Amanda Brex-Castillo, the choral director at South Elgin High School and Kenyon Woods Middle School, received an unexpected visitor during one of her recent South Elgin online classes. Three-time Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson popped into the Zoom stream to interrupt the class as part of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” and Brex-Castillo’s students joined Clarkson in voicing their appreciation for her hard work and dedication.

Brex-Castillo earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from NIU in 2008.