Belair Team



Towson University | 5 Years Teaching

Mr. Cole

Mr. Cole teaches kindergarten at Fifth District Elementary school. Mr. Cole is often found walking around the room with his guitar playing music for the kids as they are in stations. Mr. Cole loves helping the kids learn through experiences and hands on learning.

WHY I TEACH love working with kids and I always wanted to do something pertaining to children. In college I changed my major from Psychology to Early Childhood Education and never looked back. I don’t think there is a job on the planet that is as rewarding as teaching. I also don’t think there is a job that encompasses all my skills (talking, music, creativity, and being goofy). It really is a job that was made for me!

Ms. Sam


Towson University

Ms. Sam

Ms. Sam joined the Active Minds team in 2019 and is our Assistant Director of Digital Learning in Bel Air this school year. She is part of the Towson University special education program. Ms. Sam previously taught at Joppa View Elementary School in Baltimore County Public Schools. Ms. Sam grew up in Napal and has come to America to study education.

Rachael Elliott


Salisbury State University

Ms. Rachael

Ms. Rachael is a senior support staff member in both our summer learning camp and before/aftercare program. Ms. Rachael has a bachelors in social work from Salisbury University. During the summer, Ms. Rachael assists by providing support during academic and structured activity time, and is an integral part of the field trip support team during most of our trips. During the school year she works with kids during homework help. You can find Ms. Rachael at home painting as she is a gifted artist.

Lutherville Team

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Stevenson University | 5 Years Teaching

Ms. Jordyn

Ms. Hoffman has been an Active Minds team member since 2017. She grew up in Baltimore County and graduated from Perry Hall High School, then attended Stevenson University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She taught 4th grade at Pot Springs Elementary for five years before joining our team year round as both the director of the summer learning camp and our before & aftercare program.

WHY I TEACH    Because education unlocks every child's potential and future.

Ms. Chris


Towson State University | 10 Years Teaching

Ms. Chris

Ms. Chris has been with Active Minds in our learning camp since 2016! She graduated Summa Cum Lade from Towson University with a degree in elementary education. She taught in Howard County at Forest Ridge Elementary for four years. She now works with the Baltimore County Public School’s Home and Hospital Program providing instruction for students who are chronically sick and not able to attend school daily.

WHY I TEACH    Because education runs in our family. My father was a teacher, my uncle, myself and my brother. Educating children is very rewarding when you see a student learn something for the first time!

Perry Hall Team

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Towson University | 7 Years Teaching

Ms. Rachael

Ms. Rachael returns to Perry Hall this summer! A veteran educator from Berkshire Elementary, Ms. Rachael loves getting hands-on with our campers -- whether learning about fractions, white water rafting the Shenandoah River, or going through time at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum!



Towson University, Student Teacher

Ms. Alyssa

Ms. Alyssa has been an Active Minds team member since 2018! She is currently finishing the special education program at Towson University where she completed her student teaching at Perry Hall Elementary. She has been the assistant director of our Perry Hall locations learning camp and digital learning program. In 2020, Ms. Alyssa welcomed her first son named Winston!

Support team

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Towson State University

Mr. Chip

Mr. Chip is currently an Additional Assistant in the classroom at Timonium Elementary School. He got his degree for Towson State University in History and loves to bring our museum trips to life for our campers with his knowledge of everything! However, don’t think museum trips are all that Mr. Chip does ...last summer you could see him white water rafting down the Shenandoah River!



Ms. Shannelle

Now finishing her second year as an Additional Assistant in the classroom at Seven Oaks Elementary, Ms. Shanelle is a camper favorite. Working in both our before/aftercare and summer learning program, Ms. Shanelle enjoys introducing our campers to her passion...baking! Weather working with small groups on a no bake Oreo cheesecakes, or snowmen cake pops for the Holidays, you can be sure campers will be learning something tasty.

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Ms. Shakira

Ms. Shakira has spent over 13 years in Baltimore City Public Schools as an Instructional Assistant. She loves to give educational support to our kids, especially in math! Ms. Shakira loves any fashion and you can find her on the weekends supporting, and organizing, community events.

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Western Michigan University

Ms. Sherry

Ms. Sherry previously worked with school age children at St. Marks School’s aftercare program. Ms. Sherry has a psychology degree from Western Michigan University and supports our school year programs. Ms. Sherry loves animals and spends most of her time at the dog park!

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University of Maryland Baltimore County

Ms. Taylor

Ms. Taylor joined the Active Minds family straight out of college at UMBC where she earned a bachelor's degree in history. Currently, taking classwork to become a teacher, she loves working with kids academically and talking about history! Ms. Taylor has a baby daughter at home, which is where you can find her when she is with our

Leadership Team

Mr. Mike


University of MD, College Park | 12 Years Teaching

Mr. Mike

Mr. Mike taught in the BCPS system for 9 years.  He began at a special experiential learning high school, The Catonsville Center, spending 8 years as the school's lead science teacher. He eventually took a special position within BCPS as a consulting teacher in their Peer Assistance and Review program. This program uses exemplar teachers to mentor and support young teachers. In 2016-17, he took a position as a special educator at Magnolia Middle School.  Mr. Mike has now left the public school system to devote all of his energy and time to running Active Minds year round as its Executive Director.

Lechel Serio


University of Baltimore

Ms. Lechel

Ms. Lechel is in charge of staffing, overseeing camp activities, and the logistics with moving campers on our different learning trips. Ms. Lechel also supports teachers and campers at each camp on a daily basis.