Learning Together Education was founded in 1999 by
Susan Tracy McDaniel, M.Ed., (Northwestern University, Loyola of Baltimore, certified EFT practitioner, Montessori certified AMS and AMI) as a local Montessori outreach to parents of all income levels. Susan now leads workshops internationally and provides parent coaching and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) by telephone or Skype with an international clientele. She directs Learning Together, assisted by teachers, interns, volunteers, the Learning Together Education Board and Advisory Board.
Candace Goodwin, Ed.D./MBA, former President of DeVry University Chicago, has over 20 years experience in strategic planning, budgeting, fiscal responsibility, human resource management, compliance, student services, accreditation, and academic quality. who has effectively managed multi-million dollar budgets and understands key metrics that drive organizational effectiveness. Candace is a board member, guest teacher/mentor, and serves on the board of Learning Together.
Dr. Bill Marsh has taught philosophy, theology, literature, and world history in a range of settings, ecclesial and academic, for over thirty years. Most recently, he taught for sixteen years at Westminster Christian School in Elgin. Bill now teaches History for homeschoolers at Learning Together. Author of many articles, five books, and a daily blog, he has spoken at conferences in Europe, Africa, and the U.S. A native of California and lover of mountains, oceans, and all things wild, Bill has backpacked for over forty-five years, trekking, often alone, through some of the most remote wilderness areas in North America. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, Christian Bible College, and the University of Chicago, Bill holds master’s degrees in theology and near eastern studies, and a doctorate in philosophy of religion. Bill enjoys engaging students in sustained and rigorous intellectual inquiry and critical and looks forward to joining the Learning Experience’s teaching team. He and Carol have been married for thirty-six years. They have two children.
Jeff Keiser, M.Ed.,
is currently an Adjunct Professor of Education several institutions. He holds a B.S. in Sociology from Arizona State University, a Masters degree in Education from Concordia University Chicago, and an early childhood Montessori teaching credential through the American Montessori Society. He lectures and consults with schools, churches, and ministries. He can be reached at [email protected]
Elizabeth Houghtaling is Montessori-credentialed at the Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood levels, and teaches at The Country School on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She also started a Parent-Infant program serving the Suquamish tribe. She was honored to participate in the first cohort of the EmergingLeader Fellowship with the American Montessori Society.
Alicia Tracy, B.A., North Central University, Naperville, IL, President and founder of True Fasting, a 501c3 nonprofit organization created to partner with churches in the Dominican Republic. Founded with its roots in Isaiah 58, focused on community development, international cooperation with various philanthropic activities to build and maintain relationships with the pastors and their churches. An experienced director of operations for youth ministries at Willow Creek Community Church, she serves on the board of Learning Together.
William E. Medcalf, MS, PE, former Director of Engineering Programs at Wheaton College, President of Applied Kinetics, former Engineering Management at GM and AMC, Society of Automotive Engineering, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, ASME International, MS New Mexico State in Mechanical Engineering. Experienced in human resource management, compliance, student services, accreditation, and academic quality. Bill is a board member and teacher/mentor for our homeschool classes (middle school through college).
Laurie Heyl, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. For the past 25 years, she has provided individual, family and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. With experience in inpatient, outpatient community mental health settings, she established a private practice located in Bannockburn IL in 1999. She currently offers EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques, Life Coaching, Biofeedback training, Neurofeedback training, HeartMath, and parent education to families in the Learning Together Education STEAM Lab program and at her office in Bannockburn, IL. She is available to individual homeschool students, helping them discover and grow their unique gifts.