Our Schools & Faculty
Primary School Science
Mrs. Kathy Feser is the lead Primary School science teacher. Kathy taught Primary F for four years before moving to the science department at NGS. She is excited to utilize her background in science and civil engineering in order to inspire our young scientists. Kathy attended Rice University in Houston where she received a B.S. in civil engineering with a concentration in environmental science, focusing her studies in the areas of chemistry, water quality, and biology. After working as a water resource engineer and before joining the NGS team, Kathy taught in an elementary hands-on science laboratory in Chapel Hill, NC. She has implemented the Science Companion curriculum in her classroom and is a Master Teacher for Project Lead the Way. Kathy joined NGS in 2008.
Primary School Science
Mrs. Ashlee Kozak received her M.A. in Elementary Teacher Education from the University of Phoenix and her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois while working as a Preschool teacher at NGS for eight years. Her blend of early education and primary school experience affords her the unique ability to make scientific concepts accessible to all ages. Ashlee joined the Primary and Middle School faculty in 2012.
Señora Jayna Morgan earned her minor in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with extensive coursework in the College of Education Graduate School. She has an excitement and passion for sharing the Spanish language with students. She has both worked and volunteered as a Spanish teacher in Early Education, Montessori and dual language classrooms. Jayna's gregarious nature and fun attitude make Spanish time a favorite amongst the students. She joined the NGS team in 2011 and co-teaches Spanish for student in grades K-8.
Mrs. Ana Bedini-Jacobini is a native of Peru and began her working career in pediatric dentistry. Though she loved her profession, she always felt a desire to work with children as a teacher. After moving to the United States she worked for two years as the K-5 Spanish teacher at the World Language Academy in Rockford, IL. Also fluent in Italian, she has most recently served as the leader of an after school club teaching the language and culture of Italy to students at Southside Elementary. Ana joined NGS in the fall of 2016 and co-teaches Spanish classes to grades K-8.
Ms. Becky Kammin is our Physical Education Director. As a founding member of the NGS faculty, Ms. Kammin has created and developed a comprehensive, innovative program that emphasizes lifelong health and fitness. Mrs. Kammin holds a Bachelor of Sciences in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters in instructional design and technology from Western Illinois University.
In addition to her certification to teach K - 12 physical education, Mrs. Kammin has certification to teach mathematics and general and social sciences, at the middle school level. She has earned her second-degree black belt in Taekwondo and also enjoys biking, gardening, and playing piano.
Mr. Dave Mark holds a B.S. in Kinesiology K-12 and a Master of Health Education. Mr. Mark has had a diversified teaching career. Some of his experiences include: K-12 PE/Health in Hailey, Idaho; Graduate Assistantship at Idaho State University for the Kasiska School of Health Professions; and Community Health Educator for Peace Corps Belize (2013-2015). His passions for exercise and living a healthy lifestyle are contagious through his teaching.
Ella Brown Dunn
Ms. Ella Brown-Dunn collaborates with the Primary and Middle School teachers to integrate the fine arts and core curricula. Ms. Dunn enables her students to understand art as a dialogue between artist and viewer. Her students learn from the examples of art masters – the work they create is an interpretive response to what they observe, and a unique reflection of their individual feelings and perspective.
Prior to teaching at NGS, Ms. Dunn was an Artist-in-Residence at several elementary and high schools in Champaign. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also has an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Parkland College. Mrs. Dunn is an accomplished studio artist whose work has been shown in galleries throughout Illinois; many of her pieces are retained in private collections. She is also active in the local arts community, and was affiliated with Boneyard Pottery in Champaign as both an artist and an artist liaison. She joined NGS in 2008.
Born in Malaysia, Ms. Roselle Bhosale began studying piano at the age of six. She earned her Bachelor of Arts with honors from Western Illinois University and was awarded an assistantship to enter the Master’s Program in Music Composition, which she also completed at WIU. She returned to Malaysia after graduation to begin a career in commercial music. Ms. Bhosale was the pianist for the National Choir of Malaysia and wrote music for Malaysia’s National Junior Chorus. Upon returning to the states, Ms. Bhosale took a position at Yale University School of Music in New Haven, Connecticut, and then worked as Assistant Director of Scholarships and Student Employment at Berklee College of Music, Boston. She also taught music and the Suzuki Piano Method at Merryhill Elementary School. Ms. Bhosale is also certified instructor for the Associate Board of Royal Schools of Music. She joined Next Generation School in 2010.
Mr. Dunn-Rankin received a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of California, Irvine. He is a vocal music specialist, with a secondary focus in musical theater and opera. He has been teaching piano and voice privately since 2007, and believes that students should understand music as an important part of their lives and the world around them, and it is this belief that informs his instruction. As a choir teacher and accompanist, Mr. Dunn-Rankin has worked with accomplished choirs in Southern California and Illinois. He has numerous musical theater and opera performance credits. As a musical theatre director, he has taught adult singers and actors as well as children of all ages. Mr. Dunn-Rankin joined NGS in 2016.