Woods Summer Wonders
Staff & Camp Instructors

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

Carley Back

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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. 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 for two summers. This past summer I also spent a month in a precollege program at Pratt Institute in New York learning fashion design from the professors there. 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!
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.  

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).

LTC (Ret.) Daniel Smith, Ph.D.

LTC Dan Smith is a retired Army Officer, having served 29 years on active duty. He has a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Georgia Tech, and has been an Associate Professor, teaching organizational leadership at West Point since 2012. He has extensive experience teaching safety and basic proficiency with weapons. He served as a Coach and Mentor with West Point's Combat Weapons Team, and he has trained in varied settings including with Army Special Operations Forces, the FBI, the Diplomatic Security Service, etc.

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, E-RYT and Certified Yoga Alliance Education Provider, has been teaching yoga for over 8 years. She has always had a passion for working with children through mindful movement. After having her first daughter, she saw the need for yoga at the youngest of ages. She, soon after, attended children's yoga teacher training in Raleigh, NC and began teaching children of all ages. She is the owner of Kids Mindful Movement, with studios in the Triad and Triangle areas. She also works with large organizations such as the YMCA of the Triangle on youth mindfulness.

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.

Eryn Dillard

Hello! My name is Eryn Dillard! I am a second grade teacher here at Woods Charter School! I grew up in the midwest and earned my BA in Elementary Education at the University of Iowa. My husband and I moved to North Carolina at the beginning of the school year and have loved getting to know this area. I have a huge passion for both student learning and nature! I am so excited to spend some time this summer in the big, beautiful classroom of the outdoors. Join me as we get messy and discover new things!

Hubert West

Hubert West received Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Administration and a Master of Arts in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at the University, he was a member of the track and field team. During his was named to the all Atlantic Coast Conference team 9 times (placing in the top 3 in his events at the conference meet). He was the 1972 Atlantic Coast outdoor long jump champion and as a senior set the UNC indoor long jump record as well as placing 17th in the National Indoor championships. After graduation, he joined the UNC track and field staff and was a member of the staff for 15 years. He was named the Head Track and Field Coach in 1981. During his tenure at UNC he helped establish the first women's cross country and track and field team.

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/.

Jordan Driving School of the Carolinas

Jordan Driving School of the Carolinas operates throughout greater eastern North Carolina with a full-time staff of instructors, offering private and public instruction to NC school districts.   

Kathy Nowak & Rose Holden



Rose and Kathy have been playing volleyball since they were in sixth grade. They played consistently for the Woods Varsity Team as well as various club teams in the surrounding triangle area. Rose and Kathy graduated from Woods in 2016. Currently, Rose attends UNC Chapel Hill and Kathy attends NC State University. Rose and Kathy have run the Dig It! Volleyball camp for 3 consecutive summers now. They have received great feedback regarding the camp and are excited to have the opportunity to offer it again!

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!

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.

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, located in Morrisville NC, is an indoor climbing facility featuring over 27,000 square feet of climbing terrain with options for all skill levels from first timers to experts! Visit Triangle Rock Club for more information.

Trina Cole

My name is Trina Cole. I have taught young children from ages 3 to 7 for the past 20 years. I am currently in my sixth year teaching Kindergarten at Woods Charter School. Prior to working at Woods I worked at Christ Church Preschool in Southern Village. Teaching children has been my love since I was in high school. I love teaching the younger children because they grow so much in such a short time. They soak up knowledge and really love to learn. Nothing beats seeing a child smile with pride in knowing they have done a good job.