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Head Counselors 

Rob and Ellen Pitera have each been teaching collectively for over 25 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.  

 

Jen Ernst has been a  teacher at Orange Presbyterian Weekday School for 4 years, as well as an assistant director of their aftercare program and a substitute teacher for Orange Elementary School. She has an AA degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Art History. She strongly believes in the philosophy of learning through play, as well as importance of socialization to develop relationships between children. She has lived in Orange with her husband and two children since 2011 and has enjoyed being a counselor at Rounton Farm since 2016. She loves working with preschoolers and can't wait to introduce life on the farm through crafts, storytime, games and exploration.

 

 

JR Counselors 

 

 

Jr Counselors in Training

 

 

 

The avid reader Ethan Schrum likes history. This will be his 3rd year as a junior counselor. He enjoys the outdoors, fishing and watching birds. Ethan enjoys visiting family around the country. He likes playing with his brother and sister.

 

 

 

The talented Carys Myracle  is a former second grade student of Mr. Rob Pitera and is looking forward to her fifth year as a Rounton Farm counselor!
Fishing, canoeing, and hiking are a few of Carys' favorite outdoor activities with Aerial Silks and Lyra as her newest interests.

 

The human encyclopedia, Zach Ernst loves science and technology. He is a huge fan of science fiction movies, games and books. He is a Boy Scout and enjoys being outside; hiking, camping, swimming and looking at the stars. He hopes to work for NASA someday. This is his second year as a junior counselor.

 

The amazing Ben Hulsey is in the 8th grade at Grymes Memorial School and will be attending Woodberry Forest School next year.  Ben loves the outdoors and enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, and kayaking.  He had a great time working with the kids at Rounton Farm last summer, and he's looking forward to another fun learning experience with the campers!

 

Brenden and Aiden Stakem...yes, they come as a dynamic duo and they are amazing on their own too!

Brenden Stakem is a senior at Woodberry Forest School and will be attending SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) in the fall. Brenden is an avid digital artist, film maker and actor. He is also a Boy Scout and who enjoys the outdoors. He is looking forward to making another incredible Star Wars movie as he enters his third year as a Counselor at Rounton Farm.

Aidan Stakem is currently a seventh grader at Grymes Memorial School. Aidan is a Boy Scout who loves the outdoors and especially spending time at the Rapidan River swimming and fishing. Aidan is also an actor and accomplished dancer at OSPA. He is excited to be a part of the Summer Camp for the first time.