Woods Summer Wonders
Staff & Camp Instructors

All Woods Summer Wonders camps are led by expert instructors who love what they do.

Beth Hoffman

Beth Hoffman is a hands-on Science Educator and has worked at fun places like the Staten Island Zoo and the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. Ms. Hoffman has a B.S. degree in Biology and has been a Environmental Educator for 15 years, and has been teaching fun, hands-on arts and science programs for even longer!  Beth  believes that summer camps offer children opportunities to excel and grow in new ways and tries to set up each student for success. Programs are not just about gaining new skills but also about gaining confidence, making new friends, and having fun!

   
Bryan Evans

Bryan Guntoshi Evans graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2008 with a B.S. in Biology and has been training at the Quest Center since 2006. Before becoming a full-time instructor, Bryan was extremely active in the Coach/Trainer program. His natural leadership abilities make him an ideal instructor for both youth and adults.

Mr. Evans is a Sandan (third degree black belt) in To-Shin Do.

   
Carley Back

Carley's Bio Picture!

My name is Carley, and I'm an Advanced Studies Apparel student at Broughton High School. I've been sewing for several years, and I've even been making my own clothing for a while now. For the past two summers I've volunteered my time at the YMCA as a C.I.L.T. (Counselor in Leadership Training), looking after children in grades K-5. I'm very excited to teach this program - to have the opportunity to inspire kids to start sewing from a young age. It's an incredibly rewarding pastime , and I know the kids will have as much fun learning as I will teaching!

   
Carmen Wood

Carmen Wood is an elementary physical education teacher at Woods. She has also been coaching various sports at Woods for four years. She loves working with children to develop their overall health through physical activity.  Carmen's goal is to see development and growth in all areas; she also loves some good old fashion physical competition in games and sports, where everyone has fun! 

   
Christene Vaughan

I am the music teacher at Woods Charter. I have taught music at Woods for the past 8 years. I maintain a private piano studio and teach a few students some guitar. I graduated from Radford University with a degree in music education. I love that I can teach piano, chorus, elementary music and occasionally some band instruments.  

   
Carmen Wood and Dena Floyd

     

 

Carmen Wood is an elementary physical education teacher at Woods. She has also been coaching various sports at Woods for four years. She loves working with children to develop their overall health through physical activity.  Carmen's goal is to see development and growth in all areas; she also loves some good old fashion physical competition in games and sports, where everyone has fun! 

Dena is a former Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at NC State and Strength/Conditioning Specialist at Stanford University. She has also designed and directed team strength, agility and conditioning programs at NCSU and Stanford. For the past 15 years, Dena has coached and directed several soccer camps all over the country. Before Dena became a coach, She was a former member of the Florida Gators soccer team and member of the W-League and WPSL. Currently, Dena is the athletic director at Wood's Charter, and director of sports performance at Soccer Genome. Dena also plays on Oak City United in the summer, which is a semi-professional soccer team based in Raleigh, NC.

   
Creighton Irons

 

Creighton Irons spent the first 22 years of his life in Chapel Hill (Morehead Scholar, 2005) before moving to New York City for grad school (MFA in Musical Theater Writing, NYU 2008). He and has been writing musicals and teaching ever since. He leads two children’s choruses and conducts songwriting workshops with Lincoln Center, The Roundabout Theater, and the Shakespeare Society, and has music directed several musicals in Pittsboro (incl. Diamond Studs, Kudzo, and Dreamland).

   
Dena Floyd

Dena is a former Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at NC State and Strength/Conditioning Specialist at Stanford University. She has also designed and directed team strength, agility and conditioning programs at NCSU and Stanford. For the past 15 years, Dena has coached and directed several soccer camps all over the country. Before Dena became a coach, She was a former member of the Florida Gators soccer team and member of the W-League and WPSL. Currently, Dena is the athletic director at Wood's Charter, and director of sports performance at Soccer Genome. Dena also plays on Oak City United in the summer, which is a semi-professional soccer team based in Raleigh, NC.

   
Diali Cissokho

 

Diali Cissokho is a master musician from Senegal, known as a “griot” (pronounced GREE-oh). The role of the griot, sometimes called “the keeper of memories”, is to pass down through song traditions, values, and stories from generation to generation. Diali’s family has held this responsibility for centuries, and as such his musical training began at birth. After years of performing and teaching in Senegal and in Europe, Diali relocated to the U.S. after marrying a native Pittsboro resident. Although Diali performs widely for audiences of all ages, he loves nothing more than sharing his music and culture with young people.

   
Ebony Delgado

 

Ebony Delgado received dance training in ballet, tap, jazz and pointe from a very young age. She was the choreographer for her high school cheer team. Ms. Delgado Attended UNC Chapel Hill and was a member of the the University's dance team, The High Kickin' Heels as well as the OPEYO Dancers. Choreographer for the Durham Storm Cheerleaders, semi-professional. She has been teaching dance in Chatham County since 1998, and is the owner and director of Chatham Dance Connection in Pittsboro, NC, as well as the Director of Extensions Dance Company (competition dance company). She is also the Head coach of Northwood High School dance team. Quite simply, Ebony loves to teach dance!Ebony Delgado received dance training in ballet, tap, jazz and pointe from a very young age. She was the choreographer for her high school cheer team. Ms. Delgado Attended UNC Chapel Hill and was a member of the the University's dance team, The High Kickin' Heels as well as the OPEYO Dancers. Choreographer for the Durham Storm Cheerleaders, semi-professional. She has been teaching dance in Chatham County since 1998, and is the owner and director of Chatham Dance Connection in Pittsboro, NC, as well as the Director of Extensions Dance Company (competition dance company). She is also the Head coach of Northwood High School dance team. Quite simply, Ebony loves to teach dance!

   
Elizabeth Faulkner

Elizabeth Faulkner is a Kindergarten teacher at Woods Charter School in Chapel Hill, NC. Growing a teaching family, teaching is in her DNA. Liz received degrees in History and Elementary Education from Hillsdale College. She also earned her Reading Endorsement in K-12 instruction the University of Cincinnati. This is Liz's 6th year teaching her well-loved Kindergarteners. She also coaches the Elementary NCSO team at Woods Charter School, North Carolina Science Olympiad, for the 3rd-6th graders. Her father is a NASA engineer and her mother has been a K-12 teacher for 20+ years and have actively contributed to her love of teaching, science, engineering, and writing! Thanks for checking out her camps!

   
Emily Behr

Emily, RYT-200, has been practicing yoga for over 12 years. To her, yoga is a way to connect to her self, to nature, and to those around her, in an authentic way. After having her daughter two years ago, Emily recognized the need for yoga in the lives of children. Since discovering yoga, it had always had a way of weaving into and transforming her life and she wanted the same for kids of all ages. Seeing the pressure that life throws onto many kids and teens, yoga was a way for them to let go and re-center, all while building strength, flexibility, and confidence. She received her training via Little Guru Kids Yoga. ​ She teaches toddlers, teenagers, and adults. Emily’s classes are energetic, challenging, and fun. Her hope is that everyone will leave, feeling better about themselves and their place in the world, with a smile on their face.

   
Eric Hale

My name is Eric Hale. I am a first grade teacher at Woods Charter School. I grew up in Harrisburg, North Carolina. I have a bachelors of arts in Elementary Education from Elon University, and have 3 years of teaching experience with children from ages 4-12. I have spent the past two years teaching in Seoul, South Korea where I taught English to Korean students. This camp is great for any students who like solving problems and learning about the world around them. We will be doing lots of hands on experiments in order to learn how to make our own flying machines. Come fly with us.

   
Gary Angus

I've worked for most of my life creating and designing things. Currently I am employed at Woods Charter School, where I help to maintain the building and grounds. I also work off site as a handy man where I build and repair projects for people.

   
Jess Walden-Gray

I’m an entomologist and nature lover. I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Entomology and Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a M.A.T. from NC State. My career started as a field biologist: chasing loons in Wisconsin, observing bees and moths in the Tetons, and catching bats. I live in Chapel Hill and teach middle school science part-time at Woods Charter School. My camp is for the kids who want to catch bugs, play in the dirt, and chase the thrill of discovering something new.

   
Jennifer Wood

Director and Florist at the Barn of Chapel Hill at Wild Flora Farm. Jen has studied the art of floral design since she was 16, and is a Chapel Designer. In 2016, her passion for local flowers grew when she planted her first crop of flowers. Farming, even though challenging, has become one of the most rewarding aspects of her job. When she is not working with brides, she enjoys teaching children about everything agricultrual and floral! She has 4 children of her own!

   
John Berry

 

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a skill development trainer since 1993 and has instructed/coached over a 1,000 kids. Dating back, Coach Berry has coached at the recreation, travel, AAU, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels and is now the Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at Woods Charter School. Since 2007, the Woods Charter basketball program has been transformed into elite status.  The “surgical instruction” style, with an emphasis on detail has been Coach Berry’s calling card. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court.  Visit Coach Berry's website http://www.youthhoops.com/.

   
Kathy Nowak & Rose Holden

 

Both Rose and I have been playing volleyball since we were in middle school. It is a sport we are both passionate about and want to share our love of the game.  We have not only played on school volleyball teams, but we have also played for club volleyball teams as well. Additionally, we have gone to several volleyball camps and training sessions. We have both progressed our knowledge and skill level of the game over the years and hope to one day coach volleyball teams.

   
Kidpower Youth Empowerment/MJ & Jared Hayes

MJ Hayes, North Carolina Center Director

MJ Hayes is the North Carolina Center Director and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Education.  She has been working with Kidpower in community education and youth empowerment programs all over the country for the last 17 years.  In this time, she has helped teach over 50,000 kids, teens and adults. She is involved with Kidpower because she believes all parents, children and teens should be empowered to take charge of their safety and have access to these skills that will help them have more fun and less problems in their life.

Jared Hayes, Senior Instructor

Jared Hayes is a Senior Instructor and completed the certification in February of 2004. He is an integral part of the Kidpower family and has helped train over 50,000 kids, teens and adults. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Management.  Jared believes strongly in the Kidpower mission and does this work because he believes these skills will teach kids self-empowerment and advocacy skills that help keep themselves and others safe in all areas of their life.

   
Kim Moody

Kim Moody is a Middle School Mathematics Teacher at Wood Charter School. She grew up in Cardiff, Wales and graduated from DeMontfort University in Leicester, England with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics. She taught mathematics in the UK for 3 years before moving to North Carolina and making it her new home. In her spare time she loves to travel as much as possible with her family and exploring different cultures. She is also a HUGE robot enthusiast!

   
Liz Tedesco

My name is Liz and I am a musician and artist. I enjoy sharing my skills and knowledge with students of all ages. Classes are fun, playful and educational.

   
Loretta Hackney

Loretta Hackney formerly owned and ran an after-school/summer camp program, and worked at Woods for many years as an Elementary TA. Ms. Hackney graduated from ECU with her Elementary Education Degree in December of 2015 and has worked as a 2nd grade teacher in Chatham County Schools since then. She is also the Assistant Camp Director for this program, and this will be her 7th summer creating fun for kids at Woods! One of her many passions is running which she started doing in the winter of 2010. From her first 5k in December of 2010, to her current training for a half marathon she has mentored many runners in the Fleet Feet Carrboro training programs. This has afforded her a wealth of knowledge in motivating and encouraging others to be their best.

   
Michele Kish

Michele Kish started her handcrafted jewelry business, m’s studio, in 2014 after leaving her job as an apherisis phlebotomist. She attended classes at the Art Institute of Seattle and studied jewelry making with several local silversmiths. Michele has an online store on ETSY and has shown/sold her pieces at local markets. You may recognize Michele because when she’s not working in her studio she's working part-time in the front office at Woods!

 

   
Michele Nelson

Michele Nelson lives in Pittsboro, NC & is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), currently working as an art teacher for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Michele served as teacher and camp coordinator for Alamance-Burlington School’s system’s Artsploration program for 10 years and has taught summer camps with Woods Charter School’s Summer Wonders Program , on and off, for the past several years. Michele holds Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts (BFA) from UNCG and a Masters Degree of Arts in Education (MAEd) from ECU. You can learn more about Michele and her teaching experience, past summer camps and achievements from her website at: https://sites.google.com/site/primaryart/home  

   
Olive Lamm, MD (Little Medical School)

Olive Lamm, MD, MPH is the owner and director of Little Medical School, Greater Raleigh Area. Dr. Lamm has a Bachelor of Science from Gardner-Webb University and moved on to obtain a Master of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Afterwards, she received her Doctorate of Medicine from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School with Board Certification. Dr. Lamm has been involved in teaching for many years from tutoring in college to mentoring medical students during residency. She practiced clinical medicine full-time for several years after residency until she discovered her passion for teaching and inspiring children to learn more about the various careers in healthcare.

   
Paul Deans (Play-Well TEKnologies)

I'm 27 and have been with Play-Well for 4 years, leading LEGO engineering classes and camps across the Triangle. After graduating from NCSU with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, I joined Play-Well to engage and educate children through the awesome medium of LEGO. Our camp teaches children how to build and design machines and structures all while having fun in a safe, structured, environment.

   
Renee Powell

 

My name is Renee Powell. I am a graduate of East Carolina University. I have served in various professional roles in Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities, and in Property Development and Management (Affordable Housing for the Elderly). Prior to joining the Woods Charter School family, I served as an Early Childhood teacher. Currently, I am a Kindergarden Teacher Assistant. I am qualified to provide your child with a positive, challenging and fun camp experience, having worked for the Chatham YMCA After School Program as a Site Coordinator at Horton Middle School and now, Woods Charter School. I have also coordinated the YMCA Specialty Camps held duirng Woods Summer Wonder Camps. My ability to undergird the growth and development of young people has been futher developed by working with the youth ministry in my church. I have arranged, organized and implemented youth sevices accomodating up to 100 youth. My ojective is always to ensure that the children have fun learning and fellowshipping in a safe and secure environment. I will bring the culmination of my experiences working with young people to offer your child a fun, secure and nurturing environment that will foster personal growth. I am a graduate of East Carolina University. I have served in various professional roles in Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities, and in Property Development and Management (Affordable Housing for the Elderly). Prior to joining the Woods Charter School family, I served as an Early Childhood teacher. Currently, I am a Kindergarten Teacher Assistant. I am qualified to provide your child with a positive, challenging and fun camp experience, having worked for the Chatham YMCA After School Program as a Site Coordinator at Horton Middle School and now, Woods Charter School. I have also coordinated the YMCA Specialty Camps held during Woods Summer Wonder Camps. My ability to undergird the growth and development of young people has been further developed by working with the youth ministry in my church. I have arranged, organized and implemented youth services accommodating up to 100 youth. My objective is always to ensure that the children have fun learning and fellowshipping in a safe and secure environment. I will bring the culmination of my experiences working with young people to offer your child a fun, secure and nurturing environment that will foster personal growth.

   
Ruhi Rai

I have over 10 years of experience in healthcare and technology. I specialize in developing analytical tools using programming languages to innovate Big data solutions . I have a Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology and a Masters in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from University of MN . Among other things, I am passionate about spreading the knowledge of programming to kids in a fun & creative way such that their analytical & logical skills are enhanced for optimized problem solving.

   
Sandra Kirk

Sandra Kirk has been in education for over 20 years. Working first as a Kindergarten teacher and then as a technology instructor for K-12, Sandra then progressed up into working as an elementary principal for many years. She has been running her own writing, math, and reading classes at a learning and tutoring center in California K-12 for the last 10 years. Now that she has moved to North Carolina, Sandra is excited to share her years of experience and knowledge with the students of the Triangle. Sandra’s students are award winners in many national writing competitions including the Scholastic Art and Writer’s Competition. She loves to write and is currently working on writing a children’s novel.

   
Tanja Cole

 

I've been creating, sewing, drawing, painting, and playing with color and design since I was a very young girl. I went to college for art & design, now teach others to find their creative side. I currently teach sewing, quilting, and art classes to adults and children in Chatham County. Additionally, I am continually creating new art pieces in my home studio. You'll often find me sharing my handcrafted items at a local art fair. When not in the studio or teaching others, I enjoy reading, cooking, exercise, music, coaching soccer, hiking with my dogs, and watching my 4 children stretch their wings in sports, dance, or art.

   
Tobin Logan

Coach Tobin Logan has  25 years of experience working with children and holds a bachelor's degree in U.S. History from UNC.   He has played in over 800 tournament chess games and is rated over 1700 USCF.  He has taught chess to children in many individual and group settings since 2008.  In chess training, he uses a whole-game approach that centers around focus, patience, and consistent ongoing effort to find each individual talent level.  He encourages a tournament-style orientation and decorum in pursuit of these goals, and allows plenty of time for the sheer enjoyment of the game and all of the life lessons that come along the way.

   
Triangle Rock Club

 

Triangle Rock Club was started by two former Marines with one vision: to provide state of the art climbing facilities, instruction, and programs for beginner to world-class climbers alike in a safe, professional, and fun environment. We strive to be inviting to all and to help build a strong community of people who share a common passion – climbing.  . Their military and mountaineering backgrounds have led them around the world and back again. They’ve enjoyed ascents of Mt. Whitney (CA) via the Mountaineer route and multiple ascents of Mt. Hood (OR), and Mt. Shasta (CA). In the winter, They’ve ascended Mt. Fuji, (Japan) several times as well as the Tetons (WY), Chair Peak’s North face (WA), and Mt. Rainier’s Liberty Ridge (WA) to name a few. In between those trips, they had extensive ski mountaineering experience in the Sierra Nevada Mts. (CA), Norway, and Japan. The entire TRC family is comprised of climbers of all ages and abilities – all happy to help introduce you to the sport and help you grow.  Visit Triangle Rock Club for more information.

   
Veronica Scotton

Veronica Scotton has served as an Elementary TA at Woods Charter School for the past eight years. She joined the Woods Charter Family a year earlier as a bus driver; she continues to serve in that capacity as well. Mrs. Scotton's early childhood education experiences include community settings. She was a youth director assistant for 10 years with the Harris Grove Missionary Baptist Church, and also served two years as a TA with a local Head Start Program.  Ms. Scotton is married with two grown sons.