Director: Heather Christy-Robinson
Currently an English instructor at SUNY Orange and formerly an instructor in the Divisions of English and of Education at Mount Saint Mary College, I am a mother of three children (Corbin, age 16; Malia, age 13; and Griffin, age 8) and am married to Doug Robinson, a professor of Biology at MSMC. I have taught at all levels in both public and private schools. I am certified as an elementary and special educator in New York, and have been since 2003. I am a board member of the Balmville PTA and the Balmville Grange . With regard to education, I am a constructivist. That is, I believe all children create their own knowledge through genuine experiences to learn. Our program mostly follows an epistemological approach in which children explore systems of knowledge. With the Science Through ART Program, I hope to offer opportunities for my children and yours to enjoy learning for the sake of learning! I am so excited to be able to run our program again for the fifth year. It’s awesome to ‘plant a seed and watch it grow and blossom’! I am proud of this program because kids enjoy themselves while learning. Yo hablo español. Por favor llámeme si tiene algunas preguntas.
Lead Teacher: Kristen Drew Tamberino
Lead Teacher: Danny Barbuto
Hi! My name is Sarah Anne Sherar. This is my second year teaching at S.T.ART, and I am very excited to spend the summer with our campers again! I graduated with a B.A. in English from MSMC in 2005. For several years after graduating, I worked as a morning show co-host for WRRV, a local radio station. I then decided to pursue a career in education, earning my Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from Dominican College and obtaining my NYS Teacher Certification. I have worked as a Title 1 Reading and Math Specialist for grades 1-8 and as a Pre-K Aide. Recently, I began assistant teaching again after taking some time off to be a stay-at-home mom. I look forward to guiding, interacting with and encouraging your children while they discover science through art this summer!
Assistant Teacher: Kim Robinson
I have been with S.T.ART from the very beginning! I live in Flanders, NJ. My daughter, Skylar, is 10 years old. I am excited to return to the S.T.ART Program to explore the sciences and arts together. I am looking forward to exploring new types of science and art! I can’t wait to make learning science fun for the kids. Everyone tells me I’m great with children and I am looking forward to spending more time this summer in a hands-on learning environment.
Assistant teacher: Kerry Ann Piersa
Originally from Jersey City, N.J, I moved to Washingtonville, N.Y. in 1994 before residing in Newburgh in 1999. I was a part-time stay-at-home mom prior to becoming a Teaching Assistant with the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. I have been a Teaching Assistant for 10 years working with elementary and secondary school students, including those with special needs. I enjoy spending time with my family & friends, walking both at the gym & outside, and I am also a Bookclub Coordinator with the Hudson Valley Moms Club. I helped out at S.T.ART a bit last summer, and I am happy to return in a greater capacity this summer!