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John Hunter
Program Director

John has been leading the Summer Academy for fifteen 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 is also a freelance, union stage manager and recent credits include productions at Opera Carolina, Bronx Opera, Manhattan School of Music, Jacobs School of Music, Juilliard, and New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.


Kendra Astemborski
Special Needs Coordinator

This is Kendra’s sixth year on the Summer Academy staff.

Kendra recently accepted a position at Saratoga Springs City School District as the Educational Technology Specialist in the high school. Prior to this position, she was the Technology Director and 5th – 8th Grade Computer Technology Teacher at St. Pius X School in Loudonville, NY. Kendra is also an Adjunct Professor at The College of Saint Rose teaching in the Computer Science Department.

Kendra 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.

Kendra is an active member of the Junior League of Albany. She also enjoys traveling, skiing, and playing tennis.

Kendra is very much looking forward to another great season with Summer Academy!


Bradley Boyles
Student Activities Coordinator

This is Brad’s third 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!


Abigail Brigham
Classroom Management Coordinator

This is Abby’s third year with the Summer Academy. She holds a BA in Adolescent Social Studies Education, as well as a MS in Education in Literacy 5-12 from Saint Rose. Currently, Abby is teaching AIS ELA for grades 6, 7, and 8 at Oliver W. Winch Middle School in South Glens Falls. At OWWMS, she advises the No Place for Hate committee and works with students to promote a positive and safe school culture. Abby also has quite a bit of experience working with diverse learners; she volunteered at the Refugee and Immigrant Support Services at Emmaus church (RISSE) and participated in the Friday Knights program at Saint Rose. She is very excited to be back for a third summer and can’t wait to get started!


Brianne Rogers
Administrative Coordinator

This is Brianne’s first year with the Summer Academy as the Administrative Coordinator. She is a current graduate student at the College of Saint Rose and about to enter her second year as a School Psychology major. Brianne has previously graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh as a Human Development and Family Relations major with a concentration in Adolescence, and a minor in Psychology. At SUNY Plattsburgh she completed a full time internship with the Head Start program, working very closely with the teacher and family worker. Also at Plattsburgh, she served as an overnight conference mentor for the Shine On! program, consisting of assorted workshops aimed at promoting confidence and resiliency in young girls. She currently works on campus as a graduate assistant in the Office of Intercultural Leadership, mentoring students of diverse backgrounds and assisting in programming through the ALANA program (African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American) descent. Additionally, she serves as a tutor on campus in the College Experience program, a two year non-credit residential program where students with intellectual disabilities can actively become a part of a college campus. She is ecstatic to be involved with the Summer Academy for the first time, and looking forward to a great new experience!


Emily Lemieux
Materials Coordinator

This is Emily’s first year with the Summer Academy. She is a December 2017 graduate of The College of Saint Rose with a Master of Science in Education, and is currently working towards her Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology, with an expected graduation date of May 2019. Currently, Emily is a school psychologist intern with the North Colonie Central District. Prior to graduate school, she attended SUNY Plattsburgh, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Last year, she worked as an assistant preschool teacher and enjoys working with students of all ages. Emily is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, the New York Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of School Psychologists. She is excited to be a part of the Summer Academy experience and can’t wait to start!