Teacher Bios

 

Craig Aukamp 

Is the head athletic trainer for The Charter School of Wilmington since 1999, which was the first year of Charter School of Wilmington athletics. Born and raised in Reading, PA, Craig graduated from Wilson High School in 1992 and during his senior year of high school, he became involved in his profession through his work as a student athletic trainer.  He later entered the athletic training program at Pennsylvania State University and graduated in 1996 with a BS in Exercise and Sports Science later becoming a board certified athletic trainer   Over the years, Craig has had the privilege to work alongside many athletic trainers from national level soccer teams to local high school athletic trainers, each maintaining the health and safety of athletes during competitions and practices.  Besides taking care of all CSW athletes, he teaches kinesiology and athletic training to seniors and juniors at the Charter school of Wilmington.  In his spare time, Craig enjoys coaching baseball at Piedmont.  He is married with one son and during his summers he likes to go to the beach, surf, play golf and spend time with his family. 

 

Michelina Barone 

Is a Mathematics teacher at the Charter School of Wilmington, where she also graduated from high school in 2006. Micki graduated in May 2015 from Wilmington University with her Masters in Secondary Education. She was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. In her spare time, Micki loves to be involved with Bootless Stageworks, a non-profit theater company in Trolley Square, with her parents. 

 

Brandon Boas

An alumnus of University of Baltimore, Brandon graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Simulation and Digital Entertainment after obtaining the Wilson Presidential Scholarship. Before that, he graduated from Cecil College’s Visual Communications Program with an Associates in Video Production, while also earning the VCP Award (best in class). 

With over a decade experience in video production (filming, editing, special effects, encoding, compressing, and color grading) and several years of game development, Brandon has truly embraced what his degree defines. He is a natural leader, a team player, and someone who strives for the best in all people that surrounds him.

Currently, Brandon has given back to the community in the form of being a professor. He now teaches many classes (Video Production 2&3, Multimedia Production, Intro to App Development, Intro to 3D, and Intro to Film) among three different colleges/universities. When he isn’t teaching at the higher education facilities, he pursues freelancing jobs that need a videographer for hire. Every new client brings a new beginning in what Brandon believes is his best work.

 

Emily Bollinger

Recently graduated from Bucknell University this past May with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She graduated from the Charter School of Wilmington in 2012. While at Charter, she was the captain of both varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams and started a non-profit camp called "Little Chicks with Field Hockey Sticks" that still continues to be held at Charter each summer. While at Bucknell, Emily has been involved in several volunteer activities including Bucknell's club, 'Colleges Against Cancer' that works to raise money for the American Cancer Society and a local health clinic near Bucknell that provide free mammograms and health counseling for women. Additionally, she has been a coach for Girls on the Run during which she mentored young middle school girls on the importance of healthy living and she also traveled to Nicaragua last January on a missions trip where she helped to build a health clinic in the small village of Nueva Vida outside the capital city of Managua. While at Bucknell, she has been heavily involved in basic research working under a Bucknell professor in the Biology department examining the locomotion and cell motility in several species of algae. She also has interned as a research student at A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital in the cancer research lab last summer working on potential drug therapies for pediatric acute myeloid leukemia. Emily is a member of several honor societies at Bucknell including the Mortar Board Society, Phi Kappa Beta, and the Phi Beta Biology Society. She has been accepted to Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia to pursue her M.D and looks forward to be starting school this August. 

 

Chris Bouchard

Chris Bouchard's major educational interests are in computer science and cybersecurity.  He has been a teaching assistant before under Chris Kramer in the Cab Calloway Summer Program, helping teach children the basics of computer game programming. He graduated from the Charter School of Wilmington in the class of 2015; and, during his time there, he completed every course in Charter's Computer Science Department.  Currently, he is studying at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Majoring in Computer Science: Cybersecurity Track with a minor in Mathematics.  He will be teaching the Code to Code camps and will aim to teach students the basics of cryptography and computer programming.

 

Nick Caceres (Check out his press kit bio!)

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bwdg0MHnpDdiR2VFTk5kazhaN1E

 

Dr. Carlton L. Cannon, Jr.

Dr. Cannon is the current Director of Middle School Bands at Cab Calloway School of the Arts. In addition, he is the founder and director of the JABARI Jazz Ensemble, and he performs on soprano, alto, tenor saxophones and clarinets and flute as well as various percussion instruments. Dr. Cannon is a protégé and student of jazz legend Dr. Donald Byrd as well as a former student of jazz legend Grover Washington, Jr. Dr. Cannon has performed with Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds, Chaka Khan, and 3 Guys So Far, and he has performed at the Apollo Theater (Harlem, NYC), Wembley Arena (London, England), First Night Wilmington and Dover, and the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. He has B.A. in Instrumental Music Education from Delaware State University and a Master’s of Education from Wilmington College, and a Doctorate of Education from Wilmington University.

 

Bryan Cummings

Bryan currently teaches Social Studies at McKean High School.  He was in an improvisational comedy group at the University of Delaware for four years.  As part of the group, Bryan attended workshops in New York City at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.  He also went to Chicago twice during his involvement with the group and attended workshops at the Improv Olympic.

 

Meera Devotta

Graduated from The Charter School of Wilmington in 2015 with National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society recognition and now attends The George Washington University in Washington DC. She is a part of the selective Women's Leadership honors program and is currently majoring in international affairs and conflict resolution with a minor in psychology and Spanish. Meera's passion for politics and global relations has led her to leadership positions in Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, the International Affairs Society, and the Washington Area Model United Nations Conference. In her free time Meera enjoys mentoring middle schoolers at schools in the DC metro area as well as horseback riding. She has found a way to combine her love for service, horses, and working with children through volunteering with a hippotherapy program, a form of speech and language therapy that aims to help kids with mental and physical disabilities through the use of horses, at Bellevue Park for five years now. This summer Meera will be continuing to deepen her involvement in governmental affairs through a congressional campaign internship.

 

Gabriel Di Gennaro

Gabe is excited to return to the Cab Summer for his third summer, during which he will music/stage direct Hairspray JR. Past summers include productions of Seussical JR., The Little Mermaid JR., as well as the Riff-Off and Glee! camps. Currently, Gabe teaches private voice lessons at the Latin School of Chicago while pursuing a performance career in opera. Before graduating with a Master's degree in Voice Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2013, he earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware, concentrating in Music Education, Applied Voice, and Theatre Performance. His favorite musical experiences include performing two Chicago premiere operas, touring Spain and China with the University of Delaware Chorale, and singing back-up for the Rolling Stones during their recent 50 & Counting tour.

  

Regina Fody 

Loves teaching mathematics at The Charter School of Wilmington.  She graduated from Western Connecticut University with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics. Currently, she advises CSW’s SIA (Students In Action) Jefferson Council and coaches 9th Grade Math League.  She lives in Hockessin, DE with her husband and puppy.  She also has two adult children that live out of state.

 

William Greider

Will is the current High School Digital Communication Arts Teacher and holds a bachelors of Science in Art Education from Kutztown University. He teaches a wide variety of classes. Shooting photography, constructing compositions, manipulating photos, logos, typography, websites, fictional and non-fictional film narratives. He teaches all of the High School Digital Media, Photography,  Yearbook and Cinema studies classes at Cab. He uses the computer as an integral tool when working with the different Communication Arts classes.

 

Jennifer Hollstein

Jennifer is an English teacher at the Charter School of Wilmington, where she has taught for the past 16 years. During her summers, Jennifer has enjoyed teaching in other programs such as the University of Delaware’s Upward Bound Math and Science and Cab Calloway Summer Camp for the Arts. Although she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Journalism from the University of Delaware, she decided to return to college to pursue teaching after she taught in a writing program created to help underachieving students. In 2008, she earned her Gifted and Talented certification from Wilmington University, which she has used to create innovative classes such as Think Tank, encouraging students to problem solve, plan, and create in a group setting. She currently serves on the Rodel Teacher Council and Teacher Voices Convening, two committees that work to better education in the state of Delaware.

 

Bambi Johnson

Bambi has been dancing since the age of two, and she has been privileged to perform with Back Alley Dancers, Maryland Ballet, Colin Dunne’s Riverdance, and the touring production of Fosse to name a few. She was an NFL cheerleader and dancer, and she was on the production staff for the NFL Pro Bowl halftime show. Currently, Bambi’s choreography can be seen in many of Maryland’s high schools and community theaters, including Cockpit in Court, Phoenix Festival Theater, DCT & Milburn Stone Theatre, as well as competitive dance teams across the country.  Featured several times in the popular American Cheerleader and Dance Spirit magazines, Bambi also is listed in the national “Who’s Who Among American Dance Directors.”  Bambi recently was awarded Broadway World’s 2011 Best Choreography Award for her work on Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

 

Michael Katz 

Is science teacher at the Charter School of Wilmington, and this past school year concludes his second year of teaching.  He graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and later attended Delaware State University.  At DSU he worked as a graduate assistant for the NASA Innovations in Climate Education project while earning his Master of Arts in Teaching.  He currently teaches the freshman introductory science classes for Physics, Chemistry, and Introduction to Scientific Research.  He has spent the past 10 summers watching over the beaches in southern Delaware as a lifeguard, and enjoys training the new recruits each year to ensure future safety.  He is currently continuing his education at Wilmington University to pursue a Master degree in Educational Leadership

Meredith S. Keating

Is a graduate of the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Arts. In addition, she also holds four Associate Degrees in Photography, Graphic Design & Multimedia, Video Production and Visual Communications from Cecil College.

Meredith experimented with several artistic mediums before entering the world of graphic design, and starting her business Grunge Muffin Designs, which recently celebrated its second year. She loves art in all forms and you could call her a jack of all trades. She is a fourth generation business owner, and has long since learned the value of leadership and has an extremely hard work ethic. If there is a way to help others she strives to find it. She believes in continuing education and in helping fellow artists thrive and prosper.

  

Marty Lassman

Born in Newark, NJ, Martin ‘Marty’ Lassman has been a pianist since he was four years old.  A University of Delaware graduate in Music Education with Trumpet emphasis, he wrote marching band arrangements for the UD band, played in the brass choir, the percussion ensemble, the jazz band, and the symphonic and concert bands. He taught band and orchestra at HB DuPont Middle School and taught band and general music at Talley Jr. High. He wrote marching band arrangements for several local colleges. Following that, Mr. Lassman earned an MS in Music Education with a Piano emphasis from the University of Iowa. He was the band director at Wilmington Friends School for 18 years with over half the students in the Middle School playing in the band.  In 1992, Mr. Lassman was employed by the Red Clay Consolidated School District to develop a choral music program at the newly created Cab Calloway School of the Arts. He continues to teach Vocal Music to 6-7-8 grade students who declare themselves as vocal majors or minors.  His choirs have performed in such diverse places as the Hotel DuPont’s Gold Ballroom, the DuPont (formerly the Playhouse) Theatre, the Grand Opera House, the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware, Delaware State College, local private homes and country clubs, the Hard Rock Café in NYC, the Chase Center at the Riverfront, the Philadelphia Convention Center, Ray’s Starlight Café in Disneyworld with Donald Byrd, and on the Norwegian Dawn Cruise Ship.   As a performer, Mr. Lassman plays solo piano for cocktail parties and receptions. He also performs with the band Lassman & Holmes for corporate parties and receptions. He uses music software on a regular basis to record and write music for his students and other musicians.

 

Ryan P. McMullen

Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University where he was awarded two very prestigious awards: "The Excellence in Performance Award" and "The Excellence in Choreography Award". Ryan performed his own choreography at the 2015 American College Dance Association in Athens, Ohio where his solo was selected for the gala performance. Ryan has had the pleasure of working with professional dance artists such as Nora Ambrosio, David Dorfman, Rennie Harris, T Lang, Teena Marie, Alexandre Munz, Ursula Payne, Helen Simoneau, and Jawole Zollar to name a few.

Ryan is currently a graduate student at Florida State University in pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts degree in Performance and Choreography. Ryan is also a two-time recipient of the Men’s Provost Scholarship from FSU. Most recently, Ryan and his collaborator, Tara Madsen Robbins, were commissioned by, professional dance company, Portico Dans Theatre in Tulsa, Oklahoma to create a new work for their 2016-2017 season. Ryan and Tara will return to 

 

Steven M. Mayo

Mr. Mayo holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from West Chester University and a Master’s in Educational Technology from Wilmington University.  A lifelong educator in Delaware, Mr. Mayo began his career in Music Education.  He has been the Communication Arts teacher at Cab Calloway School of the Arts since 2001.  He has received training in Office, Adobe Creative Suite and in the Mac iLife Suite. He has also had experience in film, theatre and musical groups since 1984.  As well as serving on three theatre boards, he has been producer, director, musical director, and actor.  He enjoys travel, computers, cooking, and family time with his loved ones and two puppies. This is his third year with the Cab Summer program, and he is happy to return to give another group a “taste of Cab.”

  

Holli Millman

Holli has loved art since she was a child. She was born and raised in Indiana and moved to Delaware 10 years ago. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Art Education, and received a Master's in School Counseling. Holli has been teaching art for 15 years, both at the high school level and most recently at the elementary level. Her favorite part about teaching art to students is being able to show them the endless possibilities with art techniques and mediums. The more experience one has with art, the more comfortable one feels jumping in and creating something that represents a part of them.

  

Wesley Morton

A music teacher for 18 years, Wesley has taught at the Tatnall School since 2012. His student ensembles have won awards at festivals in Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Tampa, and throughout Delaware and the greater Philadelphia area. As a former director for American Music Abroad, he conducted a student concert band and percussion ensemble on a performance tour through Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France. He has also taught and arranged music for the Delaware Governor’s School for Excellence, the Delaware Blue-Gold All Start Band, the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band, the West Chester University Marching Band, and many high school music programs in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. In 1999 He completed his Master’s Degree in Conducting at the University of Delaware, and in 2001 he was honored as Glasgow High School’s Teacher of the Year. Wesley is an active performer on drum set, steel drum, and timpani throughout the region. He performs regularly with the funk band Big Package, the Caribbean Sunset Band, and the ‘50s group The VelCrows. He has also performed with jazz singer Ellen Lebowitz, Delaware Steel, and for stage productions at OperaDelaware, Brandywiners, Ltd’, Covered Bridge Theater, and Candlelight Music Dinner Theater. As a former member of the Wind Symphony of Southern New Jersey and the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps, Wesley has performed and shared the stage with many world-class performers, including the Canadian Brass, the percussion group Nexus, trumpeters David Bilger and Arturo Sandoval, and numerous local artists.

 

Colleen Moretz

Colleen Moretz started her career as a fashion designer and owner of Colleen’s Couture. Her company’s first design contract was with the well-known DuPont Company choosing Moretz over such competitors as Betsey Johnson. Her designs travel nationally and internationally with elites like Redkin and Michael Christopher Hair Designs. Past creative highlights include designing 10 ensembles using interior fabrics from Calico Corner that walked the runway at the Hollidazzle Fashion Show at Longwood Gardens and the designs then traveled on display to the various Calico Corner stores throughout the region. Moretz’s most recent fashion designs have been featured in exhibits at the UD@Crane in Philadelphia, Mahady Gallery at Marywood University, and the Goldstein Museum of design at the University of Minnesota winning the Dean’s Scholar Award.

 

Colleen has a B.S. in Fashion Design from the University of Delaware and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Marywood University. She has taken classes at F.I.T. in their Certificate Design Program. She is currently teaching at Drexel University, Moore College of Art and Design, and Immaculata University in their fashion departments. She is currently working in interior design, Colleen Moretz Interiors. Her clients’ room designs have already been featured in Delaware Today and Baltimore Magazine. She loves a creative challenge whatever the medium and welcomes new requests in which to fuel her passion and employ her inspiration.

 

Norman Pierce

Norman is the Technology Education Teacher at Fred Fifer III Middle School. He is the TSA Advisor for the past 3 years in which he established their VEX Robotics team.

 

Nisha Punjabi

Creative Director, Choreographer and dancer Nisha Punjabi of Jhankaar Bollywood Dance specializes in teaching and performing choreographic presentations on various semi-classical forms, folk dance styles, and contemporary Bollywood themes. For Nisha, dance is bringing people closer together, enriching and crossing cultural barriers in an ambassadorial, artistic, sophisticated and enjoyable style that proves that music and dance are a universal language. With 21+ years of teaching experience and commitment to the ongoing study of the classical, contemporary, and folk dances of India, Nisha’s goal is for every student to become skillful in the true culture of the Indian Arts through dance and to realize his or her own inner potential.

 

Theresa Pusey

Theresa Pusey is a Highly Qualified Teacher, currently working at Family Foundations Academy teaching 1st Grade. She has 15 years of cheer experience as a flyer and base and four years of coaching experience for the Royal Monarch Cheerleaders, a team for girls ages 6-14. Theresa’s team was the 2011-2013 Delaware State Cheerleading Champions and placed second at Nationals in Disney in March 2013. As a certified United States All Star-safety Federation (USASF) coach and a member of the Delaware Cheer Coaches Association (DCCA), Theresa understands the importance of safety at ALL levels while having a GREAT time

 

Crystal Samuels

My qualifications include my Masters in Art Education with an Emphasis on Special Populations. Also of note is my most recent position as Graphic Design and Production teacher for Middletown High School. In this role, I was responsible for developing and implementing a curriculum for Graphic Design and Production as well as classroom management skills. During my tenure, I developed a new curriculum, in collaboration with our sister school: Appoquinimink High School, which raised enrollment in the courses and increased rigor in Graphic Design and Production.

 

Erin Warren

Is a graduate of The Charter School of Wilmington (’16). She will attend Villanova University for Engineering in the fall. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 she volunteered as a summer camp junior counselor at the Tyler Arboretum with children aged four to fourteen. In 2014, the arboretum awarded her the Youth Bronze President’s Service Award for 100+ hours of exemplary service. She has also volunteered with and led the Science Ambassadors program at CSW, which creates STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) related activates for elementary and middle school aged children. She enjoys participating in service projects, especially those aimed toward motivating children to have a greater interest in science.

 

Brianna Wendt (Ascend Flow Arts)

Ascend Flow arts is a Delaware based fitness and training studio dedicated to the movement arts. We focus on aerial training but also offer various ground based classes. Our current offerings include aerial silks, static trapeze, lyra, and hoop dance as well as conditioning and stretch classes. Ascend strives to bring these unique art forms to the community in a safe and affordable way.  We aim to provide a skill center where various instructors can come together and share their specialized knowledge. Ascend classes are a great way to get in shape and the perfect next step for someone who has a background in dance or gymnastics. We are hoping to expand our class offerings as we grow to include acrobatic yoga, aerial yoga, pole, martial arts, and more.

 

Mr. Jermaine Wilson, MBA 

H.B. DuPont , Career and Technical Education. Technology Student Association Advisor 

VEX Robotics Coach

 

Diane Wurst

Diane is a teacher of Engineering Technology at Newark Charter High School.  She earned a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rowan University and an M.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structures from the University of Delaware.  While at Rowan, Diane tutored engineering and math courses.  At UD, she volunteer tutored with the Boys and Girls Club.  After graduating, Diane worked for a year as a Bridge Engineer for Urban Engineers, Inc. before deciding to get future generations excited about engineering by teaching high school.  Diane now advises Newark Charter's Technology Student Association (TSA) and has helped shape Newark Charter's growing engineering program.

TJ Zlupko

TJ is a Charter Alumni of 2015, now pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biology at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. While at Charter, TJ finalized in the science fair with a human health study on artificial sweeteners. TJ also coaches swim lessons at Silverside Swim Club.