The faculty at The Achievement Centers includes certified teachers with bachelor and master degrees. On staff, we are certified and licensed for:

  • Elementary Education
  • High School content areas
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Emotional and Behavior Disabilities
  • Administration
  • School Psychology
  • Clinical Diagnosis/Test and Measurements
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Language Pathology

Kathryn Fouks
Principal, Director & Clinical Diagnostician

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bachelor of Science

Northern Illinois University - DeKalb
MSEd Specialization in Reading
Illinois Certification:  #0755871 Type 3 Elementary Teaching
Illinois Certification:  #1391839 Type 75 Administration Grades K-12
Illinois Certification:  #1474920 Type 10 Learning Disabilities Gr. K-12

Lana Fouks McConnell 
Administration, Clinical Diagnostician

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bachelor of Arts Degree - Dual major in Communications & Art History

University of Illinois-Chicago
Masters in Special Education – Learning & Behavior Specialist (LBS1) Type 10
Endorsement – Visual Arts

Lewis University
Certification in Administration and Supervision Type 75

Debra Weid-Lenardi
Administration, School Psychologist

Illinois State University
M.S. School Psychology
Illinois Type 73 School Psychologist

AdvancED North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

The North Central Association was founded in 1898 and is the largest of the country’s regional accrediting agencies. The NCA is a voluntary organization of over 7,000 schools, colleges, and universities in twenty-one states.

Selection by the North Central Association is achieved by rigorous evaluation with great attention paid toward academic achievement, accomplished leadership, and excellence in personnel and resources.

What can accreditation mean for students?

Students who attend a school accredited by AdvancED NCA, can rest assure that the school is committed to raising student performance and held accountable for improving student leaning on a continual basis.

Accreditation means that students have: 

  • Qualified teachers who are continually working to improve their practices and teaching methods
  • Access to a rich, diverse, and sound curriculum
  • Access to a range of student activities and support services
  • Transferability of credits from school to school
  • Greater access to federal loans, scholarships, post secondary education, and military programs that require accreditation

The school credits that students earn at an NCA CASI/SACS CASI accredited school are recognized by schools, colleges, and universities globally. Through AdvanceED’s reciprocal agreements with sister accrediting organizations, students can continue their educational goals in the United States or around the world. 

Illinois State Board Of Education

Approved for Out-of-District Placement through Special Education

www.isbe.state.il.us

Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Licensed

Students in all classes benefit from access to the resources of the web through our high-speed internet network. Our computer lab provides students with the opportunity to learn and develop their computer skills on everything from office applications to still-image and video editing. Complementing these resources are extensive collections of print, audio, and video materials.

Smart Boards

  • Interactive white boards motivate students’ learning
  • Interactive by touch so students can manipulate objects on the SMART Board
  • Accommodate different learning styles
  • Teachers can use multi-media resources and the internet with an entire class
  • SMART boards are used for ACT/SAT courses, reading, math, writing, history, geography, and science
  • SMART Responders (remote device) allow students to answer questions and complete assessments from the SMART board

Nobi Convertible Classmate PC

  • Nobi Convertible is a mobile PC designed to meet the unique learning needs of students
  • Student Tablet PC / Laptop / Notebook Computer
  • Designed for use with keyboard or as tablet
  • Palm Rejection Technology so students can rest their hands & maintain proper writing form
  • Navigate through applications using only your finger or stylus, create and watch documents, sketch objects and scenes, and collaborate with other students using the built-in webcam and microphone

The Kindle Fire Tablet

  • Mini tablet computers and portable e-readers.
  • Students benefit from educational software for reading improvement, phonics, mathematics and comprehension
  • Highly interactive device that appeals to all learning styles, improves fine motor skills, and increases one’s ability to focus