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Camp Teachers

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Quality Instructors Set Our Camps Apart!


Kitty Winkle
Catherine "Kitty" Winkle has been a Lead Teacher and Parent Educator in early childhood programs since 2001 and is the Museum’s lead pre-kindergarten teacher and PlayWise instructor. She is fluent in Spanish, is TESOL certified, and holds degrees in Early Childhood Education and Social Work & Education. Kitty has been an active leader in developing nature inspired, all-inclusive children’s programs.
 
   
Betsy DeBoer
Betsy has a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a lead preschool and camp teacher and curriculum advisor and has been with HOCM since 2004.
  
   
Natasha Ivanichek
Natasha holds degrees in Ecology & Geography. She has six years of experience in early childhood education and joined Hands On in 2014.
  
   
 Ben Michaelis
 Ben has his BA in Performance and is an active musician and actor. He has taught music theory at the college level and originated Pre-K music camps at the museum. Ben is the museum's Offsite & Partner Programs Coordinator and has been with the museum since 2012.

  
   
 Carly Benedict
Carly is a certified permaculture & wildlife tracking specialist and brings extensive knowledge of the natural world to our museum programming. Carly is highly experienced at working with children and has worked in many schools throughout the world. She has worked at the museum for a year. 
  
   
 Emma Lawson
Emma recently received her B.A. in Arts and Education and has been with HOCM for 2 years. Emma works as a preschool assistant teacher during the school year.