Lower Elementary Faculty


Heather Wilcek

Website Heather Wilcek Room 105Heather Wilcek has been at Brickton since 1996 and during that time has worked in several positions, such as after-school assistant, Physical Education Instructor, and After School Coordinator, before becoming a Directress. Heather earned her BA in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern University and her certification in Elementary Montessori education at MMTTC in 2001.



Aarti Arora

Aarti Arora has been at Brickton since 2017. She started volunteering in Lower Elementary, and was interested in learning more about the Montessori philosophy. She decided to take the Lower Elementary training, and just recently received her certification from Seton Montessori Institute in early 2019. Aarti earned her MA in English and History from the University of Mumbai in India. During her free time, she likes to read books, draw, travel, and listen to music.



KHummel_optKathy Hummel began teaching Music at Brickton in 1996. An accomplished musician, Kathy earned her Master’s Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University, her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University and Orff Schulwerk certification from De Paul University. She has taught music in Montessori schools for over twenty years. Kathy provides music instruction using the Orff Schulwerk method for Toddlers, Children’s House and Elementary students. She also instructs the Elementary students in chorus and band. Kathy teaches flute and plays in the Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra.


Beth Peachey teaches Spanish for students from Children’s House through Middle School having joined Brickton in August 2012. Beth earned an education degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is a certified K-12 teacher in Illinois.  She spent four years teaching in Guatemala City with students of all ages, and has also taught preschool and elementary age students in Oberlin, OH, and with Chicago Public Schools.  Beth is also an assistant for the Middle School program.


Liz Skrodzki serves as our Reading Specialist. A veteran educator  of Language Arts, Liz has developed and taught educational programming at all levels.  She has a Master of Arts in Teaching/Reading  and has been nominated for the Golden Apple Award.  Having directed Childrens’ Theater and worked at Goodman Theater, enjoys utilizing Reader’s Theater with Brickton Students.