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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,
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.
MichaelHorvath, Health & Physical Education
Michael Horvath holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from East Stroudsburg University in Health & Physical Education.
Growing up, Michael participated in baseball, cross country, track, and basketball and worked his way through college as a restaurant manager. Before his time at ESU, he attended Lehigh Carbon Community College for two years where he played baseball for the Cougars. He doesn't like to brag, but his first college hit was a grand slam. Michael is an avid runner, proud promoter of fitness, and is an assistant coach for Towamensing Babe Ruth baseball.
Michael knew he wanted to be a health and physical education teacher since his sophomore year of high school. It was something he felt he could naturally excel at when given the opportunity to help young people positively shape their mental, social, and physical well-
Michael also enjoys playing fetch with his dog, Vinny, spending time with his family and friends, watching movies, listening to music, and cheering on all Philadelphia sports teams. Michael was born and raised in the Palmerton area, where he still resides today.
William (Bill) Brady, 7-
Kathy Uhler, 7-
Megan Cameron, Support Teacher
Roshawnda Black, Part Time Support Staff
Linda St. John, Part Time Support Staff
Ileana Aledo, Administrative School Director,
Ileana Aledo holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and with a Minor in Education from Hunter College. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Fordham University. Ileana is certified in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is also a certified teacher with experience coaching and mentoring other teachers.
“I just love learning,” says Ileana. “I guess that’s why I’m so excited to be a part of Summit School. I realize there doesn’t have to be an end goal to learning. In other words, I don’t have to be an astrophysicist to hear about the stars and the galaxy. I can just learn it because I want to learn it. It’s all about the love of knowledge, which is one of the things Summit School’s model is based on.”
Ileana’s teaching and behavioral backgrounds, together with her extensive work with children, positions Ileana as a strong leader of the culture fostered at SSP. Ileana believes deeply in our school model, mission and vision statements, and is devoted to helping every student succeed.
In her free time Ileana enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, and reading, especially anything that has to do with the future, technological advances, and space travel. She lives in the Effort area with her husband, Raul, and their two children.
Abigail Storm, Art Teacher
Abigail (Abby) Storm holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Art Education with a minor in Special Education from Penn State University. While at Penn State, she taught at the Saturday Art School program in the kindergarten classroom where students transformed into superheroes and filmed a class movie. Abby also taught in Pittsburg at the University of Pittsburgh’s Falk Laboratory School where she facilitated multi-
In addition to her position at Summit School of the Poconos as an Art Teacher, Abby works at KidsPeace, a residential treatment facility for adolescent males with intellectual disabilities, mental health, and behavioral health concerns. At KidsPeace, Abby teaches emotional regulation skills, life skills, and uses art making as a therapeutic tool to help clients achieve their treatment goals.
Abby is excited to share her passion of art making with everyone at Summit School of the Poconos and hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams as she has.
Outside of work, Abby enjoys hiking, biking, photography, traveling, trying new foods and restaurants, Penn State Football games, and attending live music concerts. She lives in Palmerton with her dog, Macy, a spunky, yellow Labrador/Bloodhound Mix with tons of energy who loves to visit the dog park.
Donna Emans, Operations Support
Chrissy McManus, Operations Support
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