Giovanni has been educating young children for the past 18 years. He worked at the Pierce School Extended Day for 9 years and joined the Park After-School Program teaching team in 2010. Giovanni studied mathematical science at Western New England College.
Chris has a master's degree in education, is the founder of G.A.M.E.S.@Work, and has been teaching and coaching children of all ages since 1995. He is currently a physical education teacher at the Edison Elementary School.
Paula, a teacher at the Pierce School Extended Day Program, has over 25 years experience as arts instructor, youth advocate and innovator of music and theater arts curriculum. She draws inspiration from her years as an arts student at Boston's Museum School and her subsequent work as a professional photographer, musician and teacher keeps her relevant with the youth of today. Paula creates an environment for learning that translates life's experiences and arts fundamentals into a process that is as fun as the end product itself.
Randy studied early childhood education at Cambridge College as well as biology and agriculture at the University of Maine. He owns an educational consulting and herpeto-culture business that strives to ensure the proper treatment and respect for reptiles and amphibians in all educational endeavors. During the year, Randy teaches Kindergarten at the Devotion School in Brookline.
John has been coaching youth baseball since 1995. He spent 10 years as a head coach in Brookline Youth Baseball’s spring program before joining the coaching staff at Brookline High School in 2005. He has been the head coach of BYB’s 16U summer travel team since 2004, and he’s entering his fourth year as the head coach of the Brookline Knights spring travel AAU program for ages 13-14. He has also directed baseball camps and clinics every year since 2001, including BYB fall clinics, the annual Brookline WinterBall clinic at BHS, and the Summer Knights Baseball Clinic. John received his bachelors degree from Syracuse University and masters degree from Boston University.
Scott received his BA in sports management from Mount Ida College, and his Masters degree in physical education from Boston University. He spent 3 years at the YMCA as a sports director before he began teaching Kindergarten and first grade at the Baldwin School in Brighton. Scott has been a Physical Education teacher in the Boston Public Schools for 4 years and is looking forward to another summer at Park.
Gail, a graduate of Bates College, has been a nurse in the Brookline Public schools since 2003. She is the Director of Religous Education at St. Mary's church in Brookline and has been a member of the Summer at Park team for the past nine years. Her nurturing and calming presense always makes campers feel safe no matter what circumstances have brought them to the nurse's office. To reach her during the early spring and while camp is in-season, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Creator and Program Leader Jean Devine designs and delivers fun, engaging curriculum composed of creative project-based activities that help children expand their appreciation of Nature. A nature lover and avid hiker, Jean empowers children to learn while planting and caring for a native-plant meadow. Before studying curriculum design at Harvard Extension School, Jean built a career in corporate communications and nonprofit leadership within the science, arts, and social service industries.
Tracy's love and dedication to children, combined with her ability to create a warm and nurturing environment, are treasured gifts to all who know her. Tracy earned a B.A. from Rhode Island College. During the year, Tracy directs Park's After-School Program.
Tom, a PGA member since 2005, was named the head professional at Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course in Brookline in the spring of 2012. He spent three seasons as a PGA professional at Salem Country Club and ten years as a PGA Professional with the TPC Network, three of which as Head Professional at TPC Boston. Tom enjoys promoting the game with the goal in mind that students improve while enjoying the learning process.
Carly is eager and thrilled to join Summer at Park this year. She understands that making, sharing and enjoying food is not just fun, but a meaningful part of our lives. Carly received her M.Ed from Lesley University in Cambridge MA. She is currently a Second Grade teacher at Park School, but before she came to Park she taught Kindergarten for seven years and First grade for two years in Massachusetts, Warsaw Poland and Medellin Colombia.
Rob is the founder of Drobots Company, a nationwide program for kids and teens. The focus of the company is to integrate drone and quadcopter technology with a STEAM application. Rob has nearly twenty years in the summer program industry and has built and expanded technology, sports, and traditional summer camps. Rob holds a BA from Amherst College and is fully committed to building leadership skills and a positive, friendly learning environment for all Drobots Company participants both in and out of the classroom.
A member of Park's P.E. Department since 2001, Kara also coaches soccer and softball. Before making her way to Park, Kara ran a day camp in Lexington for two years and also worked in Brookline's Pierce School Extended Day program. She holds a B.S. from Colby-Sawyer College.
Sarah taught middle and high school ELA for 4 years before joining Steps to Success Brookline, where she has been for the last 5 years. In her role as Director of Extended Learning Programs, Sarah has introduced a comprehensive STEAM initiative in STS after school programming, bringing a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math enrichment classes to students at least once a week. This has included running curriculums related to Lego Robotics, Stop Motion Video Making, Nutrition, and many more. She has also trained and worked with STEAM partners, Science Clubs for Girls, DeiLab, Brookline Interactive Group, and several others.
Scotty joined Park's faculty eight years ago after completing his degree in youth development at Springfield College. His many summers working at 4-H overnight camp combined with his passion for sports, art, and the outdoors, help create a fun and interactive camp experience. With his 8th summer at Park approaching, he is confident that this wil be the best year yet for activities, fun and adventure.
John Galinato is the founder and project leader at Build-It-Yourself in Cambridge. After receiving a master's degree in electrical engineering from Cornell, John worked on engineering teams to develop a submarine detection system, the lunar landing module, telemetry for a Venus fly-by, the Patriot missile system, computer graphics software, and Web applications for more than 25 years.
Originally from the UK, Alan moved to Boston with Global Premier Soccer in 2010. Returning to the UK in 2012, Alan worked with Pro Soccer Academy coaching youth teams against the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. In 2013, Alan once again returned to Boston working with Brookline High School and Sachems Soccer Club. In 2014, Alan joined the Mount Ida College Coaching staff as the Assistant Men’s Coach.
A member of The Park School Class of 2003, India returned to Park in the fall of 2013 as a Kindergarten assistant and an after-school teacher. She worked for five summers as a camp counselor in Westwood and joined the Summer at Park team in 2011. Her interests include teaching, cooking, arts, and the natural world.
Karlyn Grimes, MS RD LDN CSSD, is the founder of Simply Simple Health. Karlyn has a dual Master’s degree in nutrition and exercise physiology from Boston University. She is a registered dietitian (RD) with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Personal Trainer and Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition (CSSD). She is currently a faculty member in the Nutrition and Biology Departments at Simmons College where she teaches introductory nutrition, food science, sports nutrition, anatomy and physiology, general biology and numerous other courses. Karlyn loves to creatively teach people ages 0-100 about nutrition, fitness, cooking and anything else that does a body good.
Elaine has been a middle school math teacher for the past 20 years, and has been a 6th, 7th and 8th grade math teacher at Park School since 2006. In addition to being math department head, Elaine has also co-developed and co-led interdisciplinary projects with grade levels of elementary school students.
Meredith received her BA in special education from Westfield State University and has been working at the Hastings Elementary School in Lexington for the past five years. Her specialty is children with emotional and behavioral disabilities, and children on the autism spectrum. She is excited to return to Park and see familiar smiles on her campers' faces.
Gary brings more than 30 years of experience as a carpenter, contractor and conservation expert. He has worked as a project supervisor and carpenter at R. MacAllister Lloyd Inc, and has completed countless building projects for residential and business-based properties. Gary works with the Attleboro Land Trust on property improvements and conservation efforts, and is a Scout Leader for Boy Scout Troop 25 where he plans activites, teaches and mentors members of his troop. Gary received his bachelors degree in City and Regional Planning from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Meg, an alumna of the Park Class of 1998, joined the Summer at Park team in 2006. Previously, she spent two years teaching at the Esperanza Academy in Lawrence, and five years at Park. She now teaches 6th grade reading at Belmont Day School and is a member of their Athletic Department. Meg played lacrosse and ice hockey at Governor Dummer Academy and Union College, and coaches the Brookline Newton South Girls' Ice Hockey team.
Jon received his degree in education from Boston University and is in his fifth year as a physical education health teacher at the Lawrence School in Brookline. Before joining the team at Park, he worked at a special needs camp as well as various athletic summer camps. He was the freshman boys' soccer coach at Brookline High School for four seasons and is now working towards his master's at Fitchburg State University.
Shaun is the Director of Coaching for NGS and is an accomplished coach holding a number of high level coaching licenses (UEFA B, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma). Before moving to the USA in 2009 Shaun worked for the Irish Football Association, coaching in schools, communities and at club level. Prior to joining Newton Girls Soccer as their Director of Coaching, Shaun was formerly the Academy Director and South East Regional Director at PTUSA, a professional soccer coaching organization on the South Shore and was head coach of several girls' and boys' teams within this club. Shaun's role as Director of Coaching includes all Player Development and Coach Education programs.
Megan studied psychology and Spanish at Colgate University and holds a masters degree in environmental science from Antioch University New England. She has worked as a science educator in traditional classroom and non-traditional settings for the past twelve years and currently teaches Grade IV and V science at the Park School. Megan tries to learn something new about the world every day and is passionate about sharing her curiosity and love of science with young people.
Mike is a competitive bass fisherman with a school of knowledge to share. For the past 16 years, he has taught physical education at the Pierce School in Brookline and has coached the pitchers on the Brookline High School varsity baseball team. Mike has a master's degree in education and human movement from Boston University.
Paul, a moderately illustrious matriculate of Boston College, has been a mainstay on the Park campus since 2001, when he first signed on with Summer at Park. He has been a member of the Park School faculty since 2010, and now works as an assistant teacher in Grade 3, and is also a member of Park's afterschool program team. He spent a year teaching English in a tiny town in France, to which he hopes one day to return. In the meantime, Paul spends his days writing, cooking, reading, eating, wandering, and wondering.
Heather Offen graduated from Furman University (in SC) with a major in Biology and from the University of Georgia with a Masters in Science Education. She currently teaches science to 6th-7th graders at the Park School. There, she also coaches soccer, basketball and lacrosse. I love science because it helps us understand the world around us. It explains most everything from why we see to how our cars drive to why the we have earthquakes! Come and join in the Science fun with me this summer.
Chad has been teaching earth science, biology, physics, chemistry and astronomy to the seventh and eighth grades at the Runkle School for 12 years. Previously, Chad worked as a science specialist at Exploration Summer Programs in Norwood where he taught courses such as 'Magic for Muggles' and 'Storm Chasers.' A science major at Bowdoin College, he received a master's degree in science education from Lesley University. Chad also received a grant from National Geographic and traveled with a team of teachers to the North Pole to study animals and their habitats.
Claudia's cooking projects, story-times and homemade games keep campers (and staff) entertained for hours! Our beloved Claudia, often called the 'camp mom' has been teaching young children for nearly 40 years. Currently, she teaches kindergarten at the Baldwin School Early Learning Center in Brighton. Claudia received her degree in education from Boston State Teachers College (now UMass Boston).
Elyse received her masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and her BA in music from Wheaton College. She is the newest member to the fantastic Park School library team as the Upper Division Librarian. Elyse loves that being a Librarian allows her to use her creative mind everyday. When not in the library Elyse loves to read, sing, and travel.
Rob has served as the Director of Coaching for the Brookline Soccer Club since 2003 and is the founder and President of the Chestnut Hill Soccer Club. He received his master's degree in physical therapy at Boston University and played two seasons on the men's varsity soccer team. Rob is a former Park School boys varsity coach and Brookline High School girls varsity coach. He spent many years as a Massachusetts Olympic Development Program Coach (ODP) and holds a USSF 'B' coaching license.
Dana, a member of the Park School Class of 1985, has been teaching Physical Education and coaching at Park for the past 22 years, and has been the Associate Athletic Director for the past two years. Dana has been a swim instructor, lifeguard, and pool director for over 23 years working at Charles River Creative Arts Program before joining the Summer at Park team in 2003.
Kyle, a graduate of Boston University, has been working with young athletes in Brookline for over 10 years. He spent three years as a PE and health teacher at the Baker Elementary School before returning to his alma mater, Brookline High School, as the Assistant Athletic Director. Kyle is excited to bring his style of positive play to Summer at Park.