Cary Bolnick
​Farragut Career Academy

Travelling to Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico to study different historical events.

Cary Bolncik graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied sport management, business, and cofounded the club baseball team. Bolnick worked in hospitality in Chicago, England, and Australia. He 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
​Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

Travelling to Panama to study the history of the Panama Canal and Panama’s socioeconomic development.

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 her newest class, 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. Boyle lives with her husband Shay and three kids, Molly, Shay and Nolan in the Edison Park neighborhood of Chicago.


Johanna Fernandez
Benito Juarez Community Academy

Travelling to Kenya to study Kenyan history and education systems.

Johanna Fernandez is a social studies teacher at Benito Juarez Community Academy where she has taught for the past 15 years. She earned a BA in history from North Park University and an MA in History from UIC. 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. She has visited twenty countries so far and looks forward to helping her students discover different cultures and the interconnectedness of people throughout the world. Fernandez lives with her husband and two sons on Chicago’s north side.


Heather Kelsey
Our Lady of Tepeyac High School

Travelling to Europe (Greece, Italy, Turkey) to study refugee and asylum-seeking processes.

Heather Kelsey is 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 2-year volunteer teaching program in Chicago, after graduating with a degree in film production from Loyola Marymount University. 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. Kelsey has traveled to Mexico a number of times over her teaching career to continue her Spanish language development in order to better communicate with her students’ families and understand more fully the community she serves. She cares deeply about issues of justice, locally and globally, and she works to inspire that passion within her students as well. She was also named a Teacher of Distinction from the Golden Apple Foundation in 2008.


Anna Lisa Searcy
Northside College Prep High School

Travelling to Finland to study Finnish education and social care systems.

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 excited to explore civic engagement, social justice, and identity-oriented topics with her students, and while she is an ed tech enthusiast, she still enjoys an old-fashioned Socratic seminar as her favorite teaching method. Searcy studied at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and has taught in both North Carolina and Chicago.