysteries, and eating chocolate. She has logged more than 40 years at Keith making the longest tenured faculty member.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x166
Mary Anne Mathwich
Lower School Science
B.A in Business from Western Illinois University
Although Mary Anne joined the Keith faculty from the world of business, her love for science, nature and the environment is her passion. A proponent of natural landscaping, environmental and sustainable living issues, Mary Anne most recently worked at the Rockford Park District as an environmental educator. At Keith, she teaches students from kindergarten through fifth grade in the lower school science center. In her spare time, she is active with many local conservation organizations.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x183
Middle and Upper School Band
B.S. in Music Education from University of Indianapolis
M.S. in Secondary Education from Northern Illinois University
Prior to joining Keith, Martin spent 33 years at Eisenhower Middle School as the Band Director. During his tenure, more than 200 middle school students participated in the program, many of which earned excellent or superior ratings at music festivals throughout the Midwest. In addition to his work at Eisenhower, Martin also taught at Guilford High School as a brass instructor, worked with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, and has instructed several other performance groups in Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin and Rockford. A past nominee of the Those Who Excel and Golden Apple Awards, Martin and his wife live in Rockford. They have three daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, riding motorcycles and fishing.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x184
English and Sixth Grade Drama
B.A. in Creating Writing and Theater, Taylor University
M.A. in Writing for Young People, Bath Spa University (Bath, England)
Attended American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Hollywood, Calif.
A product of a military family, Eden has lived on both the west and east coasts as well as in the Midwest. She joined the Keith faculty in 2011 following a short stint in Tennessee where she worked as an adjunct writing instructor at Tennessee Wesleyan College and at Meigs County High School as a writing tutor. Eden earned her B.A. in Creative Writing and Theater from Taylor University and her M.A. in Writing from Bath Spa University in Bath, England. In addition to enjoying NHL hockey and reading, Eden joined the literary world this summer as a published writer. Her book Phase (Phase Trilogy) was released in June by Etopia Press.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x107
Athletic Director, Assistant Head of Middle and Upper School
B.S. in Physical Education from Western Illinois University
M.A. in Education Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University
Prior to joining the Keith faculty, Rob taught for 10 years in the Rockford Public School system and coached football at Guilford and East High Schools. Rob also coached baseball at East High School and wrestling at Belvidere High School. At Western Illinois he was a four year letterman in baseball in which he was named to the all-conference team his junior year and was team captain his senior year. Rob was a finalist for Teacher of the Year in 1997 and has been nominated for the Golden Apple Award nine times. He is in his 11th year at Keith. His favorite activities are cooking, being an avid aquarist and watching his daughters Alexandria and Zoe play volleyball.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x134
Bachelor of Arts in Government and Russian Studies, cum laude, from Lawrence University
Mr. Peterson has served in many instructional capacities including employment in the Lawrence Center for Teaching and Learning. He has tutored advanced students in calculus, algebra physics, and quantitative reasoning. He is the founder of the Lawrence University Quiz Team which competed on the national quiz team circuit for five consecutive years. Mr. Peterson enjoys singing, writing sports articles, and speaking fluently in French and Russian.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x108
Middle and Upper School Theatre
Loyola University, Chicago
Jim has been an active artist in professional, educational, and community theatre for more than 30 years. As an actor, designer, stage manager, and director, he has been involved in more than 120 area productions. He served as the associate producer of Chuck Hoenes Productions at the Clock Tower Dinner Theatre from 1996-2001 and is currently on sabbatical as a company member of the Artists’ Ensemble Theater. From 2002 to 2006, he was a visiting theatre artist to second and fifth grades in the Rockford Public Schools and in 2006, he directed and designed the District 205 All-City Theatre production STARMITES. In 2007, he was nominated for a Mayor’s Arts Award.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x170
Dr. Jennifer Rea
Middle School English and Learning Resource
B.A. from Michigan State University in English Literature
B.A. from State University of New York at Stony Brook in Art History
M.A. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in History/Irish Studies
Ph.D from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in English/Irish Studies
Jennifer is entering her first year as a member of the Keith faculty but it is her fifth year as a Keith parent. Jennifer and her husband have a daughter, Ella, who this year will be in second grade in the lower school. A former Assistant Professor at Rockford College, Jennifer taught writing, advanced rhetoric and introduction to literature courses for the Regents. At Keith, she will be a part of the English Department mentoring both the sixth and eighth grade English classes as well as serving as a learning resource instructor. Jennifer has worked at Rockford College since 2005. She has been published as both a poet and author and is a member of the American Conference for Irish Studies, the Modern Language Association, and Children’s Books of Ireland.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x189
Middle and Upper School Physical Education, Health, Admissions Coordinator
B.S. in Exercise Science and Health from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
M.A. in Physical Education from Rockford College
Rachel is entering her fourth year at Keith. She started her Cougar tenure as a lower school physical education teacher, but in 2010 she joined the middle and upper school to teach PE and health. Rachel has a master’s degree in Physical Education from Rockford College and a B.S. in Exercise Science and Health. Previously, she worked with first through eighth graders as a student-teacher and was employed as a fitness instructor/strength and conditioning coach.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x135
B.S. in Physics with a minor in Math and Philosophy from Northern Illinois University
M.A. in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University
M.S. in Secondary Education from Northern Illinois University
Lee grew up in Orangeville, IL. He attended Northern Illinois University earning multiple degrees in Physics, Math, Philosophy and Secondary Education. After finishing his collegiate career, Lee taught Physics in the Rockford school system from 1988-2011. A resident of Rockford since 1991, Lee and his wife Charmaine have two grown daughters. He is an emeritus member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, has done an internship at the Fermi National Accelerator lab, and has participated in numerous professional development seminars at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California Santa Barbara, Ca. In his spare time, he likes to collect sheet music of from WWI and WWII and do lectures on the history of the music.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x160
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rockford College
Master of Arts in Teaching from Rockford College
Mrs. Ellen Schubert is a lifelong learner who has a passion for academic excellence. Mrs. Schubert is a Rockford native who graduated as the valedictorian from Rockford East High School. After earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rockford College, Mrs. Schubert decided to make Rockford her primary residence. Mrs. Schubert believes the role of instructional technology specialist best utilizes her business background with her educational training to engage students in 21st century learning skills and strategies. She enjoys working with teachers on developing applications for integrating technology standards into core academic subjects. In her leisure time, Mrs. Schubert enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and cooking.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x154
B.A. from Monmouth College in Spanish and Elementary Education
Certificates – Illinois Type 03, Spanish content, Middle School Endorsement
Karen joins the Keith faculty from Lincoln Intermediate School where she taught fourth grade and took great pride in creating unique lesson plans that implemented collaborative group work and cross-curricular instruction. A graduate from Monmouth College, Karen has also taught pre-kindergarten and first grade students. In addition to being fluent in Spanish, Karen has worked abroad with an international organization in Valencia, Venezuela teaching English as a foreign language to college-aged students and serving as an academic and leadership mentor. Karen is a member of the Harlem High School Class of 2005.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x191
Choral Director in Middle and Upper School
B.A. in Music from Brigham Young University
M.A. in Music Education from Catholic University of America
Linda is entering her fourth year at Keith. She has taught music in the Rockford area for more than 20 years. Linda has a master’s in Music Education from Catholic University and earned a B.A. from BYU. In addition to teaching, Linda has also been a soloist with the USAF Singing Sergeants, the Rockford Bach Chamber Singers, Mendelssohn Chorale, the Rock Valley College Community Chorale and the Rock Valley College Women’s Ensemble.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x122
Upper School History and History Department Chair
B. A. in History from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City
M.A. in Education from Benedictine University
Brad joined the Keith faculty in 2002 after earning his master’s degree in Education from Benedictine University. In 2010, he became the first Keith faculty member ever to earn the coveted Gold Apple Award for teaching. Prior to his career in education, he spent seven years as an editor and publisher of books, magazines, and directories. Brad and his wife have two children. In addition to teaching, Brad also coaches the Keith golf team, which in 2011 finished its season by winning the Indian Trails conference tournament. To view Brad’s website, click here mrstott.com.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x165
Lower and Middle School Art
Fine Arts and Ceramics major at Rockford College
Robert has been a full-time artist in the Rockford area for 30 years, consistently earning awards at shows and exhibitions throughout the United States. In fact, he was asked by the Clinton administration to produce an ornament that is now in the Smithsonian for the White House Christmas tree. In 2008, he was awarded Best of Show at the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival for one of his pieces. In addition to teaching at Keith, he currently conducts post graduate workshops throughout the Midwest and Hawaii. Robert has been featured in national magazine reviews and is known as one of the finest raku pottery artists in the country. Robert’s wife, Carol, is also a full-time artist. They both enjoy cooking and gardening at their 1840′s stone house in Roscoe.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x137
Middle and Upper School Mathematics
B.S. from Marquette University in Mathematics
M.A. from Rockford College in Teaching
Mary’s work experience in education began in 1960 as a math teacher at the Schools of Wisconsin. Two years later, she began working within the Rockford parochial school system at Boylan High School and later at St. Bridgets School. In 1974 she joined the Harlem School District, where she would stay for the next 31 years. During that time, she was honored with a Master Teacher Award in 1984 from the State of Illinois and she was the recipient of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Award of Excellence in 1993. This year, Mary will be teaching Middle and Upper School mathematics at Keith. In addition to her impressive resume, Mary has served on the Illinois State Board of Education Mathematics Advisory Committee for over 25 years.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x188
B.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University
M.A. in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Michigan State University
M.A. of Teaching from National Louis University
Dana took a less traditional route to her teaching career. A graduate from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a master’s in Human Resources and Labor Relations, Dana spent seven years working as a human resources manager and six years working as a grant writer before taking her first job teaching in 2009 at Mackeben Elementary School as a student-teacher and literacy media aide. She joined the Keith faculty in 2011 after working as a fifth grade teacher at Leggee Elementary School. When describing her teaching philosophy she states, “My goal is to have students leave my classroom one step closer to being positive, productive contributing members of society.” The Michigan native and her husband (Phil) have two children. In her spare time, Dana likes to exercise, run and spend time with family.
Phone: 815-399-8850 x128
Middle and Upper School Instrumental Ensembles
Bachelor’s Degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China
M.M. from Chicago Musical College, Roosevelt University
Suzuki Teaching Certificates from Chicago Suzuki Academy and
American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Hui has been an instructor at Keith since 1998 and a faculty member and director of the Vivaldi Orchestra at the Rockford College Music Academy since 1992. He is also a guest instructor in violin and viola at Highland Community College. He played viola in the Chicago Civic Symphony Orchestra for five years and has been with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra since 1989. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians and the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. In his spare time he enjoys traveling,
especially to visit his daughter, Alicia Wang, who received her M.D. degree in 2003.
Middle and Upper School Art and Fine, Creative, and Performing Arts Chairman
B.S. in Art Education from Bradley University
M.A.T. in Instructional Strategies from Rockford College
Lori is a past recipient of Keith’s Distinguished Faculty Award, has been recognized several times by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and is a multiple Golden Apple nominee. Prior to working for Keith, she taught at Harlem Middle School, Malta High School and Kishwaukee College. In addition to teaching, she serves on the Secondary Education Advisory Committee at Rockford College. In February, 2005, Lori enjoyed working for artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude on “The Gates” in Central Park, New York City. She is a Master Gardener and enjoys sailing, art in many forms, and spending time with her husband and her spoiled Bichon Frises.
Phone: 815-399-8859 x126