Katherine Hollerbach
​Lindbolm Math and Science Academy

​Traveling to Morocco and Paris to study the history of colonization.

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 in education program.

Daniel Kovacs
​Jones College Prep

Traveling to Chile to study US/Chile relations and education systems

Holding a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and a master’s degree the University of Chicago, 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.  Outside of Jones, Kovacs is a US Army Reservist currently serving in the capacity of a company commander in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Griffin Muckley
​Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School

Traveling to South Africa (Cape Town and Johannesburg) to study apartheid and school integration.

Originally from the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Griffin Muckley graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2013. As a Teach for America corps member, he taught 10th grade English at Hope Christian High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to teaching his teaching duties, Muckley also started an after-school spoken-word poetry club at Hope. After his two year commitment, he returned to Chicago and continued teaching high school literature at Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School in the Austin neighborhood on the west side of Chicago. At King Jesuit, Muckley has revived school’s poetry club, taking the team of ten to Chicago’s Louder than a Bomb competition last March. Griffin also spends his time co-moderating the Mock Trial team.

Elise Scarbeary
​Eric Solorio Academy High School

Traveling to Europe (Budapest, Paris and London) to study immigration and isolationistic policies and the response from civil society.

Elise Scarbeary earned her BA in international studies from DePaul University after moving to Chicago from her small town home of Streator, IL. She then went on to earn her MAT through the AUSL Teacher Residency Program and National Louis University. Scarbeary is now in her fourth year of teaching 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. Scarbeary lives with her husband, Brandon, and dog, Gracie, in the East Humboldt Park neighborhood where she spends her free time cooking, reading, and planning her next travel adventure.

Valerie Wadycki
Lake View High School 

Traveling to France (Paris, Nice, and Lyon) to study sustainable energy.

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 attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and spent a year abroad in Paris. During this time she also gained her first experience in the classroom teaching English to French high school students. Wadycki is 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. Outside of the classroom she enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her husband and dog.