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 grades 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 instructor 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 Pomykalski, Kids’ Summer Camp assistant lead instructor, has been involved with the Susquehanna Kids’ College for more than 10 years, first as a high school volunteer, 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 and language arts. Elizabeth is currently teaching in the Mifflinburg School District as a seventh grade reading and language arts teacher and hopes to be involved with Susquehanna’s Kids’ College for many years to come.
Elizabeth Hummel Huff, 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 universities. 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 third, fourth, fifth and sixth 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.
Brittany Bunting-Specht, Kids’ Summer Camp instructor, joins us from the Selinsgrove School District where she serves as high school French teacher. Brittany graduated from Susquehanna University with a B.A. in French and creative writing. She went on to Middlebury College, where she earned a M.A. in French and is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership from Immaculata University. Brittany is a passionate traveler and devoted educator who offers a professional record of dynamic instruction and a commitment to maximizing her students’ success. She brings this same enthusiasm to this year’s offerings. Brittany is no stranger to Kids’ College, having been a Susquehanna intern in both our Kids’ Summer Camp and Junior Writers’ Workshop, and we are thrilled to have her return.
Laura Long and Brynn Musser, Kids’ Summer Camp assistant instructors, have been with us through the years as campers, student interns and instructional assistants and both are Susquehanna graduates. Brynn earned her B.S. in elementary education, and Laura earned a BS in early childhood and special education. Both have gone on to join the teaching profession. Brynn teaches kindergarten in the Carlisle School District and Laura is a kindergarten teacher in the Midd-West School District. Both have been devoted members of the Kids’ Summer Camp community and bring an enthusiasm to our offerings that stimulates and nurtures our participants.
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 and as an elementary classroom teacher of primary, intermediate and gifted students. In addition to her work in public schools, she has served as an adjunct instructor 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 college student interns and high school student volunteers who work closely with instructors and Kids' College participants to help provide a more individualized experience. Student staff members bring a variety of backgrounds that include elementary and secondary education, language, writing, art and biology.