Staff Info

Meet The Staff!  Academic camp staff NJ Loves!

Tuesday – Camp Director

My name is Tuesday and I’ll be Camp Director. I have my B.S. in forensic science with a concentration in criminalistics and recently graduated with my MS in forensic science with a concentration in molecular biology. This will be my 3rd summer at Centenary Summer Scholars! My favorite color is teal, as you will soon see, I enjoy both D.C. and Marvel comics, and I’m always up for a good science experiment. I also have a pretty fun sock collection. I’m super excited to start this year and meet the students and hope they enjoy their classes and all the fun activities we have planned

Colleen – Forensic Science Teacher

Hello! My name is Colleen and I will be your forensic science teacher at Summer Scholars this year. I am a forensic scientist and soon you will be too! I attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice and received my BS in forensic science- molecular biology (DNA and other bodily fluids) and a minor in computer science. Although I am extremely excited to show you all of the fun and gory aspects of forensic science, I promise to keep things light and cheery with adorable pictures of my puppy along the way. We will be working with everything from blood typing to fingerprinting, and gunshot residue testing to footwear casting. I’d like to brag that we’re the extra fun hands-on course here at camp, especially with all of the field trips that the other classes want to join. But hey, we’re here to learn and have fun. After all, this is summer camp! I look forward to seeing all of you soon! July is right around the corner 🙂

Gianna – Fashion Design Teacher

This is my second summer here at the camp. I had such an amazing experience last year and can’t wait for this one to be even better! I’m from Atlantic City and will actually be graduating from Centenary this spring with a degree in fashion design and merchandising . I have been sewing since I was 7 years old and I haven’t stopped since. Fashion gives me the opportunity to express and create what I wish existed as a form of art. While attending Centenary I have been able to experience different aspects of the fashion industry from participating in New York Fashion Week to interning at Cosmopolitan Magazine. Fashion is such an amazing industry that allows you to celebrate your individuality and creativity and I can’t wait to see what fun designs we will create in class! See you all soon!

Dana – Vet Science Teacher

Hi everyone! My name is Dana. I am 26 years old. I recently moved back to New Jersey after living in New York. I recently graduated from Buffalo State with my Masters in Science Education in Biology. I received my Bachelors in Animal Science with a focus in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the UConn. I am super passionate about everything to do with animals and the environment. I have been riding horses since I was 5 and I have worked with all different livestock animals from cows to chickens. I am excited to be a part of Centenary University’s Summer Scholars program where I can show and teach everyone what possibilities there are in the veterinary science industry. From dealing with small house pets to livestock and exotic animals, there are so many different and exciting opportunities in your future. Looking forward to meeting you all!

Emily – Vet Science Teacher

My name is Emily. I am a May 2017 graduate from Centenary University, with a degree in Equine Studies, a concentration in Equine Science, and a minor in Biology. I have lived in Germany since I was 4 years old, so I have gotten to travel to over 20 different countries. I have always loved horses, ever since I was a kid and started taking riding lessons with my best friend. I think camp this summer is a great opportunity for students to see what it is like to live and take classes on a college campus. As for me, I am very excited to meet and get to know all of the kids, and to share what I have learned since attending Centenary. I am ready for a kicking summer!

Ben – AP Bio and Pre-Med

Hi there. My name is Ben. I am a biology and computer science major at Columbia University and member of the class of 2018. Outside of camp, I like to play quizbowl, am a member of the activities governing board at Columbia, and work in Business Associate in the emergency room at the Mount Sinai Hospital.

Sean – Creative Writing Teacher

I am a screenwriter and novelist with teaching experience on the high school and college level. My work experience spans the genres of science-fiction and war drama to Westerns and thrillers. Among other awards, my feature screenplays have reached the semifinals of the Cynosure Screenwriting Contest and the quarterfinals of the Austin Film Festival. Outside of screenplays, I have also written a novel and non-fiction essays. I hold a B.A. in History from St. John’s University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. Outside of writing, I am also a three-time Division-1 All-American and former member of the United States Junior Men’s National Fencing Team.


Annie – Fine Arts Teacher

Hi, my name is Annie and I am from Westchester. I recently graduated from Salisbury University with a BFA in Painting. I have always been interested in art from a young age. Through the inspiration and support from my art teachers throughout grade school, I have decided to pursue a career in teaching. In my free me, I enjoy traveling and spending #me in my art studio.

Andrea – Residence Assistant

Hi! My name is Andrea. I am 23 year old from NJ. I am youngest of three girls. I have worked in one camp before, I am assistant at Union Elementary working with the before and after programs during the week. I also volunteer at my town’s local museum, I have helped for the past couple months put up the newest exhibit, which included research, painting, cataloging and putting things up. I also participate in the museums haunted house, where I painted and acted in. I receive a Bachelor degree in history from Fairfield University in 2016, I would love to pursue a masters in library science and become a librarian . Some interesting facts is I was a student at Centenary Summer Scholars during its inaugural year and love this camp. I have been to Europe a couple of times. In my free time I like to paint, draw, read, write, sing, dance and I am learning to play the ocarinai!

Sheldon – Residence Assistant

Hello. I’m Sheldon. I grew up in Brooklyn, . I’m graduating from UAlbany in May. I majored in Economics, so I’m currently looking to do something in that area. However, before I begin that part of my life I’m looking to make this summer one to remember for both the campers and I. It’s going to be really great meeting new people and helping around camp. I’ve been apart of the staff at Summer Scholars before, but this year I’m looking to improve on my contributions. I enjoyed my time last year and I know this year will be even better

Shannon – Residence Assistant

My name is Shannon but I often go by Yue. I spent my summers helping with arts and crafts for the kids and swimming. I enjoy art and in my last year in high schools I was working on my AP art portfolio with a concentration focusing on the LGBTQ community. I was also a leader in a club at school called Lantern; it is an award winning literary club that publishes a magazine once a year.

Aaryn – Residence Assistant

My name is Aaryn. I am from Roselle, New jersey and I go to school at Saint John’s University in Collegeville Minnesota. I am a biology/pre-vet major and I aspire to be a veterinarian when I finish my schooling. On my spare time I enjoy playing basketball, swimming and video games.