About

Our Philosophy

Amazing Minds is a nurturing and challenging after school enrichment program which enhances the basic grade school curriculum, emphasizes fun and creativity and establishes a love of learning. Our goal is for your child to absorb an expanse of knowledge on varied topics, while simultaneously gaining confidence about learning and an increased love for education.

Meet Our Directors

directorsWendy Kaufman (on right) has a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois. In addition, she holds a Masters Degree in Education from National-Louis University. She worked as a therapeutic recreation specialist for eight years, planning and implementing activity groups for children and adults. Wendy was instrumental in writing the curriculum for Amazing Minds and developing the program. She has been working as an Amazing Minds classroom teacher since its inception in 2002.
Lisa Weiss (on left) has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a Minor degree in French from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois. In addition, she holds a law degree from Northwestern University. Lisa worked as an attorney in Chicago for seven years. She has been working as an Amazing Minds classroom teacher and director since its inception in 2002. Lisa has also held positions within her childrens’ school in Northbrook as a member of the Education Foundation and a caucus member for the school board.

Both Wendy and Lisa feel strongly about maintaining the quality of the Amazing Minds curriculum and keeping it current. Both directors continue to teach the program in order to stay in tune with the after school enrichment environment and the educational needs of students and parents alike.