Monday, June 16, 2014

Meet the 2014 Camp Explorations Staff!

Liz (Morning Sessions) is senior at the University of Michigan in the fall.  She is a triple major in Anthropology, Spanish, and Political Science with a minor in music. I grew up in Mexico City and then later moved to Sweden, which has led me to be really interested in pursuing a career as a diplomat. I am looking forward to sharing some great experiences at camp and hopefully being able to learn more about the world we live in alongside our campers.


Greg (Afternoon Sessions, Red Group) graduated from the University of Michigan in May with a double major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Anthropology. This is Greg’s third year as a docent at U of M’s Museum of Natural History and his first summer as a counselor Camp Explorations. Outside of camp, he enjoys running, ice hockey, playing guitar, and spending time with friends and family. He is pursuing a career in environmental policy and research, and hopes to have many opportunities to travel in the future. He is very excited about the cool programs that are being offering this summer and can’t wait to learn about all the different interests the campers have. Bring on the summer fun!

Mary (Afternoon Sessions, Orange Group) graduated one year ago with her Bachelor's in Astrophysics. Since graduating, she has been happy to have the opportunity to work in different areas at the museum. A lot of her time has been spent doing outreach at libraries and schools, giving tours and planetarium shows, working on planetarium projects, and working at various events at the museum. In her spare time her favorite thing to do is hang out with friends and family. She also loves to travel so visiting family is a win-win for her! She loves reading, hiking, going to see movies (especially at the Michigan and State theaters in Ann Arbor), and trying out new restaurants. She’s really looking forward to expanding her experience at the museum even more with camp this summer! Some of the main things I look forward to with camp are getting to know the kids, spending a lot of time doing fun and interesting activities, being outside, and finding fun and new ways to get kids interested and excited about science! 

Julie (Afternoon Sessions,Yellow Group) recently graduated from U of M and am hoping to pursue a career in museum education.  She was an Anthropology major and also received a minor in History. In my free time I like to spend time with family and friends, read, go bike riding and running. As a new incoming counselor I am looking forward to everything about camp!!

Veronica (Afternoon Sessions, Green Group) completed her fifth and final year at the University of Michigan this May, graduating from the School of Education with a double major in Elementary Mathematics and Elementary Social Studies. At Michigan, Veronica was a five-year member of the Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, where she traveled all over the country playing her euphonium. She was happy to participate in a lot of other groups as a student at school, including the Residential College’s German Theater program. Veronica has lived in Ann Arbor her whole life, and has been working at the Museum of Natural History since May of 2012. She even attended Camp Explorations as a camper when she was younger (and remembers making and shooting off rockets)! She is excited to give back to the Camp by becoming a counselor and can’t wait to learn alongside the campers this summer. 

Stephanie (Morning and Afternoon Sessions Substitute, Purple Group) recently graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in Sociology with Honors. In her free time, she likes to do outdoor activities like running, kayaking, and hiking. She likes to read and cook.  This summer, she is looking forward to working with kids and doing a lot of cool hands-on science experiments!  

Mary (Afternoon Sessions, Blue Group) is junior at the University of Michigan. Her major is history with a concentration on colonial U.S. She is also pursing minors in anthropological archaeology and museum studies. In addition to her strong love for the past, she also enjoys drawing and painting or anything crafty.  She loves telling jokes, learning new things, playing outside, and she absolutely loves working with people. She has been working at the Museum of Natural History for the past year and has had the opportunity to work with a variety of kids and adults of all ages. This museum seems to make the inner child of everyone come out—if only to react to the dinosaur coprolite. She has really enjoyed her time working and learning at this museum and she is excited for this year’s camp! She can’t wait to see what fun everyone will have in the weeks to come!

Anna (Morning Sessions) just finished her fourth year here at the University of Michigan. She is pursuing majors in both Archaeology and Near Eastern Civilizations, with her main focus on ancient Egypt.  She is set to graduate next May, and will also have a minor in museum studies!  She loves the outdoors and spends most of her summers camping or at one of Michigan’s Great Lakes beaches. Because of her love of history, she is often found wandering around whatever museums she finds!  She is very excited to take the campers on field trips to other museums and hopefully to further promote their interests in science, our past, and museums! 

Sean (Morning Sessions) is a senior studying Chemical and Environmental Engineering here at U of M. His greatest joys in life come from hiking, camping, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends. Though this is his first summer as a counselor, he has worked at the Museum since his freshman year and is excited to continue to teach kids about science and the world around us!

Emily (Morning Assistant Director) is a senior at the University of Michigan.  She loves taking long nature walks or exploring the city.  She likes to read, paint, or watch science fiction films when she has the time.  She is excited to get to know the campers a little better, too.  This summer, she is eager to learn some really interesting things about science with you folks.  She can’t wait to get started having fun and hopes you are too!

Lori (Afternoon Assistant Director)  is a senior at the University of Michigan studying history but pursuing a career in museum education.  She is a member of the on-campus group, Motley Crew, which holds special events at local hospitals and special needs facilities for patients. Some of her favorite things to do are reading, running, swimming, doing arts and crafts, and spinning. She works at the Museum of Natural History as a docent and is very interested in dinosaurs and other prehistoric life. She looks forward to all of the fun activities planned for camp this summer!

Brittany Chunn (Camp Director) is excited for her third year at Camp Explorations. Brittany holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a M.A. in Museum Science from Texas Tech University.  She has experience in developing, planning and teaching summer camps at other museums. In addition to Camp Explorations, she coordinates the student docent program and manages K-12 school programming at the Museum. She is excited for another fun-filled summer!

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