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2017-18 Koldyke Teachers with program founder Mike Koldyke.

Koldyke Global Teachers Alumni

Participants in the program have included teachers from across the Chicagoland area, from a variety of backgrounds and subject matters.

2019-20 Teachers
Andrea Anders
Teacher, Vocational Career Academy
Andrea Anders is a National Board Certified educator at Chicago Vocational Career Academy where she has taught for the past 18 years. She currently serves as the school's STEM specialist and is passionate about igniting creativity, critical thinking, and compassion in students to ensure that they are best equipped to thrive in an evolving world. She looks forward to studying the link between empathy and academic achievement and using global learning models to transform the mindsets of teachers and students alike.
Emily Browne
Teacher, Mansueto High School
Emily Browne is a history teacher at Mansueto High School in the Brighton Park neighborhood of Chicago, where she also teaches AP human geography. She currently serves as one of Mansueto's student council advisors. As a Teach For America corps member, Browne taught high school Spanish in Milwaukee. She served as director of college counseling & alumni relations for a Milwaukee high school and a recruiter for a national education nonprofit.
Diniah Dean
Teacher, De La Salle Institute
Diniah Dean is a technology teacher and technology center manager at De La Salle Institute. She also teaches AP computer science, web design, iPad innovation, and app development, in addition to serving as the moderator for Girls Who Code and a mentor for several young women with aspirations in computer science. Dean is passionate about getting more girls involved in computer science. In her 15 years of experience as a teacher, she has been fortunate to have a career that combines both of her passions: technology and education.
Alicia González
Teacher, Walter Payton College Prep
Alicia González has taught French since 1992 at the college, middle school, and high school levels. She is currently chair of the World Language Department at Walter Payton College Prep. With the objective of opening student doors to the world through world language and global competency, González has worked on the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy Task Force, the Illinois Global Scholars Task Force, and the Chicago Public Schools World Language Task Force.
Brian McDowell
Teacher, ​The Chicago High School of Agricultural Science
Brian McDowell is a world studies and AP geography teacher at the Chicago High School of Agricultural Science, and previously taught history for 25 years. He is the 10th grade teacher-lead and program coordinator of Facing History and Ourselves at his school. In addition, Brian is the head coach of the boys and girls varsity soccer teams as well as the assistant coach for the girls basketball team.
2018-19 Teachers
Cary Bolnick
Teacher, Farragut Career Academy
Cary Bolnick worked in hospitality in Chicago, England, and Australia and later served as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English in Ukraine. His experience in the classroom led him to complete a master's in the teaching of history at UIC with an ESL and bilingual Russian endorsement. He is now teaching history at Farragut Career Academy in Little Village, where he also coaches baseball and 16-inch softball.
Anne-Michele Boyle
Teacher, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
Anne-Michele Boyle has been a social science teacher at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School since 2006. She currently teaches AP World History, World Studies, and Global Issues/Global Citizenship. Boyle has enjoyed attending Council programs since 2001 when she was a marketing analyst at the Chicago Tribune. She earned her MBA and MEd from DePaul University and her BBA from Loyola University.
Johanna Fernandez
Teacher, Benito Juarez Community Academy
Johanna Fernandez is a social studies teacher at Benito Juarez Community Academy where she has taught for over 15 years. Fernandez has gotten to know her students outside of the classroom through coaching swimming and facilitating the student council and other civic engagement projects. Her international experience began with a study abroad program to Sweden during college and continued with teaching English in Hungary and Vietnam.
Heather Kelsey
Teacher, Our Lady of Tepeyac High School
Heather Kelsey is a campus minister at Our Lady of Tepeyac High School where she also teaches religion and theater. Originally from San Diego, she moved to Chicago to join Inner-City Teaching Corps (ICTC), a two-year volunteer teaching program in Chicago. Her second year in ICTC took her to St. Gall School in Gage Park where she taught for 15 years, mainly in junior high, focusing on language arts and social studies.
Anna Lisa Searcy
Teacher, Northside College Prep High School
Anna Lisa Searcy has taught high school social science since 1999. Searcy is a National Board Certified teacher and a Google Certified Innovator who teaches World Studies, AP US History, and Global Issues of Race and Gender at Northside College Prep High School. She is especially interested in civic engagement, social justice, and identity-oriented topics.
2017-18 Teachers
Katherine Hollerbach
Teacher, ​Lindbolm Math and Science Academy
Earning her BA in History and French at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Katherine Hollerbach began her teaching career in Lyon, France teaching English. She then went on to spend a second year abroad, obtaining a master’s in social and cultural history at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Upon her return to Chicago, Hollerbach received a master’s in education and teaching degree from Northwestern University, where she is now a teaching assistant in the master of science education program.
Daniel Kovacs
Teacher, ​Jones College Prep
Daniel Kovacs is a social science teacher at Jones College Prep, a selective enrollment high school in Chicago Public Schools. During his time at Jones, he has taught Honors World Studies, Honors Economics, AP US History, and AP Research. In addition, Kovacs has also taught a variety of courses in the history department at Wilbur Wright College, where he continues to serve as an adjunct instructor in the evenings.
Griffin Muckley
Teacher, Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School
As a Teach for America corps member, Griffin Muckley taught 10th grade English at Hope Christian High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to his teaching duties, Muckley also started an after-school spoken-word poetry club at Hope. He later moved to Chicago to teach high school literature at Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School. At King Jesuit, Muckley has revived the school’s poetry club, taking the team of ten to Chicago’s Louder than a Bomb competition.
Elise Scarbeary
Teacher, ​Eric Solorio Academy High School
Elise Scarbeary teaches world studies at Eric Solorio Academy High School on Chicago's southwest side. In addition to teaching, she is currently the instructional chair for the social science department and one of the coordinators of Solorio’s Washington Fellows Program, a year-long advocacy and travel club for juniors.
Valerie Wadycki
Teacher, Lake View High School
Valerie Wadycki was born and raised on the Northwest Side of Chicago. She is a product of Chicago Public Schools, graduating from Newberry Academy and Von Steuben Metro Science Center. She's a national board-certified teacher and holds a master’s degree in teaching and leadership. She brings 15 years of teaching experience to her French students at Lake View High School.