MEET OUR TEAM

One thing that sets UCA apart is the level of care and attention provided to our students.

Our staff-to-student ratio is on average 1 staff member to 5 students. UCA's team includes wonderful people who love God and people. We have a deep passion and desire to teach, train, and assist each student with homework needs during the school year.

Most importantly, we truly care about each student.

Founders

JUNE GIN

General Manager, School Manager, School Administrator, Educational Consultant

  • M.Ed. Early Childhood Administration, National Louis University

  • M.B.A. Human Resource Management, DePaul University

  • B.S. Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

  • 17 years experience in project and managerial positions

SARAH COLEMAN

Board Member, IT Quality Assurance Analyst

  • 15 years as a professional IT Quality Assurance Analyst

  • B.S. Computer Science, Northeastern Illinois University

  • Volunteer experience includes Elementary School administrative and preschool assistant and Sunday school teacher K-3rd grade

BRENT GIN

General Manager, School Manager, School Administrator, Educational Consultant

  • M.Ed. Early Childhood Administration, National Louis University

  • Dota 2 Management, DePaul University

  • B.S. Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

  • 17 years experience in project and managerial positions

MARGARITA HIGGS

Human Resource Manager, Teacher, School Administrator

  • Currently enrolled Early Education, Malcolm X College

  • 25 years experience in Customer Relations, Procurement, Human Resources, and Facility Training

  • School Administrator

  • Board of Directors, Secretary (Union Impact Center) and Parent Participate (Perspectives Charter School)

Administration Staff

SAMANTHA LOCKENOUR

Program Manager-Youth, 5 years with UCA

  • MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Moody Theological Seminary (In Progress)

  • BA in ESL and Ministry to Women from Moody Bible Institute

  • BA in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute

  • 6 years of teaching experience, including experience internationally

WENDY CHAN

Business Manager

  • B.S. Computer Science, California State University, Sacramento

  • 5 years as software engineer

  • 4 years experience as administrative assistant in private school

MOLLY DORO

Program Manager-Children, 8 years with UCA

  • BA in ESL/ Children and Family Ministry from Moody Bible Institute

  • BA in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute

  • 8 years of teaching experience, including experience internationally

MARJIE BOHNING

Lead Teacher, Academic Director

  • BSEd, Elementary Education (1-8), Early Childhood (K-3)

  • MSEd, Educational Leadership, Elementary Administration 

  • 24 years of Educational Experience: Classroom Teacher, Math Specialist, ELL Teacher, Staff Development & Curriculum Design, School Administration

  • Public, Hospital, & International lSchools 

  • MO Baptist Church Planter, Sunday School, VBS Coordinator, Youth Group Leader

Teaching and Support Staff

LUCERO MACIAS

Lead Tutor/Teacher 3 years with UCA

  • Malcom X College for Early Childhood Education (In Progress)

  • Years of volunteer experience with students of all ages

HANNAH MANALILI

Lead Tutor/Teacher, 3 years with UCA

  • BA in Linguistics from Moody Bible Institute

  • BA in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute

  • ESL Teaching Certificate

  • 3 years teaching experience, including experience internationally

MAYA TORRES

Lead Tutor/Teacher, 5 years with UCA

  • Malcom X College for Early Childhood Education (In Progress)

  • Years of volunteer experience with students of all ages

EMILY PHILLIPS

Lead Tutor/Teacher, 2 year with UCA

  • BA in ESL from Moody Bible Institute

  • BA in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute

  • 7 years teaching experience, including experience internationally

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Main Line: 312.404.0153

Wendy Chan: wchan@UCAChicago.org

June Gin: jgin@UCAChicago.org

Margarita Higgs: mhiggs@UCAChicago.org

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