Kate Bieschke M.S.Ed. Reading Specialist, B.S. Reading Specialist, Kate is an engaging, student centered educator that has spent the past 11 years teaching 8th grade language arts and literature at Prairie Grove Junior High in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She utilizes a constructivist model and regularly implements the Socratic Method. Prior to teaching at Prairie Grove, Kate served as the Education Coordinator for St. Elizabeth Catholic Worker Homeless Shelter in Chicago, Illinois and as the COO, of the Lyceum Corporation in charge of educational programs. Kate’s philosophy embraces the idea that a student’s interest should drive their learning. Her students participate in a variety of activities allowing them to communicate and collaborate while achieving the desired Depth of Knowledge. Kate earned a degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University in 1990 and a Master’s Degree in Reading Education from Concordia University in 2011. In addition, Kate is also a certified Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach.


Tom Bieschke, M.S.Ed. Instructional Technology, B.S. Social Science (Geography, Economics, History, & Sociology), B.S. Education (Junior & High School: English, Social Sciences, Computer Application, & Career and Technical Education), Tom has been involved in the educational field for the past 30 years. He has amassed a variety of endorsements that involve: Career & Technology Education, Social Science, & Language Arts. Each of these areas has provided a clearer insight into the central nature of learning.

Throughout his career, he has authored several curriculums in a variety of subjects. In 2003, he authored and distributed learning software called, EnterOnceUseAnywhere. The training provided businesses with a way to effectively leverage the power of Microsoft Office. Tom has found that discovering a participant’s interest is the key to building and maintaining a successful learning environment. Education takes place when a need is identified. Once targeted, a process can be developed to foster enlightenment. Tom is currently a site administrator for a credit recovery program within Elgin for the second largest district in the state of Illinois, U-46. He is committed to sharing his passion for discovery and pursuit of being a life-long learner.