Summer Program Staff Biographies
Our staff biographies for 2014 will be updated on January 20. Please check back then to see who has joined our staff! The following people will be returning in 2014:
Cheryl is completing her third year at GUS as the school’s front desk receptionist and this summer will be her third with GUS camp. Before coming to this area, she worked at York Middle School in Maine for twelve years as a substitute teacher while raising four children. Now they are grown and she has grandchildren. She has always been surrounded by youngsters and she wouldn’t have it any other way. It is obvious when she greets you as you enter the front door to GUS, that Cheryl loves her job! This will be her third summer at GUS.
Amy is currently one of the kindergarten teachers here at Glen Urquhart. In addition to teaching kindergarten, Amy creates the yearbook with the 8th graders, teaches after school programs in sewing, quilting, soccer, and other subjects, and she co-teaches a vacation camp in March with Debora Diggins. Prior to joining GUS she taught kindergarten and fifth grade science at Kensington Avenue Elementary Magnet School in Springfield, and ran an early morning program there called, “Arts in the Morning”. She taught 9th-12th math, and an after school life skills program to high school students. This will be her fifth summer at GUS.
Sheila Boss-Concannon is an art teacher in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District. She has a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and MAT in Art from Salem State University. While teaching at both the elementary and middle school levels, Ms. Boss-Concannon has worked with students to create set designs for the elementary school musicals, been a member of the Fine Arts Curriculum Task Force and is the Advisor for the Middle School Art Club. She is a member of the National Art Education Association and The Marblehead Arts Association. She exhibits her work locally an both solo and group shows. Her current work includes drawing, painting and mixed-media. This will be her third summer at GUS.
Tamera Burns has served as an Art Specialist for the Manchester Essex Regional School District since 1996. During this time Ms. Burns has taught both K-8 and presently 7-12 Art with special emphasis’ in high school Ceramics, Printmaking and Graphic Design. In 2003, Ms. Burns taught Art History for Endicott College through their Brooksby University program. From 2004-2006 Ms. Burns served as a part-time faculty member at Montserrat College of Art in Art Education. As both an arts advocate and artist, Ms. Burns has served in many capacities with the Massachusetts Cultural Council in addition to her educational work on behalf of the arts on the North Shore. Ms. Burns has been awarded many key grants including those from New England Biolabs, The Spaulding Trust and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Ms. Burns has taught specialty art workshops at GUS since 2000. She has a M.Ed Arts in Learning from Endicott College and a BA Fine Arts from the University of Northern Colorado.
Debora Diggins Director
This will be my sixth year as camp director. I love our camp and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone this summer! During the school year I organize and direct GUS’s after school programs, but from December on, I spend a lot of my work time planning our summer program and thinking about ways we can make it even better. My prior experience includes teaching after school enrichment programs at other schools, leading professional workshops for adults in management and sales and in nature studies, and working for Mass Audubon as a manager and teacher. I enjoy hiking, swimming, kayaking, and bringing my dog, Sophie, to the many wonderful conservation areas on the North Shore and with me to GUS summer camp. I have a M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies from Lesley University and a B.A. in Management from University of Massachusetts/Boston.
Jo-Ann Gorrell has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Quality Assurance. She worked as a process engineering and as a consultant for various companies including Ben & Jerry’ before founding Engineering Action. Engineering Action is dedicated to providing hands-on education for all ages. Engineering Action provides after school enrichment programs and homeschool classes including; LEGO Robotics, LEGO Engineering, Simple Machines, Electricity and Experimenting. Jo-Ann is also the founder of Ipswich’s First LEGO League and volunteers her time as a coach and coordinator. Jo-Ann is the mother of 5 sons and lives in Ipswich.
Liz Mount, R.N. Camp Nurse
Mrs. Mount graduated from Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing and Saint Joseph’s College in Maine. She is currently in her 21st year working as a school nurse at North Andover Middle School. This will be her seventh year as our full time summer nurse.
Matthew Schlegel has been a 6th grade teacher in the Manchester Essex Regional School District for the past 20 years. He has a Bachelors Degree and 2 Masters Degrees; all are in education. He currently teaches middle school math and is the middle school boys’ basketball coach. In addition, Matt has served the school district in several capacities, as a high school girls’ softball and boys’ basketball coach, summer tutor, after school program coordinator, and summer camp director. Along with his work within the Manchester Essex Schools, Matt has extensive background experience with children at all levels. He currently teaches a class at Endicott College, is a driving instructor for local high school students, and has coached youth basketball, soccer, and baseball at many levels, from Little League up through high school. Matt is returning to GUS for his fifth summer.
Peter Stewart is a teacher, composer, author and performer. He has led people in song for over 39 years all across America. His blend of music, humor and interaction with the audience make him a much sought out motivational speaker across the country. He plays drums, guitar, and piano, and he has taught music and musical theater at GUS during the school year. This will be Mr. Stewart’s fourth year with our summer camp.
Edith Ventimiglia is a science educator and parent of a GUS graduate. Since earning her B.A. in Biology and M.A. in Education, she has developed elementary science curriculum and taught science classes both here in
Massachusetts and in Switzerland. Presently she is teaching middle school science at GUS, and she is a field teacher at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield. This will be Mrs. Ventimiglia’s sixth summer at GUS.