Meet Your Instructors
Justice Park District has an amazing team of qualified program instructors! Here you can find information regarding your program instructors. More profiles to come!
Beginning Acting- Gracie Polchan
Grace Polchan has been acting for the past 7 years. She has been in countless plays, musicals, and theater training classes. She even does extra work for tv shows and movies! She loves working with children and inspiring a new generation of young actors!
Twinkle Toes / Dance and Cheer / Beginning Tumbling- Bella Baranski
Bella Baranski has danced and practiced gymnastics for over 6 years. She is captain of the sailorette team at Argo High School which has won 1st place in conference competition for the past two years. Bellas enthusiasm for dancing and cheering is very apparent in how she teaches her classes!
Tai Chi Chuan / Chi-Gung- Patrick Baio
Mr. Patrick Baio has been training and practicing Chinese Gung Fu such as eight animal Chi Tai Chang, White Crane, Praying Mantis, Eagle Claw Gung Fu's, Tai Chi Chuan, Ba Gua Chang, Wu Hsing Pai and Chin Na for Fifty years. He is a fifth level Black Sash and has the title of Sifu and Lao Shi. He also has his own private practice and teaches classes across the Chicago Land area.
Yoga - Aneta Trusner
Aneta Trusner is a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) and a healthy lifestyle advocate. She has been bringing cultures and people together. Aneta was trained in traditional Hatha Yoga, Yoga 4 Cancer, and Yoga Nidra.
Aneta provides various styles of classes ranging from restorative, beginner, and gentle to more active classes using breath and movement to find stillness and focus. She is big on mindfulness and body awareness. Aneta received her M.A. in Education in Poland and Cambridge certificates in the UK. Yoga changed her life. She teaches public classes at local Park Districts and has a thriving private practice. www.zestflo.com
Music- Kathleen Thorson
Kathy has studied music since childhood and currently teaches band and music classes at the local junior high. She is proficient and can teach: Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Trombone and Saxophone. Kathy has been teaching at the Park District for the past 15 years. She looks forward to teaching many more young musicians.