Rob and Ellen Pitera have each been teaching for over 15 years and bring expertise in many areas. Their teaching careers began in Falls Church City, VA where they taught a diverse population with a variety of educational needs. Rob has taught many grade levels and in several different school systems throughout his career including two years teaching in Seattle Washington. Ellen has also experienced teaching many grade levels and especially enjoyed her year teaching in Kenya! Both Rob and Ellen have traveled around the globe and enjoy using these cross cultural experiences to enhance their teaching. After they were married in 2002 Rob and Ellen decided to move back to Ellen’s hometown here in Orange, VA. In fact they are living on the farm where Ellen grew up and find that the experiences that they encounter living on the farm provide an ideal learning environment. While attending Rounton Farm Summer Camps, your child will have the unique opportunity to soak in and be inspired by life on the farm! Oh and yes, that is a rhino in the picture below but don't worry, he doesn't live on the farm.
Megan Aylor has been teaching Kindergarten for the past 12 years. Her teaching career began in Northern Virginia where she taught a diverse population of preschoolers, P.E. k-5, and organized the aftercare program. Megan has spent the rest of her career teaching kindergarten in Albemarle and Orange County. She believes in hands on learning, encouraging creativity, and celebrating successes both big and small to build confidence. Megan grew up in Orange and actually had her first farm experiences at Rounton Farm. She cannot wait to share all of her experiences, love of art, attempts to build, and laughs with all of the campers. Let the fun begin!
Kim Szydlowski, more widely known as Ms. Ski, has been the Director of the Orange Presbyterian Weekday School for ten years. She holds a BA in Elementary Education and taught in the public schools for ten years as well as many years as a substitute teacher. She and her husband Mike have called Woodberry Forest their home since 1983 and have two sons. Her passion lies in teaching preschoolers and as anyone can tell you, she loves anything creepy and crawly! She looks forward to introducing young campers to the world of bugs through exploration, arts and crafts and books.
The amazing Alden Carter! Alden has been an integral part of Rounton Farm Summer Camps from its first year. She is a natural with kids and loves art. She often finds herself drawing little sketches or painting. She loves photography, too. Alden is a rising Sophomore and has been babysitting since she was ten. Traveling internationally with her family and on school trips has taught her to keep her mind open to new ideas and be ready for what life throws at her.
The super energetic Grayson Wood! Summer of 2015 will be Grayson's second year as a Jr. Counselor at Rounton Farm. Prior to being a counselor, Grayson was a camper and is a former 5th grade student of Mr. Pitera's! Grayson has boundless energy and loves to help campers learn and conquer their challenges. His favorite outdoor activity is Capture the Flag. Grayson is a rising freshman and has applied to the BRVGS at Madison High School.
The utterly awesome Lillianne Hogsten! This is Lillianne's third year being a camp counselor at Rounton Farm. Lillianne is a military kid, and has lived in many different states. She loves learning and is a rising freshman at Riverbend High School. Lillianne enjoys photography, creative writing, animals and all things nature. The emphasis on nature is one of the things she loves about camp at Rounton Farm. She loves the wide open spaces and trails on the farm, and she especially enjoys watching and helping the campers learn about and explore nature. Working with children comes naturally for Lillianne, and she loves building relationships with the campers who always find a way to put a smile on her face. Lillianne learns something new at camp each day she goes, and she is so excited about what camp this year will bring!
The totally talented Madi Keating! Madi is in 7th grade has been babysitting for 2 years. She enjoys working with kids of all ages. She enjoys playing outside games like soccer, football, hide and seek, and tag. She loves making arts and crafts, and especially using her imagination with kids. She enjoys playing make believe games and seeing what the kids imaginations can bring to the game.
Jr Counselors in Training
The incredible Amanda Dale! Amanda has been involved with Rounton Farm Summer Camps for many years and this year, during the 3 and 4 year old morning camps Amanda will be making the big leap from camper to Jr Counselor in Training. Amanda has always liked to play with little kids ever since she was quite small herself. She has a little brother and she plays with him a lot and helped her mom when he was a baby. Amanda thinks little kids are fun and adorable. She likes to help them color and have tea parties. She also likes being outdoors and run and play outdoor games and build things in the sandbox.