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Staff Bios

Meet our talented 2017 Summer Programs team!

Our adult and youth staffers have helped create amazing memories for thousands of students over the past 20 years.

More than 40 instructors helped 800 students from independent, traditional public, charter, and home schools across the region experience magic this summer. Come discover their commitment and creativity for yourself!

I have genuinely loved working at CFS the past three summers. It's a position I wish I could do year-round! outdoor education instructor

Instructors

Achiri Acha

Achiri has been at CFS since he was six years old. He mentored with Jordan Shamp in Sports camp, became a counselor-in-training, and then moved on to become a camp assistant and instructor for the past six summers. Achiri has worked in Extended Day at Lerner School in Durham during the school year. Achiri's goal is to be an elementary school physical education instructor and coach.

Course(s): Minecraft Community; Sports Action

Natasha Anderson

Natasha, a 2012 Carolina Friends School alum, will graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May with a teaching license in birth through sixth grade and special education and a degree in Early Childhood Development and Family Studies. Natasha has had pre-kindergarten and/or kindergarten teaching experience at Carrboro Elementary School, The Morningside School (also in Carrboro), and at Yung Wing International School in Zhuhai, China. She loves the outdoors and loves teaching in the outdoors even more. Natasha is very much looking forward to having the opportunity to come back to Friends School and take on a bigger role in the community. She’s excited to dive in and explore with the students and is ready for an adventure-filled summer!

Course(s): Garden Gurus; Nature Artists; Ready, Set, Build!; Science for Small Hands; Secret Life of Insects

Leslie Atherholt

Leslie works in the Durham Public Schools. She came from Washington, DC where she taught physical education and art to elementary school students. She has also worked in schools in Central and South America. Leslie attended East Carolina University for her undergraduate program and holds a Master’s degree in Education. She has been teaching for 20 years. Leslie has spent many summers in camps and loves camp! When not working Leslie is learning and exploring North Carolina with her son.

Course(s): Sports Shorts

Blaine Barbee

Blaine is an elementary English as a Second Language teacher in Durham Public Schools. She has 11 years of teaching experience, from ESL to after school programs and summer camps to post-secondary education. She holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts, a B.A. in Psychology, and a Masters in Teaching all from UNC-Chapel Hill. Go Heels! Blaine enjoys reading, running, yoga, cooking, drinking good coffee, traveling, hiking, camping, and relaxing with her husband and dogs (Jason, Edie, and Viktor). Blaine will be returning to CFS summer camp for her third summer and can't wait to get the fun started!

Course(s): Sous Chef, Jr.

Jessica Bigelow

Jessica is an elementary school teacher with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System. She has 12 years of teaching experience, spanning all grade levels, and has coordinated after school programs and provided summer school instruction. Jessica has a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her teaching certification from Greensboro College. She enjoys spending time with her family, doing simple DIY projects, shopping, baking/cooking, traveling, and listening and dancing to music. Jessica will be returning to CFS summer camps for her second year!

Course(s): Creative Cake Decorating; Paint Explosions; Simple DIY Projects

Jeannine Borzello

Jeannine is an artist and educator (and ASL interpreter, just to throw in a twist) who has been teaching in the U.S. and abroad for the past 24 years. Involved in both visual and performing arts, she has taught art, photography, and design as well as acting as set designer, choreographer and assistant director for productions that range from Seussical Jr. and Honk Jr. to Proof. She is very involved with promoting the arts both in and out of the classroom as a board member of the North Carolina Art Education Association (NCAEA) and teacher advisory councils at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art.

While not in the classroom, she continues to freelance as a graphic designer and photographer. A native of New York, she has called North Carolina home for the past 15 years, recently becoming a new homeowner in Chapel Hill where she lives with her son and new puppy.

Course(s): Art Techniques: The Magic of Creativity; Experimental Watercolor; Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum: Fables and Fairytales; Oh, The Places You'll Go: Dr. Seuss and You

Leonard Bullock

Leonard teaches Scientific and Technical Visualization as well as Game Art and Design at Heritage High School in Raleigh. He is the co-founder and current coordinator of Heritage’s Game Art and Design Academy. He’s a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Technology Education program. Since earning his degree, he’s taught and mentored students in the Wake County Public School System at various grade levels. He has developed several modules for instructing students in technology-related topics as well as started and served as an administrator to several Chess clubs. He teaches Chess as a part of all curriculum he develops.

Course(s): Amazing Animation: Make Your Own Movie; Video Game Design I; Video Game Design II

Austin Campion

Austin Campion (CFS '02, Brown U. Theatre Arts '06) has been studying theater and improvisation since middle school. He was the founder of the CFS Upper School improv club back in 2000. Having recently moved home after a decade in Chicago, he was a founding artistic director of Cabaret Vagabond, a company member of the pH Comedy Theater, and a member of several house teams at iO (formerly Improv Olympic). He's done educational and children's theater as well as theater teaching with numerous institutions, including Storytown, ChiShakes, and the Youth Police Improv Outreach (Chicago) and the Center for Creative Youth (Wesleyan U). He's thrilled to be returning to CFS, the institution of learning he loves most of all.

Course(s): Backyard Broadway

Carly Chapman

Carly has been teacher of young children for over 15 years. In 1999, she earned a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and B-K teaching licensure from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Upon completing her studies, she spent several years dedicated to her interest in developmental research and to her intimate work with infants, toddlers, and their families. She humbly joined the CFS staff in 2000. Carly's love for teaching coupled with her dedication to learning about the development of young children, continue to bring a wealth of joyful inspiration to her work. A Chapel Hill native and CFS graduate herself (1994), she and husband Mike are the proud parents of three amazing children, Jonah, Julia, and Jason, who are among the smaller members of the CFS community.

Course(s): All About Art; Friends Slide-In


Jamie Charles

Jamie, a working illustrator, graduated from UNC-G in Fine Arts. Besides exhibiting his own work, Jamie works at CFS as an art instructor for Middle School students. He is also a champion Capture the Flag leader, having coached his workshop groups to many victories (not that he is bragging). Jamie offers private lessons in drawing and art.

Course(s): Advanced Comic Design; Comic Design

Karen Clark

Karen is a science teacher at Immaculata Catholic School in Durham. She teaches middle school, so enjoys working with other age groups during the summer. She has three wonderful kids and an overprotective mini schnauzer named Heidi that keep her active. In her spare time (yeah right) she enjoys playing the flute, reading mysteries, and doing puzzles.

Course(s): Delicious Dessert Decorating

Cyrise Davis

Cyrise holds a B.A. in Art Education K-12 and a B.S. in Commercial Art and Photography. In addition to her freelance photography, she’s worked 10 years as an art and photography teacher at The Hawbridge School in Saxapahaw, as a site coordinator and lead teacher for a middle school afterhours program, as a YMCA summer camp counselor, and as a display ad designer for the News and Observer. Cyrise is excited to employ her child-centered style of teaching (and passion for art) to help CFS Lower and Middle Schoolers learn, explore, and create in our AfterHours program.

Course(s): Harry Potter and Company; I Built It! Working with Wood; Time Machine Adventures

Leah Erlbaum

Leah Erlbaum grew up in Vermont and received a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic (Maine). She has been an educator in diverse contexts: she directed summer camps and afterschool programs, led wilderness expeditions, and was an English teacher and health care liaison with Vermont's Latinx migrant farmworker community. Most recently she taught experiential education semesters and summer programs in Bolivia and Peru with Where There Be Dragons. In addition, she has worked extensively on organic farms growing vegetables, raising animals, and making maple syrup. Leah, a substitute teacher here during the school year, is delighted to join CFS to lead the Chinese student program!

Hal Engler

Hal is a guitar instructor, jazz musician, and summer camp teacher. Hal has numerous years of experience teaching children in Triangle-area schools, studios, and summer camps (including eight summers at CFS!). Currently, Hal directs the guitar program at Duke School while also teaching private lessons at Music and Arts in Durham. His interest in all genres of music includes rock, classical, jazz, blues, and fiddle music. In his workshops, he likes to create a fun environment where kids can develop their passions as well as learn new ideas. In addition to music, Hal enjoys sports and outdoor activities, especially taking kids to the river every summer!

Course(s): Guitar and Songwriting; Let’s Rock: Rock, Pop, and Jazz; River Adventure: Explore, Play, Fish

Mary Deborah Englund

Mary Deborah Englund has had multiple roles at Carolina Friends, including serving as Head of Durham Early School and teaching at Campus Early School. She has 30 years of experience, initially as a high school English teacher and the last 16 teaching language arts and other classes in the CFS Middle School. She has a B.S. in English Education and has completed graduate courses in English. She is especially known for her skill in the kitchen and her cooking electives.

Course(s): Sous Chef

Rinah Rachel Galper

Rinah Rachel has been doing creative summer and year-long programs and workshops at CFS, The Arts Center, and a host of other non-profits throughout the Triangle for a decade. She is a special education teacher with Durham Public Schools, arts educator, storyteller, and the founder of Our Sacred Circles, the house for the Women’s Wisdom Project and In Service of Spirit, an online women’s storytelling training program. Rinah also works as a spiritual guide for youth and adults in recovery and a licensed officiant of weddings and other life cycle and healing ceremonies.

Course(s): Mystery Brew and Magic; Making Messes into Masterpieces: Art for the Adventurous; Wizard Land

Amanda Gill

Empowering young women to realize their potential on and off the court has been a passion of Coach Amanda’s for years. Her positive coaching style is centered around authenticity, a healthy sense of discipline, and mutual respect. Amanda has over 13 years of playing and coaching experience. During her years as an athlete, she traveled internationally with the USA Junior National A2 Team, tied two blocking records while earning a psychology degree at the University of Louisville, and even played a few matches on ESPN. While coaching, Amanda uses her own life examples to teach the girls memorable volleyball lessons and to demonstrate the importance of healthy mental habits. If you want to be an elite player, you have to think like an elite player - let Coach Amanda show you how.

Course(s): High School Volleyball Skills Camp; Middle School Volleyball Skills Camp

Kyle Gouchoe-Hanas

Kyle is a Carolina Friends School alum and a graduate of Smith College, where she majored in Education and Child Study and Studio Art with a concentration in oil painting. Kyle is currently fulfilling a Teaching Fellowship as part of the Progressive Education Lab professional development program in the Northeast. She has teaching experience at The Putney School in Putney, Vermont, The St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Summer Program (New Hampshire), The Unquowa School in Fairfield, Connecticut, and The Calhoun School in Manhattan. Kyle’s interests span far and wide from athletics and dance to painting and fashion, to social justice and human development. Her teaching experience began at CFS as a young student and she is looking forward to continuing her study of the teaching and learning process in the place she calls home.

Course(s): Feminism Is for Everyone; Leadership Challenge; Youth Activism: Social Justice and Social Change

Asiya Gusa, Ph.D.

Asiya joined the CFS staff in 2013 to teach Chemistry, Biology, and Advanced Biology electives. She is a microbiologist by training having majored in Microbiology as an undergraduate at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio before obtaining a doctorate degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia) in 2006. With research training at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Merck Pharmaceuticals, Asiya’s research interests include bacterial gene regulation, antibiotic resistance, and public health issues. She is a published author in several scientific journals and brings her passion for science research and mentoring to the classroom and the laboratory. She has previously taught chemistry and biology classes at Emory University and Spelman College in Georgia and, most recently, Durham Academy in North Carolina.

Course(s): CSI at CFS: Forensic Science

Catherine Harkey

Catherine attended The University of Southern Miss and UNC-W; she has a M.S. in History and a minor in Anthropology. Catherine worked for 12 years as a Library Youth Programmer for Rowan and Alamance County public Libraries where she planned and implemented programs for ages two - adult. She has conducted science, art, sculpture, puppet making, dance, theater, and film programs with children. Catherine is a storyteller and has told stories at schools, libraries, storytelling festivals, churches, and museums. For the last five years she has been a CFS substitute teacher, and for the last two years she has worked with the CFS Lower School After Hours Program assisting Cyrise Davis. Catherine first performed on stage at the age of five and continued to act in plays through school and community theaters through her twenties. In recent years she has taken acting, dance, and storytelling classes through the Arts Center and Duke University.

Course(s): Knights, Princesses, and Dragons

Tommy Johnson

Tommy was a student in a Quaker school for six years and has been an educator for more than 20 years, including now at CFS. He has two children at CFS, one in Middle School and one in Upper School, as well as an alumnus. Tommy received his B.A. from Earlham and holds an M.A.T. in Science Education. Part of his professional experience includes teaching on the staff at Durham’s Museum of Life and Science. He has a strong interest in the arts as well and enjoys teaching classes which combine the arts and science.

Course(s): Maker’s Workshop: Lights, Sound, Motion; Maker’s Workshop: Science Arcade

Lisa Joyner

Lisa has been teaching middle school for over 20 years in Durham and Chapel Hill. Before her life in the classroom, she attended UNC-Chapel and earned a BA in English, as well as an M.Ed in Middle Grades Education at NCSU and AIG licensure from UNC-Charlotte. Lisa has worked with leading national experts in differentiated instruction and served as adjunct faculty in the School of Education at UNC. Since 2010, she has been an advisor, language arts teacher, Battle of the Books coach, Gay/Straight Alliance sponsor, tutor, and elective teacher at CFS. Lisa lives on a small organic farm, where she gardens and raises goats, chickens, and bees with her partner, Upper School teacher Randall Williams. During the summer Lisa also serves as the Market Manager for the Saturdays in Saxapahaw Farmer’s Market and Music Series.

Course(s): Dirt, Art, Wonder

Abby Kameny

Abby Kameny has been involved in Carolina Friends School summer programs for 13 years. She started out as a camper, then became a Counselor-In-Training, and later was hired to work in the Extended Day program. She is currently a psychology major at the University of Maryland, College Park studying to be a teacher. She’s studied theatre for years and has participated in school plays, musicals, and a regional improvisational theatre team. In her free time, Abby enjoys singing, acting, and riding horses.

Course(s): Improv 101

Tom Latimer

Tom has been running camps at CFS for 11 years. He has been teaching for 21 years and has a Masters degree in elementary education. He currently teaches 2nd grade at Immaculata Catholic School in Durham and plays guitar in Chapel Hill band Zoltar’s Fortune. Tom lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Alison and their two cats Nora and Dudley. Tom enjoys seeing and playing music, eating at our local restaurants, watching sports (mainly the Tar Heels and the New York Jets), collecting vinyl records, and working with kids.

Course(s): Mad Science Alert; Musical Magicians

Katie MacTaggart

Katie recently moved to North Carolina from Philadelphia in Summer 2016 and teaches in the CFS Lower school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both Special and Elementary Education from Saint Joseph’s University. In addition, she holds a masters degree in Special Education with a focus in high incidence learning disabilities and is Orton-Gillingham certified. Katie loves working in Friends schools (she most recently taught 3rd and 4th grade as an assistant teacher at Westtown School).

Course(s): Harry Potter and Company

Jonathan McGovern

Jonathan has been teaching at CFS since 2008. He is a CFS “lifer,” having attended from Early School through Upper School, graduating in 1997. He graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a Sociology major and History minor, all the while active on the varsity tennis team. Jonathan returned to UNC-C for graduate work in History but soon moved into a fast-track Social Studies Education program where he was certified to teach social studies, 9th-12th grades. At CFS Jonathan is currently teaching Global Literature and Global History in the Upper School; he coaches Middle School tennis (Boys and Girls). Jonathan has taught classes on Immigration, Social Movements, Sports and Politics, and Hip Hop and Society. Jonathan and his wife Katy, who teaches in the Chapel Hill School system, share a house in Durham with two children, three cats, and a dog.

Course(s): Sports Action; Sports Action: Tennis; Sports Shorts

Mary McNall

Mary teaches math at CFS’ Middle School. She is a graduate of Boston University and received her master's degree from N.C. State University. When she isn't inspiring children about the wonderful world of mathematics, Mary loves to be outside playing soccer and hiking, hole away in her kitchen, cooking and baking, or get crafty, scrap booking or painting. She is excited about her third year at CFS Summer Camp offering a little bit for everyone and sharing her passions in many areas (athletics, cooking, math, and art) with children from the Triangle and beyond.

Course(s): Girls, Goals, Glory; Holiday Greetings from the CFS Kitchen; Sports Shorts

Jeannette Gonzales Mauldin

Jeannette is back to bring joy to your campers this summer! She is currently working at Carrboro Elementary School in a first grade dual-language class. She loves working with kids and enjoys helping them unlock their creativity. A Texas native, she started her career with children as the owner-operator of Let’s Be Friends Daycare and later transitioned into public schools. She has been working with students of all learning abilities and ages for over 12 years. Jeannette moved to North Carolina in November 2009 with her husband and two children. She is in the process of attaining her B.A. in Special Education K-12. With two children in college, Jeannette loves to spend time with her husband and family playing tennis, going to the movies and baking.

Course(s): Budding Artists: Painting with Acrylics; Clay Works; Cookies Crumbles; Enchanted Fairy Gardens

Abby Obando

Abby has been teaching summer camps at CFS since 1998. She also taught in schools in Durham, Chapel Hill and Florida. Abby presently teaches Spanish at Carolina Friends School. A graduate of Western Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in both Special Education and Spanish, Abby speaks fluent Spanish and knows a bit of sign language. She loves to listen to music, dance, read, camp, ride horses, blow glass, weld, cook, and inspire young learners to continue to enjoy engaging with the world around them. As a result of MANY years of active girl scouting, summer camping, and working with kids, she has an easygoing personality, great rapport with kids, and a WIDE range of knowledge and experiences over a broad area of topics and activities. She will be sure to keep your little adventurers busy having fun, building interests, and actively learning more about the world around them.

Course(s): Forest Adventure Trek; Maps, Pirates, and Merry Mischief; Outdoor Adventure Skills; Simple Machines

Daniel Okoniewski

Daniel is excited to be spending his fourth summer at Carolina Friends School! A transplant from the Buffalo, NY area, and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Daniel made an early career transition from working with the Olympic Sports Program at UNC-CH to working with kids of all ages. Since then, he has run a number of health and wellness programs for kids and young teens at the Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA, worked as an educator with kindergarteners, fourth, and fifth-graders at Carrboro Elementary, and forth and fifth-graders enrolled in the LEAP program at Seawell Elementary. When he isn’t at Seawell, or working with kids in some other capacity, you can probably find him cycling on some back roads in the area or hiking the Eno River trails with Mrs. O and his trusty sidekick, Blue.

Course(s): Creek Explorers; Fort-Building, Hideouts, and Such; Outdoor Adventure Skills; River Adventure: Explore, Play, Fish

Sudi-Laura Overstreet

Sudi-Laura is a Chapel Hill native. After receiving her B.A. in Art from Warren Wilson College, she spent nine years working at Northfield Mount Hermon, a boarding school in Massachusetts. She and her family moved back to Chapel Hill in 2012 just in time for her son to start kindergarten at CFS’ Durham Early School. Sudi-Laura currently works part time at Mulberry Silks fine fabric shop, and teaches bag-making classes at several local fabric shops. She is a quilter, knitter, and overall fiber enthusiast. Her hope is to offer a safe space for students of all ages to explore their creativity, learn new skills, and build upon the skills they already have.

Course(s): Quilting Magic; Sew Exciting; Sewing and Quilting

Jason Hopkins Parker

Jason started his first business when he was a Middle School student at Carolina Friends. He has helped lead a tech startup, and is a partner in a consumer products company. He worked for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) and writes about technology and the startup community of the Triangle for ExitEvent. He is an organizer for Triangle Startup Weekend and a trained youth education facilitator.

Course(s): Youth Startup Week: Entrepreneurship, Social Ventures, and You

Kathleen Rogers, Ph.D.

Kathleen loves to understand the hows and whys of our world and enjoys fostering excitement in others about science and nature. Science is a key to so much cool stuff! She studied chemistry and molecular biology at Lynchburg College, Carolina, and Duke, earning a Ph.D. in cell biology. She is quite happy when hiking, creating gardens, and bird watching, and is a citizen scientist with the Cornell Ornithology Labs Feederwatch program. Quilting and gardening tap into her love of color and design. You can find Kathleen around CFS working as a substitute teacher, tutor, and Summer Programs camp counselor. She loves being around the energy and creativity of kids and is looking forward to joining them in their summer workshop fun!

Course(s): The Science of Cooking: From Bubbles to Bread; The Science of Fun

Ahmed F. Selim

Ahmed is an Egyptian-American educator and filmmaker now based in North Carolina. Before his return to the Triangle, Ahmed spent 15 years teaching and filming in the Middle East. He has a keen interest in using documentary projects to bridge the East-West divide by using film to “turn conflict into discovery.” To that aim, he founded FiLMS for World Peace, where he partners with nonprofits, educational institutions, and social justice activists to empower the will for change. Ahmed also currently teaches courses at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and at Carolina Friends School.

Course(s): Summer Film Studio

Ida Trisolini

Ida Trisolini has a long history with Quaker Education. She attended a Quaker high school and college, graduating from Swarthmore with a B.A. in psychology. Ida also has a background in Wilderness Education and Curriculum Development. Ida has 26 years teaching experience and has been teaching in Quaker schools for 20 of those years. She has a daughter and son who are both graduates of CFS and a young daughter who's in Lower School. Ida is a graduate of the Institute for Engaging Leadership, a two-year Quaker Education program. She's also a published poet and an artist who loves to explore relationships, nature, and how the two connect. Ida teaches in the Middle School but for 2016-2017 is serving as Interim Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning.

Course(s): Leadership Challenge

Linda Tymann

Linda has her B.A. from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. She’s a bilingual kindergarten teacher’s assistant at Carrboro Elementary and is looking forward to leading some workshops this summer for ages 6-8. During her free time you can find Linda walking her dog, knitting, biking, and relaxing with her family. She is always up for an adventure and her greatest one yet is raising her children.

Course(s): Cookies Crumbles; Sew Easy

Michael Werndly

Mike (or 'Ranger' to his friends) is a lifelong birder and practiced field biologist and outdoor educator with a passion for sharing environmental experiences that promote awareness and respect of the natural world. Working and travelling in remote areas around the globe has given Mike a wide knowledge of the Earth’s habitats and ecosystems. He’s been hooked on wildlife since a chance encounter with an owl when he was eight and hasn't looked back. He studied Ecology and Outdoor Environmental Education at university and has worked for numerous conservation organisations, including the Aigas Field Centre, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and Scottish Natural Heritage. Mike’s wildlife encounters have been numerous, but some memorable ones include being followed home one night by two otters and being covered head to foot in smelly seabird guano! He moved from the United Kingdom last year and now lives in Hillsborough with his wife Casey and their friendly food-crazy labrador, Fogo :0)

Course(s): Nature Lab Explorer; Nature Lab, Jr.

Sherry Wilshire-Eshelman

Sherry lives in Orange County and is a graduate of Virginia Tech (VPISU) where she received a B.A. in Russian Language and a minor in chemistry and math. Sherry home-educated two sons and received her teaching certificate from UNC-CH. She taught third grade at Duke School for 10 years and then became an academic tutor in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools at CFS. Sherry loves to build and create with LEGO. This is her fourth year as LEGO camp counselor and hopes to ignite master building in the campers. Everything is awesome in LEGO camp!

Course(s): LEGO Explorers

Cedric Wright

Cedric is incredibly passionate about all forms of Digital Media, but especially the ones that pertain to animation for film and gaming! His background is in graphic design, ministerial studies, and, most recently, education. After the close of a successful first year at Hillside High School (and one full year in Durham!) as a CTE teacher, Mr. Wright will return to the Summer Programs at the behest of his previously enjoyable and successful summer camps, and the promise of mangoes, ad infinitum!

Course(s): Minecraft Community; 3D FX: Character Animation for Games

Williette Zigbuo

Williette graduated in 1997 from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She received her Master’s degree in Special Education from Bay Path College in Burlington, Massachusetts and has over 15 years of teaching experience with children in Liberia, West Africa and in the United States, including now at the CFS Campus Early School. She especially enjoys working with pre-k to second grade. In addition to her passion for teaching, she finds personal fulfillment by helping educational programs in Liberia; Williette has been instrumental in mobilizing others to help obtain donations and school supplies for orphanages and schools in Liberia. Whenever she returns from Africa, she finds that sharing her pictures and discussing her trip is rewarding for herself and also for her students, to help them understand and see the world outside their community, neighborhoods, and the United States.

Course(s): Design and Engineering for Kids; Wacky Water Week

Support Staff

Melissa Cabrera

Melissa has been working at Carolina Friends Summer Programs from 2010 through 2014 as Camp Manager and starting in 2015 as Assistant Camp Director. She’s the friendly face in the office during the summer months and the one who sends out correspondence and updates to our families. Melissa attended the University of Florida where she earned her B.A. and M.Ed in Elementary Education and Teaching ESL. She also earned her Ed.S at Florida International University in Curriculum and Instruction. Currently, Melissa is the Technology Coordinator at Triangle Day School. She’s also the mother of three children and three cats and enjoys spending time outdoors (when it's warm). When she's not at work, you can find Melissa paddleboarding, enjoying the beach, hiking, or traveling.

Anthony L. Clay

Anthony became Carolina Friends’ first Director of Extended Learning, with responsibility for Summer Programs, in August 2016 after seven years as the School’s first Director of Advancement, facilitating alumni, parent, and grandparent relations; development; communications; community partnerships and outreach; and other aspects of the School’s external relations. An Arkansas native, he earned baccalaureate degrees magna cum laude in International Relations and History and an Asian Studies Certificate at American University and then completed an M.A. in History and received Phi Beta Kappa honors at Emory University. Anthony has worked as a teacher (in subjects including U.S. history, government and politics, debate, and economics), college counselor, and advisor at Holland Hall School (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Raleigh Charter High School, Durham Academy, and CFS (2002-2005). He’s served in leadership and advisory roles for various professional organizations and non-profits, including Student U, Junior Leadership Durham, Youth Leadership Tulsa, Youth Services of Tulsa, GLSEN, Habitat for Humanity, and the Southern and National Associations for College Admission Counseling.

Joe Glatstein

Joe was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Asheville. He attended camp at The Mountain in Highlands, North Carolina for 10 summers, serving as a cabin counselor the last two. Joe attended North Carolina State and received his B.S. in Middle Grades Education in Language Arts and Social Studies. He studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, and taught in Beijing, China and in Roxboro, North Carolina (7th Grade Language Arts) before becoming CFS’ Middle School AfterHours Teacher and a support staffer in the new Extended Learning Office.. His passions are basketball, percussion, nature, hip hop, film, yoga, rowing, and traveling. Joe gravitates towards harmonizing with nature and thriving in healthy community ~ basically living a camp experience.

Chris Grochowski

Chris has worked at CFS for several years as a substitute at the Early Schools as well as in the Summer Programs as a Camp Manager. You will find Chris on our main campus working the Cafe and assisting with camp management. Chris is an avid runner, disk golf player, cyclist, and a dog lover (Ernie). Chris and his wife Colleen enjoy hiking the Eno river trails. He is also a master of tie-dying (see illustration).

And, special thanks to the others who help make Summer Programs possible, including our Business, Human Resources, Shop, Technology, and other Center colleagues; Brenda and her cleaning staff; and other supporters in the Friends School community.
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