Camp Westminster Camp Counselors 2018

Brian Burkey
Junior Golf
Coach Burkey has 12 years of experience as a varsity golf coach, in addition to playing golf in high school and college. He’s excited to be returning for his third year at Camp Westminster. During the school year, he teaches upper school Bible and coaches the varsity boys golf team. He hopes campers will grow in their ability and enjoyment of the game of golf while at camp. He looks forward to seeing you on the green!

Gina Butterfield
Stoked for Science
Mrs. Butterfield teaches upper school biology at Westminster Christian Academy and previously taught 8th grade science at WCA. She is in her fifth year as a camp instructor at Camp Westminster and is looking forward to a fun week meeting new campers and exploring God’s amazing creation. It is her hope that campers will learn new science skills and become even more passionate about science. What’s the best part of Stoked for Science? It’s definitely the opportunity to be hands-on in the lab, solving forensic crimes and extracting the fat from snack foods! She’s excited to meet you and enjoy the week together!

Kristin Conrad
Imagine a Story
Mrs. Conrad is a returning camp counselor to Camp Westminster. She is a middle school English teacher at Westminster Christian Academy, and she also coaches middle school volleyball, basketball, and track. Her motivation in creating this camp was to make a space for campers to develop their love for writing and creating stories. She hopes each camper will have fun discovering story ideas and sharing them with new friends. She can’t wait to get to know you!

Heather Cumbee
Volleyball
Coach Cumbee has been leading camps at Camp Westminster for eight years and has been involved in volleyball for as long as she can remember. She’s a WCA alumna and played volleyball at the school all four years, continuing her career at the University of Tennessee. In college, she won two conference championships. Following graduation, she started coaching the varsity girls volleyball team at Westminster in 2005. She also currently directs Team Momentum volleyball club and coaches year round. It’s her goal that each camper develops a better understanding of the sport of volleyball. Most importantly, she wants the campers to have fun and be better players by the end of the week. She’s excited to see you on the court!

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Matt DeJong
Club Wildcat and Wee Wildcats
Mr. DeJong has been co-leading Club Wildcat and Wee Wildcats camps for the past two years. At Westminster, he teaches upper school math classes, coaches track and field, and helps coordinate the student Chapel band. He’s looking forward to a fun month at Camp Westminster this year! He hopes campers that sign up for Club Wildcat or Wee Wildcats have a great time meeting new friends and playing new games and come away from camp knowing they are valued by their camp leaders and classmates.

Sarah DeVries
Summer in France
Miss DeVries majored in French and Spanish in college and traveled abroad in France and Honduras. She spent a school year teaching English in Marseille, France, and she also has a master’s degree in French. At Westminster, she teaches middle and upper school French classes. This is her fifth year leading a camp at Camp Westminster. She hopes the week together will spark campers’ curiosity about French-speaking cultures and that they will have fun discovering a different culture and language. Summer in France is the next best thing to traveling abroad! She’s excited to join campers in eating French foods, singing songs, playing games, doing crafts, and learning useful French vocabulary. She’s looking forward to meeting you!

Emily Dierking
Art Studio Camp
Mrs. Dierking graduated college with a ceramics and secondary education degree. At Westminster, she has taught a variety of art classes, including Oil Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics I and II, Drawing, Intro to Art, Watercolor, and AP Art History. This is her fifth year leading a camp at Camp Westminster. She wants every camper who joins her for art to have a great time being creative while also learning something new. She hopes you’ll share in her favorite part of camp – getting to experiment with new art materials no matter how messy!

Laura Drake
Art Exploration I and II
Mrs. Drake is in her fourth year teaching camps at Camp Westminster and her seventh year teaching elementary-aged children. She works as a second grade teacher at Central Christian School. She’s looking forward to a memorable week with campers, learning about different media and experiencing art in a fun and safe environment. Her favorite part about camp is seeing the campers try something new and even surprise themselves in their abilities. She also loves the art exhibit at the end of the week, where campers show off their creative projects. She can’t wait for an artistic week of exploring our creative side together!

Kathy Eichelberger
Music Makers and Musical Theatre
Mrs. Eichelberger has directed over 30 musicals at Westminster and has many years of experience teaching children ages 2-18. At Westminster, she serves as the Fine Arts Director and teaches Middle School Choir and Middle School Performing Arts. She is in her sixth year leading camps at Camp Westminster. She loves teaching music camps because the students who attend always have a great love for making music and performing. Their enthusiasm is contagious! She hopes during their week together that campers will learn how to produce something bigger than themselves. She’s excited to meet new students and inspire them to be their best!

Patti Frentzel
Spin, Splatter, Splat
Mrs. Frentzel has 14 years of experience teaching art camps for Eureka Art Council, 10 years of experience leading Art Summer Enrichment at the Rockwood schools, and 14 years as an elementary art teacher at St. Justin Martyr Catholic School. She hopes campers will see the creativity of God in our world and feel good about themselves and their work as they get creative. She’s excited to have fun experimenting and creating art in all sorts of ways with campers!

Kelly Gilbert
Improv I and II
Mrs. Gilbert has been involved with improv since college, performing with various groups and teaching improv to high schoolers, middle schoolers, and elementary students ever since. At Westminster, she is a member of the world languages department as a Spanish instructor. This is her eighth year as a camp leader at Camp Westminster, and she hopes that campers of Improv I and II have a blast playing games and learning new things. Her favorite part of her camps is the show at the end of each week! It’s a high-energy time when all campers are so excited to show off what they’ve learned all week.

Victoria Hauser
Ozobots, Games Galore, and Creative Genius
This is Mrs. Hauser’s third year leading the Creative Genius camp and her first year teaching Ozobots and Games Galore. She serves as the Gifted Education Coordinator at Central Christian School. At Camp Westminster this summer, she’s excited to have a fully engaging time with campers. She hopes every camper who walks into her classroom feels the freedom to learn for fun, and it’s her desire that each camper walk away from camp with new skills, confidence, and positive memories. She looks forwarding to meeting you soon!

Janna Hickel
Music Makers: Carnival of the Animals and Art: Imitate & Investigate
Ms. Hickel is a Westminster parent and currently in her second year teaching in the Above & Beyond academic enrichment program at Covenant Christian School. This is her first year as a camp counselor at Camp Westminster, and she’s excited to guide each camper in creating his or her own masterpiece to share with family and friends (in Art: Imitate & Investigate) and inspire campers’ love for music  through exposure to the myriad of orchestral sounds (in Music Makers). She can’t wait to meet you!

Madeline Jolly
Tennis
Coach Jolly serves as the head tennis coach for the boys and girls teams at Westminster Christian Academy. She was a three-time individual state finalist and two-time team state champion at St. Joseph’s Academy. She was also a division 1 college tennis player at St. Louis University and has coached numerous camps and programs. Coach Jolly hopes campers will leave camp each day feeling more confident in their tennis game than when they arrived. She can’t wait to see you on the court!

Andy Kerckhoff
Reader’s Workshop: For the Love of Stories
Mr. Kerckhoff began leading this camp six years ago because he was passionate about the idea of kids taking a break each day in their active, outdoor, summer lifestyle to stop, drop, and read. He has taught English and geography at Westminster and is in his 19th year at the school. He hopes that through this camp, campers will learn to make reading a part of their lifestyle. He’s looking forward to discovering new books, making new friends, and having fun at camp!

Kyle Klunick
Let’s Have a Ball and Wee Wildcats
Mr. Klunick is thrilled to be joining the staff of Camp Westminster for his first summer as a camp counselor this year! He teaches 9th grade physics at Westminster Christian Academy. Growing up, he enjoyed competitive sports and had the opportunity to coach kids through his father’s basketball gym. He’s a firm believer in good, old-fashioned fun (including screen-free time) – and is excited to enjoy the summer sun with campers! He’ll see you in June!

Paige Knerr
Assistant to the Director of Camp Westminster
Mrs. Knerr has an educational background in human development and family studies and a master’s in counseling from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. She’s a licensed professional counselor with a focus on working with children and families. This is her second year participating in Camp Westminster. She works as a Little Pelicans teacher and aftercare supervisor at Covenant Christian School. Her favorite part of camp is the people – the campers, counselors, staff, and entire Westminster community! She’s excited and grateful for another great summer at Camp Westminster!

Shannon Lawrence
Girls Basketball
Coach Lawrence has been around basketball her whole life! She played collegiately and has coached at various levels for nearly 10 years. This is her second year leading camp at Camp Westminster. She hopes campers who join her for basketball camp will have a great time learning the game while developing an even greater understanding of how special they are in the eyes of Jesus. She wants each camper to walk away from the week more confident and encouraged and having had a lot of fun while working hard and improving their game. She’s excited to see all the young ladies on the court this June!

Dan Legters
Soccer
Coach Legters has been leading soccer camps at Westminster since 1997. He played soccer at Covenant College and has received his USSF National D license and NSCAA Advanced National certification. He teaches upper school Spanish at Westminster and serves as varsity boys soccer head coach and varsity girls soccer assistant coach. He has 20 years of coaching experience at WCA. He is excited for campers to learn something new about soccer and improve their skill and understanding of the game — all while having fun doing it.

Grace Linton
Dance
Coach Linton is thrilled to be returning to Camp Westminster to coach Dance camp this summer! When she was a student at Westminster Christian Academy, she was a member of the varsity dance team for four years, and she also helped as a counselor-in-training at Camp Westminster’s Dance camp each summer. In college, she danced four years at Furman University, and now, she coaches the varsity dance team at Westminster and teaches 5th grade at Kirk Day School. Coach Linton believes dance is such an incredible sport, and she looks forward to fostering each camper’s love and passion for it this summer!

Adriane Muehleisen
Knitting
Mrs. Muehleisen has been knitting for 11 years and used to run her own Etsy shop called “Naptime Knittery.” She loves the craft and loves teaching a new generation a timeless skill. This is her fourth year as a Camp Westminster camp instructor. She hopes that through this camp, campers will learn that they are loved and known by the God of the universe who knit them together. Her favorite part of camp is seeing the excitement on a camper’s face when they “get it” and successfully knit multiple rows. She can’t wait to meet you!

Tim Muehleisen
Outdoor Adventure and Wrestling
Mr. Muehleisen has been leading summer camps for over 10 years. At Westminster, he coaches the varsity wrestling team, in addition to teaching middle school history. He’s also an avid outdoorsman and is looking forward to enjoying the start to summer with you! He hopes campers will have fun, experience growth, and acquire new skills while at camp. He’s excited for another great experience at Camp Westminster this June!

Allison Pautler
Pool Party and Girls Lacrosse
Miss Pautler has experience as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and as a high school and college lacrosse player. She has coached lacrosse at the middle school and high school levels. At Westminster, she teaches 7th grade math and 8th grade P.E. This is her fifth year at Camp Westminster. She’s excited to get to know new campers, learn new things together, and use the gifts God has given us – all while having a lot of fun!

Dan Petke
Baseball, Softball
Coach Petke has been a camp leader at Camp Westminster for five years. He has coached baseball at Westminster for five years and also has experience as a softball coach (serving as head softball coach at Westminster for the 2016 season). He currently teaches 9th grade history at WCA. His favorite part of the week at camp is watching campers improve in their game and glorify God through competition. He hopes to see you on the field!

Jonathan Powers
STEM Camp
Mr. Powers is looking forward to leading his first camp at Camp Westminster this summer. He has coached middle school and high school Science Olympiad events for over five years, including Wright Stuff (airplanes), elastic-launched gliders, and bridge building. In 2017-18 at Westminster, he will transition from teaching physics to teaching civil engineering and architecture. For special services, he also teaches two classes in the gifted program and will add gifted geometry next school year. He hopes each camper will leave the week feeling like an accomplished engineer/scientist and wanting to explore the world around them more.

Dale Ribble
Boys Basketball
Coach Ribble has been coaching college basketball for over 20 years and has been involved in leading basketball camps for over 25 years. This is his first year teaching P.E. and serving as head coach for the varsity boys basketball team at Westminster. He’s looking forward to his first summer at Camp Westminster! The basketball camps are designed to improve skill level and enhance campers’ performance while also having fun. The focus will be on individual fundamental skill development and team play, in addition to scrimmaging and playing other fun games and contests throughout the week. He hopes you’re ready for a great week!

Carrie Roberts
Strings!
Mrs. Roberts teaches orchestra at Westminster Christian Academy, in addition to teaching private music lessons and honing her skills as a violinist herself. This is her first summer at Camp Westminster, and she hopes each camper will learn something they can use in their daily practice as they become more mature musicians – all while having fun, of course! She’s excited to guide you in learning new music, improving your strings playing skills, and making new friends. See you this summer!

Nancy Schmer
Field Hockey
Coach Schmer played field hockey throughout middle school, high school, and college. She has been coaching field hockey in the St. Louis area for over 20 years and currently serves as the head field hockey coach at Westminster and also helps coach with the Gateway Field Hockey Club. This is Coach Schmer’s fourth year leading camp at Camp Westminster. She hopes new campers will enjoy learning how to play and returning campers and experienced players will continue to refine their skills and prepare to play in middle school. She’s excited for you to join her on the field and have a great time making friends and improving your skills each day!

Nathan Thobaben
Wrestling
Coach Thobaben serves as a wrestling coach at Westminster Christian Academy and has coached boys in the sport at beginner, high school, and college levels. He has also served as a counselor at an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) wrestling camp. This is Coach Thobaben’s first year at Camp Westminster, and his hope is that all campers will recognize their growth over the course of the week and be excited to continue training! His goal is to help campers learn two to three useful techniques in wrestling and be able to execute those skills on the mat. Motivation and passion for anything is contagious! — He looks forward to seeing you this summer!

Karen Thompson
Amazing Anatomy and Sun ‘n’ Science
Mrs. Thompson is excited to be in her second year at Camp Westminster! She has over 20 years of secondary education teaching experience, as well as experience leading youth groups at church. At Westminster, she teaches 8th grade science. She hopes campers will come excited to learn something new and have fun doing it at her camps this year! She looks forward to meeting you!

Tami Walker
Crochet
Mrs. Walker has a tremendous amount of experience working with children – as a church camp counselor, Bible lesson leader, swim coach, among other roles. She’s excited to be joining the Camp Westminster staff this summer for Crochet camp. Ultimately, she hopes campers will experience the love of Christ while having fun. Whether a camper has experience crocheting or not, Mrs. Walker’s goal is for each camper to build courage and faith to try new things and meet new people. She can’t wait to meet you!

Lisa Westrich
Crochet and Knitting
Mrs. Westrich is on staff at Westminster Christian Academy and is an alumni parent to two daughters, Katelyn ‘09 and Bekah ‘16. She has enjoyed crocheting and knitting since she was eight years old. She hopes to encourage beginner knitters and crocheters in their skills and pass on her love for these hobbies! She’s excited to guide campers in developing a life skill that can not only provide joy for themselves but also to others through the creation of gifts. She’s excited to spend the week with you!