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Our current Kids' College instructors come with rich and experienced backgrounds to enhance students' learning opportunities.
Kathryn Irwin Lentz, Kids' College director and Kids' Summer Camp 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 more than 35 years of teaching experience to Kids' College. She has 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 continues to serve as Kids' College director and mentors new teachers as they join the staff.
Lori Smith, Kids' Summer Camp instructor/mentor, 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 Susquehanna's Kids' College.
Elizabeth Pomykalski, Kids' Summer Camp assistant lead instructor, has been involved with the Susquehanna Kids' College for almost ten years, first as a high school ACE, then as a Susquehanna student intern in both our Kids' Summer Camps and Junior Writers' Workshops. She is a graduate of Selinsgrove Area High School and attended Susquehanna University, majoring in Early Childhood Education and minoring in English. Upon graduation she received her Pennsylvania Certification in Early Childhood Education (preK-4) and is also certified to teach middle school and high school English language arts. Elizabeth began her teaching career as a third grade teacher in the Line Mountain School District is now teaching fifth grade reading. She is active in many community camps and programs and has served as the Co-Director of the Summer SEALS Day Camp. She enjoys spending time with students each summer and hopes to be involved with Susquehanna's Kids' College for many years to come.
Elizabeth Hummel, Kids' Summer Camp 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 campers.
Laura Williams, Kids' Summer Camp 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.
Deborah Owens, Kids' Summer Camp instructor, is a new addition to our Kids' College staff and brings a wealth of experiences to her role. She is a graduate of Kutztown University where she received a BS in Art Education and Penn State University where she earned a Masters' Equivalency. She is a retired art educator having taught in the Selinsgrove Schools for more than 30 years. Deb also taught as an adjunct instructor in Art Education at Bucknell University. She has continued into community service after retirement and served as Milton's Main Street Manager for 3 years. She generously shares her time and talent throughout the area and brings that same energy and enthusiasm to our Kids' Summer Camp. She enjoys gardening, cooking, bridge, travel, reading and creating mosaics and is sure to offer a most stimulating learning experience for our participants.
Jackie Sheaffer Glace, Kids' Summer Camp 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 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 our participants.
Junko Torii, Kids' Summer Camp instructor, brings an extensive background and a wealth of experiences with the Japanese language and culture to this year's Kids' Summer Camp. Junko is a graduate of Arizona State University where she earned her B.A. in Secondary Education with a specialization in Japanese and also worked on her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language. She earned an Associate Degree in Human Relations from Mukogawa Women's University in Nishinomiya, Japan. Junko is the mother of two and has presented throughout the area in an effort to extend an awareness and understanding of the Japanese culture. She brings a variety of talents and an enthusiasm for learning that will certainly enrich our summer offerings.
Wendy Hummel, Junior Writers' Workshop lead 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 teaching both sessions of this year's Junior Writers' Workshop.
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.