Summer Camp 2023 Instructors

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Meet Our 2023 Summer Camp Instructors

Colleen McNamara

Hello! My name is Miss Colleen.  I am the owner of Stutelage Innovations, and I am excited to spend our 11th summer camp season with your children! I have been teaching in the classroom for over 12 years. I started my career as a literacy and math specialist and then became a 5th grade general education teacher in a co-taught special education classroom.  I love to travel, cook, and read.  When it comes to camps, I pride myself on being organized and thinking outside of the box.  I am teaching several camps this year at all three locations. I love to get messy, so I am eager to lead Slime Time for the 5th year in a row (of course, with new slimes!). I am also teaching the popular Floor Is Lava, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Chocolate Lovers Camp!

Kelly Abbott

Hi!  My name is Miss Kelly, and I am so excited to join the Stutelage Innovations team.  I have been teaching in the classroom for 25 years.  I have taught all subject areas in grades 4-6.  I am currently a 5th grade teacher who teaches math, science, and social studies.  I am a mother of 2 boys, ages 17 and 20.  I love spending time with family and friends.  I enjoy the outdoors and being creative.  I will be exploring the world of Unicorns and American Girl Dolls as the summer starts.  I will then venture into the science of GROSS things at Grossology camp and my love of art with different types of materials at Awesome Artists camp!

Melissa Dinelli

Hi everyone! This will be my first summer with Stutelage, and I couldn’t be more excited! I first discovered Stutelage when looking into summer camp options for my son. I was so impressed by the variety of popular themes and the fact that all instructors are NYS certified teachers. I decided to not only register my son for camp, but also to become part of the team! I have been a special education teacher for the last twelve years, and I plan to mirror my success in the classroom at camp by creating a positive environment, making connections, and having fun! I love spending time with my husband, our two boys, and our sassy beagle-mix named CeCe. I will be leading both Camp Carnival and Lilo and Stitch Camp this summer at all three locations. I can’t wait! 

Ginamarie DiVita

Hi! My name is Miss Ginamarie, and I am returning for my third year of summer camps at Stutelage! I have been a speech language pathologist for 6 years with a background in psychology and early childhood education. I have years of experience working with both the general and special education population ages ranging from 18 months through 21. I am also a mother of 3 beautiful children and 2 fur babies. I enjoy spending time with my family, working out, being outside, and traveling! Join me this year for the last week of camp at the East Amherst location for Backyard Beach Bash!

Emily Grundtisch

My name is Miss Emily, and I am very excited to be returning for my third summer at Stutelage! I am currently in my fourth year as a Pre-K teacher with additional experience working with elementary students in both general education and special education. In my free time, you’ll often find me reading, crafting, or watching the Bills and Sabres. When running camps at Stutelage, I love to create engaging activities that provide students with a perfect balance of learning, play, and creativity. I am looking forward to teaching the Amazing Animals and Galactic Explorers camps at both the East Amherst and Clarence Center locations this summer!

Abby Jones

Hello everyone! My name is Miss Abby. This is my first summer working at Stutelage. I was a kindergarten teacher at Harris Hill Elementary before moving to Europe with my now husband last year.  I am caring, kind, patient, and energetic which is what I believe makes me great at what I do. Teaching is my passion and is something that I was truly meant to do. I pride myself in being the type of teacher that makes learning fun and exciting. I have had some exciting things happen this summer including getting married on July 1st to my husband Peyton. We are proud Penn Staters! I am so excited to meet each and every one of your kiddos. We will have a great summer together!

Katie McCracken

Hi! I’m Miss Katie, and I’m looking forward to my first summer with Stutelage! I am certified in birth through 6th grade education, literacy, and special education. I have been teaching for 9 years in 1st grade. I love to teach, and my daily goal is to make my classroom a happy place to learn and grow. I strive to create a community of learners that nurtures growth in a positive, fun environment.  I am a mom to two amazing kiddos, ages 4 and 6. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, golfing and kayaking. I am looking forward to using my creativity in the Hot Wheels, Spa Girls, and Squishmallows camps this year at the East Amherst location. I can’t wait to meet you and your children this summer!

Kara Meredyk

Hi! My name is Miss Kara, and I am so excited to teach my first year of summer camp with Stutelage! I have been a teacher for over ten years and have experience teaching preschool through high school. I enjoy crafting, exploring the outdoors with my two year old daughter and husband, reading, and kayaking. I will be leading the Avengers camp and the Ice Cream Social camp this summer. I am looking forward to creating positive relationships, bolstering creativity, and having fun at camp with you!

Arika Notaro

Hi! My name is Miss Arika. This will be my fourth year at Stutelage! I am completing my Master’s in Literacy Education, so unfortunately, I cannot run any summer camps this summer. However, I will be at Stutelage on the days I am not at school as an administrative/teaching assistant! I work as a program aide in the Sweet Home School District and have my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education. I love to go for walks, go hiking, and do yoga. I have run numerous camps over the past three summers. I can’t wait to see familiar faces and some new faces this year. Although I am not teaching camps this summer, I cannot wait to spend the summer at Stutelage!

Sam Rajski

Hello! I am Miss Sam. I am currently a kindergarten special education teacher in the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District. I have been a teacher in the district for 10 years, teaching all grade levels from K-6. I own a small business called, Circle the Wagons Creations, where I make clothing and decor. I also love sports! I play softball all summer long. I love baseball and watching the New York Yankees. My bucket list is to see a baseball game in every stadium in the US. I also love football and the Buffalo Bills! I enjoy using my interests in summer camps to make them fun and engaging! This year, I am teaching Harry Potter, Encanto, Buffalo Sports, Dinosaur Discoveries, and Around the World. This will be my second summer teaching at Stutealge, and I can’t wait!

Sarah Redman

Hi! My name is Miss Sarah, and I’m so excited to be teaching my first year of summer camp at Stutelage. I have just finished my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education this past fall, and work as an aide in the West Seneca school district. I’m also on the hunt for a teaching job this coming September. I have been a dancer for the past 15(ish) years, my favorite being tap. I love going hiking with my family, reading books, and spending as much time outside as possible! I’m doing a lot of traveling this summer and am so excited to be going to Italy. I’m looking forward to having you join me in the Pirates and Invention Convention camps at both the East Amherst and North Tonawanda locations!

Dan Schwagler

Hello, my name is Mr. Dan. This is my 10th year at Stutelage, and I never thought a decade could go by so fast! I have undergrad degrees in history and adolescent education and a master’s degree in social studies ed. I have coached several sports for 8+ years at all levels of highschool/middle school sports. I love video games, painting, generally being creative, and going on adventures with my wife Sarah and my German Shepard Hyzer. I cannot wait for another exciting summer camp season at all three of the Stutelage locations. I am teaching Mad Scientists, Super Mario Bros, Pokemon, Star Wars, Lego, Minecraft, Spider-Man, and SpongeBob. I am looking forward to seeing all of you returning and meeting my brand new campers!

Jess Spiesz

Hello! My name is Miss Jess. This is my first summer working at Stutelage and it has been a lot of fun! I am a kindergarten teacher in the Sweet Home School District, and I absolutely love it. I have been teaching kindergarten for 5 years. It is my passion to inspire young minds! In my free time, I love to spend time with family and friends, be outside, travel, and hang with my cat June. Summer is my favorite season, and it’s been a great experience to spend some of it at Stutelage!

Lexi Tredinnick

Hi everyone! My name is Miss Lexi. I am new to Stutelage this summer, but I am so excited to be a part of the family! My role this summer is to be an Administrative/Teaching Assistant. That means I will be helping the camp teachers and working with parents to assist with registration.  In my free time, I like to be outdoors, exercise, read, and hang out with my friends and family. I graduated with my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education from Medaille College last spring. Currently, I am finishing up my master’s degree to become a Reading Specialist. I recently accepted a position to be a first grade teacher at West Seneca Central Schools for the upcoming school year! As a first-year teacher, I am beyond excited to begin setting up my classroom and to meet my kiddos! I hope everyone has a great summer!

Kaley Vasquez-Regan

Hi! My name is Miss Kaley, and I’m returning to Stutelage for my third year of summer camps! I have been teaching for four years as a physical education teacher and love every part of my job. I work with students kindergarten through fourth grade at my elementary school. I love my job, but I love being a mom too. I have a two year old son and love staying busy! My number one goal is for my students to have fun while learning. I’m looking forward to teaching Wondrous Water and Camping Adventures and seeing the returning campers this summer!

Bailey Wypior

Hi everyone! My name is Miss Bailey. I am so excited to be returning to Stutelage for my third summer! I have worked so many camps over the past couple of years, and I cannot wait to see some returning campers, as well as meet some new campers! I love spending time outside, reading, taking walks with my dog, and doing yoga! After graduating in May 2022 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education, I joined the West Seneca School District as a preferred substitute in one of the elementary buildings. Here, I work with students from kindergarten to fifth grade each day. I am currently working towards my Master’s Degree in Literacy, which is the reason I will be taking on a new role this summer as an Administrative/Teaching Assistant. Let’s have a great summer!