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About School of Rock Mokena

Welcome to School of Rock Mokena, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Mokena that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2011, School of Rock Mokena is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.

Whether our students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or vocals, School of Rock Mokena equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals, and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians. Our performance-based approach helps our students build the skills they need beyond the stage, too: confidence, teamwork, innovation, art, and humor, just to name a few. We don’t just get our students amped about music – we get them amped about life.

Visit School of Rock Mokena and get a feel for how we crank up the voltage of music education for today’s students and musicians.

Contact Information

School of Rock Mokena
9613 W. 194th StreetMokena, IL 60448
(708) 479-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Mokena's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Mokena's Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Mokena is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Mokena, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Mokena students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Mokena’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • School of Rock Mokena’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Mokena’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • At School of Rock Mokena, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Mokena, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Mokena works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Mokena’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Mokena’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our Mokena Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Mokena’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • At School of Rock Mokena, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Mokena enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Mokena’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

School of Rock Mokena's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others. ...
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School of Rock Mokena's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Mokena's Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • May 19
      7:00 PM
      SOR Mokena sings National Anthem
      Joliet Slammers Game
      School of Rock Mokena Show Band will perform the National Anthem at the Joliet Slammers Game on May 19.

      Come out to Joliet to enjoy an evening of Baseball!
    • May 20
      2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
      Nickapalooza
      Fundraising Event for Traumatic Brain Injuries
      On Saturday, May 20, the Nick Kot Charity for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will be hosting the 8th Annual Nick-A-Palooza fundraising event. The fundraiser will feature live bands, prizes, games, be...
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      On Saturday, May 20, the Nick Kot Charity for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will be hosting the 8th Annual Nick-A-Palooza fundraising event. The fundraiser will feature live bands, prizes, games, bean bag tournaments and much more.

      The Nick Kot Charity for TBI (a 501 (c)(3) organization), was founded in 2003 in honor of Nick Kot who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) one week after his 18th birthday. To date, The Nick Kot Charity has raised more than $270,000 for TBI.

      “Our hope is to make a difference for patients and families affected by TBI. The Nick-A-Palooza event plays a large role in making this a reality,” says Trisha Kot from the Nick Kot Charity for TBI.

      All proceeds from the Nick-A-Palooza event have contributed to furthering TBI research with top doctors and researchers at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, located in the Chicago area.

      The fundraiser takes place from noon until midnight on Saturday May 20 at Paradise Bay Bar & Grill at 10th & State Street in Downtown Lockport. Admission is $8.00 per adult and kids under 12 are free.

      School of Rock Mokena Show Band will play from 2:30 to 4:00. Come out and join this awesome annual event, enjoy some great music and know it is all for a very worthwhile cause!!Read less
    • July 7 - 9 2017
      Milwaukee Summerfest Battle of the Bands
      SOR Mokena Plays the big Summerfest stages
      Each year, the School of Rock schools gather at Milwaukee Summerfest for a friendly competition. It is an amazing opportunity for our Show Band to perform on the big outdoor stages, some with a se...
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      Each year, the School of Rock schools gather at Milwaukee Summerfest for a friendly competition. It is an amazing opportunity for our Show Band to perform on the big outdoor stages, some with a seating capacity of 3,000.

      A perfect way to spend a summer weekend and music on the lakefront in Milwaukee.

      Rock on!!!
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    • July 14
      6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      Relay for Life
      Fundraiser
      The School of Rock Mokena Show Band will perform the National Anthem. In addition, they will play an hour of music to inspire the many people that are participating in this special event.

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Staff

    • Meet Kathy Gentile
      General Manager and Vocal Coach
      Cue the lights, the music, open the curtain! Kathy has been involved in theatre and music since the age of 12. She began her love of performance by participating in stage plays and expanded into...
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      Cue the lights, the music, open the curtain! Kathy has been involved in theatre and music since the age of 12. She began her love of performance by participating in stage plays and expanded into musicals and tv commercials. Kathy earned roles in the Sound of Music, No No Nanette, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Kismet, George M, Funny Girl, Where’s Charley, High Button Shoes, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Sorry Wrong Number, Curious Savage, and Carousel. Each show introduced new opportunities and challenges which helped build her skills on stage presence and performance techniques. Kathy had years of private vocal lessons with Dan Moore as well as vocal education at Roosevelt University; as a result she can sing classical, blues, pop ballads and power rock. After completing her degree at Loyola University, Kathy became the lead singer of Cat’s Eye, a Chicago-based cover band, in which she performs with her husband, Joe, who is currently the Music Director at School of Rock Mokena. For Kathy, music is, and always has been, a powerful force that gives meaning to each and every day. With such a dedication and passion, she is grateful to be able to share her experience and talents to teach a new generation of vocal students.
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    • Meet Joe Gentile
      Music Director & Bass Guitar Instructor
      If you have the chance to see Joe perform on stage, you will witness firsthand Joe’s connection to the music, and how the bass seems to be a part of him. Starting as a drummer in an original roc...
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      If you have the chance to see Joe perform on stage, you will witness firsthand Joe’s connection to the music, and how the bass seems to be a part of him.
      Starting as a drummer in an original rock band Mercury, Joe began his career as a self-taught lyricist and songwriter.
      Because Joe wrote most of the parts of these songs, inexorably, the siren call of the bass drew him in like a warm beacon on a frozen winter night.
      Joe then studied under EADG author and bass master John Falstrom.
      Joe is a National Award winning poet who strongly believes in the power of the right mixture of words and music.
      He has played in front of thousands in large arenas, as well as more intimate venues.
      He has shared the stage with such acts as Starship, Kansas, and The Buckinghams.
      Joe studied audio, songwriting, and fiction writing at Columbia College.
      He was part of the goth band The Dark Theater, whose original music appeared on MTV, as well as getting radio play overseas.
      As a singer-songwriter who can play all the instruments, Joe ultimately turned down interest from a start-up record label. Some of these songs eventually showed up in Joe’s all original rock band Gemini Justice.
      His resonating low singing voice is a melodic compliment to the powerhouse vocals of his wife Kathy, who is the Gm of the School of Rock Mokena.
      This Chicago-based cover band, Catseye, has been playing clubs for almost 20 years.
      After discovering School of Rock, Joe became a firm believer in this unique school that did not exist in his youth.
      He is proud to help the next generation live the dream.
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    • Meet Eric Somers-Urrea
      Drum Instructor
      Eric Somers-Urrea has spent the majority of his life working hard to be the most versatile drummer/ percussionist possible. He recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Mu...
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      Eric Somers-Urrea has spent the majority of his life working hard to be the most versatile drummer/ percussionist possible. He recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Music Performance and studied classical music under his professors William Moersch and Ricardo Flores. While in attendance at the U of I Eric participated in a wide range of classical ensembles, world music ensembles, and even drumlines and in 2011 he was the recipient if the Edgard Varese Percussion Award for most outstanding undergraduate or graduate percussion student. Eric's true calling, however, is sitting behind the drumset. For most of his life now he has been performing behind the kit at venues large and small. His drumset experience ranges from jazz bands to latin groups to musical pit orchestras to local bands that play anything from indie rock to metal. Eric's newest project, Marina City, is an alternative rock band from Plainfield. Despite only being in existence since February of 2012 they already performed at prestigious venues across Illinois including the Canopy Club, The Metro, and a sold out show at Chicago's House of Blues. Whether it's live or in the studio, classical music or metal, Eric has made absolutely certain that he is prepared for every musical situation that arises.
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    • Meet Nick Gallinaro
      Drum Instructor
      Nick Gallinaro has been involved with music his whole life. Nick graduated from Marian Catholic High School and studied music under his teachers Mr. Greg Bimm and Dr. Tyler Sammons. While attending...
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      Nick Gallinaro has been involved with music his whole life. Nick graduated from Marian Catholic High School and studied music under his teachers Mr. Greg Bimm and Dr. Tyler Sammons. While attending Marian Catholic he learned how to perform in bands such as marching, concert, symphonic and others including percussion ensemble. He currently attends Saint Xavier University playing in the orchestra and wind ensemble while also studying a minor in music. Although he loves to play various percussion instruments his favorite instrument is the drum-kit. He has lots of experience involved with drums whether it has been taking lessons from different jazz, rock or classical instructors to performing in different bands. Nick formed an indie/emo band with a few of his friends from high school and play in different venues across the Midwest. Nick’s passion is music and he has made it his goal to keep it the focus of his life and share his experience and talents with the students at SOR.
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    • Meet Allison Bockel
      Vocal Coach
      Allison Bockel has been a vocal instructor with School of Rock Mokena for over three years. She always loved to sing and began her career with music in high school, participating in choir, ensembl...
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      Allison Bockel has been a vocal instructor with School of Rock Mokena for over three years.
      She always loved to sing and began her career with music in high school, participating in choir, ensembles and musicals. Allison auditioned for the IMEA (Illinois Music Educators Association) choir in her junior and senior years where she achieved rankings of 3rd and 1st as a soprano in her district! Allison joined a national choir called Sound of America, which traveled throughout Europe performing in prestigious locations such as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and Cologne Cathedral in Germany. While attending Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, Allison took the opportunity to join the Bradley Madrigals and Bradley Chorale. In doing so, she was fortunate to have been able to travel to Italy, where she performed at St. Marks Basilica in Venice, as well as performing in Washington, DC at a State Dinner to honor the retiring congressman Bob Michael (a Bradley alumni). After receiving her Bachelors degree in Sociology in 1998 from Illinois State University, Allison worked in the Social Work field before she pursued her calling to music. Allison's passion for music, background in social work and European touring experience provides a unique perspective that she excitedly shares with her students!! She can help your kid rock on!!!
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    • Meet Nathan Van Dyke
      Guitar Instructor
      From the great begins, music has been a big part in Nathan Van Dyke’s life. As a child Nathan has been following a dream, a very long dream to become the best that he can be, as a songwriter, per...
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      From the great begins, music has been a big part in Nathan Van Dyke’s life. As a child Nathan has been following a dream, a very long dream to become the best that he can be, as a songwriter, performer, artist, and most important a musician. Nathan has been playing guitar for 17 years, and hasn’t been slowing down one bit. Nathan started playing guitar early in 1999/2000, but became strongly involved shortly after his father died. Nathan stated, “my father really wanted me to play music, so that’s what I did, and I haven’t stopped since.

      Since then Nathan has played in 2 bands since 2007, Bleed for the Fallen (2007) was the more successful of the 2. Playing over 1000+ shows, 2 EP’s, a bunch of great memories and most importantly all original music. The band disbanded in late 2014, due to many reasons. “Everything happens for a reason”. Nathan, didn’t stop there, oh no. During the Bleed for the Fallen years, Nathan enrolled in 2010 at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, where he received his Associates degree in Audio Engineering & Film/ Video Game sound designing. After graduating in 2012, he went on to run sound at many different clubs in the Chicago land area, and recorded many bands at his home studio “Lady Luck Studios” in Grant Park Illinois.

      Nathan has been working for the School of Rock, as a guitar instructor and now audio engineer as well. Nathan teaches all styles of music ranging from, rock, country, blues, jazz, to a little classical. Some of Nathans inspirations include Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and many more.

      “ This is what hard work and dedication can lead you to, a dream.” – Nathan Van Dyke. Nathan is a prime example that if you work hard, and don’t let anything get in your way to can reach any level of success in music and most importantly your dreams.
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    • Meet Matt Gaudiano
      Instructor - Keyboard, Vocals
      Matt Gaudiano is no stranger to School of Rock, a teacher at SoR Plainfield for 3 years. For over 15 years he has had piano and vocal experience, and is joining SoR Mokena to share his love of musi...
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      Matt Gaudiano is no stranger to School of Rock, a teacher at SoR Plainfield for 3 years. For over 15 years he has had piano and vocal experience, and is joining SoR Mokena to share his love of music. Matt has had an array of different musical experiences both as a performer and behind-the-scenes, from singing in musicals and choral ensembles to working as a stagehand for Three Days Grace.

      He currently tours with his project Marina City, an Aggressive Pop Rock Band from Plainfield. Since 2012, they have been able to tour consistently across the midwest and east coast as well as venturing on their first west coast tour on Van’s Warped Tour 2016. They have played festivals such as South By Southwest, CMJ Music Festival, and this year’s Riot Fest as well as sold out shows across Chicago (Township, Double Door, Beat Kitchen, and House of Blues). They have been included in different publications such as the Herald, Rocksound Magazine, Alternative Press, and many others and their music has been on Q101 WKQX.

      Matt strives to be a versatile musician and an enticing performer. Regardless of the challenges ahead, his decorated history and perseverance ensures he can rise to the occasion. He is thrilled to be teaching at SoR and is looking forward to spread his knowledge to new and driven musicians.
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    • Meet Lisa Beery
      Vocal Coach and Keyboard Instructor
    • Meet Bob West
      Keys, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukelele Instructor
    • Meet Zack Marshall
      Studio Coordinator and Drum Instructor

News

    • NEW!!!! Winter Workshops for December, 2016!!!

      NEW!!!! Winter Workshops for December, 2016!!!

    • School of Rock Mokena Performance Program - January 2017

      Ready to ROCK!?! We are now signing up students for the next Performance Program Season, which starts in January, 2017!!! How to sign up? Choose which artist(s) from the list below then come o...
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      Ready to ROCK!?! We are now signing up students for the next Performance Program Season, which starts in January, 2017!!!

      How to sign up? Choose which artist(s) from the list below then come on in and SIGN UP!

      Haven't been to the School of Rock before? Schedule a FREE TRIAL and TOUR, and we will help get you started!

      Group 1 - Metallica/ Guns & Roses
      Group 2 - Pearl Jam
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Testimonials

  • ““School of Rock. The best music school anywhere. This whole idea of getting kids not just taking lessons and learning notes and chords, but learning songs and playing with other young musicians, and getting out on stage… I was so impressed that my daughter Cheyenne goes to School of Rock on Long Island. ” ”
    — Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
  • “I am extremely happy with my son's teachers. He loves being at SOR. It is definitely a family environment where it seems that everyone gets along and encourages each other. He has grown " leaps and bounds" since attending SOR Mokena because the instructors push the kids to their potential. All the staff is friendly and helpful. The new management rocks! ”
    — Kim P., parent, Mokena, IL
  • “Our Band Coordinator and my daughters Vocal Coach are the key elements that have made our experience with the School of Rock such a success. My daughter started with the School of Rock at the age of 9. My daughter is now 17! She grew up there! Her best friends and her teachers have been a constant for her. They have been her encouragement and her staple. She has worked hard and played hard. The experiences of singing and performing in a band have given her confidence and joy. One of the highlights of the opportunities with the School of Rock is having the experience to perform at venues like Summerfest in Milwaukee Wisconsin. The entire event was something the students worked very hard at and looked so forward to. We all did. It was a chance for us all to be together and see our childrens accomplishments. The kids always exceeded all of our expectations and many times I would see many of us parents crying tears of joy of how unbelievably good these kids have evolved. Again, they didn't do it alone. Our instructors guided them, taught them, and put up with them! Our kids respected them and didn't want to let them down. I don't think they ever did. We always left a Performance feeling proud to be the School of Rock MOKENA!”
    — Laura M., parent, Mokena, IL
  • “The instructors are awesome, Very positive and a lot of energy. Also like the comaradery from the kids and how the support each other. It certainly builds confidence.”
    — Bill W., parent, Mokena, IL