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.
Special Needs Coordinator
This is Kendra’s sixth 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!
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!
Classroom Management Coordinator
This is Abby’s second year with the Summer Academy. 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!
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 third year with the Summer Academy. She graduated from Saint Rose with her MS in Education in May 2014, completed the Curriculum and Instruction program, and graduated with Honors. Rachel has been teaching for the last six years and is currently teaching math and computer science at Guilderland High School. When not teaching, she’s reading, riding her mountain bike, or at a polo match.