Meet the Instructors
Our current Kids’ College instructors come with rich and experienced backgrounds to enhance students’ learning opportunities.
Kathryn Irwin Lentz, Kids’ College director and lead instructor, is a graduate of Juniata College with a B.S. in elementary education. She also earned her master’s in education from Bucknell University and brings 32 years of teaching experience to Kids’ College. She retired from the Selinsgrove School District, where she taught third, fourth, and fifth grade and spent 18 years as the primary/intermediate gifted support teacher. In addition to her work with the Kids’ College, she has also served as an adjunct professor with Susquehanna’s Teacher Intern Program and enjoyed the opportunity to work with future teachers. She will be teaching sessions in this year’s Kids’ Summer Camp and will also be teaching the second session of the Junior Writers’ Workshop.
Brieanne Benner, Kids’ Summer Camp assistant, is a Susquehanna University graduate and has worked with the Kids’ College as a student intern since 2011. She is a dedicated educator who holds a BA in English and secondary education. Currently, she is serving as a substitute teacher throughout the area and has gained a wide range of experiences as she begins her career as an educator. In her spare time, Brie enjoys reading, singing, baking, and knitting. She will also be putting her computer skills to work as she creates our Kids’ College Facebook page this summer. We are most fortunate to have Brie return to us as a Kids’ Summer Camp assistant. Her enthusiasm for learning and commitment to making our participants successful is always a wonderful addition to our camp experiences.
Linda Adams, Kids’ College mentor, earned her B.S. in elementary education from Skidmore College and went on to complete her masters in education at Bucknell University. She brings a wide range of teaching experience to the Kids’ College, having taught preschool, as well as primary and intermediate age students in both the public schools and the Kids’ Summer Camp. She retired from the Selinsgrove Area School District, where she worked as both a kindergarten and first- grade teacher. Her extensive travels, love of cooking and all things outdoors has added a rich dimension to the Kids’ College experience.
Lori Smith, Kids’ College instructor, brings a wide range of teaching experiences to her work with the Kids’ College and has served as both a teacher and counselor at the New Visions camp for gifted children at Juniata College. She also worked as the elementary and middle school gifted support teacher in the Midd-West School District. She is a graduate of Bloomsburg University, where she earned her B.S. in elementary education and her M.S. in curriculum and instruction. Mrs. Smith has provided her students with a wealth of highly stimulating and challenging experiences and brings that same enthusiasm to the Kids’ Summer Camp.
Janet Latchford, Kids’ College instructor, comes to us from the Midd-West School District. She brings more than 30 years of teaching experience in both regular and gifted education. She has worked with students from preschool through high school and is currently teaching second grade at Middleburg Elementary School. She is a graduate of Shippensburg State College with a B.S. in elementary education and earned her masters’ degree from Marygrove College. She was a finalist for the 2000 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and brings her own dedication to life-long learning as well as a diverse teaching background and an extensive repertoire of learning activities to excite this year’s campers.
Jackie Sheaffer, Kids’ College instructor, joins us from the Midd-West School District, where she serves as their elementary art teacher. She earned her bachelor’s in art education from Syracuse University and her master’s in art education from Millersville. She has taught in the Midd-West School District since 2004 and was recently nominated as the district's 2011 Teacher of the Year. She is also Midd-West’s girls’ field hockey coach as well as a USA Futures field hockey coach. She brings an enthusiasm for teaching and a wealth of ideas to this year’s Kids’ Summer Camp participants.
Beth Hummel, Kids' College instructor, is a dedicated, knowledgeable, enthusiastic educator who comes to us from the Selinsgrove School District, where she teaches physical education and health. Beth brings a wide range of life experiences to her teaching and uses them to create meaningful opportunities that instill the importance of lifelong learning, health and fitness in her students. She is a graduate of West Virginia University with a B.S. in physical and health education and an M.S. in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania. Beth will share her many talents and creativity to provide an active learning environment that will certainly stimulate this year's teen campers.
Laura Williams, Kids’ College instructor, is a new addition to our Kids’ Summer Camp staff. She is a dedicated educator who brings an enthusiasm for children and teaching as well as a knowledgeable background in curriculum. She is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and has also done additional coursework at Bucknell, Susquehanna, Albright and Bloomsburg University. Laura worked as a second grade teacher for more than 25 years and currently serves as the Director of Religious Education at St. Pius. Laura loves to hike, bike and ski but says that reading is her favorite year round sport. She enjoys cooking and has traveled extensively, considering China to be her favorite travel experience.
Wendy Hummel, Kids’ College instructor, comes to us from the Lewisburg School District and brings an enthusiasm for children and teaching as well as a knowledgeable background in curriculum and cross-grade-level planning. She is a graduate of West Chester University where she earned a B.S. in elementary education. She also earned her M.S. in education with a major in counseling from Penn State University. Her professional background includes experience as an elementary counselor, an elementary classroom teacher of both primary and intermediate students, as well as gifted students. In addition to her work in the public schools, she has served as an adjunct professor in the education department at Bloomsburg University and is excited to be a part of this year’s Junior Writers' Workshop experience.
In addition to trained instructors, we are fortunate to be able to include Susquehanna students and high school student ACEs who work closely with instructors and Kids’ College participants to help provide a more individualized experience. Susquehanna student staff members bring a variety of backgrounds that include elementary and secondary education, language, writing, art and biology.