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Nicole Beach Elwood holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University in physics with an option in mathematics. She also earned both a Master of Science degree in physics and a Master of Science Teaching degree from the University of Florida at Gainesville.
Nicole has experience as an adjunct Professor at Northampton Community College (NCC) in the areas of physics, math, physical education, yoga, and pilates. Prior to teaching at the higher education level, Nicole taught eighth grade physical science as a New Jersey certified and highly qualified teacher in physics, chemistry, physical science, and K-
Nicole’s passion toward learning and teaching brought her to Summit School of the Poconos as a founding member. Her belief that students need early exposure to educational experiences that will prepare them for the real world, and her desire to open doors to such opportunities within her community, inspired her accept the role of Summit School of the Poconos’ first School Director. Nicole’s areas of focus are on curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She also serves in a teaching capacity at the school and serves as a non-
Nicole and her husband, John, live in Delaware Water Gap with their two sons, Keane, and Jordan.
Nicole Beach Elwood, School Director,
Emely Wallace, a native of Puerto Rico, relocated to the United States at the age of twenty to pursue new opportunities. She started her career working in Esthetics and Massage Therapy before moving into the professional sector, where she initially worked as a Legal Secretary for a top AMLAW 100 firm in Manhattan. After several years of supporting corporate attorneys, she went on to work for a young software development company, where she took roles in their human resources and legal departments. In her positions, she played an instrumental role in helping the company go public.
Emely attended the Katharine Gibbs School and Boston University, and is bilingual in Spanish and English. Her prior business experience required a great deal of organizational skills, critical thinking, and confidentiality. She now brings these valuable qualities with her to Summit School of the Poconos.
A mother of two young children, Emely is passionate about the need for educational choice and reform. Emely began working with founding members six months prior to the school’s opening and quickly became a key asset to our program. Emely is often a primary first point of contact for Summit School parents, students, and guests. As the Director of Administration, she handles issues regarding operations, safety, compliance, and discipline. Emely also serves as a non-
In her free time, Emely enjoys the outdoors and cooking. The beach is her favorite place, and she returns home to Puerto Rico to visit family and friends when she can. Emely lives in the Stroudsburg area with her husband, Kermit, and their two sons.
Emely Wallace, Director of Administration
Katherine Hernandez holds a Masters degree of Education from New York University and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from the City University of New York. Katherine began her teaching career in 2005 and in particular is passionate about teaching Language Arts.
In addition to teaching, Katherine privately tutors students and has worked as a teaching coach. She participated in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, part of Columbia University, from 2005-
Katherine comes to Summit School of the Poconos enthusiastic about a project-
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Katherine moved to the Poconos in 2009, where she resides today with her husband and two children. In her free time, she enjoys exploring outside with her kids, writing, and dance.
Katherine Hernandez, Elementary Teacher
Kim Kryman holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lock Haven University and a Masters of Arts Degree in Education from Gratz College. An educator that has worked in both public and traditional classroom settings, Kim has taught Pre-
Kim is very passionate about early childhood education and believes primary teachers have the unique opportunity to be the first teachers to set a child on the path to lifelong learning where the sky is the limit. “It is rewarding to see the aha moment in the children’s eyes day after day as they make connections about their world and begin to see themselves as learners,” Kim says. An advocate of project-
Kim grew up in central New Jersey and has lived in the Poconos since 2006 with her husband and three children. Her spare time is spent making memories with family and friends.
Kim Kryman, Kindergarten Teacher
Bridget Campbell, Elementary Teacher
Bridget Campbell holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education K-
Bridget enjoys working alongside parents and collaborating with colleagues almost as much as teaching her students. She comes to Summit School of the Poconos excited for the opportunities provided by a STEAM, project-
Bridget, a native of Monroe County, now resides in Pen Argyl with her husband and two teenage children. In her spare time she enjoys reading and camping with family and friends.
Director of Curriculum & co-
Katieri Kizer, Elementary Teacher
Katieri Kizer holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University. Katieri began her teaching career in 2004 at Seneca Valley in western PA and then had an unexpected opportunity to teach on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2006, where she remained for the next six years. She has a background teaching diverse populations at the elementary and middle school levels in various environments including traditional classrooms, inclusion settings, behavioral support, and small group learning. In 2014, Katieri took some time to explore the Pacific North West, the Alaskan wilderness, Iceland, Greenland, and the San Juan Islands. These experiences led to a different kind of teaching, and she spent the next sixteen months working for Splore, a non-
“Summit School of the Poconos speaks to my heart because it embraces creativity, movement, and meaningful learning opportunities that reach far beyond the walls of the classroom,” she says. In their free time, Katieri and her husband, Sean, enjoy traveling, skiing, backpacking, paddling, and exploring with their four-
Jillian McDermott, Elementary Teacher
Jillian McDermott holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education from East Stroudsburg University. Jillian has experience teaching in all grades from K-
Born in Bronx, NY Jillian moved to the Poconos at the age of ten. She resides in the greater Pocono area with her husband and their three children, John, Layla, and Charlie.
Heidi Meissner, Student Guidance
Heidi Meissner holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development and is currently working toward her Masters of Education in School Counseling and credits toward her LPC.
For Heidi, pursuing a career as a school counselor was a calling. “I’ve always had an interest in psychology and how the mind works, the connection between mind and body. In a school setting, I may have the ability to reach a student before any counselor does. If you can get a child the help they need, you may have the ability to change the course of the rest of their life,” she says. Heidi is excited to help guide students within the school community and culture embraced at Summit.
Heidi has lived in Monroe County most of her life and resides today in Stroudsburg with her husband, Clinton, and their children, Eva, and Andrew. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, and reading.
Kory Wade, Health and Physical Education Teacher
Kory Wade holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Stroudsburg University with a dual major in Health Education and Health and Physical Education K-
Prior to completing her teaching degree, Kory was enlisted in the United States Air Force for five years. “It was through my enlistment that I discovered how important health and physical education is to a person’s health,” she says. “I believe there are five dimensions of being a healthy person—physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual—and if one of these elements are missing or off balance, health will be negatively affected. It is my hope to provide students with the knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle as they continue to grow.”
Kory is a native to Monroe County and currently resides in Stroud Township with her husband and their two children, Benjamin and Gracelyn.
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