Shopping for Knowledge Mission

Our mission is to assist and support individuals in learning the skills needed to lead a successful life. Our engaged approach is derived from student-directed learning and you. Our motto is: “Knowledge Tailor-Made for You. Learning YOU choose.”

We are answering a community need as well as integrating with the existing community support network is central to our guidance for individuals. We are here to support the whole child and the whole person, assisting them in creating a solid foundation for their entire life.

The Idea

The idea of “Tutor Shop” was first developed in an English Class back in 1990. The class assignment was to develop an expository essay paper to explain a new idea.  This is where the beginning concept of childcare while a parent is shopping began. But, today, Shopping for Knowledge has a different twist to the original concept.  Today life expectations for many children can create a struggle with school requirements and social support and need.  For that reason, a child may be affected in the area of social and emotional development needed to become resiliency in order to succeed in school and life; hence, “Shopping for Knowledge” is born.


Inclusion Manager Heather Andersen (CTRS, MS)

“Terri’s role is to be an advocate for individual(s), adapt or modify activities as needed as well as work on goals based on the individual and the program.”
“Terri has an incredible talent in creating behavior management systems for individuals she works with and has true passion for inclusion.”


Assistant Department Coordinator, Special Education Martha Lancaster

“Exceptional command of personal literacy skills, that she translated into effective learning experiences for students”
“Terri has employed a number of instructional methodologies for reading, listening, speaking, and writing with many differentiated and multi-sensory instruction to students with diverse learning strengths and needs.


Special Education OJT Director, Donna Wisely

“Terri’s commitment to her students ensures their success.”
“She quickly learns about each student’s ability and needs and then provides accommodations, modifications or other supports to tailor the assignment for the student.”

Director Of Enrollment/New Projects Coordination, Kathy Hahn

“I can attest that her exceptional efforts make a tremendous and positive impact on the youngsters and their families. Her program are highly rated by participants, at both Carol Stream Park District and Kensington School”
“Terri’s love of children and enjoyment of working with them is very evident in her classroom.”

Special Education Instructor, Enyth D. Carson, MSEd.

She is a pleasure to work with and has a vast knowledge of a variety of subjects and willingness to help anyone.”
“Terri is able to take the ideas I have and create documents that are exactly what I envisioned.”

School Director, Cassie Smith
Kensington School Geneva

“Her unique teaching style allows her to reach all of her students needs in a comfortable and welcoming environment.”
“Terri received great compliment from all of her students parents, many of which request to be in her class.

 General Manager, Lance Mided
Action Kids Preschool and Daycare Carol Stream

“She communicates comfortably with parents about mundane or delicate matters, and is a quick and efficient decision maker.”
“one of the most qualified, competent, professional teachers we have had the pleasure to employ.”

School Director, Carolyn Rebacz
KinderCare Learning Center St. Charles Prairie

“Terri has great motivation setting high standards for teachers, helping them provide an educational loving setting for all of the children at our learning center.
“I was very pleased with every aspect of Terri’s hard work ethics and the love that she supplied to the children, teachers, and parents on a daily basis.

School Center Advisor, Lynette C. Hayes-Thomsen
KinderCare Learning Center St. Charles Prairie

“Terri has mastered many of the skills of the position of center director.”
“Terri has the knowledge, drive and ambition to do anything she sets her mind to; putting the children’s interest first in anything she does drives Terri.”

2nd Grade Teacher, Kristie Hill
John Steward Elementary, Kaneland School District 302

“Ms. Hockett provided large and small motor activities, logic and reasoning puzzles, science experiments, and she integrated music into daily activities”
“This curriculum continued to grow and change with the children.”

Unique Service for ALL!

We are a unique one of a kind service niche. Shopping For Knowledge, Inc. is a place where learning is a hands-on and child-directed learning drop-off service offers one-on-one personalized tutoring. 

The "express" learning is for young children to primary or elementary age. 

Our scheduled one-on-one tutoring service for any age on any subject that a person can choose with no contracts.

For teens and adult knowledge seekers, there are different learning sessions that are chosen from the demand and need stated from our community members.

"The greatest part of being the president of Shopping For Knowledge is I never have to leave my knowledge seekers. I can be their on-going learning advocate!”

Our Director

Our Shopping for Knowledge director is a trained professional that has worked in the human development profession for many decades and has been working as an advocate for parents and families in the Fox Valley Region in the local school districts and child care centers teaching and directing. She has written and been awarded an accreditation grant for her school to ensure quality care and owned The Guided Child Home Daycare business. Furthermore, she worked with the local special recreational government forum and the local school districts. She is dedicated to special education and all the different levels of development and need. She possess an Early Childhood Administration Certificate, Applied Behavioral Science BA, Substitute Teaching License, DCFS Certified Teacher/Director and American Tutoring Association Certificate and is on the local board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


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