Julia was a Navy transplant who fell in love with the Chesapeake on a third grade field trip and has been exploring it ever since. Graduating with a Bachelors in Environmental Policy, she’s worked in oyster restoration, sustainable farming, led watershed wide education programs, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder and American Canoe Association instructor. Year round, Julia doubles as the High School Programs Coordinator, working to connect students to SERC researches and science. Outside of SERC, Julia spends her time playing bluegrass, racing sailboats, and baking elaborate pastries.
Jane grew up swimming and playing in the Chesapeake Bay. She enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of the Bay to all who will listen. She first discovered SERC more than 30 years ago when she was a classroom teacher and brought students for field trips. She has a BS in Natural Science (her senior thesis was in scientific illustration) and a Masters in Science Education (her research project was on Chrysaora quinquecirrha, our infamous sea nettle of the Chesapeake). She is First Aid and CPR certified.
Our three summer education interns lead the seven weeks of camp. As head counselors, they switch on and off between being the lead activity planner and point person for each week. Before each camp week, the head counselor sends out an email to the parents to introduce themselves and lay out the plan for the week's exciting activities.
Hailing from Michigan, Aaron has been with the Education team at SERC as an Environmental Education Intern since February 2012. At the completion of his capstone internship at SERC, he will receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration at Central Michigan University. From a young age, Aaron has always had an interest in and passion for teaching and learning about the outdoors. He has extensive experience working with youth in residential camp settings and enjoys working with kids of all ages. After his Bachelor’s degree, Aaron plans to pursue a Masters degree in Environmental Education with hopes of teaching about the ocean in a coastal setting.
Katie is a Long Island, New York native studying at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. As a rising junior, Katie is interested in the human aspect of environmental science, and so has focused her studies on development and international relations. Combining her love of travel and environmental policy, Katie volunteered in Tasmania last summer where she worked on a project to monitor and remove invasive plants. Before her adventures abroad, Katie enjoyed summers teaching at tennis camps and other day camps, as well as volunteering with local environmental education groups. Katie is thrilled that she gets to learn about the Chesapeake Bay area by playing outside with kids and by exploring SERC.
Win grew up about 20 minutes away from SERC in Upper Marlboro, MD. Starting in the 7th Grade, Win has been working with SERC as a student, volunteer, and counselor for nearly five years. He loves to be outdoors and is always down for exciting adventures. His current hobbies include Ceramics and Karate, which he loves to practice all the time. He is currently attending Dickinson College in Carlisle PA, and pursuing a BA in Sociology.
Junior Counselors have been hand selected based on past experience as SERC Summer Camp campers and Counselors In Training. Junior Counselors support the Head Counselors and provide leadership for CIT's and campers.
Anne is a rising senior at Severn School in Severna Park Maryland. She is a member of the National Honors Society and also a senior prefect. She has a passion for running and the great outdoors. Over the past two years she has completed two Baltimore Half Marathons with her cross country team. Anne grew up attending SERC summer camp and knows a great deal about the Chesapeake Bay wildlife. She aspires to help kids grow to love the outdoors as much as she does. She also wants to help kids learn the importance of saving the Bay and how much they can do to help. She is really looking forward to this summer at SERC!
Karen is a 16 year old rising junior at Southern High School. At school, Karen is very active in sports- she plays soccer, tennis and also rides horses. She has lived in Harwood, Maryland her whole life. Karen pursues her passions for soccer and horses outside of school as well. She works at her neighbor’s horse farm, is a leader at horse camp, and for the past two years has been refereeing for clinic soccer games. Karen has been a familiar face at SERC since she got hooked at an open house and started coming to SERC camps ever since. Last year she was asked to be a CIT for the camps and had so much fun sharing the same knowledge with the campers that she learned at SERC in the years past. Karen is excited for the opportunity to now be a camp counselor!
Our Counselors In Training are enthusiastic high schoolers looking to help out and get involved with Environmental Education. CIT's provide support to Junior Counselors and Head Counselors, but also work to improve their skills as educators and communicators by working towards program development by the end of the summer.
Justine is a rising senior at South River High School. She is very involved in the music program at her school, as a member of both the women's choir and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Outside of school, she plays the violin, and has the goal to learn how to play the guitar and piano this summer. Ever since she was young, she has had great interest in both medicine and the environment, and plans to major in either field in the future. She loves working with kids (she has both a niece and nephew herself!) and is excited for her first summer at SERC!
Chase is a current student at South River High School. A native to the Chesapeake Bay, Chase grew up doing all kinds of activities; from collecting shark teeth to wake boarding. Chase is a fun person, very charismatic, and also very intelligent. A scientist and an engineer by trade, when he sets his mind to something, it gets done. Chase’s other main activities includeFIRST Robotics, Sea Perch, and SR Nostalgia Club at South River High School. Chase looks forward to becoming a petroleum engineer and aspires to go to college to get his degree. When Chase first saw SERC as an internship opportunity he was immediately interested. This is Chase’s first year working with SERC, and looks forward to a good experience with the program.
Kayleigh is a rising senior at South River High School in Edgewater, Maryland. She has been a member of the STEM magnet program for the past three years and has taken extra environmental awareness classes in her three years of high school. Kayleigh has been working with three year olds in her for the past year at a local day care. She hopes to become a genetic counselor and work with children with disabilities in the future. When not at work, Kayleigh enjoys running, architecture, and camping. She is really looking forward to her first year at SERC this summer!
Nick Marcellino is a rising senior in the STEM program at South River High School. He also plays varsity golf and lacrosse, and is a member of the 2012 State Championship Boys' Lacrosse Team. Nick also volunteers as a Special Olympics coach, and DAA Adaptive Lacrosse coach and mentor. Nick plans on pursuing a degree in chemical engineering and then go on to law school. He is excited about the opportunity to work with all the campers at SERC this summer!