Elise Schultz earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish with an emphasis in secondary education from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages from the University of Toledo in Ohio. Schultz began as a full-time academic advisor at KCC in May 2008.
Previously, Elise taught English composition courses at KCC part-time for three years. Before moving to Illinois, Schultz taught English to international students at universities in Ohio and South Carolina, taught Spanish at the college and high school levels, and worked in a university office that coordinated international student services and promoted campus globalization.
Schultz lives in Bourbonnais, with her husband, Warren. In her free time, she enjoys ballroom dancing, swimming, language learning, and travel—especially to warm seaside locations.
A favorite saying: “Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.” --Chinese Proverb
Keisha Smith is a Kankakee native and graduate of Bishop McNamara High School. Upon earning a bachelor’s degree in community health from Northern Illinois University, Keisha returned to the community. Fulfilling a personal commitment to serve others, Keisha began her career in social services. Later, she attended the University of Phoenix and earned a master’s degree in management.
Keisha began working at KCC in 2009, and worked eight years for the Upward Bound program. Preparing first-generation high school students for college was eye-opening, as she quickly learned of the various barriers students face while pursuing a college education. As an advisor, Keisha hopes to help each student advance toward their personal and educational goals.
Keisha lives in Kankakee with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys concerts, family gatherings and outdoor games.