DIRECTOR BELAIR, READING SPECIALIST
Stevenson University, M.A. Loyola College | 2 Years Teaching
Ms. Krimmel is a 5th grade ELA teacher at Perry Hall Elementary School. She shares her love of reading with her students in the classroom. Ms. Krimmel started with Active Minds in early 2017 and was the 2017 Summer Camp Teacher of the Year Award winner.
WHY I TEACH I teach because I can’t imagine doing anything else!
Towson University | Student Teacher
Ms. Maddie is a senior at Towson University where she is gaining her B.A in Elementary Education. She has student taught at Perry Hall Elementary , Rodgers Forge Elementary and Moravia Park Primary School. Ms. Maddie is a key component of both our Learning Camp and Before/Aftercare Program.
WHY I TEACH I want to impact my students lives and help them grow, to better their futures, the same way my teachers did for me.
TEACHER, MATH SPECIALIST
Towson University | 3 Years Teaching
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 I 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!
SENIOR SUPPORT EDUCATOR
Towson State University | 8 Years Teaching
This is the third year Ms. Chris will be with Active Minds Learning Camp. 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!
DIRECTOR - LUTHERVILLE
Stevenson University | 3 Years Teaching
This is Ms. Hoffman’s third year with Active Minds Learning Camp. 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 currently teaches 4th grade math at Pot Springs Elementary in the Timonium area.
WHY I TEACH Because education unlocks every child's potential and future.
Perry Hall Team
TEACHER, READING SPECIALIST
Dartmouth College, M.A. George Mason 8 Years Teaching
Mr. Jackson grew up in Philadelphia. He is a distinguished educator who has spent 9 years in the classroom. He currently teaches 1st grade. Mr. Jackson started with us in 2017.
WHY I TEACH I teach because I want to develop a life-long love of learning in my students in early childhood. I also work hard to close learning gaps in foundational skills to set up students for future success in the classroom.
BEFORE & AFTERCARE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS
Mr. Brandon began his career with the Baltimore County Public School system as an instructional assistant. For over 9 years he's worked as a director and administrator of various programs in multiple BCPS schools. Now Mr. Brandon is a valuable member of the Active Minds team, serving as the Before & Aftercare program's Director, as well as the Assistant Director of Operations.
DIRECTOR - PERRY HALL
Towson University | 12 Years Teaching
This is the third year Ms. Judy will be the lead teacher at Perry Hall. She grew up in the Timonium/Lutherville area and began her career in the Baltimore County Public School system as an instructional assistant. While working at BCPS, she continued to pursue her degree in early childhood education and development at Towson University. Ms. Judy currently teaches 4th grade at Perry Hall Elementary, where she has taught for over 12 years.
WHY I TEACH Because I love students learning through experience.
University of MD, College Park | 12 Years Teaching
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.
CHIEF OF STAFF, LOGISTICS
University of Baltimore
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.
JUNIOR SUPPORT STAFF
Salisbury State University, Junior
Ms. Rachael is a camp counselor at Active Minds. Ms. Rachael is an entering freshman and is looking for a career in education or social work. Ms. Rachael assists both Ms. Judy and Ms. Jordyn providing support during instructional and structured activity time, and is an integral part of the field trip support team during most of our trips. Ms. Rachael is a gifted artists and helps facilitate art projects for the kids, specifically the small group canvas painting and Amazing Glaze activities.