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.
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.
Melissa Brauer-Stuck, Kids' Summer Camp instructor, joins us from the Midd-West School District, where she began her career teaching 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades before moving on to serve as their elementary gifted support teacher. Melissa earned her B.S in education from Shippensburg University and her M.S in education from Wilkes University. She brings an enthusiasm for teaching and a wealth of STEM related ideas to share with our participants.
Deborah Owens, Kids' Summer Camp instructor, 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.
Wendy Hummel, Junior Writers' Workshop lead instructor, has retired after teaching in the Lewisburg School District for more than 35 years. She 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.