Will is currently an Associate Kindergarten Teacher here at The Park School and is attending Cambridge College to receive his Masters in Early Childhood Education. This is his eighth summer as a counselor, and second as a Lily Pad Program Director. He attended Summer at Park as a camper from the ages of five to fifteen and knew he could always count on Summer at Park to provide a fun filled Summer! His goal is to ensure that each and every Lily Pad camper leaves camp with the best possible camp experience, just like he received as a child. He is looking forward to an amazing Summer with the Lily Pad Team!
Alejandra is a 6th and 7th grade science teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Brookline, MA and has also previously taught 2nd grade in Brookline. She has a Masters Degree in Math and Science Education from the University of Connecticut and a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Education from Tufts University. She is very passionate about science, engineering, and creating, a passion which she brings to all of her camps at Summer at Park.
Brianna Silva is member of The Park School Class of 2014, and has been working at Summer at Park for five years. She is currently studying at Simmons College, where she is working on a major in communications and a minor in cinema and media studies. Since a young age, Brianna has been very passionate about the art of film. She is really looking forward to sharing her love of movies with others this summer!
Jen received her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Fitchburg State College and her Masters degree in Severe Special Education from Lesley University. During the school year, she works in a kindergarten classroom at the Edward Devotion Elementary School. Jen is looking forward to her third Summer at Park and expanding the Lily Pad Program in her second year as Program Director.
Colleen grew up in Brookline and graduated from Brookline High School in 2002. She played field hockey and lacrosse throughout high school and continued field hockey at the club level while attending Roanoke College in Virginia. Colleen has coached all levels of field hockey at Brookline High and has been the Varsity coach since 2014. Colleen has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Simmons College and is currently in her 11th year of teaching grades 6-8 Spanish at the Runkle School in Brookline. She is thrilled to begin working at Summer at Park and is very excited to lead the Field Hockey Camp.
Leah has been coaching and teaching Kindergarten at The Park School for 10 years. Summer at Park is a special place for Leah where she has been teaching since she was a teenager! Leah has worked in many camp programs over the years, with Daytrippers and Creative Cooks being a couple of her favorites! She loves her dog, Cricket, her cat, Pele, travelling, and walking on the beach. Leah is excited to continue working at Summer at Park and can't wait to see what this summer has in store.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is the current 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.
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.
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.
Meredith received her BA in special education from Westfield State University and has been teaching at the Hastings Elementary School in Lexington for the past several years with students with autism. Recently, Meredith became a first grade classroom teacher at Hastings. She is excited to return to Park for the summer and see familiar smiles on her campers faces.
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.
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.
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.
Kyra Fries’ first foray into sewing was a tiny pillow she quilted with her mom when she was about seven years old. Since then, she’s explored sewing all shapes and kinds of garments, from Halloween costumes to dresses, ties to backpacks, capes to pants and everything in between. Kyra also loves knitting, crocheting, spinning (on a wheel!), calligraphy, and drawing. Mostly self taught, Kyra has also taken classes such as costume design and pattern making. When she’s not up to her ears in crafts, Kyra loves to cook and read. During the school year, she teaches English and is the Head of the Drama Department at Park. She has two daughters that spend their summers at Summer at Park and love to make their own creations too!
Paul has been a member of the Park School faculty and coaching staff since 2007 and recently became a P.E. teacher. Previously, he spent four years as a director and instructor for Paul Vincent's Dynamic Skating on the North Shore, as well as a soccer and hockey coach at Cushing Academy. Paul received a B.A. in kinesiology from New England College and is currently working towards his master's degree in elementary education at Lesley University.
Judy has been a teacher of culinary arts at Brookline High School for the past 20 years. She began her career in the food industry by completing her B.S. in nutrition and food science at UMass Amherst, and later spent 10 years as a professional chef in Boston and San Francisco. Judy's recipes incorporate a vast range of culinary heritages including South American, Middle Eastern, Asian, and European cuisines. Her teaching is enhanced by the knowledge of cooking styles and flavor profiles she experienced growing up all over the world.
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.
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.
Chad has been teaching earth science, biology, physics, chemistry, and astronomy to the seventh and eighth grades at the Runkle School for 14 years. 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 chemistry major at Bowdoin College, he received his master's degree in science education from Lesley University. Chad was also selected as a National Geographic Grosvenor Fellow and traveled with a team of naturalists to the Norwegian Arctic to study polar bears in their natural habitat.
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.
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.
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.
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).