John Hunter
Program Director

John has been leading the Summer Academy for fourteen years and he obtained his BA and MA in English from The College of Saint Rose. He also obtained his MFA in Stage Management from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. John is an Eagle Scout, a National Camp School certified program director, a Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society member, CPR certified, and a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) . John began working in summer camps in 1993 at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Reservation in Monticello, NY and he has been Program Director for the Summer Academy for Youth at the College of Saint Rose since 2002. He currently teaches at Rutgers University and served as an adjunct English lecturer at The College of Saint Rose. John served as the stage manager and design coordinator for The Drama Program at Saint Rose, and recent Stage Management credits include Bronx Opera, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Juilliard, and New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.


Kendra Astemborski
Special Needs Coordinator

This is Kendra’s fifth year on the Summer Academy staff. She is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose with a Master of Science in Education, successfully completing the Educational Technology Specialist program. Prior to graduate school, she attended St. John Fisher College, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood Education and Special Education. She is currently a 4th – 8th grade Computer Technology Teacher at St. Pius X School. Kendra is also an Adjunct Professor at The College of Saint Rose teaching in the Computer Science Department. At St. Pius, Kendra leads two dance teams and a baking club; she is very much looking forward to working with those attending Summer Academy!


Bradley Boyles
Student Activities Coordinator

This is Brad’s second year as the Student Activities Coordinator. He is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose, holding a BS in Business Administration, a MBA, and a MS in Adolescence Education. Brad currently teaches Business and Marketing at Taconic Hills Junior/Senior High School, which he has done for the last four years. He is also the High School Yearbook Advisor, School Store Advisor, and Internship Coordinator. Over the last three years, Brad has also helped develop and worked at summer enrichment camps, teaching various courses. Some courses included Video Game Design, a STEM based course focused on different topics, and even a week-long Basketball camp. Last year, Brad was awarded the 2014 Outstanding New Business Educator award by the Business Teachers’ Association of New York State. He looks forward to bringing all these skills to the Summer Academy team and is very excited to be a part of such a great experience!


Rachel Knight
Administrative Coordinator

Rachel is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and minor in Computer Science, and this is her second year with the Summer Academy. She graduated from Saint Rose with her Masters of Science in Education in May 2014, completing the Curriculum and Instruction program, and graduating with Honors. Rachel has been teaching for the last three years and is currently the 7th- and 8th-grade Mathematics teacher at Christian Brothers Academy. When not teaching she’s reading, riding her mountain or road bike, or at a polo match.


Abigail Brigham
Classroom Management Coordinator

This is Abby’s first year with the Summer Academy and she is very excited to be part of the team! She is currently working toward earning her MS in Literacy for grades 5-12 at the College of Saint Rose and will graduate in August. She also received her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Rose in May of 2015 in Adolescent Social Studies Education. Abby has quite a bit of experience working with diverse learners; she volunteers at the Refugee and Immigrant Support Services at Emmaus church (RISSE) and participated in the Friday Knights program at Saint Rose for two years. Once again, she is looking forward to joining the Summer Academy team this year and can’t wait to get started!